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Morning Briefing: Trump Considering White House shake-up, California Budget Defends Illegal Immigrants, Americans Trust In Media Divided

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10 things you need to know this morning – May 15th 2017

1. Trump reportedly considering huge White House shake-up

President Donald Trump is reportedly considering a massive White House shake-up that could end with the president firing many of his top advisers, including Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.

2. Jerry Brown’s New Budget Includes Millions to Defend Illegal Aliens from Deportation

Buried deep among billions of dollars in proposed new spending are millions of dollars for the state to provide criminal defense for illegal immigrants.

3. Americans’ Attitudes About the News Media Deeply Divided Along Partisan Lines

Democrats and Republicans, who already tend to place their trust in different news sources and rely on different outlets for political news, now disagree more than ever on a fundamental issue of the news media’s role in society.

4. Schumer Supports Blocking Confirmation Of New FBI Director Until Special Prosecutor Is Appointed

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer confirmed Sunday he would support his caucus in the upper chamber if they blocked the appointment of a new FBI director until a special prosecutor to the Russia investigation is named.

5. Tillerson Rules Out A Clinton-Style ‘Reset’ With Russia

U.S.-Russian relations, currently at their worst since the Cold War, will not reset “with a clean slate,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told NBC on Sunday.

6. Jeff Sessions announces major criminal justice reform, rolls back weak Obama-era policy

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a directive on Wednesday to federal prosecutors that rolls back an important Obama-era policy.

7. FBI Agents Association Endorses Mike Rogers For Director

The FBI Agents Association (FBIAA) urged President Donald Trump to nominate former House Intelligence Committee Chairman and FBI Special Agent Mike Rogers to replace James Comey as director of the FBI.

8. Trump May Not Move US Embassy To Jerusalem If It Disrupts Peace Process, Tillerson Says

President Donald Trump may not move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem if it impedes any peace process between Israel and Palestine, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told NBC News Sunday.

9. China Doubles Down On Globalization With $124 Billion Pledge For New Silk Road

Chinese President Xi Jinping announced Sunday that China will invest $124 billion in a massive global trade project — the Belt and Road initiative.

10. NASA Vetoes Trump’s Plan To Return Astronauts To Moon In 2019

NASA rejected a Trump administration request Friday to return U.S. astronauts to the moon’s orbit by 2019.

 

 

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