Sep 11, 2017

White House reacts to Bannon's 60 Minutes interview

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaking at a daily news briefing at the White House. Photo: Carolyn Kaster / AP

Sarah Sanders addressed Steve Bannon's 60 Minutes interview during her Monday briefing, noting that President Trump has seen clips of it, and that she's unsure whether he was "disappointed" by his former chief strategist's comments.

Briefing highlights:

  • On Steve Bannon's claim that firing James Comey was a historic error: "I think it's been shown in the days after that the president was right in firing Comey," based on new information about his "conduct."
  • Does Trump still seek Bannon's counsel? "I think they've had one conversation [since Bannon's departure] but not anything beyond that."
  • On Bannon saying DACA could create a "civil war" within the GOP: "Steve always likes to speak in the most extreme measures."
  • Trump's views on climate change following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma: "I don't think that's changed."

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George Zimmerman filed a lawsuit in Polk County, Fla. seeking $265 million in damages from Democratic presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren, accusing them of defaming him to "garner votes in the black community."

Context: Neither the Massachusetts senator nor the former Southbend mayor tweeted his name in the Feb. 5 posts on what would've been the 25th birthday of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teen Zimmerman fatally shot in 2012. But Zimmerman alleges they "acted with actual malice" to defame him.

4 takeaways from the Nevada Democratic debate

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The relative civility of the last eight Democratic debates was thrown by the wayside Wednesday night, the first debate to feature the billionaire "boogeyman," Michael Bloomberg, whose massive advertising buys and polling surge have drawn the ire of the entire field.

The big picture: Pete Buttigieg captured the state of the race early on, noting that after Super Tuesday, the "two most polarizing figures on this stage" — Bloomberg and democratic socialist Bernie Sanders — could be the only ones left competing for the nomination. The rest of candidates fought to stop that momentum.

Klobuchar squares off with Buttigieg on immigration

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Former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg went after Sen. Amy Klobuchar on the debate stage Wednesday for voting to confirm Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan and voting in 2007 to make English the national language.

What she's saying: "I wish everyone was as perfect as you, Pete, but let me tell you what it's like to be in the arena. ... I did not one bit agree with these draconian policies to separate kids from their parents, and in my first 100 days, I would immediately change that."