Politics

Hope Hicks expected to return to White House

(CNN) — President Donald Trump’s former communications director Hope Hicks is expected to return to the White House in an adviser role, two individuals familiar with the plan told CNN.

Hicks will be working for Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, according to one source.

“Hope won’t be part of the communications department. She will be working closely with Jared Kushner and Brian Jack in a number of strategic areas,” according to a White House official.

Her return to the executive branch has been under consideration for a while, though it has been unclear, initially, if she would come back before the 2020 presidential election, one source said.

Bloomberg first reported Hicks’ return to the White House.

Hicks resigned from her role as communications director in 2018 a day after she told lawmakers in closed-door testimony that she had told white lies in the course of her duties. Following her departure, she worked as the chief communications officer at Fox Corporation.

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Indiana joins investigation of Juul Labs

INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) — Indiana is now one of 39 states forming a coalition to investigate the marketing and sales practices of Juul Labs. The investigation includes the targeting of kids, claims of nicotine content and statements on the risks and effectiveness of smoking cessation devices.

“Vaping poses significant health concerns, and it’s intended only as an alternative to smoking tobacco,” Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill said. “Young Hoosiers need to be aware of these risks. We must encourage them to avoid these products, which should only be aimed at adults who want to quit smoking cigarettes and other tobacco products.”

The National Youth Tobacco Survey, conducted in 2019, found over 5 million young people reported using e-cigarettes within the past month, which was up from 3.6 million the prior year. 

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