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Vincent Viola, the billionaire Wall Street trader and owner of the Florida Panthers hockey team tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to be secretary of the Army, was accused in August of punching a concessions worker at a racehorse auction.

A concessions worker at a high-end racehorse auction in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., told police that Viola punched him in the face, according to a New York Times report published Wednesday.

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Sean Spicer, Donald Trump's incoming White House press secretary, on Thursday morning offered a glimpse of Trump's inaugural address, describing it as "less of an agenda and more of a philosophical document."

"It’s going to be a very personal and sincere statement about his vision for the country," Spicer said at a press conference in Washington, D.C.

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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) joked during his confirmation hearing to become energy secretary that he hoped the Trump transition team would forget that they are reportedly planning massive cuts to the Department of Energy.

Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) referred to a report from The Hill that claimed Trump’s transition team favored a budget blueprint from the Heritage Foundation that called for the drastic cuts. She told Perry that Trump’s team supported eliminating the Department of Energy’s Office Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Office of Electricity, Office of Fossil Energy among “other massive cuts,” and then asked if he supported the move.

Perry evaded the question with a joke: “Maybe they’ll have the same experience I had and forget they said that."

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