Mulvaney’s missteps draw scrutiny from Trump allies

WASHINGTON (AP) — For Mick Mulvaney, the hits just keep on coming.

First, President Donald Trump’s acting chief of staff stirred up a tempest by acknowledging that the administration had held up aid to Ukraine in part to prod that country to investigate Democrats and the 2016 elections. Then Mulvaney went on television Sunday to defend his boss in effusive terms — and ended up making a new problematic comment.

IMF enters new stage of quota negotiations — Russian delegate

WASHINGTON, October 20. /TASS/: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is beginning the 16th General Review of Quotas, which is to be completed no later than in December 2023, Russian Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak told reporters on the sidelines of the IMF-World Bank meeting.

"The keystone of the next addition will be another attempt to agree on a new formula for country quota, a formula that would reflect the country’s clout in the global economy," he said.

Russian government to prepare "more ambitious" privatization program

WASHINGTON, October 19. /TASS/: The Russian government will soon begin preparing a "more ambitious" privatization plan, First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Anton Siluanov said on the sidelines of a meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.

"Indeed, we have relaxed a bit because we don’t need money, and the ministries all have on their even small shares in companies and want to manage them," Siluanov said.

Boeing wants it to fly, but travelers fear the 737 MAX

20 October 2019; AFP: On September 12, Boeing started putting out 30-second videos in which employees tout its planes' safety, hoping to reassure travelers about the 737 MAX that's been grounded worldwide since two crashes that killed 346 people.

"Safety is at the core of our business. We have put hundreds of engineers to work to ensure that this airplane is 100 percent ready," says Jennifer Henderson, chief test pilot for the 737, in one of the clips.

After corruption allegations, Trump says G7 summit won't be at his resort

Washington, Oct 20 (AFP/PTI) US President Donald Trump has said the next G7 summit will not be at one of his own Florida golf clubs, reversing a decision that had sparked corruption accusations.

Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney had announced the venue for the summit on Thursday, causing a firestorm among Trump's Democratic opponents in Congress, who called the move "among the most brazen examples yet of the president's corruption."

International Monetary and Financial Committee urges resolving trade tensions

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- The International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC), the policy-setting body of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), on Saturday called on countries to resolve trade tensions and support the necessary reform of the World Trade Organization.

GOP congressman weighing impeachment won’t seek new term

WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida Rep. Francis Rooney, one of the few Republicans openly weighing whether to impeach President Donald Trump, said Saturday he will not run for reelection.

Asked if he needed or hoped for a third term in 2020, he told Fox News, “I don’t really think I do and I don’t think I really want one.” He later confirmed to The Associated Press that he will not run again, thereby adding his name to an already extensive list of GOP retirements.

Schumer calls for federal probe of contaminated baby food

NEW YORK (AP) — The Senate’s top Democrat is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to examine a report that found dozens of baby food products contaminated with lead and other metals.

Sen. Chuck Schumer says Sunday the FDA must take more action to regulate the baby food industry. A study by Healthy Babies Bright Futures found the presence of heavy metals in 95% of the 168 baby foods that were tested.

The study found 95% of the food tested contained lead, arsenic, mercury or cadmium. It found one in four baby foods that were tested contained all four metals.

Nestor heads into Georgia after tornados damage Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Nestor raced across Georgia as a post-tropical cyclone late Saturday, hours after the former tropical storm spawned a tornado that damaged homes and a school in central Florida while sparing areas of the Florida Panhandle devastated one year earlier by Hurricane Michael.

The storm made landfall Saturday on St. Vincent Island, a nature preserve off Florida’s northern Gulf Coast in a lightly populated area of the state, the National Hurricane Center said.

Impeachment inquiry puts spotlight on Perry, who shunned it

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long after more flamboyant colleagues flamed out of President Donald Trump’s favor amid ethics scandals, low-profile and folksy Rick Perry survived in the Cabinet in part by steering clear of controversy.

Until now.

The former Texas governor said Thursday he was quitting as energy secretary by year’s end. The announcement came as the House impeachment investigation highlighted his work in Ukraine, where he promoted U.S. natural gas and where Trump hoped to find dirt on Democratic rival Joe Biden.

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