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Donald Trump has tapped lawyer John Gore, who defended the University of North Carolina system in a legal challenge over the state's anti-LGBT law, to be the deputy assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.

Gore is a partner at Jones Day, the Trump campaign's law firm. Jones Day announced that Gore and several other lawyers with the firm will be joining the Trump administration.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Protesters registered their rage against the new president Friday in a chaotic confrontation with police who used pepper spray and stun grenades in a melee just blocks from Donald Trump's inaugural parade. Scores were arrested for trashing property and attacking officers while a burning limousine sent clouds of black smoke into the sky during Trump's procession.

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The first sign that President Donald Trump's Justice Department would be shifting its approach to voting rights – specifically towards voter ID laws – came in a motion it filed Friday in a blockbuster case in Texas. The motion asked for a 30-day delay in the proceedings, particularly a hearing scheduled for next week, "to brief the new leadership of the Department on this case and the issues to be addressed at that hearing before making any representations to the Court."

Throughout his confirmation hearings last week, Trump's nominee for Attorney General, Sen. Jeff Session's (R-AL) defended voter ID laws, which had been the target of a number high profile DOJ-supported lawsuits under then-President Obama's administration.

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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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