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TRUMP-CHIEF OF STAFF Trump a number of candidates for chief of workers WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is weighing at the very least 4 individuals to function his subsequent chief of workers, after plans for…

TRUMP-CHIEF OF STAFF

Trump a number of candidates for chief of workers

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is weighing at the very least 4 individuals to function his subsequent chief of workers, after plans for an orderly succession for departing John Kelly fell by means of.

The high-profile hiring search comes at a pivotal time because the president appears to be like to arrange his White Home for the dual challenges of securing his re-election and heading off inquiries as soon as Democrats acquire management of the Home subsequent yr.

Trump’s high decide for the job, Nick Ayers, is out of the working and Trump is now soliciting enter on at the very least 4 people, together with Workplace of Administration and Funds director Mick Mulvaney and Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, the chair of the conservative Home Freedom Caucus.

Ayers is now chief of workers to Vice President Mike Pence.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE

Dem: Unlawful funds ‘impeachable offense’ if Trump ordered

WASHINGTON (AP) — The highest Democrat on the Home Judiciary Committee says he believes it will be an “impeachable offense” if it’s proved that President Donald Trump directed unlawful hush-money funds to ladies through the 2016 marketing campaign.

However Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York, who’s anticipated to chair the panel in January, says it’s unclear whether or not that alone would justify Congress launching impeachment proceedings.

Nadler tells CNN’s “State of the Union” that Congress, the Justice Division and the particular counsel must resolve the allegations, together with questions on mendacity about enterprise preparations with Russians and potential obstruction of justice.

In authorized filings Friday, prosecutors for the primary time tied Trump to a federal crime, accusing him of directing funds to ladies who claimed extramarital affairs. He has denied wrongdoing.

JAPAN-NISSAN-GHOSN-THE LATEST

The Newest: Nissan says taking fees in opposition to it significantly

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. says in a press release that it’s taking “extraordinarily significantly” fees made in opposition to it, its former chairman Carlos Ghosn and one other government.

The automaker issued the assertion Monday after it, Ghosn and Greg Kelly have been indicted on fees of violating the Japan Monetary Devices and Alternate Act, by allegedly making false disclosures in annual securities reviews.

It mentioned, “Nissan takes this example extraordinarily significantly. Making false disclosures in annual securities reviews drastically harms the integrity of Nissan’s public disclosures within the securities markets, and the corporate expresses its deepest remorse.”

The assertion mentioned Nissan would work to enhance its company governance and compliance, “together with making correct disclosures of company info.”

SEVERE WEATHER-THE LATEST

The Newest: Police say driver killed by falling tree

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities in North Carolina say a driver was killed when a tree fell on a car.

Police within the Charlotte suburb of Matthews mentioned Sunday that the car was touring down a avenue when the tree fell on it. A passenger sustained minor accidents.

Police didn’t instantly launch the identification of the driving force.

After being struck by the tree, the car traveled onto the entrance garden of Matthews Church of God and struck the church, inflicting minor injury.

North Carolina has been pummeled by a winter storm this weekend and officers have urged drivers to remain off the street.

FRANCE-PROTESTS-THE LATEST

The Newest: Stress mounting on French chief over protests

PARIS (AP) — French International Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says U.S. President Donald Trump mustn’t touch upon France’s home affairs, notably nationwide protests that started over gasoline tax hikes meant to wean the nation off fossil fuels.

President Emmanuel Macron withdrew the deliberate improve final week in a failed bid to appease generally violent protesters.

Trump has tweeted twice on the difficulty, saying in a single tweet this weekend that “the Paris settlement isn’t figuring out so effectively for Paris.” It was a reference to the 2015 Paris local weather accord, which the U.S. is leaving and which Macron has championed worldwide.

Le Drian mentioned on LCI TV on Sunday: “We don’t participate in American debates. Allow us to reside our personal nationwide life.”

He says Macron has instructed Trump the identical factor.

BC-CHINA-HUAWEI

China pressures US, Canada forward of Huawei listening to

BEIJING (AP) — China is elevating the strain on the USA and Canada as a bail listening to for a high Chinese language know-how government was set to renew in Vancouver.

A Communist Occasion newspaper referred to as Canada’s therapy of Huawei chief monetary officer Meng Wanzhou (MUHNG’ Wahn-JOH’) “inhumane.” The International Occasions editorial printed in Monday’s version adopted formal protests by the Chinese language authorities to each Canada and the USA over the weekend.

Meng was detained on Dec. 1 whereas altering planes in Vancouver. The U.S. needs her extradited. It alleges Huawei used a Hong Kong shell firm to evade U.S. commerce curbs on Iran.

A Canadian prosecutor requested a courtroom Friday to reject Meng’s bail request. The decide mentioned he would take into consideration proposed bail circumstances over the weekend.

IRAQ

Iraq marks anniversary of victory over Islamic State

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq is celebrating the anniversary of its pricey victory over the Islamic State group, which has misplaced nearly all of the territory it as soon as held however nonetheless carries out sporadic assaults.

The federal government declared victory final December after a grueling three-year struggle through which tens of 1000’s of individuals have been killed and a whole lot of 1000’s displaced. Whole cities and neighborhoods have been diminished to rubble.

The federal government declared Monday a nationwide vacation, and a second of silence is deliberate for later within the day. Checkpoints within the capital have been adorned with Iraqi flags and balloons, as safety forces patrolled the streets taking part in patriotic music.

As a part of the celebrations, authorities plan to reopen elements of Baghdad’s fortified Inexperienced Zone — house to key authorities workplaces and embassies — to the general public.

ELECTION 2020-GREEN NEW DEAL

Presidential hopefuls pushed to go large on local weather change

WASHINGTON (AP) — A whole lot of younger environmental activists are planning to display on Capitol Hill to drum up Democratic help for a sweeping agenda to struggle local weather change. The activists are hoping to strain 2020 presidential hopefuls to make the difficulty central to their campaigns.

Monday’s protest is organized by the Dawn Motion. The group is pushing for a bundle of environmental targets together with a nationwide transition to 100 % energy from renewable sources inside as little as 10 years. They name it the Inexperienced New Deal.

No main Democratic presidential contender has formally signed on. However Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is making ready a proposal that will broadly align with the group’s objectives.

Organizers say the difficulty is a high precedence for younger Democrats. Some have solid their objectives as unrealistic.

TESLA-MUSK

Musk suggests Tesla’s new chairwoman gained’t rein him in

NEW YORK (AP) — Tesla CEO Elon Musk is dismissing the power of the corporate’s new board chairwoman to exert management over his conduct.

Musk says “it’s not practical” to assume that Robyn Denholm shall be reining him in as a result of he stays the electrical automobile firm’s largest shareholder.

Musk spoke on CBS’ present “60 Minutes,” broadcast Sunday night.

Denholm was appointed to the position final month, changing Musk as a part of a securities fraud settlement with U.S. authorities regulators. She is chief monetary officer and technique head at Telstra Corp. Ltd., Australia’s largest telecommunications firm.

Musk owns about 20 % of Tesla. He pushed again when interviewer Lesley Stahl urged Denholm was appointed to look at over him, saying he “can simply name for a shareholder vote and get something finished that I would like.”

RAMS-BEARS

Goldman, dominant protection leads Bears over Rams 15-6

CHICAGO (AP) — Eddie Goldman led a dominant effort by the protection, and the Chicago Bears shut down Jared Goff and Los Angeles’ high-powered offense in a 15-6 victory over the NFC West champion Rams on Sunday evening.

The Rams (11-2) missed an opportunity to safe a first-round playoff bye and fell right into a tie with New Orleans for home-field benefit all through the NFC playoffs.

Goff threw a career-high 4 interceptions and was sacked 3 times, with Goldman attending to him for a tiebreaking security early within the third quarter.

Bradley Sowell turned the primary Bears offensive lineman in 11 years with a landing reception when he caught a 2-yarder from Mitchell Trubisky within the third quarter.

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