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Mnuchin says he should take it ‘as a compliment’ that people compared him to a James Bond villain after the money photos went viral

“Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said he wasn’t bothered when people online compared him to a James Bond villain after he posed for photos with money at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing last week” writes Maxwell Tani for businessinsider.com. The images quickly went viral, and opponents of President Donald Trump’s tax reform push used them to cast the administration’s efforts as out-of-touch and benefiting the wealthy. Democrats trolled House Republicans using viral images and memes incorporating the images during the floor debate on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the…

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David Davis warns the EU: ‘Don’t put politics before prosperity’

“The briefing shows that because of the government’s rejection of continuing single market and customs union membership, a limited free trade deal is the only option” writes Adam Becket for businessinsider.com. LONDON — David Davis warned members of the European Union not to put “politics before prosperity” in Brexit negotiations as Britain faces the prospect of trade talks not beginning until 2018.Speaking at an economic conference in Berlin on Thursday, the Brexit secretary claimed Britain and the EU can agree a free trade deal bigger than “any the EU has agreed…

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin gets first look at new $1 bills with his signature

“Mnuchin did not discuss during the tour whether the Trump administration will overturn an Obama administration decision to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman” writes Kara Zupkus for washingtonexaminer.com. During the 2016 presidential campaign, President Trump said Obama’s decision was motivated by “pure political correctness.”.  Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Corbyn mocks Boris’ police cuts tweet

“Jeremy Corbyn has mocked Boris Johnson for complaining about cuts to police services made under Conservative governments” writes Ned Simons for huffingtonpost.co.uk. The Labour leader targeted the foreign secretary during prime minister’s questions on Wednesday for a tweet he sent on November 2 in which he attacked the closure of a police station in his constituency. Gavin Williamson, the new defence secretary, has previously argued against a series of cuts to services in his constituency. in an articles on his website written while he was Chief Whip, Williamson said he…

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Democrats are going after Trump’s pick to replace Tom Price and are using his history with drug prices to do it

“But Azar’s own track record with drug prices is giving Democrats fodder to attack the choice” writes Lydia Ramsey for businessinsider.com. “He will be a star for better healthcare and lower drug prices,” President Donald Trump said in a tweet announcing Azar as his pick on Monday.Lilly is one of three companies that have substantially increased the price of insulin, the lifesaving drug used to treat diabetes.It’s likely that should Azar try to do something about drug prices, he might look at taking action against more than just pharmaceutical companies.Over…

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Senators demand inquiry into Trump’s commerce secretary after Paradise Papers leak

“Democratic senators have formally asked an internal watchdog at the US commerce department to investigate secretary Wilbur Ross following disclosures about his finances in the Paradise Papers” writes Jon Swaine for theguardian.com. A group of six senators, led by Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, asked the department’s inspector general to open an inquiry into Ross’s “compliance with ethics requirements” since joining Donald Trump’s cabinet.The senators also asked Gustafson to look into “the adequacy of that agreement,” as well as “the true value of secretary Ross’s personal wealth” and “whether senior department…

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Don’t Count on the Cabinet to Stop a Trump-Ordered Nuclear Strike

“Stop counting on Secretary of Defense James Mattis or Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to stop a nuclear war if Donald Trump wants one, says Bill Perry” writes Edward-isaac Dovere for politico.com. He says nuclear war has “become more probable in the last year, partly because of President Trump,” and partly due to events beyond the president’s control.The defense secretary is not necessarily in that loop.Perry knows Mattis well—while Perry was defense secretary in the 1990s, Mattis worked for him directly, and they both ended up at Stanford University in…

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Trump taps Alex Azar, fmr. Eli Lilly exec., as new HHS chief: Who is he?

“Azar served as a partner at one of the largest law firms in Washington, D.C., Wiley Rein, for five years” reports foxbusiness.com. Azar served as Health and Human Services general counsel and deputy secretary during George W. Bush’s administration.When he stepped down from his executive position at Lilly USA in January, he founded a health care consulting firm called Seraphim Strategies. Source: foxbusiness.com Share This:

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