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Zinke’s departure puts Interior in hands of former oil lobbyist

“Bernhardt also represented Alaska in a 2014 lawsuit against the Interior Department that sought to allow oil exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge” writes Jennifer A for seattletimes.com. Most of his professional life has been tied to Interior — either working inside the agency or lobbying it from the outside.David Bernhardt is expected to be named acting Interior secretary by President Donald Trump, following the resignation of current chief Ryan Zinke, which was announced Saturday.Most of Bernhardt’s professional life has been tied to Interior — either working inside the…

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Kelly first, Nielsen next? Some think Trump is ready for a new DHS secretary

“Former Department of Homeland Security officials expect Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will be the next Trump administration official to be shown the door, now that Trump’s chief of staff is leaving” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Nielsen’s survival in the Trump administration was not expected after Trump said last weekend he was going to replace Kelly, reportedly because of a falling out between the two men. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Ryan Zinke leaves Trump administration amid Justice Department investigation

“Zinke has been the target of a continuing Justice Department investigation into whether he used his position for personal gain” reports washingtonexaminer.com. And in September, the Trump administration proposed to weaken a 2016 Obama-era regulation targeting venting and flaring, or burning, of methane from oil and gas operations on federal lands.President Trump announced Saturday that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will be leaving the administration. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Embattled Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke leaving Trump administration at end of year

“Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke will be leaving the Trump administration at the end of the year, the president tweeted early Saturday” writes Rachel Koning Beals for marketwatch.com. Trump said he will be announcing a new secretary of the Interior next week.Zinke has been the subject of more than a dozen investigations into personal travel and other ethical questions.In particular, Zinke has been under scrutiny for a land deal involving a foundation he led and a company backed by David Lesar, chairman of oilfield services company Halliburton HAL, -3.04%…

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Inside The Trump Administration’s Census Scam

“By rigging the decennial count, Ross and the Trump administration are attempting to deny targeted minorities a right to representation” writes Inside The Trump for rollingstone.com. The administration floated a draft executive order in January 2017 that included adding a census citizenship question as part of a crackdown on undocumented immigrants. Source: rollingstone.com Share This:

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A senior adviser and former acting secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Peter O’Rourke, has resigned under pressure after White House officials were informed he was getting paid to do little to no work, according to the The Washington Post.

“White House officials started to express concern about the adviser’s work schedule last week” reports washingtonexaminer.com. In an interview with the Post, O’Rourke said he was “available for anything the [VA] secretary asked me to do.”. Previously, he was the acting secretary of the VA for two months and a former campaign aide for President Trump. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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UK disarray: Prime Minister Theresa May to face no-confidence vote by lawmakers

“On Wednesday morning Graham Brady, who heads a committee overseeing Conservative leadership contests, said he had received letters from at least 48 lawmakers asking for a vote” writes Lisa Lawless for sun-sentinel.com. May canceled a Wednesday trip to Dublin to meet Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, to stay in London and battle for lawmakers’ support. Source: sun-sentinel.com Share This:

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Britain’s Theresa May to face no-confidence vote by lawmakers

“British politics was thrown into chaos and Brexit into doubt Wednesday as Conservative lawmakers triggered a no-confidence vote in Prime Minister Theresa May that will see her removed as party and government leader if she loses” writes Associated Press for sun-sentinel.com. May canceled a trip to Dublin to meet Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, to stay in London and battle for lawmakers’ support. Source: sun-sentinel.com Share This:

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Brexit in chaos as Tory MPs trigger vote of no confidence in PM

“Conservative MPs have triggered a vote of no confidence in Theresa May, plunging the Brexit process into chaos as Tory colleagues indicated they no longer had faith in the prime minister to deliver the deal” writes Jessica Elgot for theguardian.com. Sir Graham Brady, the chair of the 1922 Committee, has received at least 48 letters from Conservative MPs calling for a vote of no confidence in May.Brady refused to say how many no confidence letters he had received. “I am only required to say the threshold was reached,” he told…

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Crypto News 

Spanish Ruling Party to Introduce Regulation on Blockchain, Crypto

“Spanish ruling party Partido Popular (PP) will introduce a draft bill on cryptocurrencies and blockchain regulation in a few days, local newspaper La Vanguardia reported Dec. 10” writes Ana Berman for cointelegraph.com. Garcia Egea also hinted at the possibility of tax cuts for blockchain startups and companies that deploy decentralized technologies.All those measures are in place to help Spain become a leader in the blockchain industry instead of following along behind other countries, Garcia Egea added.The publication reported that PP’s secretary Teodoro Garcia Egea announced the decision during the opening…

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