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Defense Sec Mattis runs his own show…..

Donald Trump started off the campaign last year by saying….’ he wouldn’t rely on the ‘genera’s’..he was pretty smart himself.’…

Well that was then….

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President Trump IS relying on one former general so much, that James Mattis is running his shop with little interference from Trump people….

James Mattis has the respect and therefore the support of the nation’s commander-in-chief who deferr’s to Mattis in most Defense related policy….

And THAT makes a LOT of people sleep easier every night….

James Mattis is quickly becoming one of the most powerful Defense secretaries in recent memory, with access to President Trump that few can match.

Trump last week gave the former Marine Corps general full authority to decide the number of additional U.S. troops sent to Afghanistan, a move that comes even before a war strategy has been set. The president has given Mattis similar authority in Iraq and Syria.

And while former President Obama talked frequently to his top commanders overseeing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, Trump has instead chosen to speak only to Mattis and a handful of other Cabinet secretaries, according to a White House spokesman.

There is a “very, very close and good relationship” between Trump and Mattis, the spokesman said, describing frequent working dinners “almost on a weekly basis, sometimes more than once a week.”

The two are sometimes joined at the dinners by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, national security adviser H.R. McMaster and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, another former Marine Corps general.

But Mattis above all seems to command the most time with Trump.

“They talk very, very regularly, Mattis probably more than any Cabinet secretary,” the spokesman said.

Mattis enjoys strong bipartisan support on Capitol Hill. He was confirmed by the Senate in a 98-1 vote, with only Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) voting against him. No other Trump Cabinet nominee has come close to that level of support…..

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Trump hires another lawyer for himself…

Trump’s original personal lawyer Micheal Cohn has hired HIS OWN lawyer…

Marc Kasowitz and Trump lawyer has told staff members NOT to lawyer up….

Nobody has taken his advice including Mike Pence, who has joined others in getting their own lawyer…

Trump has now hired an inside the Beltway lawyer to his increased legal team as Mueller’s office grows in size and expand’s its inquiries….

President Trump has hired another lawyer in the wake of the ongoing investigation into alleged ties between his campaign and Russian election meddling.

Washington legal veteran John Dowd will join Marc Kasowitz, Michael Bowe and Jay Sekulow in representing the president in the investigation, a spokesman for the team said Friday, according to Reuters.

Dowd has represented a number of high-profile clients in the past, including Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on congressional ethics charges in a banking scandal in the 1980s and 1990s. McCain was eventually cleared in the matter….

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Some Democrats want Hillary Clinton to shut Up….

The 2016 Democratic nominee for President has voiced her anger over winning the popular vote , but losing the election….

She is publicly blaming EVERYONE , but not pointing much to herself….

Blaming her party has made some Democrats feel that Clinton should be curtailing her comments and appearances…

It appears to some that she has given up running for office and feels she isn’t burning her bridges with her party….

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Of course this  criticizing IS all strange if you look over at Donald Trump who is unafraid to attack anybody and ANYTHING, eh?…..

BTW?

A LOT of Clinton complaints about is right on..The DNC IS and WAS a mess…..And has been losing things since Obama got into office…

“She’s saying the same stuff she would say on a phone call with me,” said one former aide, who worked on the 2016 campaign. “And I think she’ll continue to have a national dialogue on what needs to be fixed.”

Some Democrats say Clinton is better off laying low.

“I’m not sure there is a political strategy here,” said Democratic strategist Brad Bannon. “It sounds to me like more of a personal strategy.

“Complaining about an outcome and blaming everyone else is not a good political strategy,” Bannon added.

Jamal Simmons, a Democratic strategist, acknowledged some frustration among Democrats over Clinton’s remarks.

“Some people I know are just frustrated that it’s happening,” he said. “She is a national hero and a great public servant and has the right to be upset.”

But Simmons added that if she’s going to discuss the loss, “it would be nice to hear a little more about the things she did wrong, which I believe mattered more than what she has discussed.”….

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Zbigniew Brzezinski Carter adviser and father of Mika Brzezinski is gone…

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Zbigniew Brzezinski, a longtime political scholar who served as President Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser, died Friday. He was 89.

His daughter, Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” confirmed his death in an Instagram post Friday night.

As one of Carter’s top aides from 1977 to 1981, Brzezinski played a role in major events including the Camp David Accords, the Iran hostage crisis and the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan….

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Trump / Republican Congress Immigration policy Updates…

While Trump has NOT been able to get his ‘wall’ or Muslim ban?

He has jaw boned illegal border crossing down by record amounts….

In addition, while he has not gotten money for more immigration enforcement ?….Immigration and Border cops HAVE increased their searches for illegals resulting in increased deportation cases…

The Hill does a piece on a new House bill offered up and the actions of the Trump admin to increase sticking to the letter of the law  against illegal’s in America….

The Trump administration has found a way to deport millions of undocumented aliens without hearings, and the Republican-controlled congress is working on enforcement-only legislation.

On May 16, Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho), introduced the Davis-Oliver Act, H.R. 2431. Davis and Oliver were law enforcement officers who were murdered by an alien returning to the United States illegally after being deported twice. …

Section 314 makes crimes out of illegal entry and unlawful presence. If an offender does not have three misdemeanor convictions or a felony conviction, a first offense can result in imprisonment for up to six months. Subsequent offenses can result in imprisonment for up to two years.

The Davis-Oliver Act would make it possible for the states to take over the responsibility for immigration enforcement if a future president limits enforcement the way Obama did. ..

The Republicans can deport most of the undocumented aliens in the country if they choose to do so, but it would take a long time and would be very expensive politically as well as financially…..

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Update on Haitian Refugees ….

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BREAKING: Federal officials: DHS to extend temporary protected status to Haitians

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Trump’s poll numbers drop even among his base…

This poll was right BEFORE the Comey debacle started to roll out….

A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday showed President Donald Trump’s approval rating back down following a bounce in mid-April.

The poll, taken May 4-9, pegged Trump’s approval at 36% compared to 58% who said they disapprove of his performance as President.
Nearly all interviews were done ahead of the news that Trump had fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday.
Trump’s support had ticked up to 40% in a mid-April poll taken after Trump authorized a missile attack on a Syrian air base in response to a chemical weapons attack the US said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad perpetrated on civilians, including babies.
The May poll showed Trump’s approval rating returning nearly to its previous position from a poll released April 4, when he earned a 35% approval rating.
Among subgroups, Trump lost significant support among white respondents without college degrees. This demographic has consistently been one of the stronger groups for Trump and is a rough picture of the white working class…..
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Comey wanted to expand his Russian Connections probe…

One could guess that the request ain’t going anywhere now?

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Former FBI Director James Comey reportedly requested more money and personnel for the bureau’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election days before he was fired by President Trump.

Comey made the request during a meeting last week with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who wrote the Justice Department memo used to justify Comey’s firing, The New York Times first reported Wednesday.

The FBI director then briefed members of Congress about the meeting, according to the Times. CNN, the Washington Post and the Associated Press have reported confirming Comey’s request for more resources, as have other media outlets.

The Justice Department’s top spokeswoman denied the reports that Comey had requested more money. Sarah Isgur Flores toldHuffPost the reports were “totally false.”….

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2020 Democrats for President…Kamala Harris?

We’ll continue to spotlight the increasingly long list of Democrats mentioned as possibles for the 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination….

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Now’s the time prospective presidential candidates start taking the subtle but crucial behind-the-scenes steps that get them noticed by the political intelligentsia, and Sen. Kamala Harris is quietly following the script.

She’s making speeches to key national constituencies. She’s due for an appearance at a Washington think-tank panel full of chattering-class presidential favorites that the national media will be reporting and analyzing, probably for days. She’s been fundraising for colleagues and making sure that she is forming relationships with key national reporters.

They’re all boxes that prospective presidential candidates routinely check. It’s a chance to ultimately convince insiders they’ve got the gravitas and the fundraising chops to be taken seriously.

The California Democrat, sworn into office four months ago, insists she’s not thinking about a run for president. Her inner circle forcefully tries to tamp down 2020 speculation – after all, there is no upside to being seen as a new senator focused more on national political ambition than on California.

But the speculation is not going away, not with the absence of a clear Democratic presidential frontrunner and the party desperately in search and in need of a new generation of leadership.

 “A lot of activists in the party would love to see a new leader step forward,” said Roger Hickey,” co-director of the progressive strategy group Campaign for America’s Future.

Harris is being closely watched….

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House approves Obamacare Repeal Bill….Senate to write its own Bill….

While Donald Trump THINKS he has actually gotten rid of Obamacare?

He hasn’t..

Today’s vote did nothing except allow ed him and Republicans to boast that the did vote FOR a  repeal…Something they have been inching for…for years…

An actual repeal involves BOTH HOUSES of Congress and his signature…

Oh,and…. By the way?

The US Senate now says it won’t even deal with the House bill

They are going to write their own…

For the Republican House members that voted to make Trump happy?

(Twenty did NOT….)

You just made yourself a target for the 2018 Midterm elections...

For the Republicans?

The Democrats ARE handed a wedge issue to beat on you…

“I have never seen political suicide in my life like I’m seeing today.”

— Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), quoted by the New York Times, on the GOP health care bill passing the House.

Enjoy your beer folks…

Obamacare isn’t over yet….

A Senate proposal is now being developed by a 12-member working group. It will attempt to incorporate elements of the House bill, senators said, but will not take up the House bill as a starting point and change it through the amendment process.”The safest thing to say is there will be a Senate bill, but it will look at what the House has done and see how much of that we can incorporate in a product that works for us in reconciliation,” said Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.”We are going to draft a Senate bill,” added Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. “That is what I’ve been told.”

The working group has been meeting for weeks, said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, a member of the group.

“What we have to do is build a consensus among our conference and that is what the working group is designed to do,” Cornyn said. “To get to a compromise we can agree to and then present it to the larger conference.”

Cornyn said there is “really no deadline” for the group to produce a bill…..

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To get some of the moderate House members votes?

The vote was 217 for to 213 against…

The Republicans added $8Billion for pre-existing conditions…

“The Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare does not allocate nearly enough money to protect people with pre-existing health conditions from potentially higher insurance premiums,” CNBC reports.

“The bill’s $23 billion in funding specifically for such people would cover just 110,000 Americans, according to the Avalere Health study released Thursday. That’s only 5 percent of the 2.2 million current enrollees in the individual insurance market with some type of pre-existing chronic condition.”

Review of what the House Republicans voted to pass…Here

(Again…The US Senate is writing it’s OWN Bill)

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NATO moves more military might to the Baltic States ….

While Donald Trump tried to jawbone more money for Defense out of NATO countries?

His Defense Dept. has quietly moved more NATO air assets , troops and heavy weapons to the bordering countries of the Baltic and Russia …..

Sidewinder- and AMRAAM-armed Dutch F-16s and German Typhoons are handing over Baltic Air Policing duties to Polish F-16s and Spanish EF-18 Hornets.Eastern Europe, including ……Lithuania, Poland , Estonia, and Latvia…..to counter a build of Russian military units….

The concern that the US would not support NATO was another one Donald Trump’s campaign stories that rings untrue…

It should be noted that Defense Sec Mattis did a tour as the American military boss in the organization as the commander of American European Forces….

The sight of heavily armed NATO fighters in the skies over the Baltic States is one that the alliance hopes will continue to deter aggression in the region.

Every few months, member nations take turns policing the skies of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as well as the international airspace over the neighboring Baltic Sea.

The three tiny nations—bordering Russia, its exclave Kaliningrad or long-term ally Belarus—are spending heavily on their defense, but their small size makes a fighter-equipped air arm something of a luxury. Therefore, they remain heavily reliant on fellow NATO members for air defense.

The alliance is further increasing its presence both here and in other areas of Eastern Europe. The Enhanced Forward Presence, a plan outlined by NATO leaders at the Wales summit three years ago, is taking shape, putting battalion-sized army formations in place in an attempt to deter regional aggression. Hundreds of troops, armored vehicles and equipment have been arriving since in the Baltic States and Poland, by sea and air. NATO is also reinforcing air policing measures for countries on the Black Sea….

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11 Current or Former Fox News staffers sueing the company over race and sex issues…

Something has been, or is . very wrong at that place…

Eleven current and former Fox News employees filed a class-action lawsuit in New York against the network, accusing it of “abhorrent, intolerable, unlawful and hostile racial discrimination.”

The lawsuit, filed in state Supreme Court in the Bronx, expands a complaint filed at the end of March by Tichaona Brown and Tabrese Wright, two black women who worked in the Fox News payroll department. In particular, the suit contends that Judith Slater, the company’s longtime comptroller, engaged in racist behavior and made racist remarks and that senior executives ignored her actions. A third Fox News employee, Monica Douglas, joined the lawsuit earlier this month. Fox News fired Slater in February.

“When it comes to racial discrimination, 21st Century Fox has been operating as if it should be called 18th Century Fox,” the plaintiffs’ lawyers, Douglas H. Wigdor and Jeanne M. Christensen, said in a statement, referring to Fox News’ parent company. “We sincerely hope the filing of this race class action wakes 21st Century Fox from its slumbers and inspires the company to take a conciliatory and appropriate approach to remedy its wrongs.”…

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James Comey FBI Director and the 2016 Election…

The New York Times is out with  a long detailed  piece putting forth how FBI Director James Comey spent his last year dealing with first and foremost the look at Hillary Clinton and her email sever case, then the politics of the probe…..Then the walk into the Trump & Co. Russian connections case which is on going ….

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The piece , done  by 

That Hillary Clinton through her own actions put her campaign at risk….But she was also the recipient of fumbles and miscues by the Obama Admin from Barack Obama, thru Loretta Lynch and even Comey himself….

In these days of few secrets an FBI Director has hand to shepard his agency thru several politically sensitive investigations that involved people at the top of the American political government ….That there would be NO politics involved is naive….

But no department head to be fair could expect to make it thru without being thrown at is also wrong….

The piece shows a James Comey consulting with his people to game out where he should go on all major decisions….

But after he decides ?

He is overideen several times by events (Bill Clinton visiting AG Lynch), and direction from his superiors (White House holding Trump initial probe from the media)…

The result was and is a see-saw of criticism  thrown at Comey in-particular and the FBI by BOTH American political parties and don-off relationship with two President’s who have the power to remove him from his job…

In this day and age organizations cannot afford to tell their story in public ….

This from the NY Times is James Comey’s and the Federal Bureau of Investigation …

And agency trying hard to stay OUT of politics…

For Mr. Comey, keeping the F.B.I. out of politics is such a preoccupation that he once said he would never play basketball with President Barack Obama because of the appearance of being chummy with the man who appointed him. But in the final months of the presidential campaign, the leader of the nation’s pre-eminent law enforcement agency shaped the contours, if not the outcome, of the presidential race by his handling of the Clinton and Trump-related investigations.

An examination by The New York Times, based on interviews with more than 30 current and former law enforcement, congressional and other government officials, found that while partisanship was not a factor in Mr. Comey’s approach to the two investigations, he handled them in starkly different ways. In the case of Mrs. Clinton, he rewrote the script, partly based on the F.B.I.’s expectation that she would win and fearing the bureau would be accused of helping her. In the case of Mr. Trump, he conducted the investigation by the book, with the F.B.I.’s traditional secrecy. Many of the officials discussed the investigations on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters.

Mr. Comey made those decisions with the supreme self-confidence of a former prosecutor who, in a distinguished career, has cultivated a reputation for what supporters see as fierce independence, and detractors view as media-savvy arrogance.

The Times found that this go-it-alone strategy was shaped by his distrust of senior officials at the Justice Department, who he and other F.B.I. officials felt had provided Mrs. Clinton with political cover. The distrust extended to his boss, Loretta E. Lynch, the attorney general, who Mr. Comey believed had subtly helped play down the Clinton investigation.

His misgivings were only fueled by the discovery last year of a document written by a Democratic operative that seemed — at least in the eyes of Mr. Comey and his aides — to raise questions about her independence. In a bizarre example of how tangled the F.B.I. investigations had become, the document had been stolen by Russian hackers.

The examination also showed that at one point, President Obama himself was reluctant to disclose the suspected Russian influence in the election last summer, for fear his administration would be accused of meddling.

Mr. Comey, the highest-profile F.B.I. director since J. Edgar Hoover, has not squarely addressed his decisions last year. He has touched on them only obliquely, asserting that the F.B.I. is blind to partisan considerations. “We’re not considering whose ox will be gored by this action or that action, whose fortune will be helped,” he said at a public event recently. “We just don’t care. We can’t care. We only ask: ‘What are the facts? What is the law?’”

But circumstances and choices landed him in uncharted and perhaps unwanted territory, as he made what he thought were the least damaging choices from even less desirable alternatives.

“This was unique in the history of the F.B.I.,” said Michael B. Steinbach, the former senior national security official at the F.B.I., who worked closely with Mr. Comey, describing the circumstances the agency faced last year while investigating both the Republican and Democratic candidates for president. “People say, ‘This has never been done before.’ Well, there never was a before. Or ‘That’s not normally how you do it.’ There wasn’t anything normal about this.”…

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Is Trump’s Admin beginning to follow the some of the Hillary Clinton playbook?

Politico makes THAT claim …..

If this sticks?

What will ALL those voters who voted AGAINST Clinton do?

Do they FINALLY understand that Donald Trump might be the head Republican right now?

But he sure has had and still does have vestige’s of Democrt in around him even till today…

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Observers have been waiting for more than a year for Donald Trump to stop acting like a beer hall bouncer and start acting more presidential. On Wednesday, that wish came true, as Baby Donald completed his transformation into a standard chief executive of the United States by espousing many of the hallmark policies one would have associated with President Hillary Clinton.

My Politico Playbook colleagues discerned Trump’s recent policy shift in their Thursday tipsheet. Previously, Trump said NATO was obsolete. Now, he salutes it, Clinton-style, as a “great alliance.” Previously, he lavished kisses on Vladimir Putin and Russia. Now Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have taken a Clintonesque stand against Russia, admitting to low levels of trust between the two nations. Then: No war in Syria. Now, Trump is bombing Syria with the sort of glee Clinton would have brought to the mission. And on and on it goes, with Trump adopting Clintonian stances on Chinese currency manipulation (doesn’t exist!) and the Export-Import Bank (for it).

Hillary Clinton’s presidency would have been a family affair, with Bill and Chelsea mobbing the White House with their advice; Trump has seated daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner at on his roundtable and acts on their guidance. Hillary Clinton would have recruited pros from Goldman Sachs; Trump has brushed the rafters of his administration a beaming gold with guys from Goldman. Hillary Clinton would have gone to war with the Republican Congress, vowing to campaign against them once they refused to pass her legislation; Trump has come close to realizing that goal, telling the leader of the troublesome House Freedom Caucus, “Mark, I’m coming after you.”….

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Will Brooklyn’s Barclays Center Co. work to send the NHL Islanders back to the Nassau Coliseum ?

The same company runs the Barclay and recently reopened Nassau Coliseum….

Talk has been on going on moving the National Hockey League team back from Brooklyn (Which is actually on Long Island) back to Nassau County…

There have been talk of building a whole new home for the Islanders at the NY State owned Belmont Racetrack, where there is space available ….

The new Nassua Coliseum would have to add more seats and straighten out it’s opening woes….

But Islander fans wouldn’t mind for the team to come back home….

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Fans line up to see Billy Joel perform at the renovated Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale on Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Law said Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, which runs both Barclays Center and Nassau Coliseum, will offer to make further “adjustments” to the Coliseum — such as adding seats — to address the Islanders’ potential concerns.

“Over the last two months, I have met with Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, Islanders owners, I’ve met with the county and the state,” Law said. “What I just learned very recently is that BSE will be offering a plan to the Islanders to move them back to the Coliseum.”

Law, who has no direct role in the Islanders’ fate, is an influential advocate and business leader who frequently consults with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Long Island-related matters. Law said the presentation will be made to Islanders owners Jonathan Ledecky and Scott Malkin when they meet soon to talk about renegotiating the 25-year license agreement with Barclays Center….

Previously, sources have said the owners of the Islanders and Mets and a sports arena development company backed by Madison Square Garden have had discussions about building a new hockey arena at Belmont Park.

Amy Varghese, a spokeswoman for Empire State Development, said that the state’s primary business development agency is “working to finalize” a new request for proposals to develop Belmont Park….

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Trump Admin Staffing up….

…Update from Politico….

Trump names Kan for DOT post: Trump has nominated Derek Kan, a former aide to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to be undersecretary for policy at DOT. Kan, who currently works for the ride-hailing company Lyft in Los Angeles, would serve as Secretary Elaine Chao’s No. 3 at the department if confirmed. Kan worked for McConnell, who is Chao’s husband, as a policy adviser from 2008 to 2010. He currently serves on the Amtrak board of directors, a post to which the Senate confirmed him in December 2015.

Zinke taps two at Department of the Interior: Secretary Ryan Zinke has tapped two women for posts within the Interior Department, including a “beachhead” team member from the transition. Zinke named Katharine MacGregor as deputy assistant secretary for land and minerals management. He’ll also appoint Aurelia Skipwith, co-founder of agricultural consulting firm AVC Global, as deputy assistant secretary for fish, wildlife and parks.

New assistant secretary for international markets and development at Treasury: Trump plans to nominate financial services attorney Heath Tarbert. Tarbert heads the bank regulatory group at the law firm Allen & Overy and represents clients before federal regulatory agencies, including the SEC and the FDIC, according to his profile on the firm’s website. Before joining Allen & Overy in early 2014, he worked as a senior counsel and partner at the firm Weil Gotshal & Manges for about four years; served as special counsel to the Senate Banking Committee; and worked as associate counsel to President George W. Bush during the last six months of his presidency, at the start of the financial crisis.

Undersecretary for terrorism and financial crimes at Treasury: The White House announced late Tuesday that it has nominated Sigal Mandelker for the post. She’s a former DOJ and DHS official and partner at the law firm of Proskauer. More here.

HHS staffs up: A slew of arrivals have landed at Health and Human Services in recent days. An HHS directory lists conservative health expert Jeffrey H. Anderson as director of HHS’ Office of Health Reform. Anderson worked as a speechwriter at HHS during the George W. Bush administration and most recently worked as a fellow at the Hudson Institute.

Additionally, John R. Graham, formerly senior fellow at the National Center for Policy Analysis, will be the principal deputy assistant secretary for planning and evaluation. John M. O’Brien, who was previously vice president of public policy at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, will be a deputy assistant secretary for planning and evaluation.

Quinn to USTR: White House trade adviser Andrew Quinn is being reassigned to the United States Trade Representative’s office, three administration officials told POLITICO. “The decision comes after Breitbart News and conservatives raised concerns about the White House’s decision to elevate Quinn, noting that he was the deputy chief negotiator of the TPP when he worked at USTR during the Obama administration. Trump is a strident opponent of the TPP and withdrew from the deal in January,” reports POLITICO’s Andrew Restuccia, Alex Isenstadt and Nahal Toosi….

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No mention of State Dept hirings, eh?

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Rep Nunes steps down from Trump Russian Connections House probe….

Had to happen…..

Once he jumped up and ran to the Trump White House before talking to anyone else with his ‘info’?

He was done….

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) on Thursday said he will temporarily step aside in his committee’s investigation into the Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Nunes said in a statement he thinks it is in the “best interests” of the committee and the Congress for Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) to temporarily take over the committee’s investigation into the Russian meddling, with assistance from Reps. Trey Gowdy (R-Ky.) and Tom Rooney (R-Pa.).

“Several leftwing activist groups have filed accusations against me with the Office of Congressional Ethics,” Nunes said in the statement. “The charges are entirely false and politically motivated, and are being leveled just as the American people are beginning to learn the truth about the improper unmaking of the identities of U.S. citizens and other abuses of power.”

Nunez said he will continue to fulfill his other duties as chairman….

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Nunes HOE look is from INSIDE..Not Outside….

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Nunes debacle sends a clear message to GOP caucus: If you agree to carry water for Trump, you will pay a high price.

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