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Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus resigns; John Kelly will take over

Priebus says he offered his resignation after Trump indicated he wanted to go in a different direction. "I can't think of a better person than Genral John Kelly to succeed me and I wish him God's blessings and great success". The move followed months of on-again, off-again speculation that Priebus would soon be ousted from an administration where he has consistently drawn heavy criticism for failing to stem the flow of leaks and struggled to impose a sense of order in a chaotic White ... Read More »

Donald Trump pushes out Greek-American Reince Priebus


The announcement was made in two tweets just before 5PM EST. It's no secret that new White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci doesn't like Reince Priebus, President Donald Trump's chief of staff. "There's a lot of different ways to communicate, back channel publicly with other countries", Kelly said. Seen as a conventional pick from inside the political establishment when Trump named him to the role, Priebus had been slow to back Trump during the Republican primaries ... Read More »

After 6-month run, Trump ousts chief of staff Reince Priebus


The last general to serve as White House chief of staff was Alexander Haig, a former U.S. Army general who served under President Richard Nixon. But he has privately floated potential replacements for Priebus, including Secretary John Kelly , deputy national security adviser Dina Powell, chief economic adviser Gary Cohn and former campaign adviser David Urban , according to three people who've been in conversation with the president and senior staffers recently. Read More »

Sunny Day With Low Humidity


Remember, a heat wave consists of three consecutive days where the high temperature reaches 90 degrees or higher. This is because the front will be closer to CT, which will provide more lift necessary to produce storms. That said, we are not expecting it to rain all day everywhere. Temperatures in the low 80s will continue as we start the upcoming work week. Columbia's temperature has not dropped into the 60s since June 29. Read More »

Nawaz Sharif vacates PM House; off to Murree with family


Pakistan's deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed anger at his disqualification by the country's highest court for allegedly concealing assets. The commission said the decision was taken in line with the Supreme Court's order. The party will nominate a candidate for a 45-day interim premier later on Saturday, Haq said. Read More »

Israeli military court upholds soldier's manslaughter conviction


The judges rejected the defense's arguments and new information in its request to overturn the conviction, saying in the ruling that Azaria's "manner was more suitable for a shooting range than the scene of a terror attack". The March 2016 shooting in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron was recorded on video by a rights group and spread widely online. Azaria then shot him in the head without any apparent provocation. Read More »

Saudi FM slams Qatar for 'politicizing' Hajj

The four countries also highlighted the importance of Qatar complying with the 13 demands previously listed in order to achieve security on the regional and global levels. The four boycotting countries also said that the measures taken against Qatar are considered an act of national sovereignty and are in compliance with worldwide law. Read More »

Ashamed of Boy Scout speech


Trump addressed about 40,000 people at the Boy Scouts of America's National Scout Jamboree on July 24. The apology came in a statement from Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh , three days after Trump's speech to almost 40,000 scouts and adults gathered in West Virginia. Read More »

Xi on Army Day


Xi, dressed in military fatigues and speaking from an open-top jeep, told troops that China needed a strong army so that it could defeat "all invading enemies". Xi is also the chairman of China's Central Military Commission (CMC). More than 12,000 service personnel from the army, navy, air force, armed police as well as the newly-formed rocket force and strategic support troops, took part in the parade. Read More »

Senate slaps new sanctions on Russian Federation, putting Trump in corner


Now, Putin has announced the exact number of staff he's ordered the U.S. embassy in Moscow to cut. Trump has privately expressed frustration over Congress' ability to limit or override the power of the White House on national security matters, saying that it is complicating efforts to coordinate with allies - particularly those in Europe that have taken a different approach to sanctions. Read More »

Reince Priebus pushed out as Trump's chief of staff


Trump called Kelly a "great leader" and "great American". Kelly, 67, a retired four-star Marine Corps general, is now secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and will assume the chief of staff post on Monday. He leveled those charges on CNN moments after speaking with Trump. "Reince is a f-- paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac", Scaramucci said, the article states. Read More »

United States conducts "successful" test of THAAD anti-missile system


That test had come after North Korea's first ICBM missile launch on July 4. The test came the same day that two U.S. supersonic B-1 bombers flew over the Korean Peninsula, following joint military drills with Japan , in a show-of-force response to North Korea's test-fire of what Washington deemed the isolated nation's second intercontinental ballistic missile on Friday. Read More »

US Lifts Laptop Ban on All Airlines


A US intelligence official tells CBS News senior investigative producer Pat Milton that the ban was prompted by strong, credible intelligence about a possible plot to use explosives hidden in a laptop to try to bring down a commercial airliner. Read More »

Uttar Pradesh: Two Samajwadi Party MLCs resign, may join BJP next


One BSP MLC Jay Veer Singh also resigned from his membership of Upper house. "The main objective of this outfit would be to damage the Akhilesh-led SP and offer issue-based support to the BJP", sources said. While the SP and BSP accused the BJP of "luring" their MLCs with "money power", the latter rubbished the charges and said it had nothing to do with the resignations. Read More »

Russian Federation sanctions: Trump's hand forced by Senate vote

Ryabkov went onto say that the economic sanctions would put the already tenuous relationship between the US and Russian Federation into "uncharted territory in a political and diplomatic sense" and promised swift retaliation. In addition to Russian Federation, the bill levies sanctions on Iran and North Korea as well. Late Thursday, the Senate voted 98-2 for a bill passed earlier by the House that strengthens existing sanctions on Russian Federation and gives Congress the power to block ... Read More »

President Trump names Gen. John Kelly as new chief of staff


Even as President Trump continues to equivocate on Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election, his new chief of staff as recently as last week took a strong public stand affirming the USA intelligence community's conclusion that the Kremlin tried to influence the election in favor of Trump. Read More »

Priebus out as chief of staff, Trump names Kelly as replacement


Priebus' 189-day tenure was the shortest in modern history for a White House chief of staff . After announcing Kelly, Trump tweeted thanks to his outgoing adviser "for his service and dedication to his country". Trump gushed over Kelly's record at an event in NY on Friday afternoon. House Speaker Paul Ryan says Reince Priebus served President Donald Trump and the American people capably, passionately and with class. Read More »

Trump Names Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly WH Chief Of Staff


ET. Trump appointed Kelly, a retired Marine general, to secretary of Homeland Security on December 7, 2016 and he was confirmed on January, 20, 2017 the first day of Trump's administration . Reince Priebus , seen in June, is out as President Trump's chief of staff. "I want to thank the President for giving me this very special opportunity", Priebus said in a statement. Read More »

Arrests made after London protest over death of man turns violent


That was followed by a tweet captioned "Me @ these rioters in Dalston #NoJusticeNoPeace" with a GIF of Kris Jenner saying "You're doing fantastic sweetie". The 20-year-old later died in hospital. Local businesses, bars and restaurants pulled down their shutters - locking customers inside - as youths rode through the flame-lit streets on bicycles. Read More »

Israel, Jordan in diplomatic stand-off over Israeli security guard


The statement said the building was in the Israeli embassy compound, but the Israeli media reports indicated that the building was not part of the compound. Israeli measures at the flashpoint site sparked angry demonstrations in Amman on Friday, when thousands took to the streets in a protest. Two Jordanians were killed in a shootout inside the Israeli embassy in Amman , the Israeli Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday. Read More »

Anthony Scaramucci will not take a White House salary


Donald Trump has named John F Kelly as his new White House chief of staff after sacking Reince Priebus . "I will refrain in this arena but not give up the passionate fight for @ realDonaldTrump's agenda", including the hashtag for Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America great again". Read More »

Possible Rain Throughout the Day


Rainfall totals in spots could approach 1 to 2 inches, with localized higher amounts possible. Could be some thunder with those showers. Skies tonight will clear up for everyone and temperatures will fall to the mid 50s. Low temperatures may remain slightly below normal through Thursday morning, but the humidity will slowly return. We're much warmer next week! An extended stretch of sunny, dry weather will be with for most of next week. Read More »

John Kelly faces 'baptism of fire' in Trump White House


But to succeed-and to make Trump succeed-Kelly must now shed this skin and become a smoother political operator. Priebus was head of the Republican National Committee before joining the White House as chief of staff. Priebus' departure came not long after the new White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci , berated him in a profanity-laced interview with reporter Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker , but it was the scene of Priebus' ouster at an airport Friday that reminded many in ... Read More »

McCain Vote Kills GOP Skinny Repeal


McCain played a key and dramatic role in the debate over the bill. Premiums would jump 20% next year, compared to current law . Forget the Republican vow to save the country from a "collapsing" Obamacare. Cornyn admitted that the Senate can not guarantee that the House will not simply pass the Senate bill, because ultimately "t$3 he request to go to conference, has to come from the House". Read More »

Venezuelan opposition in final protest push ahead of Sunday's vote


The opposition is boycotting the vote and asked backers to block streets starting Friday afternoon despite the official protest ban. The delegates - majority expected to be ruling-party loyalists - would have the power to rewrite the 1999 constitution, dissolve other branches of government, and call and cancel future elections. Read More »