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Fox News in ‘management bedlam’ as top brass fights and frets over Trump’s future: report

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According to Gabriel Sherman of Vanity Fair, the looming prospect of President Donald Trump’s impeachment proceedings is taking a rough toll on the management of Fox News, with squabbling and hand-wringing behind the scenes from top executives and anchors at the right-wing network often sardonically referred to as Trump’s “state TV.”

“Inside Fox News, tensions over Trump are becoming harder to contain as a long-running cold war between the network’s news and opinion sides turns hot,” wrote Sherman. “Fox has often taken a nothing-to-see-here approach to Trump scandals, but impeachment is a different animal. ‘It’s management bedlam,’ a Fox staffer told me. ‘This massive thing happened, and no one knows how to cover it.'”

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Far-right opinion anchor Tucker Carlson and moderate news reporter Shepard Smith are locked in a bitter feud — Carlson brought on pro-Trump lawyer Joe DiGenova to attack “fool” Andrew Napolitano — a former judge and libertarian legal analyst who emphatically argued Trump broke the law. Smith fired back that Carlson was “repugnant” for throwing one of his own colleagues under the bus — and network officials are reportedly demanding he back off of criticizing Carlson.

Meanwhile, Sean Hannity, far and away the president’s most sycophantic defender on the evening lineup and often an informal confidant Trump calls for advice, is still putting out segments accusing the Democrats of a “hoax” and a “witch hunt” for pursuing impeachment, but behind closed doors, he told associates that the whistleblower scandal is “really bad” for Trump.

Meanwhile, Lachlan Murdoch, the son of right-wing media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, has been huddling with officials at Fox to discuss how the network should handle a post-Trump political landscape — and former House Speaker Paul Ryan has been privately advising the younger Murdoch that Fox should stop cheerleading for the president.

After three years as Trump’s favorite network for coverage of his own presidency, Fox News is simply at a loss for what to do.


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Mayors rush to impose curfews as civil unrest rocks cities from coast-to-coast

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Minneapolis was the first to impose curfews designed to prevent protests of police violence after Mayor Jacob Frey imposed a curfew on Friday.

On Saturday other cities followed suit, with Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan imposing a curfew set to start only 14 minutes after her announcement.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has issued a curfew for downtown LA.

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Protesters give Donald Trump a one-finger salute as Marine One flies over DC protests

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President Donald Trump returned to Washington, DC on Saturday as large crowds of protesters fill the city's streets.

Trump had flown to Florida to see the launch of the SpaceX Starship and returned as the sun was going down.

BuzzFeed News reporter Ellie Hall captured a picture of Marine One approaching the White House -- and being welcomed back to town with raised middle fingers.

Trump, in Marine One, just did a flyover of the protest area outside the White House.

Protesters flipped off the president’s helicopter.#dcprotest #MAGANIGHT #GeorgeFloydProtests pic.twitter.com/EMgCaOof1J

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Trump announces he has unilaterally decided to let Putin back into the G7 Summit: report

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President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that he intends to let Russia attend the next Group of Seven summit.

Since 2014, Russia's membership in the organization has been suspending in response to Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea. That changed the name from the G8 Summit to the G7 Summit.

The announcement came from pool reporter Gabby Orr of Politico, who said Trump will also invite South Korea, Australia and India to the next summit, which he is postponing until September.

More via pooler: “‘I don’t feel that as a G7 it properly represents what’s going on in the world. It’s a very outdated group of countries,’ he said. Alyssa Farah said this is bringing together our traditional allies to talk about how to deal with the future of China.”

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