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Pompeo CIA confirmation vote: A preview of the 2020 presidential debate?

Kansas Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo secured 66 votes late Monday, enough to be confirmed as CIA director. But the real drama involved Democrats — and one Republican — who voted no on Pompeo and are likely to remind voters of the stand they took in the next presidential election. The dissenters have been building this case almost since the day President Donald Trump nominated Pompeo in November.

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States – like Congress – are divided on replacing Obamacare

Senate Republicans say they’ll insure more Americans than President Barack Obama’s 2010 Affordable Care Act. But states seem likely to look at the latest health care proposal with a partisan eye. In Republican-led Kansas, one lawmaker was quick to embrace the idea. But in blue-state California there was caution over the Patient Freedom Act proposed by Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Susan Collins of Maine.

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Even Mitch McConnell now says repealing Obama’s rules alone won’t bring back coal

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said rolling back Obama administration’s environmental rules wouldn’t entirely bring back the coal industry in eastern Kentucky. McConnell told McClatchy in an interview that lawmakers in Congress would work with the incoming Trump administration to “remove as many of the government impediments as possible and give the coal industry a chance to survive.”

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Trump’s EPA pick won’t guarantee California’s right to tougher auto emission rules

Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general tapped by Donald Trump to head the EPA, has long advocated giving states greater control over environmental decisions. But under questioning from senators, including Kamala Harris of California, Pruitt on Wednesday declined to say whether he’d continue to grant California waivers to enact automobile emissions standards stronger than those of the federal government.

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NC congressman says he’ll go to Trump’s inauguration despite being ‘disgusted’

U.S. Rep. David Price, Democrat from Chapel Hill and Raleigh’s congressman, will be the only Democrat in North Carolina’s congressional delegation attending President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday Jan. 20, 2017. Price said Tuesday he’ll go but will wear a symbol of “respect” for Georgia Rep. John Lewis, who got in Trump’s twitter cross-hairs over the weekend after questioning Russia’s influence on the 2016 election and whether Trump is a legitimate president.

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Democrats prep attack on Nikki Haley's inexperience for UN job

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is under consideration to be ambassador to the United Nations. Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will raise hard questions at Haley’s confirmation hearing Wednesday morning about whether she’s prepared to take on the role as United Nations ambassador, one of the United States’ leading voices on foreign policy, for a president-elect who has shown his disdain for the international body.

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Trump CIA pick Mike Pompeo lists Russia as a threat during confirmation hearing

Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS), President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for director of the Central Intelligence Agency, testified on Thursday before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Pompeo lists an aggressive Russia as one of the multiple challenges facing the U.S. during his confirmation hearing.
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Trump CIA pick Mike Pompeo lists Russia as a threat during confirmation hearing 1:51

Trump CIA pick Mike Pompeo lists Russia as a threat during confirmation hearing

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Intelligence officials testify on Russian election hacking

Trump pick John Kelly faces Senate confirmation hearing 2:06

Trump pick John Kelly faces Senate confirmation hearing

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Trump pick Jeff Sessions defends record during confirmation hearing