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Trump’s Communications Orbit

Trump’s Communications Orbit – The New York Times Advertisement Official Anthony Scaramucci, communications director CreditSam Hodgson for The New York Times Sarah Huckabee Sanders, press secretary CreditGabriella Demczuk for The New York Times Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president CreditDoug Mills/The New York Times Advertisement Hope Hicks, strategic communications director CreditHilary Swift for The New York Times Michael Anton, deputy assistant to the president for strategic communications CreditPablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to the president CreditRuth Fremson/The New York Times Josh Raffel, assistant to Jared Kushner CreditAlex…

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Ties to Cuba Enhance and Entangle Jorge Mas’s Marlins Bid

But if Mas does get the Marlins franchise, his family history could possibly affect baseball’s continuing efforts to create a working relationship with Cuba, one that would allow players from the island to join the major leagues in an orderly fashion instead of having to endure various dangers in order to defect. It was Mas’s father, after all, who was regularly reviled by the Cuban media as the leader of “the counterrevolutionary Miami mafia” because of his longstanding efforts to cripple the government of Fidel Castro. Those efforts began after…

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Trump’s Team of Rivals? President taps past critics, as loyalists get tough treatment

Nine months ago, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman called on Donald Trump to drop out of the presidential race over the bombshell “Access Hollywood” video. Fast-forward to this week and Trump, now president, has nominated Huntsman to serve as U.S. ambassador to Russia. Back in 2015, one Anthony Scaramucci called Trump a “hack politician.” On Friday, he was hired to lead the White House communications team. Related Image Expand / Collapse In this Jan. 16, 2012, file photo, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, announces he is ending his campaign for…

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Russian Lawyer Who Met Donald Trump Jr. Once Represented Spy Agency

The documents concern a complex property dispute that dates back to at least 2004, when the Russian state fought against the private owners of an office building in northwest Moscow. The building was privatized in 1991, when much of the state’s vast property holdings were transferred to private hands in the aftermath of the Soviet Union’s collapse. But after Mr. Putin ascended to power at the end of 1999, the Russian government began to question some outcomes of the often-chaotic privatization. In 2006 a court in Moscow ruled that the…

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Defectors, Google Earth map decades of horror in North Korea

A Seoul-based non-governmental organization has used Google Earth technology to enable North Korean defectors to “build a digital map of crimes against humanity in North Korea.” The Transitional Justice Working Group (TJWG) released a new report  Wednesday, the result of two years of research and interviews with 375 North Korean defectors, that identifies what it says are grave sites, murder locations and government offices that “may be used for future investigation and prosecution of crimes against humanity.” Hangings, public executions, cremation sites, and remote burial sites are ostensibly identified, said…

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Can Trump Pardon Himself? Explaining Presidential Clemency Powers

How would pardons affect the Trump-Russia investigations? Anyone pardoned by Mr. Trump would receive immunity from being charged with a federal crime over his or her past conduct covered by the pardon. That could contract the scope of the special counsel investigation being led by Robert S. Mueller III into possible ties between associates of Mr. Trump and Russia’s meddling in the presidential election. Still, if Mr. Trump did not also pardon any Russian officials for violating American law in carrying out an election-influence operation, then the investigation might continue…

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Witness: Man accused of murder said he “finished it”

Edwin Lara (left) and Kaylee Sawyer KOIN BEND, Ore. – Prosecutors in an Oregon murder case brought a witness to the stand who said the suspect told her he “silenced” his victim “forever” and “finished it.” Testimony from the witness who police said was kidnapped by the suspect was heard on Thursday at an evidentiary hearing for the July 2016 killing of Kaylee Sawyer. Witness Aundreah Elizabeth Maes was interviewed by police after Edwin Lara was arrested in California, The Bend Bulletin reported. Audio recordings from her interviews were submitted into…

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Trump administration transfers al Qaeda suspect to the U.S. to face terrorism charges

US President Donald Trump speaks about the Senate health care bill during a lunch with members of the US military in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, July 18, 2017.  Saul Loeb / AFP/Getty Images The Trump administration has transferred an al Qaeda suspect from Spain to the U.S. to face trial in federal court for terrorism charges, CBS News has confirmed. Ali Charaf Damache was charged with helping to plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist who depicted the Prophet Muhammad in cartoons, according to The…

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Turkey’s Erdogan Refuses to Back Down in Feud With Germany

On Friday, a Turkish judge ordered the rearrest of four of those ten, who had been released awaiting trial. Critics say the Turkish judiciary is no longer independent from Mr. Erdogan’s government, after a vast crackdown on opponents that purged around 150,000 public employees, including more than 4,000 judges and prosecutors. Earlier this week, the German foreign minister, Sigmar Gabriel, called Mr. Steudtner’s arrest “absurd” and said it showed “that German citizens are no longer safe from arbitrary arrests” in Turkey. In remarks published in Bild on Friday, the foreign…

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Pence and Tom Price turn to grassroots to push Obamacare repeal

Vice President Mike Pence and HHS Sec. Tom Price hosted a round-table discussion with a dozen grassroots leaders on Friday to put additional pressure on Republican senators as they gear up for a procedural vote sometime next week on legislation that would repeal Obamacare. Four days after the Senate failed to bring the second version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act to the floor, Pence called the meeting with the grassroots leaders “historic.”  As @POTUS Trump said, inaction is not an option. Obamacare is collapsing all across the country. It’s…

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