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APNewsBreak: Buttigieg hopes to name 1st female VA secretary

“A study released by the VA earlier this year found 1 in 4 women veterans using VA health care reported inappropriate comments by male veterans on VA grounds, raising concerns they may delay or miss their treatments” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. Buttigieg says he’d take a close look at appointing a female defense secretary as well.Buttigieg specifically proposes a new 24/7 VA “concierge” service aimed at guiding at-risk vets into mental health care. Source: seattletimes.com

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Drivers could renew vehicle registrations every two years under Michigan House bill

“Currently, drivers are required to renew vehicle registration fees annually, either online, by mail or in person at a Secretary of State office” writes Lauren Gibbons for mlive.com. Michigan bill would let drivers renew their license at eligible banks, credit unions Michigan SOS to expand online appointment system to every branch Secretary of State customers forced to wait in line as part of online scheduling system remains down.  Source: mlive.com

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For the good of America, Mike Pompeo should step down as secretary of state

“It is time for Mike Pompeo to step down as secretary of state” writes Opinion Columnist for businessinsider.com. His own ambassadors and envoys describe a secretary unable to control our country’s foreign policy and to protect his own people. Every day that he remains secretary of state, America becomes weaker and more vulnerable.He’s lost control of our foreign policy. Source: businessinsider.com

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Watchdog group: Trump DHS pick made false claims about role in family separation policy

“Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., asked Wolf if he helped develop the family separation policy, known as zero tolerance, that then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in the spring of 2018” writes Julia Ainsley Is for nbcnews.com. Wolf made a deliberate attempt to mislead the committee about his role in developing the family separation policy in violation of the prohibition against making false statements to Congress,” the letter from Restore Public Trust said.Heather Swift, a spokeswoman for DHS, said Wolf did not lie to Congress and his role in the policy was merely…

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25 bathrooms and 2 elevators? This tweet about Jeff Bezos’ mansion makes a strong case for the wealth tax

“Robert Reich, who served as labor secretary in the Clinton administration, was honored by Time magazine as one of the 10 most effective cabinet secretaries of the 20th century” writes Shawn Langlois for marketwatch.com. He’s a Rhodes scholar, a best-selling author, a documentarian and a professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley. Source: marketwatch.com

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The Conservative Party chairman was empty-chaired on live TV as criticism mounts over calamitous start to campaign

“Boris Johnson will attempt to get his party’s election campaign back on track on Wednesday after a very shaky start overshadowed the beginning of the election campaign” writes Thomas Colson for businessinsider.com. Burley told viewers that she had wanted to ask Cleverly about a number of damaging setbacks which have already afflicted the Conservative party’s election campaign. Source: businessinsider.com

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Officials scramble to notify 1,000 potential voters about a registration glitch ahead of Tuesday’s election

“Anyone unsure of their voter status should check it at VoteWA.gov, or contact their county elections office” writes Seattle Times Staff for seattletimes.com. Vote WA had some issues in testing during the run-up to the August primary elections, but officials during that election said it performed fine.State health officials fixed the problem by Thursday evening, according to Neary. Source: seattletimes.com

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New Homeland Security chief could be a temp

“Chad Wolf will serve as acting secretary in the interim,” Gidley said, declining to answer questions about who would be nominated in a permanent role” writes Shannon Pettypiece for nbcnews.com. President Donald Trump, who confirmed Friday afternoon that he was naming Chad Wolf as acting secretary of Homeland Security, doesn’t plan to nominate him to fill the position permanently, a person directly involved in the process told NBC News.NBC News was the first news organization to report that Wolf was in the running to lead the department responsible for immigration…

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Michigan bill would let drivers renew their license at eligible banks, credit unions

“Banks and credit unions could be eligible to provide Secretary of State services under legislation introduced in the Michigan House this week” writes Lauren Gibbons for mlive.com. Matt Maddock, R-Milford, would let banks, credit unions and other accredited financial institutions apply to provide certain Secretary of State services – specifically renewing driver’s licenses or vehicle registrations. Source: mlive.com

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