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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.

Protesters are reflected in a puddle as they wave European flags to demonstrate against Brexit in front of the Parliament in London, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. British Prime Minister Theresa May is battling to persuade lawmakers to support the divorce agreement between Britain and the European Union in a Dec. 11 House of Commons vote. Opposition parties say they will vote against it, as do dozens of lawmakers from May's Conservatives. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Only the second-worst result of efforts to unify Europe

- The Washington Times

Back during the formation of the European Union in the 1990s, there was a joke going around among those who prefer to remember history — mainly hoping to avoid repeating it. The last time folks worked this hard to unify Europe, the joke went, things didn’t turn out so well.

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FILE -This undated photo provided by the Illinois Department of Corrections shows Larry Earvin, a former inmate at Western Illinois Correctional Center in Mt Sterling, Ill. Gov. Bruce Rauner's corrections agency has refused to release public records about a prison altercation that led to the homicidal death of Ervain, a 65-year-old inmate and forced the paid leave of at least four correctional officers. (Illinois Department of Corrections via AP File)

State should disclose inmate-death records: Access counselor

- Associated Press

Gov. Bruce Rauner's corrections agency has refused to release public records about a prison altercation that led to the homicide of a 65-year-old inmate and forced the paid suspension of at least four correctional officers.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard speaks during the unveiling of his official Capitol portrait in Pierre, S.D., Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. Connecticut artist Susan Booke Durkee painted the portrait after being chosen through a national selection process. (AP Photo/James Nord)

Daugaard leaves governor's office proud of fiscal strength

- Associated Press

In the newly unveiled portrait of Dennis Daugaard hanging in the Capitol, the outgoing governor stands before the building's granite cornerstone, a background chosen to emphasize Daugaard's relentless focus on maintaining state buildings and strengthening South Dakota's finances in his two terms in office.

Top House Dems raise prospect of impeachment, jail for Trump

- Associated Press

Top House Democrats have raised the prospect of impeachment or the real possibility of prison time for President Donald Trump if it's proved that he directed illegal hush money payments to women, adding to the legal pressure on the president over the Russia investigation and other scandals.