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Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

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Donald Trump's transition team is looking to identify staffers at the Energy Department who worked on climate policy under the Obama administration, according to a memo obtained by Bloomberg News.

Transition advisers asked the Energy Department to provide a list of employees and contractors who attended United Nations meetings on climate and those who worked on metrics regarding the administration's rules regulating carbon emissions, according to Bloomberg News.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) will meet with Donald Trump in Trump Tower on Friday, transition officials confirmed to members of the President-elect press pool.

During the meeting, Ryan and Trump will discuss legislative priorities for Trump's first few months in office, according to Politico.

Ryan has previously said that that he speaks with Trump "virtually every single day."

Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump's former campaign manager, on Friday morning defended the President-elect's decision to stay on as an executive producer of NBC's "The Apprentice," comparing the move to President Obama's time playing golf.

"He's a very transparent guy. Everyone can see what he's doing and the fact is that he is conferring with all types of experts to tell him what he is allowed to do and not to do as president of the United States. And if this is one of the approved activities, then he will perhaps consider staying on," Conway said on CNN's "New Day" when first asked why Trump won't completely leave his reality television show.

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Donald Trump on Thursday night defended his decision to select several billionaires to serve in his administration, arguing that he wants successful people to be "negotiating" for the country.

"One newspaper criticized me: ‘Why can’t they have people of modest means?’” Trump said at a victory tour rally in Des Moines, Iowa. “Because I want people that made a fortune! Because now they’re negotiating with you, OK?”

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Democrats in the Senate are preparing to make the confirmation hearings for Donald Trump's choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a big fight given Pruitt's skepticism of climate change.

"This is a four-alarm fire. We are going to do everything we can to stop his nomination," Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) said on a Thursday call organized by the League of Conservation Voters, according to CNN.

"This is a full-fledged environmental emergency, and we have a person who's not just a climate denier, but a professional climate denier," Schatz added, per CNN. "This is going to be a litmus test for every member of the Senate who claims not to be a denier."

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House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Thursday would not say how quickly he would like Congressional Republicans to replace Obamacare after they repeal the health care law.

"We’ll get to that next year," Ryan told reporters when asked how long the transition away from Obamacare would be. "We just had a meeting with all our authorizers this morning about working on this with the Senate and the transition team. Those talks are ongoing."

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Koch Industries, owned by influential Republican donors Charles and David Koch, has warned that part of Congressional Republicans' plan to change corporate tax rates "could be devastating" to the United States economy, Bloomberg Politics reported on Thursday.

Republicans in Congress are considering a plan that would apply corporate taxes to imports but remove them from exports in an attempt to keep U.S. companies from moving abroad.

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A U.S. district court judge on Wednesday denied Donald Trump's request to throw out a lawsuit against his golf club in Jupiter, Florida, allowing the case to proceed as Trump prepares to take office in January, the Palm Beach Post reported.

Members of the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club & Spa, which Trump bought and turned into the National Golf Club, filed a lawsuit against Trump in 2013, accusing him of canceling their memberships without refunding their deposits to the old club. The Ritz club had a policy of refunding deposits. But when Trump let members join his new club, he cancelled their old memberships and did not return their deposits, according to court documents reviewed by the Palm Beach Post.

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