About: Mary Chastain

Mary covers international news, with a special interest in Ukraine and Russia. She covered the Ukraine crisis at Breitbart News since the Euromaidan protests broke out in 2013. She wrote about sports, especially tennis and hockey, at Breitbart. Mary also contributed snark to Misfit Politics.

Mary loves her Chicago Cubs, Chicago Blackhawks, tennis, cats, Diet Coke, and wine.




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Treasury Secretary Nominee Steven Mnuchin Grilled Over Banks, Taxes

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Posted by    Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 6:00pm 1/19/2017 at 6:00pm

Treasury Secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin faced the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday for his confirmation hearing, answering questions about the dollar and his own investments.

Mnuchin worked at Goldman Sachs for 17 years before he “became an investor at ESL Investments and then with his own fund Dune Capital Management.” He rescued...

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Ronna Romney McDaniel Picked as RNC Chair

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Posted by    Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 2:30pm 1/19/2017 at 2:30pm

The Republican National Committee has chosen Ronna Romney McDaniel as its new chairwoman since President-elect Donald Trump took previous RNC chairman Reince Priebus as his chief of staff.

McDaniel served as “chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party,” where she helped Trump win the typical blue state over Hillary Clinton. Both Trump and...

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WATCH LIVE: Energy Nominee Rick Perry Senate Hearing

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Posted by    Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 10:00am 1/19/2017 at 10:00am

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Energy Department, will face the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources at 10AM EST.

During the 2012 primary, Perry said he would abolish the Department of Energy if he became president. He also famously forgot the name of the...

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Tom Price, Nikki Haley, Wilbur Ross Faced Senate Hearings for Cabinet

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 8:30pm 1/18/2017 at 8:30pm

I live blogged Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s senate hearing for the EPA, but three other cabinet choices had their own senate hearings today. That included Rep. Tom Price for Health and Human Services, Wilbur Ross for Commerce, and Nikki Haley for UN.

Obamacare took control of Price’s hear...

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WATCH LIVE: EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt Senate Confirmation Hearing

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Posted by    Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 10:00am 1/18/2017 at 10:00am

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the EPA, will face the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee at 10AM EST.

This has potential to become one of the more feisty confirmation hearings because of his ties to everything Democrats hate: fossil fuels, skeptical of man-made climate change,...

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WATCH LIVE: Betsy DeVos Hearing for Education Secretary

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 5:00pm 1/17/2017 at 5:00pm

Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for education secretary, has her confirmation hearing in front of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions at 5PM ET. The Democrats picked her as one of the eight nominees they want to grill the most.

DeVos has remained an advocate for school choice...

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Walmart, GM, Amazon Develop Plans to Create Jobs in U.S.

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 2:30pm 1/17/2017 at 2:30pm

Three more American companies have announced plans to add and keep jobs in America on the heels of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday. Walmart wants to add 10,000 jobs in 2017 across the country while General Motors (GM) will invest $1 billion into several factories to help more than...

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Search for Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 Called Off

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Posted by    Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 12:00pm 1/17/2017 at 12:00pm

Chinese, Australian, and Malaysian officials have announced they have officially called off the search for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 almost three years after it disappeared on a route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. NBC reported:

“Today the last search vessel has left the underwater search area,” the MH370 Tripartite Jo...

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Peace Sign Selfies a Personal Security Risk?

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Posted by    Monday, January 16, 2017 at 4:00pm 1/16/2017 at 4:00pm

Researchers have found that people can steal your fingerprints if you a flash a peace sign in your selfie. The Telegraph reported:

Researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Informatics (NII) have found that fingerprints can be easily recreated from photos taken up to three metres away without the need for advanced technology....

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Fox News Welcomes Back Bob Beckel to ‘The Five’

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Posted by    Monday, January 16, 2017 at 3:30pm 1/16/2017 at 3:30pm

Liberal pundit Bob Beckel will reunite with Eric Bolling, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Greg Gutfeld, and Dana Perino on Fox’s The Five starting today. Fox released a press statement announcing his return:

In making the announcement, Murdoch said, “Bob was missed by many fans of The Five and we’re happy...

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Clinton Global Initiative Shutting Down After Scandal Plagued Year

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Posted by    Monday, January 16, 2017 at 2:30pm 1/16/2017 at 2:30pm

The Clinton Foundation has decided to eliminate the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), the networking platform for the charity. The foundation filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) with the New York Department of Labor.

The foundation will lay off 22 employees and shut down its New York main office. The process...

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FBI Arrests Wife of Orlando Nightclub Killer in San Francisco

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Posted by    Monday, January 16, 2017 at 1:00pm 1/16/2017 at 1:00pm

The FBI has arrested Noor Salman, the wife of Omar Mateen, who murdered 49 people at Orlando’s Pulse Nightclub.

A senior U.S. official told Fox News that the agency has “charged her in connection with the shooting rampage.”

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Trump May Lift Russian Sanctions, One China Policy

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Posted by    Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 6:30pm 1/15/2017 at 6:30pm
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In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, President-elect Donald Trump said he may lift the Russian sanctions and has no commitment to the One China policy:

“If you get along and if Russia is really helping us, why would anybody have sanctions if somebody’s doing some really great things?” he said.

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States Consider Legislation to Override Court Rulings

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Posted by    Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 2:40pm 1/15/2017 at 2:40pm

The governments in Florida, Washington, and Alabama have begun to consider passing legislation that will allow it to overrule “certain state court decisions.” However, some have concerns over this due to separation of powers.

Florida GOP Rep. Julio Gonzalez filed two bills that gives the Florida government or the U.S. Congress the...

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Oh Snap! Russia Asks Trump Admin to Attend Syria Peace Talks

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Posted by    Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 6:00pm 1/14/2017 at 6:00pm

Trolls gonna troll and who owns the title as World’s Biggest Troll? Russian President Vladimir Putin! And the troll strikes again. Russia has invited President-elect Donald Trump’s administration to participate in Syrian peace talks with Turkey and Iran later this month.

I can hear everyone’s head explodes as they use this as...

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House Democrats Furious With Comey After Confidential Briefing

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Posted by    Friday, January 13, 2017 at 2:30pm 1/13/2017 at 2:30pm

FBI Director James Comey just cannot win! Yesterday, Kemberlee blogged that the Department of Justice will review his investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

Today, House Democrats are angry after a confidential briefing over allegations that Russia “hacked” the DNC and Hillary campaign chair John Podesta to sway the election towards...

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Trump Wants Cabinet Nominees to ‘Express Their Own Thoughts’

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Posted by    Friday, January 13, 2017 at 1:00pm 1/13/2017 at 1:00pm
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The media has gone ballistic during the first week of confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees since the most of them have different views than Trump.

Trump has shown thin skin with those who disagree with him so of course the press has attempted to stir the pot even more,...

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