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US official tasked with emptying Guantanamo resigns



The US official responsible for negotiating the transfers of terror suspects from the American-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is leaving his post, the State Department said late Monday.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Cliff Sloan, Washington’s special envoy for Guantanamo closure, resigned in keeping with his agreement to take on the difficult position for just 18 months.

However, the New York Times, citing an administration official, reported late Monday that Sloan was dissatisfied that too few inmates had been cleared for release by the Pentagon.

Kerry in a statement praised Sloan’s “character and commitment.”

“Cliff was very skillful negotiating with our foreign partners and allies, and it’s a big part of why we moved thirty-four detainees on his watch, with more on the way,” the top US diplomat said.

Sloan also played a major role in successful efforts by the administration to reform the congressional restrictions on foreign transfers.


Sloan’s departure comes as the administration strives to empty the detention facility — one of the very first goals set by Obama when he took office in January 2009.

Obama has vowed to close the prison in Cuba, set up to house terror suspects following the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Inmate transfers to Afghanistan late last week left 132 detainees at Guantanamo.

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With new ‘imposed contract,’ Trump’s EPA tries to neuter worker rights



Agency announces new collective bargaining agreement—which was not agreed upon

The Trump administration continued its attacks on federal workers this week with a new "agreement" that would kneecap the power of unions representing EPA employees.

The development, as watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) noted Wednesday, is a new "Master Collective Bargaining Agreement" between the federal agency and the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). Far from an agreement, said PEER, the document is really an "edict."

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Ex-prosecutor explains why Trump feels like he can lie about Robert Mueller



On Wednesday, former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that Trump is everything he accuses special counsel Robert Mueller of being — and he feels confident in gaslighting the American people because he knows no one has the ability to challenge him on it.

"The president falsely accused Mueller of illegally deleting anti-Trump text messages between two former FBI employees," said Blitzer. "In fact, those messages were wiped from government phones by the Justice Department in accordance with longstanding department policy. What's your reaction to that baseless, personal attack from the president on Mueller?"

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Soccer star slams Trump for attacking her teammate: He hates women he ‘cannot control or grope’



On Wednesday, U.S. Women's Soccer champion Ali Krieger rebuked President Donald Trump for his attacks on her teammate Megan Rapinoe, saying that the president feels threatened by women that he "cannot control or grope":

In regards to the “President’s” tweet today, I know women who you cannot control or grope anger you, but I stand by @mPinoe & will sit this one out as well. I don’t support this administration nor their fight against LGBTQ+ citizens, immigrants & our most vulnerable.

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