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Source: Fox News

Senate intelligence staffer who dated reporter pleads guilty to lying to FBI about leaks

Today 03:21 GMT

A former security director for the Senate Intelligence Committee has pleaded guilty to one count of giving a false statement to FBI agents looking into leaks of national security information to several reporters, the Justice Department announced Monday.

News of Wolfe's guilty plea comes weeks after secret text messages revealed that anti-Trump former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page had discussed a “media leak strategy” amid the Russia probe -- even as Strzok's attorney claimed the text merely referred to efforts to stop leaks. In a September letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., raised “grave concerns” about an “apparent systemic culture of media leaking” among high-level FBI and Justice Department officials to release information damaging to Trump.

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Jason Chaffetz: Attorney General Sessions needs to go – Here’s why Trump needs to show him the door

Today 01:33 GMT

Now President Trump should make a different choice – and replace Sessions with an attorney general who has the fortitude to restore the congressional check and balance on executive branch abuses of power.

The moment Attorney General Sessions told me he had no intention of prosecuting Clinton IT aide Brian Pagliano, I knew the battle was lost.

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Source: CBS News

Federal budget deficit hits 6-year-high in Donald Trump's first fiscal year as president

Today 03:21 GMT

The federal budget deficit has surged to $779 billion in fiscal 2018, its highest level in six years, as President Donald Trump's tax cuts caused the government to borrow more heavily in order to cover its expanded spending.

"The budget numbers make very clear that the faster growth isn't stopping the deficit from increasing," said Marc Goldwein, senior policy director for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a group that advocates for lower deficits.

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Source: CBS News

Sidelined children's health official says EPA inaction means "kids are disposable"

Today 07:00 GMT

A spokesperson for the Office of Children's Heath Protection also issued a statement: . The EPA also provided press releases (1, 2, 3) asserting the agency's commitment to protecting children's health.

"I often think of the Office of Children's Health as the conscience of EPA, because, you know, we're kind of nagging at them: 'Is this okay for children? As director of the Office of Children's Health Protection (OCHP), it was her job to determine the impacts of regulations on children.

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Source: Common Domain

Sears Seeks to Repair Fraying Supply Chain in Bankruptcy

Today 01:33 GMT

Sears Holding Corp. SHLD -18.92% says it faces “catastrophic consequences” as it struggles through bankruptcy if it can’t repair its unraveling supply chain and keep merchandise flowing to stores and warehouses.

“It is vital to the success of the Debtors’ chapter 11 strategy... that they be able to repair its supply chain and relationships with key vendors,” Sears said in court filings. “Failure to continue sourcing inventory through its existing network of vendors on commercially reasonable terms could have catastrophic consequences for the Company.”

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Los Angeles councilman announces departure day after fundraiser

Today 05:11 GMT

A Los Angeles City Councilman raised a few eyebrows last week after announcing his departure from office the day after hosting an $800-per-person fundraiser.

Mitchell Englander, 48, who represents Los Angeles' 12 District, hosted the fundraising event Wednesday at San Antonio Winery in Lincoln Heights, The Los Angeles Times reported. The following day, the Republican said he would be stepping down from the city council by the end of the year to join a global sports firm as its new executive vice president of government affairs.

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Source: Washington Post

Only 11.7 percent of Baltimore police officers pass latest sergeant exam

Monday 17:16 GMT

When the list of new Baltimore Police sergeants is released at the end of the month, it will be far shorter than in the past.

That included $20,900 for airfare for 38 examiners who traveled to Baltimore from various locations, $26,000 for hotel rooms, $11,600 for four ballrooms at the Baltimore Convention Center and $1,300 for coffee and snacks.

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Source: CBS News

Trump on prospect of Mattis' departure: "At some point, everybody leaves"

Sunday 23:41 GMT

President Trump suggested that Defense Secretary James Mattis could be one of the next administration officials to depart his Cabinet.

While leading the nation's military, Mattis has sometimes been at odds with more hawkish administration officials like John Bolton, the president's national security adviser. Mattis has at times parted ways with the president, most notably pushing for more diplomatic measures in the summer of 2017 to achieve denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

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Source: Common Domain

Trump Is Mulling Candidates Who Could Succeed Jeff Sessions

Saturday 21:50 GMT

President Trump is considering as many as five candidates as his new attorney general on the assumption that Jeff Sessions will leave his post later this year, according to White House officials and outside advisers.

The potential candidates include Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Transportation Department general counsel Steven Bradbury, former Attorney General Bill Barr, Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan and Janice Rogers Brown, a retired appeals court judge from the District of Columbia Circuit, the people said.

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DOJ, Sessions announce Chicago will get additional law enforcement resources, filed opposition to consent decree

Saturday 18:10 GMT

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday revealed that the Justice Department would be giving Chicago law enforcement additional resources to help combat crime and also filed a brief in opposition to a proposal to reform city policing practices.

“The Statement of Interest ‘asks the court not to enter the Proposed Consent Decree but, rather, to allow state and local officials – and Chicago’s brave front-line police officers – to engage in flexible and localized efforts to advance the goal of safe, effective, and constitutional policing in Chicago,” the news release said.

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Source: Common Domain

U.S. Extends Deadline on Rusal, EN+ Divestment Another Time

Saturday 16:21 GMT

The Treasury said Friday it would allow an additional month for the sale or transfer of shares of EN+ Group PLC and United Co. Rusal from people under U.S. sanctions to those not on the list.

The Treasury said Friday, as it has previously, that EN+ and Rusal approached the U.S. government with “substantial corporate governance changes” that could result in “significant changes in control,” referring to Mr. Derpiaska’s divestment plan.

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Source: Washington Post

Missing the permit for the trees: Congressional golf club cited for tree removal

Sunday 12:39 GMT

Bethesda’s tony Congressional Country Club, known for hosting such high-profile golf tournaments as the U.S. Open, recently was visited by some other, perhaps less welcome, guests: Montgomery County inspectors, who cited the club for denuding its picturesque fairways of shade trees without acquiring the proper permit.

Large properties such as the country club are required to obtain a sediment control permit from Maryland’s most populous county if they clear more than 5,000 square feet of tree canopy.


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