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  • Enviros Occupy Joe Manchin’s Office, Demand He Vote Against Trump Nominees

    01/17/2017 8:22:18 AM PST · by kevcol · 30 replies
    The Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | January 17, 2017 | Michael Bastasch
    A group of 25 environmental activists stormed West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin’s office Tuesday morning, demanding he vote against President-elect Donald Trump’s picks for key administration posts. Activists carried a sign that read, “Democrats: You’re not climate deniers. Don’t vote like them.” Activists are specifically urging Manchin, a pro-coal Democrat, to vote against the confirmation of former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator.
  • 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...
  • Signatures come back to haunt anti-Trumpers...

    01/16/2017 7:00:37 PM PST · by Chickensoup · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01.16.17 | David Nakamura
    They are some of the biggest names in the Republican national security firmament, veterans of past GOP administrations who say, if called upon by President-elect Donald Trump, they stand ready to serve their country again. But their phones aren’t ringing. Their entreaties to Trump Tower in New York have mostly gone unanswered. In Trump world, these establishment all-stars say they are “PNG” — personae non gratae. Their transgression was signing one or both of two public “Never Trump” letters during the campaign, declaring they would not vote for Trump and calling his candidacy a danger to the nation.
  • Trump's cabinet pick invested in company, then introduced a bill to help it

    01/16/2017 1:59:30 PM PST · by Alter Kaker · 58 replies
    CNN ^ | Jan 16, 2017 | Manu Raju
    Washington (CNN)Rep. Tom Price last year purchased shares in a medical device manufacturer days before introducing legislation that would have directly benefited the company, raising new ethics concerns for President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Health and Human Services secretary.Price bought between $1,001 to $15,000 worth of shares last March in Zimmer Biomet, according to House records reviewed by CNN.Less than a week after the transaction, the Georgia Republican congressman introduced the HIP Act, legislation that would have delayed until 2018 a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services regulation that industry analysts warned would significantly hurt Zimmer Biomet financially once fully...
  • Trump May Pick A Prominent Global Warming Skeptic As His Science Czar(yes please)

    01/16/2017 8:43:21 AM PST · by rktman · 37 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 1/16/2017 | Michael Bastasch
    President-elect Donald Trump met with a Princeton University physicist and skeptic of man-made global warming who observers believe could be the next White House science czar. Trump met with Dr. Will Happer in New York City Friday. Happer didn’t take any questions entering or leaving Trump Tower last week, so it’s hard to say what the meetings were about. Trump has yet to fill key energy and science roles in his administration. Happer served as the director of the Office of Energy Research at the Energy Department under former President George H.W. Bush. Trump could ask Happer to head the...
  • TRUMP FRAMILY TRAIN TRANSITION THREADS - Countdown Final Week (January 15-18, 2017)

    01/15/2017 3:42:03 AM PST · by DollyCali · 1,457 replies
    FRiends | January 15, 2017 | DollyCali
    WELCOME TO THE TRUMP FAMILY TRAIN TRANSITION THREADS We are in the LAST week since the election until the Inauguration What a ride the past two years have been! We worry about the violence and pure idiocy exhibited by many of the left. We pray for the safety of the Trump and Pence family, all Inauguration Participants and all citizens who will be attending the DC and other satellite events around the country
  • AL ROOTERS VIA YAHOO: U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT NOMINEE TILLERSON FIGHTS CLIMATE DEPOSITION (SOROS-FUND

    01/14/2017 2:21:48 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 19 replies
    AL ROOTERS VIA YAHOO ^ | JANUARY 13, 2017 | EMILY FLITTER, AL ROOTERS VIA YAHOO
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rex Tillerson, the former oil executive under consideration for U.S. secretary of state, is trying to avoid giving testimony in a federal lawsuit over climate change, according to a lawyer for a group of teenagers who filed the suit. Lawyers for the teenagers, who sued the federal government claiming it violated their constitutional rights by causing global warming, were scheduled to depose Tillerson, the former chief executive of Exxon Mobil, in his capacity as a board member of the American Petroleum Institute, a trade group. The lawyers planned to ask Tillerson when he first learned of...
  • Dems, not Jeff Sessions, have the real race problem

    01/14/2017 5:49:16 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 13 Jan, 2017 | Armstrong Williams
    Armstrong Williams op-ed: Dems, not Jeff Sessions, have the real race problem © Getty It is an unfortunate truth that Democrats are not the examples of diversity and inclusion as much as they claim. They portray themselves as the righteous warriors of truth and conviction, and they actually believe this “truth” to be self-evident. But we must all ask ourselves, particularly as they take the moral high ground while launching a thousand ships of claims of racism against Senator Jeff Sessions, are they truly demi-gods of morality or just puppeteers attempting to pull all of our string? It's the latter,...
  • Ben Carson doubles down: LGBT don’t get ‘extra rights’

    01/14/2017 1:51:14 PM PST · by NYer · 36 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 13, 2017 | Lisa Bourne
    WASHINGTON, D.C., January 13, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Dr. Ben Carson reiterated at his confirmation hearing Thursday that individuals identifying as LGBT shouldn’t get special rights. All Americans deserve protection under the law, Carson said, but no one is entitled to “extra rights.” Trump has appointed Carson as Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary. Questioned during the hearing by Ohio Democrat Senator Sherrod Brown on whether he would enforce protections for LGBT Americans in public housing, Carson reconfirmed his previously stated belief. “Of course, I would enforce all the laws of the land,” Carson said. “Of course, I think all...
  • Behind the Scenes: Trump Transition Team ‘Murder Boards’ Test Cabinet Nominees

    01/12/2017 10:25:01 AM PST · by Bratch · 19 replies
    Breitbart's Big Govenment ^ | January 12,2017 | Charlie Spiering
    WASHINGTON D.C. — Two bright spotlights shine on former WWE executive Linda McMahon as she sits down at a desk with a bottle of water next to her. As a group of eight serious-looking political figures peer back skeptically back at her. A man identifying himself as Senator Ed Murray asks a question about her support of President-elect Donald Trump during the campaign. The man, although dressed in a suit, looks nothing like the real senator. But a paper with the official portrait of the Irish red headed senator is helpfully taped in front of the desk with an identifying...
  • Elizabeth Warren Asked Ben Carson To Promise Trump Won’t Get Money Intended To Help Poor. He Refused

    01/12/2017 12:12:00 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 01/12/2017 | Zach Carter
    During his confirmation hearing Thursday, Ben Carson repeatedly refused to guarantee that money from the Department of Housing and Urban Development would not go to benefit President-elect Donald Trump or his family. “Among the billions of dollars that you will be handing out in grants and loans, can you just assure us that not one dollar will go to benefit either the president-elect or his family?” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) asked. “I can assure you that the things that I do are driven by a sense of morals and values,” Carson responded. “And therefore I will absolutely not play favorites...
  • "Deeply Concerned" Schumer To Vote Against Sessions, Fears For "Immigrant, Gay, Disabled

    01/12/2017 9:52:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 01/12/2017
    In a tweet-tempest this morning, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has confirmed he opposes Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to serve as attorney general. The Attorney General has a sacred obligation to enforce our laws & uphold the constitution.— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 12, 2017 The AG must wake up each day ensuring rights of all Americans immigrant, minority, young, old, gay, straight, disabled & not are protected.— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 12, 2017 The AG ensures that POTUS & the Admin's policies adhere to American values& ideals & is a check to ensure the President...
  • LIVE: Confirmation Hearing of James "Mad Dog" Mattis, Trump's Pick for Secretary of Defense

    01/12/2017 7:43:11 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 25 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jan. 12, 2017
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tojLETR_leM
  • Irritated Rubio grills Rex Tillerson on Russia: “Is Vladimir Putin a war criminal?”

    01/11/2017 11:21:10 AM PST · by C19fan · 60 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 11, 2017 | Allahpundit
    Gotta say, although I think Rubio will cave and end up voting for Tillerson reluctantly, the palpable disdain he evinces here for the nominee really has me wondering. You don’t expect resolve from a guy who said in the primaries that Trump was unfit to command the nuclear arsenal and then endorsed him for president a few months later, but it’s hard logically to get from the point A of this clip to the point B of Rubio voting to confirm. And remember, his vote counts more than most: He’s a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which will...
  • Donald Trump Announces David Shulkin As VA Secretary (Obama appointee)

    01/11/2017 8:54:12 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 89 replies
    Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump announced his pick for VA Secretary, the final missing piece of his cabinet. Trump has picked David Shulkin, the current Under Secretary for Health for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. If Shulkin is confirmed, he will be the first non-veteran to serve as VA Secretary. Shulkin has served as undersecretary since June 2015. He was previously was the chief executive of many hospital systems.
  • David Shulkin picked to head Department of Veterans Affairs, Trump says

    01/11/2017 10:16:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | 01/11/2017 | By Eric Bradner and Jeremy Diamond
    President-elect Donald Trump has tapped David Shulkin to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, he announced Wednesday. "I appointed today the head secretary of the Veterans Administration, David Shulkin," Trump said during his news conference at Trump Tower in New York. "We'll do a news release in a little while, I'll tell you about David, he's fantastic. He's fantastic. He will do a truly great job. One of the commitments I've made is that we're going to straighten out the whole situation for our veterans." Shulkin is the VA's current undersecretary for health, a position in which he oversaw more...
  • Secretary of State Confirmation Hearing (Rex Tillerson)

    01/11/2017 6:28:36 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 81 replies
    c-span ^ | Jan 11 2017 | Senate Foreign Relations
    ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on his nomination to be secretary of state in the Donald Trump administration.
  • Collins' support of Sessions draws protests

    01/10/2017 11:34:19 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 11 replies
    WMTW-TV ^ | Jan 10, 2017
    Sen. Susan Collins support of President-elect Donald Trump's attorney general pick, Sen. Jeff Sessions, drew protests at her Maine offices on Tuesday.
  • Ted Cruz VAPORIZES Senate RATS antagonizing his friend Sessions - 'Democrat Silence'

    01/10/2017 12:22:10 PM PST · by txhurl · 97 replies
    DC Confirmation hearings ^ | 1/10/17 | Sessions' hearing
    Hundreds of thousands of DC RATS were forced into swallowing the Karmic retribution of their lives as Cruz' time slot coincides with the longest lefty protest of the hearing so far: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xht96t6K9Hw Since you won't be seeing this on MenSeekingMen.
  • Trump’s Cabinet Picks Don’t Need the Jobs

    01/10/2017 4:27:23 PM PST · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | January 10, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: I mentioned something yesterday that I think is a golden opportunity for the country, and that is Trump’s cabinet selections. And particularly the people he has chosen who are from the epitome, the heights of success in the business world and in other areas of personal achievement. Because I believe people like that should be the role models — among the role models — that people in this country have. And I believe these people should… It’s okay for them to be aspirational. It’s okay for people to want to be like them, and the left wants no part...
  • TRUMP’S EDUCATION PICK UNDER FIRE

    01/10/2017 1:02:05 PM PST · by heterosupremacist · 42 replies
    http://www.catholicleague.org ^ | 01/10/2017 | Bill Donohue
    The Senate is expected to hold hearings next week on Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education. As soon as he announced his choice on November 23, anti-school choice activists attacked her. The ACLU immediately went on the offensive warning that “private and parochial schools” would benefit. Such a condition it said, “perverts the bedrock American value of separation of church and state.” There is a reason the ACLU never mentioned the “bedrock American value” of religious liberty. When it was founded in 1920, it listed every right incorporated in the First Amendment as one of its...
  • Confirmation Hearings: Jeff Sessions defends himself against allegations of racism today

    01/10/2017 8:09:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    CNN ^ | 01/10/2017 | By Tal Kopan and Phil Mattingly
    Sen. Jeff Sessions began the defense of his nomination for Donald Trump's attorney general by emphasizing a theme of enforcing law and order and strongly pushed back against allegations of racism in his long career. Sessions also diverged from his prepared remarks to address "head on" the very allegations that helped sink his nomination for a judgeship in 1986. "I abhor the Klan and its hateful ideology," Sessions said. "I never declared the NAACP was un-American." Sessions also pledged to recuse himself from all investigations involving Hillary Clinton based on inflammatory comments he made during a "contentious" campaign season, and...
  • Jeff Sessions COMMENTS Trump Attorney General Pick Confirmation Hearing - 1/10/17

    01/10/2017 9:02:03 AM PST · by malvor · 79 replies
    January 10, 2017 - Jeff Sessions Trump Attorney General Pick Speaking at Senate Judiciary Committee Confirmation Hearing
  • 'KKK' MEMBERS Mock Jeff Sessions ... 'YOU CAN'T ARREST ME, I'M WHITE!!!'

    01/10/2017 9:13:26 AM PST · by RummyChick · 69 replies
    tmz ^ | 1/10 | tmz
    Two men dressed as hooded Klansmen just disrupted Jeff Sessions' Senate hearing on Capitol Hill. The chaos ensued almost immediately after Sessions -- Donald Trump's pick for Attorney General -- entered the chambers for his confirmation hearing ... with the guys standing on their chairs showing mock support for the Alabama senator. Check it out ... the 2 men are also wearing foam fingers with "Go, Jeffie Boy" and shouting "You can't arrest me. I'm white!" as cops step in.
  • Senator Jeff Sessions Confirmation as Attorney General

    01/10/2017 7:00:16 AM PST · by Pilgrim's Progress · 130 replies
    C-SPAN ^ | Today | Pilgrim's Progress
    Diane Feinstein explaining that an Attorney General must not merely do the bidding of the President of the United States but must see that all the laws enacted by our country must be faithfully enforced regardless of whether the law is something he personally agrees with or not.
  • Double Standard? Obama '09 Cabinet picks slid through; Trump's face hold-up

    01/09/2017 2:05:07 PM PST · by Innovative · 20 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Jan. 9, 2017 | Fox News
    Donald Trump’s team has a message for Senate Democrats threatening to slow-walk their nominees: Give the president-elect’s Cabinet picks the same treatment extended to President Obama’s. Top transition officials, along with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., are citing a potential double standard as some Democratic lawmakers seek a delay in advance of a packed schedule of confirmation hearings. Eight years ago, the Senate confirmed seven Cabinet-level nominees the day of Obama’s inauguration, including top picks like Janet Napolitano for Homeland Security secretary. Hillary Clinton was confirmed as secretary of state the following day.
  • Democrats planning stall tactics for Trump's Cabinet picks this week

    01/09/2017 6:46:54 AM PST · by Cheerio · 34 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/9/17 | Susan Ferrechio
    Senate Republicans will begin the confirmation process for President-elect Trump's Cabinet this week amid efforts by Democrats to stall the process. Half a dozen nominees will appear at Senate confirmation hearings scheduled for Jan. 11. The Senate Judiciary Committee will start a two-day hearing beginning Jan. 10 to consider the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., who is Trump's pick for attorney general. "The priorities between now and Jan. 20 are hearings on Cabinet members," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Besides Sessions, the other nominees appearing are Rex Tillerson for state, Betsy DeVos for education, retired Marine Gen....
  • Warren takes aim at Trump's pick for education secretary (fake Indian on the warpath alert)

    01/09/2017 4:23:22 AM PST · by Zakeet · 32 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | January 9, 2017 | Annie Linskey
    Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts says Besty DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump's pick to run the Department of Education, has a "radical political philosophy" and a thin resume for the job. "There is no precedent for an Education Department Secretary nominee with your lack of experience in public education," Warren wrote in a lengthy letter sent to DeVos on Monday morning. DeVos hasn't held top policy-making positions in the past, unlike other picks for the position by past presidents. Warren said that DeVos has "virtually no experience" in handling student debt, developing standards for school accountability, or improving schools - the...
  • Sharpton Promises ‘Season of Civil Disobedience’ in Response to Sessions Nomination

    01/08/2017 7:21:18 AM PST · by Cheerio · 66 replies
    PJ Media ^ | January 7, 2017 | Nicholas Ballasy
    WASHINGTON -- National Action Network president Rev. Al Sharpton promised a “season of civil disobedience” in reaction to the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) for attorney general in the Trump administration. Sharpton, an MSNBC host, said activists have planned a march in Washington on Jan. 14 during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend to protest the Sessions nomination. Sharpton recalled spending 90 days in jail for protesting on U.S. Navy land against military exercises on the island of Vieques in 2001 when George W. Bush was president, adding that civil disobedience usually works because it changes policy. “We’re...
  • Trump team defends NSC Director of Communications Nominee, Monica Crowley on plagiarism claims

    01/08/2017 12:44:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 55 replies
    Yahoo News via AP ^ | 01/08/2017
    President-elect Donald Trump's transition team is defending the syndicated talk show host Monica Crowley, named as a communications specialist for the incoming administration, against plagiarism accusations. CNN reports that Crowley plagiarized large sections of her 2012 book, "What The (Bleep) Just Happened." In its report, CNN says it found more than 50 examples of plagiarism from numerous sources, including copying with no changes or minimal changes from news articles, other columnists and think tanks. The publisher, HarperCollins' Broadside Books, had no comment on the CNN report. Crowley has been named Trump's director of communications for the White House's National Security...
  • Yes, Trump pick Monica Crowley has a plagiarism problem

    01/08/2017 2:53:03 PM PST · by Kaslin · 140 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | January 8, 2017 | JAZZ SHAW
    Monica Crowley was recently tapped as Donald Trump’s selection to be the Senior Director of Strategic Communications on the National Security Council. Unfortunately for her, former Buzzfeed researcher (now with CNN) Andrew Kaczynski has been digging into her 2012 best seller, What The (Bleep) Just Happened and has turned up multiple instances of obvious plagiarism. Crowley is a long time Fox News host and conservative columnist, so she was no neophyte when it comes to the rules of the road for journalists and authors. Trump is calling this essentially a political hit job, but it’s definitely a problem. (CNN) Conservative...
  • 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...
  • Trump picks former Sen. Coats as Director of National Intelligence

    01/05/2017 2:50:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    Fox News ^ | 01/05/2017
    President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday picked former Indiana Senator Dan Coats as director of national intelligence, two sources briefed on the decision told Fox News. The official announcement is expected later this week, according to the AP, as Trump makes final decisions on some of the major positions he needs to fill before he is sworn in on Jan. 20. Coats, a Republican, served as a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee before retiring from Congress last year. He also served as U.S. ambassador to Germany. As director of national intelligence, Coats would oversee an office created after 9/11 to...
  • Trump Fires All Obama Politically Appointed Ambassadors Effective Inauguration Day (You're FIRED!)

    01/05/2017 7:15:12 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 219 replies
    Gateway ^ | 1-5-2017 | Kristenn Taylor
    President-elect Donald Trump has fired,effective Inauguration Day January 20, every U.S. ambassador politically appointed by President Barack Obama, according to a report published Thursday night by the New York Times. The Times reports the State Department sent out a notice on December 23 informing the ambassadors of Trump’s order. The move sent shock waves through the diplomatic corps as some ambassadors in previous transitions had been given time to leave their post for personal convenience.
  • Former CIA director James Woolsey quits Trump transition team

    01/05/2017 5:54:58 PM PST · by RummyChick · 145 replies
    washingtonpost ^ | 1/5/17 | rucker
    Former CIA director R. James Woolsey Jr., a veteran of four presidential administrations and one of the nation’s leading intelligence experts, resigned Thursday from President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team because of growing tensions over Trump’s vision for intelligence agencies.
  • 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...
  • Ex-Senator Coats is top candidate for director of national intelligence: NBC News

    01/04/2017 7:50:01 PM PST · by Mariner · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 4th, 2017 | by Eric Beech
    Former Republican Senator Dan Coats of Indiana is the leading candidate to serve as U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's director of national intelligence, NBC News reported on Wednesday, citing sources familiar with the discussions. Coats met with Trump on Nov. 30 at Trump Tower in New York City.
  • 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...
  • Trump seen likely to tap Fil-Am lawyer to be next SolGen (Kellyanne's husband)

    01/03/2017 11:57:23 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Manila Bulletin ^ | January 4, 2017
    George Conway, a Filipino American corporate lawyer and husband to US President-elect Donald Trump’s senior adviser Kellyanne Conway, is being eyed as the next solicitor general of America. Bloomberg and CNN both reported that Conway is on the shortlist of candidates being considered for the third-highest post in the US Justice Department. If Trump appoints Conway to the post, the corporate lawyer will become the first Asian-American solicitor general. While Conway has yet to comment on the matter, CNN reported that he is likely accept the position once Trump himself taps him to be the US government’s top appellate lawyer....
  • Donald Trump Plans Revamp of Top U.S. Spy Agency

    01/04/2017 4:06:18 PM PST · by springwater13 · 79 replies
    President-elect Donald Trump, a harsh critic of U.S. intelligence agencies, is working with top advisers on a plan that would restructure and pare back the nation’s top spy agency, people familiar with the planning said, prompted by a belief that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has become bloated and politicized. The planning comes as Mr. Trump has leveled a series of social media attacks in recent months and the past few days against U.S. intelligence agencies, dismissing and mocking their assessment that the Russian government hacked emails of Democratic groups and individuals and then leaked them last...
  • Trump Is Working On A Plan To Restructure, Pare Back The CIA And America's Top Spy Agency

    01/04/2017 3:50:12 PM PST · by blam · 18 replies
    Zero Hedge - WSJ ^ | 1-4-2017 | Tyler Durden - WSJ
    Tyler DurdenJanuary 4, 2017 Just in case the accusations that president-elect Donald Trump is a puppet of the Kremlin, intent on destabilizing and weakening the US weren't loud enough, moments ago the WSJ assured these would hit an unprecedented level with a report that Trump, a harsh critic of U.S. intelligence agencies, is working with top advisers on a plan that would restructure and pare back the nation’s top spy agency, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, prompted by a belief that it has "become bloated and politicized." The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, or ODNI,...
  • 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...
  • Face the Nation transcript, January 1, 2017

    01/01/2017 5:28:11 PM PST · by AndyJackson · 49 replies
    CBS ^ | January 1, 2017 | JOHN DICKERSON, CBS HOST
    Panel Michele Norris of The Race Card Project; Jeffrey Goldberg, of “The Atlantic,” Michael Gerson of “Washington Post” columnist ; and David Frum of “the Atlantic." MICHAEL GERSON: Well, I think there’s a pretty much even chance that we’re going to have a constitutional crisis or have a completely incompetent presidency that doesn’t know how to exercise power, which is, I think, another possibility in this circumstance. He has a White House-- Donald Trump has a White House with almost no skill at governing. ...He’s elevated people, generals and--a corporate heads, that have no experience in this extraordinarily complex business...
  • Victoria Toensing: Jeff Sessions, Trump's pick for attorney general, is a good and decent man

    01/03/2017 4:07:46 AM PST · by LouisianaJoanof Arc · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 3, 2017 | Victoria Toensing
    Once again a good and decent man is being maligned. Sen. Jeff Sessions, nominated by President-elect Donald Trump to be U.S. attorney general, is that man. Democrats and the Left, just as they did 30 years ago when Sessions was nominated for a federal judgeship, are trying to derail his nomination — with false accusations. In 1986, the Democrats trotted out J. Gerald Hebert, a U.S. Justice Department Civil Rights Division lawyer. Hebert made headlines when he testified under oath during the public Senate hearing. The major accusation against Sessions, who was the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of...
  • King: Hearings prep for Tillerson, Trump secretary of state pick

    01/03/2017 6:05:17 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 4 replies
    newsday.com ^ | Emily Ngo
    President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, met Monday in Washington, D.C. with a team of national security experts — including Rep. Peter King and veterans of President George W. Bush’s administration — to discuss foreign policy ahead of his confirmation hearings, the Seaford congressman said. “We were asking questions the way the senators would ask them,” King, a Republican, told Newsday, calling Tillerson “very well-versed, very knowledgeable.” *snip* King said the two-hour session with Tillerson included former Bush national security adviser Stephen Hadley and former Bush chief of staff Andrew Card, among about four or five...