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  • Biden Cabinet near complete but hundreds of jobs still open

    03/27/2021 7:06:08 AM PDT · by DoodleBob · 28 replies
    AP ^ | March 23, 2021 | Alexandra Jaffe
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s Cabinet is nearly complete with the confirmation of Labor Secretary Marty Walsh on Monday. But the work of building his administration is just beginning, as Biden has hundreds of key presidential appointments to make to fill out the federal government. The process of building out a government, according to Paul Light, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, is “nasty, brutish, and not at all short.” Biden has about 1,250 federal positions that require Senate confirmation, ranging from the head of the obscure Railroad Retirement Board to more urgent department positions such as assistant...
  • State Senate GOP Shuts Down Whitmer Board Appointments Until Lockdowns Lifted

    01/27/2021 8:32:57 PM PST · by madison10 · 25 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confiderntial ^ | 1/27/21 | Tom Gantert
    The Michigan Senate refused to confirm 13 individuals appointed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to various state boards and commissions on Wednesday. In a party-line vote, the Senate’s GOP majority defeated the nominations 19-14. On Jan. 13, Republican state Sen. Jim Stamas stated in a press release that Whitmer’s appointments would be rejected until the administration ended COVID lockdowns and permitted the state to reopen. “The governor is continuing punitive lockdowns and jeopardizing lives and livelihoods — while state government has largely been unaffected,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “People have suggested that the governor and her department heads not get paid until...
  • President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate and Appoint Individuals to Key Administration Posts

    08/12/2020 5:52:07 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 13 replies ^ | August 12, 2020 | White House
    Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration:  Judge K. Michael Moore, of Florida, as Chairman of the United States Sentencing Commission.Judge Michael Moore serves as the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, a post which he has held since 2014.   Judge Moore was appointed to the Southern District of Florida by President George H. W. Bush in 1992.  Before his appointment to the Federal bench, Judge Moore served as the Director of the United States Marshals Service and as...
  • Riots and looting having a VERY bad collateral effect

    08/06/2020 8:02:38 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 45 replies
    Personal Experience | 6 August 2020 | Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin
    An elderly gentleman called today to get an appointment to see a professional. Then, he called back and cancelled, saying they were afraid of going to downtown because of the violence. That is a huge factor that the media nor anyone else I know of is covering. Suddenly, all kinds of professionals (doctors, lawyers, accountants, opthamologists, you name it) are losing a large number of appointments due to the FEAR the Democrats, media and their foot soldiers Burn Loot Murder bunch are bringing to the cities. This has to be STOPPED in its tracks.
  • President Donald J. Trump Announces Appointments for the Executive Office of the President

    04/21/2020 11:23:33 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 24 replies ^ | April 21, 2020 | White House
    Today, President Donald J. Trump announced the following appointments for the Executive Office of the President:Dan J. Scavino will serve as Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications.  John C. Fleming, M.D., will serve as Assistant to the President for Planning and Implementation.  Kayleigh McEnany will serve as Assistant to the President and Press Secretary.Alyssa Farah will serve as Assistant to the President and Director of Strategic Communications. Nicholas F. Luna will serve as Assistant to the President and Director of Oval Office Operations.
  • Trump: You bet I’d fill another SCOTUS seat

    06/25/2019 11:05:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Hot ^ | June 25, 2019 | JAZZ SHAW
    Not that we have word of any openings coming up on the Supreme Court in the immediate future, but it always pays to be prepared, right? Particularly when you have several justices in their septuagenarian or even octagenarian years and one of them regularly talks about packing up his RV and touring the country. But given the politically poisonous mood currently gripping both Congress and the nation, would President Trump really want to open that can of worms and introduce a new nominee if someone suddenly retired? Oh, baby… you know he’s champing at the bit. (The Hill) President Trump...
  • Illinois House votes to remove tollway board directors amid concerns of 'unethical behavior'

    01/26/2019 8:18:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Chicago Daily Herald ^ | January 8, 2019 | Marni Pyke
    How far will changes at the beleaguered Illinois tollway go and how will that affect day-to-day operations? Illinois House lawmakers voted 100-6 Tuesday to end the terms of nine tollway directors appointed by departing Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner after concerns about "unethical behavior." The state Senate is expected to vote Wednesday, and the tollway directors could be sent packing shortly after Democratic Gov.-elect Pritzker takes office Monday. The agency can continue to run normally without a board in the short term, one expert said. "The tollway will be fine -- at this time of year they're working on long-term planning...
  • Todd Grills Schumer for Dems Confirming Bush Judge 11 Years Ago

    12/16/2018 2:54:35 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | December 16, 2018 | Nicholas Fondacaro
    Recently, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor of Texas struck down the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a ObamaCare) on the grounds that since the law’s “tax” was currently at zero it was now unconstitutional. Fresh from whining about it on Sunday Today, moderator Chuck Todd grilled Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer during Meet the Press because he and other Democrats confirmed the Judge after President George W. Bush nominated him back in 2007. Todd became indignant when he pounced on Schumer with a quote from his former staffer Brian Fallon, who was having a conniption on Twitter because of the ruling: Let...
  • Cadre of GOP insiders getting big salaries at Illinois tollway

    10/05/2018 8:02:43 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Chicago Daily Herald ^ | September 24, 2018 | Marni Pyke
    In less than two years, the Illinois tollway has hired six Republican insiders for high-level jobs that collectively pay nearly $916,000 a year, including a former elected official, political operatives and the relative of a state GOP leader. That troubles some government watchdogs who say they are concerned about favoritism in an agency with a history of patronage. Tollway officials said the agency is staffed with qualified professionals. "More and more the Illinois tollway is becoming the 'Who's Who' of Republican political hires," said Illinois Campaign for Political Reform Chairwoman Susan Garrett, a former Democratic state senator. Tollway spokesman Dan...
  • Military Faces a Sweeping Turnover Among Upper Commanders

    08/19/2018 5:36:46 PM PDT · by John W · 98 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 19, 2018 | Gordon Lubold and Nancy A. Youssef
    WASHINGTON—President Trump is expected to nominate a former operations officer who played a critical role in the 2011 raid targeting Osama bin Laden to head of the U.S. Special Operations Command as part of a series of military promotions in coming months, according to U.S. officials. The changes, which include commanders for the Middle East and Europe, will mark the administration’s largest imprint on military leadership thus far. The personnel moves stand to affect top officers overseeing conflicts in the Middle East, U.S. policy to counter Russia, the detention center on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as well as stealth operations globally.
  • CNN Guest: Any Conservative Female Justice Should Be Known as ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Villain

    07/03/2018 5:58:35 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 55 replies ^ | July 3 | Curtis Houk
    It’s safe to say that the left is in full-blown panic mode over the Supreme Court vacancy and have already begun viciously targeting possible Trump pick and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Amy Coney Barrett over her conservative values, her Catholic faith, and, most of all, her gender.  A Tuesday afternoon CNN Newsroom segment illustrated that with guest and Daily Beast contributing editor Erin Gloria Ryan asserting that, if President Trump selects a woman, they “should be known as the Aunt Lydia of the Supreme Court” in reference to a villain from liberal dystopian show The Handmaid’s Tale. In addition,...
  • Senate ready to change the rules to speed up Trump nominees......

    04/10/2018 10:12:51 PM PDT · by caww · 29 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 11, 2018 | Susan Ferrechio
    Senate Republicans, frustrated by delaying tactics imposed by Democrats on President Trump’s judicial and executive branch nominees, are on the verge of altering the Senate rules in order to speed up the process. GOP lawmakers told the Washington Examiner Tuesday that momentum is building for a change in the Senate rules that would shorten the time frame allowed for lawmakers to debate each nominee. One proposal by Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., would reinstate a temporary rules change made by Democrats in 2013 that reduced debate time from 30 hours to eight hours for most executive branch nominations and from 30...
  • Time: ‘Does Neil Gorsuch Talk Too Much?’

    10/05/2017 7:27:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies ^ | October 5, 2017 | Scott Whitlock
    Liberal journalists are worried about Neil Gorsuch. The October 16 issue of Time magazine fretted of the newly-minted conservative Supreme Court justice: “Does Justice Neil Gorsuch talk too much?" Writer Tessa Berenson touted liberal critics complaining about Gorsuch “ruffling some feathers.” It didn’t take long for the newest member to make his presence known on the Court. Gorsuch, a conservative judge nominated by President Trump and confirmed in April, had been sitting in his first oral argument last spring for just 10 minutes before he asked his first question. Over the next hour, he asked 21 more, posing more questions...
  • Good news: Trump will appoint twice as many judges as Obama

    05/10/2017 10:34:31 AM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/10/2017 | Karin McQuillan
    The Obama era of leftist courts is ending before our eyes. President Trump will be appointing twice as many judges as Obama. He may have the opportunity to appoint half of the federal judiciary. This is huge. Only one circuit court had a majority of Democrat judges when Obama was elected. By the time he left, he had packed nine of the thirteen circuit courts with his leftist activists. Obama inherited 54 openings for these appointments. Harry Reid "went nuclear' and cut Republican senators out of the approval process. Trump is now the beneficiary. He has compiled a magnificent list...
  • Younger Judicial Nominees Give Trump Chance for Legacy in Courts

    05/09/2017 12:34:49 PM PDT · by Twotone · 8 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | May 8, 2017 | Fred Lucas
    President Donald Trump will begin to leave his mark on the lower courts of the federal judiciary with 10 nominees named Monday, many of them judges still in their 40s. Shortly after 7:30 p.m. Monday, the White House formally announced Trump’s nomination of five judges to federal appellate courts and another five judges to lower federal courts. “They all appear to be bright, young, capable conservatives who promise to be outstanding judges; some are already judges,” John Malcolm, a legal scholar who oversees the Institute for Constitutional Government at The Heritage Foundation, told The Daily Signal earlier in the day.
  • Proposed Tri-State makeover could be tricky

    04/10/2017 7:43:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Chicago Daily Herald ^ | April 10, 2017 | Marni Pyke
    Rebuilding and widening the mammoth Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) is complicated enough given it's the system's most-used road, with up to 185,000 cars and trucks clogging it daily.Throw in a tangle of towns where officials either hate or love the project, plus churn on the tollway board, and the planned redo gets even gnarlier. The Illinois tollway intends to fix the road between 95th Street in the South Suburbs and Balmoral Avenue in Rosemont. There's no final design or budget yet, but a decision is expected soon.Improvements likely could include extra lanes and new interchanges -- exciting news for anyone...
  • Even NBC Admits Dems ‘Painted Themselves in a Corner’ With ‘Silly’ Gorsuch Fight

    04/03/2017 12:11:09 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies ^ | April 3, 2017 | Kyle Drennen
    While NBC News is usually in lock step with the agenda and talking points of the Democratic Party, on Monday, even the liberal analysts on the Today show were forced to acknowledge that Senate Democrats had “painted themselves in a corner” with their partisan push to filibuster Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. Leading off a discussion on the topic with MSNBC chief legal correspondent Ari Melber and NBC political analyst Nicolle Wallace, co-host Savannah Guthrie asked: “What are the stakes here?” Melber replied: “The stakes are high. The Republicans are willing to do everything they need to do, including potentially...
  • NBC’s Chuck Todd Badgers McConnell About Giving Garland a Vote

    04/02/2017 2:06:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies ^ | April 2, 2017 | Nicholas Fondacaro
    With the Senate’s Supreme Court confirmation vote for Judge Neil Gorsuch just days away and the possibly of Republicans nuking the filibuster looming, NBC’s Chuck Todd seemed as though he was in a near panic on Sunday’s Meet The Press. Besides his declarations of the GOP continuing the Senate’s decent down the “slippery slope” of removing the filibuster, Todd pestered Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for the Senate to hold a vote for former President Barack Obama’s nominee, Judge Merrick Garland. “There is clearly a debate and a fight about how Supreme Court justices are confirmed, how it was handled,”...
  • Brian Williams Hopes Gorsuch Becomes Liberal on the Bench

    03/21/2017 3:40:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies ^ | March 21, 2017 | Kyle Drennen
    After expressing his disappointment earlier in the day that Democrats had been unable to “lay a glove” on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch during Tuesday’s Senate confirmation hearing, in MSNBC's 3 p.m. ET hour, anchor Brian Williams tried to assuage his fellow liberals by speculating that the conservative judge might shift left while on the high court. Talking to George Washington University Law School professor Jeffrey Rosen, Williams, known for his active fantasy life, imagined this left-wing dream scenario: “...a question we keep asking, perhaps just to keep things interesting, what is the chance that this nominee could be a...
  • Giddy CNN Swoons Democrats Are Giving ‘Testier’ Gorsuch ‘A Run for His Money

    03/21/2017 3:08:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies ^ | March 21, 2017 | Curtis Houk
    During the second break in day two of Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation hearing Tuesday afternoon, CNN detected some wind in their sails as they swooned and congratulated their Democratic allies for supposedly giving the “testy” Gorsuch “a little bit more of a run for his money.” CNN found nothing to object to in the first break around lunchtime, so it was inevitable that they would concoct some sort of liberal spin to give Senate Democrats a boost. CNN Supreme Court analyst Joan Biskupic could barely contain her enthusiasm, gleefully hyping that Gorsuch was “getting a little testier” and praised “Senators Durbin,...