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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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Scandals drive calls for top Virginia leadership to resign

Scandals drive calls for top Virginia leadership to resignRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's state government seemed to come unglued Friday as an embattled Gov. Ralph Northam made it clear he won't resign and the man in line to succeed him was hit with another sexual assault accusation and barraged with demands that he step down, too.



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Venezuelan generals pledge loyalty to Nicolas Maduro as leadership stand-off intensifies

Venezuelan generals pledge loyalty to Nicolas Maduro as leadership stand-off intensifiesThe Venezuelan military high command on Thursday threw its weight behind Nicolas Maduro, upping the stakes in the stand-off over the country's leadership as the US warned his regime against the use of force on protesters. The day after Juan Guaido, head of the parliament, swore himself in as interim president in front of a rally of thousands and was swiftly recognised by regional powers, military commanders took to the airwaves to make their allegiance clear.   General Vladimir Padrino, the defence minister, accused Mr Guaido of mounting a "coup d'etat" and said the armed forces would not back a president "imposed by shadowy interests". In one of several messages from the top brass broadcast on state TV, General Padrino said the 35-year-old opposition leader was staging a putsch "against democracy", adding that soldiers would be unworthy of their uniform if they did not defend the constitution. The broadcasts were aimed at reasserting Mr Maduro's grip on the armed forces after a short-lived mutiny by a group of soldiers in Caracas on Monday raised doubts over military loyalties, which will be crucial in determining how the crisis plays out.  Britain on Thursday joined a growing group of Western and Latin American countries which have recognised Mr Guaido as Venezuela's president. "The United Kingdom believes Juan Guaido is the right person to take Venezuela forward. We are supporting the US, Canada, Brazil and Argentina to make that happen," Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said in a statement. While the European Union stopped short of recognising Mr Guaido, Antonio Tajani, head of the European parliament, said it was he who enjoyed "democratic legitimacy". Mr Maduro's victory in last year's election was not "free and fair", Mr Tajani added. But states including Russia, China, Turkey, Iran and Syria lent their backing to Mr Maduro, the man handpicked by Hugo Chavez to succeed him upon his death in 2013.  The Kremlin said Vladimir Putin had phoned his longtime ally and "expressed support to the legitimate government of Venezuela amid the acute political crisis that has been provoked from the outside".  In response to Washington's move against him, Mr Maduro ordered US diplomatic staff to leave Venezuela within 72 hours, saying he was breaking relations with the "imperialist United States government".  On Thursday evening the US ordered non-emergency embassy staff to leave Venezuela. Guaido vs Maduro | Who is backing Venezuela's two presidents The State Department mandated the departure of non-emergency US personnel and their family members "based on our current assessment of the security situation in Venezuela," a department spokesman said. "We have no plans to close the embassy. The United States will maintain diplomatic relations with Venezuela through the government of interim President Guaido, who has invited our mission to remain in Venezuela," he said. Amid deadly political clashes in the crisis-torn country, the State Department also said that US citizens "should strongly consider departing Venezuela." Mr Guaido, along with the US senator Marco Rubio, had urged the US not to evacuate personnel, in light of its disavowal of Mr Maduro's mandate. On Thursday Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, warned "remnant elements of the Maduro regime" against using violence to repress what he called "the peaceful democratic transition". He called for a meeting of the UN Security Council on Saturday to discuss the crisis. Local NGOs have reported at least 14 deaths linked to this week's protests, with nighttime clashes and riots across the country since Monday.  Protesters have clashed with security forces around the country and in both affluent and working class areas of Caracas, with some demonstrations spilling over into looting of nearby off-licenses and fast-food restaurants. Profile | Nicolás Maduro The US has not ruled out military intervention, saying that "all options are on the table" if Mr Maduro's forces employ violence.  But on Thursday John Bolton, the national security adviser, said Washington was focusing on economic measures and would seek to cut off Mr Maduro from the oil revenues that have propped up his regime.  "We think consistent with our recognition of Juan Guaido as the constitutional interim president of Venezuela that those revenues should go to the legitimate government," Mr Bolton said. It is unclear, however, exactly how that would work, and Mr Bolton acknowledged that US officials were still studying what would be a "very complicated" process.  The US also says it stands ready to ship $ 20 million in humanitarian assistance to the beleaguered country, where petroleum riches have failed to prevent a dire economic crisis. Hyperinflation and an acute shortage of food and medicines have sent millions fleeing the country in recent years, with the exodus across the border into neighbouring Colombia swelling amid this week's events.  The whereabouts of Mr Guaido remain unknown, and it is expected that authorities will seek to arrest him on treason charges. But on Thursday he remained active on his social media accounts.  “We are in a crazy, mixed-up country,” said Luis Rodriguez, as he walked to his work as a plumber in the capital.  “We have two presidents, two assemblies, and we’re dying from hunger, and a lack of medicines.”



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Divided over leadership, but united in goals, women march and rally in New York

Divided over leadership, but united in goals, women march and rally in New YorkWomen in New York City on Saturday could march, rally or protest in a variety of locations under different auspices, but the messages, and even one of the messengers, were similar.



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Pelosi Urges Democrats to Unite Ahead of First Leadership Vote

Pelosi Urges Democrats to Unite Ahead of First Leadership VoteIn a letter sent on Friday, Pelosi thanked those who’ve supported her so far, and said she requests “that we all support the nominee of our Caucus for Speaker on the Floor of the House,” consistent with party rules that require all members to vote in favor of the Democratic candidate. Pelosi praised her colleagues’ views and participation as the party works to implement changes in the next Congress.



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House Democrats Announce Leadership Bids

House Democrats Announce Leadership BidsDemocrats wasted no time announcing their candidacies for leadership elections after retaking the House Tuesday night. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi made clear that after leading her party into the majority for a second time, she intends to be the speaker of the House again. “I’ve always had an opponent, so I feel pretty comfortable about it,” she told PBS of the possibility of a speakership challenge in the leadup to Democrats’ victory.



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Merkel to give up party leadership after poll setback

Merkel to give up party leadership after poll setbackGermany’s Angela Merkel will not run for re-election as leader of her centre-right CDU, sources said Monday, in the clearest sign yet that the veteran chancellor is preparing her eventual exit after voters again punished her fragile coalition in a regional poll. Merkel, who has headed the CDU for 18 years, had until now always indicated that she believed the posts of party leader and chancellor should be held by the same person. “She will not stand again for the chairmanship of her party,” a source within the Christian Democratic Union told AFP.



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Leadership in the Oval Office, from FDR to Barack Obama

Leadership in the Oval Office, from FDR to Barack Obama"CBS This Morning" co-anchor John Dickerson’s essay on presidential leadership is based on a series of Yahoo News interviews with historians.



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Australia PM Malcolm Turnbull clings to power amid leadership crisis

Australia PM Malcolm Turnbull clings to power amid leadership crisisAustralia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is digging in for a fight, saying he will only step aside if his chief rival can prove he has enough support to unseat him. Amid a flurry of ministerial resignations Thursday, Turnbull said he would call a special meeting of the governing Liberal party at noon on Friday only if Peter Dutton can gather enough signatures on a petition. If lawmakers back Australia's beleaguered prime minister warned he will quit Parliament on Friday if his disgruntled party continues to try to oust him, forcing a by-election that could cost the government its single-seat majority or push his successor into immediately calling general elections. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is under mounting pressure from supporter of his rival, former Cabinet minister Peter Dutton, to hold a leadership ballot of lawmakers in their conservative Liberal Party on Thursday. Turnbull bought himself time by announcing he would hold a party meeting on Friday, but only if a majority of at least 43 lawmakers in the party signed a petition requesting a meeting. Australia's Finance Minister Mathias Cormann (L), Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (C) and Treasurer Scott Morrison attend a press conference after the embattled leader narrowly survived a move to unseat him on Tuesday Credit:  MARK GRAHAM/AFP If that meeting wanted a leadership ballot, Turnbull said he would not contest his job and would not stay in Parliament. "What we have witnessed at the moment is a very deliberate effort to pull the Liberal Party further to the right," Turnbull told reporters. "A minority has by a process of intimidation … persuaded people that the only way to stop the insurgency is to give in to it. … I have never given in to bullies." Senior ministers Mathias Cormann, Michaelia Cash and Mitch Fifield had earlier told Turnbull that he had lost his government's support and must hold a ballot quickly. It was a major blow to Turnbull's chances of staying in office. Turnbull had defeated Dutton 48-35 in a surprise vote on Tuesday. Turnbull initiated the ballot in the hope of ending speculation that his government had lost faith in him in the face of poor opinion polling. Cormann, the finance minister, had publicly stated his support for Turnbull on Wednesday, but on Thursday said Dutton should lead the government. "I was wanting to continue to support Malcolm Turnbull for years to come as leader of the Liberal Party. But I can't ignore reality," Cormann told reporters. "When I have five Cabinet colleagues telling me that they supported Malcolm on Tuesday … but they have changed their position, that is not something that I can ignore," he added. Media reports said other lawmakers were considering running for Turnbull's job, including Treasurer Scott Morrison. Dutton supporters on Wednesday circulated a petition among Liberal Party lawmakers in a bid to force Turnbull to hold a ballot. But they failed to get the minimum 43 signatures that were required. Profile | Malcolm Turnbull The opposition narrowly lost a vote in Parliament that would have sent Dutton to court to determine whether he is eligible to be a prime minister. The vote to refer Dutton to the High Court was defeated 69-68 in the House of Representatives before it adjourned. Dutton has released legal advice that his family's ownership of two child-care centers that received federal funding does not breach a constitutional ban on lawmakers having a pecuniary interest in an agreement with the public service. Some constitutional lawyers say there are areas of doubt. Such a pending court case could scare lawmakers away from supporting Dutton in a leadership ballot. Government lawyers are investigating his case to see if there were issues for the High Court to determine. Turnbull said he wanted the government's legal advice on Dutton's eligibility presented to Friday's meeting. No Australian prime minister has lasted a full three-year term since Prime Minister John Howard lost power in 2007 after more than 11 years in office. They have all been thrown out of power by their own parties amid poor opinion polling in a trend of political instability that divides parties and angers voters.                       



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Australia PM Malcolm Turnbull clings to power amid leadership crisis

Australia PM Malcolm Turnbull clings to power amid leadership crisisAustralia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is digging in for a fight, saying he will only step aside if his chief rival can prove he has enough support to unseat him. Amid a flurry of ministerial resignations Thursday, Turnbull said he would call a special meeting of the governing Liberal party at noon on Friday only if Peter Dutton can gather enough signatures on a petition. If lawmakers back Australia's beleaguered prime minister warned he will quit Parliament on Friday if his disgruntled party continues to try to oust him, forcing a by-election that could cost the government its single-seat majority or push his successor into immediately calling general elections. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is under mounting pressure from supporter of his rival, former Cabinet minister Peter Dutton, to hold a leadership ballot of lawmakers in their conservative Liberal Party on Thursday. Turnbull bought himself time by announcing he would hold a party meeting on Friday, but only if a majority of at least 43 lawmakers in the party signed a petition requesting a meeting. Australia's Finance Minister Mathias Cormann (L), Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (C) and Treasurer Scott Morrison attend a press conference after the embattled leader narrowly survived a move to unseat him on Tuesday Credit:  MARK GRAHAM/AFP If that meeting wanted a leadership ballot, Turnbull said he would not contest his job and would not stay in Parliament. "What we have witnessed at the moment is a very deliberate effort to pull the Liberal Party further to the right," Turnbull told reporters. "A minority has by a process of intimidation … persuaded people that the only way to stop the insurgency is to give in to it. … I have never given in to bullies." Senior ministers Mathias Cormann, Michaelia Cash and Mitch Fifield had earlier told Turnbull that he had lost his government's support and must hold a ballot quickly. It was a major blow to Turnbull's chances of staying in office. Turnbull had defeated Dutton 48-35 in a surprise vote on Tuesday. Turnbull initiated the ballot in the hope of ending speculation that his government had lost faith in him in the face of poor opinion polling. Cormann, the finance minister, had publicly stated his support for Turnbull on Wednesday, but on Thursday said Dutton should lead the government. "I was wanting to continue to support Malcolm Turnbull for years to come as leader of the Liberal Party. But I can't ignore reality," Cormann told reporters. "When I have five Cabinet colleagues telling me that they supported Malcolm on Tuesday … but they have changed their position, that is not something that I can ignore," he added. Media reports said other lawmakers were considering running for Turnbull's job, including Treasurer Scott Morrison. Dutton supporters on Wednesday circulated a petition among Liberal Party lawmakers in a bid to force Turnbull to hold a ballot. But they failed to get the minimum 43 signatures that were required. Profile | Malcolm Turnbull The opposition narrowly lost a vote in Parliament that would have sent Dutton to court to determine whether he is eligible to be a prime minister. The vote to refer Dutton to the High Court was defeated 69-68 in the House of Representatives before it adjourned. Dutton has released legal advice that his family's ownership of two child-care centers that received federal funding does not breach a constitutional ban on lawmakers having a pecuniary interest in an agreement with the public service. Some constitutional lawyers say there are areas of doubt. Such a pending court case could scare lawmakers away from supporting Dutton in a leadership ballot. Government lawyers are investigating his case to see if there were issues for the High Court to determine. Turnbull said he wanted the government's legal advice on Dutton's eligibility presented to Friday's meeting. No Australian prime minister has lasted a full three-year term since Prime Minister John Howard lost power in 2007 after more than 11 years in office. They have all been thrown out of power by their own parties amid poor opinion polling in a trend of political instability that divides parties and angers voters.                       



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