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November 9, 2018

President Trump is now claiming he doesn't know his new acting attorney general despite the fact that they have met several times.

Trump on Friday spoke to reporters about his temporary replacement for former Attorney General Jeff Sessions. "I don’t know Matt Whitaker," he said. Whitaker, who took over as acting attorney general on Wednesday, worked for Sessions, said Trump, but he claimed he doesn't know him other than hearing of his "excellent" reputation. This is despite the fact that Whitaker has reportedly visited Trump in the Oval Office more than a dozen times, to the point that The New York Times reports he and the president have an "easy chemistry."

Still, Trump made this claim repeatedly Friday and continued to insist that he only knows about Whitaker through second-hand information, saying that he is a "very strong person, from what I hear." He also suggested that he only picked Whitaker because he has a "great reputation, and that’s what I wanted." But The Washington Post's Josh Dawsey reports that after "many" Oval Office" meetings, "one reason [Trump] picked [Whitaker] was because he liked him so much."

Trump also said Friday that he and Whitaker have not spoken about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference. Whitaker has been publicly critical of the probe, writing in a 2017 op-ed that it has gone too far, and The Washington Post reports that Whitaker's skepticism of the investigation is another reason Trump selected him. Watch Trump's comments below. Brendan Morrow

May 30, 2018

Roseanne Barr apologized Tuesday for making a viciously racist "joke," later excusing herself by saying, "It was 2 in the morning and I was Ambien tweeting." But even Ambien won't stand by Barr, who was likewise rejected by her network, producer, talent agency, and co-stars. The insomnia medication's maker, Sanofi, distanced the product from Barr on Wednesday:

Even the dictionary took pains to distance the word "Ambien" from Barr:

The more you know! Jeva Lange

January 23, 2018

Fox News anchor Howard Kurtz's new book on the White House, Media Madness: Donald Trump, the Press, and the War over the Truth, is already being compared to Michael Wolff's tell-all Fire and Fury — and now it even has the backlash to boot, CNN reports. In the book, which Politico describes as "[portraying] the news media … as excessively negative in its treatment of President Donald Trump," Kurtz alleges that New York Times political reporter Jonathan Martin bashed Trump in a phone call with an RNC staffer.

"Donald Trump is racist and a fascist, we all know it, and you are complicit," Martin reportedly said. "By supporting him you're all culpable." The staffer supposedly called Martin later, prompting "another tirade," CNN writes, citing Kurtz' book. That conversation led to an "angry phone call from then-Republican National Committee Communications Director Sean Spicer to a Times editor to complain," CNN reports.

Martin, though, says the anecdote is not true — and what's more, that it doesn't even sound believable. "Of course I didn't yell 'you're a racist and a fascist' or 'you are complicit' or 'you're all culpable' at anybody," he told CNN. "Does that sound like me? More to that point, do those sound like real life lines any human being in the news business would use?" Backing up Martin's story, Politico Playbook comments that the quote attributed to him "doesn't sound like something JMart ever would've said."

Kurtz and the book's publisher, Regency, stand by the story, saying it is supported by "sources with direct knowledge of the conversations."

Martin added to Politico: "Howie paraphrased a vague, preposterous-sounding quote to me that I told him sounded ridiculous and not the kind of thing I'd say ... I still have no idea what he or Sean Spicer are talking about.” Jeva Lange

January 3, 2018

The White House issued an official statement from the president of the United States on Wednesday blasting former chief strategist Stephen Bannon after his criticisms surfaced in excerpts from a new White House tell-all by Michael Wolff. "Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency," Trump said of his former campaign CEO in the statement. "When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind."

In quotes published Wednesday (you can read seven of the most eye-popping here), Bannon called a meeting between Trump's campaign aides and a Russian lawyer "treasonous" and claimed Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is "all about money laundering." Bannon has nevertheless maintained that since being fired, he is Trump's "wing man outside" the White House.

Trump added that "now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn't as easy as I make it look" and blamed his former campaign CEO for the recent loss of an Alabama Senate seat to a Democrat. Read the full statement below. Jeva Lange

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