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Trump still has to fill nearly 2,000 vacancies

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>Washington (CNN)Nearly 2,000 appointed positions in the administration of President Donald Trump remain vacant, leaving many agencies with large staffing gaps waiting to be filled, according to data reviewed by CNN.

>Meanwhile, Trump is noticeably behind the last three presidents when it comes to securing the confirmation of his Cabinet and other top appointments that require Senate approval.

>Trump complained about the pace of confirmations Friday in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. He told the crowd the administration was "setting records" for Senate delays and that he didn't like seeing "all those empty seats" at his Cabinet meetings.

>The figures below show Trump indeed has had the least successful run of Senate confirmations since George H.W. Bush back in 1989.

>Only 14 Trump appointees have been confirmed as of February 21, while President Barack Obama had twice as many top-level appointments confirmed by that date. George W. Bush and Bill Clinton also bested Trump in getting the Senate to approve their choices, according to the Partnership for Public Service, a Washington-based nonprofit.

>George H.W. Bush only had 11 of 21 nominations confirmed by then, although Bush also kept on three Cabinet members from the prior Reagan administration.
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Turks push to turn iconic Hagia Sophia back into a mosque

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>ATHENS — For eight decades, the iconic Hagia Sophia museum in Istanbul has stood as a symbol of Turkey's commitment to a secular society. Now that tradition is under siege by growing calls to convert the historic structure back into a practicing mosque.

>The 1,500-year-old structure originally was built as an Orthodox Christian cathedral. It was turned into a mosque in the 15th century after the Ottoman Turks defeated the Greek emperor in Constantinople and renamed the city Istanbul. In the 1930s, the founder of modern Turkey, Kemal Ataturk, turned it into a museum in his drive to create a secular republic on the ruins of the Ottoman Empire.

>Now that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is promoting a more prominent role for Islam in Turkey, whose citizens are overwhelmingly Muslim, the idea of turning the popular tourist attraction into a house of worship again has become more appealing.

>"We want Hagia Sophia to open as a mosque," said Yusuf Yalcin, 37, of Istanbul, an information technology manager who co-founded a group devoted to that cause. "Hagia Sophia is the relic of our ancestors and symbol of our freedom."

>The idea appears to have traction in Turkey’s political circles. Last year, the Turkish Ministry of Religious Affairs appointed an imam to the Hagia Sophia. That appointment came a few months after a muezzin, who calls the faithful to pray, chanted the Islamic morning prayer inside the Hagia Sophia for the first time since 1935. Sung during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the muezzin’s call was broadcast on Turkish state television.

>Those moves are causing a backlash among Greeks here. “Obsessions, verging on bigotry, with Muslim rituals in a monument of world cultural heritage are incomprehensible,” the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement. “Such actions are not compatible with modern, democratic and secular societies.”
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Trump promises border wall 'soon, way ahead of schedule'

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>Addressing the Conservative Political Action Congress (CPAC), he vowed to always put American citizens first and build a "great, great border wall".

He also promised to focus on "getting bad people out of this country".

Mr Trump was greeted by chants of "USA, USA, USA!" as he addressed the annual forum in Maryland.

"We're building the wall," he said. "In fact it's going to start very soon. Way ahead of schedule. It's way, way, way ahead of schedule."

His comments come a day after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly met their Mexican counterparts in Mexico City.
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Trump's Blatant Hypocrisy

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared reporters "shouldn't be allowed to use sources unless they use somebody's name," just hours after members of his own staff held a press briefing and refused to allow their names to be used.
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Trump Pursues His Attack on Sweden, With Scant Evidence

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>LONDON — President Trump escalated his attack on Sweden’s migration policies on Monday, doubling down on his suggestion — based on a Fox News report — that refugees in the Scandinavian country were behind a surge in crime and terrorism.

>Mr. Trump set off consternation and ridicule on Saturday when he seemed to falsely imply to an adoring throng at a rally in Florida that a terrorist attack had occurred in Sweden, which has admitted tens of thousands of refugees in recent years.

>On Sunday, as questions swirled, a White House spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said that “he was talking about rising crime and recent incidents in general, not referring to a specific issue.”

>Mr. Trump then said on Twitter that he was referring to a Fox News segment about an American filmmaker who argues that the police in Sweden were covering up a migrant-driven crime wave.

>Officials in both countries expressed alarm and dismay on Monday at Mr. Trump’s remarks. Senator Bob Casey, a Pennsylvania Democrat, said the president should get his information from intelligence agencies and not from television. The Swedish Embassy in Washington offered the Trump administration a briefing on its immigration policies. Sweden’s prime minister, Stefan Lofven, said he was surprised by Mr. Trump’s comments, and noted that Sweden ranks highly on international comparisons of economic competitiveness, human development and income inequality.

>“We have challenges, no doubt about that,” he allowed, adding: “We must all take responsibility for using facts correctly and for verifying anything we spread.”

>Yet even before the prime minister spoke, Mr. Trump pursued his attack. On Twitter, he suggested that the news media was covering up problems related to migration in Sweden.
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investigation how pro-maidan liberation forces are robbing jewelry company of its ware and money. stolen around 2 million euros. the victim is reporting.

all maidaneks, who were robing the company never were in the prison or court. in maidanek ukraina the "patriots" and "activists" will not be persecuted as long they dont appear in the court and are supported by the goverment.

the fun part of this story is that the company is just few meters away from ukrainian presidents residence.
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Face of 9,500-Year-Old Man Revealed for First Time

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>Researchers have reverse-engineered the ancient ritual practice that created one of the British Museum's most important artifacts—the Jericho Skull—revealing the face of a man whose remains were decorated and venerated some 9,500 years ago.

>The Jericho Skull is also considered the oldest portrait in the museum's collection, and, until recently, its most enigmatic: a truncated human skull covered in worn plaster, with eye sockets set with simple sea shells that stare out blindly from its display case.

>Now, thanks to digital imaging, 3-D printing, and forensic reconstruction techniques, specialists have recreated the face of the individual inside the Jericho Skull—and it turns out to belong to a 40-something man with a broken nose.
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Everything you need to know about 4chan

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Pope suggests 'better to be atheist than hypocritical Catholic'

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>Pope Francis delivered another criticism of some members of his own Church on Thursday, suggesting it is better to be an atheist than one of "many" Catholics who he said lead a hypocritical double life.

>In improvised comments in the sermon of his private morning Mass in his residence, he said: "It is a scandal to say one thing and do another. That is a double life."

>"There are those who say 'I am very Catholic, I always go to Mass, I belong to this and that association'," the head of the 1.2 billion-member Roman Catholic Church said, according to a Vatican Radio transcript.

>He said that some of these people should also say "'my life is not Christian, I don't pay my employees proper salaries, I exploit people, I do dirty business, I launder money, (I lead) a double life'."

>"There are many Catholics who are like this and they cause scandal," he said. "How many times have we all heard people say 'if that person is a Catholic, it is better to be an atheist'."

>Since his election in 2013, Francis has often told Catholics, both priests and lay people, to practice what their religion preaches.

>In his often impromptu sermons, he has condemned sexual abuse of children by priests as being tantamount to a "Satanic Mass", said Catholics in the mafia excommunicate themselves, and told his own cardinals to not act as if they were "princes".

>Less than two months after his election, he said Christians should see atheists as good people if they do good.
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Omarosa and her bridesmaids went shopping — and an ugly, political scene erupted

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>On Saturday, Omarosa Manigault, a White House communications director, was spotted at the posh Tyson’s Corner Center in Virginia, shopping for bridesmaids’s dresses. The former “Apprentice” villain, who announced her engagement to Florida pastor John Allen Newman last summer and will appear in an episode of TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress,” was with a cohort of five bridesmaids.

>But not everyone happily perusing the shops at the high-end mall was a member of Team Omarosa.

>At around 6 p.m. Manigault told Nordstrom employees that two unidentified women had been harassing her, according to a tipster who witnessed the incident.

>“These fat ladies won’t stop following me,” our source recalled Manigault telling staffers in the department store’s cosmetics section.

>The situation escalated from there.

>“They were letting her have it,” added the tipster, who was also in the cosmetics section at the time. One of the women allegedly shouted “Trump’s whore” at Manigault, who in 2004 starred on the debut season of “Apprentice” and joined Trump’s political campaign as the head of African American outreach last summer.

>Manigault, an ordained minister once dubbed “the most hated reality star of all time,” asked that security be called. Nordstrom’s “loss prevention” team (retail parlance for security) promptly responded and attempted to de-escalate the situation which, according to our source, was witnessed by about a dozen onlookers.
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