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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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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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Texas Bathroom Bill Has Emotions, and Stakes, Running High

“She’s very concerned,” Ms. Miller said. “It’s potentially not a safe situation for her.” Social conservatives, led by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, have denied that the bill discriminates against anyone and have accused critics of exaggerating the potential economic damage. One moderate Republican leader, State Representative Joe Straus, the speaker of the Texas House, has expressed concern that the law could prove damaging and dangerous for transgender people, but supporters of the bill say the issue is public safety and women’s privacy. “Straus doesn’t seem to be concerned about the…

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Excitement builds for “Great American Eclipse”

On Aug. 21, the moon will slip between Earth and sun, casting a roughly 70-mile-wide shadow that will race across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina, giving tens of millions of Americans a chance to enjoy — and study — a fleeting but sublime spectacle, the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years. It has been dubbed, appropriately enough, the “Great American Eclipse.” “It really is fortunate,” said Matthew Penn, an astronomer with the National Optical Astronomy Observatory who is leading a nationwide effort to photograph the…

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Blac Chyna Flaunts New BF After He Gets Her Initials Tattooed On Him

Blac Chyna New BF Gets BC Tatted On Him! How’s That Look, Rob? Blac Chyna‘s new man is all-in on her brand … and they’re both making sure Rob Kardashian‘s aware. Chyna and singer Mechie — who she’s been hooking up with for a couple weeks — shot a video showing off a very fresh looking ‘BC’ tattoo behind his ear. If it wasn’t clear already … she’s definitely moved on from Rob. She has a bad history with tattoos and dudes (*cough, Future*) … so, interesting that HE got the…

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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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Fans mourn Melissa McCarthy’s “SNL” Sean Spicer character

Sean Spicer is out, and Melissa McCarthy’s fans are worried this signals the end of her “Saturday Night Live” take on the former White House press secretary.  McCarthy’s Spicer impression became a “Saturday Night Live” highlight after she debuted it in February. Her portrayal of a very belligerent “Spicey” was such a hit that she reprised the role several times on “SNL.”  To impersonate the former press secretary, McCarthy donned a wig and suit and almost always stood behind a White House podium — even when her character zoomed through…

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Everything you need to know about Anthony Scaramucci

Why are we talking about this Anthony Scaramucci guy? The 52-year-old “Mooch,” as he is sometimes known, is the White House’s new communications director. Before taking the job Friday morning, he was working as the chief strategy officer and senior vice president at the Ex-Im Bank. His appointment was a major reason outgoing White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned. And before that? Scaramucci is a native Long Islander who’s made a fortune in New York finance. He has also been a major donor to Republican candidates and causes, and…

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After Colorful Run, the Spicer Show Gets Canceled

Mr. Negrin, who has a six-foot-long canvas poster of Mr. Spicer hanging in his New York apartment (“it looks like he’s looking right into my eyes”), heard of Mr. Spicer’s exit on Friday morning and tweeted, simply, “omg.” Then he posted a video obituary for Mr. Spicer’s tenure titled, “Sean Spicer’s Daily On-Camera Press Briefings, 2017-2017.” It had been prepared ahead of time. Other longtime journalists found their lives and careers enhanced during Mr. Spicer’s brief time behind the lectern. Graphic Mr. Spicer typically calls on media organizations outside the…

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