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Trump’s nominee to replace Pruitt at EPA faces Senate questioning

Trump’s nominee to replace Pruitt at EPA faces Senate questioning

Win McNamee/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — As much of the energy in Washington is focused on the fight over the president’s border wall and impact of the partial government shutdown, President Donald Trump’s nominee to take over the federal agency charged with protecting human health and the environment is scheduled for a crucial hearing.Andrew Wheeler took over…

Hispanic Caucus chairman attacks Rep. Steven King for ‘demonizing immigrants’

Hispanic Caucus chairman attacks Rep. Steven King for ‘demonizing immigrants’

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Joaquín Castro, D-Texas, did not hold back when reacting to Rep. Steven King’s remarks on the House floor.King, who has been under fire for comments he made to the New York Times about white supremacy, was stripped of his new committee assignments Tuesday.In an interview with ABC News’…

Veterans groups avoid politics and call for shutdown to end

Veterans groups avoid politics and call for shutdown to end

franckreporter/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The country’s major veterans groups came together Tuesday to call for an end to the government shutdown as union leaders separately clashed with the Veterans Affairs secretary over the partial government shutdown’s impact on military veterans.“We have real lives being affected by the shutdown,” Veterans of Foreign Wars head B.J. Lawrence said at…

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand tells Colbert she’s launching presidential exploratory committee

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand tells Colbert she’s launching presidential exploratory committee

Alex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is taking steps toward a 2020 presidential bid.The New York Democrat announced that she is forming a presidential exploratory committee Tuesday night during a taping of CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.””I’m going to run for president of the United States because, as a young…

Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates ‘still cooperating’ with Mueller: court docs

Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates ‘still cooperating’ with Mueller: court docs

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Rick Gates, a former Trump campaign official and longtime business associate of Paul Manafort, is still cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller, suggesting Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling during the 2016 campaign is marching forward.A joint status report filed Tuesday states that Gates “continues to cooperate with respect to several ongoing…

Mueller plows ahead, issuing more subpoenas to associates of conservative commentator

Mueller plows ahead, issuing more subpoenas to associates of conservative commentator

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Special counsel Robert Mueller has zeroed in on at least three new witnesses associated with a conservative commentator connected to former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone, signaling that investigators remain focused on the activities of Stone and his associates despite the continued public silence on a matter long thought to be…

On Day 25 of longest-ever government shutdown, 800,000 federal employees are without pay

On Day 25 of longest-ever government shutdown, 800,000 federal employees are without pay

nebari/iStock(WASHINGTON) — It’s Day 25 of the longest-ever government shutdown – with no end in sight to the political standoff.Some 800,000 federal workers are ensnared in the shutdown showdown and many missed their first paycheck on Friday. On Monday, another one-third missed a paycheck, the American Federation of Workers estimated, and on Tuesday, the last…

AG nominee Barr promises he won’t interfere with Mueller

AG nominee Barr promises he won’t interfere with Mueller

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — When William Barr, President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, takes his seat Tuesday morning for his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, he’s sure to face tough questions from Democrats over his views on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and a memo that Barr wrote in June 2018 opposing…