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Kellyanne Conway close to accepting role as White House Communications Director: report

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Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway is close to accepting the position of White House communications director, The Atlantic reported Wednesday.

Conway, the first woman to manage a successful presidential campaign, declined to speak to The Atlantic about the story. But multiple sources spoke in her stead.

“It’s becoming increasingly difficult for her to say no,” one senior White House official said.

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“He’s basically told her she’s no longer allowed to say no,” joked another senior official.

The vacancy was created upon the departure of Hope Hicks, who lasted 217 days as communications director.

Before Hicks, Anthony Scaramucci held the job for 10 days. Sean Spicer held the position for 45 days one time and 48 days during another stint. Mike Dubke served for 88 days.

Conway would fifth person to hold the position of White House communications director under President Trump.

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How the Trump family learned ‘how to turn politics into money’

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In 1975, New York City was run-down and on the verge of bankruptcy. Twenty-nine-year-old Donald Trump saw an opportunity. He wanted to acquire and redevelop the dilapidated Commodore Hotel in midtown Manhattan next to Grand Central Terminal.

Trump had bragged to the executive controlling the sale that he could use his political connections to get tax breaks for the deal.

The executive was skeptical. But the next day, the executive was invited into Trump’s limousine, which ushered him to City Hall. There, he met with Donald’s father Fred and Mayor Abe Beame, to whom the Trumps had given lavishly.

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Rudy Giuliani urged Justice Dept to go easy on wealthy Venezuelan client: report

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Rudy Giuliani told U.S. prosecutors that his wealthy Venezuelan client deserved leniency in a criminal investigation, according to his indicted associate Lev Parnas and others.

Alejandro Betancourt, who's reportedly an unindicted co-conspirator in a money laundering case, introduced President Donald Trump's lawyer to the father of Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido, reported Reuters.

Betancourt told Guiliani at a meeting in Spain that he secretly bankrolled Guaido’s efforts to take over leadership of Venezuela, according to four people familiar with the situation.

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Get ready for Enron II: Republicans are re-opening the energy market to underhanded dealing

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Neil Chatterjee, head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, is taking our nation back to pre-Enron days when the commission was so weak it didn’t even explicitly prohibit manipulating energy markets.

Under Chatterjee, a former Mitch McConnell aide, the number of new investigations was halved – to 12 – in fiscal 2019, compared with the previous year. The commission reached just two settlement agreements for $14 million, a sixth or less of the annual average for penalties since 2007.

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