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New details on Trump Organization’s confidentiality agreement

WASHINGTON — Throughout his business career, Donald Trump placed a premium on fame. But President Trump’s business organization wants to stay on the down low. CBS News has obtained a new confidentiality agreement rolled out after the election. The Trump Organization is requiring employees at all levels to sign it, or else they will lose their jobs. Employees must agree to keep secret any information they learn about anyone in the “Trump family” and extended family, including their “present, former and future spouses, children, parents, in-laws.” “I have reviewed confidentiality…

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Scaramucci rips Priebus, Bannon in interview

Newly installed White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci called New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza Wednesday night to demand information about leaks emanating from the executive branch, and in the process criticized many of his colleagues while using copious profanity.    Scaramucci, apparently believing that White House chief of staff Reince Priebus had leaked information about a dinner President Trump had Wednesday night with Fox News host Sean Hannity and former Fox executive Bill Shine, first threatened to fire the entire communications staff if Lizza did not divulge the source of…

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Death toll in Venezuela unrest hits grisly milestone

CARACAS, Venezuela — Days before a polarizing vote to start rewriting its constitution, Venezuela is convulsing to a rhythm of daytime strikes and nocturnal clashes. The most recent violence drove the death toll from months of unrest to 100 on Thursday. Most of the dead in anti-government protests that began in April are young men killed by gunfire. The toll also includes looters; police allegedly attacked by protesters; and civilians killed in accidents related to roadblocks set up during demonstrations. The count has been highly politicized, with the opposition and…

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Kansas Governor, a Staunch Conservative, Prepares to Step Down

In some respects, the position may be a return to an earlier version of Mr. Brownback’s political persona: During his time in the United States Senate, he was known chiefly as an articulate and well-mannered advocate for conservative social issues, like opposing abortion and human cloning, and for speaking out on issues of international human rights. Bob Vander Plaats, an evangelical activist in Iowa, said that when Mr. Brownback ran for president in 2008, he was not viewed then as the unbending fiscal warrior he turned out to be as…

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Right and Left React to Trump’s Transgender Ban

_____ • Max Boot in Commentary: “This may be good politics, but it’s bad policy.” Mr. Boot argues that Mr. Trump’s tweets on the transgender issue are a way of deflecting “attention from the multiple crises besetting his presidency” and an attempt “to try to stay in the good graces of the religious right.” Moreover, he notes, the president’s announcement is conspicuously absent of details, “leaving it to someone else to work out the actual policy he just announced.” Read more » _____ From the Left • Gersh Kuntzman in…

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Italy Plans Naval Mission Off Libya to Stop Migrant Boats

“It is very relevant news in the fight against human trafficking in Libya, if we respond positively,” Mr. Gentiloni said after the meeting. “I believe this is necessary.” But the potential hurdles confronting such a strategy are manifold. Not least it requires the approval of parliament, which is scheduled to begin debating the potential deployment next Tuesday. Once parliament gives consent, which is expected, the defense ministry says that it can quickly begin a mission and expects three to six ships, but also helicopters, fighter jets and drones, to be…

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Boy Scouts chief apologizes for Trump’s speech

President Trump waves after speaking to Boy Scouts during the National Boy Scout Jamboree at Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve in Glen Jean, West Virginia, on July 24, 2017. Getty The head of the Boy Scouts of America apologized Thursday for President Trump’s speech at the Scouts’ annual jamboree, saying it “was never our intent” to inject politics into the event. “I want to extend my sincere apologies to those in our Scouting family who were offended by the political rhetoric that was inserted into the jamboree,” Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh…

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‘I Am Totally Burned Out’: Patients Watch Health Care Debate With Dread

“I’m so done,” moaned Cathy McPherson, 58, a retired court clerk in Sonora, Calif., with hypertension, who has been covered by plans under the health care act from the outset. “It’s what I think about all the time and I am totally burned out. They go over and over it. Can you stop? Just stop it for a little bit? Go on vacation! Relax! Because I’d like a vacation from it, too!” On Thursday, as a vote loomed on a last-ditch repeal measure, many suspected the uncertainty would not end….

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Banking Regulatory Nominees Back Fewer Financial Restrictions

The comptroller’s office supervises the banking subsidiaries of those companies. The hearing showcased the basic divide between the two political parties on financial regulation. Republicans argue that the federal government overreacted to the 2008 financial crisis, imposing unnecessary restrictions that are now impeding economic growth. Democrats not only oppose a rollback, but say some areas require stronger rules. Democrats described both nominees as the wrong kind of people for the jobs. “We need people in government who are willing to stand up to large financial institutions, and we need people…

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Putin Derides Sanctions and Trump Investigations as ‘Boorishness’

Echoing Mr. Trump’s own repeated assertion that the Russia investigation was “fake news” ginned up by crestfallen Democrats to explain Hillary Clinton’s defeat, Mr. Putin said he did not consider the various probes underway in Washington an investigation “because an investigation envisages full clarification of all circumstances, studying and hearing various parties. We see just an increase in anti-Russia hysteria.” He derided efforts to clarify any links between members of Mr. Trump’s campaign staff and Moscow as “just the use of Russophobic tools in an internal political struggle, in this…

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