President-elect Donald Trump made two additions to his White House staff Friday. Don McGahn, the former FEC commissioner and Trump’s campaign lawyer, will be White House counsel. In that position, McGahn will play a major role in vetting judicial nominees. He has previously spoken out against campaign-finance reform. Trump also tapped KT McFarland, a Fox News analyst, as a deputy national security adviser. “Nobody has called foreign policy right more than President-elect Trump, and he gets no credit for it,” McFarland said in a statement. “I’m honored and humbled that he has asked me to be part of his team.” Trump will make additional staff announcements Monday.
—Dylann Roof, accused of killing nine people in a South Carolina church in 2015, is competent to stand trial, a federal judge ruled Friday. More here
—Florence Henderson, the mother in “The Brady Bunch,” died Thursday. She was 82. More here
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Donald Trump Adds to White House Staff
Dylann Roof Mentally Competent to Stand Trial
Dylann Roof, accused of killed nine worshipers at a South Carolina church in 2015, is mentally competent to face trial in two weeks, a federal judge ruled Friday. If convicted, he will face the death penalty. The judge’s ruling comes after two days of psychiatric evaluations, determining whether Roof “has a sufficient present ability to consult with his lawyer with a reasonable degree of rational understanding,” The Post and Courier reports. In June 2015, Roof allegedly shot and killed nine people at the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. All victims were black. Roof is a self-described white supremacist. He faces 33 federal charges, including committing hate crimes.
Remembering Florence Henderson
Florence Henderson, who was known as the mom in the 1970s sitcom “The Brady Bunch,” died Thursday of heart failure. She was 82. Her publicist David Brokaw said she was active up until several days ago, when she started to feel unwell. Her role as the quirky widowed mother of three daughters marrying a man with three boys captured the hearts of many Americans during a tumultuous time in the country’s history. In the years since the broadcast of the show, it lived in re-runs. “It was really a show that was seen through the eyes of a child,” she told The New York Times, “and it was supposed to have a little soft glow about it.” Henderson also had a successful career in musical theater, appearing often on Broadway, “The Tonight Show,” and several other sitcoms. She was born in Dale, Indiana, in 1934.