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Gen. James Mattis, Gen. John Kelly confirmed for Trump Cabinet spots

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As President Trump’s limousine drove the Washington, D.C. parade route on Friday, the Senate was busy at work stocking Trump’s Cabinet – though not fully.

Gen. James Mattis was confirmed as Secretary of Defense and Gen. John Kelly was confirmed as Secretary of Homeland Security in a pair of Friday evening votes.

Mattis was approved by a vote of 98-1. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., was the lone vote against. Kelly was approved 88-11. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., did not vote on either Kelly or Mattis. Sessions has been nominated to be Attorney General.

Trump signed the commissions for Mattis and Kelly later Friday. Vice President Mike Pence swore in both Generals.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., also tried to begin debate on Rep. Mike Pompeo’s nomination as CIA Director following the Mattis and Kelly votes, but Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., objected. Instead, the Senate was set to begin the Pompeo debate on Monday.

“I am pleased by the confirmation votes of Generals Mattis and Kelly,” Trump said in a statement. “These uniquely qualified leaders will immediately begin the important work of rebuilding our military, defending our nation and securing our borders. I am proud to have these two American heroes join my administration.

“I call on members of the Senate to fulfill their constitutional obligation and swiftly confirm the remainder of my highly qualified cabinet nominees, so that we can get to work on behalf of the American people without further delay.”

Noting the Senate approved seven of former President Obama’s Cabinet nominees on the first day of his administration in 2009, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., chastised Democrats for refusing to consider confirmation of more of Trump’s nominees. McCain said the only difference between 2009 and 2017 is that now “we’ve got a world on fire,” citing Syrian refugees and Russia’s aggressive actions.

“We need a new Director of the CIA more than ever,” McCain said.

Wyden, however, countered that the Senate would not be Trump’s “rubber stamp.”

Trump earlier Friday signed into law a waiver allowing Mattis to serve as Defense Secretary. The bill passed by Congress last week granted Mattis a one-time exception from federal law barring former U.S. service members who have been out of uniform for less than seven years from holding the top Pentagon job. The restriction is meant to preserve civilian control of the military. Mattis, 66, retired from the Marine Corps in 2013 after a 41-year career in uniform.

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During that same signing ceremony, Trump joked with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer about Pompeo’s confirmation.

“Mike Pompeo. Great. They tell me he’s going to be approved momentarily, but you never know with this place,” Trump said.

Schumer retorted: “Depends how you define momentarily — soon.”

There was little debate about the confirmation of Kelly, who is widely respected by Democrats and Republicans alike. As the former head of the military’s Southern Command, based in South Florida, he routinely worked with the Department of Homeland Security to combat human trafficking and drug smuggling.

Kelly joined the Marine Corps in 1970 and served three tours in Iraq. He was also the highest-ranking officer to lose a child in combat in Iraq or Afghanistan. His son, Marine 1st Lt. Robert Kelly, was killed in November 2010 in Afghanistan.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Solange Soothes D.C. With Soulful Set At Peace Ball Celebration + LGBTQ Activists Get LITTY Outside Of VP-Elect Mike Pence’s Home

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Famous US extradition cases

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The extradition of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to the United States is the latest among famous US extradition cases. Here is a look at several.

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Melania Trump channels Jackie Kennedy at inauguration

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Melania Trump made it very clear that she will be a fashion- forward First Lady, selecting a stunning baby blue dress and jacket for her husband Donald’s inauguration ceremony.

The public got their first glance at Melania’s perfectly-tailored look when she departed Blair House alongside her husband on their way to St. John’s Church on Friday morning, before she stood by his side as Trump took the oath of office. 

Melania, 46, later shed her jacket for lunch before putting it back on for the parade, beaming even as she walked for miles in her matching 5-inch heels.  

The new First Lady also accessorized her outfit with a clutch and elbow-length gloves that were all the same hue of blue.

Melania kept everything else simple, choosing to play up her natural beauty by sweeping her hair into a loose undo and wearing no jewelry other than a pair of massive diamond solitaire studs.

Her decision to wear a pale color and the silhouette she chose made it immediately clear that Melania was channeling Jacqueline Kennedy, who wore a similar tan outfit back in 1961 when John F. Kennedy was sworn into office.

And for the big day, Melania turned to one of Hillary Clinton’s favorite designers – Ralph Lauren.

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Flawless: Melania Trump selected a baby blue dress and jacket for her husband’s swearing in ceremony (above leaving mass on Friday morning)

Former Fist Lady: Melania’s decision to wear a pale blue and her choice of gloves made it immediately clear that she was channeling Jacqueline Kennedy (above being escorted to her seat ahead of the ceremony on Friday)

All eyes on her: Melania stood out from the rest of the Trump family, who is appears dressed in more muted tones so that Melania could shine 

New role: Melania’s Ralph Lauren look is just her first outfit of the day, with the new First lady set to reveal her gown for the ball later (above holding her husband’s childhood Bible for the swearing in)

Ecstatic: The back of Melania’s double-sided cashmere dress with jacket showcased how perfectly tailored the outfit was for her

Waterproof: Melania somehow managed to stay completely dry throughout the day despite the rainfall 

Looking after her guy: Melania adjust Barron’s tie ahead of his father’s swearing in on Friday

President Trump and his Wife Melania and the rest of the Trump family watch the Inaugaration Parade from the White House

Just right: Melania Trump fixes her hair as she watches the Inauguration Day parade 

Touch up: Glamorous Melania looked every inch the First Lady as she sat through the parade 

Inspired: The silhouette that Melania chose (left) was remarkably similar to the one worn by Jackie Kennedy at her husband’s 1961 inauguration (right)

Enter front and center: melania makes her way on to the main stage at the inauguration on Friday 

She pulled out a clear umbrella when rain started to fall during her husband’s speech

She greeted her husband with a kiss when he arrived just after she did

She also gave former First Lady Michelle Obama a peck on the cheek during the ceremony

Melania beamed on the dais – made extra radiant by her sizable diamond earrings 

The couple looked serious as they stood together before the parade began Friday afternoon

The couple walked side by side, with Barron out in front, during the inaugural parade 

Melania waved to the crowd as she and Trump made their way to the White House 

The new First Lady clearly got into the spirit of things as she grasped Trump’s hand and pointed at the crowd 

The couple seemed to have a blast as they walked through the street lined with supporters

Although the White House will be Michelle’s official resident as the First Lady, she does not plan to call 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue home  

Melania will stay behind in Trump Tower to take care of Barron while Trump works in DC 

The family said they do not want to disturb Barron’s schooling as the reasoning for not moving him to DC with his father 

But Melania will stay in DC tonight and dance with Trump to Frank Sinatra’s My Way at the inaugural ball 

After arriving at the official tribune, Melania sat alongside Trump and Ivanka to review the marching band during the inaugural parade 

Trump and Melania watched the parade behind bulletproof glass after walking the streets

Melania’s double-faced cashmere creation consists of a mock-turtleneck dress, over which she wore a short jacket with three-quarter length sleeves that featured a bold collar that clasped at the neck with a cutaway.

The outfit held well together throughout the day’s festivities, which began with a coffee and tea ceremony with the Obamas at the White House. 

Melania then headed to the Capitol to watch her husband be sworn in as the President of the United States. 

After they said their goodbyes to Obama and Michelle, the Trumps made their way to the President’s Room in the Senate.

It was there Trump signed his cabinet into law and gave Melania a quick kiss on the cheek. 

The two then toasted one another as they had a brief moment of rest at a luncheon before the inaugural parade kicked off.

Melania looked regal as she stood beside Trump, her windswept undo still intact as they walked through the streets of Washington DC toward the White House.

Although 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue will be her official residence as First Lady, Melania has already revealed she will be staying in New York with Barron.   

Melania could be spotted applying lipstick as the long day of events continued on Friday 

Changing it up: Melania removed her coat later in the day for the inaugural luncheon after her husband’s swearing-in ceremony (above)

Deep breath: Melania and Donald were finally given a few moments to relax at the luncheon

Smell the roses: She sat alongside Trump and Abigail Perlman, the wife of Senator Roy Blunt

A toast: Melania joined Pence and others as they raised a glass to their new president

Melania smiled at her husband as Trump reached for her during the toast 

The two shared a tender moment as they clinked their glasses together during the lunch

Catching up: Melania was quick to greet her husband’s political opponent Hillary Clinton with a handshake and a smile

Going strong: Despite starting her day just before 8am, Melania still looked perfect at mid-afternoon (above)

Crowded house: The old administration prepares to leave as the new administration prepares to take office

Final thoughts: Barack Obama, private citizen, speaks with President Donald Trump just before he departs for Palm Springs

Force of nature: Melania braves the wind alongside her husband Donald, Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence as they watch the Obamas leave DC

The foursome were then hit by a gust of wind as they posed to take a photograph 

Parting ways: The Trumps walked the Obamas to their waiting helicopter that would be taking them to the board a government plane 

And he is off: Former President Barack Obama waves farewell as he departs Washington DC on Friday

Changes: President Trump and the First Lady hold hands as they make their way to the inaugural luncheon 

Trump gave Melania a kiss on the cheek as he formally signed his cabinet nominations into law

Melania then left the President’s Room of the Senate to make her way to the luncheon 

The news that Melania had chosen a look from Ralph Lauren was revealed shortly after she was first seen in the outfit on Friday.

‘With the historic swearing-in of her husband, Donald J. Trump, as the 45th President of the United States, the First Lady -elect will become America’s new First Lady wearing an American designer who transformed American fashion,’ said Melania’s spokesperson in a statement.

The suede gloves Melania wore were also Ralph Lauren Collection. 

Melania previously wore Ralph Lauren on election night, choosing one of the designer’s pantsuits for her husband’s victory celebration in New York City.

The shade of blue was remarkably similar to Tiffany blue it was later revealed as Melania presented a gift from the jeweler to Michelle Obama when her and Donald met the outgoing president and his wife at the White House.

That gesture came as Tiffany and other retailers near Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue have complained that the increased security required for the new first family is negatively impacting their sales. 

Melania got some help from a US Marine as she arrived at the Capitol before the ceremony

Passing the torch: Michelle Obama and Melania pose together after meeting at the White House on Friday morning (above)

From the 44th to the 45th: Michelle let Melania shine by dressing in an understated crimson dress for the ceremony 

Bearing gifts: Melania was photographed exiting her vehicle at the White House with her gift for Michelle

Warm welcome: Both Obamas graciously greeted Melania and Donald when they arrived at the White House

Clash of colors: Melania’s blue was most certainly not a Tiffany blue it was revealed when she presented Michelle with a box from the jeweler (above)

Catching up: Melania and Michelle had a brief conversation while their husband s spoke

Helping hands: The Obamas escort Melania into the White House ahead of the inauguration ceremony 

Both the statuesque First Ladies wore stilettos to further accentuate their tall frames

There were multiple designers who said that they would not dress Melania once her husband became president.

Initially, most fashion houses did their best to not comment on the matter, with French designer Sophie Theallet the first to publicly state Melania would not be offered any of her wears.

‘As an independent fashion brand, we consider our voice an expression of our artistic and philosophical ideas,’ the company said in a letter back in November. 

‘The Sophie Theallet brand stands against all discrimination and prejudice.’

Soon after, Tom Ford found himself embroiled in the controversy due to comments he made on The View.

Not a hair out of place: Melania beamed for the cameras as she exited church on Friday morning (above)

Fits like a glove: The look was designed by Ralph Lauren and is double-faced cashmere mock-turtleneck dress that is being worn under a short jacket with a bold collar

Gloveing it: Melania matched every single part of her look perfectly, from the shoes to her gloves and clutch

Picture perfect: The 46-year-old made the decision to keep everything else simple, choosing to play up her natural beauty by sweeping her hair into a loose chignon

Announcement: The news that Melania had chosen a look from Ralph Lauren was revealed shortly after she was first seen in the outfit on Friday

‘We’ve got a new first lady, Melania Trump, and she’s quite beautiful, and she’s thin, she’s gonna look great in [your] clothes, no?’ host Joy Behar asked Ford at the top of the interview, clearly hoping to learn if Ford would consider working with the former model or had a strict ban.

A hesitant looking Ford paused for a moment before responding to the question, saying: ‘I don’t know. I was asked to dress her quite a few years ago and I declined.’

He then explained his reason for passing on the offer by stating: ‘Well, she’s not necessarily my image.’

Ford, 55, then told Behar and the other hosts that he would also not be dressing Melania while she was in the White House, saying his clothes are ‘too expensive’ for a first lady to wear because they have to ‘relate to everybody.’

Day to night: Melania wore a black coatdress on Thursday afternoon (left) before changing into a figure-hugging gown by Reem Acra (right)

Former first lady’s first walk: Michelle Obama wore a bold lace dress and coat from American designer Isabel Toledo back in 2009 at her husband’s first inauguration (above) 

Politicians on parade: For Bill Clinton’s first inaugural parade back in 1993, Hillary wore a round blue hat with the turned-up brim and checked skirt suit

Politicians on parade: For Bill Clinton’s first inaugural parade back in 1993, Hillary wore a round blue hat with the turned-up brim and checked skirt suit

Hollywood in DC: Nancy Reagan opted to wear a red dress and coat with matching hat by Bill Blass in 1981

Ford’s designer wears were not ‘too expensive’ for Michelle Obama though, who Ford outfitted in a custom-made ivory evening gown back in 2011 for a dinner with the royal family at Buckingham Palace. Ford even threw in a pair of gloves to round out the look.

In the wake of Ford’s comments, Trump said that his good friend Steve Wynn had stopped carrying Tom Ford products at his Las Vegas resort.

Trump told Ainsley Earhardt on Fox & Friends that Melania never asked Tom Ford to dress her.

‘Never asked Tom Ford, doesn’t like Tom Ford, doesn’t like his designs,’ said Trump.

Flawless: Melania Trump selected a baby blue dress and jacket for her husband’s swearing in ceremony

No problem: There were multiple designers who had said they would not dress melania

Former Fist Lady: Melania’s decision to wear a pale blue and her choice of gloves made it immediately clear that she was channeling Jacqueline Kennedy

Center of attention: All eyes were on Melania as she and Donald entered St. John’s Church on Friday morning

First lady favorite: Hillary Clinton is also a big fan of Ralph Lauren, and frequently wore his pantsuits on the campaign trail

Big day: There has been much speculation since Trump was elected back in November regarding what designer Melania would wear to the inauguration 

Strutting her stuff: Melania also chose Ralph Lauren on election night, wearing one of his pantsuits when her husband was elected president 

Trump then went on to say: ‘Tom Ford is an example. “I will not dress the First Lady.” He was never asked to dress – and Steve Wynn just called me and he said he thought it was so terrible what Tom Ford said, that he threw his clothing out of his Las Vegas hotel.

That was later confirmed by a spokesperson for Wynn Las Vegas, who told DailyMail.com in statement: ‘Wynn Las Vegas confirms it removed the Tom Ford line of cosmetics and sunglasses from the resort this past weekend.’  

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El Chapo could be transferred to this Brooklyn prison

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The incessant shouts carry through air vents and heavy metal doors. It’s how the segregated prisoners commiserate about life behind bars. They pound the walls until their fists are bloody. They clog toilets and flood their cells, urine and feces pouring into the corridors.

Such is life in the most restricted units of the nine-story Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn.

It’s also the largest federal detention center, with inmates deemed “extremely dangerous, violent, or escape-prone,” according to the US Justice Department.

Guzman was picked up by members of the US Drug Enforcement Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and US Marshals. He was flown Thursday evening to New York.

A master of escape, “El Chapo” pleaded not guilty to 17 drug-related charges Friday in a federal court in Brooklyn, where he is to stand trial at a later date.

“As you looked into his eyes you can see the surprise, you can see the shock, and to a certain extent you can actually see the fear as the realization started to kick in that he’s about to face American justice,” Angel Melendez, special agent in charge for Homeland Security Investigations, New York, said after Guzman arrived in the city.

Melendez added that “no tunnel will be built leading to his bathroom, a reference to Guzman’s most recent escape from a Mexican prison.

Court documents as well as interviews with former federal prison officials, penal experts and others shed light on the conditions he could expect across the shallow waters of the Rio Grande.

Once those metal doors close, ‘it’s pretty much over’

Life in America will be starkly different from Guzman’s time at the maximum security Puente Grande prison near Guadalajara, Mexico, where he lived in relative luxury until he decided to break out in 2001 — by some accounts, in a laundry cart.
Nor will it resemble his days at the Supermax-like Altiplano prison near Mexico City, where he slipped out through an elaborate underground tunnel and rode a motorcycle to freedom.

“He’s definitely not going to be digging any tunnels in Brooklyn,” former MDC prisoner Esteban Gonzalez told CNN in August. “I can tell you that. Once those metal doors close behind him, it’s pretty much over.”

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Guzman’s alleged bribes once assured him country club-style confinement back home.

But life will be different in Brooklyn, where Guzman and other cartel leaders were indicted in 2009 on charges of conspiring to import more than 264,000 pounds of cocaine into the United States between 1990 and 2005, according to the US Justice Department.

The indictment also accuses the alleged traffickers of sharing transportation routes and obtaining drugs from various Colombian cartels.

In addition, Guzman faces charges in Arizona, California, Texas, Illinois, Florida and New Hampshire.

“El Chapo’s basically going to be locked down … in his cell 23 hours a day,” Robert Hood, a former Federal Bureau of Prisons warden, said in an interview.

A criminal world who’s who

At MDC, the architect of the largest illegal narcotics operation in the world will be one of about 1,800 prisoners slogging through the federal court system.

Upon arrival, the diminutive crime boss — whose nickname is “Shorty” — will receive a number that will identify him during his time in US government custody.

The lockup houses New York’s most violent federal prisoners, including mob bosses, drug traffickers and terrorists.

In fact, former prisoner Gonzalez name drops underworld figures like celebrity sightings.

They included Ramzi Yousef, who plotted the 1993 bombing at the World Trade Center; Bonanno boss Joseph Massino; reputed former Gambino mobster John “Junior” Gotti and uncle Peter Gotti; the late Genovese crime boss Vincent “The Chin” Gigante; and mafia turncoat “Sammy the Bull” Gravano.
A journalist walks along a tunnel through which Guzman tried to escape.

“You look through the narrow pane of glass on cell door and see who’s coming and going,” Gonzalez said. “You can tell who they are from the newspapers or the guards call out their names.”

Inmates like Guzman are typically held in special housing units, where they are separated from the general population. The units are for inmates who are disruptive, pose a security risk or need protection as witnesses, according to the justice department.

Power and notoriety can be commodities in prison

It will be critical to keep Guzman isolated, according to Hood.

The worst of the worst are confined in administrative maximum special housing, which have stricter restraint policies, hand-held cameras to record detainee movements and cell cameras. The so-called admax units were created in New York after a former aide to the late Osama bin Laden in 2000 stabbed a federal corrections officer in the eye with a comb sharpened into a shank.
Guzman is escorted into a helicopter following his recapture in 2016.

“He’s going to be different than the terrorists and typical spies and gang leaders only because he does have the charisma,” Hood said. “He does have the money connections in the United States. You want to cut the head off the snake quickly and separate him.”

Power and notoriety can be commodities behind bars.

“El Chapo is definitely going to have respect,” said Gonzalez, who did 18.5 years in the federal system for firearms possession and a prison assault.

“People are not going to want to mess with him because they know he has connections and the means to get some things done. He can pay other prisoners to get violent on somebody,” he added.

Still, Guzman, whose net worth was once estimated at $1 billion by Forbes magazine, doesn’t have to resort to violence.

“He will also try to persuade you by making you rich,” said Jim Dinkins, retired head of investigations for the US Department of Homeland Security.

‘El Chapo is next door’

Life in isolation can be maddening.

Prisoners interminably wail, scream and pound the walls, according to Gonzalez, who spent nearly three years in special housing at MDC and another federal facility in Manhattan.

They spread feces, other human waste and body fluids throughout their cells or hurl it at officers. They mutilate their bodies with razors or writing utensils.

“Some inmates are so miserable that when they hear El Chapo is next door, they’ll start screaming and banging on the wall to harass him because he’s famous,” Gonzalez said.

“They taunt and scream at you. They’re stressed out. They’ll start an argument just to have a conversation. Nobody talks to them. They say disrespectful things about your mother.”

The 7-by-12-foot cells have bunk beds with meager mattresses, a toilet and sink, a shower and a small metal seating area.

“It will be very, very lonely for El Chapo,” said Arnett Gaston, former commanding officer of New York’s Rikers Island jail complex and a consultant to the federal prisons bureau. “He won’t have cellmates to talk to.”

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An hour of recreation a day takes place on a rooftop area enclosed by a chain link fence on all sides and overhead.

“That’s where you get your fresh air, and the sunlight comes in,” Gonzalez said. “You can’t see sky from your cell.”

Breakfast is served at 6 a.m., lunch at 11 a.m., and dinner after the 4 p.m. inmate count, according to the MDC’s admission and orientation manual.

“The stuff being sent to special housing basically is the last of what they cooked that day,” Gonzalez said. “If the general population was served chicken with a bone, they won’t send us that. They don’t want inmates in special housing to sharpen bones into weapons.”

‘Brooklyn’s Abu Ghraib’

The MDC has gained notoriety over the years.

A New York appeals court last year revived a federal civil rights lawsuit claiming that Muslim, South Asian and Arab immigrants were subjected to beatings, strip searches and other abuses in the months after the 9-11 terror attacks.

The lawsuit, filed by the nonprofit Center for Constitutional Rights, named as defendants former MDC and high-level Bush administration officials.

The allegations earned the lockup the nickname “Brooklyn’s Abu Ghraib,” a reference to the scandal-plagued Iraqi prison used as an Army detention center in the early 2000s.
A 2003 Justice Department investigation found that prison guards slammed detainees into walls, twisted their arms and wrists, lifted restrained prisoners by their arms, and subjected them to humiliating strip searches. The men were being held on immigration violations.
In 2015, an appeals court revived a separate civil rights suit in which Gonzalez accused the MDC and a former warden of a racially motivated vendetta for holding him in isolation for more than two years. The lawsuit alleges the Federal Bureau of Prisons ordered the ex-warden to remove a Confederate flag on display in his office at the MDC.

The prisons bureau has declined comment about the pending litigation or preparations for receiving Guzman. The former warden named in the two civil rights lawsuits did not return repeated requests for comment.

El Chapo’s resort

Guzman lived like a king at Mexico’s Puente Grande lockup, with catered food and frequent visits from women, according to Anabel Hernandez, an investigative journalist who writes about Mexico’s cartels.

“This prison became a resort for El Chapo Guzman,” Hernandez said. Food and liquor were delivered regularly from the finest restaurants in Guadalajara.

Guzman had been in federal custody since June 9, 1993, after being captured in Guatemala, near the Mexican border, on drug trafficking, murder and kidnapping charges.

A notorious ladies man, Guzman was known to keep an ample supply of Viagra in prison, Hernandez said. Guzman had conjugal visits as well as many trysts with prostitutes, female prison workers and inmates.

José Antonio Ortega, who in 2000 deposed Guzman in connection with the murder of Guadalajara Cardinal Juan Jesús Posadas Ocampo, said the drug trafficker acted like he “owned the prison.”

Ortega’s scheduled meeting with Guzman was delayed 12 hours.

“Look, I had my conjugal visit today,” Ortega remembered Guzman telling him. “Afterward, I went to the steam room and then had to take a nap so that I could greet you as you deserve.”

Two custodians accompanying Guzman acted like personal assistants. At his command, they fetched coffee and soft drinks.

“It was as if he had invited us to his house,” Ortega said.

How he escaped — twice

The Mexican Army guards the prison where El Chapo is currently being held.

Despite the comfort, Guzman cut short his 20-year sentence by escaping in a laundry cart on Jan. 19, 2001.

The breakout, however, may have been easier than that.

“Sir, you can leave now,” high-level Mexican officials told Guzman after opening the prison doors, according to Hernandez.

Guzman would fork over tens of thousands of dollars a month to inmates, guards and prison officials, according to investigative journalist and author Jose Reveles.

The cartel leader was captured on February 24, 2014, in the Mexican beach resort of Mazatlán.

He then escaped again in July 2015 using a mile-long tunnel fitted with a lighting and ventilation system as well as a modified motorcycle that ran on tracks. Seven workers at the maximum-security Altiplano prison were charged in connection with his escape.

“The system is very vulnerable to corruption and intimidation, which are basically his tools,” said Alejandro Hope, a former intelligence analyst in Mexico. “The tunnel could not have been built if he had not had complicity from within the prison.”

In January 2016, Guzman was recaptured during a raid in the coastal city of Los Mochis in Sinaloa state. He was transferred five months later to a prison in Juarez, Mexico, just across the border from El Paso.

Mexican authorities had planned to turn over Guzman before Friday’s inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, a US official told CNN.

CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Michelle Rozsa, Catherine Shoichet, Rafael Romo and Evan Perez contributed to this report, and Ray Sanchez reported and wrote in New York. ​Background image from Google Earth

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#TSRExclusive: Ole Miss University Students Get Racially Profiled & Falsely Accused of Trashing Apartment

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The Shade Room recently spoke with an Old Miss law student who recently documented a racist encounter from her friend’s property manager. The woman yelled racial slurs at the student and their friends and trashed the apartment they were in. She later called the police and blamed the mess on the students, but thankfully everything was caught on camera.

The student wishes to remain anonymous, but here is their account of what happened:

“A group of law students from Ole Miss University (black and white) gathered together on Friday night. Then around 10pm, the property manager of The Links apartments, who has always been rumored to be racist, bursted into my friend’s apartment and started cursing and yelling racial slurs at us.The woman also proceeded to trash my friend’s entire apartment and even pushed my other friend when she informed the property manager that we were law students.

Thank God she got everything on camera, because when the police came they were told to put their hands in the air as if they had done something wrong. The woman had told them that we trashed the apartment, but once the police saw the video they were absolutely speechless. Do not EVER live in The Links in Oxford, MS!”

Be careful, Roommates! Always find a way to document things like this just to cover your own butt!!

TSR STAFF: Talia O. @theclosetratchet on Instagram & @tallyohhh on Twitter!

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If It Isn’t Love: BET’s New Edition Biopic | Natural Hair Care

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Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky and Mike.

New Edition was the soundtrack of a generation. 80’s babies still jam to “Cool It Now,” “Candy Girl,” and “Mr. Telephone Man,” embarrassing their kids on the way to school.

BET is helping us relive the era with the New Edition Story, starting on Tuesday, January 24 at 9:00pmEST. Headed by producer Jesse Collins (Real Husbands of Hollywood, Soul Train Awards) and award winning director Chris Robinson (ATL), the three night event stars
Luke James as Johnny Gill, Woody McClain as Bobby Brown, Elijah Kelley as Ricky Bell, Empire’s Bryshere Gray as Michael Bivins, Algee Smith as Ralph Tresvant, and Keith Powers as Ronnie Devoe.

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“I want people to see the sacrifices that [Tresvant] made,” Smith says. “It was New Edition against the corrupt business, and they came through it. They all stayed as brothers.”

Producer Jesse Collins says he came up with the idea for the film after working with the iconic group for BET’s 25th anniversary show. “I grew up a fan just like everyone else,” said Collins. ““They were very cautious. They only get one shot at doing this and it was about finding the right script, the right producer and the right time to put their business in the street. They wanted to tell the real story of their relationship. They didn’t want to sugarcoat it.”

Spanning the group’s humble beginnings in Boston’s Orchard Park projects to their meteoric rise to fame, The New Edition Story gives viewers an in depth look at the group’s, drug use, money problems, and departure of Bobby Brown–giving rise to New Jack Swing and the birth of Bell, Biv, Devoe.

After watching a screening of the film at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills in December, Bobby Brown was emotional.

“I was sitting in the chair over here and got a little crying on,” Brown said during the screening’s Q&A. “Watching and being alive to be able to see what my life was and has become and where my life is going from this point on? It’s special, man. These kids put their hearts and souls into this, just like we put our hearts and souls into our lives.”

Dance along in your living room starting Tuesday at 9pm!

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Tiffani Greenway is the wife and mom behind MyMommyVents, a New York city parenting blog. Her tips have been seen on Yahoo Parenting, Mommy Noire, and Fit Pregnancy. Find more of Tiffani’s work at mymommyvents.com.

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Donald Trump Is Getting the Nuclear Football

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Sometime before he’s sworn in Friday, President-elect Donald Trump will sit down with the top military officers who control America’s massive military arsenal and get “THE Briefing,” the one that provides him with an understanding — and the tools — of how he would wage nuclear war.

According to those who have witnessed it previously, the briefing is both daunting and sobering. When Donald J. Trump raises his right hand and asks, “So help me God” during the inauguration, he really does become the most powerful man in the world — with control of America’s nuclear “triad” and more than 4,000 nuclear warheads.

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Little is known about the briefing, which traditionally takes place early on Inauguration Day and is conducted by the Strategic Command, the Omaha-based joint military command responsible for the strategic nuclear arsenal, and the White House Military Office. None of the parties involved will discuss its particulars or its timing.

But some details are known, as detailed in William Arkin’s 1999 book “American Coup.” The “football” — an oddly shaped 45-pound briefcase — is at the center of the President’s command and control of the arsenal, in nuclear submarines patrolling the Arctic; in missile silos on the Great Plains and in bombers on runways and aloft in the skies.

The military aide carrying the “football” remains physically close to the president, ready to carry out a well-rehearsed choreography of command and control. Inside are what Arkin, now a senior investigator with NBC News, called the “modern accoutrements” of communication.

There are computers, modems, radios, cell and satellite phones, even an instruction booklet, but no “button” per se. American nuclear weapons are launched by the highly secure communication of specified nuclear codes, nicknamed the “biscuit,” which are changed daily. They authenticate the President’s identity.

The options for nuclear war, called courses of action, vis a vis Russia, China, North Korea, etc., are contained in both the “Presidential Decision Handbook” which is handed off, as well as in other more detailed briefings that President Trump will receive after inauguration.

The purpose of the nuclear briefing just prior to inauguration, said Hans Kristensen, director of the Nuclear Project at the Federation of American Scientists, is primarily to tell the incoming president: “This is your role.”

In past transitions, the president-elect has not received the actual nuclear code card until after the briefing, he meets with the outgoing president at the White House just before the actual inauguration ceremony. The code card is activated electronically right after the president-elect takes the oath at noon.

The president is not alone in assuming nuclear responsibilities. Vice President-elect Mike Pence and Defense Secretary-designate James Mattis will get their own “footballs.”

George Stephanopoulos, a former aide to President Clinton, wrote of the sobering effect of the briefing.

“The man who would soon command the most powerful military force in the world emerged … silent and more somber than I’d ever seen him,” Stephanopoulos wrote in his 1999 memoir “All Too Human.” Clinton received his briefing at 7 a.m. on Jan. 20, 1993, according to Stephanopoulos.

Trump discussed nuclear weapons on multiple occasions during the presidential campaign, but the cavalier nature of his comments has worried some experts. His statements about nuclear weapons and nuclear proliferation have often been confusing, even contradictory.

In his first presidential debate with Hillary Clinton, Trump told moderator Lester Holt that nuclear weapons are of paramount importance to the U.S. — but then called for more nations to join the nuclear club. He ruled out a “first strike,” but then revealed not just a willingness to use nukes but also a misunderstanding of the high-stakes balancing act the nuclear superpowers have pursued for decades.

“I think that once the nuclear alternative happens, it’s over,” Trump said, referring to the use of nuclear weapons. “At the same time, we have to be prepared. I can’t take anything off the table.”

Many noted that Trump didn’t seem to understand that nuclear weapons aren’t fielded so they can be used in combat but because they serve a deterrent role, making U.S. adversaries understand if the U.S. would come under nuclear attack, there would be a response in kind.

“Then why are we making them? Why do we make them?” he said during a Town Hall on MSNBC during the GOP primaries in March. At the same Town Hall, however, he said, “I’d be the last one to use them.”

“Mr. Trump has said two different things about nukes,” said Kristensen. “In December [he] tweet[ed] that the arsenal needed to be increased, and this month [he said] the opposite. Hopefully his briefings this week will convince him that it is not necessary for the United States to ‘greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability,’ as he claimed in December.”

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