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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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Mask-free UFC fighter punches and hurls racial slurs at older man for ‘touching’ him at restaurant

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UFC fighter Mike Perry was seen on video punching an older man for allegedly touching him. Perry, who is white, can also be heard using the N-word multiple times.

According to ESPN, the incident occurred at Table 82 in Lubbock, Texas on Wednesday.

In a video shared on social media, Perry appears irate as he is ushered out of the restaurant.

Austin police officers who arrived on the scene declined to arrest Perry but said that an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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Trump spends morning hurling all-caps rage tweets while COVID-19 pandemic spirals out of control

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In the face a deadly pandemic that continues to spiral out of control, President Donald Trump spent his morning hurling angry all-caps tweets about topics ranging from the news media to former President Barack Obama to the prosecutors who have put several of his allies in jail.

The first Trump tweet concerned the media's reporting about the coronavirus pandemic, which Trump continues to insist only looks bad because the United States does so much testing.

"For the 1/100th time, the reason we show so many Cases, compared to other countries that haven’t done nearly as well as we have, is that our TESTING is much bigger and better," the president wrote. "We have tested 40,000,000 people. If we did 20,000,000 instead, Cases would be half, etc. NOT REPORTED!"

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New Hampshire locals concerned about ‘loud and boisterous’ Trump supporters bringing COVID-19 to town

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Trump supporters are descending on New Hampshire, one of only three states where coronavirus cases are currently waning, and locals are worried about another outbreak.

The mayor of Portsmouth is refusing to back down on the city's mask mandate ahead of President Donald Trump's rally Saturday at an airport, and the campaign will strongly encourage supporters to wear masks, but some area business owners are worried about sick people coming in from out of state, reported WMUR-TV.

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