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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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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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Sanders named White House press secretary in shake-up

Sarah Huckabee Sanders is the new White House press secretary, replacing Sean Spicer after he resigned on Friday, it was announced in the first briefing since Spicer confirmed his departure earlier in the day.  Anthony Scaramucci, named the new White House communications director on Friday, made the announcement, as the White House’s communications and legal teams experience a shakeup. Scaramucci took issue with the assertion that he needs to correct the course of White House messaging.  “I take issue with that,” Scaramucci said. “I think the ship is going in…

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Contaminated, drugged liquor may be responsible for woman’s mysterious death at Mexican resort, dad says

A young woman, whose mysterious death at a luxurious Mexican resort in January is being probed by her parents, may have consumed bootlegged liquor that was contaminated — or drugged — before she drowned in a shallow pool, the family’s attorney said. Abbey Conner, 20, was found next to her brother, Austin, face-down in a pool at the five-star Iberostar Paraiso del Mar in Playa del Carmen. The Wisconsin woman was vacationing at the resort with her mother and stepfather. Related Image Expand / Collapse Abbey Conner died at a…

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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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U.S. to ban American citizens from visiting North Korea

38 Photos North Korean tanks are shown in this undated file photo. CBS/Randy Schmidt Last Updated Jul 21, 2017 10:52 AM EDT American citizens will be banned from traveling to North Korea beginning at the end of August, the State Department announced Friday. “Due to mounting concerns over the serious risk of arrest and long-term detention under North Korea’s system of law enforcement, the Secretary has authorized a Geographical Travel Restriction on all U.S. citizen nationals’ use of a passport to travel in, through, or to North Korea,” spokeswoman Heather…

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Saturday Profile: The Female Warlord Who Had C.I.A. Connections and Opium Routes

Ms. Yang partnered with remnants of the Chinese Nationalist troops who had been defeated by Mao’s Communists but continued to fight from havens in Burma. Intelligence dispatches at the National Archives in Yangon described her as a menace to the peace. The Nationalist troops had won support from the C.I.A., because of their shared interest in stemming the spread of Communism during the early stages of the Cold War. The covert plan, called Operation Paper, included an agreement by which American weapons were airlifted to Southeast Asia using planes owned…

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Spicer resigns as press secretary in White House shakeup

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned Friday in a decision tied to the hiring of new Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, marking a major shakeup in the president’s press shop at an already tumultuous time.  In a swift set of developments, former deputy Sarah Huckabee Sanders was announced as Spicer’s replacement.  And Scaramucci, a Wall Street financier, addressed reporters from the briefing podium in his new capacity as communications director.  WATCH SPICER, SCARAMUCCI AND PRIEBUS FRIDAY AT 10 PM ON FOX NEWS’ ‘HANNITY’  Hinting at what may have driven the shakeup and…

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