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White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, right, leans in to talk with President Donald Trump during Trump's meeting with Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Trump close to naming new chief of staff

- The Washington Times

President Trump was close to naming a new White House chief of staff Sunday to replace the departing John F. Kelly, as the president braces for the culmination of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, a new Democratic House majority and the 2020 re-election campaign.

William Barr believed Roe was wrongly decided

- The Washington Times

William Barr, the man President Trump plans to nominate as his the new attorney general, believed the 1973 Roe decision establishing a national right to abortion was wrongly decided and should be overturned, he told senators in a 1991 hearing.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., holds a news conference with Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 201816. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

Sen. Chuck Schumer injects climate change fight into infrastructure deal

- The Washington Times

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer on Friday demanded that a deal for an infrastructure program include measures to combat climate change, throwing down the gauntlet on road and bridge projects that was one of the only areas of potential agreement between Capitol Hill Democrats and President Trump.

President Donald Trump talks with reporters before departing for Kansas City to address the 2018 Project Safe Neighborhoods National Conference, on the South Lawn of the White House, Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump taps William Barr for attorney general, Heather Nauert for U.N.

- The Washington Times

President Trump said Friday he will nominate William P. Barr as attorney general and State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as ambassador to the United Nations, prominent moves on a day of staff shakeups that is expected to include the departure of White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly.