Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital assistant editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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Interior Secretary Zinke stepping down

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 12/15/18, 10:52 am

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who faces federal investigations into his travel, political activity, and potential conflicts of interest, will leave the Trump administration at year’s end, President Donald Trump said Saturday. The president said the former Montana congressman “accomplished much during his tenure” and that a replacement would be announced next week. The Cabinet post requires Senate confirmation.

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Judge strikes down Obamacare, but no changes yet

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 12/15/18, 10:36 am

A federal judge’s ruling Friday that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional sets up a major legal showdown over the law but won’t affect existing Obamacare coverage in the short term. U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor said that when last year’s tax cut legislation removed the individual penalty for not having health coverage, it knocked the constitutional foundation out from under the law. The Supreme Court decided in a landmark case in 2012 that Congress had the authority to enact most of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare package as a tax provision.

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Trump picks Mulvaney for chief of staff

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 12/14/18, 05:46 pm

President Donald Trump said Friday that White House budget director Mick Mulvaney will be his next chief of staff. Trump tweeted Friday that Mulvaney “has done an outstanding job” in his administration and would take over next year. The president dubbed Mulvaney his “acting chief of staff,” and it is not yet clear how long he will serve.

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