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The acting head of the Defense Department is now under investigation by the department's internal watchdog. Before Patrick Shanahan became - came to the Pentagon, he spent three decades at Boeing, working his way up to become a senior executive. Now he is accused of promoting Boeing even as he assumed leadership of the Pentagon.

NPR Pentagon correspondent Tom Bowman joins us now with the details of the investigation. Hey, Tom.

TOM BOWMAN, BYLINE: Hey, Ailsa.

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The world of political fundraising is about to get a lot more complicated and confusing thanks to a federal court ruling that could lead to the rise of more groups that seek to raise money off of a candidate's name, even if the group has nothing to do with that candidate.

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan struck down the Federal Election Commission's rules that prohibited unauthorized political committees from using a candidate's name.

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Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen is in Texas today. She's there to get a firsthand look at what she's calling a catastrophe at the southern border, a catastrophe that she says is caused by a flood of migrants from Central America. At the current pace, Nielsen says almost 100,000 migrants will cross the border this month, far exceeding last month's total. NPR's Joel Rose reports on why the numbers keep going up and up.

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All right. Unless you're a Patriots fan, this last Super Bowl was a bore. The halftime show starring Maroon 5 was also pretty forgettable.

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All official Washington — and indeed a wide swath of citizens from coast to coast — waits with great anticipation for the report from Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller.

Mueller, the former director of the FBI, is the war hero and Republican who was designated 22 months ago to investigate whether any Americans were involved with Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

A judge has struck down the laws that Wisconsin Republicans passed in December's lame-duck session of the state's Legislature, restoring powers to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, if only temporarily.

A county judge ruled on Thursday that all of the laws and appointments passed by legislators were unlawful because they met in what's known as an "extraordinary session," which isn't explicitly allowed under the state's constitution.

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is under investigation by the Pentagon's Office of Inspector General because of allegations he improperly advocated on behalf of his former employer, Boeing Co.

Martini glasses emblazoned with the words "Mommy Juice." Hundreds of people lined up in the bitter cold for a Christmas-themed bar. Cocktails, including one at $8,500 a pop, made with vintage liqueurs.

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