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GM to lay off 1,100 at Michigan plant, move Acadia

GM to lay off 1,000General Motors Co. will lay off as many as 1,100 workers at its Lansing Delta Township Assembly plant when it phases out production of the first generation GMC Acadia in May.

Lansing Delta Township Assembly plant will lose its third shift and about a third of its workers as the automaker shifts production of the next generation of the SUV to Spring Hill, Tenn., Erin Davis, GM's Lansing spokeswoman, said in a statement.

The Michigan workers were given a 60-day notice of the layoffs Monday. The plant employs roughly 3,000 hourly workers and 250 salaried workers.

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US warning to Israel signals new backpedaling by Trump

US against Israeli annexation planThe Trump administration has explicitly warned Israel against annexing parts of the occupied West Bank, saying it would trigger an "immediate crisis" between the two close allies, Israel's defense minister said Monday.

It was the latest indication that President Donald Trump is returning to more traditional U.S. policy and will not give Israel free rein to expand its control over the West Bank and sideline the Palestinians, as Israeli nationalists had hoped.

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State Dept. staffers have one question: Where’s Rex?

TillersonThe State Department resumes its formal press briefing this week — an event that offers Secretary of State Rex Tillerson an ideal setting to appear before the public, assert to the world that America remains a diplomatic force and reassure his jittery employees that their work matters to the new administration.

But Tillerson is not likely to show up, according to acting State Department spokesman Mark Toner.

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Trump eases up on travel ban with new executive order

Travel ban revisedPresident Donald Trump on Monday retreated behind closed doors as he re-issued his travel ban executive order with significant concessions adopted after his first directive was halted by a firestorm of controversy and a fusillade of legal actions.

The new order exempts existing visa holders from travel limits and removes Iraq from the list of seven Muslim-majority countries whose citizens Trump barred from entering the U.S. in a hastily signed and chaotically implemented order issued just a week after he took office.

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Christie mentor set for sentencing in United bribery case

Christie mentor to be sentencedA former New Jersey attorney general and mentor to Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is scheduled to be sentenced in federal court.

David Samson pleaded guilty last summer to bribery for using his position as chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in 2012 to pressure United Airlines to revive a money-losing flight from Newark to South Carolina. Samson wanted the flight so he could have easier access to a weekend home.

The 77-year-old Samson faces up to two years in prison, though his plea agreement allows for the possibility of probation. He is in court Monday.

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Donald Trump Reads, Once Again, From Roy Cohn’s McCarthyite Playbook

mcCarthy to Cohen to TrumpA check of the Union Field Cemetery in Queens confirms that Roy Cohn has not risen from his family’s burial vault, where the inscription in the white marble reads in black letters:

“ROY M. COHEN, LAWYER AND PATRIOT,
FEBRUARY 20, 1927, AUGUST 2, 1986”

But there seems no doubt that his spirit was very much alive in the Oval Office on Friday. Cohn’s primary tactic since his youthful days as chief counsel to Senator Joseph McCarthy’s Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations was always to attack, attack, attack and deny, deny, deny; to make no admissions, never give an inch, fight to win no matter who is in the right, win because winning is the only thing, especially if you are in the wrong.

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Marines Probed For Posting Nude Photos Of Female Colleagues

Marines posted nude photos of female colleaguesThe U.S. Marine Corps is looking into the suspected distribution of nude photographs of female members of the service among military personnel and veterans via a social media network that promotes sexual violence, the Marine Corps Times said on Sunday.

A Marine Corps spokesman told the independent newspaper specializing on the Corps that military officials are uncertain how many military personnel could be involved.

Officials from the Marine Corps Naval Criminal Investigative Service were not immediately available for comment.

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FBI Director James Comey Asked DOJ To Refute Trump’s Wiretapping Claim

Jim ComeyFBI Director James Comey asked the Department of Justice to “publicly reject” President Donald Trump’s explosive allegation over the weekend that then-President Barack Obama had ordered a wiretap of Trump’s communications during the presidential campaign, The New York Times reported on Sunday.

Comey said that Trump’s claim, which he tweeted early on Saturday without offering any evidence, “is false and must be corrected,” according to unnamed U.S. officials who spoke with the Times. The Justice Department, led by Trump-nominated Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has not done so yet.

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Thousands of ICE detainees claim they were forced into labor, a violation of anti-slavery laws

Detainees claim forced labor in class action suitTens of thousands of immigrants detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement were forced to work for $1 day, or for nothing at all — a violation of federal anti-slavery laws — a lawsuit claims.

The lawsuit, filed in 2014 against one of the largest private prison companies in the country, reached class-action status this week after a federal judge’s ruling. That means the case could involve as many as 60,000 immigrants who have been detained.

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