Government Oversight

First Read: Here's Why the Chances of a Government Shutdown Just Went Up
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First Read is your briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day’s most important political stories and why they matter

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Utah Plans for Vote as Chaffetz Weighs Leaving House Seat
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Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Republican who leads the House committee primarily responsible for conducting oversight of the federal government, said Thursday he may leave Congress before his term ends, a day after announcing he wouldn’t run for re-election in 2018.

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US prosecutors weighing charges against Julian Assange, WikiLeaks, reports say
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Two media reports say U.S. prosecutors are preparing or closely considering charges against the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, including its founder Julian Assange, for revealing sensitive government secrets.

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EPA to reduce workforce with buyouts, early retirement plan
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The Environmental Protection Agency is planning to reduce its workforce through buyouts and an early retirement program, according to an internal memo obtained by CNN. The memo also said the agency plans to continue to maintain a hiring freeze, with “very limited exceptions,” even as the government-wide freeze expires.

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Supreme Court could limit recovery in securities fraud cases
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The Supreme Court on Tuesday seemed willing to make it tougher for the government to recover ill-gotten gains from people convicted of securities fraud.

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WATCH:  Ivanka Trump's brand in the spotlight over reported new trademarks
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A new report that Trump’s company received three new trademarks from the Chinese government raises ethical concerns.

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Some Dems think they’ve found the perfect person to challenge Trump in 2020
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Immediately following Hillary Clinton’s stunning defeat against Donald Trump in November, many in the Democratic Party suggested the DNC failed because it chose a well-connected, corrupt, establishment candidate in an election cycle that heavily favored political outsiders. Consequently, many in the Democratic Party called on DNC leaders to find and promote candidates that could better […]

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