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Uber CEO Is Leaving President Trump’s Economic Council After Criticism

Travis KalanickTravis Kalanick, the Uber CEO, is leaving President Donald Trump’s economic advisory council. The move appears to be in response of the #deleteUber campaign that started over the last weekend after President’s immigration order. In his letter to employees (obtained by Recode), Kalanick said that some people had taken his joining the council as an endorsement of the President or his agenda.

Earlier in December, Kalanick and Tesla founder Elon Musk had joined President Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum. An official statement announcing the committee had said the forum is “designed to provide direct input to the President… in a frank, non-bureaucratic, and non-partisan manner.”


Trump’s campaign paid his businesses millions over course of campaign

Trump made millions during campaignThe final bill is in: Donald Trump’s campaign paid his companies $12.8 million from the time he launched his improbable presidential bid in the lobby of his company’s flagship Trump Tower property through the end of last year, according to a POLITICO analysis of Federal Election Commission data.

In fact, according to FEC reports, the latest of which was filed Tuesday night, $2 million of the overall tab went to Trump Tower Commercial, LLC, for rent and utilities for the campaign’s headquarters, as well as for payroll, presumably for building staff who worked for the campaign.


Senate confirms Rex Tillerson for secretary of State

Rex Tillerson confirmedThe Senate confirmed former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of State on Wednesday, even as Democrats blocked progress on other Cabinet nominees chosen by President Trump.

The vote, 56-43, puts a man who has negotiated business deals with countries around the world, including some hostile to the United States, in position to negotiate on behalf of Trump in matters of war and peace, climate change and human rights.


GOP pushes through Sessions, Mnuchin, Price Cabinet nominations

GOP pushes through nominationsRepublican Senate committees on Wednesday approved three of President Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees -- two of whom were confirmed despite a boycott by Democrats.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 14-9 along party lines to confirm the nomination of Jeff Sessions as attorney general. A full Senate vote on Sessions could occur as early as next week.

Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee approved the nomination of Steven Mnuchin to become Secretary of the Treasury and Georgia Rep. Tom Price to become secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. The committee's actions will send the process to the Senate, which will vote in full on whether to confirm the nominees.


President Trump Nominates Neil Gorsuch To The Supreme Court

Neil GorsuchPresident Trump has nominated conservative favorite Judge Neil Gorsuch to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.

NPR justice correspondent Carrie Johnson has more on Gorsuch, who currently sits on the federal appeals court in Denver:

Gorsuch has a sterling legal pedigree. He clerked for two Supreme Court justices, Byron White and Anthony Kennedy. He also served as a clerk on the second most important appeals court in the country, in Washington D.C., for conservative Judge David Sentelle.


State Department notice revoking visas under Trump order released

visas revokedThe Justice Department has publicly released a State Department notice from Friday revoking most visas for travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries in accordance with the executive order issued by President Donald Trump.

The notice "provisionally" canceling visas already issued to citizens of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, was issued by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Edward J. Ramotowski.

The notice allows for waivers of the revocation "on a case-by-case basis."


Trump Fires Acting Attorney General Who Defied Immigration Ban

BoentePresident Trump fired his acting attorney general on Monday after she defiantly refused to defend his immigration executive order, accusing the Democratic holdover of trying to obstruct his agenda for political reasons.

Taking action in an escalating crisis for his 10-day-old administration, Mr. Trump declared that Sally Q. Yates had “betrayed” the administration, the White House said in a statement.


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