June 26, 2019

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The Latest: Acting ICE director moves to border agency

The Latest: Acting ICE director moves to border agencyTwo officials familiar with the move say the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will take over U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Mark Morgan will become acting CBP commissioner hours after the resignation of John Sanders. Morgan previously led the U.S. Border Patrol, a subsidiary of CBP, under President Barack Obama.


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Stephanie Grisham named new White House press secretary

Stephanie Grisham named new White House press secretaryMelania Trump's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham has been appointed as the next White House press secretary and communications director.  Ms Grisham, who has been the First Lady's communications director since March 2017, will take over from the president's current spokeswoman Sarah Sanders in July. The appointment combines the job with the more strategic role of communications director, which has been vacant since March.  She takes on the role at a crucial period for Donald Trump, the US president, who formally launched his re-election campaign last week. The president is known to place a high value on staff loyalty and Ms Grisham is one of a dwindling number of original staff from the 2016 election campaign to have remained in the White House. Mr Trump fuelled speculation he was considering her for the post, describing her as "terrific" when discussing potential candidates.  Ms Grisham was part of the Trump campaign's communications team and originally served in the West Wing before she took over Mrs Trump's press team. She has been a more frequent presence at the president's recent events, including ones the First Lady has not attended. It remains to be seen whether Ms Grisham will resume the traditional White House press briefings, which have been few and far between under Mrs Sanders.


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Boris Johnson fails to answer questions on private quarrel

Boris Johnson fails to answer questions on private quarrelBoris Johnson failed to shut down questions about his private life Tuesday as a round of media appearances served only to bog him down further in questions about character and trust. Johnson, who is running to be the next leader for both the Conservative Party and the nation, has refused to address personal questions despite an ongoing clamor to face public scrutiny after a reported quarrel with his girlfriend last week prompted a police visit. In break from his previous strategy, the front-runner took part in three interviews in less than 24 hours, responding to challenger Jeremy Hunt's criticism that he was a "coward" and needed to face greater public scrutiny if he is to become prime minister.


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First Lady’s Spokeswoman to Take Over as White House Comms Director and Press Secretary

First Lady’s Spokeswoman to Take Over as White House Comms Director and Press SecretaryMelania Trump's communications director Stephanie Grisham will succeed Sarah Sanders as White House press secretary and communications director, the first lady announced on Twitter Tuesday.> I am pleased to announce @StephGrisham45 will be the next @PressSec & Comms Director! She has been with us since 2015 - @potus & I can think of no better person to serve the Administration & our country. Excited to have Stephanie working for both sides of the @WhiteHouse. BeBest> > -- Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) June 25, 2019Sanders, who announced her resignation earlier this month, predicted her successor will be “a great asset to the president” in a congratulatory tweet moments after the announcement was made.> @StephGrisham45 will be an incredible asset to the President and the country. I’m sad to leave the WH, but so happy to leave our team in such great hands. Stephanie will do a phenomenal job. Proud to have another mom and a great friend in this role. https://t.co/OYvwL0E1JU> > -- Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) June 25, 2019Grisham will also assume the responsibilities of White House communications director, a post that's been left vacant since former Fox News executive Bill Shine resigned in March.Grisham, 39, has established a reputation as a fiercely loyal, and often combative, spokeswoman since joining the Trump campaign in 2015. She then served on the transition team and as then-press secretary Sean Spicer's deputy before moving to the East Wing, where she has won the support of the first lady.While she has managed to maintain a much lower profile than her predecessor, Grisham has lashed out against Trump critics in the media in numerous op-eds and took the rare step of issuing a public statement after the president's first wife, Ivana Trump, referred to herself as the first lady.It remains unclear whether Grisham, who will become the third White House press secretary to serve the administration, will revive the traditional daily briefings that elapsed under Sanders. It has been more than 100 days since the last such briefing.


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Longtime Trump aide Stephanie Grisham will succeed Sanders as press secretary

Longtime Trump aide Stephanie Grisham will succeed Sanders as press secretaryStephanie Grisham, communications director for first lady Melania Trump and a longtime aide to President Donald Trump, will succeed Sarah Sanders as White House press secretary, Mrs. Trump announced on Tuesday. Melania Trump announced the development in a tweet to conclude the president's search for a press secretary after Sanders decided to resign and go back home to Arkansas earlier this month.


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Pickup driver pleads not guilty in fatal motorcycle crash

Pickup driver pleads not guilty in fatal motorcycle crashA driver for a transport company who has a history of traffic arrests pleaded not guilty Tuesday to seven counts of negligent homicide in a collision with a group of motorcyclists on a rural highway. Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, 23, was ordered to remain in preventive detention, with a judge saying his driving record poses a potential danger to the public and himself. The plea was entered by Zhukovskyy's attorney Melissa Davis in Coos County Court in Lancaster, New Hampshire.


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Ex-priest dies months into imprisonment for raping boys

Ex-priest dies months into imprisonment for raping boysA former Catholic priest who pleaded guilty last year to raping two boys decades earlier has died just several months into a 20-year prison sentence in South Carolina. Wayland Yoder Brown, 75, died at a hospital June 8 from what appear to be natural causes, South Carolina Corrections Department spokeswoman Chrysti Shain said Tuesday. The ex-priest had been imprisoned since his guilty plea last October.


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