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Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general, is expected to testify to Congress next week that she expressed alarm to the White House about President Donald Trump's national security adviser's contacts with the Russian ambassador, which could contradict how the administration has characterized her counsel. Yates is expected to recount in detail her Jan. 26 conversation about Michael Flynn and that she saw discrepancies between the administration's public statements on his contacts with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and what really transpired, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Trump's choice to be ambassador to China, faced Senate questioning Tuesday about the administration's shifting priorities in dealing with a country Trump had accused of "raping" the U.S. economy but now considers a crucial partner in heading off conflict with North Korea. Branstad, a Republican, is expected to win confirmation and could be on the job in Beijing by the end of the month.

Trump has appointed Daniel Simmons, a conservative scholar who sharply questioned the value of promoting renewable energy sources and curbs on greenhouse gas emissions, to oversee the Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, according to an e-mail to department employees. The selection marks one of several recent Trump appointments to top energy and environmental posts, which appear to repudiate the Obama administration's policies aimed at shifting the nation to low-carbon sources of electricity.

Michael Glassner, the head of Trump's re-election campaign, accused CNN of "censorship" after the broadcast network refused to run the group's latest advertisement. CNN said it would run the 30-second television spot, a celebration of Trump's first 100 days in office, only if the campaign removed a section that featured the words "fake news" superimposed over several TV journalists, including Wolf Blitzer of CNN.

Trump is placing anti-abortion activist Teresa Manning in charge of the Title X program, which provides family planning funding for poor Americans or those without health insurance. Manning will serve as the Department of Health and Human Services' deputy assistant secretary for population affairs.

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