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UPI: White House says it will ‘look into’ reports of Trump-ordered media blackout; critics alarmed

President Donald Trump’s administration has placed certain restrictions on several federal offices to keep some employees from communicating with the public through unofficial channels, news reports said Tuesday. Sources at the agencies, which include the Environmental Protection Agency and departments of Commerce, Interior and Agriculture, told news media that various directives were handed down in […]

The Hill: Senate committee approves Commerce nominee

The Senate Commerce Committee approved Wilbur Ross’s nomination to be Secretary of Commerce on Tuesday morning, speeding him toward an easy confirmation. Ross was approved after he coasted through a tame confirmation hearing last Wednesday. Tuesday’s positive recommendation means the full Senate will likely vote to confirm Ross within days. Ross’s hearing was more informational […]

Albuquerque Journal: Heinrich, Udall oppose Pompeo for CIA director

New Mexico’s U.S. senators both voted against the nomination of Mike Pompeo for CIA director Monday night, citing concerns about his views on government surveillance, Iran, Muslims and other issues. Pompeo, a former congressman from Kansas, was confirmed by the Senate 66 to 32 after a lengthy debate. Sen. Martin Heinrich, a Democratic member of […]

Reuters: U.S. Senate confirms Haley as Trump’s U.N. ambassador

The U.S. Senate voted almost unanimously on Tuesday to confirm South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley as ambassador to the United Nations, sending a rising Republican star to represent President Donald Trump at an institution he has criticized. Haley was backed by 96 senators, with only four opposed. She impressed lawmakers during her confirmation hearing this […]

KRWG: Udall Introduces Constitutional Amendment To Overturn Citizens United

Commentary: Today, just days after the seventh anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. FEC decision allowing unlimited corporate spending in elections, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, joined by U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich and other cosponsors in the Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, reintroduced the Democracy for All amendment to restore democratic power to […]

KRWG: Udall Statement On Trump Executive Orders Advancing Dakota Access, Keystone XL Pipelines

Commentary: Today, U.S. Senator Tom Udall released the following statement after President Trump signed executive orders advancing the Dakota Access and Keystone XL Pipelines: CREDIT SENATOR TOM UDALL (D-NM) “By seeking to reverse President Obama’s decisions on the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, President Trump is showing the American people that his administration values […]