Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is a World Journalism Institute graduate. Follow Rachel on Twitter @Rachel_Lynn_A.

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Florida evacuees return to damaged—or no—homes

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 10/18/18, 12:08 pm

Evacuated residents of Mexico Beach, Fla., are returning to pick through the remnants of their homes after Hurricane Michael, searching for any piece of their lives the storm didn’t destroy. In many cases, it’s not much. Nancy and Taylor Register returned Wednesday to find the camper they had lived in completely gone, with only a small stool, a hose, and one memento from a friend left behind. Nancy Register wept over the loss of an old, black-and-white photo of her mother, who died of cancer. Similar scenes played out throughout the devastated community.

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Treasury Department employee charged in leaks

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 10/18/18, 11:11 am

A Treasury Department employee appeared in court Wednesday after being charged with leaking confidential banking reports related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards, a senior adviser for the department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), left federal court in Virginia after posting a $100,000 bond.

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White House counsel Don McGahn steps down

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 10/18/18, 10:53 am

Wednesday was Don McGahn’s last day as White House counsel, numerous White House sources confirmed. McGahn was a top election lawyer and served as general counsel for President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. He was a major player in the president’s judiciary nominations, including the selections of Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, and was also a point of contact for special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

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