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The Senate confirmed retired Marine General James “Mad Dog” Mattis to serve as President Donald Trump’s defense secretary Friday. His nomination was allowed to move forward after Congress passed a special waiver, signed into law by Trump Friday, to exempt Mattis from a ban on military officials taking the position within seven years of their service. The vote was 98 to 1.

Given that the waiver was passed last week overwhelmingly -- 81 to 17 in the Senate -- it’s no surprise the Mattis also sailed through his official confirmation vote.

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Senate leaders came to a deal late Friday afternoon over how to proceed on Rep. Mike Pompeo's (R-KS) confirmation vote to CIA director after a disagreement that threatened to drag out the debate well into the evening's Inauguration Day festivities. The Senate went forward with a procedural vote to begin the debate on his confirmation, but will hold the vote on the confirmation itself on Monday.

Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and other GOP leaders had previously threatened to keep the Senate in session all night to get Pompeo confirmed Friday. Senate Democrats had sought to delay the vote over concerns that the nominee had not adequately answered the questions they had posed him during the confirmation process.

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It was the speech so familiar to President Donald Trump that he could have delivered it on the campaign trail.

As he took the podium Friday morning, Trump's inaugural address was short, but intense; a speech that darkly depicted his view of the country's shortcomings and sought in some ways to unify a country that is incredibly divided over him.

Standing among the members of the Washington establishment, Trump railed against D.C. and promised to restore the power to the people. With imagery of "carnage" and "blood," Trump showed no shift from the campaign rhetoric that got him to the White House.

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The new White House website for the Trump administration debuted soon after President Donald Trump was sworn into office. On its "top issues" page, the website highlights "America First Foreign Policy" and "America First Energy Plan." Health care -- and specifically the repeal and replace of Obamacare, which GOP lawmakers said would be a top priority -- was nowhere to be found.

Trump's "America First Energy Plan" promises to eliminate the "harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule," while "reviving America’s coal industry, which has been hurting for too long."

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WASHINGTON — This weekend is Fran Gianti's 27th visit to Washington, D.C. The self-described “Oath Keeper, retired insurance claims examiner, mom, grandma and full-time patriot" said she had come to the U.S. Capitol from her home in Long Island for over two dozen tea party protests, and knew she had to be here to watch Donald Trump take the oath of office.

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Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) wants Senate Democrats to approve of more of Trump's nominees on Inauguration Day or else.

In a tweet Friday morning, Cornyn threatened to keep members in the Capitol all weekend if that is what it took to get Trump's nominees approved.

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A group of Republican governors met with Republican members of the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday, and some expressed concerns about the number of people who could lose insurance once GOP lawmakers repeal the Affordable Care Act.

One of the top concerns is what will happen to individuals who became eligible for Medicaid with its expansion under Obamacare. The Senate's No. 2 Republican, however, promised that no one who got coverage under Medicaid expansion will lose it.

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