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Trump to Pick Nikki Haley as U.N. Ambassador
South Carolina governor, president-elect have complicated history

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley earned praise for navigating through the Confederate battle flag controversy. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President-elect Donald Trump is expected Wednesday to nominate South Carolina Gov. Nikki R. Haley to be his ambassador to the United Nations, according to multiple media outlets.

A source familiar with the decision confirmed Haley’s selection to Roll Call. The Post and Courier newspaper in Charleston first reported the news early Wednesday.

South Sudan on Track to Becoming a Failed State
An African problem requiring Africans to take charge

A U.N. refugee camp in Juba, South Sudan, in February 2014. More than two million people have been internally displaced by the conflict there. (Photo by Petterik Wiggers/Hollandse Hoogte, courtesy Creative Commons CC-BY-2.0)

South Sudan stands on the brink of collapse. The economy is in shambles, with an inflation rate of over 600 percent. Parts of the country are already facing famine conditions, and more than 40 percent of the population needs emergency food aid. More than one million people have fled as refugees, and almost two million are displaced internally. And the credibility of South Sudan’s leaders has been severely compromised by failure to implement the peace accord signed last August, continued abuse of their own civilians, and well-documented allegations of corruption.

The peace agreement, if not dead, is certainly on life support, which the outbreak of violence in July and the flaring up of violence across the country affirm. Neither President Salva Kiir nor former Vice President Riek Machar were enthusiastic about it to begin with, and leaders felt no real consequence for walking away.

The 15th Anniversary — of a Functional Congress
Big, bipartisan things got done in the 10 weeks after 9/11

The flag flew at half mast over the U.S. Capitol in honor of the victims of the terrorist attacks in New York and at the Pentagon. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call file photo)

At the Capitol, this Sept. 11 heralded more than the 15th anniversary of the worst terrorist strike on American soil. It also revived memories of one of the most intense surges of big-ticket policymaking in modern times.

Congress was so infused with a sense of national resolve — mixed with more than a small amount of abject fear — it operated with a measure of apolitical collaboration that’s barely imaginable in the paralytic partisan atmosphere of today.