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McConnell promises Barrett would receive a vote in the "weeks ahead"
Senator Mitch McConnell
Senator Mitch McConnell Credit: Gage Skidmore (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has promised that Supreme Court Justice nominee Amy Coney Barrett will receive a vote in the "weeks ahead, following the work of the Judiciary Committee."

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham confirmed that hearings would start on October 12 with opening statements from Barrett herself and members of the Judiciary Committee, followed by questions from the committee and testimony from legal experts and Barrett's associates.

"I expect the nominee will be challenged and that's appropriate to challenge the nominee. If they treat Judge Barrett like they did Justice [Brett] Kavanaugh it's going to blow up in their face big time," so Graham on Fox News Saturday.

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Chris Wallace, Steve Scully, Kristen Welker and Susan Page to moderate presidential debates

The presidential debates will start on September 29.

The first debate between Donald J. Trump and Joe Biden will be moderate by Fox News anchor Chris Wallace on September 29. C-SPAN's Steve Scully is set to moderate the second debate on October 15 and NBC's Kristen Welker will host the final debate on October 22.

The vice-presidential debate between Kamala Harris and Mike Pence will be moderated by USA Today Washington Bureau chief Susan Page on October 7.

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Trump claims BLM is "bad for Black people" during interview with Fox News' Laura Ingraham
Trump claims BLM is "bad for Black people" during interview with Fox News' Laura Ingraham
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President Donald Trump decried Black Lives Matter as a "Marxist organisation" that is "so discriminatory" and "bad for Black people."

"Black Lives Matter is a Marxist organisation. The first time I ever heard of Black Lives Matter, I said, 'That’s a terrible name.' It’s so discriminatory. It’s bad for Black people. It’s bad for everybody," so Trump.

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Trump interviewed by Fox's Laura Ingraham, claims Biden is controlled by people in "dark shadows"
President Donald Trump on "The Ingraham Angle"
President Donald Trump on "The Ingraham Angle" Credit: FoxNews, Video Screenshot

During Monday's interview with Fox News' Laura Ingraham, President Donald Trump alleged that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was controlled by people in "dark shadows".

When asked by Ingraham to elaborate, Trump answered: "There are people that are on the streets, there are people that are controlling the streets. People you haven’t heard of. We had somebody get on a plane from a certain city this weekend, and in the plane it was almost completely loaded with thugs wearing these dark uniforms, black uniforms with gear and this and that. They’re on a plane."

Trump claimed he couldn't say any more as it was "under investigation right now," but that those people were coming "from a certain city" to do "big damage" and that they were funded by "some very stupid rich people."

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Facebook deletes a post by Trump campaign for "spreading misinformation"
Facebook deletes a post by Trump campaign for "spreading misinformation"
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Facebook has deleted a video shared by the Trump campaign for violating its policy against spreading misinformation about Covid-19. The video, a segment of an interview with Fox News, President Donald Trump falsely claimed that children were "virtually immune" to the novel Coronavirus and pressed to reopen schools. It was the first post by the Trump campaign that was deleted by Facebook.

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Sexual misconduct lawsuit against Fox News hosts
Sean Hannity interviewing Donald Trump for Fox News
Sean Hannity interviewing Donald Trump for Fox News Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

Fox News's Ed Henry, Sean Hannity & Tucker Carlson have been sued for sexual misconduct by two women on Monday. The suit alleges that Henry, who was fired earlier this month, sexually assaulted, raped and restrained in a hotel room and threatened former Fox News employee Jennifer Eckhart. Former Fox News employee Cathy Are says she was sexually harassed by members of Fox News, including Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and Howard Kurtz.

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo states that the United States are considering to ban TikTok
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo states that the United States are considering to ban TikTok
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During an interview at Fox News, Laura Ingraham asked the United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo if the Trump Administration is considering to ban Chinese social media apps such as TikTok. Pompeo stated that "With respect to Chinese apps on people's cell phones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right too, Laura" and that he doesn't "want to get out in front of the President, but it's something we're looking at". He also stated security concerns with TikTok and suggested that people should only install the app on their phones if they want their "private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party".

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Trump admits he hasn't watched the full video of George Floyd's death
Trump on June 1, 2020
Trump on June 1, 2020 Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

In a recent phone interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity, Trump admits that he hasn't watched the full video of George Floyd's death as it was too long. He went on saying that the officer responsible for Floyd's death appears to have "some big problems".

Trump told Hannity: "Well, the George Floyd case, nothing has to be said. I watched that. I couldn’t really watch it for that long a period of time, it was over eight minutes. Who could watch that? But it doesn’t get any more obvious or it doesn’t get any worse than that."

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Fox News publishes, and removes. doctored images of BLM demonstrations
Reproduction of the Seattle Times comparison of the images
Reproduction of the Seattle Times comparison of the images Credit: Seatle Times (Reproduction)

Fox News has removed from its website digitally doctored images of Seattle’s so-called “Autonomous Zone” after The Seattle Times reported on the misleading pictures.

The misleading material ran alongside stories about a small expanse of city blocks in Seattle that activists have claimed as the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone.

After the removal of the images, Fox News wrote on their site "Fox News regrets these errors.".

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Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight loses advertisers over Black Lives Matter comment
Tucker Carlson at the 2018 Student Action Summit
Tucker Carlson at the 2018 Student Action Summit Credit: Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0)

Many US companies have pulled advertising from Fox News' Tucker Carlson Tonight after Carlson's comment on the recent Black Lives Matter protests following the death of George Floyd. In his show on June 6, Carlson told viewers: "It is definitely not about black lives, and remember that when they come for you, and at this rate, they will."

The list of companies that are distancing themselves from Carlson, include Disney, Papa John's Pizza and T-Mobile. Asked whether T-Mobile would support Carlon's message on Twitter, T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert replied: "It definitely is not. Bye-bye Tucker Carlson! #BlackLivesMatter"

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Trump says he didn't hide in bunker but inspected it
President Donald J. Trump at St. John’s Episcopal Church, on June 1, 2020
President Donald J. Trump at St. John’s Episcopal Church, on June 1, 2020 Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

Over the weekend, it was reported that President Trump, alongside Melania and son Barron, were brought to the White House underground bunker amid protests outside the White House. On Wednesday, Trump appeared on the Brian Kilmeade Show on Fox News, where he claimed to not have hidden in the bunker but rather inspected it for. Trump said he was only there for a "tiny, short little period of time" and he visited the bunker a couple of times before "all for inspection".

Asked he was asked by the Secret Service to "go downstairs" for his protection, Trump said: "No, they didn’t tell me that at all, but they said it would be a good time to go down, to take a look, because maybe some time you’re going to need it… I looked, I was down for a very, very short period of time… a whole group of people went with me, as an inspecting factor."

Technology • Internet & Web
Mark Zuckerberg criticizes Twitter for new fact-checking feature
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the White House in 2019
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the White House in 2019 Credit: The White House from Washington, DC (Public Domain)

In an interview with Fox News, Mark Zuckerberg criticised Twitter for its new fact-checking feature, stating “private companies probably shouldn’t be, especially these platform companies, shouldn’t be in the position of doing that". He furthermore added that he believes that "Facebook shouldn’t be the arbiter of truth of everything that people say online".

In a serious of tweets, Twitter's Jack Dorsey responded to Zuckerberg, writing: "We’ll continue to point out incorrect or disputed information about elections globally. [...] This does not make us an “arbiter of truth.” Our intention is to connect the dots of conflicting statements and show the information in dispute so people can judge for themselves. More transparency from us is critical so folks can clearly see the why behind our actions."