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CNN legal analyst Areva Martin accuses David Webb of ‘white privilege’ before learning he’s black

It was a rough day for author and CNN legal analyst Areva Martin on Tuesday.

Martin accused Sirius XM radio and Fox Nation host David Webb of “white privilege” during a segment on a radio program before he broke the news.

“Areva, I hate to break it to you, but you should’ve been better prepped. I’m black,” Webb said.

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The embarrassing moment occurred during a discussion about experience being more important than race when determining whether or not someone is qualified for a particular job.

“I’ve chosen to cross different parts of the media world, done the work so that I’m qualified to be in each one. I never considered my color the issue, I considered my qualifications the issue,” Webb said.

“That’s a whole, another long conversation about white privilege, the things that you have the privilege of doing, that people of color don’t have the privilege of,” said Martin – who also hosts CBS’ “Face the Truth.”

A dumbfounded Webb asked, “How do I have the privilege of white privilege?”

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Martin responded, “David, by virtue of being a white male you have white privilege.”

The Fox Nation host then explained that he was actually black.

“I stand corrected,” Martin said.

Webb scolded Martin for running with an “assumption” and she then blamed her team for providing inaccurate information.

“That’s actually insulting,” Webb said.

“It is and I apologize,” Martin replied. “I was given wrong information.”

Martin’s spokesperson declined a request for comment.

Bashing Melania Trump for White House Christmas decorations latest sign of media hypocrisy, critics say

Even Pat Sajak thinks the media is going too far.

First Lady Melania Trump unveiled the White House’s Christmas décor on Monday and – for the second year in a row – she is being attacked, mocked and even vilified for the people’s house’s holiday furnishings, which many critics feel is a sign of widespread hypocrisy.

While the first lady was criticized for last year’s all-white theme, the patriotic red used this season has been equally condemned, with many detractors claiming it looks like the handmaids’ outfits in “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

“The War on Christmas has evolved into more of the media’s War on Trump,” fumed Media Research Center vice president Dan Gainor.

Mainstream media outlets such as The Washington Post, USA Today, Time, HuffPost, San Francisco Chronicle and Vice all mocked the decorations, often masking their disdain by focusing on the backlash of trolls on social media.

Even House Beautiful, a lifestyle magazine geared towards interior decorators, launched a full-blown attack on the decorations with a feature headlined, “So, The 2018 White House Christmas Theme Is Apparently ‘The Shining.’”

The piece features snarky commentary such as “another year in the Trump White House, another opportunity to add a touch of holiday magic to the banality of evil,” and “the overwhelming feeling of dread was one of the many sources of inspiration for this year’s decorations.”

‘If she were married to someone the media approved of, it would be all Melania all the time’

— Pat Sajak

House Beautiful wrote that last year’s theme was “a terrifying amount of white,” while the 2018 decorations feature too much red. The magazine’s over-the-top takedown of the White House decorations evokes everything from white supremacy and the migrant caravan to comparing a Christmas wreath to a “bottomless pit of despair.”

Meanwhile, similar publications had fawned over the Christmas decorations of past administrations. “We’re seriously jealous of Michelle Obama’s Christmas decorations,” Good Housekeeping wrote in 2016, for example.

Grand Foyer and Cross Hall are seen during the 2018 Christmas preview at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. (AP)

Grand Foyer and Cross Hall are seen during the 2018 Christmas preview at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. (AP)

“According to the juvenile style mavens that dominate the lefty media, Melania’s Christmas style is somehow ‘spooky’ or ‘deeply haunted.’ Compare that to how The Washington Post described Michelle Obama as a ‘pro in dressing up the place’ whose decorations delivered her own ‘steady recognition of military service,’” Gainor said.

The decorations include more than 20,000 feet of lights, 14,000 ornaments, 12,000 bows, wreaths made from pencils, an enormous gingerbread house, 40 topiary trees and a lot of red – which the first lady’s office called “a symbol of valor and bravery.” The decorations were revealed via a slickly produced video showcasing concepts turning from initial sketches to reality, with Melania’ “Be Best,” well-being campaign front and center.

Gainor was particularly offended by a vulgar Funny or Die video spoof of the actual White House unveiling that mocked Melania’s accent and declared that the trees were dipped in blood.

‘This boorish reporting about the First Lady’s holiday decorating is culturally divisive and unnecessary’

— DePauw University professor Jeffrey McCall

“Liberal comedy has turned into a 24-7 anti-Trump joke without an iota of humor,” he said.

Media critic and DePauw University professor Jeffrey McCall feels that Christmas season should be a time for the nation to celebrate together – which was allowed during the Obama administration.

“Melania’s decorating touches have not received the same courtesy in a number of media accounts, as if reporters had any sense of stylish interior design in the first place,” McCall told Fox News. “This boorish reporting about the First Lady’s holiday decorating is culturally divisive and unnecessary.”

Melania Trump’s White House Christmas décor doesn’t receive the praise that past first ladies received. (AP)

Melania Trump’s White House Christmas décor doesn’t receive the praise that past first ladies received. (AP)

The Hill media reporter Joe Concha told Fox News that “it’s obvious the faux outrage about all-things Trump is simply performance art to play on the emotion readers and viewers” at this point – with Melania’s Christmas decorations being the latest example.

“Attacking a first lady, which is normally a big no-no, is now part business decision to generate clicks and ratings, part of loathing for anything with the Trump name attached,” Concha said.

Concha pointed out that Melania’s favorability is higher than most politicians, which could result in negative coverage of the first lady backfiring.

“Feel free to attack over Christmas tree selections because there’s little upside outside of a quick clicks hit while any last shred of integrity goes out the window,” Concha said.

‘Liberal comedy has turned into a 24-7 anti-Trump joke without an iota of humor’

— Dan Gainor, VP, Media Research Center

Conservative actor James Woods took to Twitter, pointing out that “Since no American magazine will put her on a cover,” her fans will simply have to celebrate the first lady themselves. The tweet racked up over 74,000 likes and thousands of comments that offer the polar opposite of what many media outlets have published — including a note from Pat Sajak.

“If she were married to someone the media approved of, it would be all Melania all the time. Every move would be breathlessly recorded and every outfit would be featured in multiple publications. Her intelligence and beauty would be highlighted 24/7,” the “Wheel of Fortune” host responded.

NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck told Fox News that the practice of attacking Melania’s decorations “silly” and “pathetic” but the first lady has proven to have thick skin – which is necessary because of the way the media portrays her as a villain.

The official White House Christmas tree is seen in the Blue Room during the 2018 Christmas Press Preview at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. (AP)

The official White House Christmas tree is seen in the Blue Room during the 2018 Christmas Press Preview at the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. (AP)

“Michelle Obama was hailed by the media on what felt like a daily basis. As expected, Mrs. Trump won’t be afforded anywhere the same level of praise for her decision-making, let alone her fashion sense,” Houck said.

McCall feels that Melania and Christmas decorations “should be off-limits for polarizing news coverage and commentary,” regardless of whether or not reporters agree with President Trump and his policies.

“The media outlets that have chosen to cheap shot the First Lady and her Christmas decorations come off looking like so many Scrooges,” McCall said.

Fox News’ Janine Puhak contributed to this report.

Steve Hilton: Trump is fighting the elitist enemy within his own White House

Over the Thanksgiving break, I read Bob Woodward’s “Fear: Trump in the White House.”

When it came out in September the snooty elitists on the East Coast salivated over its juicy gossip: “Trump watches TV a lot!” and the story it told of a president they see as an ignorant, dangerous barbarian.

Here are a few of the condescending highlights…

From Judy Woodruff, PBS: “It is a stunning look inside the Trump presidency, exposing a chaotic White House led by a man who has said he believes the key to power is fear.”

From Jamie Gangel, CNN: “I think what Woodward has presented here is a devastating portrait, Brooke. We’ve heard about chaos, we’ve heard about dysfunction, but the details of this book are like nothing we’ve heard before…’

From Mika Brzezinski, co-host, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,”: “All the anecdotes certainly ring true to the man we know and the man who never evolved or stepped up when he won the presidency”…

The East Coast elite held up this book as evidence of why Donald Trump is not fit to be president. Well, either they haven’t read the book, or they’re deliberately distorting what’s in it.

What Bob Woodward has actually done is write a book in praise of President Trump. The Woodward account, in fact, tells the story of a president who’s totally focused on his agenda, clear about his priorities, and obsessed with delivering the promises he was elected on — but blocked at every turn by almost everyone around him.

What Bob Woodward has actually done is write a book in praise of President Trump. The Woodward account, in fact, tells the story of a president who is totally focused on his agenda, clear about his priorities, and obsessed with delivering the promises he was elected on — but blocked at every turn by almost everyone around him.

Former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, former economic chief Gary Cohn, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, current Defense Secretary General Mattis — and especially Rob Porter, the White House staff secretary who resigned in disgrace over wife-beating allegations — these men were in President Trump’s inner circle and they literally plotted and schemed with each other to overturn the result of the 2016 election.

Donald Trump’s signature issue for decades has been trade. He was elected to get out of TPP, NAFTA and other trade deals that hurt American workers. He couldn’t have been clearer about it. Here’s what he said on August 24, 2016

“We are going to stop the TPP, totally re-negotiate NAFTA, one of the worst trade deals ever made by mankind, and protect every last American job.”

From day one the president wanted to deliver on that by introducing tariffs and renegotiating trade deals. But globalists including Gary Cohn and General Mattis did everything in their power to stop him.

Another central theme of Donald Trump’s campaign was his promise to stop America’s involvement in endless foreign wars. This is how he said it in 2016 :

“I will never send our finest into battle unless necessary, and I mean absolutely necessary, and will only do so if we have a plan for victory with a capital V.”

And yet the globalists in his team tried every trick in the book to get the president to break his promises and carry on with the failed policies of the past.

It’s the same on immigration. One of the most distinctive elements of the Trump 2016 agenda was its promise to end the elitist consensus for uncontrolled immigration that for decades delivered cheap labor to big business Republicans and easy votes to establishment Democrats.

Could anyone have misunderstood what Donald Trump was saying? Here’s what he said in a presidential debate in 2015:

“As far as the wall is concerned, we’re going to build a wall. We’re going to create a border. We’re going to let people in, but they’re going to come in legally. They’re going to come in legally. And it’s something that can be done.”

But on this issue too, we learn from Bob Woodward’s reporting, that far from undermining democracy, as the East Coast elites scream every day, President Trump has been battling to uphold democracy by delivering the policy changes that people voted for.

Far from describing an unfit and clueless idiot in the Oval Office, the Woodward book portrays a clear-eyed and resolute president fighting exactly the elitist enemy he was elected to fight.

The only problem is: the enemy is within. Not just within his own administration — but within his own White House. Now, some of those people have gone. Rex Tillerson. Gary Cohn. Rob Porter…they’re out. But far too many are still there.

Next week, we’ll be in Washington, D.C., right in the swamp and we will bring you a special edition of “SwampWatch: The Swamp in the White House.”

Yes, we will name names. You do not want to miss it: “The Swamp in the White House,”  next Sunday from D.C.

Tell me what you think of that @stevehiltonx and @nextrevfnc.

Adapted from Steve Hilton’s monologue on “The Next Revolution” on November 25, 2018.

Trump hints at attending next year’s White House Correspondents Dinner, takes swipe at former host

President Donald Trump on Tuesday suggested that he might attend next year’s White House Correspondents Dinner now that the event is no longer featuring a comedian.

Trump, in a tweet Tuesday night, wrote, “So-called comedian Michelle Wolf bombed so badly last year at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner that this year, for the first time in decades, they will have an author instead of a comedian. Good first step in comeback of a dying evening and tradition! Maybe I will go?”

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The White House Correspondents’ Association announced Monday that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow would address its annual dinner next year following the pushback over Wolf’s sharply anti-Trump performance last time.

The role of the host is typically to roast the president and members of the media, with the jokes sometimes taking shots at the most powerful person in the world. But many critics felt Wolf took it too far last year when she launched attacks on President Trump and members of his administration.

Chernow is far from a comedian, but has written acclaimed biographies of prominent figures such as Alexander Hamilton, George Washington and John D. Rockefeller.

Presidents traditionally attend the dinner, but Trump has skipped it for two straight years.

Fox News’ Brian Flood and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

More than 40 ‘Ghost Face Gangsters’ white supremacist gang members indicted, DOJ says

Forty-three men and women linked to a notorious prison gang known as the “Ghost Face Gangsters” were indicted on federal charges this week, officials said.

The Department of Justice announced Monday the defendants linked to the violent white supremacist group were indicted on charges “related to drug trafficking and firearms possession throughout eastern Georgia and beyond.”

The charges include 25 counts “alleging the possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute” and 18 counts “alleging the unlawful distribution of controlled substances.”

The accused gang members include Adam Cushman, 39, of Savannah, Ga.; Avery Wiggins, 43, of Guyton, Ga.; and Cody Tracy, 33, of Guyton, Ga. Go here for a full list of the men and women indicted in this case. They all face potential life sentences in prison.

A DOJ news release alleges the “narcotics-trafficking conspiracy” began in 2015 and is still ongoing. The sweep, dubbed “Operation Vanilla Gorilla,” is said to be one of the biggest takedowns of the group. It follows another large swath of arrests from this past March where authorities charged 23 alleged “Ghost Face” members in the Northern District of Georgia.

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“Operation Vanilla Gorilla” got its name from a moniker some of the gang’s members wear proudly, authorities said.

“When I was sworn in as the United States Attorney, I pledged that we would make neighborhoods safer and work hard to dismantle criminal street gangs,” Bobby L. Christine, a U.S. attorney, said. “As this indictment demonstrates, we will coordinate with federal, state and local law enforcement to identify criminal organizations; we will target them; and we will dismantle them. The ‘Ghost Face Gangsters’ is a gang that started in Georgia prisons. It has spread to the free world. It is my goal to end the gang where it started.”

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The Miami Herald reported the “Ghost Face Gangsters” were established in the early 2000s at Georgia’s Cobb County jail. The gang has spread into other prisons in the state, officials said.

The White House will not seek to revoke CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s press pass, sources say

The White House will not seek to revoke CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s hard pass, two sources told Fox News on Monday.

It was widely believed earlier on Monday that the White House would again attempt to ban Acosta from the White House after legal threats were exchanged in a series of emails and court filings.

Acosta’s “hard pass,” which provided expedited access to the White House grounds, was suspended earlier this month after he engaged in a contentious back-and-forth with Trump during a Nov. 7 press conference. Acosta then refused to pass the microphone to a female White House aide and there was brief contact between the two. His hard pass was revoked later that day. CNN argued that it violated the network and Acosta’s First and Fifth Amendment rights.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly temporarily restored Acosta’s credential. Later in the day, the White House sent the CNN reporter a letter informing him that a “preliminary decision” was made that his credential would be revoked, once again, after the temporary 14-day order expires.

The attorney for CNN and Acosta claimed in a Monday court filing that the White House was attempting to punish Acosta based on “retroactive” application of rules that aren’t written and requested a hearing for the week of Nov. 26.

Last week, Fox News announced that it would support CNN’s effort to restore Acosta’s White House credential and filed an amicus brief with the U.S. District Court.

Following the temporary decision, Trump told Fox News’ Chris Wallace that he will kick Acosta out of press conferences if he “misbehaves” going forward.

Wallace asked what rules the administration would put in place going forward as a result of the judge’s decision.

“We’re writing them now. We’ll have rules of decorum, you know you can’t keep asking questions,” Trump said.

Fox News’ John Roberts contributed to this report.

More to come…

Michelle Wolf: White House Correspondents’ Association ‘cowards’ for ditching comedians in 2019

Anti-Trump comedian Michelle Wolf called the White House Correspondents’ Association “cowards” for ditching comedy for its annual dinner in 2019 after she made headlines with a crude performance last April.

“The @whca are cowards. The media is complicit. And I couldn’t be prouder,” Wolf tweeted after the WHCA announced that Alexander Hamilton biographer Ron Chernow would be the featured speaker at the annual dinner, which is scheduled for April 27.

“I’m delighted that Ron will share his lively, deeply researched perspectives on American politics and history at the 2019 White House Correspondents’ Dinner,” WHCA president Olivier Knox said. “As we celebrate the importance of a free and independent news media to the health of the republic, I look forward to hearing Ron place this unusual moment in the context of American history.”

‘Way to ruin it for everyone Michelle Wolf’

— Mediaite editor Colby Hall

The role of the host is typically to roast the president and members of the media, with the jokes sometimes taking shots at the most powerful person in the world. But many critics felt Wolf took it too far last year when she launched attacks on President Trump and members of his administration.

Chernow is far from a comedian, but has written acclaimed biographies of prominent figures such as Alexander Hamilton, George Washington and John D. Rockefeller.

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“The White House Correspondents’ Association has asked me to make the case for the First Amendment and I am happy to oblige,” Chernow said. “Freedom of the press is always a timely subject and this seems like the perfect moment to go back to basics. My major worry these days is that we Americans will forget who we are as a people and historians should serve as our chief custodians in preserving that rich storehouse of memory. While I have never been mistaken for a stand-up comedian, I promise that my history lesson won’t be dry.”

It didn’t take long for watchdogs to blame Wolf’s performance for the change in format.

“Way to ruin it for everyone Michelle Wolf,” Mediaite editor Colby Hall wrote.

“Michelle Wolf didn’t just kill her career, she killed the WHCA dinner entertainment too,” Erick Erickson tweeted.

The WHCA includes a large roster of news organizations such as Fox News, the Associated Press, NBC, CBS, ABC, Reuters, CNN, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, NPR, Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today and Politico.

‘The @whca are cowards. The media is complicit. And I couldn’t be prouder’

— Michelle Wolf

Several attendees of the 2018 event sat in stunned silence as Wolf took personal jabs at Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, who was at the dinner as a representative of the Trump administration and sat just feet away as Wolf commented on her appearance, criticized her job performance and even her Southern roots.

Several journalists came to Sanders’ defense after Wolf attacked Sanders’ looks. The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman even commended Sanders for absorbing “intense criticism” brought on by Wolf. Anti-Trump “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski called Wolf’s jokes on Sanders “deplorable” and said the WHCA owed Sanders an apology, while NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell said Wolf’s routine was the “worst since [Don] Imus insulted [the] Clintons” during the 1996 Radio-Television Correspondents Dinner.

President Trump –who was not in attendance — called the event a “big, boring bust” and declared the “so-called comedian really bombed.” The annual dinner is traditionally attended by the president and first lady, but the Trumps have skipped the event.

“The Break with Michelle Wolf” debuted on Netflix shortly after the dinner but was canceled months later. During the run of her now-canceled show, Wolf took aim at first daughter Ivanka in another series of crude jokes. She has also referred to Eric Trump as “an abortion,” compared ICE to ISIS and even joked that the president abused Melania Trump.

Fox News’ Katherine Lam contributed to this report.

CNN requests emergency briefing as White House looks to revoke Jim Acosta’s credential again

CNN and its White House correspondent, Jim Acosta, again accused the Trump Administration of violating their constitutional rights in new papers filed with the U.S. District Court on Monday after spending much of the weekend exchanging legal threats in the wake of Friday’s ruling by a federal judge temporarily restoring Acosta’s credential.

Acosta was informed of a “preliminary decision” for his White House credential to be revoked, once again, after the temporary 14-day order expires. The attorney for CNN and Acosta claim that the White House is attempting to punish the reporter based on “retroactive” application of rules that aren’t written and requested a hearing for the week of Nov. 26.

The filing also claims the Trump administration did not respond to CNN’s offer to work with the White House on establishing protocols for future press conferences.

The White House sent a letter to Acosta on Friday that was submitted as evidence in the court filing. The letter explains that Acosta’s credential was revoked due to inappropriate conduct, noting that the White House didn’t think formal rules for journalists were necessary prior to the CNN reporter’s actions. The letter explains that reporters are expected to ask a single question when called up upon and then yield the floor unless a follow-up is permitted.

“These basic commonsense practices are necessary for orderly press conferences that are fair to all journalists in attendance,” the letter said.

Acosta’s “hard pass,” which provided expedited access to the White House grounds, was suspended earlier this month after he engaged in a contentious back-and-forth with Trump during a Nov. 7 press conference. Acosta then refused to pass the microphone to a female White House aide and there was brief contact between the two.

The White House told Acosta that he “violated basic standards governing such events,” which resulted in his credential being revoked. The letter called it a “preliminary decision” and said the White House would consider any response that CNN or Acosta would like to submit.

Acosta’s legal team objected to the letter, calling it an “attempt to provide retroactive due process” in the papers filed on Monday.

“To say the least, the letter is a disappointing response to the court’s decision and our attempts to resolve the matter amicably,” Acosta’s attorney wrote in response. “More fundamentally, though, it is further evidence of your clients’ animus towards Mr. Acosta based on his work as CNN’s chief White House correspondent.”

The response also declared that Acosta’s legal team “will seek expedited discovery, including depositions, from all defendants on their intentions and their conduct.”

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly ruled that Acosta’s pass be temporarily restored after hearing arguments from both sides. The judge, a Trump appointee, declared that precedent had been set that the White House should have given Acosta due process before taking away his credential and that harm to the reporter had already occurred. He also said that CNN is likely to succeed on Fifth Amendment grounds and that the harm to Acosta outweighs the government’s need for an orderly press conference.

Following the temporary decision, Trump told Fox News’ Chris Wallace that he will kick Acosta out of press conferences if he “misbehaves” going forward.

Wallace asked what rules the administration would put in place going forward as a result of the judge’s decision.

“We’re writing them now. We’ll have rules of decorum, you know you can’t keep asking questions,” Trump said.

“The White House is continuing to violate the First and Fifth amendments of the Constitution. These actions threaten all journalists and news organizations. Jim Acosta and CNN will continue to report the news about the White House and the President,” CNN said in a statement.

Last week, Fox News announced that it would support CNN’s effort to restore Acosta’s White House credential and filed an amicus brief with the U.S. District Court.

Judge orders White House to return Jim Acosta’s press pass

(CNN)Federal judge Timothy J. Kelly sided with CNN on Friday, ordering the White House to reinstate chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta's press pass.

The ruling was an initial victory for CNN in its lawsuit against President Trump and several top aides.
The lawsuit alleges that CNN and Acosta's First and Fifth Amendment rights are being violated by the suspension of Acosta's press pass.
    Kelly did not rule on the underlying case on Friday. But he granted CNN's request for a temporary restraining order.
    This result means that Acosta will have his access to the White House restored for at least a short period of time. The judge said while explaining his decision that he believes that CNN and Acosta are likely to prevail in the case overall.
    Kelly made his ruling on the basis of CNN and Acosta's Fifth Amendment claims, saying the White House did not provide Acosta with the due process required to legally revoke his press pass.
    He left open the possibility, however, that the White House could seek to revoke it again if it provided that due process, emphasizing the "very limited" nature of his ruling and saying he was not making a judgment on the First Amendment claims that CNN and Acosta have made.
    Kelly was appointed to the bench by Trump last year, and confirmed with bipartisan support in the Senate.
    Acosta spoke briefly outside the court and thanked his colleagues in the press who supported the lawsuit. "Let's get back to work," he said.
    Ted Boutrous, an outside attorney representing CNN, said "This is a great day for the First Amendment and journalism."
    In a statement, CNN said, "We are gratified with this result and we look forward to a full resolution in the coming days. Our sincere thanks to all who have supported not just CNN, but a free, strong and independent American press."
    CNN has also asked for "permanent relief," meaning a declaration from the judge that Trump's revocation of Acosta's press pass was unconstitutional. This legal conclusion could protect other reporters from retaliation by the administration.
    "The revocation of Acosta's credentials is only the beginning," CNN's lawsuit alleged, pointing out that Trump has threatened to strip others' press passes too.
    That is one of the reasons why most of the country's major news organizations have backed CNN's lawsuit, turning this into an important test of press freedom.
    But the judge will rule on all of that later. Further hearings are likely to take place in the next few weeks, according to CNN's lawyers.
    The White House took the unprecedented step of suspending Acosta's access after he had a combative exchange with Trump at last week's post-midterms press conference. CNN privately sought a resolution for several days before filing suit on Tuesday.
    The defendants include Trump, press secretary Sarah Sanders, and chief of staff John Kelly.
    Kelly heard oral arguments from both sides on Wednesday afternoon.
    Kelly, a Trump appointee who has been on the federal bench just more than a year now, was very inquisitive at Wednesday's hearing, asking tough questions of both sides, drilling particularly deep into some of CNN's arguments.
    Then he said he would issue a ruling Thursday afternoon. He later postponed it until Friday morning, leaving both sides wondering about the reason for the delay.
    In public, the White House continued to argue that Acosta deserves to be blacklisted because he was too aggressive at the press conference.
    Speaking with Robert Costa at a Washington Post Live event on Thursday, White House communications official Mercedes Schlapp said press conferences have a "certain decorum," and suggested that Acosta violated that. "In that particular incident, we weren't going to tolerate the bad behavior of this one reporter," she said. Schlapp repeated the "bad behavior" claim several times.
    When Costa asked if the White House is considering yanking other press passes. Schlapp said "I'm not going to get into any internal deliberations that are happening."
    In court on Wednesday, Justice Department lawyer James Burnham argued that the Trump White House has the legal right to kick out any reporter at any time for any reason -- a position that is a dramatic break from decades of tradition.
    While responding to a hypothetical from Kelly, Burnham said that it would be perfectly legal for the White House to revoke a journalist's press pass if it didn't agree with their reporting. "As a matter of law... yes," he said.
      The White House Correspondents' Association -- which represents reporters from scores of different outlets -- said the government's stance is "wrong" and "dangerous."
      "Simply stated," the association's lawyers wrote in a brief on Thursday, "if the President were to have the absolute discretion to strip a correspondent of a hard pass, the chilling effect would be severe and the First Amendment protections afforded journalists to gather and report news on the activities on the President would be largely eviscerated."

      Mira Ricardel to leave White House, after Melania Trump’s office called for her dismissal

      Just one day after the office of first lady Melania Trump called for her dismissal, deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel is officially set to exit the White House, the Trump administration has announced.
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