Bill O’Reilly is out. How much turmoil can Fox News handle?

When the Republican Party convened in Cleveland in July to nominate Donald Trump for president, Fox News was led by Chairman Roger Ailes and the prime-time lineup of Greta Van Susteren, Bill O'Reilly, Megyn Kelly and Sean Hannity.

Nine months later, only Hannity remains. In a one-sentence statement, the network's parent company, 21st Century Fox, on Wednesday confirmed a report by New York magazine that O'Reilly is finished at Fox News.

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Sean Spicer wants to argue about what the definition of ‘is’ is

For more than a week, headlines both domestically and in East Asia described a U.S. aircraft carrier steaming toward North Korea amid increasing tensions. White House press secretary Sean Spicer was asked about it on April 11, and he explained what it meant.

“The forward deployment is deterrence, presence,” Spicer said, adding: “It gives the president options in the region. But I think when you see a carrier group steaming into an area like that, the forward presence of that is clearly, through almost every instance, a huge deterrence. So I think it serves multiple capabilities.”

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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski crashes White House press briefing

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski isn't usually seen in a tailored suit in the company of the Washington political elite.

When he's not on an NFL field, Gronk makes cameos at wrestling events and drinks. A lot.

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Why is Jason Chaffetz suddenly retiring from Congress? One word: Ambition.

One of the most high-profile House Republicans is rather abruptly stepping out of politics. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, announced Wednesday that he won't be running for reelection in 2018 in his safe Republican, suburban Salt Lake City district.

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11 years ago, there was a special election very similar to Georgia’s. Here’s what happened.

Stop me if you've heard this before:

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Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer are getting stalked by the paparazzi

Disdain for the media oozes out of President Trump's White House, and now it is a little bit easier to understand why. Some top aides, including Kellyanne Conway, Sean Spicer, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, are routinely stalked by the paparazzi.

Politico's Annie Karni and Tara Palmeri reported on the photographic intrusions Wednesday:

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Democrats came up shy of winning the Georgia special election outright. Now what?

This post has been updated with Tuesday's results.

The Georgia special election is headed for a runoff, after Democrat Jon Ossoff came up shy of the 50 percent he needed to win the race outright on Tuesday.

The result wasn't surprising, given the conservative lean of the suburban Atlanta 6th district. But it does mean the race now continues, with what is sure to be a hotly contested and very expensive two-month duel between Ossoff and former Georgia secretary of state Karen Handel.

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The White House’s misleading statements about Trump’s ‘armada’ heading to North Korea

Remember that U.S. aircraft carrier that was headed to the Korean Peninsula as both the Trump administration and North Korea began to talk tough with one another? It turns out it wasn't — at least, not when we were led to think it was.

The Trump administration is again facing questions about why it appeared to mislead — or, at the very least, failed to correct the record about pervasive reports — that the USS Carl Vinson was headed to North Korea starting 10 days ago. Newly discovered photos show that it was actually traveling in the other direction — into the Indian Ocean — as recently as four days ago.

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The real cost of Trump’s ‘fake news’ accusations

New York Times media columnist Jim Rutenberg's recent dispatch from Moscow contains a litany of alarming observations about the Russian media.

“As soon as I turned on a television here I wondered if I had arrived through an alt-right wormhole,” Rutenberg wrote in Monday's newspaper.

But the most significant observation might have been about the American press and its credibility in Russia — or lack thereof, as President Trump keeps up his sustained campaign against what he calls the “fake news media.”

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Could Arkansas’ battle over the death penalty signal the beginning of its end?

The Supreme Court said Monday that Arkansas won't be able to execute two of its death-row inmates. And a growing number of conservatives, who see the death penalty as an anachronistic, religiously hypocritical and big-government waste of money, are just fine with that.

In fact, the extreme nature of Arkansas' efforts to execute eight inmates over a week and a half — after going 12 years without an execution — could even underscore anti-death-penalty conservatives' argument about why it should be abolished.

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