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Rep. Jason Chaffetz set to announce he will leave Congress in June

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R., S.C.) is set to replace current House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah) and recently lobbied members of the House Steering Committee for support. It's uncertain what role the oversight committee and Congress will play now that the Department of Justice has appointed a special prosecutor to look into the Trump-Russia connections.



Trump reported to have told confidants United States will leave Paris climate deal

But on Sunday talk shows, a White House Cabinet secretary said Trump's decision is not yet final, and a top-ranking Republican senator urged the president to keep the U.S.in the agreement. out of the deal. Under the non-binding Paris agreement from previous year, participating countries committed to keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius by 2100.


Illinois House Passes Bipartisan Automatic Voter Registration Bill

Illinois House Passes Bipartisan Automatic Voter Registration Bill

IL had the chance past year to become the sixth state in the nation to implement Automatic Voter Registration. The Illinois House has endorsed tougher sentences for repeat gun offenders in an attempt to curb Chicago violence. Bruce Rauner vetoed it over concerns it didn't do enough to prevent voter fraud. OR and California were the first two states to enact the automatic voter registration (AVR) reform, in 2015.


Investigators examine Kushner's meeting with Russian banker

Investigators examine Kushner's meeting with Russian banker

He was then pressed on whether the president's son-in-law should immediately lose his clearance, and stopped short of calling for it to be revoked. "There ought to be a review of his security clearance to find out whether he was truthful, whether he was candid" about his Russian Federation contacts, Schiff added in an apparent reference to what Kushner may have submitted in the security clearance application process.


Devout Catholic Sean Spicer doesn't attend Trump-Pope meeting

Devout Catholic Sean Spicer doesn't attend Trump-Pope meeting

But the Trumps' clothing choices in both Riyadh and the Vatican nonetheless sent clear messages about the attitude of the U.S. towards Islamic and Catholic values and tradition. In that vein, a key exchange of the meeting was his gift to the president: copies of his three major writings. Trump smiled broadly, the pope smiled less, but both agreed, at least for a day, to settle on the same message: the need to avoid conflict.



Trump resumes attacks on media on first day back in US

Kushner, a key White House adviser, had meetings late a year ago with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, and Russian banker Sergey Gorkov. "If these allegations are true and he had discussions with the Russians about establishing a back-channel and didn't reveal that, that's a real problem in terms of whether he should maintain that kind of a security clearance", Schiff said.