U.S. transport official is top candidate to replace Rosenstein: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Transportation Department Deputy Secretary Jeffrey Rosen is the leading candidate to replace Rod Rosenstein as deputy attorney general to serve alongside new Attorney General William Barr, two administration officials told Reuters on Friday. Barr, who previously worked with Rosen at the law firm Kirkland & Ellis, has advocated for Rosen to get the No. 2 top […]

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On Politics: The Biggest Stories of the Week

From the border wall fight to conflict with Iran, it’s been a busy week in American politics. Here are some of the biggest stories you might have missed (and some links if you’d like to read further). ___________________ Trump declares national emergency to build border wall House and Senate negotiators agreed “in principle” on Monday to provide $1.375 billion for […]

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Nigeria delays election hours before polls open, citing ‘challenges’

Nigeria’s electoral commission delayed the presidential election until Feb. 23, making the announcement a mere five hours before polls were set to open Saturday. It cited unspecified “challenges” amid reports that voting materials had not been delivered to all parts of the country. Residents of Africa’s most populous nation and largest democracy will soon wake up to outrage. Many had […]

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Trump wants to declare an emergency to build his border wall — it won’t be that simple

WASHINGTON  — The White House says President Donald Trump will declare a national emergency and take other executive action to allow construction of the president’s long-promised southern border wall, after bipartisan congressional negotiations provided less than a quarter of the $5.7 billion Trump wanted to start building more than 200 miles of wall. There is less than $1.4 billion in […]

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Political malpractice forced Amazon out of NYC — And it wasn’t just Ocasio-Cortez

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez faces criticism for Amazon’s escape from New York Some Democrats are criticizing Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for her role in Amazon’s decision to cancel plans for a huge investment in New York; Doug McKelway reports. Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., was not the main player who led Amazon to cancel plans to build a second headquarters in New York […]

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Trump to nominate Satterfield ambassador to Turkey

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump intends to nominate David Satterfield, a veteran diplomat with deep experience in the Middle East, to be U.S. ambassador to Turkey, the White House said on Friday. Satterfield has been the acting assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs since 2017. He has previously served as the deputy U.S. chief of mission in […]

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Mueller Recommends Up to 24 Years for Paul Manafort

WASHINGTON — On Friday evening, lawyers working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller recommended that Paul Manafort, the president’s disgraced former campaign chairman, serve as many as 24 years in jail on charges brought in federal court in Virginia. This sentencing memo comes a day after a federal judge found that Manafort had intentionally lied to Mueller and his team in the course […]

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