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Aleppo Ceasefire Reached, Two Confirmed Cabinet Picks and More You Missed In Politics Today

by Countable | 8.7.17

It’s difficult to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in this country and to break through the clutter, so we’re here to make it easier. Here’s what we at Countable are reading today:

1. "Aleppo: Cease-Fire Reached in Besieged Syrian City, Rebels Say"

"The bloody four-year siege of Aleppo appears to be nearing the end."

"A cease-fire agreement has been reached that would allow civilians and remaining rebel fighters trapped in the besieged Syrian city to evacuate, NBC confirmed Tuesday."

"Five buses will head into the enclave in the eastern section of the city to pick up the survivors around 5 a.m. Wednesday local time, a source said."

Read more at NBC News.

2. "ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson Nominated as Trump’s Secretary of State"

President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Rex Tillerson, the Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil, to serve as his Secretary of State. Trump cited Tillerson’s "vast experience at dealing successfully with all types of foreign governments" as a key factor in his selection, adding that he "knows how to manage a global enterprise, which is crucial to running a successful State Department."

Read more at Countable.

3. "Rick Perry is Donald Trump’s choice for energy secretary"

"President-elect Donald Trump has selected former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to be his nominee for energy secretary, multiple transition sources told CNN Tuesday, which would make him head of an agency he once sought to eliminate."

"Perry, twice an aspirant for the White House and for decades a swaggering figure in the Texas Republican Party, returns to the national limelight after his career in politics withered amid scandal and embarrassment."

Read more at CNN.

4. "U.S. Energy Department balks at Trump request for names on climate change"

"The U.S. Energy Department said on Tuesday it will not comply with a request from President-elect Donald Trump's Energy Department transition team for the names of people who have worked on climate change and the professional society memberships of lab workers.

"The Energy Department's response could signal a rocky transition for the president-elect's energy team and potential friction between the new leadership and the staffers who remain in place."

Read more at Reuters.

— Eric Revell

(Photo by Gage Skidmore)

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