Cristina Cabrera

Cristina Cabrera is a newswriter at TPM based in New York. She previously worked for Vocativ, USA Today and New York 1 News. She received her B.A at NYU. You can reach her at

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Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum (D) announced he was withdrawing his concession after the state began a recount in the extremely tight governor race on Saturday.

“I am replacing my earlier concession with an unapologetic and uncompromised call to count every vote,” Gillum tweeted.

The Democrat had conceded the race to Republican opponent Ron DeSantis late Tuesday. “We didn’t win it tonight,” he told his supporters.

However, as the vote gap between the two candidates continued to shrink throughout the week, Gillum’s campaign said it was ready for “any outcome,” including a recount.

DeSantis is ahead of Gillum by 0.41 percentage points. A margin of 0.5 percent or less triggers a recount in Florida. There will also be a recount for the similarly tight Senate race between Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Republican challenger Rick Scott.

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President Donald Trump faced backlash on Saturday after he decided to skip a visit to a World War I cemetery in France for American soldiers, citing bad weather.

One critic included Nicholas Soames, Winston Churchill’s grandson.

“They died with their face to the foe and that pathetic inadequate @realDonaldTrump couldn’t even defy the weather to pay his respects to The Fallen,” Soames tweeted.

“It’s incredible that a president would travel to France for this significant anniversary – and then remain in his hotel room watching TV,” wrote former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum, “rather than pay in person his respects to the Americans who gave their lives in France for the victory gained 100 years ago tomorrow.”

Ex-Obama aide Ben Rhodes chimed in: “I helped plan all of President Obama’s trips for 8 years. There is always a rain option. Always.”

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Congresswoman-elected Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) slammed a Fox News panel on Friday after they laughed at her comment about being unable to pay for an apartment in D.C.

“@FoxNews, why can’t any of your anchors say my name correctly?” Cortez tweeted. “It’s been 5 months.”

“It is bizarre to see 1%-salaried anchors laugh at the US housing crisis,” she continued.

Ocasio-Cortez described in a New York Times interview how her transition to Washington will be “very unusual” because she has to wait several months without a paying job until she begins her term in January.

“I have three months without a salary before I’m a member of Congress,” she said. “So, how do I get an apartment? Those little things are very real.”

In a video clipped by Media Matters editor Parker Malloy, a panel of Fox News commentators responded to her comment with snickers.

“I think what she’s talking about is all of the money in Washington, all of the wealth in Washington, all of the power, and a little simple person like her from New York can’t find a place to live,” said panelist Judy Miller. “It is a brilliant political lie.”

Watch the video below:

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President Donald Trump on Friday night defended his new acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker as a “highly respected U.S. Attorney” while still insisting that he “did not know” Whitaker.

Soon after Whitaker was announced as former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ temporary replacement, he came under scrutiny for his criticism against Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.

Then reports came out detailing his involvement with a scam company that was shut down by the Federal Trade Commission and is now under FBI investigation, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Whitaker also may have violated the terms of his right-wing group’s tax exemption status when he repeatedly criticized Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Trump told reporters on Friday morning, “I don’t know Matthew Whitaker,” directly contradicting himself after he told Fox and Friends last month, “I mean, I know Matt Whitaker.”

Now the President seems to be hedging between the two claims by stating he “did not know” Whitaker “except primarily as he traveled with A.G. Sessions” when he served as Sessions’ chief of staff.

“No social contact,” Trump insisted about the man he previously described as a “great guy.”

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The relationship between President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary James Mattis has deteriorated to the point where Trump is worried that Mattis is secretly a Democrat, according to a Saturday New York Times story.

While Trump still publicly stands by his defense secretary, the Times paints a picture of a president who is increasingly resentful of Mattis’ apolitical stance and the perception that Mattis is the only adult in the room.

For his part, Mattis is reportedly getting tired of having to be that adult. He clashed with Trump over NATO and war games with South Korea, and the hiring of national security advisor deputy Mira Ricardel has further strained his relationship with the White House.

Mattis’ friends tell the Times that the defense secretary doesn’t want the military to be seen as a political tool. He avoids interviews so he won’t be seen publicly disagreeing with Trump, but he’s not willing to lavish Trump with praise.

That seems to be a problem for Trump, who’s made it clear that loyalty is crucial in his administration.

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Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said Friday that Paul Manafort is still “not disqualified” from potentially getting pardoned by President Donald Trump, even after Manafort agreed to a plea deal requiring total cooperation with Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

“I don’t have any reason to believe it’s happening now, but I also don’t have any reason to preclude it in the future,” Giuliani told the New York Daily News.

The lawyer insisted that Trump isn’t worried about anyone flipping “as long as they tell the truth.”

“And certainly Paul would do that,” said Giuliani.

When news broke of Manafort’s shocking plea deal on Friday after he was charged with two counts of conspiracy, the Trump legal team issued a statement insisting that the ex-Trump campaign manager’s cooperation agreement has “nothing to do with President Trump or the Trump campaign.”

Before the bombshell deal, Trump said he felt “very badly” for Manafort and praised him for refusing to “break” to investigators – or as Trump described it, “make up stories in order to get a ‘deal.'”

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