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Trump’s Troubles: Hope Hicks, one of President Trump’s longest-serving aides, announced that she is stepping down as the White House communications director. The decision is one that she reportedly had been considering for a long time, but comes just a day after she testified to the House Intelligence Committee that she had sometimes been required to tell “white lies” on the administration’s behalf. And Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and adviser, has been stripped of the interim security clearance that allowed him to view top-secret information—a troubling and politically damaging event that illustrates how Trump’s breaching of norms has undermined his White House.

College Republicans are publicly backing a climate-change policy 23 chapters to be exposed to pollutants near their home—adding to a growing body of research, and serving as a caution to leaders who are beginning to walk back the agency’s work on environmental justice and protections.

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