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Warren Pushes for Presidential Divestment Bill
Democrats say a blind trust is the only way

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced Thursday that Senate Democrats will introduce legislation that would require President-elect Donald Trump to divest from any financial entanglements that could conflict with his presidential duties.

The bill more strictly codifies the U.S. Constitution’s Emoluments Clause, and would force the president, vice president, their spouses and any dependent family members to place their financial assets in a blind trust. 

Biden, Bill Clinton to speak at John Glenn Service
Ohio pays its respects to former senator, space pioneer

Former senator, presidential candidate and space pioneer John Glenn will receive a grand, two-day commemoration in Columbus, Ohio, this weekend.  

Glenn, an member of the iconic 1960s Mercury Seven astronauts, died last week at the age of 95.

Maine State Senator Might Challenge King in 2018
28-year-old Eric Brakey rules out gubernatorial run

Republican Eric Brakey, Maine’s 28-year-old political wunderkind, has alluded to a possible U.S. Senate run against Sen. Angus King in 2018. 

Brakey was recently re-elected to a second term in the state Senate, and, according to the Maine Sun Journal, he isn’t looking to stop there.

California Assemblyman Racking Up Endorsements to Replace Becerra
Becerra is in line to replace Kamala Harris as California attorney general

Endorsements keep rolling in for California Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez in the race to replace outgoing Democratic Rep. Xavier Becerra.

Gomez has now been endorsed by many local and national Hispanic political leaders, including California Reps. Grace F. Napolitano, Pete Aguilar and Juan C. Vargas, Texas Rep. Filemon Vela and Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego, the Los Angeles Times reported

Trump Officially Taps Zinke for Interior Secretary
One-term Montana congressman is retired Navy SEAL

Montana Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke, a geologist and former Navy SEAL, is President-elect Donald Trump's choice for Secretary of the Interior, the transition team announced Thursday. 

Zinke, 55, retired as a Navy commander in 2008 after more than two decades in the service, and was elected to Congress in 2014 to represent Montana's at-large district. He is a member of the Committees on Armed Services and Natural Resources.

Trump Team Renounces Climate Change Survey
Transition team requested names of Energy Department employees working on climate change

President-elect Donald Trump's transition team declared Wednesday that it had disavowed a 74-part survey sent to the Department of Energy requesting the names of civil servants working on climate change.

Scott DesJarlais Is House’s Quietest Member
Tennessee Republican spoke only once on House floor during 114th Congress

Mum’s the word for Rep. Scott DesJarlais, at least on the House floor. 

The Tennessee Republican, who represents the Volunteer State’s 4th District, only spoke from the House floor on one day during the 114th Congress, according to C-SPAN, earning him the title of quietest congressman. 

Who is Ronna Romney McDaniel?
Michigan GOP chairwoman would be the first woman to lead party in 40 years

President-elect Donald Trump has recommended Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel to lead the national party, as a kind of reward for helping the GOP carry Michigan in the presidential race for the first time in almost 30 years. 

A formal announcement has yet to be made, though a source close to Trump confirmed his endorsement, The Associated Press reported. 

Scott Rigell: It’s Clear Russia Influenced Our Election
Outgoing Republican is concerned about Trump, Tillerson and Russian influence

Retiring Virginia Rep. Scott Rigell, who made waves when he broke with the Republican Party over Donald Trump’s presidential nomination, said the president-elect's choice of Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State is “deeply flawed.”

In addition to his worries about Tillerson’s lack of diplomatic experience, Rigell told Hampton Roads TV station WAVY he is concerned about the Exxon Mobil CEO’s close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the role Russia may have played in the U.S. presidential election.

Trump Says Perry Will Bring Texas Success Story to Washington
President-elect officially announces former rival as secretary of Energy

Donald Trump’s transition team announced early Wednesday morning that the president-elect intends to nominate former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to head the Department of Energy.

The announcement came after days of speculation and reports that Perry had the job locked up.

Man who Pointed Gun at Capitol Police Pleads Guilty
Larry Dawson was shot twice in the ensuing fracas

Larry Dawson, who pulled out a BB gun and pointed it at police at the Capitol Visitor Center last March, pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges of assaulting, resisting or impeding officers while using a deadly weapon.

Dawson, now 67, had reached for a BB gun hidden near his waist after twice setting off the metal detector, according to plea documents. Ignoring orders from police to drop his weapon, Dawson pointed his gun at the officer who had screened him and was shot twice. 

Aaron Schock Pleads Not Guilty To Slew of Federal Charges
Former Illinois congressman resigned in 2015

Former Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock pleaded not guilty Monday to a number of federal fraud and theft charges stemming from his tenure in the House of Representatives. 

Schock was indicted last month on 24 counts, including charges of wire fraud, mail fraud, theft of government funds, making false statements, filing false reports with federal election officials and filing false tax returns. 

Report: Trump Taps Rick Perry for Energy Secretary
The former Texas governor once wanted to cut the Energy Department completely

After a last-minute meeting on Monday, President-elect Donald Trump has chosen former Texas Gov. and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry for Energy secretary, CBS News reported Tuesday.

Perry would take over a department that he famously advocated scrapping.

Obamacare ‘Cliff’ Worries Republicans
Congress starts sweating the details of ‘repeal and replace’

Bolton Suggests Russian Hacking Could be ‘False Flag’
Deputy secretary of State possibility blames Obama administration for politicizing the issue

John Bolton, who is rumored to be President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for deputy secretary of state, made waves Sunday when he questioned the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russian hacking had influenced the presidential election.

“It is not at all clear to me, just viewing this from the outside, that this hacking into the DNC and the RNC computers was not a false flag operation,” Bolton said in an interview on Fox News. 

Dismantling Obama Climate Plan Won’t be Easy for Trump’s EPA Pick Pruitt
Obama’s Clean Power Plan could withstand Trump administration challenges

Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, may find it difficult to deregulate many of President Barack Obama’s climate protection initiatives. 

Though a Republican Congress could overturn some of Obama’s last-minute “midnight” regulations with a simple majority vote, longer standing rules like the Clean Power Plan could prove tougher to cut, according to Reuters

‘Cajun John Wayne’ Tells Ex Congressional Pay Will Help With Child Support
House hopeful Clay Higgins taped discussing the more than $100,000 he owes

Clay Higgins, better known by his Internet moniker Cajun John Wayne, was taped telling his ex-wife getting elected to Congress would help pay back thousands of dollars in child support.

Higgins is one of two Republicans in the runoff race to fill retiring Louisiana Rep. Charles Boustany Jr.'s congressional seat.

Labor Leaders Endorse Ellison for DNC Chairman
Minnesota congressman picks up high-profile backing from AFL-CIO

The executive council of one of the country’s largest labor union collectives officially endorsed Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison on Thursday for chairman of the Democratic National Committee. 

Former Senator, Astronaut John Glenn Hospitalized
The 95-year-old was one of the original ‘Mercury Seven’

Former Ohio Sen. John Glenn, best known for his exploits as an astronaut in the 1960s, has been hospitalized.

Glenn’s health has declined in recent years, and the last surviving member of NASA’s Project Mercury was losing his eyesight, and had undergone open heart surgery in 2014, Cleveland.com reported.

Boehner: ‘Thank God I’m Not in the Middle of This’
Former speaker compares president-elect to Teddy Roosevelt

Former House Speaker John A. Boehner weighed in on the incoming Trump administration Wednesday, calling the president-elect a “good guy” who wants to do “big things,” and advocating for bipartisanship in the new Congress.

Boehner told Cincinnati ABC affiliate WCPO that he and Trump have known each other for a long time.