Steve Bannon joins Laura Ingraham at a rally for Arizona Senate candidate Kelli Ward, on Oct. 17 in Scottsdale. (AP's Ross D. Franklin)

Laura Ingraham — who next week "will take over one of the most coveted slots on cable television," 10 p.m. on Fox News — tells the N.Y. Times' Michael Grynbaum when asked if she's bringing a Breitbart audience with her: "I wouldn't call it a Breitbart audience. I would call it America."

Brian Williams, anchor of MSNBC's 11 p.m. "The 11th hour," tells Emily Jane Fox of Vanity Fair's The Hive: "I tend to over-introduce my guests ... It is one of my things. ... I will never introduce someone only as an analyst. It's diminishing. I try to love on them."

  • "Williams happens to be a night owl."
  • NBC News President Andy Lack: "I've had many exchanges with him in the wee hours ... With him, 11 o'clock is just getting started."
  • Variety's Brian Steinberg: "In the third quarter of 2017, 'The 11th Hour' lured the most viewers of any cable-news show at 11 p.m., according to Nielsen, with an average of 1.6 million viewers
  • Disclosure: NBC is an investor in Axios.

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Trump says he intends to give RNC speech on White House lawn

President Trump speaking to reporters on South Lawn in July. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

President Trump told the New York Post on Thursday that he plans to deliver his Republican National Convention speech from the White House lawn, despite bipartisan criticism of the optics and legality of the location.

Why it matters: Previous presidents avoided blurring staged campaign-style events — like party conventions — with official business of governing on the White House premises, per Politico.

Fauci's guidance on pre-vaccine coronavirus treatments

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Antibody drugs and various medicine cocktails against the coronavirus are progressing and may provide some relief before vaccines.

The big picture: Everyone wants to know how and when they can return to "normal" life, as vaccines are not expected to be ready for most Americans for at least a year. Two therapies are known to be helpful, and more could be announced by late September, NIAID Director Anthony Fauci tells Axios.