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Executive Director of House Dems’ Campaign Arm Resigns amid Backlash over Lack of Diversity

Executive Director of House Dems’ Campaign Arm Resigns amid Backlash over Lack of DiversityThe executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) resigned Monday after Democratic lawmakers and DCCC staffers lashed out publicly at the organization's leadership over their failure to prioritize racial diversity.Allison Jaslow announced her resignation during an emergency meeting that was held on Monday morning in response to calls from staffers and lawmakers for an “immediate restructuring” of the group's senior leadership, Politico reported.Democratic representatives Vicente Gonzalez and Filemon Vela of Texas specifically called for Jaslow's resignation in a statement provided to Politico on Sunday.“The DCCC is now in complete chaos,” Gonzalez and Vela said in their statement. “The single most immediate action that Cheri Bustos can take to restore confidence in the organization and to promote diversity is to appoint a qualified person of color, of which there are many, as executive director at once. We find the silence of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus on this issue to be deafening.”Politico highlighted a longstanding rift within the DCCC last week, publishing a report that quoted staffers and lawmakers complaining about a lack of racial diversity within the group's leadership, and among the vendors hired by the group.DCCC chairwoman Cheri Bustos was forced to return to Washington on Monday to address lawmakers' and staffers' concerns after an emergency meeting on Friday, which Bustos did not attend, and a conference call on Saturday, proved insufficient.Jaslow reportedly wept while assuming blame for the lack of diversity during the Friday meeting while Bustos responded to the complaints by emphasizing her marriage to a Mexican man and her son's engagement to an African-American woman during the Saturday call. She also agreed to hold mandatory diversity training for Committee staff.



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Trump says Coats is out as national intelligence director

Trump says Coats is out as national intelligence directorDan Coats, director of national intelligence, is resigning after a turbulent two years in which he and President Donald Trump were often at odds over Russian interference in the 2016 election. Trump named a GOP congressman and fierce loyalist to replace him. Trump announced Coats' departure as Aug. 15 in a tweet Sunday thanking Coats for his service.



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FBI Director: White-Supremacist Violence Accounts for Majority of Domestic-Terrorism Arrests Since Last October

FBI Director: White-Supremacist Violence Accounts for Majority of Domestic-Terrorism Arrests Since Last OctoberFBI director Christopher Wray told Congress on Tuesday that the majority of domestic-terrorism arrests since last October have been linked to white supremacy."I will say that a majority of the domestic-terrorism cases that we’ve investigated are motivated by some version of what you might call white-supremacist violence, but it does include other things as well," the FBI chief said in testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee.Wray explained that since October, the FBI has arrested about 100 people on international-terrorism charges and about the same number of individuals on charges related to domestic extremism.The FBI director emphasized that his investigators' "focus is on the violence.""We the FBI don’t investigate the ideology, no matter how repugnant. We investigate violence. And any extremist ideology, when it turns to violence, we’re all over it," Wray said. "We take domestic terrorism or hate crime – regardless of ideology – extremely seriously, I can assure you, and we are aggressively pursuing it using both counterterrorism resources and criminal investigative resources and partnering closely with our state and local partners."President Trump has repeatedly come under fire for using rhetoric that his opponents say encourages violent, racist tendencies. Critics have warned that violence resulting from white-supremacist ideologies has been on the rise since Trump took office.“I don’t, really,” Trump said in March when asked if he thinks white nationalism is a growing threat. “I think it’s a small group of people that have very, very serious problems.”The highest-profile act of violence perpetrated by a white supremacist over the last few years occurred at a 2017 white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., where one of the male rally-goers murdered one counter-protesters and injured dozens of others by mowing them down with his car. The man has received several life sentences for his crimes.



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Former acting ICE Director Tom Homan unloads on lawmakers at House hearing on migrant detention facilities

Former acting ICE Director Tom Homan unloads on lawmakers at House hearing on migrant detention facilitiesHoman blasts Congress for the delay in additional funding for the humanitarian crisis, urges lawmakers to fix the situation; FBN's Hillary Vaughn reports from Capitol Hill.



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Homeland Security leadership purge continues as Trump ousts Secret Service Director Randolph Alles

Homeland Security leadership purge continues as Trump ousts Secret Service Director Randolph AllesSecret Service director ousted in rolling housecleaning at DHS



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Graham asks FBI director for briefing on Roger Stone raid

Graham asks FBI director for briefing on Roger Stone raidWASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said Wednesday that he wants a briefing from the FBI on the tactics it used last week when agents arrested President Donald Trump's confidant Roger Stone as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.



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Tesla names board director to replace Musk

Tesla names board director to replace MuskTesla said it has appointed Robyn Denholm of the Australian telecoms company Telstra as board director after Elon Musk resigned from the post. The appointment of Denholm, who is Telstra’s chief financial officer, is effective immediately but she will serve out her six-month notice period with her current employer, Tesla said in a statement late Wednesday. Denholm had already served as a member of the Tesla board since 2014.



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N. Korea hospital director rejects Warmbier torture charges

N. Korea hospital director rejects Warmbier torture chargesThe director of the North Korean hospital that treated Otto Warmbier, the US student who died after being held in the country, rejected fresh allegations that he was tortured in custody. The 22-year-old was jailed in the North for more than a year and was released in a comatose state in 2017 but died shortly after returning home. The director of the Pyongyang Friendship Hospital — which treated Warmbier — slammed the claims as a “total distortion of the truth” in a statement carried by the North’s official KCNA news agency late Saturday.



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Mike Pompeo: Who is the US secretary of state and former CIA director?

Mike Pompeo: Who is the US secretary of state and former CIA director?Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, has met with King Salman of Saudi Arabia to discuss the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Washington Post columnist is rumoured to have died under interrogation in Riyadh and President Donald Trump has vowed to “get to the bottom” of the situation. With the eyes of the world on the former CIA director, who succeeded Rex Tillerson in March, you might be wondering more about him.



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FBI Director Wray says Kavanaugh background investigation was ‘limited in scope’

FBI Director Wray says Kavanaugh background investigation was ‘limited in scope’When asked by Sen. Kamala Harris, FBI Director Christopher Wray tells a Senate committee that the background investigation into sexual assault claims against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was “limited in scope” as directed by the White House, but that limit was “consistent with the standard process for such investigations.”



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