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Charles Sykes/Invision / AP

A new, more conservative TV network is reportedly in the works, after recent events and reports that suggest Fox News Channel is moving further left, per Mediaite. Former Fox News Chief Roger Ailes, as well as high-powered television executives and potential funders are meeting Friday to discuss what a new network could look like.

Why it matters: The drama is reflective of a massive change hitting the right-wing media ecosystem that has dominated political coverage for the past decade.

Our thought bubble: Audience demand doesn't shift from business-side pressures. We're watching Sinclair Broadcasting Group take strategic steps to fill that void at the local level, but if Fox goes more mainstream at the national level, there will almost certainly be a market opening for a new right-wing channel to gain some steam, at least before the cable business bubble bursts.

Why now: The controversy comes at the heels of an internal rift between Fox brass. On Thursday, Fox News Anchor Sean Hannity tweeted his frustration with reports that Fox President Bill Shine, accused of covering up sexual harassment allegations, could be removed. Shine represents what's left of Fox's traditionally conservative leadership, after the high-profile departures of former President Roger Ailes and former star anchor Bill O'Reilly.

The rift is also representative of the internal drama and business pressures facing the Murdoch family, whose management style has been tested throughout a series of high-profile scandals and potential acquisitions.

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HRW: Over 100 former Afghan security members dead or missing under Taliban rule

Members of the Taliban movement patrol Kabul's airport in September. Photo: Valery Sharifulin/TASS via Getty Images

The Taliban have "killed or forcibly disappeared" over 100 former members of Afghanistan's security forces since the group took power in August, a Human Rights Watch report published Tuesday found.

Why it matters: Former military members and officials from the ousted government, activists and other Taliban critics are facing peril amid executions driven by revenge — despite Taliban promises of an "amnesty" with no retributions, notes the New York Times, which first reported the news.

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Barbados becomes a republic, replacing U.K. queen with president

Combination images of Dame Sandra Mason, president of Barbados, and Britain's Prince Charles at her swearing-in ceremony in Bridgetown, Barbados, late Monday.

Barbados officially became a republic at midnight local time after Dame Sandra Mason was sworn in as the Caribbean nation's first president in a ceremony attended by the United Kingdom's Prince Charles.

Why it matters: Mason replaced Britain's Queen Elizabeth as head of state Tuesday — removing the country's final remaining colonial tie to the U.K. almost 400 years after the first British ships arrived in Barbados.

Right-wingers making McCarthy sweat for future Speaker post

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy stands with his Republican colleagues outside the House on Nov. 17. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Right-wing elements in the Republican Party are complicating House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's attempts to become the next speaker of the House should the GOP take back the majority in 2022.

Why it matters: While McCarthy has worked carefully to build trust among the conservatives who tanked his chances at clinching the speakership in 2015, they're still circling ahead of the next Speaker vote in January 2023.