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Vice Admiral Robert Harward turns down national security adviser job

Last Updated Feb 17, 2017 8:28 AM EST

Vice Admiral Robert Harward has rejected President Trump s offer to be the new national security adviser, CBS News Major Garrett reports. Sources close to the situation told Garrett Harward and the administration had a dispute over staffing the security council.

Vice Admiral Robert Harward Turns Down National Security Adviser Job

Vice Admiral Robert S. Harward, commanding officer of Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435, greets an Afghan official during his visit to Zaranj, Afghanistan, January 6, 2011.

Courtesy of Sgt. Shawn Coolman/Department of Defense/via Reuters

Two sources close to the situation confirm Harward demanded his own team, and the White House resisted. Specifically, Mr. Trump told Deputy National Security Adviser K. T. McFarland that she could retain her post, even after the ouster of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Harward refused to keep McFarland as his deputy, and after a day of negotiations over this and other staffing matters, Harward declined to serve as Flynn s replacement.

Harward, a 60-year-old former Navy SEAL, served as deputy commander of U.S. Central Command under now-Defense Secretary James Mattis. He previously served as deputy commanding general for operations of Joint Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. Harward has also commanded troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan for six years after the 9/11 attacks. Under President George W. Bush, he served on the National Security Council as director of strategy and policy for the office of combating terrorism. Flynn resigned from the post amid questions about his contacts with Russian officials.

The president announced early Friday via Twitter that retired Lt. Gen. Joseph Keith Kellogg was now in the running to replace Flynn, along with three others that he could tap for the National Security Adviser post.

General Keith Kellogg, who I have known for a long time, is very much in play for NSA – as are three others.

Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017[1]

Law enforcement sources confirmed earlier this week that FBI agents had interviewed former national security adviser Michael Flynn last month. According to the Defense Intelligence Agency, Flynn s security clearance has been suspended as investigators look into his ties to Russian officials.

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Trump on Gen. Flynn’s resignation

“When I looked at the information, I said, ‘I don’t think he did anything wrong,'” Pres. Trump said of Gen. Flynn at a White House press conferen… At a press conference Thursday, Trump defended by attacking the press and members of the intelligence community for the illegal process of leaking information.

Mike Flynn is a fine person, he said. He was just doing his job…I don t think he did anything wrong.

He didn t tell the vice president of the United States the facts and then he didn t remember, Trump said of Flynn, saying that was why he asked for Flynn s resignation. The real problem, Mr. Trump charged, was that classified information that was given illegally.


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South Carolina’s birth certificate policy for same-sex parents ruled unconstitutional

South Carolina's Birth Certificate Policy For Same-sex Parents Ruled Unconstitutional

Photo: WiLPrZ, via Wikimedia. A federal court in South Carolina has ruled that the state s policy of refusing to list both same-sex parents on their children s birth certificates is unconstitutional. Casy and Jacqueline Carson, a married lesbian couple, were married in April 2014 in Washington, D.C., prior to the legalization of same-sex marriage in the Palmetto State. After they were married, Jacquie gave birth to twins, but the couple was issued birth certificates listing Jacquie as the mother and No Father Listed in the space designated for the other parent s name.

South Carolina s Department of Health and Environmental Control previously insisted that it would only issue birth certificates listing both same-sex spouses if the couples in question obtained a second-parent adoption or a court order something not required of different-sex spouses. But the Carsons couldn t afford the fees for a second-parent adoption. Without accurate birth certificates, the Carsons had trouble accessing Casy s Veterans Administration and Social Security benefits, which she earned during her time as an active-duty member of the National Guard. The Carsons also worried about whether Casy would be able to make medical decisions for the twins in the case of an accident. Enlisting the help of Lambda Legal, the Carsons sued Catherine Heigel, in her official capacity as the director of DHEC and State Registrar of Vital Statistics, alleging that South Carolina s policy regarding birth certificates for children of same-sex couples is discriminatory.

[T]he Court declares Defendant s failure to treat same-sex spouses in the same manner she treats opposite-sex spouses in the issuance of birth certificates violates Plaintiffs rights under the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, U.S. District Judge Mary Geiger Lewis wrote in her opinion[1]. More specifically, this Court refuses to countenance Defendant s refusal to name both Plaintiffs on their twins birth certificates. Defendant s present practice is violative of Plantiffs fundamental right to marriage and other protected liberties. The Carsons must now work out an agreement with the state on how to obtain corrected birth certificates for their children, and the details of a new policy that will allow other same-sex couples to obtain accurate birth certificates for their children.

Lambda Legal has been active in other cases where same-sex parents have sought to have themselves listed as legal parents on their children s birth certificates, and has successfully obtained favorable rulings in Iowa, North Carolina, and Wisconsin.

We are thrilled with the Court s ruling, which settles that the Carson family and others like them are entitled to the critical safety and security that a birth certificate provides, Tara Borelli, counsel at Lambda Legal, said in a statement celebrating the South Carolina victory. An inaccurate birth certificate causes real trouble in a family s day-to-day life everything from a parent not being able to enroll a child in school to not being able to authorize basic medical care. That discrimination is now coming to an end in South Carolina: this ruling makes clear that all South Carolina families deserve the security of an accurate birth certificate that lists both parents.

Arkansas Supreme Court won t allow lesbian moms to be listed on their children s birth certifcates[2]


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Blue Devils trump cold-shooting Cavs

NO. 12 DUKE 65, NO. 14 VIRGINIA 55

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — In the days leading up to his team’s game against Duke, Virginia Coach Tony Bennett spoke of how close losses — like those the Cavaliers had suffered at Villanova, Syracuse and Virginia Tech by a combined eight points — can chip away at a team’s confidence.

Blue Devils Trump Cold-shooting Cavs

Blue Devils Trump Cold-shooting Cavs Maryland center Damonte Dodd (right) shoots over Northwestern center Dererk Pardon during Wednesday night s game at Evanston, Ill.

“You just keep battling,” Bennett said. “Confidence is something, I guess, you have to earn.”

Playing in front of its loudest home crowd all season, the Cavaliers battled again but still were not able to earn a victory. Virginia kept Duke’s Luke Kennard and Grayson Allen mostly quiet, but didn’t have an answer for Jayson Tatum in a 65-55 loss, the Cavaliers’ fourth in their past six games. Tatum, one of Duke’s much-heralded McDonald’s all-Americans, finally cracked open a tight game with two consecutive three-pointers in less than a minute to put the Blue Devils up 54-44 with less than two minutes remaining. Tatum had a game-high 28 points, connecting on six of seven attempts from the three-point line, and Kennard had 16. Allen, booed every time he had the ball, even in warmups, had five points on 2-of-10 shooting for No. 12 Duke (21-5, 9-4 ACC).

Senior London Perrantes had 14 points and freshman point guard Ty Jerome had 13 for No. 14 Virginia (18-7, 8-5), which shot 36.8 percent from the floor and had myriad missed opportunities. The Cavaliers ended with 12 offensive rebounds but just four second-chance points. Before Tatum’s three-pointers, John Paul Jones Arena had buzzed with energy. Security guards practiced forming a restraining wall on the floor just in case students rushed the court, and the arena’s namesake, John Paul Jones, sat courtside in front of a rowdy, packed crowd. The security precautions proved unnecessary, however, as the Cavaliers suffered their first double-digit loss at home since 2013.

For everything but the atmosphere, much of the game felt more like a chess match between Bennett and Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski — even by Virginia’s sometimes-plodding standards.

In other games involving Top 25/SEC men’s teams Wednesday, Joel Berry II scored 18 points to help No. 10 North Carolina beat rival North Carolina State 97-73 to stay alone in first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Luke Maye added a career-high 13 points for the Tar Heels (22-5, 10-3). Freshman Dennis Smith Jr. scored 27 points but little else went right for the Wolfpack (14-13, 3-11). … Kevin Johnson scored 14 points and Gary Clark had 13 points and 14 rebounds as No. 18 Cincinnati bounced back from its first loss in two months with a 68-54 victory over South Florida. Kyle Washington had 13 points and nine rebounds for the Bearcats (23-2, 12-1 American). Geno Thorpe led the Bulls (7-18, 1-13) with 19 points. … Semi Ojeleye scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half, including consecutive three-pointers in the SMU run that finally put the 19th-ranked Mustangs ahead in an 80-75 victory over Tulane. Jarrey Foster had 19 points, including three consecutive dunks in one stretch, for SMU (23-4, 13-1 American). Cameron Reynolds had 23 points for Tulane (4-21, 1-12). … Khadeen Carrington tallied the final 10 points of his career-high 41 in the closing minute and Seton Hall made a big stride toward the NCAA Tournament with an 87-81 victory over No. 20 Creighton. Desi Rodriguez had 18 points and big man Angel Delgado added 17 points and 17 rebounds for the Pirates (16-9, 6-7 Big East). Marcus Foster had 23 points, six rebounds and six assists for Creighton (21-5, 8-5). … Melo Trimble scored a career-high 32 points on 12-for-17 shooting, and No. 23 Maryland strengthened its position in the Big Ten with a 74-64 victory over Northwestern. Anthony Cowan added 13 points for Maryland (22-4, 10-3). Freshman Isiah Brown led Northwestern (19-7, 8-5) with a career-high 19 points. … Avery Woodson scored a season-high 20 points and Andrew Chrabascz also had 20 as No. 24 Butler blew out St. John’s 110-86. The Bulldogs (20-6, 9-5 Big East) ended a two-game home losing streak. Federico Mussini had 20 points to lead the Red Storm (12-15, 6-8). … Dazon Ingram scored 18 points — including 15 in the second half — and grabbed nine rebounds to help Alabama overcome dismal first-half shooting and defeat Missouri 57-54. Riley Norris, Braxton Key and Jimmie Taylor each added nine points, and the trio combined for 19 second-half points for Alabama (15-10, 8-5 SEC). K.J. Walton had nine of his 12 points in the first half and Kevin Puryear finished with 11 for Missouri (7-18, 2-11).

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