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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Is ‘socialism’ dividing the Democrats From Bernie Sanders to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,“socialism” is having a hot summer. Is it the future of the Democratic Party or an easy Republican target? Prominent liberals and conservatives describe the history--and possible future--of a term loaded with many meanings in America’s political history.
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