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Megan Rapinoe says neither she nor her teammates want to go to White House: We won’t be ‘put on display’

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President Donald Trump said that Megan Rapinoe and the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team would be invited to the White House whether they won the World Cup or not. Yet, the invitation hasn’t yet come. Even if it does, however, Rapinoe said she’s not interested and neither are her teammates.

“I would not go and every teammate I talked to would not go,” she told Anderson Cooper Tuesday.

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“Everyone that you’ve talked to?” he asked.

“Everyone I talked to. I don’t think anyone on the team has any interest in lending the platform we’ve worked hard to build and the things that we fight for and the way that we live our lives, I don’t think we want that to be co-opted or corrupted by this administration,” she explained.

She did say that she would be fine with a Congressional “thing” and that they are interested in going to Washington to speak with leaders.

“I think it’s an opportunity for this administration to sort of put us on display as their, you know, sort of guest for the day and I don’t think that makes sense for us at all,” she said. “I can’t imagine anyone of my teammates would want to be put in that position. There are so many other people that I would rather talk to and have meaningful conversations that could really if he can
— affect change in Washington than go to the White House.’

She later said “yes to AOC” and “yes to Pelosi,” but not the White House.

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‘It’s all distractions’: CNN panel obliterates GOP for totally refusing to discuss Trump’s conduct

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A CNN panel on Thursday obliterated House Republicans for once again completely ignoring the substance of allegations against President Donald Trump and instead throwing out numerous distractions intended to deflect attention from the president's actions.

"It's been distractions about the Bidens, it's been distractions about conspiracy theories about Ukraine's involvement in the election," said CNN legal analyst Carrie Cordero. "Yesterday, it was distractions about FISA and FISA so-called abuse. It was distractions from Congressman Gohmert reading calls from 1943! It's been all distractions and they won't wrestle with the actual conduct."

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CNN’s Jake Tapper does line-by-line fact check of Jim Jordan’s nonstop misleading statements during impeachment hearing

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Host Jake Tapper did a special web fact-check for CNN.com where he looked line-by-line into Rep. Jim Jordan's (R-OH) claims about the impeachment proceedings.

He had four specific talking points that were disingenuous and outright false.

1. Jordan: "There was no quid pro quo in the transcript"

There absolutely was evidence in the summary of the transcript. Tapper began by explaining that Americans still haven't seen the full transcript or a recording of the July 25 phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.

"If you read the summary of the transcript it clearly shows that after a discussion of U.S. military support for Ukraine, President Trump said the relationship is not 'reciprocal' and he asks Zelensky for 'a favor,'" Tapper said. "The favor? To investigate a conspiracy theory into the 2016 election and later in the call he says, 'one other thing,' he wants Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter."

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‘I am not yielding!’ Rep. Pramila Jayapal shuts down Jim Jordan’s attempt to hijack impeachment hearing

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Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) stood her ground at an impeachment hearing on Thursday after Republicans tried to derail her arguments in favor of removing President Donald Trump.

Jayapal began her remarks by pointing out that Florida Republican Matt Gaetz was wrong to suggest that President Donald Trump was invested in Ukraine's fight against Russia.

"Why then did he decide he was so concerned about 'corruption' that he was not going to release military aid?" Jayapal said, prompting Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio to demand that she yield the floor.

"I am not yielding!" Jayapal exclaimed. "I am not yielding. I am not yielding."

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