Kate Riga

Kate Riga is a news writer for Talking Points Memo based in New York City. Before joining TPM, Kate was the political reporter for The Southampton Press. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and a native of Philadelphia.

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At a meeting last week, publishing executives accused Facebook of scrambling to include far-right outlets with questionable journalistic standards to “balance” mainstream and trusted publications like the New York Times and the Washington Post, according to a Tuesday Wall Street Journal report.

BuzzFeed editor in chief Ben Smith and HuffPost editor in chief Lydia Polgreen specifically took issue with the Daily Caller, saying that the far right publication lacks journalistic standards, and that Facebook accommodates it to assuage conservatives who claim that publications like the Times and the Post are leftwing.

Per the Wall Street Journal, publisher of the Daily Caller Neil Patel defended his publication’s reporting.

The meeting comes shortly before executives from Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are slated to go before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

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Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK) released a statement in response to the widely-criticized Trump-Putin presser on Monday, attacking Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian hackers but careful to omit the name of his great ally, President Donald Trump.

“U.S.-Russia relations remain at a historic low for one simple reason: Vladimir Putin is a committed adversary of the United States.

In the last few years alone, Russia meddled in our presidential campaign, violated arms-control treaties with the United States, invaded Ukraine, assassinated political opponents in the United Kingdom, made common cause with Iran in propping up Bashar al-Assad’s outlaw regime in Syria, and cheated not only in the Olympics, but even in the Paralympics.

These are not the actions of a friend, an ally, or merely a nation with aligned interests.

Until Russian behavior changes, our policy should not change.

The United States should stay on the strategic offensive against Russia by maintaining sanctions, rebuilding our military, modernizing our nuclear forces, expanding missile defenses, sending more weapons to our allies, and producing more oil and gas.

Strength is the one language for which Vladimir Putin needs no interpreter.”

Cotton enjoys a close relationship with Trump and is not up for reelection until 2020.

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In the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the hosts of Trump-friendly Fox & Friends gently pushed back on the President Tuesday morning, urging him to walk back his comments.

“I will say this to the President: When Newt Gingrich, when General Jack Keane and Matt Schlapp said the President fell short and made our intelligence apparatus look bad, it’s time to pay attention,” said host Brian Kilmeade, quickly adding that the situation is easily correctible.

“Look, a lot of people get confused. I’m not saying the President is confused. A lot of people are confused about the Russia collusion thing,” chimed in host Steve Doocy. “There is a big difference between collusion and the meddling. The President says there was no collusion, and he is very strident about that. He says it every time. But pretty much everyone and their brother, except Vladimir Putin, knows that there was meddling.”

Doocy added that Trump should not feel that the Russian interference delegitimized his election victory.

Abby Huntsman, the third host who criticized Trump strongly on Monday, said that Trump “has got to get over” that he won the election and urged him to see the difference between the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia and the proven election tampering committed by Russian intelligence officials.

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Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), a former CIA agent, took to CNN to express his disbelief at President Donald Trump’s comments during the joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday.

“Having spent almost a decade as an undercover officer in the CIA, having spent my time here in Congress working with our allies across the world who have to face the Russian menace—I’ve seen Russian intelligence manipulate many people in my career, and I never thought the US President would be one of them,” Hurd told CNN’s Jake Tapper.

“So it’s disappointing. Also that press conference showed why Vladimir Putin is so formidable when it comes to disinformation, because I actually believe that press conference was disinformation. It was very clear what their attempts were to undergird our democratic institutions.”

Hurd also praised NATO, saying that it had allowed for “70 years of peace and prosperity in Europe” which boosted American trade and checked Russia’s expansion of power.

He concluded by voicing the disapproval with Trump’s comments that many of his colleagues, from both sides of the aisle, have expressed in the past few hours.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t see the tough talk needed to deal with a thug like Vladimir Putin,” he said.

Hurd has broken with the President before on issues like the border wall, and is facing a competitive reelection race in 2018.

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich joined the growing chorus of bipartisan criticism of President Donald Trump’s comments at his joint presser with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, calling them “the most serious mistake of his presidency.”

During the presser, Trump refused to disavow Putin over the 12 Russians indicted for hacking into the 2016 U.S. election, choosing to take Putin’s word over that of multiple U.S. intelligence agencies.

Gingrich is joined in his disapproval by Republicans including Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Bob Corker (R-TN), Fox hosts Neil Cavuto and Abby Huntsman and Reps. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Justin Amash (R-MI), among others.

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Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) expressed his “disappointment” after the Trump-Putin presser Monday, saying that President Donald Trump made America look like a “pushover.”

“I just felt like the President’s comments made us look as a nation more like a pushover. I was disappointed in that,” he told reporters. “When he had the opportunity to defend our intelligence agencies, who work for him, I was very disappointed and saddened with the equivalency he gave between them and what Putin was saying.”

He went on to point out how the press conference represents a pattern of Trump behavior.

“Sometimes the President cares more about how a leader treats him personally than forcefully getting out there and pushing against things that we know have harmed our nation,” Corker said. “I thought that’s what we all experienced today.”

He continued to say that Putin gained a “tremendous amount” from Trump’s clear approval, and that it would help Russia rebound from being “ostracized.” He added that Putin is probably “having caviar right now.”

Corker, who has criticized Trump enough to earn a nickname, is not running for reelection in 2018.

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Joining her colleague and Fox Business Network host Neil Cavuto, Fox News host Abby Huntsman voiced a rebuke of President Donald Trump Monday after his refusal to denounce Russian President Vladimir Putin for Russian election hacking.

Cavuto called Trump’s performance “disgusting” and part of a presser that “set us back.”

The dissension from both hosts is notable, as Trump sat down with their colleagues Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson for exclusive interviews Monday. In addition, Huntsman is the daughter of Jon Huntsman, the current U.S. ambassador to Russia.

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After the shocking Trump-Putin presser when President Donald Trump refused to denounce Russian President Vladimir Putin for the Russians indicted for election meddling, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) tweeted his support for U.S. intelligence agencies and need to protect our elections.

Hatch is not seeking reelection in 2018.

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During his Fox Business Network show Monday, host Neil Cavuto called President Donald Trump’s failure to denounce Russian President Vladimir Putin for the Russian interference in the 2016 election “disgusting,” saying that the presser “set us back a lot.”

“That made it disgusting. That made his performance disgusting,” Cavuto said of Trump’s refusal to even criticize the Russian President. “Only way I feel. Not a right or left thing to me. It is wrong.”

“A U.S. President on foreign soil talking to our biggest enemy or adversary or competitor, I don’t know how we define them, essentially letting the guy get away with this, not even offering a mild, a mild criticism,” he continued. “That sets us back a lot.”

Cavuto’s criticism is especially notable as his colleagues Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson have exclusive interviews with Trump about the summit Monday night.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) took to Twitter to reflect on the Trump-Putin presser Monday, when President Donald Trump did not denounce Russian President Vladimir Putin for Russians’ proven tampering in the 2016 U.S. election. Graham called the press conference a “missed opportunity.”

Graham is an occasional critic of Trump and is not up for reelection until 2020.

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