Former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly has signed a deal with SiriusXM to host a weekday talk show

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  • Former Fox News and NBC News anchor Megyn Kelly has signed a deal with SiriusXM.
  • “The Megyn Kelly Show” starts September 7 and will air on the Triumph channel.
  • The talk show will mark Kelly’s first full-time journalism job since she exited NBC News in 2019.
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Former Fox News TV anchor Megyn Kelly has signed a deal with satellite radio company SiriusXM, which will house her new weekday afternoon talk show, the pair said Tuesday.

“The Megyn Kelly Show” starts September 7 and will air on the Triumph channel alongside content from former Fox News host Glenn Beck, legal commentator Nancy Grace, and the Dr. Laura Program. Kelly will be sharing her opinions on news topics, conducting interviews, and taking calls from listeners.

The deal will mark the veteran TV news anchor’s first full-time journalism job since she exited NBC News in 2019.

Kelly was reprimanded by NBC after describing her recollections of how blackface was acceptable as a Halloween costume when she was growing up. Her tearful onscreen apology for the remarks was her last appearance on NBC News; the “Megyn Kelly Today” show was canceled a few days after. Kelly left NBC News months later, halfway through her three-year deal – and with the remainder of her $69 million contract intact.

Last year, Kelly launched an independent audio production company and her own podcast, “The Megyn Kelly Show.” At the time she told The Wall Street Journal her intention was to control her own editorial output without “the pressure of corporate overlords.” Over the past few weeks, Kelly has interviewed former New York Times columnist Bari Weiss and discussed tech censorship.

As part of her new deal, the “The Megyn Kelly Show” will be available on several audio platforms as a podcast after the show first airs on SiriusXM. A video version of the show will also be available to SiriusXM subscribers.

The agreement adds to the SiriusXM’s stable of conservative voices just months after the death of radio host Rush Limbaugh, who was with iHeartRadio. Kelly’s former Fox News colleague Sean Hannity also has a show with iHeartRadio.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin laughs at a reporter who asked if he was a ‘killer’

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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks via video call during a news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020.

  • When asked by a reporter whether he’s a killer, Russian President Vladimir Putin laughed.
  • President Joe Biden has previously referred to Putin directly as a killer.
  • Many Kremlin dissenters have been killed and several others, including prominent critic Alexei Navalny, have been poisoned.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin laughed in an interview with a reporter who asked him whether he was a killer.

NBC News reporter Keir Simmons asked Putin about accusations that he had ordered the assassinations of dissenters. Alexei Navalny, for example, claims he was poisoned by the Kremlin, which has repeatedly denied any involvement in the incident. Putin once posited that Navalny had poisoned himself, an idea Navalny mocked.

Putin’s opponents have routinely been poisoned. Novichok, the same nerve agent Navalny ingested, had previously been used to poison other Kremlin dissidents. Some of Putin’s critics have been killed.

“When President Trump was told you are a killer, he didn’t deny it. When President Biden was asked whether he believes you are a killer, he said, ‘I do.’ Mr. President, are you a killer?” Simmons asked Putin.

Putin laughed at the question.

“Over my tenure, I’ve gotten used to attacks from all kinds of angles and from all kinds of areas under all kinds of pretext and reasons and at different caliber and fierceness, and none of it surprises me,” Putin said in response.

“I’ve heard dozens of such accusations,” he said, sidestepping the question. “Sentiments in terms of who calls somebody what kind of labels – this is not something I worry about in the least.”

Simmons then read off a list of Russian critics who had been killed and asked Putin whether they were all “coincidences.”

“I don’t want to come across as being rude, but this look like some kind of indigestion, except that it’s verbal indigestion,” Putin said, laughing again at Simmons’ question. “You mentioned many individuals who did suffer and perished at different points in time for various reasons at the hands of different individuals.”

One of the critics Simmons listed “worked in my administration,” Putin said. “I liked him very much. I regret to this day that he is not with us.”

“As far as the others,” he continued, “we’ve found some of the criminals who committed those crimes. Some are in prison. And we’re prepared to continue to work in this mode.”

Former President Donald Trump has previously brushed off allegations characterizing Putin as a killer, and he’s also stayed quiet on Navalny’s claim that the Russian president poisoned him.

President Joe Biden, meanwhile, has outright called Putin a killer.

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Putin says Trump is an ‘extraordinary’ and ‘talented individual’ who is an outsider to the US political establishment, unlike ‘career man’ Biden

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Russian President Vladimir Putin praised former President Donald Trump in an exclusive interview with NBC News.

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin told NBC News that Trump is “extraordinary” and “talented.”
  • He said that Trump comes from outside the US political establishment, whereas Biden is a “career man.”
  • Putin added that he hopes that Biden is less “impulse-based” than Trump.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin heaped praise on former President Trump in an exclusive interview with NBC News on Friday.

“Well even now, I believe that former US president Trump is an extraordinary individual, talented individual, otherwise, he would not have become US president,” Putin told NBC’s Keir Simmons.

He noted that Trump is a controversial figure, and added that he is more of a political outsider than President Joe Biden.

“He is a colorful individual. You may like him or not. But he didn’t come from the US establishment, he had not been part of big-time politics before, and some like it, some don’t like it, but that is a fact,” the Russian president added.

Putin called Biden a “career man” who “has spent virtually his entire adulthood” in politics. Biden, 78, was first elected to the US Senate in 1972, aged 30.

Read more: With Trump in debt, intelligence and security sources fear foreign spies may target him with offers of money

Putin told NBC News that there were pros and cons to Biden’s presidency.

“There are some advantages, some disadvantages, but there will not be any impulse-based movements on behalf of the sitting US president,” he told NBC News.

The US-Russian relationship has soured in recent months. Putin told NBC News that it is at its “lowest point in recent years.”

Biden and Putin are officially scheduled to meet in Geneva, Switzerland, on June 16.

The two world leaders will “discuss the full range of pressing issues, as we seek to restore predictability and stability to the U.S.-Russia relationship,” according to a White House statement.

On Thursday, Trump asked Biden to give Putin his “warmest regards.”

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News outlets including the Washington Post have retracted or amended reports claiming the FBI warned Giuliani he was the target of a Russian influence operation

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Rudy Giuliani speaks during a news conference held by Donald Trump in the Briefing Room of the White House on September 27, 2020.

  • News outlets including the Washington Post retracted a claim about Rudy Giuliani.
  • Outlets retracted a claim that the FBI warned Giuliani he was being used to spread Russian disinformation.
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The Washington Post and other news outlets have retracted a claim that the FBI warned Rudy Giuliani that he was likely being targetted as part of a Russian disinformation campaign in 2019.

In an editor’s note the Post on Saturday said it was retracting a claim in a report Thursday that the FBI had warned both Giuliani and right-wing news network OANN about Russian efforts to use them to spread falsehoods.

It read: “Correction: An earlier version of this story, published Thursday, incorrectly reported that One America News was warned by the FBI that it was the target of a Russian influence operation. That version also said the FBI had provided a similar warning to Rudolph W. Giuliani, which he has since disputed. This version has been corrected to remove assertions that OAN and Giuliani received the warnings.”

Insider has amended its report on the claim in light of the retraction in the Post.

The New York Times and NBC News have withdrawn similar claims.

“An earlier version of this article misstated whether Rudolph W. Giuliani received a formal warning from the F.B.I. about Russian disinformation. Mr. Giuliani did not receive such a so-called defensive briefing,” reads the correction in the Times.

The reports all focussed on FBI raids on Giuliani’s office and apartment in Manhattan last week, in which agents seized computers and other devices belonging to Giuliani.

Investigators are reportedly probing whether Giuliani was acting on behalf of Ukrainian officials during his search for damaging information about Joe Biden, then Democratic presidential nominee, and his son, Hunter, in Ukraine in 2019.

The Times reported that Giuliani’s communications with the Trump administration over the firing of the US ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, in May 2019 were being scrutinised the federal agents.

Giuliani has denied any wrongdoing.

“I’ve never represented a Ukrainian national or official before the United States government,” Giuliani said in an interview on Fox News on Thursday in the wake of the raids.

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Republicans support the GOP more than Trump for the first time in 2 years, a new poll shows

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  • A new NBC News poll suggests Trump’s support among GOP voters is slipping.
  • The poll found more GOP voters support the party over Trump for the first time since 2019.
  • Meanwhile, Trump’s overall favorability rating has also dropped.
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Former President Donald Trump’s support among Republican voters appears to be dropping, according to a new NBC News poll.

For the first time since 2019, NBC polling found supporters of the GOP outnumbered those who said they back Trump more than the party. The poll found 50% of Republicans said they support the GOP more than they support Trump, while 44% said they support the former commander-in-chief more than the Republican party.

The former president’s grip on the party has been remarkably strong for years, and top Republicans in Washington continue to exhibit loyalty toward Trump – including those he regularly insults. But this poll suggests Trump’s influence over GOP voters could be slipping.

The new poll also found that Trump’s favorability rating has dropped by eight percentage points over the past few months. Among registered voters, 32% had a favorable view of the former president, while 55% had an unfavorable view. Comparatively, Trump’s favorability in the same poll in January stood at 40%, while 53% of registered voters at the time said they had an unfavorable view of him.

Trump has been out of office for nearly 100 days, and a lot has already changed in that time. He’s no longer on Twitter. Far more Americans have been vaccinated. And there appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic. That said, the insurrection Trump provoked at the US Capitol on January 6 continues to loom over Washington and has fostered continued discussions on domestic extremism in the US.

Recent polling shows fairly strong approval for President Joe Biden as he closes in on the 100-day mark. A Washington Post-ABC News poll released Sunday found 52% of adults approve of the job Biden is doing. By comparison, the same poll found Trump’s approval rating was at 42% at this point his presidency.

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