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BuzzFeed News reporter Anthony Cormier and editor-in-chief Ben Smith said several times on CNN Brian Stelter's "Reliable Sources" that they are confident in their reporting despite the challenge from special counsel Robert Mueller's office that claimed the story was inaccurate.

Why it matters: Because of the rare comments from special counsel spokesperson Peter Carr, lawmakers and reporters both scaled down the hype of whether BuzzFeed's story is a smoking gun.

The exchange

Cormier: "This story is accurate."

Stelter: "What if the sources are just wrong?

Cormier: "They're not."

Stelter: "Not intentionally. Not trying to hurt you, but what if they're wrong?"

Cormier: "They're not. They're not. I'm confident."

Stelter also asked if BuzzFeed is concerned about its credibility and their jobs if the story is wrong:

Smith: "You know, we're confident in the story and we are — and I think he we also do think while there is right now and understandably a focus on the media story, the important story is about the relationship between the Trump administration and Russia."

Go deeper: Trump and Cohen discussed Trump Tower Moscow right up until 2016 election

Go deeper

Cuomo: "I am not going to resign"

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo apologized Wednesday for acting in a way that made women feel "uncomfortable," but insisted that he has "never touched anyone inappropriately" and said he will not resign.

Driving the news: Cuomo reiterated in his first public appearance since sexual harassment allegations surfaced that he will fully cooperate with a team of independent investigators appointed by New York Attorney General Letitia James, but suggested that demands for his resignation from were simply "politics."

Facebook to lift political ad ban imposed after November election

Photo Illustration by Omar Marques/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Facebook will finally allow advertisers to resume running political and social issue ads in the U.S. on Thursday, according to a company update.

The big picture: Facebook and rival Google instituted political ad bans to slow the spread of misinformation and curb confusion around the presidential election and its aftermath.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
47 mins ago - Technology

AI is industrializing

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Artificial intelligence is becoming a true industry, with all the pluses and minuses that entails, according to a sweeping new report.

Why it matters: AI is now in nearly every area of business, with the pandemic pushing even more investment in drug design and medicine. But as the technology matures, challenges around ethics and diversity grow.

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