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Journalists accused by Jerry Falwell Jr. of illegally trespassing on Liberty U won’t face charges

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Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. earlier this year said that he would press charges against two journalists who “trespassed” onto Liberty University to interview people at the school about its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local news station WSET now reports that reporter Alec MacGillis and photographer Julia Rendleman will not face criminal charges.

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According to WSET, Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney Bethany Harrison announced on Friday that she will not prosecute the two journalists, whom Falwell had accused of putting his students at risk by potentially coming on campus while infected with COVID-19.

In a press release about her decision, Harrison’s office said that she believed there was sufficient evidence to charge both journalists with criminal trespass, but had decided against pursuing charges after consulting with Falwell.

Falwell came under fire for reopening his university in late March during a time when the COVID-19 pandemic had just started exploding across the United States. Even some faculty members were upset by Falwell’s decision to reopen quickly and accused him of “courting disaster.”


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Ivanka Trump wants to be the ‘first female president’ — but there’s one major obstacle

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Ivanka Trump is harboring political ambitions after she leaves the White House after her father's election loss.

It's not clear where President Donald Trump's eldest daughter will live, along with her husband and fellow White House adviser Jared Kushner, but their former friends, colleagues and associates believe Ivanka Trump will try to build up her influence in the Republican Party, reported the Washington Post.

“I think she’d want to be the [first] female president,” said Marissa Velez Kraxberger, a film producer who worked for Ivanka for two years at her now-defunct company. “I don’t think she’s actually ever had any interest in fashion but everything was an angle to gain more power in whatever possible way.”

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GOP senator knows Trump lost but thinks it would be ‘political suicide’ to admit it: report

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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) is still spouting conspiracy theories about the election being "stolen" from President Donald Trump -- but according to one former Wisconsin Republican official, Johnson understands that Trump lost.

Mark Becker, the former Chairman of the Brown County Republican Party, writes at The Bulwark that he had a conversation with Johnson after the election in which the senator acknowledged Trump's defeat.

However, Johnson said that he was loath to admit it publicly because of the strong support the president had received from Wisconsin GOP voters, despite the fact that the president narrowly lost the state this year.

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‘Dumbest senator ever’: Morning Joe mocks Republican Ron Johnson

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough mocked Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) for demanding proof of something that doesn't exist.

Attorney General William Barr announced the Department of Justice had found no evidence of voter fraud, as President Donald Trump has claimed, and Johnson called on Barr to "show everybody" the proof that the election had not been stolen.

"The man Guinness Book of World Records has called the dumbest senator to ever be sworn in in this constitutional republic," Scarborough said. "I'm speaking, of course, of Ron Johnson, who said that William Barr must show his evidence that he has no evidence."

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