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TSA Head Refuses to Stay on for Trump

TSA head refuses to stay on with TrumpTSA administrator Peter Neffenger spent Thursday saying his goodbyes after only a year and a half at the post, a casualty of the disarray in some parts of the Trump transition process. Team Trump called him only in the last two weeks to ask him to stay—too late to change his plans, U.S. officials tell The Daily Beast.

Widely hailed as competent and innovative by Congress, Neffenger is a retired admiral and a political independent. He’s also the fifth chief of the Transportation Security Administration in as many years. Congressional sources disappointed over his departure say they may draft legislation to set terms for the TSA role, akin to the 10-year term for the FBI director.

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Donald Trump Sworn In as President of the US

Trudmp inaugurationDonald J. Trump on Friday was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, ushering in an era of uncertainty for a nation still divided by a bruising election.

Trump has promised to deliver on an ambitious agenda of robust job growth powered by protectionist trade policies, the repeal of Obamacare, an aggressive posture against terrorism and Islamic extremism, and the restoration of America as a formidable world power. But he has yet to fulfill his pledge to win over skeptics and comes into the White House with historically low approval ratings.

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Anti-Trump protests erupt across the country

Anti-trump protestsProtestors demonstrating against President Donald Trump mobilized police and disrupted public transportation systems across the nation Friday even as Trump took the oath of office at the Capitol.

San Jose’s Valley Transportation Authority said it expected two planned demonstrations on Friday to disrupt bus and light rail service. In Portland, TriMet said it had prepared to suspend service to downtown areas to avoid protests.

In San Francisco, the Bay Area Rapid Transit system said it would add extra cars to its trains to allow protestors to get to planned demonstrations in the city.

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Trump Sought Military Equipment For Inauguration, Granted 20-Plane Flyover

US miossile launchersPart of being a great president is showing off America’s military strength, according to President-elect Donald Trump.

The military “may come marching down Pennsylvania Avenue,” Trump told the Washington Post in an interview published Wednesday. “That military may be flying over New York City and Washington, D.C., for parades. I mean, we’re going to be showing our military.”

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Obama commutes 330 drug sentences on last day as president

Obama commutes 330 drug sentencesIn a last major act as president, Barack Obama cut short the sentences of 330 federal inmates convicted of drug crimes on Thursday, bringing his bid to correct what he's called a systematic injustice to a climactic close.

With his final offer of clemency, Obama brought his total number of commutations granted to 1,715, more than any other president in U.S. history, the White House said. During his presidency Obama ordered free 568 inmates who had been sentenced to life in prison.

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Trump Plan Would Privatize Public Broadcasting, Kill Arts & Humanities Endowments: Report

Nat'l Endowment for the ArtsDonald Trump is ready to take an ax to government spending.

Staffers for the Trump transition team have been meeting with career staff at the White House ahead of Friday’s presidential inauguration to outline their plans for shrinking the federal bureaucracy, The Hill has learned.

The changes they propose are dramatic.

The departments of Commerce and Energy would see major reductions in funding, with programs under their jurisdiction either being eliminated or transferred to other agencies. The departments of Transportation, Justice and State would see significant cuts and program eliminations.

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Trump will carry over more than 50 Obama administration officials

Trump The Trump administration will carry over more than 50 key Obama administration officials after Inauguration Day as the president-elect tries to ensure continuity while putting his own team in place, the transition team said Thursday.

Trump announced his intent to nominate former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue as Agriculture secretary on Thursday, the last of 21 cabinet-level nominations.

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