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Steve Bannon and Trump megadonor Robert Mercer plotting an even more right-wing Fox News

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Steve Bannon and his billionaire patrons may be plotting a TV network to attack Fox News from the right.

The former White House chief strategist returned to Breitbart News after his firing by President Donald Trump, and Axios has reported that he and the billionaire Mercer family are planning a far-right rival to the conservative Fox News.

Bannon is reportedly angry at Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of parent company 21st Century Fox, and eager to take on his sons, who now run the conservative cable network.

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The elder Murdoch pushed for Bannon’s firing, and son James Murdoch last week condemned the “racist mob” in Charlottesville and praised “diverse storytelling” as the “animating force in my business.”

Axios reported that Bannon and Trump megadonor Robert Mercer could try to pry away Sean Hannity and Lou Dobbs from Fox, or bring Bill O’Reilly back to the air after he was fired over sexual harassment claims.

Breitbart is not a serious rival to Fox News, although the right-wing website does influence its coverage — but Axios speculated Bannon could form an alliance with the ultraconservative Sinclair Broadcast Group, the nation’s largest owner of TV stations.


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DOJ argues Congress can’t stop Trump Org from taking foreign payments — despite Constitution’s emoluments clause

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The so-called emoluments clause has been the center of a case that many legal scholars have been making that President Donald Trump is regularly violating the Constitution by continuing to accept payments from foreign governments via his businesses.

The Washington Post reports that an attorney from the Trump Department of Justice argued on Monday that the emoluments clause doesn't actually prevent Trump from accepting payments from foreign governments, even though the clause specifically states that "no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State."

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Chris Wallace shreds Ken Starr: Trump’s scandal ‘a much bigger issue than whether Bill Clinton lied about sex’

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Estranged Republican horrified her former party thinks Trump is better than Lincoln

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"Trump’s years in office have been full of nepotism, scandal, profiting from his position as president and now he is about to become the third-ever president to be impeached," she argued. "So how can those same Republicans now honestly believe that Trump has, in any way, been a good president, let alone one of the best?"

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