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Brooke Baldwin to leave CNN in April

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CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin, the face of the news network’s afternoon programming, announced Tuesday that she would be leaving it in mid-April after working there since 2008.

“I am so grateful for your loyalty and passion for the world we cover and so grateful to my show team, you know who you are,” the host of “CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin” said Tuesday afternoon at the start of the program.

“After most of my twenties working my way up in local news, I came to this network in 2008–in the midst of the Great Recession as a freelancer,” Baldwin also said. “I remember I scribbled my name on a Post-It note and stuck it outside of this temporary office, determined to fulfilling my dream of becoming a full-time CNN correspondent.”

She thanked CNN President Jeff Zucker, her colleagues at CNN, and the viewers, going on to say that the “next chapter of life will be focused on what I love the most about my work, amplifying the lives of extraordinary Americans and putting my passion for storytelling to good use.”

Moreover, Baldwin mentioned an upcoming book project: “For the last two years, I have been working on my first book. It’s called ‘Huddle: How Women Unlock Their Collective Power.’”

“There is more I need to do outside of this place, outside of the walls of this place, a place I have been privileged to call home now for 13 years,” the anchor added.

“Yep, we are still in a pandemic,” Baldwin continued, “and no, I don’t have a job I’m jumping right into. And yes, yes, I’m feeling very vulnerable. But what is it Brené Brown says? ‘Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change. And I am so excited about what is to come.’”

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Biden frees Venezuelan President Maduro’s drug dealing relatives in prisoner swap

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President Biden freed two of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s relatives Saturday in exchange for seven jailed Americans. The two nephews of Maduro’s wife Cilia Flores, had been convicted in the United States for drug dealing and sentenced to 18 years in prison, according to the BBC.

According to the report, the swap was in exchange for five American oil executives. Those Americans were “exchanged for two of Mr Maduro’s wife’s nephews, who were serving 18-year sentences in the US on drug charges,” the officials told the BBC. Maduro’s nephews were convicted under the Trump administration and the Venezuelan government claims that they were “unjustly” jailed in the United States.

In a statement from the White House Saturday, Biden said the American’s were  “wrongfully detained.”  He said the American’s  would soon be reunited with their relatives, according to reports.

“Today, we celebrate that seven families will be whole once more. To all the families who are still suffering and separated from their loved ones who are wrongfully detained – know that we remain dedicated to securing their release,” the Biden statement added.

Meanwhile, 13 Republican members of Congress sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, requesting more information on “the intelligence report” that alleges Maduro is emptying his prisons and allowing them to head to the United States in the caravans that crossing the porous border.

The letter states that the report warns Border Patrol agents to be on the look-out for “violent criminals from Venezuela among the migrant caravans heading towards the U.S.-Mexico border.”

“It has been widely reported that the Venezuelan regime, under the control of Nicolás Maduro Moros, is deliberately releasing violent prisoners early, including inmates convicted of ‘murder, rape, and extortion,’ and pushing them to join caravans heading to the United States,” the letter states.

You can follow Sara A. Carter on Twitter @SaraCarterDC.

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