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White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson. Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee has postponed the confirmation hearing for Ronny Jackson, President Trump's nominee to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, amid allegations of improper conduct and growing concerns about the physician's ability to lead the agency, committee chairman Johnny Isakson and ranking Democrat Jon Tester announced Tuesday.

Why it matters: Although the White House says it stands by Jackson, the delay only adds to their fears that he'll get denied.

"The Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs is postponing the hearing to consider the nominee to be secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in light of new information presented to the committee”
— Sens. Isakson and Tester in a statement Tuesday

What to watch: The Sens. also sent a letter to President Trump on Tuesday requesting "all documentation pertaining to Rear Admiral Jackson's service in the White House medical unit and as Physician to the President."

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Report: Pentagon watchdog finds Ronny Jackson drank on duty and harassed staff

Rep. Ronny Jackson walking through the Canon Tunnel to the U.S. Capitol in January. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images

Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas) allegedly made "sexual and denigrating" comments about a female staffer, drank alcohol and took sleeping medication while working as White House physician, according to a report obtained by CNN Tuesday night.

Driving the news: The Department of Defense inspector general's report stems from a years-long investigation. Jackson has called the allegations "false and fabricated."

DOJ pressed to enforce Al Jazeera foreign agent ruling

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The Justice Department is being pressed to enforce its own demand that the U.S. arm of Qatari broadcaster Al Jazeera register as a foreign agent.

Why it matters: The launch of Al Jazeera's new right-of-center U.S. media venture, Rightly, has refocused attention on the media company's alleged links to Doha, and DOJ's efforts to crack down on media outlets viewed as foreign interest mouthpieces.

Poll: Immigration is America's most-polarizing issue

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Immigration was found to be the most polarizing issue in America based on new polling from Populace.

Why it matters: Americans have surprisingly similar priorities for the U.S., but immigration stands out as one of the few issues with clear partisan differences. It underscores the challenge for advocates and lawmakers hoping to pass immigration reform in the coming weeks amid narrow margins in Congress.