Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian on his way out, says Arun Jaitley through Facebook post

  1. Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian on his way out, says Arun Jaitley through Facebook post  Moneycontrol.com
  2. Arvind Subramanian to step down as chief economic adviser, says Arun Jaitley  Hindustan Times
  3. Arvind Subramanian resigns as CEA to Modi govt; Jaitley announces in blog  Business Standard
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Google quietly stopped users from being able to book Uber rides through its Maps app

  1. Google quietly stopped users from being able to book Uber rides through its Maps app  Business Insider
  2. You Can No Longer Book Uber Rides On Google Maps For Android: Why Was The Feature Taken Down?  Tech Times
  3. Uber testing feature that offers a cheaper ride if you wait a few minutes  9to5Mac
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North Korea 'sought diplomatic back channel through Jared Kushner'

North Korea 'sought diplomatic back channel through Jared Kushner'Jared Kushner was partly responsible for setting up a diplomatic back channel with North Korea that led to the Singapore summit. Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser was approached by an American businessman based in Singapore last year, the New York Times reported. Gabriel Schulze, whose family made a fortune in the mining business, told Mr Kushner that a highly placed North Korean official was seeking to speak with him to look into the possibility of a meeting between Mr Trump and Kim Jong-un. The approach came as tensions heightened between the two countries, and Mr Trump and Kim exchanged threats. Senior North Korean officials wanted to get in touch with Mr Kushner because of his family relationship to Mr Trump. Hidden trillions: What if North Korea’s economy opened up? They reportedly felt that, amid a rapid turnover of senior White House staff, Mr Kushner would continue to have influence with the president. Mr Kushner reported the possibility of a diplomatic back channel to Mike Pompeo, who was then the Director of the CIA, the New York Times reported. It might have been expected that Mr Kushner would tell the US State Department instead, but he did not have a good relationship with Rex Tillerson, then the Secretary of State. Mr Pompeo took the lead in negotiations with North Koreans and subsequently replaced Mr Tillerson as Secretary of State. The White House and the CIA declined to comment on Mr Kushner’s role. Mr Schulze told the New York Times: “I do not discuss the nature of my business or personal relationships.” Mr Kushner was also said to have been involved in the setting up a diplomatic back channel between Mr Trump’s administration and China early in the presidency. Mr Kushner reportedly set up a diplomatic back channel through Cui Tiankai, China’s ambassador to Washington, which helped lead to Xi Jinping, the Chinese president, visiting Mr Trump at Mar-a-Lago, his Florida retreat in April last year. Meanwhile, it emerged that a former confidant of Mr Trump met with a Russian individual who offered “dirt” on Hillary Clinton for $2 million (£1.5 million). Roger Stone, the confidant, told the Washington Post he rejected the offer in May 2016, telling the Russian: “You don’t understand Donald Trump. He doesn’t pay for anything.” It also emerged that the Russian had previously been an FBI informant. Mr Stone, who met the man at a restaurant in Florida, said he appeared to have been the target of an “FBI sting”.


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For Pruitt, gaining Trump's favor — and keeping it — came through fierce allegiance

  1. For Pruitt, gaining Trump’s favor — and keeping it — came through fierce allegiance  Washington Post
  2. Pruitt’s new problem with the GOP: Ethanol  The Hill
  3. Scott Pruitt Should Have Lost His Job Long Ago  Hartford Courant
  4. Scott Pruitt Should Go  National Review
  5. Reagan’s EPA chief was forced to resign amid scandals. Why not Scott Pruitt?  CNN
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Michael Cohen's lawyers are reportedly abandoning him, and the odds of his flipping have now gone 'through the roof'

  1. Michael Cohen’s lawyers are reportedly abandoning him, and the odds of his flipping have now gone ‘through the roof’  Business Insider
  2. Michael Cohen expected to lose current defense lawyers and likely to cooperate with prosecutors: Report  CNBC
  3. Michael Cohen under pressure to cooperate with prosecutors  CBS News
  4. Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen likely to cooperate as his attorneys leave case, sources say  ABC News
  5. Reports suggest Michael Cohen is thinking of flipping  Vox
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