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March 3, 2017

Senate Confirms Ross, Carson, Perry — The U.S. Senate voted on Monday to confirm the nomination of Wilbur L. Ross, Jr. to serve as Secretary of Commerce; Ross was sworn in on Tuesday. Yesterday the Senate voted to confirm the nomination of Dr. Ben S. Carson...

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February 24, 2017

Congress was home for recess this week, so we at Eris were all set for a week of kicking back and watching the Panda Cam, or figuring out what we’d pack for the 40-light year trip to the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system. Strangely, news continued to...

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February 17, 2017

Senate confirms Mnuchin, McMahon, Mulvaney, Pruitt — This week the Senate voted mainly along party lines to confirm Steven T. Mnuchin as Secretary of the Treasury; Linda McMahon as Administrator of the Small Business Administration; former Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) as Director of the Office of...

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February 10, 2017

Senate confirms Sessions, Price — The Senate voted Wednesday night to confirm Jeff Sessions as Attorney General of the United States, and very early this morning to confirm Tom Price as Secretary of Health and Human Services. Both nominations were confirmed by a vote of 52-47...

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February 3, 2017

In case you hadn’t heard, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow yesterday, predicting six more weeks of winter. Discouraging, but as the official Groundhog Club notes, “He’s been wrong before.”   Otherwise, this week was pretty much all Trump, all the time. It’s hard to keep up with...

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January 27, 2017

We wish you gōngxǐ fācái — happiness and prosperity — as we begin the Year of the Rooster tomorrow. On the Chinese lunar calendar, the Year of the Rooster symbolizes fidelity and punctuality. “Dismantling Dodd-Frank” is a priority, says Pence — Vice President Mike Pence told a House Republicans...

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January 13, 2017

Friggatriskaidekaphobia is defined as the irrational fear of Friday the 13th.  In 2017, there are two Friday the 13ths, January and October.  They fall 39 weeks apart (3x13) and Friday, October 13, 2017 falls 26 weeks (2x13) before Friday, April 15, 2018, which is the...

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January 6, 2017

Happy new year! The 115th Congress is already in session, with committees organizing and hearings scheduled. Some of us are still wondering how we got here, and what things might look like going forward. If you are too, we recommend a look at these maps,...

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December 2, 2016

Hensarling, Walden to Chair House Panels — The House Republican Steering Committee voted yesterday to approve the recommended slate of Committee chairs for the 115th Congress. Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) will continue to serve as Chair of the House Financial Services Committee, while Rep. Greg Walden...

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November 18, 2016

Help Wanted — Looking for a job? If you submitted a resume to President-Elect Trump’s transition team immediately after the election, you might want to send them another one, as they’ve had a management change. Vice President-Elect Mike Pence took over as head of the transition...

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