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U.S. agency that could challenge Trump Jr. stalled by partisan politics

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. agency that could bring civil charges against Donald Trump, Jr. if it found he violated campaign finance laws by meeting with a Russian who purportedly had damaging information on Hillary Clinton is often gridlocked by partisan politics and can take years to mete out punishment, …

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EPA head defends White House’s plan for massive cuts to his agency

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said Thursday that the administration’s proposed budget “supports the EPA’s highest priorities.” (Melina Mara/The Washington Post) President Trump once vowed to get rid of the Environmental Protection Agency “in almost every form,” leaving behind only “tidbits.” On Thursday, the man he appointed to lead the EPA went …

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White House Official’s Political Tweet Was Illegal, Agency Says

Photo Dan Scavino Jr., the White House director of social media, talking to Sean Spicer, the press secretary, last month outside the Oval Office. Credit Al Drago/The New York Times WASHINGTON — Dan Scavino Jr., the White House director of social media, violated a federal law that prohibits political activity …

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Trump White House Blinks In Standoff With Ethics Agency Over Info About Waivers For Ex-Lobbyists : NPR

Walter Shaub Jr., director of the United States Office of Government Ethics. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption toggle caption Claire Harbage/NPR Walter Shaub Jr., director of the United States Office of Government Ethics. Claire Harbage/NPR The Trump administration agreed late Friday to disclose records regarding former lobbyists it has hired, and …

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NEH chairman steps down as White House renews call for eliminating agency

The National Endowment for the Humanities announced Monday the resignation of Chairman William D. Adams, effective today. Adams was an Obama appointee, but the position is among those in the executive branch in which terms can go past a change in administration. His four-year term wouldn’t have been up until …

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Sen. Portman opposes White House gutting federal drug control agency

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, says gutting the the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy is the absolute wrong move. The Trump administration is proposing to slash the ONDCP by nearly 95 percent, according to a memo obtained by CBS News and Politico. The Office of Management and …

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