Feb 9, 2017

Trump sends mixed messages on immigration reform

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During a discussion with Senate and House members at the White House today, Donald Trump reportedly expressed interest in immigration reform โ€” specifically, the 2013 "Gang of 8" bill that died in the House, per the AP.

The White House's take: Sean Spicer said that the president used the meeting to express his opposition to the past Gang of 8 bill, believing it amounted to "amnesty," but expressed a desire for the Gang of 8 to work together again.

Gang of 8's take: Sen. Joe Manchin: "And I said, 'Sir, I don't think you're going to find this amnesty at all.' He is open to reviewing the piece of legislation. He says, 'Well, you've got to start working on it again.' And I says, 'Absolutely we will.' And that was encouraging."

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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 Trumpโ€™s nominee for Energy deputy secretary, who appeared to openly contradict the president on nuclear waste storage at Nevadaโ€™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 โ€œwhat we're trying to do is to put together a process that will give us a path to permanent storage at Yucca."