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Fox News spiked Stormy Daniels payoff story before the election: ‘Rupert Murdoch wants Donald Trump to win’

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An explosive new report from The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer claims that Fox News spiked a story about Donald Trump paying off former adult film star Stormy Daniels just before the 2016 election because it didn’t want to hurt his candidacy.

According to Mayer’s sources, reporter Diana Falzone had obtained documentation showing that former Trump “fixer” had been in contact with Daniels’ attorney to discuss a hush-money agreement in which she would receive cash in exchange for her silence on her past affair with Trump.

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However, then-Fox News executive Ken LaCorte told Falzone that her story would not run on the Fox News website.

“Good reporting, kiddo,” he told her, according to Mayer’s sources. “But Rupert wants Donald Trump to win. So just let it go.”

Falzone kept investigating, however, and eventually uncovered evidence that the National Enquirer had been running “catch-and-kill” operations to shut down negative stories about Trump and ensure they never got published.

Despite this, Fox continued to refuse to publish her work, and the story was eventually reported out in detail by the Wall Street Journal.

“In January, 2017, Fox demoted Falzone without explanation,” reports Mayer. “That May, she sued the network. Her attorney, Nancy Erika Smith, declined to comment but acknowledged that a settlement has been reached; it includes a nondisclosure agreement that bars Falzone from talking about her work at Fox.”

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Law professor who studied under Alan Dershowitz shreds his ‘shockingly wrong’ case against impeaching Trump

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Aya Gruber, a professor at the University of Colorado Law School who studied under Trump impeachment attorney Alan Dershowitz at Harvard, had some uncharitable words to say about her former professor's argument against impeaching the president.

"Dershowitz was my criminal law prof, and he was a good one," Gruber writes on Twitter. "But as a crim law prof myself, I can say his motive argument (Congress shouldn't examine the internal motives of POTUS so long he could have had a good reason for withholding aid) is shockingly wrong."

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Trump-loving conspiracy nuts tout drinking bleach as a ‘miracle’ cure for coronavirus

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A group of fringe Trump supporters has started promoting what the Food and Drug Administration describes as a "dangerous bleach" as a miracle cure for the coronavirus.

The Daily Beast's Will Sommer reports that Jordan Sather, a prominent proponent of the so-called "QAnon" conspiracy theory, recently told his followers to stock up on a liquid called the "Miracle Mineral Solution" that he claims will cure them if they become infected with the deadly virus that has spread from China to the United States.

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GOP senators weren’t blindsided by Bolton — but their impeachment coverup got interrupted: columnist

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John Bolton's explosive claims about President Donald Trump's quid pro quo scheme against Ukraine weren't surprising to anyone paying attention during the impeachment inquiry.

That's why Republican senators self-incriminated themselves by complaining they'd been blindsided by a leaked manuscript of the former national security adviser's upcoming book, reported the Washington Post.

"It’s deeply revealing about the true nature of the GOP coverup," wrote the Post's Greg Sargent.

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