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Senate confirms Alex Acosta as Donald Trump’s secretary of labor

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The Senate on Thursday confirmed Alex Acosta as Labor secretary, filling out President Donald Trump‘s Cabinet as he approaches his 100th day in office. The 60-38 vote confirms Acosta to the post. Once sworn as the nation’s 27th Labor secretary, the son of Cuban immigrants will lead a sprawling agency that enforces more than 180 federal laws covering about 10 million employers and 125 million workers. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., spoke for many Republicans with a statement issued just after…

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Senate panel approves Nikki Haley nomination to U.N.

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The Latest on activities in Congress (all times EST): 12:25 p.m. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has overwhelmingly approved South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley‘s nomination to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. By voice vote, the panel recommended President Donald Trump‘s selection of Haley to the full Senate. She is expected to be confirmed easily. Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, the committee’s top Democrat, backed Haley’s nomination. Cardin says what Haley lacks in foreign policy experience, “she makes up…

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Marco Rubio doesn’t bend to New Hampshire man’s plea to help undocumented worker

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At a town-hall meeting Wednesday in Laconia, New Hampshire, an undecided voter named Vince Morella asked Marco Rubio to convince him why he should vote for him since he contradicted a 2010 campaign statement never to support “amnesty” for undocumented immigrants. “I’d like to think that you were telling the truth when you were running for office,” Morella said, adding that Rubio had also said he would never be controlled by special interests when running against Charlie Crist and Kendrick Meek…

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Mitch Perry Report for 3.27.15 — Could Bob Menendez fate affect Loretta Lynch as AG?

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Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s choice to replace Eric Holder as attorney general, was in Tampa yesterday for the swearing-in ceremony of Lee Bentley, the new U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida. Lynch is the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, and would become the first black female AG in U.S. history if confirmed. Obama nominated her way back in November, but she still awaits a vote in the full Senate. Lots of Republicans oppose her nomination because they’re upset over…

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Kendrick Meek: ‘I think Charlie Crist’s bid will eventually help me’

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Kendrick Meek believes Charlie Crist’s independent bid will help him win a seat in the US Senate. “I think [Crist’s bid] will eventually [help],” Meek said. In a brief interview, Meek told The Hill many voters in Florida “don’t know I’m running” because he hasn’t gone up with campaign ads yet. He said Crist and Republican Marco Rubio will split the GOP vote, noting there are 750,000 more registered Democrats than Republicans in Florida. Asked if the Democratic Senatorial Campaign…

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Kendrick Meek: ‘I think Charlie Crist’s bid will eventually help me’

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Kendrick Meek believes Charlie Crist’s independent bid will help him win a seat in the U.S. Senate. “I think [Crist’s bid] will eventually [help],” Meek said. In a brief interview, Meek told The Hill many voters in Florida “don’t know I’m running” because he hasn’t gone up with campaign ads yet. He said Crist and Republican Marco Rubio will split the GOP vote, noting there are 750,000 more registered Democrats than Republicans in Florida. Asked if the Democratic Senatorial Campaign…

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CQ: Conservatives bash John Cornyn, threaten to withhold donations to GOP

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From CQ: The Texas Republican in charge of helping his party win Senate seats recently moved to narrow the field in Florida’s 2010 primary but now faces a much wider problem: an incendidary backlash by the conservative movement. As soon as Gov. Charlie Crist made the long-anticipated announcement that he would run, John Cornyn, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, gave Crist a quick and hearty endorsement, even though another Republican, former state House Speaker Marco Rubio, wants the…

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