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Puzder out as labor secretary pick; first Trump nominee to stumble

Andrew Puzder withdrew from consideration to be labor secretary Wednesday after it became clear that he would struggle to win confirmation amid allegations of wife abuse and employing an illegal immigrant as a maid. The fast-food company executive’s withdrawal is a major blow to President Trump, who, despite severe opposition from Democrats, had managed to …

House chairmen ask DOJ investigator to probe handling of classified info

The chairmen of the House oversight and judiciary committees have formally requested an investigation from the Justice Department’s inspector general to see if any officials mishandled classified information in the wake of recent intelligence-related leaks. Reps. Jason Chaffetz and Bob Goodlatte cited recent news articles on former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn “recounting potentially classified …

Tom Perez, former labor secretary: Andy Puzder was unqualified

Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez applauded the news Wednesday that Andy Puzder is out of the running for his old job, saying the businessman was “unqualified” for the post and saying President Trump has done a lackluster job of vetting his inner circle. Mr. Perez, who is running to be the next chairman of the …

Susan Collins says she’ll vote against Scott Pruitt for EPA chief

Sen. Susan Collins said Wednesday evening she’ll vote against Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency, the first Republican senator to announce opposition to President Trump’s choice for the department. In an interview with Maine Public Radio, Ms. Collins — who previously voted against Betsy DeVos to lead the Education Department and signaled she’d …

Chuck Grassley, Dianne Feinstein request transcripts of Michael Flynn’s conversations

The chairman and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee have asked the country’s top law enforcement officials for copies of the transcripts of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s conversations with a Russian diplomat, as well as a briefing on the circumstances surrounding Mr. Flynn’s resignation. Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican, and Dianne …

Cost of border wall is less than cost of services for illegals: report

If President Trump’s border wall stopped just 10 percent of new illegal immigrants it would pay for itself by saving American taxpayers from spending money on services for those migrants over their lifetimes, according to a new report from the Center for Immigration Studies. The center, which advocates for a crackdown on immigration, said illegal …