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Education Dept. nominee DeVos hearing delayed

DevosThe confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s Education secretary pick, has been pushed back by almost a week, leadership of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions said on Monday night.

Senate HELP's hearing for DeVos will now take place on Jan. 17 at 5 p.m., not on Wednesday, Jan. 11, as originally planned, Sen. Lamar Alexander, the committee’s chair, and Sen. Patty Murray, the panel's top Democrat, announced. The two lawmakers said in a statement that the schedule change was made “at the request of the Senate leadership to accommodate the Senate schedule.”

TVNL Comment:  We're eager to see the ethics paper work on this anti-public eucation multi-billionaire, as well as the evidence of her totally failed for-profit charter schools.

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Boris Johnson says UK told Trump Russia was behind hacking

Boris Johnson: UK told Trump about Russian hacksForeign Secretary Boris Johnson says Britain told U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and his team that Russia "is up to all sorts of very dirty tricks, such as cyber-warfare" and was behind hacking during the presidential election.

Trump has expressed skepticism about links between Russia and the hacking.

Johnson says "it's pretty clear" that hacking of Democrats' emails "came from the Russians."
However, he said, "it would be folly for us further to demonize Russia or push Russia into a corner."

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Jared Kushner Named Senior Adviser to Trump

Jared KushnerPresident-elect Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, who emerged as a key figure in the Republican's successful 2016 campaign, will be named senior adviser to the president, the campaign announced Monday.

"Jared has been a tremendous asset and trusted advisor throughout the campaign and transition and I am proud to have him in a key leadership role in my administration," Trump said in a statement announcing the appointment.

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Intel experts worry Trump will go rogue

Intel fear TrumpPresident-elect Donald Trump’s skepticism of the Intelligence Community’s findings on Russian election interference has raised fears among experts that Trump will bypass intel analysts and demand that his personal team conduct its own analyses of raw data.

Tossing aside career analysts can create false conclusions, critics warn — like the George W. Bush administration’s incorrect assessment that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMDs).

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Trump national security pick Monica Crowley plagiarized multiple sources in 2012 book

Monica Crowley plagiarismCrowley did not return a request for comment. Multiple requests for comment by phone and email over the past two days to HarperCollins went unreturned.

Crowley, a syndicated radio host, columnist, and, until recently, a Fox News contributor, will serve as Trump’s senior director of strategic communications for the National Security Council.

Trump’s transition team is standing by Crowley.

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Donald Trump Admits U.S. Taxpayers Will Pay For The Wall, Claims Mexico Will Reimburse Costs

Build the wall!!!  Yeah, rightPresident-elect Donald Trump said on Friday that he intends for U.S. taxpayers to fund the construction of his proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. That money, Trump tweeted, “will be paid back by Mexico later!”

The tweet Trump wrote on Friday morning followed multiple reports detailing how members of his transition team have been working with congressional Republicans to come up with a way to use taxpayer dollars to pay for building the wall.

Trump claimed he needed to use congressionally appropriated funds to build “the Great Wall for [the] sake of speed.”

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Contractors File Liens Against Trump D.C. Hotel, Claiming They Were Stiffed Out Of $5M

Contractors stiffed by TrumpThree contractors have filed liens against President-elect Donald Trump’s showcase Washington, D.C., hotel, claiming they are owed $5 million in labor costs, according to records.

The so-called mechanic’s liens were filed against the 263-room, five-star Trump International Hotel in November and December with the District of Columbia, according to records obtained by Bloomberg and The Washington Post. Trump has boasted that he completed the $212 million renovation ahead of time and under budget.

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