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LIVE VIDEO: Confirmation Hearing For EPA Nominee

USA Today reports: A rollback of mercury emissions standards. A revamp of clean water regulations. A retreat from a climate change agenda. Democrats have seethed as they helplessly watched the Trump administration undo or block a slew of Obama-era environmental proposals during the past two years. On Wednesday, they will get a chance to grill President Donald Trump’s point person …

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Federal Court Blocks Census Citizenship Question

Bloomberg reports: A federal judge blocked the Trump Administration’s plan to put a question about citizenship on the 2020 census, which will help determine U.S. elections, congressional seats and federal funding decisions for a decade. The ruling comes after a two-week trial in Manhattan that the government sought more than a dozen times to derail. The Supreme Court may have …

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The Mooch Joins Cast Of Celebrity Big Brother

Entertainment Weekly reports: Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci will be among 12 new contestants competing on season 2 of Big Brother: Celebrity Edition when the reality show hosted by Julie Chen Moonves premieres Monday, Jan. 21 on CBS. Scaramucci lasted only six days as President Donald Trump’s White House Communications Director in July of 2017 after going on …

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Trump Nominates Former Coal Lobbyist To Head EPA

Axios reports: President Trump has formally sent Andrew Wheeler’s nomination for administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to the Senate for confirmation, the White House announced Wednesday. Wheeler, the current acting chief of the EPA, is a former coal lobbyist who is expected to run a more conventional and inclusive policy process than former administrator Scott Pruitt. The end result, …

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REPORT: Mick Mulvaney Already Plotting WH Escape

Vanity Fair reports: Acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, installed in the job just before Christmas, may already be looking at escape routes. Unlike his long-suffering predecessor, John Kelly, Mulvaney has indicated he’s prepared to walk away if things go south with the president. “Mick has both eyes open,” said a person who spoke with Mulvaney recently. “So far, Trump …

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Team Of Vipers: Another Trump Tell-All Is Coming

Axios reports: President Trump is curious — and White House aides, alumni and reporters are anxious — ahead of the Jan. 29 publication of the tightly embargoed “Team of Vipers,” a delicious, unsparing memoir by former Trump aide Cliff Sims. ABC News has won a fiercely competitive effort to score the first broadcast interview with Sims, whose book deal was …

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Democrats Ready “Brutal” Avalanche Of Investigations

Politico reports: Democrats want to investigate the Trump Hotel deal and President Donald Trump’s taxes. They want to haul up conflicted Cabinet officials and dig into controversial changes to the census and food stamps. They want to put Education Secretary Betsy DeVos under oath and investigate child detentions at the border. The threat of subpoenas, investigations and oversight hearings will …

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Senior Trump Officials Get $10K Raise Amid Shutdown

The Washington Post reports: While many federal workers go without pay and the government is partially shut down, hundreds of senior Trump political appointees are poised to receive annual raises of about $10,000 a year. The pay raises for Cabinet secretaries, deputy secretaries, top administrators and even Vice President Pence are scheduled to go into effect beginning Jan. 5 without …

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US Halts Work With UN On Human Rights Violations

The Guardian reports: The Trump administration has stopped cooperating with UN investigators over potential human rights violations occurring inside America, in a move that delivers a major blow to vulnerable US communities and sends a dangerous signal to authoritarian regimes around the world. Quietly and unnoticed, the state department has ceased to respond to official complaints from UN special rapporteurs, …

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Trump Admin Mulls Broad Rollback Of Civil Rights Law

The Washington Post reports: The Trump administration is considering a far-reaching rollback of civil rights law that would dilute federal rules against discrimination in education, housing and other aspects of American life, people familiar with the discussions said. A recent internal Justice Department memo directed senior civil rights officials to examine how decades-old “disparate impact” regulations might be changed or …

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Federal Workers Union Sues Trump Over Shutdown

Just in via press release: Today, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) and Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch (KCNF DC) sued the federal government on behalf of AFGE members and federal employees being forced to work without pay. The lawsuit alleges that the federal government is violating the law by requiring some federal employees to work without pay during …

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US Census Bureau To Offer Citizenship Data To State Officials In Charge Of Redrawing Voting Districts

Talking Points Memo reports: In what could be a major change for voting rights and the distribution of political power between urban and rural areas, the Census Bureau signaled Friday that it is willing to work with state and local officials charged with drawing voting districts if they want citizenship data for the redistricting process. The move to inject citizenship …

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Trump Administration Suggests Furloughed Workers Offer To Do Chores For Their Landlords In Lieu Of Rent

USA Today reports: The U.S. Office of Personnel Management has offered federal workers affected by the partial government shutdown a guide for negotiating with creditors, landlords and mortgage companies while their income is cut off. The Thursday tweet notes that workers should consult with a “personal attorney” for advice but offers templates for how one might seek financial assistance for …

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Acting AG Matt Whitaker Exposed For Lying On Resume

The Wall Street Journal reports: Matthew Whitaker, the acting U.S. Attorney General, has incorrectly claimed on his résumé and in government documents to have been named an Academic All-American while playing football at the University of Iowa, according to the documents and the organization that awards that honor. Mr. Whitaker, who was a tight end on the Iowa team from …

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Jonah Goldberg: Trump’s Presidency “Will End Poorly”

Jonah Goldberg writes for the LA Times: Weirdly, it’s gotten to the point that when I say President Trump is not a man of good character, I feel like I should preface it with a trigger warning for many of my fellow conservatives. But his refusal to listen to advisors; his inability to bite his tongue; his demonization and belittling …

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REPORT: Trump Might Fire Treasury Sec. Steve Mnuchin

Bloomberg reports: President Trump has weighed dismissing Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, a source familiar with the president’s thinking told Bloomberg News. Another source told Bloomberg said that Mnuchin’s future at the helm of the Treasury Department depends on whether the market continues to drop. Trump’s unhappiness with his treasury chief was reported the day after Mnuchin released a statement seeking …

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Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke To Resign Amid Ethics Scandal

Bloomberg reports: Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has notified the White House that he intends to step down amid federal investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest, according to three people familiar with the matter. Zinke’s decision, expected to be announced on Wednesday, comes as Democrats, who’ve vowed to grill the him over his conduct, are about …

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DeVos Forced To Cancel $150M In Student Loan Debt

Politico reports: The Trump administration said Thursday it will cancel thousands of borrowers’ federal student loans, carrying out an Obama-era policy that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had fought to kill. The move comes as DeVos is being forced to implement a package of regulations that created more protections for student loan borrowers who were affected by a school closure or …

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REPORT: Trump Moves To Deport Vietnam War Refugees

The Atlantic reports: The Trump administration is resuming its efforts to deport certain protected Vietnamese immigrants who have lived in the United States for decades—many of them having fled the country during the Vietnam War. This is the latest move in the president’s long record of prioritizing harsh immigration and asylum restrictions, and one that’s sure to raise eyebrows—the White …

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Pompeo Lies About Saudi Murder Of Journalist [VIDEO]

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared on Fox & Friends this morning where he appeared to deny that Saudi Arabia’s crown prince ordered the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Brian Kilmeade noted that many members of Congress are convinced of Salman’s guilt, especially after CIA Director Gina Haspel briefed lawmakers about the evidence collected by her team. To this point, Kilmeade …

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