How Tech Giant Are Get Out the Vote, From Uber to Tinder

Maybe the most welcome trend among tech companies this fall? Over 300 of them have pledged to give their employees time off to go out and vote today. Silicon Valley’s civic spirit doesn’t stop there, though; several tech luminaries are also doing their best to get the general public to the polls.

Uber : With the help of Google, the Uber app will remind users that it’s election day, help you not only situate their polling place on the basis of their registration address, and take them there with a tap. If you’re new to Uber, you can also score $20 off your first ride using the promotional code VOTETODAY.

Lyft : Lyft doesn’t have any fancy team-ups, but it does offer up to 45 percent off election day rides in 20 select marketplaces. A couple of caveats apply, though. The discount maxes out at $10, and is merely good for a one-way trip. Free rides : This isn’t due to Uber and Lyft’s largesse, and it’s only for a few states, but worth mentioning anyway: If you live in Pennsylvania, Florida, or North Carolina, you can get a free round trip ride up to $30 through My Ride to Vote. Use the codes VOTEPA, VOTEFL or VOTENC when you order your vehicle, but do it quick before they run out.

Facebook : Need some last minute cramming on the issues and local vote initiatives? The social media giant is giving you one place to help you make all of your decisions. The site’s prove guests reminders to vote at the top of their News Feeds( or right here ), with personalized vote previews for nation and local government elections, and easy access to each candidate’s endorsements, recent posts, and official websites.

Google : Click the Google Doodle logo, and Google will help you find your polling place. Just type in your address, and you’ll get your polling place address, voter requirements, and a preview of your local ballot.

Twitter : Get out the vote by sliding into a DM. Send a direct message with your home address to Twitter’s @gov and it’ll send back voter info that includes polling place, ballot measures, local candidates, and more.

Snapchat : This election cycle, Snapchat is targeting the millennial election with special Election Day filters. Suppose of it as the ephemeral version of an” I Voted” sticker. There will be partisan involvement as well; the Clinton team has sponsored both an” I’m With Her” filter and a lens that turns you into Hillary, while the You-Know-Who campaign has ponied up for a sponsored geofilter to go live Tuesday, though it’s unclear what that will comprise. Periscope : Snapchat’s not the only app with election filters. Not to be outperform, Periscope has introduced Hillary Clinton and He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named masks for the occasion, which are more terrifying than inspirational. Still!

Spotify : You’re listening to your” Tuesday Has No Feel” playlist, and a message comes up. Its not Tesla or Macklemore, its President Obama, with a friendly reminder to referendum, and a push for you to visit, which allows you register( too late for that for most of you) and find relevant voter information.

Zipcar : For all you hard workers out there that cant get to the polls in the morning, Zipcar devotes an after-hours alternative. From 6-10 pm local period, the company will let members rent automobiles for free( plus taxes and fees ), and get to the polls before they shut. Vroom, vroom.

Tinder : Tired of swiping through faceless torsos and different faces? Tinder now allows you to swipe your route through the questions. But you wont be matched with your soulmate, instead your soul-candidate. Sure, you’re almost definitely already decided between Clinton and You-Know-Who by now. But at least this should help you kill time in the voting line.

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Navy vet pardoned in 20-year rape case

(CNN)US Navy veteran Eric Wilson thought he was finished paying the price for a crime he did not commit when he was finally released in 2005 after spending nearly eight years in prison. But instead of finding freedom on the outside, he has lived the last dozen years in the shadow of his time behind bars, still branded a sex offender.

Now, after being blacklisted from his sons’ Boy Scout meetings and barred from attending school functions without an escort, Wilson’s name has finally been cleared. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe last week formally granted full pardons to Wilson and three other ex-sailors, known as the “Norfolk Four,” who had been wrongly implicated in the rape and murder of 18-year-old Michelle Moore-Bosko in 1997.
“I’ve been over the moon for a week now, I really have been,” said Wilson, who was just 21 years old when he was imprisoned. “We can finally start to move forward with our lives.”
    “These pardons close the final chapter on a grave injustice that has plagued these four men for nearly 20 years,” McAuliffe said in a statement on his decision to exonerate Wilson, Danial Williams, Derek Tice and Joseph Dick after evidence showed investigators had coerced them into falsely confessing to the crimes.
    Despite the lack of forensic evidence linking them to the crime, Williams, Tice and Dick were sentenced to life in prison after a jury convicted them of rape and murder in 1999. All three were granted conditional pardons from then-Gov. Tim Kaine in 2009 and released.
    Gov. Kaine’s 2009 conditional pardon freed three of the sailors but did not officially declare their innocence. For Wilson, who was not included because he had already been released at the time, it meant he remained on the sex offenders registry.
    Wilson completed his sentence almost 12 years ago but said that the emotional and psychological toll have left lasting scars.
    “My first day in receiving, I got my jaw broken,” he told CNN, recalling being welcomed to prison with a punch from another inmate. “So I decided to become mean. … They had to be afraid of me or I wasn’t going to survive.”
    “I still fight being that man, all the time,” he added. “If it wasn’t for my wife, I don’t think I ever could have turned around.”
    While those wounds may never fully heal, Wilson and his fellow sailors recognize that last week’s announcement was a major legal victory that resolved a two-decade fight to prove their innocence.
    The confession of a fifth man, Omar Ballard, coupled with new evidence uncovered after the initial trial, prompted lawyers for the Norfolk Four to push for full pardons for their clients in 2005.
    Ballard confessed to killing and raping Moore-Bosko in a 1999 letter to a friend and maintained that he acted alone. Crime scene and forensic evidence overwhelmingly pointed to Ballard as the killer, but investigators continued to pursue cases against the four sailors after obtaining their confessions, according to court documents.
    In the years after the sailors’ conviction, information also surfaced revealing that the key investigator in the Moore-Bosko case, Glenn Ford, had been disciplined for obtaining false confessions in multiple previous cases.
    The lead homicide detective on the cases, Ford was convicted in 2010 of crimes that involved lying to judges and prosecutors. He is currently serving a 12-year federal prison sentence.
    In 2016, a Virginia judge reexamined the evidence and concluded that both Williams and Dick were innocent. The same judge vacated the convictions of both men shortly after, as the Virginia Attorney General’s Office conceded error in the initial case.
    The ruling was cited by McAuliffe as a key factor in his decision to ultimately pardon all four of the men.
    Wilson had already served his entire sentence, so there was nothing to be vacated.
    John and Carol Moore, the victim’s parents, told CNN that they still believe the four men are guilty even though they have been granted pardons.
    “Each of these men have confessed by trial or by taking a plea,” they said in a written statement. “How can an innocent person admit to such a heinous crime and accept a jail sentence if they were innocent?”
    Wilson said that he didn’t expect Moore-Bosko’s family to ever accept the idea that he was not responsible for the terrible crime that claimed the life of their loved one.
    “They were told through this entire process by the people they trusted to avenge their daughter or wife’s death that these men were the ones who did it,” Wilson said, referring to the prosecutors in the case. “They trusted these people and that’s what they were told, so they believed them … I would have, too.”
    Wilson, for his part, comes away from his experience with a deep mistrust of the US legal system, a feeling that most Americans no longer believe in the principal of “innocent until proven guilty.”
    That experience started one morning while stationed at the US Naval base in Norfolk, Virginia, when he was called to the local police station just after completing an early shift on guard duty.
    Initially, Wilson recalled thinking that the visit to the station would be brief. His friend Nicole had told him a few days earlier that her husband Danial Williams had been arrested in connection with a murder but that he was innocent and had been with her at the time of the incident.
    But as the questioning wore on, the investigators’ tone became increasingly hostile, Wilson told CNN.
    Sitting in the corner of a small interrogation room, Wilson remembered the moment he was confronted by investigators who slammed a photograph of a young woman lying in a pool of blood down on the table in front of him.
    Wilson insisted that he had never seen the woman in the photo before.
    “I remember Detective Ford pinning me to the chair, poking me in the forehead telling me he didn’t think I killed her but I raped her so I better tell him what he wanted to hear,” Wilson told CNN. “The next thing I knew, I was being carted off to jail.”
    The Norfolk Four’s legal team later obtained testimony from a police interrogation expert who concluded that the sailors’ confessions were forced. Upon announcing the pardons, McAuliffe referred to the investigators having “coerced” false confessions from the four men.
    “They break down your will power to start with, and get you to the point where you are willing to say anything to get out of the room,” Wilson told CNN. “Then they tell you what you are going to tell them until they have the final confession they want.”
    After evaluating additional evidence that was not available at the time of the trial — particularly information surrounding Ford’s history of questionable interrogation tactics — the jurors wrote a letter in 2006 to then-Gov. Mark Warner urging him to grant the Norfolk Four clemency.
    “Had we heard this evidence during the trial, we would not have convicted Eric Wilson of rape,” the letter read. “Instead, we would have been convinced, as we are now, that Wilson and the other three sailors are innocent.”
    The letter called Wilson’s confession “by far the most important evidence to the jury.”
    Over the past decade, a bipartisan group of Virginia justice and law enforcement officials has supported clemency for the Norfolk Four, including former attorneys general, former FBI special agents and a past president of the Virginia Bar Association.
    During that time, Wilson and his family have had to live with the lasting stigma of being listed as a sexual offender.
    “My wife, I made her stop reading comments on the Internet because she was getting death threats for being with a sex offender,” Wilson said.
    Calling the sex offenders registry “double jeopardy,” Wilson said he’d like to see reforms made to the way that the list punishes individuals beyond their sentences.
    “The registry essentially says that you haven’t paid for this crime, you can never pay for this crime and will for the rest of your life,” Wilson argued.
    In the short-term, though, the Navy veteran said he is grateful for the chance at a new start.

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    $700 million mine-hunting drone can’t find explosives

    (CNN)A mine-detection system the U.S. Navy invested nearly $700 million and 16 years in developing can’t complete its most basic functions, according to the Pentagon’s weapon-testing office.

    The Remote Minehunting System, or RMS, was developed for the Navy’s new littoral combat ship. But the Defense Department’s Office of Operational Test & Evaluation says the drone hunting technology was unable to consistently identify and destroy underwater explosives during tests dating back to September 2014.

    “The Navy has determined that the RMS’ total number of failures and periodicity of failures fall short of the design requirement for the system,” said Capt. Thurraya Kent, a spokeswoman for the Navy.

    Frank Kendall, the Pentagon’s undersecretary of defense for acquisition, has scheduled a review of the program for early 2016.

    The controversial unmanned mine-hunting drone, built by defense giant Lockheed Martin, is supposed to be a key component of the Navy’s littoral combat ships.

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      Specifically, testing revealed that the vehicle “cannot be reliably controlled by the ship or communicate when it is operating out of the line-of-sight of the ship, and the towed sonar cannot detect mines consistently,” according to the DOT&E.

      The memo, cited in a September Senate Armed Service Committee report, also said the drone could only reliably operate for up to 25 hours before it failed during testing, falling far short of its required 75 hours.

      Despite criticism from several lawmakers, the impending review by Kendall and an additional, ongoing independent review chartered by Navy officials, Lockheed Martin said it stands behind the underwater drone system.

      “Lockheed Martin continues to work closely with the U.S. Navy on the Remote Minehunting System mission package, which remains the most advanced method of mine-hunting available to the U.S. fleet,” said Joe Dougherty, a Lockheed Martin spokesman.

      “We fully supported the Navy’s independent review team when they visited our site in October, and demonstrated a clear path forward for RMS. We remain confident the RMS is the most mature system to identify and destroy mines in challenging conditions without putting sailors or high-value capital ships at risk in a minefield,” he wrote.

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      The U.S. is running out of bombs to drop on ISIS

      Washington (CNN)The U.S. Air Force has fired off more than 20,000 missiles and bombs since the U.S. bombing campaign against ISIS began 15 months ago, according to the Air Force, leading to depleted munitions stockpiles and calls to ramp up funding and weapons production.

      As the U.S. ramps up its campaign against the Islamist terror group in Iraq and Syria, the Air Force is now “expending munitions faster than we can replenish them,” Air Force chief of staff Gen. Mark Welsh said in a statement.

      “B-1s have dropped bombs in record numbers. F-15Es are in the fight because they are able to employ a wide range of weapons and do so with great flexibility. We need the funding in place to ensure we’re prepared for the long fight,” Welsh said in the statement. “This is a critical need.”

      The bombing campaign has left the U.S. Air Force with what an Air Force official described as munitions depot stocks “below our desired objective.”

        The official told CNN that the Air Force has requested additional funding for Hellfire missiles and is developing plans to ramp up weapons production to replenish its stocks more quickly. But replenishing that stock can take “up to four years from time of expenditure to asset resupply,” the official said.

        “The precision today’s wars requires demands the right equipment and capability to achieve desired effects. We need to ensure the necessary funding is in place to not only execute today’s wars, but also tomorrow’s challenges,” the official said.

        The Air Force’s publication of the number of missiles and bombs dropped comes amid continued criticism from Republicans — in particular those running for president — who insist the Obama administration has been too timid in the fight against ISIS, with many on the right calling for the U.S. to loosen the rules of engagement and lead a more aggressive fight against the militant group.

        American pilots have fired weapons in less than half of the nearly 18,000 sorties they have in the first 10 months of 2015, according the latest figures available.

        That’s up from 2014, when pilots fired their weapons just one third of the time.

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        Donald Trump in 2008: Hillary Clinton would ‘make a good president’

        Washington( CNN) Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have no shortage of criticism for each other on the 2016 trail, but at one point the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said his likely general election competitor would “make a good president.”

        The commentaries come from “Trumped! ” a syndicated radio feature that aired from 2004 to 2008, which was recently rediscovered by the Wall Street Journal.

        Pruitt tension leads to Cabinet shuffle deja vu

        Washington( CNN) The White House on Tuesday observed itself again embroiled in the foibles of a Cabinet secretary — this time Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt, who has come under scrutiny by President Donald Trump’s aides for living in a $50 -per-night apartment owned by a lobbyist.

        “We got your back, ” Trump told Pruitt, according to the official.

        White House chief of staff John Kelly followed up with Pruitt on Tuesday morning and reinforced the President’s message, the official added.

        Obama visits Michigan amid Flint water scandal, Detroit school crisis

        Detroit (CNN)President Barack Obama visited Detroit on Wednesday to highlight a resurgence in the auto industry, but various crises confronting Michigan — including poisoned water in Flint and school funding woes in Detroit — also occupied some of his itinerary.

        Speaking at a joint General Motors-United Auto Workers facility, Obama opened his speech decrying the water contamination calamity, which has spurred accusations of government negligence and cover-ups.

          “If I was a parent in Flint, I’d be beside myself over my kids’ health,” Obama told a crowd of auto workers and their families, adding that the government can’t “shortchange basic services that we provide to our people.”

          Obama didn’t visit Flint on Wednesday, but the White House did dispatch an administration official, Nicole Lurie, to the city to coordinate federal efforts there. Lurie is the deputy secretary for preparedness at the Department of Health and Human Services.

          But even outside of Flint, Obama was unable to avoid witnessing another of Michigan’s crises in close range: the widespread closure of Detroit schools after teachers staged a “sickout” to protest lack of funding and substandard conditions.

          A large number of protesters demanding higher school funding levels met Obama at the site of his speech, and Obama ate lunch with the city’s mayor Mike Duggan Wednesday, where they were expected to discuss the funding issues.

          Auto Industry Rescue

          Neither the Flint disaster nor the school closures prompted Obama to detour from his main message: the thriving American auto industry, which has added 646,000 jobs and posted a record level of auto sales in the U.S. since 2009.

          At the start of Obama’s presidency, GM and Chrysler were teetering on collapse when the administration effectively forced both automakers into bankruptcy, lending them enough to survive. Since the bailout, both have repaid their outstanding loans to the U.S. Treasury.

          In his remarks, Obama touted his administration’s rescue of the auto companies, saying the sector’s resurgence has allowed Detroit to start coming back as a city.

          And he claimed GOP contenders for his job would have allowed companies like GM and Ford to go under.

          “It’s strange to watch people try to outdo each other talking about how bad things are,” Obama said. “But remember, these are the same folks that would’ve let this industry go under.”

          “These are some of the same folks who back in Washington called our plan to save the auto industry ‘the road to socialism;’ said it was going to be a ‘disaster;’ said ‘they’ll run it into the ground,'” he continued. “When I hear, today, some of these folks running for President, who can’t bring themselves to admit what you guys have accomplished, I don’t want you to take that seriously. Because when you ignore the progress we’ve made, then you’re not going to make good choices about where we need to go in the future.”

          Earlier Wednesday Obama visited the North American International Auto Show where he was seen sitting in the driver seat of an orange Chevrolet Bolt EV.

          Flint water crisis

          While Obama didn’t visit Flint while in Detroit, he met with Mayor Karen Weaver at the White House Tuesday to discuss the water crisis.

          In a description of the meeting, the White House said Obama “heard firsthand how the residents of Flint are dealing with the ongoing public health crisis, and the challenges that still exist for the city, its residents, and the business community.”

          Flint, the birthplace of General Motors that once employed 80,000 autoworkers, but which now faces widespread poverty after auto jobs largely left the city, has been reeling from the discovery that its water contains dangerously high levels of lead.

          The revelation has led to political fallout. Focus has honed in on Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who opponents claim took too long to respond when tests indicated high levels of lead in Flint’s drinking water. But Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency has also come under scrutiny for not taking action quickly enough.

          The issues have hit the presidential campaign to replace Obama, with the Democratic primary front-runner Hillary Clinton slamming Snyder and receiving Weaver’s endorsement. Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders has called for the governor’s resignation.

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          Kim Kardashian gratifies with Trump to discuss prison reform

          Washington( CNN) Kim Kardashian West met with President Donald Trump and other officials, including senior adviser Jared Kushner, at the White House on Wednesday to discuss prison reform.

          Kardashian West, who wore a black suit with bright yellow stilettos, was spotted leaving the White House with a small entourage about an hour after she arrived.

          She departed in a black Chevrolet SUV parked inside White House grounds, a surprising level of access and courtesy. VIP guests of the White House usually are required to walk through a gate to board their vehicles. Though she did not roll down her windows to greet a gaggle of cameras awaiting her deviation, an aide in the front seat was assured recording the reporters on a phone.

          Military sharply warns Congress against punting on spending

          Washington (CNN)The Navy will cancel ship deployments and shut down carrier air wings. The Air Force will ground all non-deploying squadrons in the US. Blue Angel shows will be scrapped, and Fleet Weeks cut. Thousands of bonuses for troops will go unpaid.

          Those are just some consequences the military servicesare warning Congress about if the legislaturedoesn’t passa comprehensive spending plan for the rest of this year, according tomilitarydocuments sent to Capitol Hill and obtained by CNN. The warnings underscore major concerns that Congress may punt on the politically dicey budget process by simply approving afull-year continuing resolutionkeepingthe budget at its current levelsinstead.

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          The Pentagon has long warned that military readiness has been cut to the bone by years of constrained budgets, and the latest predictions spell out a stark loss of capabilities. But the looming showdown on Capitol Hill over spending between Democrats, Republicans and the Trump administration may be too politically fraught to stave off the damage that the militarywarns is coming.
            The services hope their point is blunt enough to get Congress to listen.Congressional advocatesfor higher defense spending plan to point to the lengthy list of potential canceled trainings, maintenance and deployments to pressure lawmakers to cut a deal on spending before the April 28 deadline,after which thegovernmentwouldshut downfor lack of approved spending.
            Striking acomprehensive budgetdealthat cansecure enough votes inboth the House and Senatewill be a difficultpoliticaltask, however.
            House and Senate appropriations leaders working on an agreementmustnavigate the tricky politics of everything from Planned Parenthood funding to the border wall, and there’s not much time, with lessthan a month before the funding deadline and a two-week congressional recess on the horizon.
            The politically easier continuing resolution, however, wouldresult in less spending than the militaryhas requestedin its budget, as well asincluderestrictions on starting new programs under the rules of the CR.
            But themilitary and its allies are determined to keep that from happening.
            Republican Sen. John McCainof Arizonathreatened Wednesdaythat he wouldvoteto shut down the governmentbefore he would vote for a continuing resolution.
            “If that’s the only option,I will not vote for a CR no matter what the consequences, because passing a CR destroys the ability of the military to defend this nation, and it puts the lives of the men and women in the military at risk,” McCain said. “I can’t do that to them.”

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            Democrats on the defense committees also agree the military should not be stuck with a continuing resolution.
            But the military’s warnings about readiness could get overshadowed by larger fights over issues like abortion, as well as the deep cuts to domestic programs the Trump administration has proposed to pay for higher defense spending in next year’s budget anda$30 billion supplementalspending boost requested earlier this month.
            “There is a sense of urgency over the question of readiness, and we want to help them,” Illinois Democrat Sen. Dick Durbinsaid of the preparedness of the military. “Unfortunately, the President’s approach to helping them is to cut medical research to pay for it. That’s very short-sighted.”
            The House Armed Services Committee has scheduled a high-profile hearing next week with the full slate of military service chiefs to explain to the public — and other lawmakers — what the impact would beif Congresspasses a full-year continuing resolution.
            “They need to know what the consequences are,” House Armed Services Chairman Texas Rep. Mac Thornberry told CNN.
            The memos, first reported byCongressional Quarterly,highlight the problems the military brass will detail, with stark warnings that a continuing resolution would exacerbate the military’s readinessproblems.
            Among the impacts:
            The Army states in its memo sent to Capitol Hill that most units in Army Forces Command would stop training in July, which means brigade combat teams,a grouping of about 3,500 soldiers,deploying to Korea and Europe would cease training while in the US.
            The Navy warns that it would cancel threewarshipdeployments, creating gaps inEurope and the Middle East,and it would shut downfour of the nine groups of aircraft on Navy carriers that aren’t deployed.
            The Marine Corps said that North American flight operations would be stopped for 24 squadrons, which would “significantly worsen” Marine aviation readiness, and precision and trainingammunitionswould bereduced.

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            And the Air Force said it would ground all non-deploying squadrons starting in May, as well as reduce flying hours that would lead to “a drastic reduction in readiness capabilities in order to continue operations through the end of fiscal year.”
            But if recent history is any guide,the military’s detailed memos may not be able to sway Congress.
            Military leaders issued similar doomsday warnings about sequestration that failed to stop the across-the-board cuts in 2013, with the military stuck in the middle of a larger fight on taxes and entitlements. The budget caps from sequestration are still on the books.
            “The readiness challenges are a less potent argument than they have been in the past, and the politics of budgets are poisonous all around,” said Mackenzie Eaglen, a defense analyst at the American Enterprise Institute. “So if there’s ever was going to be a year-long CR for defense in recent memory, this would be the year.”

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            Who’s who in the Trump White House

            Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump, a man who ran his private company — beholden to no one outside his family — with a healthy dose of chaos, has brought that same management style to the White House. It’s an approach that’s led to widespread palace intrigue and near constant backbiting by people who sit mere feet from each other in the West Wing.

            Power centers at the White House are now shifting daily, a fact that not only affects the effectiveness of Trump’s presidency, but the ability for Republicans to actually make good on the promises they made for years on the campaign trail. To date, the results have been minimal.
            Here are is a list of the competing factions inside the Trump White House:

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              The family

              Jared Kushner
              Trump’s son-in-law appears to be the Secretary of Everthing. The President, according to a number of reports, has put him in charge of negotiating peace in the Middle East, dealing with the opioid epidemic, diplomacy with Mexico and China and reforming the criminal justice system. And that rising profile for the 36-year-old with limited experience has irked some closer to Trump, especially White House chief strategist Steve Bannon. A White House official told CNN Thursday that tensions between Bannon and Kushner are rising and that the senior adviser to the President helped orchestrate Bannon’s departure from the National Security Council.
              Ivanka Trump
              Donald Trump’s daughter became her father’s latest hire as a top aide last week, when she officially became an unpaid government employee. The first daughter is obviously close with Kushner, her husband, and is portrayed as a moderating force inside the West Wing, with a focus on issues such as women’s health, equal pay and affordable child care. Ivanka Trump’s influence can be felt outside those realms, too, though: Her top aide, Dina Powell, is now a deputy at the National Security Council.

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              The lifers

              Hope Hicks
              Plenty of political operatives quietly snickered when Hope Hicks, who previously worked with Ivanka Trump’s fashion line, was named the real estate mogul’s campaign press secretary despite her lack of political experience. But Hicks survived countless shake-ups during the Trump campaign, and is now director of strategic communications. Most importantly, she is someone who has Trump’s trust and regularly communicates directly with people on the President’s behalf. In the White House, Hicks is considered a Trump confidante.
              Dan Scavino
              Scavino, a former caddie at one of Trump’s golf courses, holds the keys to the castle: Trump’s Twitter. As White House director of social media, Scavino helps Trump hone his reach on the social media platform that helped the reality TV star command media attention throughout the 2016 campaign. But Scavino’s own reach is limited at the White House: Sources with knowledge tell CNN that the aide doesn’t actually have control of @realDonaldTrump, the President’s personal Twitter account and the venue for many of his most blunt screeds. Scavino, however, told CNN those sources are “all wrong.” His own use of Twitter has also been a headache for the White House — ethics experts said Scavino ran afoul of federal law when he urged Republicans to beat Rep. Justin Amash in a primary.
              Keith Schiller
              Donald Trump values loyalty, and no White House staffer outside the President’s own family has demonstrated their allegiance to Trump longer than Schiller, the former New York Police Department detective who has been by Trump’s side for almost two decades. Schiller, who joined Trump’s team as a personal bodyguard in the 1990s, is now the President’s director of Oval Office operations. But the title belies the power. Schiller plays more of a body-man role to Trump and is regularly in the room when the President is making decisions, a powerful position given Trump’s tendency to ask anyone and everyone in the room for their thoughts.

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              The outsiders

              Steve Bannon
              Bannon, the outspoken former head of Breitbart News, vaulted to power inside the Trump campaign in the dog days of summer, when Trump’s chances looked bleak. He helped turn around the campaign and, in turn, was rewarded with the title chief White House strategist and, in an eye-raising move, was given a permanent seat on the National Security Council.
              Bannon’s worldview is self-described as “economic nationalism” and he’s hoping Trump will aid in the “deconstruction the administrative state.” That outsider approach has clashed with the likes of Kushner. But Bannon’s standing inside the White House could be changing. He was demoted from the national security panel on Wednesday, a sign that his world view could be falling inside the West Wing.
              Stephen Miller
              Miller, the 31-year-old former congressional aide with a sharp tongue and history of rankling moderate Republicans, was seen as a power center when Trump stepped into the White House in January. But after the bungled roll out of Trump’s first attempt at a travel ban — which Miller headed up — the policy aide’s wings have been clipped. Trump heralded Miller’s appearances on television in February, but the aide has been little seen since then.
              Julia Hahn
              Hahn, now a special assistant to the President, formerly covered immigration issues for Breitbart News. From an aggressively anti-immigration lens, Hahn hammered House Republicans, namely Speaker Paul Ryan, for what she argued was a soft stance on immigration. A headline Hahn once wrote: “Paul Ryan Betrays America.” The former journalist is closely tied with Bannon and the more nationalist wing of Trump’s White House.

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              The insiders

              Reince Priebus
              There was a time when Priebus, as chair of the Republican National Committee, urged Trump to get out of the race. Then Trump won and Priebus was named White House chief of staff — the high point in his 2016 rollercoaster ride. Before even stepping into the White House, Priebus was the subject of rampant speculation about his standing. And the rumors haven’t stopped. His tenuous standing was made clear when Katie Walsh, a colleague of Priebus at the RNC and his deputy at the White House, departed the West Wing a week ago. “It was a shot across the bow to Reince — to strip him of his protector and top aide,” a Republican close to Priebus said.
              Sean Spicer
              Spicer’s daily press briefings have become appointment viewing for Democrats and Republicans alike in Washington. But the press secretary’s public facing role has also opened him up to rampant criticism and wanton speculation about his hold on the job. Spicer’s standing has somewhat stabilized in recent weeks, after Mike Dubke was hired as White House communications director, a role Spicer was filling in addition to press secretary for the first few weeks of the Trump administration. Spicer, who was formerly a senior strategist at the Republican National Committee, is closely aligned with Priebus, who headed the committee. Staffers who have long been with Trump — including during the campaign — are somewhat skeptical of Spicer because of comments he made that knocked comments Trump made during 2016.
              Don McGahn
              McGahn, Trump’s White House counsel, may have the most difficult job in an administration surrounded by ethics questions. The former campaign finance lawyer and general counsel with Trump’s campaign now regularly finds himself at the center of a series of political firestorms and that isn’t likely to stop, given Trump’s extensive business holdings, constant ethics questions and tendency to address hot button issues at all hours via Twitter.
              Kellyanne Conway
              No one’s tenure at the White House has been more of a rollercoaster then Kellyanne Conway, the former Republican operative who helped turn Trump’s campaign around when she took the helm in August. Conway was once Trump’s most ever-present aide, who regularly appeared on TV for the White House. But after a few high profile gaffes and misstatements, Conway’s power — and public standing — has fallen, with some White House aides openly wondering what she is doing regularly. Conway is said to be eying the White House podium by possibly ending out Sean Spicer, who currently holds the press secretary job.
              Sarah Huckabee Sanders
              Sanders, an Arkansas native and the daughter of the state’s former Gov. Mike Huckabee, worked for Trump during the campaign and now serves as the deputy White House press secretary. The folksy spokesperson has experienced a profile bump in the first weeks of the Trump administration, where she has gone on television somewhat regularly to push the administration’s views. Sanders is seen as a rising star in the White House.

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              Gary Cohn
              Cohn, the former CEO of Goldman Sachs, is Trump’s top economic adviser and the head of his the effort to make tax reform a reality. The more hard-line members of Trump’s inner circle view Cohn skeptically, arguing that he is not entirely loyal to Trump and favors globalism over nationalism. Bannon has reportedly taken to calling Cohn “Globalist Gary.” Cohn is closely aligned with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.
              Dina Powell
              Powell, a former Goldman Sachs executive who was brought to the White House to advise Ivanka Trump, moved to the National Security Council in March, yet another sign that Trump’s council will play a coordinating role between the arms of the federal government. In that hierarchy, Powell will be one of the primary interlocutors. But her role at the National Security Council doesn’t convey the breadth of her influence. Powell is incredibly close with Ivanka Trump and Kushner, and it seen internally as a rising star in the administration. Powell, who was deputy national security adviser for strategic communications under George W. Bush, also knows how Washington works, not an unimportant fact in a West Wing full of federal newbies.

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              H.R. McMaster
              McMaster wasn’t Trump’s first pick to lead the National Security Council. But after being tapped to lead the agency in February after Michael Flynn resigned due to undisclosed contacts with Russian operatives, McMaster has begun to become a power center unto himself. The former Army lieutenant general has begun to remake the national security body into a more traditional structure, with advisers saying McMaster will play a similar role to Brent Snowcroft, the former national security adviser to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush who was more private than former advisers. One of the first moves to do that: McMaster helped orchestrate Bannon’s removal from the powerful body.
              Marc Short
              Trump has encountered a host of problems on Capitol Hill, all of which eventually falls on Short, his director of legislative affairs with deep ties to conservative politics. The legislative director is a key tie between Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, whom Short worked for when he served in House leadership. Short’s role is key for Trump, whose sometimes brash style has rubbed lawmakers the wrong way. It is Short who will be tasked with helping usher legislative through Congress, especially when it needs to be made palatable for conservative Republicans.
              Bill Stepien
              Stepien is the key vestige inside the Trump White House linked to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a close Trump confidante. In a saga Shakespeare would marvel at, Christie was axed from the Trump transition team in November as part of a power struggle orchestrated by Kushner, whose father was prosecuted by Christie in 2004 for tax evasion, witness tampering and illegal campaign contributions. Stepien, now the White House political director, formerly managed both of Christie’s successful gubernatorial campaigns. Christie himself has started to move back into Trump’s orbit: He was named to a council tackling the opioid epidemic in March.

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