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GOP senators growing increasingly alarmed by Trump using acting secretaries to evade Senate confirmation

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President Donald Trump is facing criticism from Senate Republicans over his increasing reliance on “acting” officials running major executive agencies without proper Senate confirmation, according to CNN.

“An acting person is there, after all, for a limited period of time, and you do want to have as much continuity in leadership posts as possible,” said Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT). Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) called the over-reliance on acting heads “problematic,” adding, “it doesn’t give us as members the oversight that we need to have.”

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Another critic of Trump’s end-run around Senate advice and consent is Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), who said it was “not a good situation,” and emphasized that “our system needs to work — with checks and balances.”

Johnson chairs the Senate Homeland Security Committee, which oversees a department that has undergone a massive staffing purge over the past two weeks. Trump fired Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, as well as several heads of offices in the agency, throwing the line of succession into chaos so that he could appoint Customs and Border Protection chief Kevin McAleenan in her place.


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GOP ridiculed for hyping Ohio anti-impeachment protest — and only a handful of Trump supporters showed

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The official Twitter of account of the Republican National Committee was buried in mockery after hyping up a video of anti-impeachment protesters in Youngstown, Ohio, where it appears only a handful of people showed up.

According to the tweet, "Ohioans are sick and tired of the Democrats’ impeachment charade. It’s time to STOP THE MADNESS!"

However, in the video from WKBN, which can be seen below, few people chose to show up for the cameras.

As one commenter noted with tongue-in-cheek, "Thought Ohio had a few more people than that."

That was the general consensus in the comments.

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Melania Trump scorched by columnist for standing by president’s Thunberg bullying: ‘Indefensible’

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In a piece for the Washington Post, columnist Karen Tumulty called out first lady Melania Trump for her statement defending her husband's bullying of 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg in a fit of jealousy after she was selected Time Magazine's Person of the Year.

Responding to a statement from the White House that stated, “BeBest is the First Lady’s initiative, and she will continue to use it to do all she can to help children. It is no secret that the President and First Lady often communicate differently — as most married couples do. Their son is not an activist who travels the globe giving speeches. He is a 13-year-old who wants and deserves privacy,” Tumulty wasn't having it.

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BUSTED: Devin Nunes is hiding how he’s paying for all his frivolous lawsuits — which could land him in more trouble

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On Saturday, the Fresno Bee dived into a lingering question: How does Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) pay for all the lawsuits he is filing against journalists, satirists, and political critics?

"Nunes, R-Tulare, has filed lawsuits against Twitter, anonymous social media users known as Devin Nunes' Cow and Devin Nunes' Mom, a Republican political strategist, media companies, journalists, progressive watchdog groups, a political research firm that worked for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign and a retired farmer in Nunes’ own district," noted the Bee.

These lawsuits were mainly filed in Virginia — a state with very loose laws against so-called "SLAPP suits," or meritless lawsuits intended to drown people in legal expenses in retaliation for expressing political opinions. Nunes was assisted in these suits by Steven Biss, a Virginia attorney, and yet except for the suit against the retired farmer, there is no clear record in Nunes' FEC reports of how he paid for the suits.

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