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Feb 14, 2019

This Week: A Closer Look At CFPB’s Gift To Payday Lenders

The Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general on Wednesday wrote to the agency’s secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, suggesting that she discipline a political appointee who’s refused to cooperate with an investigation. It centers on whether political appointees retaliated against staffers for political reasons — something that is illegal — when the official worked at the State Department. For months, Democrats have sought to shine a spotlight on whistleblowers’ claims that Trump political appointees retaliated against State Department staffers deemed insufficiently supportive of the President’s political agenda, including by reassigning them to fulfill FOIA requests or do other work that they wouldn’t otherwise be assigned. FEMA Administrator Brock Long announced his resignation Wednesday. He’ll be remembered for his manmade disasters, such as his improper use of $151,000 in government resources, the government’s botched Hurricane Maria response and his dutiful dodges on questions about President Donald Trump’s wild conspiracy theories claiming Democrats inflated the storm’s death toll. The Department of Education’s inspector general released…

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