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Trump administration’s former security chief to give evidence to congressional panel, White House reveals

Trump administration’s former security chief to give evidence to congressional panel, White House revealsA former White House official has agreed to answer questions over allegations that the Trump administration improperly granted security clearances to some of the president’s advisers.Carl Kline, the former White House Personnel Security Director, has offered to appear before the House oversight committee for an on-the-record interview, accompanied by his lawyers.“We understand the scope of the interview will be limited to White House personnel security policies and practices, consistent with our prior offers for Mr. Kline’s voluntary cooperation with the Committee,” Pat Cipollone, the White House counsel, wrote in a letter to Jim Jordan, a Republican member of the committee.He added that Mr Kline was available to appear before the House of Representatives panel on 1 May.The White House’s agreement comes after a whistleblower told the committee that officials had acted questionably while granting security clearances.Tricia Newbold, a manager in the Personnel Security Office, told the oversight committee earlier this month that 25 individuals including two current senior White House officials, and contractors and employees working for Donald Trump were granted clearances after being denied them initially.She said the reasons the applications were rejected included “foreign influence, conflicts of interest, concerning personal conduct, financial problems, drug use, and criminal conduct.”The committee is scrutinising the security clearances obtained by Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, according to two Reuters sources.The president’s daughter and son-in-law allegedly obtained high level clearances despite security officials advising against the move.Ms Newbold was suspended from her job in January after making the allegations.Her former boss, Mr Kline, agreed to appear before the oversight committee only after Mr Jordan wrote to the Trump administration and urged the White House to agree to a voluntary interview.The committee has already subpoenaed Mr Kline, compelling him to testify under oath, but on Friday the White House appeared to ignore the subpoena.In his letter, Mr Cipollone said the subpoena was ”unnecessary” in light of the “additional accommodation offer made over three weeks ago” for the voluntary appearance.The White House had earlier advised Mr Kline to defy the subpoena.The oversight committee then responded by threatening to hold the former official in contempt of CongressIt is unclear if Democrats on the oversight committee, including its chair Elijah Cummings, will accept the Trump administration’s new terms. Additional reporting by agencies



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Trump administration’s former security chief to give evidence to congressional panel, White House reveals

Trump administration’s former security chief to give evidence to congressional panel, White House revealsA former White House official has agreed to answer questions over allegations that the Trump administration improperly granted security clearances to some of the president’s advisers.Carl Kline, the former White House Personnel Security Director, has offered to appear before the House oversight committee for an on-the-record interview, accompanied by his lawyers.“We understand the scope of the interview will be limited to White House personnel security policies and practices, consistent with our prior offers for Mr. Kline’s voluntary cooperation with the Committee,” Pat Cipollone, the White House counsel, wrote in a letter to Jim Jordan, a Republican member of the committee.He added that Mr Kline was available to appear before the House of Representatives panel on 1 May.The White House’s agreement comes after a whistleblower told the committee that officials had acted questionably while granting security clearances.Tricia Newbold, a manager in the Personnel Security Office, told the oversight committee earlier this month that 25 individuals including two current senior White House officials, and contractors and employees working for Donald Trump were granted clearances after being denied them initially.She said the reasons the applications were rejected included “foreign influence, conflicts of interest, concerning personal conduct, financial problems, drug use, and criminal conduct.”The committee is scrutinising the security clearances obtained by Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, according to two Reuters sources.The president’s daughter and son-in-law allegedly obtained high level clearances despite security officials advising against the move.Ms Newbold was suspended from her job in January after making the allegations.Her former boss, Mr Kline, agreed to appear before the oversight committee only after Mr Jordan wrote to the Trump administration and urged the White House to agree to a voluntary interview.The committee has already subpoenaed Mr Kline, compelling him to testify under oath, but on Friday the White House appeared to ignore the subpoena.In his letter, Mr Cipollone said the subpoena was ”unnecessary” in light of the “additional accommodation offer made over three weeks ago” for the voluntary appearance.The White House had earlier advised Mr Kline to defy the subpoena.The oversight committee then responded by threatening to hold the former official in contempt of CongressIt is unclear if Democrats on the oversight committee, including its chair Elijah Cummings, will accept the Trump administration’s new terms. Additional reporting by agencies



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Does the Vice Presidency Give Joe Biden an Advantage in the Race to the Top? Here’s How VPs Before Him Fared

Does the Vice Presidency Give Joe Biden an Advantage in the Race to the Top? Here’s How VPs Before Him FaredDoes having been VP help or hinder a candidate?



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Give them a break: Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman deserve less anger in admission scandal

Give them a break: Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman deserve less anger in admission scandalSince the college admissions bribery scandal broke, Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman could scarcely be treated worse if they were serial killers.



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New Zealanders give up guns after massacre, but some face blowback

New Zealanders give up guns after massacre, but some face blowbackNew Zealanders have begun handing in weapons in response to government appeals following the Christchurch massacre, but the gesture has put some squarely in the social media firing line. John Hart, a farmer in the North Island district of Masterton, decided to give his semi-automatic rifle to police after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Monday plans to tighten gun laws in light of the slaughter Friday of 50 Muslim worshippers. The tweet drew a barrage of derogatory messages to his Facebook account — most apparently from the US, where the pro-gun lobby is powerful and vociferous.



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Trump directs FEMA to give Alabama the 'A Plus treatment' after deadly tornado

Trump directs FEMA to give Alabama the 'A Plus treatment' after deadly tornadoTrump directed FEMA "to give the A Plus treatment to the Great State of Alabama and the wonderful people who have been so devastated by the Tornadoes."



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EU ready to give Britain more guarantees 'backstop' is temporary: Barnier

EU ready to give Britain more guarantees 'backstop' is temporary:  BarnierThe European Union is ready to give Britain more guarantees that the Irish “backstop” is only intended to be temporary, the bloc’s chief Brexit negotiator said on Friday. “We know that there are misgivings in Britain that the backstop could keep Britain forever connected to the EU,” Michel Barnier said in an interview with Germany’s Die Welt newspaper to be published on Saturday.



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EU ready to give UK more guarantees on Brexit: Barnier

EU ready to give UK more guarantees on Brexit: BarnierThe European Union is prepared to give Britain further Brexit guarantees to help a divorce deal through the British parliament, the bloc’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier said in an interview published Saturday. “We can find guarantees to confirm, clarify, guarantee the goodwill and good faith of the Europeans with commitments which would have real legal force,” Barnier said in comments published in several European newspapers including Die Welt in Germany and Les Echos in France. Barnier also suggested European leaders would be amenable to a short “technical” delay in Britain’s departure from the EU, scheduled for March 29, to give the British parliament time to formally ratify a final divorce deal.



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North Koreans endure sleepless nights and give up alcohol during Kim's trip to Hanoi

North Koreans endure sleepless nights and give up alcohol during Kim's trip to HanoiNorth Koreans are pining for their leader and enduring sleepless nights during his week-long trip to Vietnam, if the reclusive country’s state-controlled media is to be believed.  Pictures from Hanoi showing Kim’s red-carpet treatment and excited crowds lining the streets of the Vietnamese capital to wave North Korean flags at his passing convoy are playing out well in a state that already portrays its leader and his ancestors as a living deities.  North Korea’s flagship state newspaper Rodong Sinmun devoted its front and second pages on Wednesday to pictures of Kim surrounded by welcoming throngs, acting statesman-like with his chief aides, and greeting cheering children of North Korean embassy staff.  Meanwhile, in Pyongyang, gushing televised vox-pops with city residents have conveniently revealed a longing for their “great leader” to return and a renewed desire to serve him.  “We can’t survive even for a moment without our respected Marshal,” said Kim Song Suk, a public service worker on a crowded tram. “We miss him so much since we heard the news of him travelling to the far-off foreign country.” Pak Sol Hyui, a young woman at the Wonsan shoe-making factory, said she dreamed of the “bright image of the respected Marshal” while laboring at her sewing machine.  “How can I make the respected Marshal happier when he returns? This is the thought that filled my head all day,” she said.  Kim Jong-un's diplomatic skills have been praised by state media Credit: Leah Mills/Reuters According to NK News, some citizens have decided to give up alcohol for the duration of Kim’s trip, in order to demonstrate their loyalty.  Reuters reported that Kim Jong Un’s long trip to Vietnam for a second summit with Donald Trump, the US president is causing sleepless nights back home.  “Three days, three nights have passed since the news of the Dear Marshal’s overseas visit,” a commentary in the Rodong said on Wednesday.  “Sleepless thinking of the Dear Marshal since Sunday” was leading to increased production from workers in the eastern town of Samjiyon and other construction “battlefields”, it added.  Samjiyon is at the foot of Mount Paektu, a sacred mountain where the ruling dynasty claims its roots. Kim is building a massive tourism centre there, one of his largest construction initiatives as he seeks to make his sanctions-hit economy more self-reliant. Kim and Mr Trump are meeting on Wednesday and Thursday to attempt to break a stalemate over the future of North Korea’s nuclear arsenal.  Since news broke on Sunday of his trip – an epic 2,500-mile journey across China in a luxury train – state media has dedicated much of its coverage to Kim’s “historic overseas trip” and his “extraordinary political and excellent diplomatic skills.” Sycophantic media reports lauding Kim’s great exploits is nothing new in a country gripped by his cult of personality.   However, this week’s coverage has been unusually extensive and current. During the first summit between Kim and Mr Trump in Singapore last June, North Korea’s state media maintained a blackout on the meeting until he arrived in the city-state.  State news agency KCNA confirmed on Wednesday that Kim will remain in Vietnam after the summit for a March 1-2 goodwill visit, making his trip at least a week, the longest known trip since he came to power in 2011.



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Hanoi Postcard: Children hope to give Kim comradely welcome

Hanoi Postcard: Children hope to give Kim comradely welcomeHANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Children at a kindergarten in Hanoi, some in Korean traditional "Hanbok" dress, have been practicing singing and dancing, hoping to show off their talents to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un when he comes to town this week for his second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.



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