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April Ryan on Omarosa’s drama: ‘I have no vendetta — I am a reporter who is covering the beat’

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Washington bureau chief and White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks April Ryan hit back on Thursday at claims she has a “personal vendetta” against ousted White House aide — and former contestant on Season 1 of “The Apprentice” — Omarosa Manigault.

Manigault was fired in a dramatic scene at the White House on Tuesday night, but has since claimed that reports of her “shouting profanities” and setting off the alarms in the White House residence are false and attributed them to Ryan, who she said has a personal grudge against her.

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“Well I’ve been doing this for 20 years at the White House, been in the business for 30,” Ryan said on CNN Thursday morning, “and I’ve been covering any and all things presidential because that’s what a White House correspondent does, listens to sources inside the White House and outside of the White House.”

“One thing is for sure,” she said, “be it Republican or Democrat, some may not have liked what I reported, but I’ve never had anyone say there’s been a personal vendetta. I’ve heard Republicans say I’m fair and I’ve heard Democrats say I’m fair. I’m doing my job.”

Ryan went on to point out that multiple media outlets including the Washington Post have corroborated her reporting about Manigault’s firing.

“I’m continuing to hear information from all sides, credible sources,” she said. “And I’m not the only one. I may have broken the story, but CBS, ABC, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, I’m not the only one.”

“I have no vendetta,” Ryan said plainly. “I’m a reporter who is covering the beat.”

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New York’s coronavirus crisis tracked back to European travel — not China: scientists

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The New York Times reported Wednesday that scientists have tracked the cases of coronavirus in New York back to travel from Europe.

The Times explained that genomes show the link to those who came down with the virus back in February.

President Donald Trump has been celebrating his decision to shut down some travel from China, though not all travel. A whopping 430,000 people have traveled from China to the United States since the coronavirus crisis.

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Warrant for journalists from Jerry Falwell Jr. came from Liberty University’s own police

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A right-wing commentator interviewed Jerry Falwell Jr. during his show Wednesday, where Falwell said that there were two arrest warrants open for reporters who came onto Liberty University's campus.

Upon further examination of the warrant, the police officer who signed the warrant was Detective/Sgt. A.B. Wilkins 206 LUPD. The LUPD is not the Lynchburg Police Department nor is there a Sgt. or Detective A.B. Wilkins. It's the police department under the authority of Liberty University.

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Trump defenders Diamond and Silk locked out of Twitter for spreading COVID-19 misinformation

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Fox Nation hosts Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, better known as Diamond & Silk, were temporarily locked out of Twitter on Wednesday for urging people to go outside and develop immunity against the coronavirus.

“The only way we can become immune to the environment; we must be out in the environment. Quarantining people inside of their houses for extended periods will make people sick!” the pair tweeted from their joint account.

A spokesperson for Twitter told Mediaite their account was locked over the tweet.

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