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Hydroxychloroquine helped save coronavirus patients, study shows; Trump campaign hails 'fantastic news'

Researchers at the Henry Ford Health System in Southeast Michigan have found that early administration of the drughydroxychloroquine makes hospitalized patients substantially less likely to die -- a finding that conservatives say validates President Trump's early statements on the drug, even as various media outlets mocked him for suggesting the treatment might be effective.

Court docs allege 'ringleader' of statue vandals lit a cigarette with monument's flames

Jason Charter, who was booked Thursday as the alleged “ringleader” in the June 22attemptto destroythe Andrew Jackson statue in Lafayette Squarenear the White House, was also allegedly involved in the destruction of the Albert Pike Historical Statue in Washington on June 20 -- and even lit acigarette in the flames engulfing that monument.

AOC letter on West Bank annexation boasts support from anti-Israel groups

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and several other topDemocratlawmakerssent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday warning of severe consequences for Israel if it continues its plan to annex part of the disputed West Bank -- and the document touted support from organizations that have called for boycotting Israel entirely.

Pelosi says Republicans 'trying to get away with murder' of George Floyd

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asserted in an interview Tuesday that Republicans are "trying to get away with murder, actually -- the murder of George Floyd" -- marking a dramatic escalation in rhetoric as the Democratic-controlled House prepares to pass its police reform package.

Biden once called Confederate heritage group 'fine people'

A recently resurfaced video clip shows Joe Biden callingmembers of a Confederate heritage group "fine people" in 1993 -- nearly mirroring President Trump's 2017 remarks that some protesters opposing the removal of Confederate statues in Charlottesville, Va.

Terry McAuliffe recorded saying Dems prefer Biden stay 'in the basement'

Top Joe Biden surrogateTerry McAuliffe told a videoconference meeting of VirginiaDemocrats over the weekend that the former vice president should remain in his basement -- where he has famously campaigned remotely during the coronavirus pandemic --and that Democratic officials are broadly "preferring" that Biden stay out of the limelight.

Judge's lawyers hint at 'reason to question' DOJ's motives in new Michael Flynn case filing; DOJ fires back

Washington, D.C. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan's lawyers issued an exceedingly rareresponseon his behalfto the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday, explaining that the judgehadn't dismissed the case against former national security advisor Michael Flynn -- as requested by both federal prosecutors and Flynn's lawyers -- in part because "unusual developments" provided a "reason to question" the Justice Department's motives.

Judge Sullivan's lawyers hint at 'reason to question' DOJ's motives in new Michael Flynn case filing; DOJ fires back

Washington, D.C. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan's lawyers issued an exceedingly rareresponseon his behalfto the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday, explaining that the judgehadn't dismissed the case against former national security advisor Michael Flynn -- as requested by both federal prosecutors and Flynn's lawyers -- in part because "unusual developments" provided a "reason to question" the Justice Department's motives.

Big tech billionaires secretly boost Biden campaign's struggling tech operation, report says

As Republicans increasingly wage an all-out war against what they perceive as left-wing bias across major social media platforms, big tech billionaires are secretly workingto boost Joe Biden's flagging campaign using tactics that some experts describe as underhanded and nefarious -- and their efforts have even frustrated some Democrats hoping to retain control over their party.

Twitter, other tech giants defeat free speech and censorship lawsuit by right-wing activist

Twitter and several other social media giants defeated a lawsuit by right-wing activist Laura Loomer and the conservative group Freedom Watch in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday, in a case that highlighted Republican frustrations with what they perceive as pervasive online censorship -- and the challenges they face in doing something about it.

Twitter exec in charge of effort to fact-check Trump has history of anti-Trump posts, called McConnell a 'bag of farts'

Twitter's "Head of Site Integrity" Yoel Roth boasts on his LinkedIn that he is in charge of "developing and enforcing Twitter’s rules," like the one that led Twitter to slapa warning label ontwo of President Trump's tweetsconcerning mail-in balloting on Tuesday -- posts that Twitterdeemed "misleading," even though bipartisanexperts agree with the president that absentee balloting increases the risk of voter fraud.

New York health website deletes Cuomo's order linked to nursing home fatalities

New York officials have scrubbedGov. Andrew Cuomo's March 25 order requiring nursing homes to take in COVID-19 patients from the state health department website-- even as Cuomo's office has insistedthat the order, whichhas been linked to thousands of nursing home deaths, remains in effect.

Planned Parenthood affiliates improperly applied for and received $80 million in coronavirus stimulus funds, feds say

EXCLUSIVE: Thirty-seven Planned Parenthood affiliates applied for and received a total of $80 million in loansfrom the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight" has learned -- and now the federal government wants the money back, saying the affiliates should have known they weren't eligible for the coronavirus stimulus payouts.

Democratic Socialists of America's membership surges amid coronavirus, report says

Even as virtually every country's economy has struggled in recent months amid state-imposed lockdowns intended to combat the coronavirus pandemic, some disaffected progressives are convinced that the problem is capitalism -- reportedly sending membership in theDemocratic Socialists of America surging by 10,000 since March, for a still-paltry total of 66,000 members overall.

Senate Republicans take major steps toward full-scale probe of FBI misconduct in Trump-Russia investigation

After weeks of bombshell revelations highlighting apparent FBI misconduct in the cases of former Trump aide Carter Page and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, the Republican-controlled Senate on Monday took twomajor steps toward launching its own comprehensive probe into the matter -- even as the Justice Department's separate criminal investigation, led by U.S.

Samantha Power appears on Flynn unmasking list seven times, despite testifying she had 'no recollection' of doing so

Former U.S. ambassador to the United NationsSamantha Powersought to obtain Michael Flynn's redacted identity using an "unmasking" request on at least seven occasions, according to newly declassified list of names released Wednesday -- even though Power testified under oath before the House Intelligence Committeethat she had “no recollection” of ever making such a request even once.

Samantha Power appears on Flynn unmasking list, despite testifying she had 'no recollection' of doing so

Former U.S. ambassador to the United NationsSamantha Powersought to obtain Michael Flynn's redacted identity using an "unmasking" request on at least seven occasions, according to newly declassified list of names released Wednesday -- even though Power testified under oath before the House Intelligence Committeethat she had “no recollection” of ever making such a request even once.

Lawyer appointed by Judge Sullivan to offer arguments in Flynn case already has slammed Trump WH's 'improper political influence'

D.C. District Court JudgeEmmet Sullivanissued a head-turning order Wednesday that appointed a law firm partner who hasopenly criticized the Trump administration's handling of Michael Flynn's case "to present arguments in opposition to the government'smotion to dismiss" the matter -- andto consider whether the court should hold Flynn in contempt for perjury.

Republican Mike Garcia picks up Katie Hill's California seat as Dem candidate concedes race

Democrat Christy Smith conceded the special election race for California's 25th Congressional District to Republican Mike Garcia on Wednesday, marking the first time Republicans will retake aDemocratic-held congressional seat in the statesince 1998 -- and, Republicans said, indicating that enthusiasm for President Trump is strong heading into the 2020 elections.

Flynn judge to allow 'amicus' submissions, delaying any immediate resolution to case

D.C. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan issued an order Tuesday indicating that he'll soon accept "amicus curiae," or "friend of the court" submissions, in the case of former national security adviser Michael Flynn -- essentially allowing the court to use an "ask the audience" lifeline in what has already proved to be an unpredictable and chaotic prosecution.

Attorney for Tara Reade seeks searches of Joe Biden’s Delaware, Senate papers

Attorneys for Tara Reade, the woman accusing Joe Biden of sexual assault in 1993, on Monday urged theOffice of the Secretary of the United States Senate to "reconsider" its decision not to release personnelrecords due to "confidentiality" concerns -- and called on Biden to turn over his Senate papers, currently housed on friendly territory at the University of Delaware.

Washington Post had 'divisions in the newsroom' over Flynn's Russia calls, before publishing opinion piece

A newly unearthed transcript indicates that The Washington Post’s newsroom was deeply divided over whether it was even worth reporting that incoming National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was speaking to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in December 2016 -- before the Post published details in a column from an opinion writerwho “was able to just throw this piece of red meat out there.

Cuomo touts New York's decline in hospitalizations, effectively reverses mandate linked to nursing-home deaths

With New York City's lockdown executive order set to expire on May 15, Gov. Andrew Cuomo celebrated a steep decline in hospitalizations and deaths due to the coronavirus during Sunday's daily briefing with reporters -- even as he sought to address thestate's sky-high nursing home death count, which came after a state directive mandating that nursing homes take on positive COVID-19 patients.

Cuomo touts New York's decline in hospitalizations, reverses mandate linked to nursing home deaths

With New York City's lockdown executive order set to expire on May 15, Gov. Andrew Cuomo celebrated a steep decline in hospitalizations and deaths due to the coronavirus during Sunday's daily briefing with reporters -- even as he sought to address thestate's sky-high nursing home death count, which came after a state directive mandating that nursing homes take on positive COVID-19 patients.

Biden, who once championed victim-centered Title IX rules, now silent amid own sex-assault allegation

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos'new Title IX reformsfor how schools and universitieshandle alleged sexual misconduct --including a provision granting the accusedthe right to"submit, cross-examine, and challenge evidence at a live hearing," and restrictions onthe scope of cases colleges are required to investigate --have drawn swift condemnation from top Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi.

Biden, accused of sexual assault, vows to reverse Trump protections for those accused of sexual misconduct

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos'new Title IX reformsfor how schools and universitieshandle alleged sexual misconduct --including a provision granting the accusedthe right to"submit, cross-examine, and challenge evidence at a live hearing," and restrictions onthe scope of cases colleges are required to investigate --have drawn swift condemnation from top Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi.

Biden, who once championed victim-centered Title IX rules, accused of hypocrisy amid own sex-assault allegation

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos'new Title IX reformsfor how schools and universitieshandle alleged sexual misconduct --including a provision granting the accusedthe right to"submit, cross-examine, and challenge evidence at a live hearing," and restrictions onthe scope of cases colleges are required to investigate --have drawn swift condemnation from top Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi.

Flynn bombshells cast doubt on Mueller prosecutor Brandon Van Grack's compliance with court order

Newly unsealed bombshellevidence documenting the FBI's efforts to target national security adviser Michael Flynn -- including a top official's memo debating whether their"goal" was "to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him orget him fired" -- calls into question whether Brandon Van Grack, a Justice Department prosecutor and former member of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Team, complied with a court order to produce favorable evidence to Flynn.

China accused of efforts to 'infiltrate' US colleges as GOP launches probe

Top Republicans from a slew of House committees demanded information Monday about what they said is the Chinese Communist Party's "investment in American colleges and universities to further its strategic and propaganda goals" -- an initiative they claimed could be linked to "foreign academic espionage.

Republicans demand interviews with FBI's Priestap, Pientka after bombshell Michael Flynn revelations

Reps. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Mike Johnson, R-La., on Monday demanded that FBI Director Christopher Wray provide a slew of information after last week's bombshell revelations in the case of former national security adviser Michael Flynn -- and the lawmakers are specifically seeking to question a mysterious FBI agent, Joe Pientka, who apparently participated in the January 2017 White House interview that led to Flynn's prosecution.

Dems deploying DARPA-funded AI-driven information warfare tool to target pro-Trump accounts

An anti-TrumpDemocratic political action committee advised by retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal is planning to deploy an information warfare tool that received original funding fromDARPA, the Pentagon’s research arm -- transformingtechnology originally envisioned as a way to fight extremist propaganda into a campaign platform to promote Joe Biden.