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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

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Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Health: WHO: AstraZeneca vaccine must be evaluated on "more than a press release."
  2. Politics: Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York COVID restrictions.
  3. Economy: Safety nets to disappear in DecemberAmazon hires 1,400 workers a day throughout pandemic.
  4. Education: U.S. public school enrollment drops as pandemic persists — National standardized tests delayed until 2022.
  5. Cities: Los Angeles County issues stay-at-home order, limits gatherings.
  6. World: London police arrest dozens during anti-lockdown protests — Thailand, Philippines sign deal with AstraZeneca for vaccine.

Tony Hsieh, longtime Zappos CEO, dies at 46

Tony Hsieh. Photo: FilmMagic/FilmMagic

Tony Hsieh, the longtime ex-chief executive of Zappos, died on Friday after being injured in a house fire, his lawyer told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He was 46.

The big picture: Hsieh was known for his unique approach to management, and following the 2008 recession his ongoing investment and efforts to revitalize the downtown Las Vegas area.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
9 hours ago - Economy & Business

The unicorn stampede is coming

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Airbnb and DoorDash plan to go public in the next few weeks, capping off a very busy year for IPOs.

What's next: You ain't seen nothing yet.

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