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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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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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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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“American Horror Story: Cult” teaser drops

The teaser for “American Horror Story: Cult” dropped on Friday.  FX The first teaser is out for “American Horror Story” Season 7, and it looks pretty twisted.  Creator Ryan Murphy hinted before that at least one clown — Twisty — would be making an appearance in the new season, but the new trailer shows that there are hordes of clowns. Coulrophobics might want to stay away.  The teaser was released after Murphy unveiled the name of Season 7 at Comic-Con: “American Horror Story: Cult.” The video shows dozens of sinister-looking…

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A Drug Maker Spends Big in Washington to Make Itself Heard

Mallinckrodt also spent $610,000 lobbying Congress, triple the amount of 2015’s first quarter. The company, which makes pain-control drugs as well as H. P. Acthar, an injectable gel prescribed for multiple sclerosis and other diseases, has lobbied on issues related to opioids, patents, Medicare and other matters, regulatory filings show. Mallinckrodt is far from unique. This year, a critical and risky one for drug companies, the industry as a whole is ratcheting up campaign donations and its presence on Capitol Hill, a new database compiled by Kaiser Health News shows….

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Dems’ new slogan mercilessly mocked, compared to Papa John’s ad

Democrats, after lengthy deliberations, reportedly have settled on a new slogan – and it’s not exactly getting rave reviews. The winner, according to Vox, is: “A Better Deal: Better Skills, Better Jobs, Better Wages.” The slogan drew immediate taunts given its obvious similarity to the Papa John’s tagline, “Better Ingredients. Better Pizza. Papa John’s.” But considering the party has been scrambling to regroup with an effective message and strategy since its November thumping – all toward the goal of retaking at least one chamber of Congress next year – Obama-era…

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Protests over law that would let Polish leader handpick top justices

Protesters raise candles during a protest on July 20, 2017 in front of the presidential palace in Warsaw, Poland, as they urge the Polish senate to reject a bill changing the judiciary system. Getty WARSAW, Poland — Poland’s Senate opened debate Friday on a contentious draft law that would dismiss current Supreme Court judges and let the president appoint new ones. Earlier, a special Senate commission swiftly reviewed and approved the bill, which critics say opens the door to political influence over the nation’s top court. Tens of thousands of…

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CIA chief: Russia loves to “stick it to America”

ASPEN, Colo. — CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Thursday Russia has no plans to leave Syria and will continue to try to meddle in U.S. affairs to “stick it to America.” He reiterated his belief that Russia interfered in the U.S. presidential election and described the U.S.-Russia relationship as “complicated.” “I think they find anyplace that they can make our lives more difficult, I think they find that’s something that’s useful,” he said Pompeo also said he has seen only minimal evidence that Russia has pursued a serious strategy against…

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Trump lawyer denies Russia probe pardons being discussed

President Trump  on July 18, 2017  Saul Loeb / AFP/Getty Images One of President Trump’s attorneys is denying a Washington Post report that Mr. Trump’s legal team has been “discussing the president’s authority to grant pardons” with respect to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Jay Sekulow tells CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett, “Pardons are not being discussed and are not on the table.” Jay Sekulow tells CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett, “Pardons are not being…

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