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David Taintor

David Taintor is a news editor at Talking Points Memo. Previously, he worked at NBC News and Adweek. He's a native of Minnesota. Reach him at taintor@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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Reporter Ben Jacobs said a candidate for Congress in Montana “body slammed” him during an interview Wednesday, a day before a special election in the state.

The incident apparently occurred after Jacobs, a reporter for The Guardian, asked GOP candidate Greg Gianforte about the Congressional Budget Office’s newly released appraisal of House Republicans’ health care bill.

A rustling noise could be heard on an audio recording of the incident, after which Gianforte apparently told Jacobs, “I’m a sick and tired of you guys.” He added: “Get the hell out of here.”

“You just body slammed me and broke my glasses,” Jacobs said, sounding stunned.

“He took me to the ground,” Jacobs told The Guardian, which reported that he was speaking from the back of an ambulance. “This is the strangest thing that has ever happened to me in reporting on politics.”

The paper reported that Jacobs alerted the authorities to the incident. The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office said it was “currently investigating allegations of an assault,” according to Politico.

The Gianforte campaign said Jacobs asked “badgering questions” and interrupted a separate interview.

“After asking Jacobs to lower the recorder, Jacobs declined. Greg then attempted to grab the phone that was pushed in his face. Jacobs grabbed Greg’s wrist, and spun away from Greg, pushing them both to the ground. It’s unfortunate that this aggressive behavior from a liberal journalist created this scene at our campaign volunteer BBQ,” Gianforte spokesman Shane Scanlon said in a statement, according to Politico.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have thrown their support behind Gianforte, recording robocalls for the GOP candidate.

A reporter for BuzzFeed who was in the vicinity also reported what she observed from the scene:

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President Trump early Tuesday admitted that he shared “facts” with Russian officials, a day after the Washington Post and others reported that the President passed on highly classified info to the Russian foreign minister and Russia’s ambassador to U.S. during a meeting in the Oval Office.

Trump said he had the “absolute right” to share the information.

During the Oval Office meeting last week — which occurred amid the fallout over the President’s firing of FBI Director James Comey — Trump reportedly shared information about an ISIS threat, that was obtained from an American intelligence partner, according to the Washington Post.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average on Friday reached 15,000 for the first time, after the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed strong job growth in April and previous months, according to the AP:

 

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City-sponsored gun buybacks are about to be a thing of the past in Arizona's largest city.

On Monday, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) signed a bill into law that spares guns turned in during government-run buybacks from being destroyed. Instead, the law requires the guns to be sold to licensed gun dealers.

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A fictional article about New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ended up featured on Friday on The Drudge Report, according to Gawker

The story was originally published by the satirical news website The Daily Currant under this headline: "Bloomberg Refused Second Slice of Pizza at Local Restaurant." The fake news story reported that the mayor was denied a slice of pizza in Brooklyn over his proposed soda ban.

"NO PIZZA FOR YOU!" was the top headline on Drudge. As of this writing, the top story on Drudge was the monthly jobs report, and there was no mention of pizza anywhere on the page. To see a screen grab of Drudge's pizza page, see The Atlantic Wire's post.

Drudge is far from the first news site to be duped by The Daily Currant. In February, the Washington Post picked up a story from the site that claimed Sarah Palin was signing on with Al Jazeera English. And in March, a fake story claiming that Paul Krugman was filing for bankruptcy ended up on the Boston Globe website, under a partnership with a financial news content provider. The bankruptcy story originated on The Daily Currant.

h/t @nycsouthpaw.

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The U.S. economy added 165,000 jobs in April, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Friday. The unemployment rate is at 7.5 percent. 

Here are BLS' revisions for previous monthly jobs reports:

The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for February was revised from +268,000 to +332,000, and the change for March was revised from +88,000 to +138,000. With these revisions, employment gains in February and March combined were 114,000 higher than previously reported.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) talked up Hillary Clinton's presidential qualification during a speech on Thursday in LIttle Rock, Ark., the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

According to the report, Pelosi is even praying for Clinton to jump in the race:

"I pray that Hillary Clinton decides to run for president of the United States," Pelosi said, drawing loud applause from the crowd of several hundred at the Robinson Center. "... Nobody has been first lady and senator and now secretary of state. Putting everything aside that she is a woman, she'd be the best qualified person that we've seen [in recent years]."

 

Pelosi said Clinton getting elected would be "such a lift for our country" and the world.

 

"Think of the message it sends to women in the world," she said. "The most powerful figure in the world is a woman, and she also happens to be the most qualified for the job."

h/t Politico.

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