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Change could weaken fair lending office at consumer bureau

Mick MulvaneyNested inside the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is an office that goes after financial office whenever they discriminate against Americans.

That office just lost its teeth.

Mick Mulvaney, who was appointed by President Trump as the agency's interim director two months ago, is moving a powerful division of the bureau, the Office of Fair Lending and Equal Opportunity, under his own direct oversight and stripping the office of its enforcement authority.

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S.C. GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy won't run for re-election

Trey Gowdy, S.C. Rep., will not run for reelection Another member of Congress announced on Wednesday their decision not to seek re-election this fall.

South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy said he will leave the House and return to the justice system.

Gowdy made the announcement on Twitter, saying he was "grateful for the opportunity to serve."

"I will not be filing for re-election to Congress nor seeking any other political or elected office," Gowdy wrote. "Whatever skills I may have are better utilized in a courtroom than in Congress, and I enjoy our justice system more than our political system."

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Justice Department Will Not Retry Sen. Bob Menendez

Bob Menedez will not be retriedThe Justice Department will not retry Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) on corruption-related charges, federal prosecutors indicated Wednesday in a court filing.

Menendez’s trial last year resulted in a hung jury, and a federal judge acquitted the New Jersey Democrat and his friend Salomon Melgen on several charges last week.

“Given the impact of the Court’s Jan. 24 Order on the charges and the evidence admissible in a retrial, the United States has determined that it will not retry the defendants on the remaining charges,” a Justice Department spokeswoman said in a statement.

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GOP lawmaker asks Capitol Police to arrest 'Dreamers' at State of the Union

GOP lawmakers want Dreamers arrestedConservative Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) is calling for the arrests of young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children, often called "Dreamers," who attend President Trump's first State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Dozens of Democrats and one centrist GOP lawmaker are bringing such immigrants as their guests to the State of the Union amid the debate in Congress over whether they should be allowed to stay in the country.

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Key senator floats new compromise for immigration talks

Senator Rob Portman floats new imigration bills

A key Republican senator is floating a new proposal to essentially codify President Obama’s 2012 executive order creating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in order to break a standoff with Democrats over immigration.

The idea, floated by Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) in private conversations with Republican and Democratic senators, would give legal status to immigrants who entered the country illegally as children in exchange for stronger border security.

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White House to Congress: Russia sanctions not needed now

Trump tells Congress he won't impost sanctions on Russia despite bill

The Trump administration informed lawmakers Monday that new Russia sanctions called for in a bipartisan bill passed last year are not necessary yet because the measure is already "serving as a deterrent."

The announcement came as lawmakers in both parties nudged the administration to implement a sanctions legislation that passed overwhelmingly in July — with only five no votes in both the House and Senate. The sanctions bill requires the imposition of penalties by Monday against entities doing "significant" business with Moscow's defense and intelligence sectors, unless Congress is notified that prospective targets are "substantially reducing" that business.

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House intelligence panel votes to release classified Nunes memo about FBI eavesdropping

Nunes memo to be releasedThe House Intelligence Committee voted along party lines Monday to to make public a classified memo about some of the government's most sensitive secrets, prompting Democrats to accuse the Republican majority of playing politics with national security to protect President Donald Trump.

Republicans have said the Republican-written memo examines how the FBI eavesdrops on suspects in national security investigations. They say it shows corruption in the FBI that is "worse than Watergate," proving that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation is based on a fraud.

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