Sebastian Gorka

Katie Gorka tapped for Customs and Border Protection spokesperson post

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Katie Gorka was named a spokeswoman for Customs and Border Protection on Tuesday, according to a Department of Homeland Security spokesperson, NBC reports.

Why it matters: Gorka is the spouse of former White House adviser Sebastian Gorka. Both have been vocal in their controversial views on Islam and counterterrorism. The White House continues to harden its immigration staff ahead of the election, in an appeal to Trump's base.

Sinclair plots national expansion

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Sinclair Broadcast Group, the massive local conservative broadcaster that's been criticized for pushing Pro-Trump talking points, has been hiring a slew of ex-mainstream news anchors as it pushes into national news coverage. It's also reportedly in the running to buy up a handful of Fox's regional sports networks.

Why it matters: Sinclair's hiring spree suggests that it's looking to position itself as a national news competitor to Fox News ahead of the 2020 election, and as an overall competitor to big broadcasters with its foray into sports coverage.