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WaPo: Trump said he would save jobs at Carrier. The layoffs start July 20.

WaPo: Trump said he would save jobs at Carrier. The layoffs start July 20.

Carrier, the company President Trump pledged to keep on American soil, informed the state of Indiana this week that it will soon begin cutting 632 workers from an Indianapolis factory. The manufacturing jobs will move to Monterrey, Mexico, where the minimum wage is $3.90.

Read more at The Washington Post: Analysis | Trump said he would save jobs at Carrier. The layoffs start July 20.

That was never supposed to happen, according to Trump’s campaign promises. He told Indiana residents at a rally last year there was a “100 percent chance” he would save the jobs at the heating and air-conditioning manufacturer.

About 1,400 positions were on the chopping block, per company estimates. Over the past year, Trump has claimed he could maintain at least 1,100 of those jobs in the United States. But on Monday, the company gave official notice to Indiana officials that it would start laying off workers at the factory on July 20 and keep slashing staff until approximately 800 factory employees remain.

Read more at The Washington Post: Analysis | Trump said he would save jobs at Carrier. The layoffs start July 20.

WaPo: Deputy attorney general appoints special counsel to oversee probe of Russian interference in election

WaPo: Deputy attorney general appoints special counsel to oversee probe of Russian interference in election

Former FBI director Robert Mueller will over see the FBI probe, including any coordination between Trump associates and Russians.

The Justice Department appointed a special counsel Wednesday to investigate possible coordination between President Trump’s associates and Russian officials — a clear signal to the White House that federal investigators will aggressively pursue the matter despite the president’s insistence that there was no “collusion’’ with the Kremlin.

Robert S. Mueller III, a former prosecutor who served as the FBI director from 2001 to 2013, has agreed to take over the investigation as a special counsel, Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein announced. The move marks a concession by the Trump administration to Democratic demands for the investigation to be run independently of the Justice Department. Calls for a special counsel intensified after Trump fired FBI Director James B. Comey last week.

Read more at The Washington Post: Deputy attorney general appoints special counsel to oversee probe of Russian interference in election

‘I would be your president’: Clinton blames Russia, FBI chief for 2016 election loss

‘I would be your president’: Clinton blames Russia, FBI chief for 2016 election loss

The former Democratic nominee said she is now ‘part of the resistance’ to President Trump.

Clinton stated broadly that she takes “absolute personal responsibility” for her failure to win the White House. Yet the Democratic nominee declined to fault her strategy or message, nor did she acknowledge her own weak­nesses as a campaigner or the struggles by her and her advisers to at first comprehend and then respond to the angry mood of broad swaths of the electorate.

Instead, Clinton attributed her defeat to a range of external ­forces, including saying she was a victim of misogyny and of “false equivalency” in the news media.

Read more at The Washington Post: ‘I would be your president’: Clinton blames Russia, FBI chief for 2016 election loss

Clinton: ‘I was on the way to winning’ until Comey, Russia intervened

Clinton: ‘I was on the way to winning’ until Comey, Russia intervened

‘I take absolute personal responsibility,’ Clinton said, though she made no mention of any specific flaws in her campaign.

“If he wants to tweet about me, I’m happy to be the, you know, the diversion, because we’ve got lots of other things to worry about,” Clinton said. “And he should worry less about the election and my winning the popular vote than doing some other things that would be important to the country.”

And, she said, she’s not going away: “I’m now back to being an activist citizen and part of the resistance.”

Read more at Politico: Clinton: ‘I was on the way to winning’ until Comey, Russia intervened