Driving the Day Good Thursday morning. THE KELLY REGIME. CUE THE REPUBLICAN APPLAUSE, via Josh Dawsey: “When new White House chief of staff John Kelly huddled with senior staff on his first day at work, he outlined a key problem in President Donald Trump’s White House that he planned to fix: Bad information getting into the president’s hands. Kelly told the staff that information needed to flow through him -- whether on paper or in briefings -- because the president would make better decisions if given good information. … “‘John Kelly knows the challenges he is facing,’ said Leon Panetta, a former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton who spoke to Kelly after he took the job. ‘He’s not going to just stand to the side and watch the White House fall apart piece by piece.’” http://politi.co/2u1mODq Story Continued Below -- AP’S JONATHAN LEMIRE: “Trump’s new top aide assures Sessions his job is … [Read more...] about KELLY makes mark on a calmer West Wing — MCMASTER cleaning house at the NSC — TRUMP says U.S. ‘losing’ Afghan war — ZUCKERBERG hires Joel Benenson — FOR HISTORY: MOOCH’s comms plan leaked
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0 View Gallery View Comments ROME (AP) — The Latest on Italy's national election on Sunday (all times local): 12:55 p.m. A top leader of Italy's 5-Star Movement says if exit poll data prove accurate, it's an election "triumph" for the populist force. Alessandro Di Battista, addressing 5-Star supporters early Monday, exulted over indications the anti-establishment movement was the leading party in Italy's election for Parliament. But the 30 percent support indicated by a RAI state TV exit poll is far short of the absolute majority needed to form Italy's next government. The 5-Star Movement has officially vowed not to join any post-election coalitions. But Di Battista welcomed other parties to come talk as long as they use 5-Star "methods" of "transparency" and "correctness" in political conduct. One possible partner is the anti-migrant League led by Matteo Salvini. He is dueling with ex-Premier Silvio Berlusconi for leadership of the center-right bloc that early … [Read more...] about The Latest: 5-Star official hails Italy ‘triumph’
GANGNEUNG, South Korea — U.S. men’s hockey coach Tony Granato remembers watching the 1980 U.S team and not having any idea who Mike Eruzione or Jim Craig were.“Within two or three days, I kind of liked those guys,” Granato said. “If you watch our teams, we’ll find a few of those guys.”The late U.S. general manager Jim Johannson, who died in January, said after the NHL decided not to participate in the 2018 Games that the American team would be made up of “25 unique stories.”Here are the five best stories on the U.S. squad:Goalie Ryan Zapolski, Jokerit (Helsinki, Finland): His career sounds like a Johnny Cash song. He’s been everywhere man. Walk-on at Mercyhurst. Passed over by the NHL. Played for six different ECHL teams. Went to Finland on a two-month tryout in 2013-14. Today he’s a star in the Kontinental Hockey League and projected to be the USA’s starting goalie.“This has been pretty … [Read more...] about 2018 Winter Olympics: The five best stories from U.S. men’s hockey team
SANTA MONICA, Mexico — In a village two hours north of Mexico City, a girl stands on the patio of her adobe home, looking out on her family’s small plot of land. Maria Mendoza-Sanchez is just 13, but on this day, as she watches her parents drive up in a rush, the path of her life is shifting. Her 15-year-old sister has become pregnant, and her father is enraged. He steps from his truck, picks up a rope he uses to discipline horses, and barrels through the door. As her sister absorbs the lashing, Maria cries out: “Don’t hit her! She’s going to have a baby!” Soon Maria is a target, too. “If your sister did what she did after being so quiet and responsible, what can I expect from you?” her father shouts as he hits her. Maria turns silent, knowing anything she says will frustrate the man who’d hoped to have boys to work the land, not four girls. In their tiny village, wealth is measured in land and sheep. Maria wants more. An education, … [Read more...] about A dream deported: Parents who built lives in U.S. separated from children
Ian Harkes, a homegrown product of D.C. United, finished fifth in voting for last season’s rookie of the year. (Ted S. Warren/Associated Press) On Friday morning, MLS will fill a ballroom in Philadelphia for the annual college draft. There will be pounding music and highlight videos on huge screens, general managers with stacks of data mined at the scouting combine, fans in team colors reacting to selections and emotional players on stage thanking coaches, parents, God. U.S. sports leagues love drafts, and MLS is no different. But as the soccer league has matured, the importance of the draft has waned. While the NFL and NBA rely heavily on the annual event for an infusion of workers, MLS is now 10 years into allowing teams to groom talent in their youth academies and maintain exclusive rights to those players, even if they do end up playing NCAA soccer. They are called homegrown players. As the academies come of age, the number of quality players available in the draft has … [Read more...] about U.S. pro sports leagues love their drafts. But in MLS, it’s losing importance.