Jul 18, 2017

Jon Huntsman to be next Russia ambassador

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President Trump has picked Jon Hunstman, the former Republican presidential candidate who served as Barack Obama's ambassador to China, to represent him in Moscow.

  • The White House said Huntsman, who was also a two term governor of Utah, had "a distinguished career as a politician, diplomat and businessman."
  • Huntsman will be tasked with steering U.S.-Russia relations at a time when Russia-related controversies and intrigues seem to pop up almost daily, and it will be interesting to see how much Trump and Rex Tillerson bring him into the fold when dealing with Vladimir Putin's government.
  • Flashback to 2012, Trump tweets: "Jon Huntsman called to see me. I said no, he gave away our country to China!"

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What to watch in tonight's Democratic debate

Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally in Colorado. Photo: Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Bernie Sanders is now the clear front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, and his opponents are ready to try to knock him down at tonight's debate in Charleston, South Carolina β€” especially Michael Bloomberg, who was the punching bag at the Las Vegas debate.

Why it matters: This is the last debate before Super Tuesday, when Sanders is expected to win California and Texas and could secure an insurmountable lead for the Democratic nomination. That's a direct threat to the entire field, but especially to Bloomberg, who skipped the early states to focus on the March 3 contests.

Bob Iger to step down as CEO of Disney

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The Walt Disney Company said Tuesday that it had named longtime Disney executive Bob Chapek as CEO Bob Iger's successor, effectively immediately. Iger will remain executive chairman of the company through 2021.

Why it matters: Iger is credited with having successfully turned around Disney’s animation and studio businesses and with the strategic acquisition of Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm and 21st Century Fox. Most recently, he was the person behind Disney's successful launch of its Netflix rival Disney+.

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