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Rhode Island’s chief medical officer in the behavioral health department, Dr. Elinore McCance-Katz, has been nominated by President Donald Trump for a position in the federal Department of Health and Human Services.

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The mayor of Providence, Jorge Elorza, will be part of a meeting in Washington Tuesday with U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions. 

RI GOP National Committeeman Steven Frias joins Bonus Q&A to talk about his future, how RI Republicans can be more competitive, whether RI should legalize marijuana, and more.

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This week, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders kicked off a nationwide tour hoping to energize Democrats ahead of mid-term elections in 2018.

They also want to reach out to progressives upset with President Donald Trump’s victory last November and disappointed with the Democratic Party.  In Rhode Island some progressive women are getting engaged for the first time and trying to find their political voices.

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Rhode Island’s 2018 U.S. Senate featuring incumbent Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse just got more complicated. 


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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and mayors from across the nation spent part of Wednesday in Washington D.C. meeting with Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. The group gathered to discuss illegal immigration, and the role of local law enforcement.

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President Donald Trump’s executive orders on energy could have big impacts on states producing fossil fuels. But the order could still affect the Ocean State’s goals to reduce greenhouse gases.

Rhode Island has set the ambitious goal to reduce carbon emissions in the state 45 percent below the state’s emissions levels of 1990. Rhode Island will likely maintain that goal no matter what comes out of the White House.

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President Donald Trump’s executive order would likely bolster the fossil fuel industry with the roll back of regulations. It also undoes Obama-era efforts to slow climate change.

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At least 250 people turned out for a congressional town hall meeting at Coventry High School Sunday, hosted by three-fourths of Rhode Island’s Democratic congressional delegation- Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and 2nd District Representative Jim Langevin.

Just another quiet week in Rhode Island politics, right? Lots to chew on here, so thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Sen. Jack Reed is calling for a special prosecutor to investigate ties between Russian interests and President Donald Trump’s campaign. Reed said in a statement that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes of California is too partisan to lead a credible probe into links between Russian interests and the president and his campaign advisers.

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After President Trump released his proposed budget, Rhode Island’s congressional delegation was quick to denounce various cuts that would affect the state.

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U.S. Sen. Jack Reed stopped by our studio recently to discuss the early months of the Trump administration, including the impact of judicial nominees, the outlook for the GOP healthcare plan, and the next step in examining Russian influence in the US presidential election last year.

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U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha is among the Obama-era federal prosecutors who stepped down Friday following a request from the Trump administration.

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This week, Mike Stenhouse from the conservative leaning think-tank the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity joins us. 

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