Tierney Sneed

Tierney Sneed is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked for U.S. News and World Report. She grew up in Florida and attended Georgetown University.

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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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The watchdog group Citizens for Ethics and Responsibility lodged a complaint Friday with the General Services Administration, urging it to find that President Donald Trump's inauguration put his company in breach of its lease of the Old Post Office in Washington, Politico reported.

The federal government leased the historic property on Pennsylvania Avenue to a Trump company, which renovated and reopened it last year as a Trump International Hotel.

The letter to the GSA argues that Trump is in conflict with GSA's lease contract for the building, which includes a conflict-of-interest provision, according to the letter.

"Mr. Trump was sworn in as President of the United States today," the complaint notes, before going on to quote portions of the original contract.

"Once that happened, he became an 'elected official of the Government of the United States.' As a result, he and companies he owns can no longer 'be admitted to any share or part' of the lease or 'to any benefit that may arise' from it," the letter said.

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The new White House website for the Trump administration debuted soon after President Donald Trump was sworn into office. On its "top issues" page, the website highlights "America First Foreign Policy" and "America First Energy Plan." Health care -- and specifically the repeal and replace of Obamacare, which GOP lawmakers said would be a top priority -- was nowhere to be found.

Trump's "America First Energy Plan" promises to eliminate the "harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule," while "reviving America’s coal industry, which has been hurting for too long."

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President Donald Trump took over the @POTUS Twitter account almost immediately after he was sworn into office Friday. The tweets of former President Obama -- who is now at @POTUS44 -- have been wiped clean, and Trump is starting with a new follower count too.

First Lady Melania Trump also took over the @FLOTUS account from former First Lady Michelle Obama. The White House's official account switched over as well.

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The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department announced Friday that it had made "numerous arrests" after Inauguration Day-related vandalism was reported in downtown Washington, D.C.

"At approximately 10:30 a.m., an organized group was observed marching south in Northwest Washington," the MPD said in a statement. "On their way, members of the group acting in a concerted effort engaged in acts of vandalism and several instances of destruction of property. More specifically, the group damaged vehicles, destroyed the property of multiple businesses, and ignited smaller isolated fires while armed with crowbars, hammers and asps."

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Some House Democrats are wearing the pins with the hashtag #ProtectOurCare to the inauguration, according to a spokesman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

"Members wanted to wear a sign of solidarity with the Affordable Care Act at the Inauguration," the spokesman, Drew Hammill said in an email.

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President Obama tweeted his last messaged from his @POTUS account, which he will hand off to President-elect Donald Trump after the inauguration, and Obama asked that his followers "Share your thoughts" at the website Obama.org.

"I'm still asking you to believe - not in my ability to bring about change, but in yours. I believe in change because I believe in you," Obama tweeted.

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The FBI is leading an investigation into whether there were communications between associates of President-elect Donald Trump's campaign and Russian officials, the New York Times reported Thursday. The National Security Agency, the C.I.A. and the Treasury Department’s financial crimes unit are also involved in the probe, which is zeroing in on Trump allies Paul Manafort, Carter Page and Roger Stone. The New York Times report is based on accounts of current and former senior American officials said.

From the Times:

American law enforcement and intelligence agencies are examining intercepted communications and financial transactions as part of a broad investigation into possible links between Russian officials and associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump, including his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, current and former senior American officials said.

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President-elect Donald Trump told the audience at a luncheon Thursday that "I think in my mind I know who" my Supreme Court nominee is. He said that the announcement would come "within two to three weeks" of the start of his administration, according to cellphone video of his remarks obtained by CNN.

"I put out the list of 20, all highly responsible and highly talented, very talented judges ... Replacing somebody that was somebody I had great respect for as an intellect, Justice [Antonin] Scalia," Trump said, according to CNN.

The first part of the luncheon had been broadcast by the press pool, but the pool reporters had been escorted from the event before Trump's Supreme Court comments, CNN said.

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