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Anthony Scaramucci: A look at the new White House communications director

Anthony Scaramucci rose through the financial ranks of New York, ardently defending Wall Street and founding a global hedge fund. Now his latest project will be the White House’s messages. Scaramucci was tapped as the next communications director for the White House Friday afternoon. The job has been vacant since veteran GOP strategist Mike Dubke resigned from the post in late May. Scaramucci, who became the senior vice president and chief strategy officer of the Export-Import Bank in June, met with President Donald Trump Friday morning.  The appointment of the Goldman Sachs…

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Trump blasts Clintons, NY Times, ‘fake news’ in lengthy Twitter rant

President Trump went on a wide-ranging Twitter rant Saturday morning, bashing Hillary Clinton, “fake news,” The New York Times and other favorite targets. Trump tweeted at least eight times within a one-hour period, focusing first on a Washington Post story, based on unnamed sources, that alleged Attorney General Jeff Sessions talked to a Russian ambassador during the 2016 White House campaign about policy issues and other matters. “A new INTELLIGENCE LEAK from the Amazon Washington Post, this time against A.G. Jeff Sessions. These illegal leaks, like Comey’s, must stop!” Trump…

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Scaramucci Has a Showman’s Knack for Self-Promotion Rivaling Trump’s

Mr. Scaramucci grew up on Long Island, in Port Washington, N.Y., where one of his first jobs was delivering Newsday. He has written two books, “Goodbye Gordon Gekko” and “The Little Book of Hedge Funds.” He started SkyBridge Capital in 2005 as an incubator for hedge fund managers after spending seven years at Goldman Sachs and helping to found a money-managament firm. After the financial crisis, many hedge funds shifted tactics to attract new investors. SkyBridge bought Citigroup’s hedge fund unit and then reinvented itself, opening up to investors with…

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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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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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Cosplay at San Diego Comic-Con

From left: Women play the parts of Wasp, Pixie, Red Sonja and Samus during Comic-Con 2017 in San Diego, July 20, 2017.  Creative costumes took the spotlight at North America’s largest convention for fans of fantasy and sci-fi films and TV, comics, horror, anime, manga and video games. Credit: Bill Wechter/AFP/Getty Images Visitors dressed in cosplay costumes wait in line to enter the San Diego Convention Center during Comic-Con International on July 20, 2017 in San Diego.  Credit: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images Visitors dressed in cosplay costumes cross the street to…

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Tourists to Mexico believe daughter died after being drugged at resort

Twenty-year-old Abbey Conner died during a family vacation to Mexico in January, and her loved ones still don’t understand why. Abbey and her older brother Austin, 22, had both been found face-down in a pool at the Iberostar Paraiso del Mar in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, after arriving just a few hours earlier with their mother and stepfather from Wisconsin, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Abbey and Austin were both pulled from the water and rushed to a hospital, where Austin recovered. Abbey, on the other hand, was pronounced brain-dead…

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Ryan calls CBO’s estimate of 22M more uninsured “bogus”

Last Updated Jul 20, 2017 5:49 PM EDT House Speaker Paul Ryan called the Congressional Budget Office’s estimate that 22 million more people would be uninsured under the latest Senate GOP health care bill “bogus,” as he touted tax reform Thursday at a New Balance factory in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The Wisconsin Republican didn’t so much criticize the math as “bogus,” but rather, said the figure is “not credible” because “people will choose not to buy” insurance. According to the CBO report, however, many people won’t buy plans because the average…

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U.S. Reopens Harley Settlement, Cutting Funds for Pollution Reduction Plan

The willingness to reopen cases has raised the prospect that other recent settlements could also unravel. As part of a $14.7 billion deal to settle claims arising from its diesel emissions cheating scandal, for example, Volkswagen is financing electric vehicle charging stations across the country, and funding efforts by states to cut pollution from old diesel engines. Under the original settlement with Harley-Davidson, it would have paid $12 million in civil penalties and funded a $3 million project administered by the American Lung Association of the Northeast to upgrade wood-burning…

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Ryan calls CBO’s estimate of 22 million more uninsured “bogus”

Last Updated Jul 20, 2017 5:49 PM EDT House Speaker Paul Ryan called the Congressional Budget Office’s estimate that 22 million more people would be uninsured under the latest Senate GOP health care bill “bogus,” as he touted tax reform Thursday at a New Balance factory in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The Wisconsin Republican didn’t so much criticize the math as “bogus,” but rather, said the figure is “not credible” because “people will choose not to buy” insurance. According to the CBO report, however, many people won’t buy plans because the average…

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