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Trump: Cancel New Air Force One
President-elect tweets that ‘costs are out of control’

President-elect Donald Trump on the cost of the Air Force One program: “We want Boeing to make a lot of money, but not that much money.” (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

President-elect Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday his intent to cancel a Defense Department contract that would provide new Air Force One planes for future presidents. 

Trump cited the rising cost of the Boeing contract in his tweet, and doubled down on his decision later in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, according to Politico.  

Rouhani Warns Trump Not to Rip Up Iran Deal
Iranian president says the nuclear pact should stand

President-elect Donald Trump called the Iran nuclear agreement a “disaster” and “the worst deal ever negotiated,” (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned the United States of repercussions should President-elect Donald Trump follow through on his promise to rip up the global nuclear deal.

During a televised speech at the University of Tehran on Tuesday, Rouhani referred to Trump and President Barack Obama explicitly, promising to act if the U.S. pulls out of the nuclear pact or tries to extend the Iran Sanction Act, Reuters reported.

Trump considers Jets Owner for UK ambassadorship
Woody Johnson is a longtime GOP donor

Woody Johnson, center, shown here talking to New York Jets coach Todd Bowles, would be the second NFL owner to become an ambassador. (New York Jets)

Woody Johnson, Republican megadonor and owner of the NFL’s New York Jets, is reportedly being considered for a top foreign ambassador post in the new year.

Johnson is the most recent in a long line of Trump financial backers to be tapped for possible high-level government positions, and, according to the New York Post’s Page Six , is in the running to be named U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom.

Senators Line up on Either Side of Pipeline Standoff
Standing Rock protesters celebrate decision to explore alternative route

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, thanked Obama for listening to the Dakota Access pipeline protesters. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call CQ Roll Call file photo)

Senators on both sides of the aisle responded quickly to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to halt construction of the Dakota Access pipeline beneath a Missouri River reservoir.

This newest development in the months-long Standing Rock saga has left protesters optimistic about pushing for an alternative pipeline route, but they remain wary of a policy reversal once Donald Trump takes office in January, according to The Associated Press.

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House Republicans to Obama Administration: No New Regulations
McCarthy and committee chairmen send letter to all government agencies

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and GOP committee chairmen sent a letter to all government agencies requesting they not advance new regulations during the remainder of President Obama’s term. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy  and Republican committee chairmen plan to send a letter Tuesday to all government agencies requesting that no new regulations move forward in the remaining months of the Obama administration.

“This is not a new request,” McCarthy said at a press conference Tuesday. “This request actually happened when Barack Obama won — Rahm Emanuel sent the same letter.”