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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.”

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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‘Finally #MuellerTime’: Internet celebrates Mueller’s upcoming public testimony on Russia investigation

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On Tuesday, the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees announced that special counsel Robert Mueller will publicly testify about the Russia investigation's findings before Congress.

Quickly, the internet reacted to the news:

This will really matter, even if Mueller merely repeats what he said in his report. The vast majority of Americans have never read it. https://t.co/ZuRHqbRAEv

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‘Quit trying to make Jared happen’: Ivanka ripped for praising her husband’s DOA peace plan for the Middle East

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First daughter and senior White House advisor Ivanka Trump was mercilessly ridiculed on Tuesday after praising the so-called "peace plan" for the Middle East created by her husband, Jared Kushner.

The couple, known as Javanka, have been highly criticized for having had no government experience prior to joining the administration and needing presidential intervention after being unable to obtain security clearances.

Ivanka tweeted a quote from her husband at the "Peace to Prosperity workshop today in Bahrain" and urged her Twitter followers to watch his full speech.

Kushner's plan was rejected by the Palestinians before even being released.

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The Navy accidentally nominated a convicted child sex predator to be a future department head

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On Tuesday, the Navy Times reported that Lt. j.g. Michael D. McNeil was nominated, along with several other junior service officers, as eligible to be a future department head by the Navy Personnel Command.

This would be somewhat surprising, given that McNeil is currently serving a 10-year sentence in federal prison in Texarkana, Texas, for soliciting sex from a 12-year-old deaf girl.

The reason why McNeil was listed as under consideration is that the Navy had not yet updated his records with the "civil action report" noting his conviction, which was handed down in March. Navy records still listed him as active duty and assigned to the guided-missile destroyer Lassen when the list was drafted.

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