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Citgo 6: How the US government brought seven Americans home
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Citgo 6: How the US government brought seven Americans home

CNN  —  On October 1, five of the so-called Citgo 6 were woken up early in their Venezuelan prison by a guard telling them to “get dressed up properly.” The men put on their yellow prison suits – “We called it our ‘Minion’ suit,” Jose Pereira said – before they were instructed by the head of the prison to instead change into civilian clothes. “We said, ‘Why?’ and he said, ‘Well, because you’re going home,’” Pereira recounted to CNN. The day would mark the end to the “nightmare” that began nearly five years prior, when the six oil executives were lured to Venezuela for what they were told would be a business meeting right before Thanksgiving 2017. In addition to securing the ...
These secretary of state candidates allied with Trump in 2022. Here’s how they fared
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These secretary of state candidates allied with Trump in 2022. Here’s how they fared

Several of the Republican candidates for secretary of state who endorsed by former President Donald Trump lost in the midterm elections on Nov. 8, effectively narrowing any avenue to try to influence the top elections officials in battleground states in the next election.Jim Marchant, of Nevada; Audrey Trujillo, of New Mexico; Kim Crockett, of Minnesota; Kristina Karamo, of Michigan; and Mark Finchem, of Arizona, are among those defeated by their Democratic opponents after campaigning on the false claims that President Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 presidential election was invalid.There were 27 secretary of state races on the ballot across the U.S. Although elections for this office don't usually attract much notice, they garnered more attention in the wake of the 2020 president...
Starmer rules out taking UK back into single market or customs union if Labour win election – UK politics live | Politics
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Starmer rules out taking UK back into single market or customs union if Labour win election – UK politics live | Politics

Starmer confirms Labour would not take UK back into single market or customs unionQ: Do you think immigration is too high? Do you want it lower, or just a different profile of immigration?Starmer says he starts by looking at what is driving the numbers. And if the skills failure is driving that, then we need to address skills, he says. That would mean immigration would go down in areas reliant on foreign workers.But he would not hold firms back that needed to hire from abroad – for example, if they needed experts in innovative technology.Q: What is your view on a Swiss-style Brexit deal?Starmer says Labour would not take the UK back into the single market or the customs union.But he says the current arrangements can be made to work better.The current situation is not working well for busin...
Prosecutors rest in Trump Organization criminal trial
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Prosecutors rest in Trump Organization criminal trial

Manhattan prosecutors called their last witness Monday in the Trump Organization's criminal trial. During three weeks of testimony, they portrayed a company for which many of the top executives not named Trump allegedly devised a series of schemes to avoid taxes on income and luxury benefits.Two Trump Organization companies and former chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg were charged with more than a dozen counts related to fraud and tax evasion. No member of the Trump family has been charged in the case. Weisselberg previously entered a guilty plea in the case and agreed to testify for the prosecution. During more than three days of testimony, he described receiving annual bonuses in which he was called an independent contractor, and deducting the value of luxury benefits fro...
Maricopa County elections official moved to ‘undisclosed location’ for his safety following social media threat
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Maricopa County elections official moved to ‘undisclosed location’ for his safety following social media threat

A top elections official in Maricopa County, Arizona, was moved to an undisclosed location for his safety following threats on social media related to the midterm elections, the county confirmed to NBC News on Monday.The official, Bill Gates, the chairman of the Maricopa County board of supervisors, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday.Fox10 Phoenix first reported the news of him being moved on Sunday.Election workers like Gates have experienced a rise in threats following the 2020 election and former President Donald Trump’s election lies. Gates, a Republican, told NBC News ahead of the election that he had been working with local law enforcement amid “vile emails and social media posts.”At a press conference Monday, Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone said he'd...
GOP keeps lead for House control, Democrats’ momentum stalls amid economy worries — CBS News Battleground Tracker poll
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GOP keeps lead for House control, Democrats’ momentum stalls amid economy worries — CBS News Battleground Tracker poll

For two months the Democrats chipped away at the Republicans' lead in the battle for House control, helped by motivated abortion-rights voters and what turned out to be fleeting glimmers of optimism about the economy. But that momentum has stalled, at least for now, and the Republicans' House lead has stabilized today at 224 seats to the Democrats' 211. The Republicans' lead had shrunk in the two previous model runs of September and August.What's behind this? Today's views of the economy have gotten worse amid continuing inflation, a volatile stock market and — in a stark reversal from August — people are reporting gas prices are rising in their neighborhoods. And voters are feeling this personally: more now say their own financial situation is bad, and there's more concern about s...
NC politics podcast: What’s ahead in the legislative session?
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NC politics podcast: What’s ahead in the legislative session?

Each week, join Dawn Vaughan for The News & Observer and NC Insider’s Under the Dome podcast, an in-depth analysis of topics in state government and politics for North Carolina. RALEIGH This week on The News & Observer’s politics podcast, Under the Dome, Dawn Vaughan talks with Western Caroli...
Democrat Adam Frisch concedes to Rep. Lauren Boebert in Colorado House race
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Democrat Adam Frisch concedes to Rep. Lauren Boebert in Colorado House race

After a tight U.S. House race that was likely headed to a recount, Adam Frisch conceded to Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert on Friday. The Democratic businessman from the ritzy ski town of Aspen led a surprisingly difficult challenge against the renowned conservative firebrand whose combative style helped define the new right. "America is tired of the circus, tired of the lack of respect for our institutions and democracy, and tired of the lack of civility in our discourse," Frisch said in a video. Election update by Adam Frisch on YouTube CBS News had characterized the race as "lean Republican," but on Friday, Boebert was leading Frisch by just 551 votes, or 0.16 points, out of 326,965 votes counted. Frisch said...
Donald Trump is at his weakest political position in years
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Donald Trump is at his weakest political position in years

CNN  —  Former President Donald Trump is giving it another go. He announced last week that he’s trying to become only the second man (after Grover Cleveland) to be elected to non-consecutive terms as US president. Trump’s move comes at a time when his political brand is at its weakest point since his first presidential bid in 2015-2016. He does remain a force to be reckoned with in GOP circles, and the news that the Justice Department has appointed a special counsel to oversee investigations related to the former president could elicit a rally-around-Trump effect among Republicans. Nevertheless, it’s clear his power within the party has diminished following the 2022 midterm elections. The easi...
Garland names special counsel to oversee Trump documents case, aspects of Jan. 6 probe
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Garland names special counsel to oversee Trump documents case, aspects of Jan. 6 probe

Attorney General Merrick Garland has named a special counsel to oversee the entirety of the Justice Department's criminal investigation into the retention of national defense information at former President Donald Trump's residence at Mar-a-Lago and key aspects of the Jan. 6 investigation."I'm here today to announce the appointment of the special counsel in connection with two ongoing criminal investigations that have received significant public attention," Garland said. Garland announced at a news conference Friday that John "Jack" Smith will be the special counsel tasked with investigating and deciding whether charges should be brought. He called Smith an "impartial and determined prosecutor." Smith is currently the chief prosecutor for the special counsel in the Hague.  ...