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InfoWars founder Alex Jones, who is battling for total custody over his children, previously fueled a conspiracy theory that the Sandy Hook shooting never happened, and that the 20 killed children were actors planted by the U.S. government.

Jones' attorney argued that he shouldn't be evaluated based on his on-air character, saying:

"[that] would be like judging Jack Nicholson in a custody dispute based on his performance as the Joker in 'Batman.'"

Leonard Pozner, whose 6-year-old son was killed at Sandy Hook, said in response:

"I wish I could be there in the courtroom to stare him down to remind him of how he's throwing salt on a wound, and so he can remember how he handed out salt for other people to throw on mine."

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 4 p.m. ET: 19,193,661 — Total deaths: 716,735 — Total recoveries — 11,611,029Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 4 p.m. ET: 4,918,927 — Total deaths: 160,737 — Total recoveries: 1,598,624 — Total tests: 59,652,675Map.
  3. Politics: White House recommends Trump issue executive orders on coronavirus aid.
  4. Education: Cuomo says all New York schools can reopen for in-person learning.
  5. Public health: Surgeon general urges flu shots to prevent "double whammy" with coronavirus — Massachusetts pauses reopening after uptick in coronavirus cases
  6. World: Africa records over 1 million coronavirus cases — Gates Foundation puts $150 million behind coronavirus vaccine production.

Trump: "We are going a different way" on coronavirus aid

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President Trump tweeted on Friday that his administration is "going a different way" with coronavirus aid after negotiations with congressional Democrats stalled again, suggesting he will use an executive order to address stimulus spending.

What he's saying: "Pelosi and Schumer only interested in Bailout Money for poorly run Democrat cities and states. Nothing to do with China Virus! Want one trillion dollars. No interest. We are going a different way!" Trump tweeted.

Trump's swift, sweeping China offensive

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President Trump's rhetoric on China has tended to run hotter than his actions — until now.

Why it matters: Even at the height of Trump's trade war, his administration never hit China as hard, as fast, and on as many fronts as it is right now.