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Mick Mulvaney Used Old Campaign Funds to Cover Interest Payments on His Loans

Mick Mulvaney ysed GOP funds to pay off interest on debts

When White House budget director Mick Mulvaney repaid personal loans to his state senate campaign in September, he was digging himself out of a bit of a financial hole.

Mulvaney had loaned his South Carolina campaign thousands of dollars to cover interest payments on other six-figure loans that he used to finance his state-level campaigns before being elected to Congress in 2010.

It’s a problematic situation in which many Americans find themselves: borrowing money to pay debt service on other borrowed money. But for Mulvaney, the situation was particularly ironic: Two months after he repaid his personal loans to his state senate campaign, he was tapped to be the nation’s top financial consumer watchdog—an office that has tried to help consumers avoid just those sorts of debt traps.

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Ronny Jackson won’t return to old job as Trump’s physician

Ronny Jackson won't return to old job

White House physician Ronny Jackson will not return to his role as the president’s personal physician, according to two senior administration officials, after a string of allegations caused the Navy rear admiral to withdraw his nomination last week to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Sean Conley, a Navy officer who took over Jackson’s role as the president’s personal doctor last month, will continue in the role, the officials said.

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Trump Demands Loyalty Oath From Job Seekers Who Criticized Him During Election

Trump demands loyalty oath from employeesPresident Trump has reportedly scrutinized and demanded loyalty from people up for administration positions after they criticized him during the campaign, according to The Washington Post.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions wanted Sarah Isgur Flores as “his top spokeswoman,” but Flores reportedly had to “kowtow” to Trump personally before getting the gig. According to sources, Flores “told the president she was on board with his agenda and would be honored to serve him” in the Oval Office after she “repeatedly” criticized him in the 2016 primary.

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House chaplain’s mysterious firing triggers uproar

House chaplain's mysterious dismissal

The mysterious firing of the House chaplain morphed into a full-on political firestorm for Republicans Friday as Democrats forced a floor vote on the issue and Catholics on both sides of the aisle said they weren’t satisfied with the reasons given for his ouster.

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) tried to quell the controversy Friday morning by addressing his decision to fire Father Patrick Conroy during a private GOP conference meeting. Ryan said Conroy's ouster wasn’t politically motivated, as some have speculated. He said it came after complaints from multiple members about how the Jesuit priest wasn’t meeting their “pastoral needs,” as several Republican lawmakers exiting the meeting put it.

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Trump and Cohen get 90 day stay in Stormy Daniels lawsuit

Trump and Cohen get 90 day stay in Stormy Daniels caseScore one for President Trump and his attorney, Michael Cohen ... who were just granted a 90-day stay in their legal battle with Stormy Daniels.

Cohen had requested the extra 90 days in proceedings due to the FBI raid on his office. Cohen told the court he would plead the 5th if Stormy's lawsuit over the "hush" agreement went forward. He argued he wouldn't be able to effectively defend himself in the Stormy case, because anything he said could incriminate him with the feds.

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Judge tosses Manafort lawsuit challenging Mueller's authority

Judge dismisses Manafort civil case

A federal judge on Friday tossed out former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's lawsuit challenging the scope of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

In her decision, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson wrote that a civil suit is not the way for Manafort to challenge actions by the prosecutors who are working for Mueller's office.

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Lawyer Who Was Said to Have Dirt on Clinton Had Closer Ties to Kremlin Than She Let On

Lawyer at Trump Tower meeting had close ties to KremlinThe Russian lawyer who met with Trump campaign officials in Trump Tower in June 2016 on the premise that she would deliver damaging information about Hillary Clinton has long insisted she is a private attorney, not a Kremlin operative trying to meddle in the presidential election.

But newly released emails show that in at least one instance two years earlier, the lawyer, Natalia V. Veselnitskaya, worked hand in glove with Russia’s chief legal office to thwart a Justice Department civil fraud case against a well-connected Russian firm.

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