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Virginia Kruta | Associate Editor

Nationally syndicated conservative radio host Dana Loesch was not impressed to learn that CNN received an award for the network’s town hall after the Parkland shooting.

CNN announced the news Tuesday, cheering the event’s host, Jake Tapper, for receiving the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.

At first, Loesch was just taken aback.

But then she shared a series of videos, all showing what happened during the town hall when the cameras were off.

Loesch then argued that the entire event was essentially a setup, designed to allow the students and the crowd-free rein to attack her.

And Loesch was not the only person who shared that assessment of the situation. (RELATED: CNN Crowd Boos Pro-2A Rape Survivor)

She also stated that, as she tried to leave, she was physically assaulted — and asked CNN to release any potential footage of the incident.

Loesch concluded by calling the award a “sham,” and saying that any network truly interested in advancing the conversation would refuse such an acknowledgment — unless, of course, it was shared with her, since her claims about the failures of first responders at the scene were later backed up by the full reports and video evidence.

But it didn’t end there, because according to Loesch, Tapper responded to her tirade by unfollowing her.

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Matt M. Miller | Contributor

Democratic 2020 candidates will participate in a presidential debate focused solely on LGBTQ issues.

The event, which will be hosted by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) and the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, is scheduled for October 10, 2019, at UCLA’s Royce Hall on the eve of National Coming Out Day.

According to Advocate, the debate will prompt discussions on “conversion therapy” restrictions, hate crime retribution and transgender rights. (RELATED: Mother Arrested, Spends Seven Hours In Jail For Calling Transgender A Man)

HRC President Chad Griffin stressed the importance of 2020 Democratic candidates addressing LGBTQ issues, saying, “Millions of LGBTQ people will have their rights on the ballot in 2020 — but today, we are also a powerful voting bloc that will help determine the outcome.”

He continued, “If any LGBTQ person were to take a cross-country drive from HRC headquarters in Washington, D.C., to UCLA’s campus, their rights and protections under the law would change dozens of times at every city line and state border.”

The organizers of the event will be using the same rules as Democratic National Committee sanctioned debates, where candidates are required to receive at least 1 percent of the vote in three national polls or receive 65,000 donations from people in 20 sates to qualify for participation.

Given these rules and the most recent polling data, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Beto O’Rourke, John Hickenlooper and Amy Klobuchar would constitute the qualifying Democratic candidates. (RELATED: A Transgender Woman Is Highly Favored To Win Miss Universe: Here Are The Wild Odds)

Pete Buttigieg, the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is the only LGBTQ Democrat who has expressed serious interest in a 2020 presidential candidacy. If he does decide to officially run, he would qualify to participate in the October forum since he has reached 65,000 donors cross 20 states, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Source: The Daily Caller

Virginia Kruta | Associate Editor

Democratic New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker has a complicated relationship with sleep — and coffee — according to a series of tweets unearthed Monday. And he’s not above using the same joke more than once. Or more than 10 times.

Writer Anna Fitzpatrick discovered the tweets in what initially appeared to be an effort to explain why 10-year-old tweets should not be used to judge presidential candidates.

“we should vet every presidential candidate but digging up their tweets from 2009 is a low blow. every tweet from 2009 is bad,” she tweeted.

She then made an example of Booker, citing a 2009 tweet in which he lamented a lack of sleep. “‘Sleep’ and I broke up a few nights ago. I’m dating ‘Coffee’ now. She’s Hot!”

But then Fitzpatrick realized that Booker had repeated the same joke just two years ago.

That’s when she realized there might just be a pattern. (RELATED: Cory Booker Confirms He’s Dating, And The Rumor Mill Points To A Hollywood Actress)

Booker, who recently tossed his hat into the ring for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, also announced some personal news: he has severed ties with both coffee and sleep, and is currently seeing actress Rosario Dawson.

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