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Trump labor secretary pick Andy Puzder withdraws his nomination

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Andy Puzder, the fast food chain CEO who was President Donald Trump’s pick to run the Labor Department, has withdrawn his nomination, according to the Associated Press.

Ever since his nomination for the position of labor secretary was announced last year, Puzder has been a lightning rod for controversy, as he’s faced past allegations of both spousal abuse and mistreatment of his workers.

Puzder’s withdrawal had been widely expected to occur sometime within the next 24 hours, and has now been confirmed by both Fox Business Network and NBC News.

A source close to the CKE Restaurants CEO told CBS’s Major Garrett that he was “very tired of the abuse” that he received as part of his confirmation process.

News of Puzder’s withdrawal came on the same day that Politico published an account of Puzder’s ex-wife telling talk show host Oprah Winfrey that the fast food mogul had vowed to take revenge against her for going public with allegations that he abused her.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D – MA), who has been one of Puzder’s biggest critics in congress, took a victory lap on Twitter after the news of his withdrawal broke by saying he clearly couldn’t “take the heat.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I – VT), another Puzder critic, also welcomed news of his withdrawal, and said that the United States deserved to have a labor secretary who didn’t pay his own employees “starvation wages.”


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Trump’s ‘craziness’ will drive Mexico to find other sources of soybeans — permanently hurting US farmers: Ex-diplomat

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President Donald Trump believes he has worked out a killer trade deal with Mexico and Canada -- but one former Mexican diplomat tells Storm Lake Times columnist Art Cullen that the damage done to the relationship between the countries will have lasting ramifications for years to come.

Jorge Guajardo, who served for six years as Mexico's ambassador to China, recently explained to Cullen that Trump's erratic behavior has shown his country that it must look for other major trading partners so it doesn't run the risk of getting burned by the United States again.

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Yale psychiatrist: Trump using racism as a coping mechanism as his mental state rapidly deteriorates

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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump continued to attack the young congresswomen of color nicknamed "The Squad," after he was criticized for saying the women should go back to their own countries, even though all four are U.S. citizens. Now, he's doubling down.

On Twitter Wednesday he called the women "left-wing cranks." He added that they were free to leave if they don't like America.

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This word is the single biggest tipoff that Trump is lying

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President Donald Trump exhibits a verbal tic that gives away some of his biggest whoppers.

The president tells demonstrable lies on a daily basis, but it's a "flashing red light" that he's lying when he recounts someone calling him "sir," according to CNN fact-checker Daniel Dale.

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