David Taintor

David Taintor is a news editor at Talking Points Memo. Previously, he worked at NBC News and Adweek. He's a native of Minnesota. Reach him at taintor@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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James Murdoch, son of octogenarian media mogul Rupert Murdoch, announced his abrupt resignation from the board of News Corporation Friday.

In a terse resignation letter, James Murdoch cited “disagreements over certain editorial content published by the Company’s news outlets and certain other strategic decisions.”

As CNN’s Brian Stelter noted, Murdoch had previously parted ways with 21st Century Fox, where he was CEO, at least in part over Fox News’ editorial approach.

Fox News is currently housed under the Fox Corporation, a separate business entity from News Corp.

The move quickly drew comparisons to the HBO series “Succession,” which focuses on an insular family-controlled media empire.

Read the resignation letter below:

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National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien has tested positive for coronavirus, Bloomberg reported Monday morning. Politico also confirmed the news.

O’Brien has been working from home for a week, according to Bloomberg, and apparently contracted the virus at a family event.

“He has mild symptoms and has been self-isolating and working from a secure location off site. There is no risk of exposure to the President or the Vice President. The work of the National Security Council continues uninterrupted,” the White House said in a statement obtained by the Washington Post.

It would appear O’Brien’s infection marks the highest ranking Trump administration official to test positive for COVID-19.

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Fox News host Jesse Watters on Sunday night walked back his praise of QAnon, after initially giving kudos to the fringe conspiracy theory for uncovering a lot of “great stuff.”

“While discussing the double standard of big tech censorship, I mentioned the conspiracy group QAnon, which I don’t support or believe in. My comments should not be mistaken for giving credence to this fringe platform,” Watters said in a statement to Mediaite.

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In a memo released late Saturday evening, White House Doctor Sean Conley said President Trump tested negative for COVID-19.

“Last night after an in-depth conversation with the President regarding COVID-19 testing, he elected to proceed. This evening I received confirmation that the test is negative,” Dr. Conley wrote.

Read the full memo after the jump.

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Full posting after the jump.

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