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During an interview with Fox News broadcast from one of President Trump's inaugural balls, soon-to-be White House aide Sebastian Gorka wore a medal that some Hungarian news outlets and scholars identified with Miklós Horthy, the anti-Semitic World War II-era leader whose regime witnessed the murder of some 600,000 Hungarian Jews.

Still days away from officially joining the Trump administration, Gorka, a former Breitbart News editor and self-proclaimed counterterrorism expert known for his hardline views on Islam, effused to Sean Hannity about the the death of “political correctness” in the Trump era. As the interview unfolded, Fox played clips of the President and First Lady dancing at the ball earlier in the evening.

Gorka’s choice of dress, a black braided jacket known as a "bocskai" adorned with two medals, wouldn't necessarily catch the eye of an American viewer. But some Hungarians who came across the interview interpreted the getup as a nod to the knightly order of merit Horthy founded in 1920, the Order of Vitéz. Right-wing Hungarian media in particular fixated on what it saw as Gorka's callback to a resurgent native icon of the far-right.

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In a procedural move in an ongoing case in Texas, the Department of Justice, which recently welcomed former Sen. Jeff Sessions as its new attorney general, took a step back from the department's previous defense of Obama-era guidance protecting transgender students' rights.

The brief court filing says that Justice Department is "currently considering how best to proceed" in the lawsuit over the guidelines issued under the previous administration. While the does not affect a separate Virginia-based transgender rights case heading to the Supreme Court, civil rights advocates are already reading into it as a sign that they will no longer have an ally in the federal government, particularly when it comes to the rights of transgender young people in schools who seek to use the bathrooms matching their gender identity.

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Christopher Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax and a friend of President Donald Trump, signaled on Sunday that White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus may be in trouble.

That makes Priebus the second White House staffer in a week to be the subject of rumors that he's on the chopping block, as Trump's inner circle struggles to move past a tumultuous and leak-filled first few weeks at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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An Oregon-based insurer scored a $214 million court victory this week in a case brought after congressional Republicans in 2014 hobbled the federal government's ability to fund an Affordable Care Act program.

The program, known as risk corridors payments, sought to blunt some of the risk insurers were taking on in the first three years of Obamacare's implementation. The program shifted money from insurers that over-performed on expectations to those that underperformed. However, GOP lawmakers inserted an amendment in must-pass legislation barring the government from drawing funding for the program from elsewhere in the Department of Health and Human Services to make up any shortfalls between the money collected from insurers and the money owed. (Florida's GOP Sen. Marco Rubio, pictured above, led the charge against the risk corridors program.)

As a result, insurers, on average, have received around 12 percent of the payments they have been owed.

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When things don't go President Donald Trump's way, he often furiously dashes off an attack via Twitter, attempting to delegitimize the target he believes has done him wrong. Friday morning, his ire was directed at a federal appeals court that decided the previous evening to continue staying his executive order on immigration: "A disgraceful decision!"

Since he announced his bid for the presidency, Trump has not shied away from hurling personal insults at members of the federal judiciary in a manner not seen in recent history. The President has not only gone after judges he believes will or already have treated him unfairly, but he has also hit sitting Supreme Court justices.

Below is a rundown of Trump's attacks on the judiciary.

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The public phone numbers for both the majority and minority offices of the House Oversight Committee now give callers a separate option to complain about the Trump administration, an option that did not exist for the Obama administration.

“[T]his is not typical,” said Jennifer Werner, the communications director for the committee's Democrats, in an email to TPM, when asked whether the Oversight Dems had operated a separate option for executive branch inquiries under previous Presidents.

“It reflects the massive number of calls we have been getting since the election urging the committee to conduct basic oversight of the Trump Administration,” she said.

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Democrats are resisting claims that a Supreme Court nominee's private comments criticizing President Trump prove that he will act as a check on the administration, with their latest shot against the nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch, using the White House press secretary's own words against the judge.

"Sean Spicer just made it crystal clear that Judge Gorsuch has refused to condemn President Trump’s attacks on the judiciary," Matt House, a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, said in a statement. "That makes an already weak response even weaker, and is further proof that the judge has not demonstrated the kind of independence necessary to be a check on this administration.”

The latest volley between Democrats, the White House and Gorsuch's supporters further muddy the already murky question of whether Gorsuch's private expressions of dismay over Trump's tweets bashing a federal judge will change the political dynamics surrounding his confirmation.

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When President Donald Trump jumped to his daughter's defense and bashed Nordstrom for dropping Ivanka Trump's clothing line, his tweet amounted to a misuse of office, ethics experts told TPM.

Larry Noble, general counsel at the Campaign Legal Center, told TPM that Trump's tweet "is the cleanest example where there’s no question that he has brought the government weight to bear on a private business interest."

"This was a clear example of him crossing the line where he used the power of the White House to basically defend a business his family owns, and that is wrong," Noble said.

The move could open Trump up to legal action, the experts said. And by jumping to Trump's defense and promoting Ivanka Trump's line in a Fox News appearance Thursday morning, Kellyanne Conway likely broke a federal ethics regulation herself.

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