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Energy Secretary-designate, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, is sworn-in on Capitol Hill earlier today, prior to testifying at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Politics

WATCH: Rick Perry's Comment About 'Fun' On Sen. Al Franken's Couch Gets A Laugh

Trump's nominee for energy secretary and the Minnesota senator, a former comedian, shared a moment of levity during Perry's confirmation hearing when Perry made an unintended double-entendre.

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Inauguration Road Trip

At A Va. Planned Parenthood Clinic, Practitioners Worry For Their Patients

Republican lawmakers once again plan to try to end federal funding that goes to Planned Parenthood. Abortions are among the health services the nonprofit provides.

At A Va. Planned Parenthood Clinic, Practitioners Worry For Their Patients

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Ethics Lawyers Call Trump's Business Conflicts 'Nakedly Unconstitutional'

Norm Eisen and Richard Painter discuss Trump's business conflicts. The new president will be "violating the constitutional conflicts clause ... as soon as he takes the oath of office," Eisen says.

Ethics Lawyers Call Trump's Business Conflicts 'Nakedly Unconstitutional'

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Shots - Health News

Scientists Needn't Get A Patient's Consent To Study Blood Or DNA

In its update of ethics rules aimed at protecting patients, the Obama administration decided against a provision that scientists said would hinder research. Consumer advocates aren't happy.

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First Listen

First Listen: Japandroids, 'Near To The Wild Heart Of Life'

After Celebration Rock fixated on staying young and feeling raw, the Vancouver duo's new album re-envisions youth as a passageway to a new and better place.

Near To The Wild Heart Of Life

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Business

Boeing To Start Trump Era With New Wave Of Downsizing

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Aviation giant Boeing, a corporate sponsor of the inauguration and one of the country's largest exporters, is planning new buyouts and layoffs on top of nearly 11,000 job cuts last year.

Boeing To Start Trump Era With New Wave Of Downsizing

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Parallels - World News

After 8 Years Of Unbroken War, Obama Hands Over Conflicts To Trump

President Obama is the first president to serve eight years with the U.S. at war, nonstop, from beginning to end. Donald Trump now inherits ongoing conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

After 8 Years Of Unbroken War, Obama Hands Over Conflicts To Trump

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