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Matt Shuham

Matt Shuham is a news writer for TPM. He was previously associate editor of The National Memo and managing editor of the Harvard Political Review. He is available by email at mshuham@talkingpointsmemo.com and on Twitter @mattshuham.

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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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A Russian journalist repeatedly interrupted President Barack Obama's final press briefing on Wednesday afternoon, according to reporters in the room.

Andrei Sitov, the Washington, D.C. bureau chief for TASS, a Russian state-run news agency, confirmed in an email to TPM that he had yelled questions to the President with little success.

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