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Eugene Scalia. Photo: Astrid Riecken/Getty Images

The Senate voted 53-44 on Thursday to confirm Eugene Scalia, son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, as labor secretary.

The big picture: The position was previously filled by acting Secretary Patrick Pizzella after Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta resigned in July amid renewed pushback over his role in Jeffrey Epstein's 2008 plea deal.

  • Scalia is a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He previously worked at the Labor Department during President George W. Bush's administration and served as an assistant to now-Attorney General William Barr in the 1990s.

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Trump grants flurry of last-minute pardons

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President Trump issued 73 pardons and commuted the sentences of 70 individuals early Wednesday, 11 hours from leaving office.

Why it matters: It's a last-minute gift to some of the president's loyalists and an evident use of executive power with only hours left of his presidency. Axios reported in December that Trump planned to grant pardons to "every person who ever talked to me."

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Trump revokes ethics order barring former aides from lobbying

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Shortly after pardoning members of Congress and lobbyists convicted on corruption charges, President Trump revoked an executive order barring former officials from lobbying for five years after leaving his administration.

Why it matters: The order, which was signed eight days after he took office, was an attempt to fulfill his campaign promise to "drain the swamp."

  • But with less than 12 hours left in office, Trump has now removed those limitations on his own aides.

Trump pardons former GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy

President Trump has pardoned Elliott Broidy, a former top Republican fundraiser who pleaded guilty late last year to conspiring to violate foreign lobbying laws as part of a campaign to sway the administration on behalf of Chinese and Malaysian interests.

Why it matters: Broidy was a deputy finance chair for the Republican National Committee early in Trump’s presidency, and attempted to leverage his influence in the Trump administration on behalf of his clients. The president's decision to pardon Broidy represents one last favor for a prominent political ally.