President Donald Trump has picked Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to succeed Michael Flynn as his national security adviser, Trump said Monday. He made the announcement at Mar-a-Lago, flanked by McMaster and the acting adviser, retired Army Gen. Keith Kellogg. Kellogg will stay on as McMaster's chief of staff, Trump said. "He's a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience," Trump said of McMaster. "He is highly respected by everybody in the military." The president, who has no military experience, has shown a preference for generals in the top security roles.
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Federal authorities are stepping up investigations at Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers due to a sharp increase in opioid theft, missing prescriptions or unauthorized drug use by VA employees since 2009, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press. Doctors, nurses or pharmacy staff at federal hospitals — the vast majority within the VA system — siphoned away controlled substances for their own use or street sales, or drugs intended for patients simply disappeared.
Across America, hundreds of thousands of school children are suspended, expelled or arrested each year. An NBC investigation shows that black students with disabilities are arrested, suspended or expelled far more often than other children.
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Presidents Day means a day off for many across the United States, and hundreds of people in cities from New York to Los Angeles were using it to send a message to the current occupant of the White House.
"Not My Presidents Day" rallies were being held in at least a dozen cities Monday, continuing a weekend of demonstrations aimed at speaking out against President Donald Trump's policies and actions.
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Bill Gates sees an upside to the robots taking jobs from humans: taxes.
Harnessing technology helped make Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, the richest man in the world. Now, told the publication Quartz that technology can be harnessed to help maintain the social safety net for the communities that lose jobs because of automation.
"Right now, the human worker who does, say, $50,000 worth of work in a factory, that income is taxed and you get income tax, social security tax, all those things," Gates said in the interview. "If a robot comes in to do the same thing, you’d think that we’d tax the robot at a similar level."
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The Founding Fathers were not always in agreement. When considering the executive branch, for instance, they debated whether to address their leader as his highness, his excellency or just Mr. President.
“They literally don’t even know what to call the president at the beginning, and I think that’s a good sign that they were just making it up as they went along,” said Adam Rothman, a history professor at Georgetown University. “And they’re the people who wrote the damn thing, so what are we supposed to do?”
A Jewish community center in Buffalo, New York, was one of 10 evacuated around the country on Presidents Day amid a rash of bomb threats targeting JCCs. The Jewish Community Center Association of North America told NBC News Monday they experienced another wave of called-in threats. In total, 10 JCCs received a total of 11 threats. No one was injured, and initially the threats all appeared to be hoaxes, the association said.
The Southern Poverty Law Center reported an increase in U.S. hate groups in 2016—the second year in row that the number has risen.
The number of anti-Muslim hate groups saw the greatest rise, ticking up to 101 from 34 in 2015, according to the annual census of hate groups by the SPLC.
President Donald Trump's election and rhetoric during the campaign is, in part, responsible for this rise of anti-Muslim hate groups, according to the report.
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Authorities are investigating a breach at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport in which 11 people went through security checkpoints without being screened Monday morning, with three of them setting off metal detectors, Transportation Security Administration and Port Authority officials say. An airport official and a senior law enforcement official said at 6:05 a.m. Monday that TSA officials left a Terminal 5 security lane open and unattended by screeners.
A Far South Side woman accused of starving her 2-month-old baby to death two years ago has been ordered on a $2 million bond. Shawnquail Minnis, 23, faces one felony count of first-degree murder, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County state’s attorney’s office. Minnis gave birth to a full-term, healthy baby boy, Jashawn McBride, on Sept. 13, 2014, prosecutors said. At the time of his birth, he weighed 8 pounds and 2 ounces.
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A Whittier police officer was killed, and another officer and a gunman were wounded in a shootout Monday morning, officials said. About 8 a.m., two male officers responded to a crash in the Los Angeles-area city, where a driver of a stolen car allegedly had struck two other cars at a stop light, said Lt. John Corina of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. When the officers arrived, they were told by the victims that the driver who had struck them was around the corner. The officers were confronted by the driver, who opened fire on them with a semiautomatic handgun, Corina said. The officers returned fire and wounded him.
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The Kremlin said Monday that the Russian government does not know anything about a Ukraine peace plan crafted by an opposition Ukrainian lawmaker and two of President Donald Trump's associates.
Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, shrugged off the plan that the lawmaker in Ukraine reportedly tried to peddle to the Trump administration, dismissing it as "absurd."
The draft plan, first reported by The New York Times, calls for all Russian forces to withdraw from eastern Ukraine. It also calls for a referendum to let Ukrainian voters decide whether the Crimea, which was seized by Russia, should be leased to Moscow for 50 or 100 years.
Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, a veteran diplomat known as a potent, savvy yet personable voice for his country's interests who could both spar and get along with his Western counterparts, fell ill and died suddenly Monday in his office at Russia's U.N. mission. Vitaly Churkin was taken to a hospital, where he died a day before his 65th birthday, said Russia's deputy U.N. ambassador, Vladimir Safronkov. The cause of his death was unknown.
Here's a look at the people who will be closest to Donald Trump in the White House, his advisers and his picks for the top jobs in his administration. The nominees for Cabinet positions will need Senate approval.