Politico

DeVos dodges toughest questions about public school plans
Politico
Republican philanthropist Betsy DeVos pledged Tuesday that she would be “a strong advocate for great public schools,” if confirmed as Donald Trump's Education secretary. But when pressed by Democrats, she wouldn't commit to keeping federal funding ...
Six astonishing things Betsy DeVos said — and refused to say — at her confirmation hearingWashington Post
Betsy DeVos Confirmation Hearing Devolves Into Partisan Brawl on Education PolicyU.S. News & World Report
Bernie Sanders Asks Trump's Education Nominee If She's Only Getting The Job Because She's A BillionaireHuffington Post
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CNN

Obama approval hits 60% as end of term approaches
CNN
CNN gained unique access inside the White House to document President Obama's final days. Watch "The End: Inside the Last Days of the Obama White House" Wednesday at 9P ET/PT. Washington (CNN) President Barack Obama will leave office Friday ...
Poll: Obama leaving office with solid approval ratingsPolitico
Donald Trump's transition has hurt his popularity, not helpedLos Angeles Times
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NBCNews.com

Earnest: GOP intellectually dishonest on Manning pardon
The Hill
President Obama's top spokesman on Wednesday blasted Republicans who criticized his decision to commute the sentence of former Army private Chelsea Manning. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said GOP lawmakers have put on “an ...
Obama's Chelsea Manning decision: President's dangerous move reveals scary take on our national securityFox News
Chelsea Manning: Obama reduces sentence of Wikileaks sourceBBC News
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New York Times

Earth Sets a Temperature Record for the Third Straight Year
New York Times
Ice in the Arctic Ocean's Chukchi Sea region. “What's going on in the Arctic is really very impressive; this year was ridiculously off the chart,” said Gavin A. Schmidt, head of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Credit Esther Horvath. Marking ...
2016 likely the warmest year since records beganBBC News
Last year was Earth's warmest on record since at least 1880, two federal agencies announced Wednesday.Mashable
2016 Climate Recap: Record Temperatures, Warm Winters and Heavy ShowersThe Texas Observer
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The Hill

Five areas where Trump and Dems could make a deal
The Hill
Instead of being the party of “no,” Democrats could be the party of “maybe” during Donald Trump · Donald TrumpPruitt: Human role in climate change 'subject to continuing debate' Trump: 'I haven't seen any of the facts' on AT&T-Time Warner merger ...
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Republicans Take Over Washington in Full Control of the CountryU.S. News & World Report
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Washington Post

Former president George HW Bush hospitalized in Houston
Washington Post
Former president George H.W. Bush, 92, has been hospitalized in Houston, according to a spokesman. Bush was taken to Houston Methodist Hospital on Saturday for shortness of breath and “has responded very well to treatments,” Bush spokesman Jim ...
Former President George HW Bush hospitalized for shortness of breath, spokesman saysFox News
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Bloomberg

Goldman, Citi Beat Estimates as Bond Trading Buoys Wall Street
Bloomberg
Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Citigroup Inc. both reported fourth-quarter profit that surpassed analysts' estimates as a bond-trading revival spurred by Donald Trump's surprise victory lifted earnings across Wall Street. The two firms were the last of ...
Goldman Sachs earnings boosted by tradingMarketWatch
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Goldman Sachs earnings top Wall Street estimatesUSA TODAY
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Washington Post

EPA's main antagonist appears on Capitol Hill for confirmation hearing
Washington Post
Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general who has spent the past six years in office battling the Environmental Protection Agency, on Wednesday began making his case to lawmakers on Capitol Hill that he is qualified to run the agency. He is expected ...
Pruitt: Human role in climate change 'subject to continuing debate'The Hill
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Bloomberg

JPMorgan Says It Has Settled U.S. Bias Suit Over Mortgages
Bloomberg
JPMorgan Chase & Co. agreed to pay $55 million to settle U.S. allegations of racial discrimination in home loans through mortgage brokers, leading black and Hispanic borrowers to pay higher interest rates and fees from 2006 to 2009, a person familiar ...
JPMorgan discrimination case has social media's attentionCNET
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JP Morgan to Pay $55 Million to Settle With US Over Alleged Discrimination Against Minority HomeownersWall Street Journal
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RT

Russian, Turkish Air Forces conduct first joint anti-ISIS op in Syria
RT
Moscow and Ankara are carrying out their first joint military operation against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in the Syrian province of Aleppo, the Russian Defense Ministry has announced. TrendsSyria unrest. "Today, Russian and Turkish Air ...
US forces team with Turkey again to attack ISIS in SyriaMilitary Times

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