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Source: Common Domain

Interior Secretary to Leave His Post

Sunday 23:38 GMT

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who has been the subject of more than a dozen government investigations, will leave his position by the end of the year, President Trump said Saturday, adding to the list of top officials to exit from the administration.

The Interior Department’s inspector general last month cleared the secretary of wrongdoing in an investigation into whether he redrew the boundaries of a national monument in Utah to exclude lands owned by a political ally.

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Source: The Guradian

Fire, Fury, Fear and Full Disclosure: 2018 in US politics books

Sunday 23:39 GMT

Consider that Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House was a major story – broken by the Guardian – in January but is now largely forgotten, overtaken by events.

From outside the administration, Howard Kurtz delivered a robust Trump defense in Media Madness and Stormy Daniels, in Full Disclosure, pulled no punches in her portraits of Trump and his former lawyer Michael Cohen. James Comey, the FBI director fired by Trump, offered A Higher Loyalty as his attempt to set the record straight.

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Source: Common Domain

Trump administration refuses to publish required report on student-loan borrower complaints

Sunday 23:39 GMT

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau failed to release an annual analysis of borrowers’ top complaints for the first time since the agency started investigating student-loan complaints in 2012.

About a month before the agency last published its annual analysis of student debt complaint data — consumers have submitted more than 13,000 complaints about student loan products, according to a report released Tuesday by the Student Borrower Protection Center, an advocacy organization founded earlier this year by former CFPB staffers.

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Source: CTV

Interior Secretary Zinke leaving Trump administration

Sunday 16:18 GMT

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who is facing federal investigations into his travel, political activity and potential conflicts of interest, will leave the administration at year's end, U.S. President Donald Trump said Saturday.

An early Trump supporter, Zinke is close to the president's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and publicly expressed his interest in a Cabinet post when Trump visited Montana in May 2016.

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Source: Fox News

Federal court blocks Trump administration birth control coverage rules

Friday 20:01 GMT

A divided federal appeals court blocked the Trump administration Thursday from enforcing a series of revised ObamaCare rules that would have enabled more employers to opt out of providing contraception coverage to workers over religious or moral objections.

The 2-1 ruling by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found that a group of five states were likely to succeed in claiming that the changes to the Affordable Care Act were made without the required notice and period of public comment.

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Source: Common Domain

Senate Passes Resolution to Withdraw U.S. Support for War in Yemen

Friday 20:01 GMT

The U.S. Senate ignored appeals by the Trump administration and passed a resolution on Thursday to withdraw U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition at war in Yemen, delivering a bipartisan setback for the president’s Middle East policy.

The resolution, sponsored by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) and Mike Lee (R., Utah), would withdraw U.S. military support for the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-allied Houthi militants in a conflict that has left tens of thousands dead and pushed millions to the brink of starvation.


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