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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, who vowed to “drain the swamp in Washington,” funded his transition in part with money from the same special interests he railed against. “We will not answer to donors or lobbyists or special interests,” Trump said Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference. That didn’t dissuade lobbyists nor corporations or industry…

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NYC police union lashes out at commissioner and ‘cop haters’ after firing of officer who killed Eric Garner

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The Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York on Monday angrily attacked New York City Police Department Commissioner James O’Neill after he fired Daniel Pantaleo, the police officer who killed Eric Garner by placing him in a choke hold in 2014.

In a statement released shortly after Pantaleo's firing, NYC PBA President Patrick Lynch accused the commissioner of choosing "politics and his own self-interest over the police officers he claims to lead."

He then claimed O'Neill was bowing to the pressure of "cop haters" and said he had "opened the door for politicians to dictate the outcome of every single NYPD disciplinary proceeding."

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US gives Huawei 90 day reprieve on ban

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The Trump administration gave Huawei Technologies a 90-day reprieve Monday from a ban on doing business with US companies, as high-stakes trade talks between Washington and Beijing struggle to show gains.

The US Commerce Department effectively suspended for a second time tough rules banning US companies from selling technology components and services to the Chinese telecommunications giant and a prohibition on buying equipment from it.

The move means Huawei can continue to buy US-made semiconductors and other materials crucial to its phones and network equipment, and that US telecommunications companies can continue to buy Huawei's networking equipment.

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Bahrain to join US-led efforts to protect Gulf navigation

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Bahrain said Monday it would join US-led efforts to protect shipping in the Gulf amid tensions between Washington and Tehran after a series of attacks on tankers.

Bahrain's King Hamad voiced his country's appreciation of the "US role in supporting regional security and stability" during a meeting with US Central Command (CENTCOM) chief General Kenneth McKenzie, state media said.

"The king confirmed the kingdom of Bahrain's participation in the joint effort to preserve the safety of international maritime navigation and secure international corridors for trade and energy," the official Bahrain News Agency reported.

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