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June 23, 2017

With House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) counting the days until he can head home to Utah, chairman-in-waiting Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) is walking into what has the potential to be a powder keg. But on Friday, Gowdy announced the committee will not investigate Russia's role in the 2016 election or President Trump's possible obstruction of justice, Politico reports.

Throughout the spring, Chaffetz navigated an investigation into Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and Flynn's interactions with Russia. Chaffetz was hesitant to expand the probe beyond Flynn, and now Gowdy has confirmed he wants to refocus on the panel's "original 'compulsory' jurisdiction, including overseeing more mundane issues like government procurement and the Census," Politico writes.

"Number one, [the Russia questions are] in the jurisdiction of [Special Counsel] Bob Mueller," Gowdy explained Friday. "And secondarily, I would think Judiciary has jurisdiction over the Department of Justice and the FBI. To the extent that any of those memos are classified, that would be [Intelligence]. And for those that think a third committee ought to look at it, Oversight would have secondary permissive jurisdiction but it would be secondary." Jeva Lange

January 17, 2017

The Obamas to Washington: Bye!

The soon-to-be former first family plans to jet to Palm Springs, California, after vacating the White House following Trump's inauguration Friday. The Obamas picked Palm Springs because they wanted to go somewhere warmer than D.C., White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Tuesday at his final press briefing.

It was a nice thought, anyway. Jeva Lange

October 27, 2016

Twitter announced Thursday that it will be discontinuing the mobile app for Vine, its short-form video-sharing service that has existed since 2013. The announcement follows reports earlier Thursday that Twitter would be reducing its global workforce by 9 percent, even as the troubled company's third-quarter earnings exceeded analysts' expectations.

"Nothing is happening to the apps, website, or your Vines today," the company said in a statement posted to Medium. "We value you, your Vines, and are going to do this the right way. You'll be able to access and download your Vines. We'll be keeping the website online because we think it's important to still be able to watch all the incredible Vines that have been made. You will be notified before we make any changes to the app or website." Vine has over 200 million monthly users and 1.5 billion "loops." Jeva Lange

June 7, 2016

The RNC is reportedly bleeding Hispanic talent as prospective hires get more and more uncomfortable with the idea of working to elect Donald Trump.

Last week the RNC's Hispanic media director left to work on down ballot races because of her reportedly "increasingly awkward position defending the party and Trump." Then when Mario Lopez, the president of the Hispanic Leadership Fund, was allegedly approached about filling the role, sources told BuzzFeed he didn't see the position as a good fit. The eventual successor, Helen Aguirre-Ferre, is perhaps reluctant as well — as she has spent months criticizing Trump for his comments about Latinos.

However, the RNC denied considering Lopez for the role, saying, "No one even came close to [Aguirre-Ferre's] experience and qualifications." Lopez confirmed having a conversation with the RNC, but refused to add more details about what was discussed.

Even if Lopez wasn't approached, other Hispanics are also citing Trump as a reason to either turn down RNC roles or leave the ones they currently have. One operative, Joe Culotta, bowed out of doing outreach in Florida for the RNC, saying that Trump is "a ticking timebomb."

Yet another party operative told BuzzFeed anonymously that they are also planning to leave the RNC to work on down-ballot races. "I've always supported conservative principles, but when I look at the things I align with, they do not align with Trump," they said. "We put a lot of time and hard work when it comes to this business. Early mornings, late nights, tough deadlines, stress, we sacrifice a lot — to do this for a person, for a cause I don't believe in, I can't do it." Jeva Lange

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