Ayers won't take job as WH chief of staff

Nick Ayers, the leading candidate to replace John Kelly as President Donald Trump's chief of staff, will not be taking the job, a White House official told CNN Sunday.
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Almost all government departments, bureaus, and programs start out well. For instance, once upon a time, the House of Representatives was 59 dedicated patriots who had never met a career politician. — Tamara K. (@TamSlick) December 10, 2018 [Author: Tam]
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Trump Seeks New Chief After Ayers Roils Kelly Succession Plan

The White House now faces a potentially chaotic transition in a vital leadership role with Ayers out of the running, despite months of advance conversations with the president. The focus now turns to other candidates to fill Kelly’s shoes.
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Crossrail may not open next year despite mooted extra £1bn

Ministers are reportedly about to admit London rail project needs further extra fundingCrossrail could swallow up another £1bn in funding and be delayed beyond 2019, ministers are expected to admit this week.The flagship construction project to create a new high-capacity train line across London had originally been due to be opened on Sunday by the Queen, but problems with complex new signalling systems delayed testing trains in the central core. Confirmation that the opening was postponed by up...
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May in last-ditch bid to save Brexit deal despite growing mutiny

As Tuesday’s vote looms, Northern Ireland secretary warns issue is tearing UK apart Theresa May will launch a last-ditch bid to win over mutinous Tory MPs before deciding whether to proceed with a vote on her Brexit deal on Tuesday, as one of her closest cabinet allies issued a stark warning the UK should learn from Northern Ireland about “the damage that division can do”.With less than 48 hours to go before May faces the reckoning of her MPs, few of the 100-plus rebels who have vowed to vote ag...
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Ayers will not become Trump's chief of staff; Mnuchin, Meadows considered: sources

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Republican Representative Mark Meadows, chairman of the right-wing House Freedom Caucus, are among the possible contenders to replace current White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, one source told Reuters. Ayers, 36, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence and known as a skilled Republican political tactician, had been in discussions for months about taking the job, but was unable to agree to terms with Trump, another source said. Ayers tweeted that he...
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Trump in new setback as Pence aide Nick Ayers turns down chief of staff role

Pence staffer tweets intent to leave Washington this yearOpinion: Kelly is latest victim of dumpster fire of calamitiesA bad week for Donald Trump ended with the news that his first choice to replace John Kelly as White House chief of staff will not take the role. Related: Trump 'at center of massive fraud against Americans', top Democrat says Continue reading...
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Pence Aide Not Expected to Replace White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, Official Says

Nick Ayers was seen as the favorite for the jo
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Dec 10: Pat Oliphant at White House Historical Association

        SAVE THE DATE: 2018 Holiday Book Fair December 10th, 11AM – 6:30PM Featuring Special Guest, "President Thomas Jefferson" Book Signings with Authors Food and Drink by Former White House Chef Roland Mesnier, interactive exhibits, music and more! November 1, 2018 (Washington, D.C.) – The White House Historical Association is pleased to announce its upcoming Holiday Book Fair, a full day of holiday shopping and festivities with 12 auth...
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Pence aide out of running to be Trump’s next chief of staff

By ZEKE MILLER WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s top pick to replace chief of staff John Kelly, Nick Ayers, is no longer expected to fill the role. Ayers, who is chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, was seen as the favorite for the job when Trump announced Saturday that Kelly would leave around year’s end. But a White House official said Sunday that Trump and Ayers could not reach agreement on Ayers’ length of service and that he would instead assist the president from outside t...
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Ayers not taking job as White House chief of staff

Nick Ayers, the leading candidate to replace John Kelly as President Donald Trump's chief of staff, will not be taking the job, a White House official told CNN Sunday.
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Former Ag Secretary Bob Bergland dies at 90

ROSEAU, Minn. (AP) — Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland has died in Minnesota. He was 90. Bergland’s daughter, Linda Vatnsdal (VAHT’-ens-dahl), says he died Sunday at a nursing home in Roseau (ROH’-zoh) in northern Minnesota As Agriculture Secretary for President Jimmy Carter, Bergland had the difficult job of defending to Midwest farmers Carter’s unpopular […]
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Nick Ayers out as candidate to become President Donald Trump's next chief of staff

Ayers, 36, has a young family and did not want to make a long-term commitment to the grueling job, White House officials told USA TODAY.            [Author: USA TODAY]
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Non Sequiturs: 12.09.18

* A fantasy from the fevered imagination of Lawprofblawg: playing the role of the Grinch who stole meetings. [Lawprofblawg] * Joel Cohen wonders: should jurors be instructed about the possible inaccuracy of descriptions of forensic evidence in "cop show" television programs? [Law and Crime] * David Oscar Markus isn't afraid to take on tough cases -- like defending embattled Secretary Alex Acosta in the court of public opinion. [Miami Herald via SDFLA Blog] * Former federal defender Stephen Co...
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Ex-VP Biden vows to stay involved, but no talk of presidency

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden says he is going to stay engaged for the rest of his life, but he didn’t make any indication about whether he will make a run for the presidency in 2020. Biden made the comments Sunday during an appearance in Vermont that is part of […]
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Former Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland dies at 90

ROSEAU, Minn. (AP) — Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland, a farmer from northern Minnesota who was tasked with selling President Jimmy Carter’s unpopular Soviet Union grain embargo to other farmers, died Sunday. He was 90. Bergland died at a nursing home in his hometown of Roseau, near the U.S.-Canadian border, his daughter Linda Vatnsdal […]
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All-party panel set out stances in Channel 4's Brexit debate - Politics live

Caroline Lucas, James Cleverly, Barry Gardiner and Jacob Rees-Mogg to argue their case over what should happen 8.25pm GMT James Cleverly is back on social media already, reiterating the divisions among opponents to the deal – a strategy that Downing Street have been seen to increasingly pursue.On tonight’s @Channel4News Brexit debate we saw three people who want completely different things but all think they can win by voting down the deal. They can’t all be right. Let’s take the deal and g...
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Poland’s president, Jewish leaders light Hanukkah candles

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish President Andrzej Duda and Jewish community members have lit a menorah at the Presidential Palace to jointly mark Hanukkah. A part of democratic Poland’s tradition is highlighting the long history and role of the Jewish nation in Poland. Hanukkah candles are lit each year at the palace in Warsaw. Duda, […]
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Rubio slams White House on Khashoggi after report Kushner counselled prince

New York Times says Trump adviser coaching Saudi princeSenator: Prince Mohammed likely ‘ordered code red’ on killingA day after it was reported that Jared Kushner had counselled Mohammed bin Salman over the fallout from the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Republican senator rebuked the Trump White House when he said: “We don’t need direct evidence that [the Saudi crown prince] ordered the code red on this thing.” Related: US and Russia ally with Saudi Arabia to water down climate pledge Continue...
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Top House Democrats raise prospect of impeachment, jail for President Trump

WASHINGTON — Top House Democrats on Sunday raised the prospect of impeachment or almost-certain prison time for President Donald Trump if it’s proved that he directed illegal hush-money payments to women, adding to the legal pressure on the president over the Russia investigation and other scandals. “There’s a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office, the Justice Department may indict him, that he may be the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jai...
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Report: Trump Considered Barr As Russia Probe Lawyer Long Before Recent AG Offer

President Donald Trump’s pick to be the next attorney general was previously considered as a candidate to be the President’s outside attorney dealing with the Russia probe, Yahoo News reported Saturday, citing unnamed sources. Trump on Friday announced that he would nominate William Barr, who previously served as President George H.W. Bush’s attorney general, to fill the same role in the current administration. According to Yahoo News, around late spring 2017, White House officials ...
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Rosanell Eaton, Fierce Voting Rights Advocate, Dies at 97

Calling her an unsung hero, President Barack Obama praised her and others for refusing “to accept anything less than a full measure of equality.”
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Anti-racist marchers in London claim victory over far-right protest

‘Brexit betrayal’ march led by Tommy Robinson heavily outnumbered by opponentsAnti-racist campaigners have said their protest rally was more than twice as popular as a pro-Brexit demonstration led by Ukip and the far-right figurehead Tommy Robinson on opposing marches through central London on Sunday afternoon. Related: Thousands protest against Tommy Robinson Brexit march amid Tory infighting - Politics live Continue reading...
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Group led by Thomas Piketty presents plan for ‘a fairer Europe’

Manifesto by progressive Europeans calls for €800bn of levies to tackle inequality, disillusionment, climate change and migrationA group of progressive Europeans led by the economist and author Thomas Piketty has drawn up a bold new blueprint for a fairer Europe to address the division, disenchantment, inequality and populism sweeping the continent.The plan, crafted by more than 50 economists, historians and former politicians from half a dozen countries, includes huge levies on multinationals, ...
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Evers not optimistic Wisconsin Gov. Walker will veto bills

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov.-elect Tony Evers says he’s not optimistic that outgoing governor Scott Walker will veto bills approved by the Republican-dominated Legislature that would limit the new governor’s power. Evers (EE’-vers) told NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday that he spoke by telephone with Walker and appealed to him to veto the legislation, […]
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Trump did not know of Huawei arrest during Xi dinner: Kudlow

President Donald Trump had not been informed about the arrest of Chinese telecom giant Huawei's chief financial officer when he dined with China's Xi Jinping, a top White House official said Sunday. "He did not know and he had no reaction afterwards," White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on "Fox News Sunday," denying reports Trump was "livid" that the arrest took place while he was at dinner with Xi. Meng Wanzhou, 46, was arrested in Vancouver, Canada at the request of US prosecutors...
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President Bush and the tricky politics of death

They came to praise and bury Caesar. Well, not exactly Caesar, but for a few years, like Caesar, the most powerful man in the world. George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st President of the United States, is dead and now buried in the soil of his adopted home state of Texas. A political man was given a political funeral, no big surprise. When a musician dies there’s music. A comic’s last rights includes some laughs. So, inevitably, there were politics underscoring Poppa Bush’s funeral. But 41’s sen...
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Schiff: Trump May ‘Face The Real Prospect Of Jail Time’ After Leaving Office

House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-CA) said Sunday that President Donald Trump may “face the real prospect of jail time” after he leaves the White House, given allegations by prosecutors in the Southern District of the New York regarding Trump’s involvement in campaign finance violations carried out by Michael Cohen. “There’s a very real prospect that on the day Donald Trump leaves office, the Justice Department may indict him, that he may be the first president in qui...
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Parliament to vote on May's Brexit deal: what happens next?

The likely scenarios around Tuesday’s vote and what each could mean for the PMTheresa May is facing the reckoning of her premiership on Tuesday, when she is expected to put her negotiated Brexit deal in front of her mutinous MPs. Here’s what could happen in that fraught 24 hours. Continue reading...
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Northern tells rail passengers disruption will continue until May

Train operator’s services hit by cancellations and shortages, with only 40% running on timeNorthern, whose rail services have been plagued by delays and cancellations, has warned passengers in the north of England they are not likely to see an improvement until May.The train operator, which will put its fares up by 3.2% in the new year, made the admission after the latest performance statistics showed that just 40% of its services were on time, with many passengers unable to board trains that ar...
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