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Court upholds constitutionality of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Mick Mulvaney

A federal appeals court has upheld the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's structure in the face of challenges from business interests and conservatives.

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 7-3 on Wednesday that a provision in the 2010 Dodd-Frank law that limits the president’s ability to remove the CFPB director during his or her five-year term does not violate the president’s authority to appoint and remove executive branch officers.


Train carrying Republican lawmakers collides with garbage truck; one dead in crash


A garbage-hauling truck has collided with a chartered train carrying dozens of GOP lawmakers and aides to a policy retreat in West Virginia, the Associated Press reported.

No serious injuries have been reported on the train. The collision occurred south of Charlottesville, Va.

"We're fine, but our train hit a garbage truck. Members with medical training are assisting the drivers of the truck," Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., wrote on Twitter.

One person in the truck may have been seriously injured in the crash, which occurred around 11:15 a.m., Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole said, according to AP.



Ex-Gov. Haley Barbour Arrested for Bringing Loaded Gun to Airport

Haley Barbour arrested for loaded gun at airportFormer Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he will pay a fine after being arrested with a loaded handgun in his briefcase as he went through an airport security checkpoint.

Barbour — Republican National Committee chairman in the mid-1990s and governor from 2004-12 — told The Associated Press on Tuesday he was trying to board a flight Jan. 2 from Jackson to Washington. He said he forgot he was carrying the gun, which he had put in his briefcase after an assistant removed it from his car days earlier.

“This was absentmindedness and nobody’s fault but mine,” Barbour said.


Florida Sen. Rubio fires chief of staff for 'improper conduct' involving a subordinate

Sen. Rubio of Florida fires aide for behavior chargeSen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., fired Chief of Staff Clint Reed Saturday following allegations of “improper conduct,” with employees in the senator’s office.

In a statement his office released late Saturday, Rubio said the staffer “had violated office policies regarding proper relations between a supervisor and their subordinates. I further concluded that this led to actions which in my judgement amounted to threats to withhold employment benefits.”


Family: Dispute spurred fatal shooting at car wash; 5 dead

fife dead at PA gas station

Five people were found dead early Sunday at a car wash in suburban Pennsylvania and police say they have no motive yet for the shooting, though family members of the victims say a domestic dispute spurred the violence.

The shooting at Ed's Car Wash occurred shortly before 3 a.m. in the Melcroft community of Saltlick Township, about 55 miles (89 kilometers) southeast of Pittsburgh. The victims were identified only as three men and two women in their 20s and 30s. One person was injured.


Mort Walker, creator of 'Beetle Bailey,' dies at 94

Mort Walker,  creator of Beetle Bailey, dies at 94Creator of the legendary comic strip "Beetle Bailey," Mort Walker, died of pneumonia Saturday at his home in Stamford, Conn. He was 94.

Walker was a lifelong cartoonist who drew his first comic strip, "Lime Juices," at age 12. By age 15 he began publishing a strip called "Sunshine and Shadow" and at age 18 he became the chief editorial designer of Hallmark Cards.


Steve Wynn, Casino Mogul and RNC Finance Chair, Accused of ‘Pattern of Sexual Misconduct’

steve Wynn, billionaire mogul

Billionaire Steve Wynn, the flamboyant casino mogul and finance chair for the Republican National Committee, has engaged in a “decades-long pattern of sexual misconduct,” The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

In interviews with dozens of people who worked at Wynn’s casinos over the years, the Journal learned that the 75-year-old has a well-known reputation for making sexual advances on salon and spa employees from whom he received massages and manicures.


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