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AP source: Perdue to be tapped for agriculture secretary

  • epithet: If I could choose my legacy it would be the epithet that he made government work," Perdue told The Associated Press in 2010 before he left office.
  • acumen: Perdue, who was re-elected in 2006, didn't rely only on his business acumen as governor.
  • devout: A devout Southern Baptist, he also found a place for faith in his administration.

Obama says reducing leaker Chelsea Manning's prison term serves justice

  • commute: WASHINGTON (Reuters)- President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that former military intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning had served a tough prison term and his decision to commute her 35-year sentence to about seven years served would not signal leniency toward leakers of U.S. government secrets.
  • leniency: WASHINGTON (Reuters)- President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that former military intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning had served a tough prison term and his decision to commute her 35-year sentence to about seven years served would not signal leniency toward leakers of U.S. government secrets.
  • commute: Obama told his final news conference as president that he felt it made sense to commute Manning's sentence because she went to trial, took responsibility for her crime and her sentence was disproportionate to those received by other leakers.
  • conclusive: Obama said the intelligence agencies were not conclusive in their assessment of the hacks " whether WikiLeaks was witting or not in being a conduit" for Russia's efforts to use cyber attacks to influence the election.

Obama shortens sentence of Manning, who gave secrets to WikiLeaks

  • treachery: Chelsea Manning's treachery put American lives at risk and exposed some of our nation's most sensitive secrets," Ryan said.
  • clemency: The president's decision to grant clemency and offer commutation to Chelsea Manning was not influenced in any way by public comments from Assange or the WikiLeaks organization," a White House official said on a conference call with reporters.
  • pardon: Obama also pardoned retired U.S. Marine Corps General James Cartwright who pleaded guilty in October to making false statements to the FBI during an investigation into leaks of classified information.
  • divulge: Obama weighed Cartwright's service along with his motive when making the decision, the White House official said, noting Cartwright had not divulged material that the journalist was not already aware of, and that his conversations were focused on preventing the publication of material that could hurt national security.
  • pardon: Also on the pardon list: Oscar Lopez Riv era, who was sentenced in 1981 to 55 years in prison for his involvement with Puerto Rican militant group FALN, which claimed responsibility for dozens of bombings in the 1970s and 1980s.

Trump partner eyes Indonesia power, sees faults in democracy

  • immaculate: I think under today's environment, with the complexity, we need a businessman to run a country," Tanoe said in an interview Saturday at his South Jakarta home, a small palace with a statue of a giant eagle looming over an immaculate driveway.
  • maverick: That campaign faltered and Tanoe switched his support to another former general, Prabowo, who was eventually defeated by Jokowi, a maverick candidate.
  • desecrate: Gov. Basuki " Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, who is campaigning for re-election next month, is being tried on charges of insulting Islam and desecrating the Quran.