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URGENT – Heather Nauert withdraws from consideration as UN ambassador

URGENT – Heather Nauert withdraws from consideration as UN ambassador

(CNN) — State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Saturday she has withdrawn from consideration as UN ambassador. President Donald Trump had announced he was picking Nauert, but the formal nomination had not been sent to the Senate.”I am grateful to President Trump and Secretary Pompeo for the trust they placed in me for considering me…

Heather Nauert withdraws from consideration as UN ambassador

Heather Nauert withdraws from consideration as UN ambassador

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Saturday she has withdrawn from consideration as UN ambassador. President Donald Trump had previously announced he was picking Nauert, but the formal nomination had not been sent to the Senate. “I am grateful to President Trump and Secretary Pompeo for the trust they placed in me for considering me…

Pence calls on European allies to withdraw from Iran deal as Merkel defends decision

Pence calls on European allies to withdraw from Iran deal as Merkel defends decision

Vice President Mike Pence called on European allies to abandon the Iran nuclear deal while speaking at the Munich Security Conference, shortly after German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended Germany’s decision to stand by the deal. It was the second time Pence called out European allies while touring Europe this week. He told the audience in…

California Gov. Gavin Newsom endorses Kamala Harris for president

California Gov. Gavin Newsom endorses Kamala Harris for president

California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom is endorsing Kamala Harris, who represents the Golden State in the US Senate, for president in 2020. Newsom, a former San Francisco mayor, said in an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes on Friday that he has known Harris for decades and she did “an extraordinary job with a very progressive…

Read: Paul Manafort’s sentencing memo

Read: Paul Manafort’s sentencing memo

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort deserves 19.5 years to 24.5 years in prison for his conviction for eight financial crimes, special counsel Robert Mueller’s office said Friday night. Read the sentencing recommendation: Click here to read full story »

Trump nominates a top FEMA official to lead the agency

Trump nominates a top FEMA official to lead the agency

President Donald Trump has nominated a senior Federal Emergency Management Agency official to lead the agency, following director Brock Long’s resignation earlier this week. Jeffrey Byard is currently FEMA’s associate administrator for the Office of Response and Recovery, the “senior-most executive over disaster response, recovery, logistics, and field operations,” according to a statement from the…

Kushner readies for spring launch of US Middle East peace plan

Kushner readies for spring launch of US Middle East peace plan

The United States is beginning to prep allies for a spring rollout of its plan for Middle East peace, with President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, outlining the timing and methodology of the plan at the Middle East security conference in Warsaw, Poland. During a presentation Thursday, Kushner confirmed that the Trump…

Special counsel prosecutors say they have communications of Stone with WikiLeaks

Special counsel prosecutors say they have communications of Stone with WikiLeaks

Prosecutors said for the first time that they have evidence of Roger Stone communicating with WikiLeaks, according to a new court filing from special counsel prosecutors. During its investigation of the Russian hack of the Democrats, “the government obtained and executed dozens of search warrants on various accounts used to facilitate the transfer of stolen…

Federal judge blocks discharge of two HIV-positive airmen

Federal judge blocks discharge of two HIV-positive airmen

A federal judge directed the Department of Defense to stop the pending discharge of two airmen suing the Pentagon for allegedly targeting them for being HIV-positive, LGBTQ legal group Lambda Legal said in a statement Friday. The ruling, which will allow the airmen to continue serving until their case goes to trial, is a setback…

Judge puts gag order on Roger Stone and attorneys

Judge puts gag order on Roger Stone and attorneys

A federal judge has placed a gag order on longtime Donald Trump associate Roger Stone and attorneys involved in his criminal case. “Counsel for the parties and the witnesses must refrain from making statements to the media or in public settings that pose a substantial likelihood of material prejudice to this case,” Judge Amy Berman…

Will the Supreme Court stop Trump’s national emergency?

Will the Supreme Court stop Trump’s national emergency?

President Donald Trump is well aware that his national emergency declaration will face legal challenges, but he’s moving forward anyway. “We will have a national emergency and we will then be sued,” Trump said in the Rose Garden on Friday. “We’ll possibly get a bad ruling, and then we’ll get another bad ruling, and then…

Supreme Court agrees to take up 2020 census case

Supreme Court agrees to take up 2020 census case

The Supreme Court said Friday that it would take up a case this term to decide whether the Trump administration can add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. A lower court had blocked the administration from adding the question, holding that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s decision to add the question was unlawful for a…

Amy Klobuchar is not apologizing

Amy Klobuchar is not apologizing

I’m sorry. Women say these two words all the time. Much, much more than men. And often for no real reason. Lowering the armrest on an airplane? I’m sorry. Almost bump into someone in the hallway? I’m sorry. And, my favorite? Actually bumping into a chair. I’m sorry! As a female doctor writing in Psychology…