Nov 27, 2017

Mulvaney orders 30-day hiring freeze at CFPB

Mick Mulvaney speaks during a news conference after his first day as acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Monday, Photo: Jacquelyn Martin / AP

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney, who Trump recently named as acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, said Monday that he's implementing a 30-day freeze on hiring and rule-making following his arrival at the watchdog agency.

Mulvaney also continued his feud with Leandra English, former director Richard Cordray's pick to run the bureau, who met with Democratic senators on the Hill today. "[I] haven't met her. In the ordinary world, if you don't call, you don't show, you don't have a job the next day," he said. "But I'm not sure how it works here." Earlier today, he told staff to "disregard any instructions from Ms. English." She has filed a lawsuit claiming the post is legally hers.

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Centrist Democrats beseech 2020 candidates: "Stand up to Bernie" or Trump wins

Bernie Sanders rallies in Las Vegas, Nevada on Feb. 21. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Center-left think tank Third Way urgently called on the Democratic front-runners of the 2020 presidential election to challenge Sen. Bernie Sanders on the South Carolina debate stage on Feb. 25, in a memo provided to Axios' Mike Allen on Saturday.

What they're saying: "At the Las Vegas debate ... you declined to really challenge Senator Sanders. If you repeat this strategy at the South Carolina debate this week, you could hand the nomination to Sanders, likely dooming the Democratic Party — and the nation — to Trump and sweeping down-ballot Republican victories in November."

Situational awareness

Warren Buffett. Photo: Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage

Catch up on today's biggest news:

  1. Warren Buffett releases annual letter, reassures investors about future of Berkshire Hathaway
  2. Greyhound bars immigration sweeps
  3. U.S. military officially stops offensive operations in Afghanistan
  4. America's future looks a lot like Nevada
  5. Centrist Democrats beseech 2020 candidates: "Stand up to Bernie" or Trump wins

America's future looks a lot like Nevada

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Today's Nevada caucus will foreshadow the future of American politics well beyond 2020.

Why it matters: The U.S. is in the midst of a demographic transformation, and the country's future looks a lot like Nevada's present. Today's results, in addition to shaping the 2020 race, will help tell us where politics is headed in a rapidly changing country.