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Allegra Kirkland

Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.

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LATE UPDATE Feb. 17, 9:21 a.m.: After this story was published, Huntington Beach Police Information Officer Jennifer Marlatt amended her earlier statement, clarifying that Rohrabacher's staffer was later transferred to the hospital where injuries were discovered.

The female employee stated she did strike her head and other parts of her body during the fall. She declined to be transported by paramedics, but she was transported to the hospital by her friend. This was written in the report. It was unknown what injuries the female sustained at the time of the report. I’ve been advised after going to the hospital, injuries were discovered.

Original story below: Rep. Dan Rohrabacher (R-CA) and California police provided starkly different accounts of an altercation between a staffer and demonstrator at one of his district offices, with the GOP lawmaker charging that a "violent" assault occurred and police describing the incident as an honest mistake.

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In a hastily-called Thursday press conference carried live on national TV, President Donald Trump was completely off the map.

During the hour-plus event in the East Room of the White House, ostensibly held to announce the nomination of his new pick for labor secretary, Alex Acosta, the President instead ticked off items from his long list of grievances while making sometimes unintelligible exclamations about the most pressing issues of the day.

He declared that a nuclear holocaust started by Russia and the U.S. would be “like no other.” Harkening back to campaign mode, he railed against the “dishonest” media, asserted he would never comment on foreign policy specifics to the media, and declared that the country of Russia was “fake news.”

Asked about the flood of leaks pouring out of his White House, he lamented that this “very confidential, classified” information was being released to the press, while simultaneously arguing that the reporting based on those real leaks was “fake.”

Despite his belligerent tone and the calling out of individual reporters, the President also insisted he was “having a great time” and “not ranting and raving.”

In short, it was a doozy.

TPM gathered the 8 most jaw-dropping moments below.

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Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) claims that a 71-year-old staffer was “assaulted” by a “mob” of “unruly activists” Tuesday, when a group of protesters showed up to his Huntington Beach office to deliver Valentine’s Day cards.

“These holier-than-thou obstructionists will be held responsible for this outrageous assault. They are exposing themselves for what they are—enemies of American self-government and democracy,” the Republican lawmaker said in a seething statement Wednesday.

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