After Ayers Turns Down Chief of Staff Job, Trump Is Left Without a Plan B

Other options range from the possible — including Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget — to the unlikely, including Chris Christie, the former New Jersey governor and head of the Trump transition team, who angered Mr. Kushner for sending his father to jail while he was a federal prosecutor. Mr….

Trump Prepares to Unveil a Vast Reworking of Clean Water Protections

To environmentalists, however, the proposed rule change “upends the core mission of the E.P.A., which is to protect human health and the environment,” said Bart Johnsen-Harris, who works on water policy at the Environment America, an advocacy group. While the Obama rule would have applied federal protections to wetlands that are not adjacent to major…

A Short History of Political Red Faces Over Workers Without Green Cards

Double Trouble When Mitt Romney ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, he accused one of his opponents, Rudy Giuliani, of running a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants while he was mayor of New York. But Mr. Giuliani had a comeback ready: He accused Mr. Romney of running a “sanctuary mansion.” The Boston Globe…

‘Fearless Girl’ Moves to a ‘Bigger Stage’

The “Fearless Girl” sculpture has been relocated to stand opposite the New York Stock Exchange. The statue was installed in Lower Manhattan by a Boston-based financial firm to draw attention to “the power of women in leadership.” Source link

Trump May Choose Critic of Fannie and Freddie to Lead Agency Overseeing Them

WASHINGTON — President Trump is expected to nominate Mark Calabria, the chief economist for Vice President Mike Pence, to run the government agency overseeing the mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, according to two White House officials. Mr. Calabria, who is being eyed to run the Federal Housing Finance Agency, is a longtime critic…

Spying Apps, Brexit, Markets: Your Monday Evening Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good evening. Here’s the latest. 1. Wanted: A new White House chief of staff. The hunt is on after President Trump announced over the weekend that John Kelly, above, would leave at the end of the year — and Nick Ayers, the president’s first choice…

Why Can’t Trump Find a Chief of Staff? Ask His Family

There are plenty of costs: ballot printing, cyber security protections, staff at polling locations and voter file maintenance, to name a few. In many jurisdictions, school board elections, special City Council races and all kinds of other local contests are held throughout the year — not just in even-numbered Novembers — making elections a year-round…

2 in Ohio Accused of Separate Terror Plots Against Synagogue and Pipeline

He directed the agent to buy two AR-15-style rifles for him, and he was arrested immediately after he took possession of the weapons on Friday, according to the affidavit. Officials noted that the arrest came as Jewish communities celebrated Hanukkah. They declined to identify the synagogue targeted. Mr. Joseph’s court-appointed lawyer, Neil McElroy, had no…

Asylum Claims Jump Despite Trump’s Attempt to Limit Immigration

WASHINGTON — The number of migrants asking the United States for asylum out of fear of returning to their home countries jumped nearly 70 percent from 2017, according to Department of Homeland Security data released on Monday, despite Trump administration efforts to limit refugees. Nearly 93,000 asylum seekers who crossed the border illegally or turned…

What Happens When You Reply All to 22,000 State Workers

Subject: #ReplyAll-pocalypse From: julie@nytimes.com Date: December 10, 2018 at 1:43 p.m. To: allreaders@nytimes.com Reply All, the scourge that has afflicted office workers everywhere, has hit 22,000 government employees in Utah, demonstrating that decades into the invention of email, many of us still don’t understand its etiquette. This is a public advisory: PLEASE DO NOT REPLY…