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Rupert Murdoch defends Fox to Congress

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News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch engaged US lawmakers in a heated debate Thursday on immigration as he defended coverage by his Fox News networks against critics who claim it is overly conservative.

“We welcome all views on Fox News. We don’t censure, we’re not anti-mmigrant on Fox News,” he told a House Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration.

Murdoch appeared alongside New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to call for immigration reforms but drew fire from Representative Maxine Waters for his media coverage.

“I don’t see you promoting that. Why don’t you use your power to help us?” the congresswoman said.

“I would say we do,” Murdoch said. “We do employ a lot of immigrants at Fox. We certainly have debates on both sides” on Fox News.

Also in the debate, Representative Peter King asked Murdoch why Americans should “accept the promise again that we would enforce immigration laws.”

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Murdoch responded: “You don’t have to accept any promises. You’re the people who make the laws in this country.”

Murdoch and Bloomberg both addressed the need for reform to address the status of an estimated 11 million immigrants, which is supported by President Barack Obama.

Bloomberg said any new measure must address the issue of work visas and efforts to stop the flow of illegal immigrants as well as the question of illegal residents.

“Unless you address those three issues at the same time it is not going to be solved,” he said.

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Israel PM’s wife Sara Netanyahu convicted of misusing public funds

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An Israeli court Sunday convicted the wife of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of fraudulently using state funds for meals, under a plea bargain which saw her admit to lesser charges.

Sara Netanyahu was found guilty of exploiting the mistake of another person and ordered to pay a fine and compensation, in a deal approved by Jerusalem magistrates' court justice Avital Chen.

Netanyahu was also fined 10,000 shekels ($2,800) and ordered to reimburse the state a further 45,000 shekels, the latter of which she will pay in nine installments, at her request.

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What does the Trump administration want from Iran?

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It was the latest in a series of assaults on tankers transporting oil through the Gulf. In May, Saudi, Norwegian and Emirati oil tankers were attacked off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, causing damage but no casualties. The attacks have gone unclaimed, so the perpetrator is unknown – at least publicly.

U.S. ally Saudi Arabia, Iran’s regional rival, blamed the Iranian government and called the May attacks “naked aggression.” Saudi King Salman asked the international community to “use all means” to punish Iran.

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Virginia Democrats are so fired up that the party chair had to scold them: ‘Sit down — be quiet’

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Democrats in Virginia are fired up as they gathered in Richmond for their annual gala dinner.

Political analysts believe the Democratic Party of Virginia has a good chance to win control of the state legislature in 2019's election, before setting their sights on the Commonwealth continuing its recent trend of voting Democratic in presidential elections.

Patrick Wilson, a political reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, attended the event.

He reported that Democrats were so "noisy" that it was hard to hear the speakers, which include presidential candidates Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

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