Trump Appointments  (Page 1)

Trump Picks Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as National Security Adviser

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, February 20, 2017 at 4:00pm 2/20/2017 at 4:00pm

President Donald Trump has picked U.S. Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser. Acting national security adviser Keith Kellogg will remain as chief of staff to the National Security Council:

“I think that combination is something very, very special,” Trump said of the pair.

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Contender for Education Dept Civil Rights office could skewer SJW campus agenda

https://youtu.be/IEMzeGH_Yfo
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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 9:30am 2/19/2017 at 9:30am
https://youtu.be/IEMzeGH_Yfo

The Department of Education and its sub-agencies appear here to stay (alas), but there is good news.   The “reforms” the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has inflicted—particularly on higher education—over the past eight years may well be in danger.

The Office of Civil Rights is a sub-agency within the Department of Education...

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Trump Chooses Former NLRB Member Alexander Acosta for Labor

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 1:00pm 2/16/2017 at 1:00pm

President Donald Trump has picked former National Labor Relations Board member Alexander Acosta for his Secretary of Labor.

Trump had to choose another nominee after fast food executive Andrew Puzder withdrew on Wednesday following controversies that surrounded him, which included hiring an illegal immigrant for a housekeeper and accusations of...

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Susan Collins Will Vote No on Scott Pruitt as EPA Director

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 6:00pm 2/15/2017 at 6:00pm

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) has told Maine Public Radio that she will vote against Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the EPA. She acknowledged his accomplishments, but the two of them have too many different views when it comes to the EPA:

“Specifically, I have significant concerns that Mr. Pruitt has...

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Andrew Puzder Has Withdrawn From Labor Secretary Nomination

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 3:01pm 2/15/2017 at 3:01pm

The Associated Press has reported that Andrew Puzder has withdrawn as Labor Secretary nominee. He has released this statement:

“After careful consideration and discussions with my family, I am withdrawing my nomination for Secretary of Labor,” he said in the statement.

“I am honored to have been considered by President Donald Trump to...

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Four GOP Senators Deny CNN Report They Decided to Vote Against Puzder for Labor

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 7:00am 2/14/2017 at 7:00am

I came across this CNN article that Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder faced many hurdles before his Thursday confirmation hearing because four GOP senators decided to withhold their support. The fast food executive will face the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on Thursday.

These anonymous sources pointed their fingers at...

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National Security Advisor Michael Flynn Resigns

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, February 13, 2017 at 11:43pm 2/13/2017 at 11:43pm

President Donald Trump’s national security advisor Michael Flynn has resigned after he came under fire over his contacts with Russian officials.

The resignation comes after the Justice Department announced that officials had “warned the Trump administration last month that Flynn misled administration officials regarding his communications with the Russian ambassador to the...

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Senate Confirms Mnuchin for Treasury

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, February 13, 2017 at 7:00pm 2/13/2017 at 7:00pm

The Senate has confirmed Steven Mnuchin as Treasury Secretary for President Donald Trump’s Cabinet.

As expected, all Republicans voted for Mnuchin. It was expected to go down party lines, but West Virginia Democrat Senator Joe Manchin voted yes as well. The vote ended 53-47.

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Senate Confirms Tom Price as HHS Secretary

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, February 10, 2017 at 10:00am 2/10/2017 at 10:00am

Voting along party lines, the Senate has confirmed Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) as the next Secretary of Health and Human Services. The Democrats once again held the Senate to a 30 hour debate to change minds of the Republicans, but failed once again.

This is a huge first step for Republicans in...

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Sen. Warren Violates Senate Rule, Complains About Consequences

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 8:30am 2/8/2017 at 8:30am

There was a fair bit of drama in the Senate last night.

Senate Democrats are hosting yet another sleepover to protest the upcoming confirmation vote on Senator Sessions’ appointment as Attorney General, knowing full well they don’t have the votes to stop his confirmation. They pulled the same stunt prior to the...

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Senate Confirms DeVos for Education With Pence Tie-Break Vote

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 11:30am 2/7/2017 at 11:30am

The Senate has confirmed Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education after Vice President Mike Pence cast his tie-breaking vote for her. DeVos became the most contested nominee for a Cabinet position for President Donald Trump.

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Trump’s nominee for EPA chief clears Senate Committee log-jam

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8Jo53b0nKI
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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 2:30pm 2/4/2017 at 2:30pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8Jo53b0nKI

The political sailing has not been smooth for many of President Trump’s nominees, and the process of approving Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency is no exception.

After being a target of one of the many Democratic Senate committee boycotts, Pruit cleared the log-jam:

Senate Republicans pressed...

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DeVos has Final Vote on Monday After Senate Advances Her

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, February 3, 2017 at 1:00pm 2/3/2017 at 1:00pm

The Senate woke up bright and early Friday morning to vote on President Donald Trump’s education secretary Betsy DeVos to advance her to a final vote on Monday.

She advanced with a 52-48 vote, but her confirmation vote will not come easy.

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Gorsuch nomination creates “community within our nation, chaos in theirs”

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 9:45pm 2/1/2017 at 9:45pm

The concept of chaos as a political tactic has been a frequent topic here.

I first explored it on February 9, 2009, with regard to Obama’s opening weeks of his presidency. I focused on one of the most influential books — in an odd way — I read as a teenager, Abbie...

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Rex Tillerson Confirmed as Secretary of State

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 6:30pm 2/1/2017 at 6:30pm

The Senate confirmed former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of State today. From The Wall Street Journal:

Mr. Tillerson’s confirmation was the most contentious in at le...

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Chutzpah: Elizabeth Warren attacks two Trump nominees who “lied during their job applications”

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 5:30pm 2/1/2017 at 5:30pm

Okay, time to close the internet.

Elizabeth Warren just tweeted this:

The false accusation of lying by Warren was directed at Steve Mnuchin and Tom Price. There’s no proof that they lied, but it’s good to know that Senator Warren considers lying in connection with obtaining a job is a disqualifier.

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Murkowski, Collins Will Not Vote for DeVos

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 3:02pm 2/1/2017 at 3:02pm

Betsy DeVos, President Donald Trump’s pick for Education Secretary, may have escaped her Senate committee hearing, but she just lost two Republicans on the Senate floor. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine told the Senate that neither one can vote to confirm DeVos:

“I come to the floor to...

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