Photo: ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson is awarded the Order of Friendship in St. Petersburg on June 19, 2013 (Russian Press Office)
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As a Republican candidate for president, former Texas Governor Rick Perry once called Donald Trump a "cancer on conservatism." He also campaigned to abolish the Department of Energy. Now Trump has chosen Perry to run that very Department… as Secretary of Energy.
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Rob Barnett is senior energy policy analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence.
Donald Trump's choice to be Secretary of State is Rex Tillerson, who's never had a job outside the oil giant ExxonMobil, where he's the long-time CEO. He and Vladimir Putin agreed to a multi-billion-dollar oil-drilling deal now subject to sanctions over Ukraine and Crimea — sanctions Tillerson has opposed. Some key Republicans are already grumbling about his ties to Russia and his lack of diplomatic experience, raising questions about Senate confirmation. We hear more about Tillerson and Trump's concept of foreign policy as deal-making.
A glimmer of hope for thousands of lives in Aleppo.
Damage in Christian quarter of Aelppo in Syria
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Syrian forces were poised for a final sweep of eastern Aleppo, provoking urgent appeals from the UN, world leaders and aid agencies. Now Syrian rebels say an agreement's been reached with Russia for a ceasefire to allow evacuations. Liz Sly, Beirut Bureau Chief for the Washington Post, has more on the evacuation deal reached for last rebel zones in Syria’s ravaged Aleppo.
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Ronen Bergman on Israel’s targeted assassinations Israeli intelligence agents now admit Palestinian leaders have been officially targeted for assassination--2700 times. Author Ronen Bergman talks about the unusual assassination tactics and how he recently challenged the Prime Minister of Poland over the country’s role in the Holocaust.
Restoring public confidence in our institutions Are President Trump and allies in Congress eroding public trust in democratic government? Even a former Republican governor warns that attacks on Special Counsel Robert Mueller have gone too far. A constitutional scholar and a former FBI agent see real threats to both federal law enforcement and national security.
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