South Carolina: Senate confirms Mulvaney. By a 51-49 vote, the Senate confirmed the nomination of US Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R), a major foe of excess federal spending, to head the Office of Management and Budget. The narrow confirmation vote has become the norm for President Trump’s cabinet-level appointees ……. North Carolina: Hudson praises Pence. US Rep. Richard Hudson (R) told The Hill that he is hoping that Vice President Mike Pence “has a lot of influence. Obviously, the president is the final decider, but we hope he seeks his advice, because Pence is level-headed – he’s the calm in the storm, and he knows how the process works here on Capitol Hill.” ……. GOP: Three Dixie Republicans vulnerable. The National Republican Congressional Committee has named the ten GOP US Representatives expected to face serious challenges next year. Three Southerners are on the list: Brian Mast (FL), Will Hurd (TX) and Barbara Comstock (VA) …….