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Flynn pushed private nuclear deal as national security advisor

Flynn speaks at the 2016 RNC. J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Michael Flynn worked to promote a private plan to build nuclear reactors throughout the Middle East — that, at one point, involved contributions from Russian companies — even during his tenure as President Trump's national security advisor, per The Wall Street Journal.

  • Think back: This story was already in the spotlight today as House Democrats asked Special Counsel Robert Mueller to look into Flynn's failure to disclose trips related to the project on his security clearance renewal forms, claiming Flynn "appeared to break the law."
  • One step farther: Flynn didn't give up on the project once he assumed a White House position, instead working to arrange meetings between the former military officers behind the project and National Security Council staff.
  • Why it matters: It's just more bad news for Flynn as he increasingly finds himself at the nexus of Mueller's investigation.
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Trump: Transgender people "disqualified" from the military

SecDef Jim Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford.
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford. Photo: Andrew Harrer-Pool / Getty Images

President Trump late Friday issued an order disqualifying most transgender people from serving in the military.

"[T]ransgender persons with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria -- individuals who the policies state may require substantial medical treatment, including medications and surgery -- are disqualified from military service except under certain limited circumstances."

Why it matters: Anything short of an inclusive policy for transgender troops will be viewed as a continuation of the ban Trump announced on Twitter in August.

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Both Bush and Obama also requested line item veto power

Donald Trump.
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President Trump tweeted on Friday evening that to avoid having "this omnibus situation from ever happening again," he wants Congress to re-instate "a line-item veto."

Why it matters: This would allow him to veto specific parts of a bill without getting rid of the entire thing. Trump was deeply unhappy with the $1.3 trillion spending bill approved by Congress early Friday morning, but signed it anyway on Friday afternoon.