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In this April 8, 2010 photo, Capt. Scott Smiley gives a tour of his staff's offices in West Point, N.Y. (Mike Groll / AP)

THURSDAY, JAN. 26, 2017, 5:14 A.M.

Spokane Army Maj. Scotty Smiley to address Republican retreat on invite of McMorris Rodgers

Maj. Scotty Smiley, a veteran of the Iraq War blinded in a suicide attack 12 years ago, will address Republican members of the House of Representatives and Senate this week as part of an annual retreat. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers invited Smiley and his wife, Tiffany, to address lawmakers following an op-ed they published in the Wall Street Journal last month.

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Education Secretary-designate Betsy DeVos greets Sen. Patty Murray as Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., watch on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. In an interview Tuesday, Murray said she remains concerned about DeVos’s policy positions and finances ahead of a planned confirmation vote. (Carolyn Kaster / AP)

UPDATED: WEDNESDAY, JAN. 25, 2017, 9:20 A.M.

Sen. Patty Murray maintains pressure on Betsy DeVos, other Trump nominees, defends NAFTA

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray on Tuesday said President Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees posed unprecedented “complex financial and legal issues” ahead of planned confirmation votes. The long-serving Democrat also advised against gutting the North American Free Trade Agreement and said she was spurred by the protests against Trump’s campaign rhetoric this weekend.

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FILE – Republican presidential candidate, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks during a primary night rally, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (Steven Senne / AP)

FRIDAY, JAN. 13, 2017, 7:07 A.M.

Jeb Bush says he’s unlikely to run for office again, says Trump should stop tweeting

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, whose bid for the presidency was derailed by businessman and eventual winner Donald Trump, says it’s unlikely he’ll ever run for office again. Bush, who is spending two weeks at a Texas A&M University teaching a course on the role of governors, said Thursday that he’s focused on building up his business again and working with the foundation he created to push for changes in education policy.

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