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  • Week two of Cabinet confirmation hearings: What to expect (hearing schedule)

    01/17/2017 5:08:05 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 9 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | Emily Schultheis
    One week of confirmation hearings is down -- and there are just a few more days to go before President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in. With President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration just three days away, another round of his top Cabinet nominees are about to undergo their confirmation hearings in the Senate this week. As a reminder, Congress can’t officially confirm Mr. Trump’s nominees until after he’s sworn in, but senators can hold hearings to help expedite the process and get nominations ready for Inauguration Day -- which is why this coming week has such a packed schedule of hearings. Senate...
  • NEWSWEAK: DON'T KID YOURSELF—DONALD TRUMP IS WINNING

    01/14/2017 1:01:24 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 24 replies
    NEWSWEAK ^ | JANUARY 14, 2017 | MATTHEW COOPER, NEWSWEAK
    It would be easy to see the Trump-Obama transition as a mess for the president-elect. He continues to face criticism for his extraordinary breach of traditional financial disclosure norms, not only failing to release his taxes but making only the cursory moves toward separating himself from his businesses. Trump has had to contend with an imbroglio over an unconfirmed dossier assembled by his political opponents. His poll numbers are low for a president-elect, with only a minority Americans thinking his transition is going well. The mainstream media is shocked, shocked that many of Trump’s cabinet nominees oppose some of his...
  • Widow of terrorist gets P.A. pension (American tax $), Soros in the crosshairs of Hungary [radio]

    01/15/2017 7:42:42 AM PST · by Randall_S · 4 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | January 14, 2017 | USA Transnational Report
    Sessions, Tillerson, Pompeo, Mattis testify before Senate Trump to CNN: “You are fake news!” LIVE Saturday (1/14) 8 AM EST Trump’s future cabinet is cruising through Senate confirmation. And with the world in the state that it is, not a moment too soon. Terrorism once again strikes Israel in the form of a truck attack. Sound familiar? Of course, the widow of the terrorist is already collecting a pension courtesy of the Palestinian Authority. Yet these people allegedly want peace? In Hungary, the Orban government takes the dramatic step of targeting George Soros’s network of NGOs. Good for them –...
  • Byron York: On Capitol Hill, Trump wins Week One

    01/13/2017 1:42:55 PM PST · by ColdOne · 30 replies
    Washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 1/13/17 | Byron York
    This was supposed to be the week President-elect Trump's nominees endured tough grilling and determined opposition in Senate confirmation hearings. "Trump Cabinet picks face extreme vetting ahead of confirmation," USA Today reported last month, predicting that several Trump picks could face a very difficult time on Capitol Hill. Now Week One is ending, and the tough grilling mostly didn't materialize. And all of Trump's first week of nominees seem headed toward confirmation. Seven Trump picks — Attorney General-designate Jeff Sessions, Homeland Security Secretary-designate John Kelly, Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson, Transportation Secretary-designate Elaine Chao, Defense Secretary-designate James Mattis, Housing and...
  • REVEALED: Hillary Clinton’s Cabinet Picks (If She’d Won, That Is)

    01/10/2017 3:12:36 PM PST · by PROCON · 22 replies
    heatst.com ^ | Jan. 10, 2017 | Andrew Stiles
    Hillary Clinton’s political career is probably over, but just because she lost the presidential election to Donald Trump doesn’t mean she wasn’t prepared to win. Axios reporter Mike Allen has revealed Hillary’s list of prospective nominees for important cabinet posts in her administration, and it includes a number of interesting choices. John Podesta, her campaign chairman who accidentally exposed his entire email account to Russian hackers, was listed as the frontrunner to be Hillary Clinton’s secretary of state. Vice President Joe Biden was reportedly also being considered for the position.Facebook executive and Lean In author Sheryl Sandberg was in line...
  • Here’s What Hillary Clinton’s Cabinet Would Have Looked Like If She Had Won

    01/10/2017 8:36:51 AM PST · by Frank Grimes · 37 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 01/10/2017 | Chuck Ross
    Hillary Clinton had most of her cabinet and West Wing positions picked out by Election Day, several of her campaign hands have revealed.Mike Allen, the former Politico reporter, published the “ghost cabinet” on Tuesday at Axios, a new media company he co-founded.According to Allen’s sources, John Podesta, the Clinton campaign chairman whose hacked emails were published prior to the election, was set to receive a nomination to serve as secretary of state.John Podesta Getty Images/Justin Sullivan Podesta has served in two Democratic White Houses. He rose to chief of staff in Bill Clinton’s White House and was an advisor to...
  • FRC: Libs Try to Unhinge Trump's Cabinet

    01/10/2017 7:02:44 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 5 replies
    Family Research Council ^ | January 9, 2017
    Libs Try to Unhinge Trump's Cabinet After eight years of fundamentally transforming America, most liberals aren't exactly thrilled to see it transformed back. Desperate to keep their legacy of lawlessness alive, the Left is taking the surest path to protecting their "progress:" fighting the leaders who would unravel it and return law and order to America. With the New Year came a new intensity to knock down any cabinet nominees of President-elect Donald Trump's who pose a threat to President Obama's radical gains. To their disappointment, that seems to be almost everyone. The cabinet Donald Trump is assembling has been...
  • McConnell: Dems should 'grow up' and consider Trump nominees

    01/08/2017 5:27:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 8, 2017 2:35 PM EST
    Republicans on Sunday defended their party against Democratic complaints that Congress is being forced to consider nominees for Donald Trump’s administration without completed ethics reviews. “All of these little procedural complaints are related to their frustration in having not only lost the White House, but having lost the Senate,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “I understand that,” he added, “but we need to sort of grow up here and get past that.” …
  • Critics say Jeff Sessions' confirmation hearing too short, too few witnesses

    01/08/2017 1:04:20 AM PST · by Zakeet · 64 replies
    Al.com ^ | January 7, 2017 | Howard Koplowitz
    The rules set by Sen. Charles Grassley, a Republican from Iowa and chairman of the Judiciary Committee, schedule Sessions' hearings for two days, with one day mostly devoted to testimony from Sessions and the second day featuring testimony from nine witnesses -- five called by Republicans and four called by Democrats. The witness lists are still being finalized; a Judiciary Committee spokeswoman told AL.com that the names should be made public on Monday, a day before the hearing. After the two days of testimony, the 16-member committee will then vote whether to send Sessions' nomination to the full Senate, where...
  • Ethics Office Warns Confirmations For Trump Nominees Are Moving Too Fast

    01/07/2017 12:47:23 PM PST · by Zakeet · 56 replies
    NPR ^ | January 7, 2017 | Jessica Taylor
    The Office of Government Ethics is raising alarm over the pace of confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump's nominees, saying Saturday that they have yet to receive required financial disclosures for some picks set to come before Congress next week. In a letter to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., released Saturday, OGE Director Walter Shaub wrote that "the announced hearing schedule for several nominees who have not completed the ethics review process is of great concern to me" and that the current schedule "has created undue pressure on OGE's staff and agency ethics officials...
  • TRUMP FRAMILY TRAIN TRANSITION THREADS - Countdown Week 2 (January 8-14, 2017)

    01/08/2017 4:21:41 AM PST · by DollyCali · 2,252 replies
    FRiends | January 8, 2017 | DollyCali
    WELCOME TO THE TRUMP FAMILY TRAIN We are in the eighth week since the election until the Inauguration.
  • Hitting Trump Before He’s Sworn In

    01/06/2017 5:56:32 AM PST · by detective · 13 replies
    Frontpage ^ | January 6, 2017 | Matthew Vadum
    Democrats and left-wing activists are planning to vigorously attack President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees before Trump even takes office at Noon on Jan. 20. The purpose of this early resistance to the incoming Trump administration is not only to deprive Trump of political legitimacy but also to undermine his authority and make it impossible for him to govern. All this talk of a vast Russian conspiracy to hack U.S. computer networks to put Trump in the White House is also part of the leftists’ scheme. So was Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s goofy fundraising campaign disguised as recounts in...
  • Ted Cruz: Trump Is Filling His Cabinet With Conservative ‘All-Stars’ [AUDIO]

    01/05/2017 11:47:50 AM PST · by bigbob · 63 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1-5-17 | CHRISTIAN DATOC
    Sen. Ted Cruz told Washington, DC radio host Larry O’Connor Wednesday that Donald Trump is filling his cabinet with “all-star” conservatives. The Texas Republican noted that Republicans have been handed a “historic opportunity” to do a “great deal of good” in repealing “the disaster that is Obamacare.” “It was one of the fundamental reasons why I ran for the Senate and promised the people of Texas that I would fight everyday to repeal Obamacare,” he continued. “I cannot tell you how gratifying it is to see us on the verge of delivering on that promise.” Cruz then pointed to the...
  • Trump appoints Indian-American Raj Shah to key White House position

    01/04/2017 9:41:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Siasat Daily ^ | January 5, 2017 | The Press Trust of India
    US President-elect Donald Trump today appointed young Indian-American Raj Shah, who played a leading role in the Republican party’s anti-Clinton campaign during polls, to a key White House position. Shah, whose parents immigrated to the US from Gujarat, has been appointed as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Communication Director and Research Director, as per an announcement made by the Presidential Transition Team. Shah, who is in his early 30s, is currently head of Opposition Research in the Republican National Committee. In this position, he led a team of experts to carry out research against Hillary Clinton, the Democratic...
  • Schumer: I Wish Democrats Hadn’t Triggered the ‘Nuclear Option’

    01/04/2017 3:32:49 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 103 replies
    Breitbart ^ | January 4, 2017 | by ADELLE NAZARIAN
    Incoming Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) says he regrets a 2013 decision by Senate Democrats, known as the “nuclear option” to decrease the number of senators needed to confirm Cabinet picks from 60 to 51 votes. “I wish it hadn’t happened,” Schumer said in an interview with CNN, about the move that was triggered by former Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid (D-NV). The move is dubbed the “nuclear option” because by altering the filibuster rules it stands to blow up bipartisan Senate relations. “I argued against it at the time,” Schumer said. “I said both for Supreme Court and...
  • What happens if Trump doesn't nominate a new Cabinet Secretary after the first one is defeated?

    01/04/2017 12:00:14 AM PST · by chaosagent · 34 replies
    What happens if Trump doesn't nominate a new Cabinet Secretary after the first one is defeated?
  • POLL: Will Democrats succeed in blocking Trump's cabinet confirmations?

    01/03/2017 10:51:22 PM PST · by Jeff Chandler · 21 replies
    Headline of the Day Poll Will Democrats succeed in blocking Trump's cabinet confirmations? Yes. Senator Schumer will peel off enough RINO's to reject them No. Trump will keep Republicans in line
  • Rudy Giuliani: Donald Trump’s Outsider Cabinet Is Shaking D.C. Up

    01/02/2017 5:57:03 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 33 replies
    time.com ^ | Rudy Giuliani
    America is already gearing up for one of the most exciting civic ceremonies in the world: the inauguration of our next president. But even as the eagerness for that day builds, we ought to stop and recognize the history unfolding before our eyes. By almost any measure, President-elect Donald J. Trump is leading one of the most extraordinary presidential transition periods of all time. One of President-elect Trump’s most historic characteristics is his complete outsider status. On the day President-elect Trump takes office, he will be the first individual ever to serve as president who did not have any previous...
  • Democrats plan to target eight Trump Cabinet nominees

    01/01/2017 7:39:12 PM PST · by usafa92 · 117 replies
    Chicago Trbune ^ | 1/1/2017 | Ed O'Keefe
    Democratic senators plan to aggressively target eight of Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees in the coming weeks and are pushing to stretch their confirmation votes into March - an unprecedented break with Senate tradition. Such delays would upend Republican hopes of quickly holding hearings and confirming most of Trump's top picks on Inauguration Day. But Democrats, hamstrung by their minority status, are determined to slow-walk Trump's picks unless they start disclosing reams of personal financial data they've withheld so far, according to senior aides. Incoming Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., has told Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., that...
  • Nine Members of Trump’s Cabinet Identify As Devout Christians

    01/01/2017 9:25:01 AM PST · by doug from upland · 48 replies
    NOTE: although this may appear as a duplicate post, this one actually sends you to the website that published the article. The other post sent you to a personal blog instead of to the publishing website by someone using FR to drive traffic there. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ President-elect Donald Trump has now appointed nine members to the White House, each of whom profess publicly to be Christians. Is this a huge answer to prayer? “For many years, we have prayed that God would raise up men and women of God to positions of leadership and influence in our country. However, since the...
  • Nine Members of Trumps Cabinet Identify As Devout Christians

    01/01/2017 8:37:04 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 14 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 1/1/16 | HelloChristian.com
    President-elect Donald Trump has now appointed nine members to the White House, each of whom profess publicly to be Christians. Is this a huge answer to prayer? “For many years, we have prayed that God would raise up men and women of God to positions of leadership and influence in our country. However, since the end of the George W. Bush administration, there have been previous few answers to that prayer," writes Author and Pastor David Murray. "Who would have thought that Donald Trump might be the answer to that prayer?” At the heart of these appointments is Vice President...
  • Former California lt. gov. to meet with Trump to discuss running Agriculture department

    12/28/2016 9:03:32 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 37 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 28, 2016 | By Michael A. Memoli and John Myers
    President-elect Donald Trump is considering former California Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado to lead the Agriculture department, a move that would bring greater diversity to the Republican’s Cabinet. Maldonado will meet with Trump on Wednesday at his Palm Beach, Fla., estate. Trump spokesman Sean Spicer noted that Maldonado, owner of Runway Vineyards in the Santa Maria Valley, comes from three generations of farmers and has “strong roots in the agriculture industry of California.” Trump will also meet with Dr. Elsa Murano, the former president of Texas A&M; University and a former Agriculture undersecretary for food safety, in connection to the post,...
  • Ability, not diversity, is key in Trump’s color-blind Cabinet

    12/28/2016 1:03:43 AM PST · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 27 Dec 2016 | S.A. Miller
    A top adviser to Donald Trump on diversity issues is offering no apologies for the preponderance of white men filling the Cabinet and key jobs in the new administration, insisting that the lack of minorities reflected the president-elect’s color-blind approach to hiring decisions.
  • Who Trump Is Putting in Power ["Trading Cards" for Team Trump]

    12/27/2016 7:33:42 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    Pro Publica ^ | 12/22/16 | Jessica Huseman and Rob Weychert
    As President-elect Donald Trump picks his top officials, we’re laying out the best accountability reporting on each. Think we missed something? Email us or send us a tweet. We’ll keep this updated.
  • Ability, not diversity, is key in Trump’s color-blind Cabinet

    12/27/2016 6:57:24 PM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 27, 2017 | S.A. Miller
    A top adviser to Donald Trump on diversity issues is offering no apologies for the preponderance of white men filling the Cabinet and key jobs in the new administration, insisting that the lack of minorities reflected the president-elect’s color-blind approach to hiring decisions. Bruce Levell, who spearheaded a minority outreach effort for the Trump campaign and now serves as an adviser to the transition team, said that Mr. Trump isn’t looking to check off diversity boxes with his hiring decisions — and that’s OK with black and Hispanic Americans. “President-elect Trump doesn’t really so much look at the Cabinet and...
  • China "Shocked" By Navarro Appointment, As Trump Team Proposes 10% Import Tariff

    12/22/2016 8:12:46 PM PST · by Rockitz · 221 replies
    ZeroHedge.com ^ | 22 December 2016 | Tyler Durden
    As the FT first reported yesetrday, in a dramatic development for Sino-US relations, Trump picked Peter Navarro, a Harvard-trained economist and one-time daytrader, to head the National Trade Council, an organization within the White House to oversee industrial policy and promote manufacturing. Navarro, a hardcore China hawk, is the author of books such as "Death by China" and "Crouching Tiger: What China’s Militarism Means for the World" has for years warned that the US is engaged in an economic war with China and should adopt a more aggressive stance, a message that the president-elect sold to voters across the US...
  • Democrats are intimidated by Trump’s Cabinet of successful superstars

    12/23/2016 1:00:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Partisan ^ | December 22, 2016 | Ed Rogers
    President-elect Donald Trump is getting his share of criticism for appointing effective, wealthy business executives and leaders from the private sector to his Cabinet. Democrats would have you believe that people who have been magnificently financially profitable in America are somehow disqualified from helping shape American policy. But here’s a different way of looking at the Cabinet Trump has assembled: This may be the most successful group of people brought together to serve a common purpose in Washington in at least the last 50 years. The list of those willing to bring their expertise to the aid of their country...
  • Kellyanne Conway, ‘Trump Whisperer,’ Will Be Counselor to President

    12/22/2016 4:10:01 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 92 replies
    NYT ^ | DEC. 22, 2016 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR and MAGGIE HABERMAN
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Kellyanne Conway, the Republican pollster and strategist who helped guide President-elect Donald J. Trump to victory in November, will be appointed counselor to the president, becoming the highest-ranking woman in his White House, the transition team announced early Thursday. Ms. Conway, who took over as campaign manager shortly after Mr. Trump clinched the Republican nomination over the summer, guided her candidate through a brutal and divisive campaign, often appearing on television to vouch for him during periods of scandal or controversy.
  • Donald Trump's Cabinet a boon for conservatives

    12/20/2016 9:35:12 PM PST · by Innovative · 49 replies
    CNN ^ | Dec. 20, 2016 | Stephen Collinson
    Donald Trump might have been a conservative hiding in plain sight this whole time. The President-elect, who ran on populism rather than ideology and was once viewed as a political apostate by many conservatives, might represent the movement's most significant governing moment since Ronald Reagan. Trump is assembling a conservative dream team of domestic Cabinet appointments that promises to move swiftly to dismantle the Obama administration's legacy in health care, education, labor and environmental policy. They will be aided by a Republican-controlled House and Senate that will coordinate on legislation. "I think most conservatives are pretty pleasantly surprised," said Matt...
  • Army veteran Vincent Viola, billionaire owner of the Florida Panthers, named Trump’s Army secretary

    12/19/2016 7:42:12 AM PST · by DoodleDawg · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/19/16 | Dan Lamothe
    President-elect Donald Trump has nominated as his Army secretary Vincent Viola, an Army veteran who became a billionaire after founding an electronic trading firm and went on to buy the Florida Panthers hockey team. Viola is a 1977 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and funded the creation of its highly regarded Combating Terrorism Center after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. A former infantry officer and Ranger School graduate, he has pressed for innovation in cyber warfare, saying at a conference five years ago that the Army of the future will be built on a “gestalt...
  • The foolish coming war on David Friedman (Amb to Israel)

    12/18/2016 3:59:43 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 9 replies
    commentarymagazine.com ^ | John Podhoretz
    Personnel is policy.” That’s one of the great cliches of Washington staffing, and we have an example of its truth in Donald Trump’s nomination of the New York bankruptcy lawyer David Friedman to be his ambassador to Israel. Much will be made of the blunt Friedman’s very harsh words about left-wing Jewish groups and about President Obama, and these will be used in an effort to derail his nomination. Friedman wrote an op-ed earlier this year likening JStreet to the kapos—the Jews who worked for the Nazis policing their own people. It was wrong of him to do so, but...
  • Trump Cabinet decisions

    12/18/2016 5:52:22 AM PST · by Oz8509338511 · 46 replies
    Wiki ^ | None
    My purpose in posting this is for historical reference and discussion of President Elect Trump cabinet positions nominated so far. Does anyone forsee any obstacles to confirmation for any of these choices so far.
  • Trump's Cabinet selections signal a bold shift after Obama

    12/17/2016 7:45:56 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    AP News via Townhall.com ^ | December 17, 2016
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Propelled by populist energy, President-elect Donald Trump's candidacy broke long-standing conventions and his incoming Cabinet embodies a sharp turn from the outgoing Obama administration. Trump, a Republican who pledged major changes after eight years of a Democratic White House, has assembled nominees for a Cabinet that includes many business executives who have never served in government, and military leaders are in line to oversee defense and homeland security. In one case, Trump has named someone who once called for dismantling the agency he'd lead. A change of political parties at the White House almost always brings policy...
  • Trump builds team of bosses to shake up Washington

    12/17/2016 11:52:36 AM PST · by AndyJackson · 43 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/17/2016 | James Oliphant and Emily Stephenson
    ...With more than 20 nominees now selected, Donald Trump’s cabinet appears much like the president-elect himself: mostly older, white males, many of them wealthy, who see themselves as risk-takers and deal-makers and prize action over deliberation. Trump, who says Washington is "broken" and controlled by special interests, has largely eschewed technocrats with long government experience. Instead, he has built a team of bosses. Trump's roster of agency heads and advisers conspicuously lacks intellectuals, lawyers, and academics of the sort sought by some past presidents...
  • President Elect Donald Trump Nominates Mick Mulvaney as Director of OMB…

    12/17/2016 10:59:29 AM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 5 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | Dec. 17, 2016 | Sundance
    (New York, NY)— President-elect Donald J. Trump today announced his nomination of U.S. Congressman Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina as Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Congressman Mulvaney brings a wealth of experience on economic, budgetary, and fiscal issues to his new role. Rep. Mulvaney has long been a strong voice in Congress for reining in out-of-control spending, fighting government waste and enacting tax policies that will allow working Americans to thrive.
  • Trump picks budget 'hawk' Mick Mulvaney to lead budget office

    12/17/2016 8:17:59 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 61 replies
    President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Mick Mulvaney, a conservative Republican congressman from South Carolina who is known as a budget “hawk”, as director of the Office of Management and Budget. Donald Trump accuses China of 'unpresidented' act over US navy drone Read more In a statement issued on Saturday morning – shortly after Trump tweeted an inflammatory comment about China’s seizure of a US navy drone in the South China Sea – Trump called Mulvaney a “very high-energy leader with deep convictions for how to responsibly manage our nation’s finances and save our country from drowning in red ink”. Trump...
  • Dems to use hearings on Trump picks to court working class

    12/16/2016 10:56:09 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 16, 2016 12:46 PM EST | Mary Clare Jalonick
    Determined to hold around two dozen Senate seats in 2018, Democrats will use the coming series of confirmation hearings to try to distinguish themselves from President-elect Donald Trump’s billionaire nominees and convince working-class voters who elected him that he’s not on their side. While Democrats have little leverage to stop the Republican’s picks in the Senate, they still plan a fight. To highlight what they say is the hypocrisy of Trump’s campaign promise to be a champion for the economically struggling little guy, they’ll focus on the nominees’ wealth, ties to Wall Street and willingness to privatize Medicare, among other...
  • Democrats are planning to use hearings on Trump's billionaire cabinet picks to win working class

    12/16/2016 7:06:17 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 37 replies
    Business Insider via AP ^ | December 16, 2016 | Mary Clare Jalonic
    Determined to hold around two dozen Senate seats in 2018, Democrats will use the coming series of confirmation hearings to try to distinguish themselves from President-elect Donald Trump's billionaire nominees and convince working-class voters who elected him that he's not on their side. While Democrats have little leverage to stop the Republican's picks in the Senate, they still plan a fight. To highlight what they say is the hypocrisy of Trump's campaign promise to be a champion for the economically struggling little guy, they'll focus on the nominees' wealth, ties to Wall Street and willingness to privatize Medicare, among other...
  • Trump lags predecessors on diversity as he picks Cabinet

    12/15/2016 3:38:27 PM PST · by PROCON · 120 replies
    AP ^ | Dec. 15, 2016 | LISA LERER and JULIE PACE
    WASHINGTON (AP) — As Donald Trump fills out his Cabinet, it's looking less like America's population and more like the world Trump has always orbited: wealthy, white, male-dominated and business-minded. Trump, who railed against what he called "politically correct crap" during his no-holds-barred presidential campaign, is on track to create the least diverse Cabinet in a quarter-century.
  • TRUMP FAMILY TRANSITION THREAD - Countdown week 6 (December 10-16, 2016)

    12/10/2016 5:51:14 AM PST · by DollyCali · 1,216 replies
    FRiends | December 10, 2016 | DollyCali
    WELCOME TO THE TRUMP FAMILY TRAIN We are in the fifth week since the election until the Inauguration Several wonderful THANK YOU rallies have been held and Nikos1121 has been a trooper to again keep the rally threads posted. There will be some overlap with the two threads but we will keep these going for the NON RALLY DAYS..
  • Beware the Trump Transition Noise

    12/14/2016 10:13:03 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/14/16 | Herman Cain
    Pull it together, libs. You're embarrassing yourselves As president-elect Donald Trump nears completion of his top Cabinet nominations (VA and Agriculture undecided), the liberals and the Democrats continue to try and distract from the speed and quality of these nominations. They have one big problem. The public is getting sick and tired of their snarky, sniveling and irrational attacks on every move, every word, and every nomination by Donald Trump and his advisors.
  • Can Trump's Energy-Savvy Cabinet 'Make American Energy Great Again'?

    12/14/2016 2:13:54 AM PST · by expat_panama · 44 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | Dec. 13, 2016 6:30 PM ET | Editorial
    Energy: With a spate of major Cabinet picks, President-elect Donald Trump has made one thing abundantly clear: He intends to make reform of U.S. energy policy a major theme of his administration. On Tuesday word leaked out that Trump would choose former Texas Gov. Rick Perry as his new Energy Secretary. Perry, whose economic success as Texas governor speaks for itself, is a terrific pick who'll need very little on-the-job training about what plentiful energy means to real people in the real economy — especially when compared to President Obama's energy secretaries, the UC Berkeley physicist Stephen Chu, who focused...
  • REPOST: Anticipating Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State…

    12/13/2016 2:23:53 AM PST · by Bratch · 17 replies
    The Last Refuge/Conservative Treehouse ^ | December 13, 2016 | sundance
    According to almost every media report, President-elect Donald Trump has selected Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson as the nominee for Secretary of State.  The announcement is anticipated to take place this morning.  Here’s our previous outline anticipating T-Rex: It has also been reported that former Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton, would be utilized as Tillerson’s deputy at the State Department. Suffice to say, anyone who has followed politics for any substantive amount of time knows the inherent issue with an operational entity, The U.S. State Department, whose entire mission has been at the epicenter of left-wing globalist advocacy. If...
  • Tillerson picked as SOS, Recommended by James Baker and Robert Gates

    12/12/2016 8:15:33 PM PST · by nwrep · 116 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Dec 12, 2016 | By MICHAEL D. SHEAR and MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Mr. Tillerson emerged as a contender on the strong recommendations of James A. Baker III, the secretary of state under President George Bush, and Robert M. Gates, the former defense secretary, according to a person briefed on the process. Mr. Kushner and Mr. Trump’s chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, advocated strongly for Mr. Tillerson, and the president-elect became intrigued.
  • Trump nomates Gen. Kelly to lead DHS ("Americans voted to...put a stop to political correctness")

    12/12/2016 5:03:44 AM PST · by quesney · 73 replies
    Trump said in a statement. “He is the right person to spearhead the urgent mission of stopping illegal immigration and securing our borders, streamlining TSA and improving coordination between our intelligence and law enforcement agencies." Accepting the appointment, Kelly said that "the American people voted in this election to stop terrorism, take back sovereignty at our borders, and put a stop to political correctness that for too long has dictated our approach to national security.
  • The Manchin Family - the Clintons of Coal Country

    12/12/2016 5:44:59 AM PST · by K Street Eyes · 34 replies
    Inside Sources ^ | December 11, 2016 | Shawn McCoy
    News reports suggest that West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin is a finalist for the job of energy secretary in the Trump administration. While Beltway insiders and the mainstream media get oddly giddy about the prospect of a politically-diverse presidential cabinet, Manchin would be a troubling pick. He has failed his constituents again and again by supporting disastrous policies, and Manchin’s brand of crony capitalism is likely to make even Bill and Hillary Clinton envious.
  • Trump to nominate Exxon Mobil CEO Tillerson secretary of state, sources say

    12/11/2016 8:30:17 PM PST · by Steelfish · 73 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 11, 2016
    BREAKING NEWS: SOURCES TELL FOX NEWS TRUMP TO NAME EXXON MOBIL CEO REX TILLERSON SECRETARY OF STATE
  • President-Elect Trump ‘will name Exxon CEO... as his secretary of state’, snubbing Mitt Romney

    12/11/2016 12:54:33 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 86 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 10 DECEMBER 2016 | JENNY STANTON
    U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is expected to name the chief executive of Exxon Mobil as the country's top diplomat, NBC News reported Saturday.
  • Castro Regime “Sh**ting Bricks!” Over Trump Appointments!

    12/10/2016 8:00:14 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 10, 2016 | Humberto Fontova
    “Los cubanos están cagados,” — the Cubans are sh------ themselves — said a businessman who regularly meets with Cuban government officials and told the Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald they contacted him after Trump’s victory. “They have no communication channels to Trump.”Actually, it’s probably Trump’s appointments to his transition team that have over-activated the bowels of the Castro-Family-and-Military-Crony-Crime-Syndicate (commonly and grotesquely mislabeled as “Cuba” by the media and Obama State Dept.) No person is more Feared & Loathed by the Castro regime—and by that Stalinist regime’s U.S.-based propaganda and lobbying apparatchiks-- than recent appointee to the Trump transition team...
  • Trump to name Goldman Sachs veteran, Gary Cohn, to head National Economic Council

    12/09/2016 2:40:27 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 36 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 9, 2016 | Renae Merle, Ylan Q. Mui and Philip Rucker
    NEW YORK -- President-elect Donald Trump is expected to name a top Goldman Sachs executive, Gary Cohn, to lead the National Economic Council, handing the Wall Street veteran significant sway over his administration's economic policy. The council includes the heads of various departments and agencies and works within the administration to coordinate economic policy. As director, Cohn would be in position to advise Trump as he attempts to fulfill some of his chief campaign promises, including lowering corporate taxes and rethinking U.S. trade policy. Trump intends to formally name Cohn to the post, which does not require Senate confirmation, but additional details remained...