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Republicans plan massive cuts to programs for the poor

GOP planning massive cuts in programs for the poorHouse Republicans just voted to slash hundreds of billions of dollars in health care for the poor as part of their Obamacare replacement. Now, they’re weighing a plan to take the scalpel to programs that provide meals to needy kids and housing and education assistance for low-income families.

President Donald Trump’s refusal to overhaul Social Security and Medicare — and his pricey wish-list for infrastructure, a border wall and tax cuts — is sending House budget writers scouring for pennies in politically sensitive places: safety-net programs for the most vulnerable.

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Treasury's financial intel unit to turn over financial records to Senate for Trump-Russia probe

FinCENA financial intelligence unit within the Treasury Department has agreed in principle to turn over financial records related to President Donald Trump and associates, NBC News confirmed Friday, citing a person close to the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The committee's bipartisan investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election is also looking into whether there was collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign.

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Grand jury subpoenas issued in FBI Russia probe: report

Mike FlynnFederal prosecutors have issued grand jury subpoenas as part of the ongoing probe of Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to a new report.

The subpoenas to associates of former national security adviser Michael Flynn are seeking business records, CNN said Tuesday.

CNN confirmed with people familiar with the matter that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Alexandria, Va., issued the subpoenas in recent weeks.

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Bid to revoke Obama-era methane rules fails in U.S. Senate

Methane limits upheld by SenateIn a blow to administration efforts to free the oil and gas industry from Obama-era environmental rules, a Senate resolution to revoke a rule to limit leaks and flaring of methane from oil and gas production on federal lands fell short of votes 49-51 on Wednesday.

The surprise vote outcome came after Republican leaders scrambled for weeks to secure the 51 votes necessary to pass the Congressional Review Act resolution, which would revoke the rule and prevent any similar regulations from being introduced.

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Comey firing: Dems ramp up call for special prosecutor on Russia

Dems ask for special prosecutor in Russia investigationDemocrats are ramping up their calls for a special prosecutor to investigate Russia's alleged meddling in the U.S. election after President Donald Trump fired James Comey as FBI director.

Some Democrats have accused Trump's administration of engaging in a coverup by ridding itself of the man overseeing an investigation into the relationship between his campaign and Russia. Democratic lawmakers are calling on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the federal investigation into Russia because Attorney General Jeff Sessions previously recused himself, to appoint the special prosecutor.

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McCain hammers Tillerson in NYT op-ed

John McCainSen. John McCain slammed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a New York Times op-ed published Monday morning, accusing the nation’s chief diplomat of adopting a foreign policy that abandons both U.S. values and victims of oppression around the world.

McCain’s op-ed came in response to remarks Tillerson delivered last week to State Department employees, in which he said that “in some circumstances if you condition our national security efforts on someone adopting our values, we probably can’t achieve our national security goals.”

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Sally Yates Recounts Warning Trump Team Michael Flynn Could Be Blackmailed By Russia

Sally Yates at Congressional hearingIn prepared remarks, Yates said she was limited about what she could discuss because her “duty to protect classified information applies just as much to me as a former official as it did when I led the department.” Yates also said she was “not authorized generally to discuss deliberations within DOJ or more broadly in the Executive Branch, particularly on matters that may be the subject of ongoing investigations.”

But she said Russian efforts to undermine the democratic process “pose a serious threat to all Americans.”

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