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By The Associated Press | Updated - Feb 19th, 2019 @ 9:41pm | Posted - Feb 18th, 2019 @ 10:40pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he intends to nominate Jeffrey Rosen to be the next deputy attorney general. Rosen is currently the deputy transportation secretary and oversees the department's day-to-day operations. He also served as general counsel and a senior policy adviser at the White House Office of Management and Budget from 2006 to 2009. Rosen previously worked as a senior partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP – the same law firm as the new attorney general, William Barr.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — The federal government is acknowledging it shares its terrorist watchlist with more than 1,400 private entities, including hospitals and universities. The admission is prompting concerns from civil liberties groups that those placed on the list by mistake could face a wide variety of hassles in their daily lives. The government's admission comes in a court case challenging the list's constitutionality. It follows years of insistence that the list is generally not shared with the private sector.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom says the Trump administration is engaging in "political retribution" by trying to take back $3.5 billion granted for the state's high-speed rail project. The Democratic governor says President Donald Trump is reacting to California suing over Trump's emergency declaration to pay for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

CHICAGO (AP) — A California misdemeanor complaint against Jussie Smollett shows the actor was accused of identifying himself as his younger brother in 2007 when a Los Angeles police officer pulled him over on suspicion of driving under the influence. The misdemeanor complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court in September 2007 says that Smollett gave the name of his brother, Jake Smollett, when he was asked by an officer.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee has opened an investigation into claims by several whistleblowers who say they witnessed "abnormal acts" in the Trump White House regarding a proposal to build dozens of nuclear reactors across Saudi Arabia. A congressional report says senior White House officials pushed a project to share nuclear power technology with Saudi Arabia despite the objections of ethics and national security officials.

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