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Aides to President-elect Donald Trump and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio took potshots at each other Tuesday evening on Twitter over who would foot the bill for emergency responders sent to Trump Tower earlier in the day over a false alarm, TPM's Esme Cribb reported. Republican National Committee spokesman and incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer tweeted about the "false alarm," which occurred when Trump Tower was evacuated after a suspicious package, later found to be a backpack full of children's toys, was found in a public area of the building. "We'll send you the bill," replied Eric Phillips, de Blasio's press secretary.
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Josh Marshall: "I think the best way to look at this is to draw back from the claims and particulars. They confuse the issue rather than clarify it. A great power like the United States is never a hegemon Mr Magoo walking forward unawares on a question as weighty and consequential as this one. It is not credible to claim that the U.S. made no effort to make its views or possible actions known or took a role that was purely passive. Indeed, the U.S. made clear publicly a month ago that while it would veto any resolution that focused solely on settlements, it might now allow a vote on one that also condemned Palestinian incitement and violence."
"We'll send you the bill."
- Aides to Trump and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio took potshots at each other over who would foot the bill for emergency responders sent to Trump Tower on Tuesday over a false alarm.
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From a TPM Prime member: "If you go back say two decades, then we had much more in the way of 'authoritative' sources such as newspapers and the evening news. Only the tabloids and the conspiracy theorists of various types were outside that cocoon. Historically of course we have had long-lasting conspiracy theories ('The Jews control the world' and the like) - they've just been mostly confined to small bubbles except in places like Nazi Germany where they leaked out into the whole society. I do believe an essential part of modern education is being taught to properly evaluate conspiracy sites. But it will always be a controversial and delicate project at schools."
Related: Spicer said Wednesday that President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump "continue to talk," even as Trump suggested Obama was leaving "roadblocks" for his transition effort.
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