Kyle Ziemnick

Kyle is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute.

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Shanahan drops bid for defense secretary

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 6/18/19, 04:42 pm

WASHINGTON—Patrick Shanahan, the acting secretary of defense since Jan. 1, announced Tuesday his withdrawal as a possible nominee for the permanent position. He cited a “painful” family situation as the main reason for his move. Various news outlets recently reported past accusations of domestic violence between members of his family. President Donald Trump tapped Shanahan to succeed former Defense Secretary James Mattis but had not officially submitted the nomination to the Senate.

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Supreme Court rules on gerrymandering, double jeopardy

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 6/18/19, 11:27 am

WASHINGTON—Two U.S. Supreme Court decisions released Monday split the justices along strange lines in cases about an exception to the double jeopardy clause in the U.S. Constitution and gerrymandering of legislative districts in Virginia.

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Facebook announces new cryptocurrency

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 6/18/19, 10:55 am

Facebook unveiled plans on Tuesday for its own new bitcoin-like cryptocurrency called Libra. Companies such as Lyft, MasterCard, Spotify, Uber, Visa, and others are joining the social media giant in the Libra Association, a Swiss-based council that will give each company one vote in the administration of the currency, Facebook explained in a white paper. Each of those companies would almost certainly accept the new currency after its release.

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