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GOP pushes 2 top Cabinet picks through to full Senate

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Republicans jammed two of President Donald Trump‘s top Cabinet picks through the Senate Finance Committee with no Democrats in the room Wednesday after suspending a rule that would have otherwise barred them from taking the vote. The tactic seemed a warning shot that they might deploy brute political muscle in the upcoming fight over the Supreme Court vacancy. With a near-toxic vapor of divisiveness between the two parties across Capitol Hill, nasty showdowns broke out elsewhere as well. One Senate…

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Pinellas County to break up the department that cares for environmental preserves and beaches, and monitors water and air quality

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David DeCamp reports: County Administrator Bob LaSala has ordered officials to plan to break up the department that cares for environmental preserves and beaches, and monitors water and air quality. If all the reductions are made, the education centers at Brooker Creek and Weedon Island preserves would be “moth balled,” according to a budget proposal released this week. The same memo by environmental management director Will Davis says it is unclear “what portions, if any” of the preserves would remain…

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