Donald Trump’s Potential Next Chief Of Staff Pick Nick Ayers Leaving White House

Nick Ayers reportedly would not commit to signing on through 2020 to the president’s irritation.

Washington, United States: 

The White House official widely touted as Donald Trump’s favorite to succeed his outgoing chief of staff John Kelly is instead leaving the administration at year’s end, he tweeted Sunday.

Nick Ayers, the 36-year-old chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, tweeted that “I will be departing at the end of the year but will work with the #MAGA team to advance the cause,” referring to Trump’s campaign.

“Thank you @realDonaldTrump, @VP, and my great colleagues for the honor to serve our Nation at The White House.”

Trump announced Saturday that Kelly, 68, would leave the administration — the latest key personnel move at a time of mounting pressure from the Russia election-meddling probe that comes amid increased focus on preparing for the 2020 elections.

Shortly after Ayers said he would not take on the role, Trump jumped online to tweet: “I am in the process of interviewing some really great people for the position of White House Chief of Staff.”

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John Kelly was long rumoured to be leaving the Trump administration.

“Fake News has been saying with certainty it was Nick Ayers, a spectacular person who will always be with our #MAGA agenda,” he continued, adding that “I will be making a decision soon!”

Ayers reportedly would not commit to signing on through 2020 to the president’s irritation.

And according to sources cited by The Washington Post, the youthful but politically savvy senior staffer was “skeptical” of taking the position because of the rocky tenures of Kelly and his predecessor Reince Priebus.

When Kelly was picked in July 2017 to replace Priebus, he inherited a White House plagued by political intrigue and internal disorder, and under a cloud because of the allegations of collusion with Russia.

Other potentials on Trump’s shortlist include Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney and Republican congressman Mark Meadows, a leader of the far-right House Freedom Caucus, according to the Post.

The impending departure leaves Trump reliant on a reduced group of key advisers even as he prepares to deal in the new year with a Democratic-controlled House of Representatives.

The opposition party will have the power to launch investigations, issue subpoenas, and generally make his life more difficult.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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घर के अंदर छिपा बैठा था 19 फीट का कोबरा, झुककर देखा तो उड़ गए होश, देखें VIDEO

उड़ीसा (Odisha) के मयूभंज (Mayurbhanj) जिले के एक जंगल में एक शख्स के घर 19 फीट का कोबरा मिला. घर के मालिक ने जब झुककर देखा तो उसके होश उड़ गए. बालीपाल गांव (Balipal village) के रूहिया सिंह जब घर के अंदर बेड पर लेटे थे तो उनको नीचे छिपा हुआ सांप दिखाई दिया. वो तुरंत घर के बाहर निकले और गांव के लोगों को बुला लिया. जिसके बाद सांप को बाहर निकालने की कोशिश शुरू हो गई. दुकान पर पहुंचा ग्राहक, फिर ऐसे लगाई दौड़, लोग समझने लगे चोर, वायरल हुआ VIDEO


गांव के लोग इकट्ठा हुए और सरपंच को बुलाया गया. गांव के लोगों ने फॉरेस्ट डिपार्टमेंट से मदद मांगी. रेस्क्यू टीम भी इस बड़े से कोबरा को पकड़ नहीं पा रही थी. ANI से बात करते हुए कृष्णाचंद्रा गच्चायत ने इस बात का खुलासा किया. कृष्णाचंद्रा ने कहा- हम उसे पकड़ नहीं पा रहे थे. ऐसे में गांव के लोगों ने उसे मारने का फैसला लिया. जिसके लिए वो तैयार भी हो चुके थे. जिसके बाद हमने हिम्मत दिखाई और उसको पकड़ा.

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उन्होंने कहा- ‘मैंने अपनी जिंदगी में इतना बड़ा कोबरा नहीं देखा है. उसको पकड़कर और सिम्लीपाल नेशनल पार्क में छोड़कर बहुत अच्छा लग रहा है.’ उड़ीसा में सांप का दिखना आम बात है. इसी साल अक्टूबर में एक जहरीला सांप स्कूल में मिला था. जिसे गच्चायत ने ही उसे जंगल में छोड़ा था. 

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Tejashwi Yadav Hits Out At Nitish Kumar Over Vacating Government House

Tejashwi Yadav’s government bungalow is adjacent to Nitish Kumar’s. (File)


The Bihar government’s attempt to get the bungalow allotted to former deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav vacated was met with a stiff resistance on Wednesday from RJD lawmakers, who staged a sit-in in front of the house. 

The drive later was deferred over Mr Yadav’s appeal in the Patna High Court against the eviction order.

Mr Yadav, who returned from New Delhi in the afternoon after the protests at his 5, Deshratna Marg residence were over, trained his guns at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, whom he accused of occupying two government bungalows, besides illegally providing plush accommodations to his political aides and favourites.

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad’s elder son Tej Pratap Yadav, who recently decided to seek divorce from his wife of six months, also telephoned a regional news channel, expressing support for his younger brother Tejashwi and terming the eviction drive “undemocratic”.

According to official sources, officials of the district administration and police, armed with the eviction order passed by the building construction department, reached Mr Yadav’s 5, Deshratna Marg bungalow in the morning.

The department had passed the order after the Patna High Court, on October 6, struck down a petition filed by  Mr Yadav in July, wherein he had challenged the government’s earlier order to vacate the bungalow, which was allotted to him when he was the deputy chief minister and which he continued to occupy as the Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly.

About a fortnight ago, Mr Yadav had said he had filed an appeal before a division bench of the high court, challenging the single-judge order, and alleged that the government wanted him to swap accommodations with Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi.

RJD lawmakers, including MLC and the party’s state president Ram Chandra Purve and MLAs Ejya Yadav, Vijay Prakash and Alok Mehta, staged a dharna in front of the bungalow, which was withdrawn only after the officials retreated upon a written submission by Mr Yadav’s lawyer about the appeal filed in the high court.

Talking to reporters at the airport, Mr Yadav said, “Nitish Kumar should explain why is he occupying two bungalows — the official residence of the chief minister and the one that was allotted to him as a former chief minister.”

After stepping down as the chief minister in May, 2014, Mr Kumar had moved to 7, Circular Road and has continued to live in the bungalow even after returning as the chief minister.

The bungalow is flanked on either side by 1, Anne Marg — the chief minister’s official residence — and 5, Deshratna Marg.

Mr Yadav also questioned why some senior leaders of the Janata Dal (United), headed by Mr Kumar, were allotted plush accommodations in the state capital, though they were members of the Rajya Sabha.

“I also do not understand why this insistence on vacating the bungalow in favour of Sushil Kumar Modi. I was not allotted the bungalow after displacing him. He has been living in his current 1, Polo Road bungalow since long,” the RJD heir-apparent pointed out.

Later, at a hurriedly convened press conference, Mr Yadav charged the chief minister with “negative politics” and “ill-will over my living in a house adjacent to his” and also accused Mr Kumar of “evading questions of the Opposition during the just-concluded Assembly session by not being present”.

Referring to the controversy that has erupted over the alleged meddling in the Patna University students’ union polls by JD(U) vice-president Prashant Kishor, Mr Yadav said, “Kumar seems to have forgotten that the university is his alma mater. He had learnt the ropes as a student leader under the guidance of my father Lalu Prasad, who was the president of the union.”

“The chief minister should not have muddied his hands in campus politics. And if he is so desperate, then he should have thrown away the veneer of dignity and started campaigning for his party’s students’ wing himself,” he added.

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Arvind Kejriwal Cleared In Case Of Rioting In Front Of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s House In 2012

Arvind Kejriwal and six others were charged for rioting and other offenses. (File Photo)

New Delhi: 

A Delhi court on Monday discharged Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and six others in a case of alleged rioting in front of the house of the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2012.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal passed the order.

According to the prosecution, on August 26, 2012, Mr Kejriwal and others had held a demonstration against coal scam in front of PM Singh’s house and in order to stop them, water cannons were used following which the volunteers became violent.

Thereafter, police had fired several rounds of tear gas to driving them off. Some people then attacked the police with flag sticks. The barricade was damaged along with certain plants, the police said.

The Delhi Police had charged them for rioting and other offenses.

Besides Mr Kejriwal, the court also discharged Ghan Shyam, Mahesh, Deepak Chhabra, Ranjit Bisht, Amit Kumar Singh and Gautam Kumar Singh.

(With inputs from PTI)

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s Hearing in US House Said to Be Likely Postponed

The US House Judiciary Committee will likely put off until next week a hearing with Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai on the Alphabet Inc unit’s social media practices because of the state funeral of former President George HW Bush, Chairman Bob Goodlatte said on Sunday.

Pichai had agreed to testify before the panel over Republican concerns that the company is biased against conservatives after it skipped a high-profile Senate hearing. Google has denied it is biased toward conservatives.

The hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday, the same day a state funeral will be held for Bush at the National Cathedral in Washington.

Goodlatte said in an interview with Fox News “Sunday Morning Futures” that he expected the hearing to be rescheduled for next week.

“But we expect that to occur and it’s very, very important that it do occur,” he said.

In addition to queries about possible political bias, lawmakers may also examine Google’s potential investments in China.

Google previously told US lawmakers it was considering options to offer additional services in China, but declined to detail plans for addressing Chinese censorship.

The company has come under criticism after reports it was considering re-entering China’s search engine market and would comply with its internet censorship and surveillance policies.

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Rishi Kapoor’s Ancestral House In Peshawar To Be Turned Into Museum

The Kapoor Haveli in Qissa Khwani Bazar was built by Basheswarnath Kapoor.


The Pakistan government has decided to convert Bollywood star Rishi Kapoor’s ancestral home in the Qissa Khwani Bazar in Peshawar into a museum soon, heeding to a request by the actor.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the Pakistan government will make the actor’s house into a museum.

“There was a call from Rishi Kapoor. He requested that his family’s home in Peshawar should be made into a museum or some sort of institution. We have accepted his request,” he told a group of visiting Indian journalists.


Rishi Kapoor had requested Prithviraj Kapoor home in Peshawar to be turned into a museum.

Pakistan’s Interior Minister Shehryar Khan Afridi said Rishi Kapoor telephoned him to preserve his family’s house in Peshawar and “we are responding positively to his request.”

“He had called me and talked about making his ancestral home into a museum. Now the federal and provincial governments are working on this and will will transform the house into a museum soon,” Mr Afridi said.

The Kapoor Haveli in Qissa Khwani Bazar was built by Basheswarnath Kapoor, the father of Bollywood icon Prithviraj Kapoor.

Raj Kapoor, the son of Prithviraj Kapoor, was born in Peshawar on December 14, 1924. The actor-director is best known for a string of hit films he made in the 1950s and 1960s.

The Kapoor family left Peshawar after the Partition in 1947. 

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Nancy Pelosi Claims Democrats’ Nomination To Be US House Speaker

Nancy Pelosi told reporters that she had won the secret ballot contest in which she had no opponent.


Nancy Pelosi, a mainstay of American politics for nearly two decades, on Wednesday was nominated by her fellow Democrats to again be the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives as she manoeuvred to squelch a small group demanding younger leadership.

As Democrats prepare to retake control of the House in January, Pelosi, 78, told reporters that she had won the secret ballot contest in which she had no opponent. The hand counting of ballots was still under way, however, according to House aides.

“I’m proud to be the nominee of the House Democratic caucus once again for speaker of the House,” she said.

Over the next few weeks Pelosi will try to win over enough naysayers within her own party to nail down a victory in early January when the full House convenes to elect a new speaker. On Wednesday she made progress when some of the potential renegades announced their support for her.

If Pelosi does come up short, Democrats likely will scurry before the January House vote to find an acceptable replacement and avoid a messy floor fight at the start of the year.

Republicans, who next year will be in the minority for the first time since 2010, are expected to vote against any Democratic nominee for speaker.

Democrats are fresh off of their Nov. 6 election victories giving them majority control of the House next year and Pelosi, who is currently House Democratic leader, wants to lead the party’s challenge to President Donald Trump’s political and legislative agendas in 2019-2020.

Pelosi, a House veteran from California, is attempting the rare feat of securing the speaker’s gavel for a non-consecutive term, having become the first female speaker in U.S. history in 2007.

Her run as speaker ended in 2011, however, when Republicans held a majority in the House.

The House speaker sets the chamber’s legislative agenda and is second, behind the vice president, in the line of succession to the president.

A leading critic of Pelosi, Representative Tim Ryan, left a morning session refusing to comment on whether he thought his group of dissenters can stop her from becoming speaker.

Representative Gerry Connolly said the opponents lacked a game plan for vanquishing Pelosi. “Meanwhile, we have a very skilled, tested experienced leader who doesn’t need on-the-job training,” Connolly said referring to Pelosi.

Pelosi’s detractors have argued that they could control just enough votes to topple her during the vote by the full House.

When the new Congress convenes in January, Democrats will hold at least 233 of the House’s 435 seats. Assuming that all Republicans vote against Pelosi for speaker, just 17 or 18 Democratic opponents could be enough to block her from becoming speaker.

In that case, the renegades argue, Democrats would be forced to find another candidate.

Democrats clamouring for fresh faces to rise into House leadership got a boost on Wednesday when Representative Hakeem Jeffries, 48, defeated Representative Barbara Lee, 72, to head the Democratic caucus.

Pelosi has pledged to pursue an agenda next year that includes investing in infrastructure projects, lowering prescription drug prices and changing campaign finance laws to give small donors more sway in elections.

Pelosi also has promised to hold investigations into Trump administration activities following two years of lax oversight by Republicans who will still hold their majority in the Senate.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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CNN Correspondent Jim Acosta’s White House Press Pass Restored For Now

CNN reporter Jim Acosta’s White House press pass had been revoked after a run-in with Donald Trump.


A U.S. judge on Friday temporarily restored White House press credentials to CNN correspondent Jim Acosta, which were revoked following a contentious press conference with President Donald Trump, saying there should be a due process in place for limiting a journalist’s access to the White House.

U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly, who is hearing CNN’s lawsuit challenging to the revocation, ordered the White House to restore Acosta’s press pass while the case is pending.

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CNN Wins Ruling Against White House, Jim Acosta’s Pass Restored For Now

Jim Acosta is the first reporter with a so-called hard pass to be banned. (Reuters)


A federal judge on Friday ruled in favor of CNN and reporter Jim Acosta in a dispute with President Donald Trump, ordering the White House to temporarily restore the press credentials that the Trump Administration took away from Acosta last week.

In a victory for the cable network and for press access generally, Judge Timothy J. Kelly granted CNN’s motion for a temporary restraining order that will prevent the White House from keeping Acosta off the White House grounds.

The White House revoked the reporter’s press pass last week after a heated exchange between him and Trump and a brief altercation with a press aide at a news conference. Acosta, CNN’s chief White House correspondent, is the first reporter with a so-called hard pass to be banned.

CNN sued Trump and other White House officials on Tuesday over the revocation. Kelly’s ruling was the first legal skirmish in that lawsuit. It has the immediate effect of sending Acosta back to the White House, pending further arguments and a possible trial. The litigation is in its early stages, and a trial could be months in the future.

Kelly, whom Trump appointed to the federal bench last year, handed down his ruling two days after the network and government lawyers argued over whether the president had the power to exclude a reporter from the White House.

In his decision, Kelly ruled that Acosta’s First Amendment rights overruled the White House’s right to have orderly press conferences. Kelly said he agreed with the government’s argument that there was no First Amendment right to come onto the White House grounds. But, he said, once the White House opened up the grounds to reporters, the First Amendment applied.

He also agreed with CNN’s argument that the White House did not provide due process. He said the White House’s decision-making was “so shrouded in mystery that the government could not tell me. … who made the decision.” The White House’s later written arguments for banning Acosta were belated and weren’t sufficient to satisfy due process, Kelly said.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced Acosta’s “indefinite” suspension last week after the confrontation at the press conference. Trump and Sanders have had several run-ins with Acosta stretching back to before Trump became president.

Acosta watched Friday’s proceedings from the courtroom in Washington, joined by a team of attorneys including Ted Olson, a former solicitor general in George W. Bush’s administration, and Ted Boutrous, a star litigator and media-law specialist.

CNN has argued that the ban on Acosta violated his First Amendment rights because it amounts to “viewpoint discrimination”–that is, the president is punishing him for statements and coverage he didn’t like. The network has also said the action violates Acosta’s Fifth Amendment right to due process because his exclusion follows no written guidelines or rules and has no appeal or review procedures.

CNN had requested “emergency” relief from the judge, arguing that Acosta’s rights were being violated with each passing hour.

Until the White House’s action last week, no reporter credentialed to cover the president had ever had a press pass revoked.

A government lawyer, James Burnham, argued in a hearing before Kelly on Wednesday that the president was within his rights to ban any reporter from the White House at any time, just as he excludes reporters from interviews in the Oval Office. He said Acosta could report on the president “just as effectively” by watching the president on TV or by calling sources within the White House. He also said CNN wouldn’t be injured by Acosta’s exclusion since CNN has dozens of other journalists credentialed for the White House.

Burnham also explained that Trump’s rationale for Acosta’s ban was his “rudeness” at last week’s press conference, in effect arguing that Acosta’s conduct, not his right to free speech, was the relevant issue.

The assertions drew a rebuttal from CNN’s lawyer, Boutrous, who described the ban on the reporter as arbitrary, capricious and unprecedented. He said White House reporters need access to the premises to meet with sources and to report on untelevised “gaggles,” impromptu discussions with press aides and other officials, so that banning a reporter from the grounds harms his or her ability to do their job.

Media organizations have been alarmed by the White House’s treatment of Acosta, saying that revoking his “hard pass” to enter the White House is a threat to other journalists who might be similarly banned. Trump has suggested other reporters could face a similar fate if they displease him in some unspecified way. Thirteen news organizations, including The Washington Post and Fox News, said Wednesday they would jointly file a friend-of-the-court brief supporting CNN’s position.

The White House Correspondents Association, which represents journalists in negotiations over access to the president, filed its own brief on Thursday that urged the court “to roundly reject the president’s dangerous legal position.” It disputed the government’s claim that the president has “absolute, unbridled discretion to decide who can report from inside the White House.”

During the presidential campaign in 2015 and 2016, Trump banned more than a dozen news organizations from his rallies and public events, including The Post. But he said he wouldn’t do something similar as president. Last week, he went back on that statement.

Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign has used the CNN lawsuit to drum up contributions, portraying the suit as evidence of “liberal bias” – an assertion Boutrous brought up on Wednesday to demonstrate that Trump had political reasons for banning Acosta.

“CNN is SUING President Trump, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, a Secret Service agent, and other White House officials …” the fundraising email says. “… All because they REVOKED Jim Acosta’s press badge after his continuous grandstanding and inappropriate refusal to yield to other reporters.

“President Trump will NOT put up with the media’s liberal bias and utter disrespect for this Administration and the hardworking Americans who stand with us.”



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Shashi Tharoor scorpion remark: Delhi Patiala House Court takes cognisance

खास बातें

  1. भाजपा नेता राजीव बब्बर ने पटियाला कोर्ट में याचिका दाखिल की थी.
  2. थरूर ने यह विवादिन बयान पिछले महीने बेंगलुरू में दिया था.
  3. भाजपा ने दी थी कड़ी प्रतिक्रियाएं.

नई दिल्ली: पूर्व केंद्रीय मंत्री और कांग्रेस नेता शशि थरूर की मुश्किलें बढ़ गई हैं. प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी पर उनकी ओर से की गई कथित ‘बिच्छू’ वाली टिप्पणी को लेकर उनके खिलाफ मानहानि का मामला दर्ज कराया गया था. इस पर दिल्ली के पटियाला कोर्ट ने शुक्रवार को सुनवाई की. थरूर के खिलाफ दायर आपराधिक मानहानि मामले को कोर्ट ने स्वीकार कर लिया और कहा कि वह इस पर सुनवाई करेगा. कोर्ट इस मामले पर अब 22 दिसंबर को सुनवाई करेगा. 

दिल्ली भाजपा नेता राजीव बब्बर ने पटियाला कोर्ट में याचिका दाखिल की थी, जिस पर संज्ञान लेते हुए कोर्ट ने सुनवाई की. अगली सुनवाई में राजीव बब्बर को शिकायत की गवाही की लिस्ट कोर्ट में पेश करनी होगी.

शशि थरूर ने फिर साधा मोदी पर निशाना, ‘सफेद घोड़े पर हाथ में तलवार लेकर बैठा हीरो’ करार दिया

बब्बर ने अपनी याचिका में कोर्ट में कहा कि शशि थरूर के इस बयान से भाजपा कार्यकर्ताओं, आरएसएस कार्यकर्ताओं और प्रधानमंत्री मोदी के समर्थकों को गहरा धक्का लगा है। साथ ही कहा गया है कि प्रधानमंत्री मोदी के नेतृत्व में 2014 का लोकसभा चुनाव और उसके कई बाद कई विधानसभा चुनाव भाजपा ने जीते हैं.

बता दें, पिछले महीने थरूर बेंगलुरु में अपनी नई किताब ‘द पैराडॉक्सिकल प्राइम मिनिस्टर’ को लेकर बात रहे थे. थरूर ने अपनी किताब के बारे में बात करते हुए बातों ही बातों में पीएम मोदी पर जमकर निशाना साधा. उन्होंने कहा था कि एक बार आरएसएस (RSS) के एक अज्ञात व्यक्ति ने पीएम मोदी को एक नई उपमा देते हुए कहा था कि ‘मोदी शिवलिंग पर बैठे बिच्छू की तरह है, जिसे आप ना तो अपने हाथों से और ना ही चप्पल मारकर हटा सकते है.’

शशि थरूर ने RSS के हवाले से कहा, “पीएम मोदी शिवलिंग पर बैठे बिच्छू जैसे”, बीजेपी ने दी कड़ी प्रतिक्रिया


शशि थरूर के इस बयान के कुछ देर बाद ही बीजेपी ने कड़ी आपत्ति जताई थी. केंद्रीय मंत्री रविशंकर प्रसाद ने कहा था कि खुद को शिवभक्त बताने वाले कांग्रेस अध्यक्ष राहुल गांधी को शशि थरूर के इस बयान पर माफी मांगनी चाहिए. रविशंकर प्रसाद ने थरूर के इस बयान को भगवान शिव का अपमान बताया है.

शशि थरूर का विवादित बयान, ‘पीएम शिवलिंग पर बैठे बिच्छू की तरह’

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