Nov 30, 2018

5. House Democrats' first bill in power to focus on political reform

House Democratic leaders will announce a political reform bill symbolically named "H.R. 1" on Friday as their first order of business upon assuming power early next year, targeting election financing, voting rights reforms and more, per the Washington Post.

The big picture: The bill sets the tone for Democrats' priorities once they retake the House in the age of President Trump under presumptive Speaker Nancy Pelosi. It'll seek to expand voting access for Americans and grant more federal money to strengthen state election security, per the AP. And, in a broadside to some of Trump's most controversial actions, the bill would create a Supreme Court code of ethics and require presidents to release their tax returns.

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Sanders requests recount of Iowa recanvass after results show shrunken margin

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Sen. Bernie Sanders said in a statement Tuesday night he will request a recount of the Iowa Democratic Party's recanvass results.

Where it stands: Both Buttigieg and Sanders requested partial recanvasses in Iowa last week after results were delayed and showed several errors following a software malfunction on caucus night.

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Energy deputy secretary nominee faces heat after contradicting Trump

Mark Menezes speaks at a forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, June 12. Photo: Minasse Wondimu Hailu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Trump administration officials are internally raising concerns about President Trump’s nominee for Energy deputy secretary, who appeared to openly contradict the president on nuclear waste storage at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain last week.

Driving the news: While speaking at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing last Wednesday, Mark Menezes told members of the panel that the Trump administration is still interested in storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain and that “what we're trying to do is to put together a process that will give us a path to permanent storage at Yucca."