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USDA withdraws organic-labeled animal standards rule

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A chicken inside a pen. Photo: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images

The USDA decided on Monday to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule that would have "set standards for organic livestock and poultry, including transport and slaughter." The regulation was going to take hold in May, but was withdrawn because of what the administration said was an overextension of the department's statutory limits.

Why it matters: The department now only has ruling over an animal's ingestion and any non-organic substances caretakers choose to put in their animals, reports the Hill. “The existing robust organic livestock and poultry regulations are effective,” said USDA Marketing and Regulatory Program Undersecretary Greg Ibach.

Jonathan Swan 11 hours ago
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McMaster out, Bolton in as National Security Adviser

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H.R. McMaster plans to resign and will be replaced as national security adviser by former U.N. ambassador John Bolton. The White House said McMaster's departure had been under discussion for some time and that the process was sped up to end speculation about the role. McMaster will stay on until mid-April.

Bottom line: This isn’t about ideology — unlike Trump, Bolton is hawkish and interventionist on foreign policy. This is about personal chemistry. 

Haley Britzky 8 hours ago
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Former Playmate alleges Trump tried to pay her after sex

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence walk into the Diplomat Room.
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence walk into the Diplomat Room. Photo: Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Former Playboy model Karen McDougal detailed her relationship with President Trump — which he has denied — in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper on Thursday night, including the first time she met Melania and how he tried to pay her after the first time they had sex.

The details: The alleged affair took place while he was married to Melania and shortly after his youngest son was born. McDougal said they met while the Apprentice was filming at the Playboy mansion, and began seeing each other "quite frequently." She told Cooper that Trump told her he loved her "all the time," and that there "was a real relationship there."