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Nikki Haley Confirmation Hearing

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01/18/2017

Nikki Haley Confirmation Hearing

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BY FOXNEWS

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley was on offense Wednesday during her confirmation hearing to become United Nations ambassador, blasting the U.N. for its treatment of Israel and taking a tough line against Russia. Haley, during her testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, also questioned the disproportionate funding the U.N. receives from the U.S., asking if America is "getting what we pay for?" Haley said. “We contribute 22 percent of the U.N.’s budget, far more than any other country,” Haley said. “We are a generous nation. But we must ask ourselves what good is being accomplished by this disproportionate contribution." President-elect Donald Trump has been a ferocious critic of the U.N. and just as fierce an advocate for Israel during his brief political career, and Haley echoed those principles.

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SCOTT PRUITT confirmation hearing

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01/18/2017

SCOTT PRUITT confirmation hearing

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BY THE HILL

Democrats don’t have the votes to stop Scott Pruitt’s confirmation, but they signaled at his hearing Wednesday that they will seek to damage him politically as much as possible. Pruitt was hammered for his record as Oklahoma’s attorney general, including his fundraising from fossil fuel companies and lawsuits against the agency he now looks to lead.  Republicans only need 50 votes to confirm him, and there have been no signs of GOP defections. Here are five takeaways from his confirmation hearing. (1) Pruitt says climate change is not a hoax. (2) Pruitt wants to give power to the states. (3) Dems are linking Pruit to the oil industry. (4) GOP looks to reshape the EPA. (5) No votes are changed.

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Tom Price Confirmation Hearing

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01/18/2017

Tom Price Confirmation Hearing - HELL NO

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BY WIRED

Orthopedic surgeon Tom Price, President-elect Trump’s nominee for secretary of Health and Human Services, spent as much time this morning defending his character as he did defending his vision of healthcare for all Americans. Nothing he said precluded the Senate committee conducting his hearing from recommending that he get the job, although several key questions remain—and must be raised before the Senate confirms him. Democrats on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee were particularly interested in Price’s desire to privatize Medicare and replace the Affordable Care Act with something less comprehensive, and they harshly criticized him for drafting legislation that favored companies he’d invested in. Such questions are of paramount importance, because, if confirmed, the six-term Georgia Republican will oversee vast social programs and lead the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and other agencies. The Department of Health and Human Services, with a budget of $1 trillion

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Wilbur Ross Confirmation Hearing

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01/18/2017

Wilbur Ross Confirmation Hearing

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BY NPR

Unlike many other Trump nominees Wilbur Ross makes some Republicans nervous, and has common ground with some Democrats. In fact, the Commerce Secretary nominee was once a Democrat himself. He's won the the support of labor unions, and saved tens of thousands jobs buying and basically rescuing bankrupt steel companies. Democrats largely offered Ross a warm reception Wednesday at his confirmation hearing. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said he was impressed by Ross' decision to sell off a huge portion of his assets to avoid conflicts of interest. As some Democrats praised Ross, however, some Republicans expressed deep concerns. Both Ross and Trump have talked about protecting U.S. businesses by erecting tariffs against foreign competitors, and that makes many free-trade republicans nervous.

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Andrew Cuomo

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01/18/2017

Andrew Cuomo

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BY OBSERVER

Governor Andrew Cuomo, a rumored 2020 Democratic presidential contender, met with President-elect Donald Trump this morning to make sure the incoming commander-in-chief prioritizes the needs of his home state—and to highlight the importance of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act to New Yorkers. In the lobby afterward, the governor said emphasized the damage Republican-occupied Washington would do to New York if it followed through on plans to repeal ACA, also called Obamacare. “If the Affordable Care Act is ended, we have 3 million Americans, 3 million New Yorkers uninsured and that’s 3 million families,” Cuomo continued. “It would have a dramatic impact on the state and not just for those 3 million. We now live in a community where if you sneeze, I get sick, right? This is all about public health.” The governor said

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Betsy Devos confirmation hearing

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01/17/2017

Betsy Devos confirmation hearing

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BY BREITBART

Senate Democrats on the chamber’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee pressed Betsy DeVos during her confirmation hearing Tuesday evening with questions about her financial contributions, her knowledge of federal education laws, and her intentions toward the nation’s public schools. Democrats complained that committee members had not yet received the proper paperwork on DeVos from the Office of Government Ethics prior to the start of the hearing, and made every effort to protest to committee chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) that they should be permitted another round of questions. The senators also presented DeVos as having a mission to end federal funding to public schools through “privatization,” i.e., allowing parents to utilize taxpayer-funded vouchers to “follow the child” to a private or religious school of their choosing. DeVos responded that she believed in “great” public schools and intended to support all schools that are providing children with a good education based on “outcomes.”

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Ryan Zinke Confirmation Hearing

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01/17/2017

Ryan Zinke Confirmation Hearing

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BY BREITBART

President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for interior secretary says the nation’s vast federal lands should be used for a variety of purposes, from hiking, hunting, fishing and camping to harvesting timber and mining for coal and other energy sources. In prepared remarks for his confirmation hearing on Tuesday, Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke said his father and the Boys Scouts taught him the principles of environmental stewardship and the importance of public access to public lands. Zinke, an admirer of President Theodore Roosevelt, said management of federal lands should be done under a “multiple-use” model set forth by Gifford Pinchot, a longtime Roosevelt associate and the first chief of the U.S. Forest Service. Zinke also pledged to tackle an estimated $12 billion backlog in maintenance and repair at national parks, saying parks and other public lands should be a key part of Trump’s infrastructure improvement plan.

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Dennis Muilenburg

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01/17/2017

Dennis Muilenburg

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BY DAILY CALLER

Boeing’s CEO confirmed that the company, which is currently building an updated Air Force One for the president, has taken steps to provide a “better airplane at a lower cost.” The confirmation came from Boeing’s CEO Tuesday. Speaking to reporters in a brief gaggle in the lobby, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg said the company has made some “great progress on simplifying requirements for Air Force One,” according to pool reporter Katie Reilly of Time Magazine. “We talked about a couple of topics. We discussed Air Force One. We discussed fighter aircraft,” Muilenburg said after emerging from the elevator in Trump Tower. He characterized his meeting with Trump as an “excellent conversation.”

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Anthony Scaramucci

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01/13/2017

Anthony Scaramucci

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BY TALKINGPOINTS MEMO

Anthony Scaramucci, a 'marriage equality' supporter, who was recently reported would take a top post in Donald Trump's White House, described his role to reporters Friday morning in Trump Tower. “It’s pretty much as described,” the SkyBridge Capital founder said. “It’ll be in the Office of Public Liaison, really trying to get the President’s message out, not only to the intergovernmental agencies, but also the commercial message to both American businesses and the international business community." The White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs—formerly known as the Office of Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs—is currently led by Valerie Jarrett, one of President Barack Obama’s closest confidantes. The Washington Post reported Thursday that, according to two unnamed transition officials, Scaramucci's role would be akin to Jarret’s. Trump's transition team has not formally announced a position for Scaramucci. Scaramucci told reporters the comparison to Jarrett was probably an “overstatement."

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Marillyn Hewson

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01/13/2017

Marillyn Hewson

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BY MCCLATTCHYDY

Hewson made another trek to Trump Tower and the meeting appeared to be favorable for the F-35’s future — and Lockheed’s thousands of employees in Fort Worth. “We had the opportunity to talk to him about the F-35 program, and I certainly share his views that we need to get the best capability to our men and women in uniform and we have to get it at the lowest possible price,” Hewson said to reporters. “So I’m glad I had the opportunity to tell him that we are close to a deal that will bring the cost down significantly from the previous lot of aircraft to the next lot of aircraft, and moreover it’s going to bring a lot of jobs to the United States.” Curtailing the costs of the Department of Defense’s most expensive weapons program in history won’t lead to fewer jobs, according to Hewson. “In fact, we are going to increase our jobs in Fort Worth by 1,800 jobs"

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