Ryan Zinke is out — here are all the casualties of the Trump administration so far
- President Donald Trump announced to reporters on Dec. 8 that his chief of staff John Kelly will leave "at the end of the year" and he plans to name his replacement in the next day or two.
- But McCabe said in a Friday night statement that he believed he was "singled out" over the events he witnessed and actions he took after the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump fired in May. President Donald Trump has asked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to leave his post, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.
- The resignation came just a day after she testified before the House Intelligence Committee, where she reportedly said that she told white lies for the president, but never lied about anything consequential related to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Climate change has created a mutant pufferfish, a poisonous Japanese delicacy that can cost up to $120 per pound and sometimes kill a person in as little as a few hours
- And now, climate change is adding a new element of risk: Fishers are discovering an unprecedented number of hybrid species in their catch as seas surrounding the archipelago — particularly off the northeastern coast — see some of the fastest rates of warming in the world.
- With pufferfish heading north to seek cooler waters, sibling species of the fish have begun to interbreed, triggering a sudden increase in the number of hybrid fish.
- Kaniya, a seafood-processing company here in Shimonoseki, is one of many in the industry frustrated by the government's rule to discard such hybrids, considering that most subspecies of pufferfish frequently found in Japan's northeastern waters have poison in the same organs and can be safely eaten if handled correctly.
- Chefs and fish butchers handling pufferfish are specially trained and licensed to remove its liver and reproductive organs, which contain tetrodotoxin, a potent neurotoxin.
Trump reportedly grew frustrated no one wanted to be his chief of staff before settling on Mick Mulvaney
- President Donald Trump abruptly tapped Mick Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, to become his next White House chief of staff after growing frustrated that none of his top candidates would accept the position, a senior White House official said in a Washington Post report on Friday.
- Following multiple rejections this week from candidates who were on his short list — including former Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey and Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff Nick Ayers — Trump became agitated by the news reports that painted an unflattering picture of what was supposed to be a highly sought-after job, the senior White House official reportedly said.
- On Friday afternoon, Trump announced on Twitter that Mulvaney would take over as acting White House chief of staff, which was formally held by former four-star Marine Corps general John Kelly.
Opinion: Why Mulvaney can't save Trump's chaos presidency
- Mulvaney, who will serve as "acting" chief of staff, brings skills to the table that might be helpful in this job under normal circumstances.
- It is run by a President who refuses to listen to any adviser and eventually turns on almost everyone around him, and is in conversation with a political party desperately trying to figure out why it should stay loyal to its leader.
- Mulvaney, who will be Trump's third chief of staff, is stepping into a political hurricane, not unlike when Al Haig became President Richard Nixon's chief of staff in May 1973.
- The combination of a newly elected House Democratic majority and the rapid intensification of investigations into wrongdoing and corruption means that Mulvaney will spend much of his time trying to keep this ship from sinking -- and himself out of trouble.
I'm a negotiation expert. Here's how to navigate all of your holiday obligations with friends and family.
- Between the multiple holidays, family we need to visit distributed all around the country and the rounds of parties for work and with friends, it's difficult to find time for anything beyond social obligations.
- There are a number of ways one can achieve integrative negotiations, but here I will discuss three of the major ones described in "Getting to Yes"and subsequent articles.
- Each party needs to express what is important to him or her and why, and listen carefully to his or her partner's priorities and reasoning.Stephanie Keith/Getty ImagesFor example, consider a couple sharing a chicken for dinner.
- To achieve win-win negotiations, all parties involved must be honest about what they want.
- You don't need to win them all, just the important ones.Ulanka/FlickrAs a result, it is extremely important that these negotiations be handled with respect for the other party, and with a view to the long-term costs and benefits.
This is who Democrats need in 2020
- The questions many are asking go something like this: Does the nominee need to be a white man to reach voters the Democrats lost in states like Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania in 2016?
- If Democrats are going to win in 2020, they need to go back to basics and look for the person with the intangible qualities needed to serve as an effective President.
- Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand got her start in electoral office by running for the US House of Representatives against a popular longtime incumbent in a district in New York that had not gone for a Democrat in decades.
- And the prism through which we should judge each candidate in the 2020 presidential race is how they exhibit these core human qualities: honesty, empathy, curiosity, tenacity and courage.
A new mobile app lets you take a virtual tour of the White House — and you can even see this year's Christmas decorations
- The White House Historical Association, Amazon Web Services, and Cuseum launched a new "White House Experience" mobile app.
- On it, you can take virtual tours of the White House, see the holiday decorations, and even determine your presidential lookalike.
- Here's a walkthrough of how it works and what you'll find.
- You can download the app for free in the App Store and Google Play store.
Why soba is an underrated Japanese dish
- While ramen, with its bold broth, shines as the star of Japanese noodles in America, gentle, subtle soba is starting to make inroads.
- The buckwheat flour noodles, usually about the size of spaghetti, don’t take as easily to mechanized manufacturing or storage as ramen or udon, so the fragile, fresh version requires extra effort to find.
- Some grocery stores do sell dried versions of soba, but they have just a token amount of buckwheat flour.
- Copious soba consumption began in Japan during the Edo period, around 1600, as a way to fend off beriberi, a disease caused by a thiamine (vitamin B-1) deficiency.
- Beriberi was common in Japan because of the country’s dependence on polished white rice, which has little thiamine, explains Seattle soba-making chef Mutsuko Soma.
- No matter how it’s served, the principles of soba stay the same: simplicity and the familiar notes of buckwheat.
David Byrne Curates a Playlist of Great Protest Songs Written in the Past 60 Yrs
- They never went away—in fact, they now come from all directions in every possible genre—country songs, giant pop hits, hip hop, classic rock, indie and folk.
- I’ve even included a few songs that “protest the protests.” Buck Owens, the classic country artist from Bakersfield, for example, has two songs here.
- Owens other song, “Streets Of Bakersfield” is also about a man who is ignored and all but invisible to the powers that be.
- We have songs about male abuse of power by Rihanna (“Man Down”) and the country act Delta Rae. A song questioning the death penalty (Steve Earle’s “Billy Austin”) and the police treatment of Afro Americans (Janelle Monae’s “Hell You Talmbout”).
- There’s a country song about hypocrisy (“Harper Valley P.T.A.”) and songs that fight the power through celebration of who one is (“Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud”).
Trump doesn't need an 'SOB' chief of staff
- As I learned when serving in Ronald Reagan's administration, it really does matter who the White House chief of staff is.
- Baker, III, is widely credited for setting the gold standard of how a White House should be run, but more than that, Baker played a key role in crafting the Reagan administration's economic policy and selling it to Congress.
- Baker's only mistake, in which he was joined by then-Deputy Chief of Staff Michael Deaver, was convincing Reagan to allow him to swap jobs with Treasury Secretary Donald Regan.
- Patriot that he was, Baker agreed to Reagan's request to serve as White House chief of staff.
- To his credit, Baker did not pretend to be an administrator, and relied on a combination of longtime aides of his own as well as existing Reagan White House aides to run the day-to-day operation.