Trump Appointments  (Page 2)

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
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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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5 Quick Facts About SCOTUS Nominee Neil Gorsuch

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 2:50pm 2/1/2017 at 2:50pm
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Never heard of Neil Gorsuch before last night?

The NTK Network put together a brief overview of Judge Gorsuch’s credentials:

1. Gorsuch was born in Denver and serves there as a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

2. He was nominated to that post in 2006 by President...

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Trump: “Mitch, Go Nuclear” if Democrats block Gorsuch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAtY9unA_9c
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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 2:37pm 2/1/2017 at 2:37pm
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After intense blowback and promises of confirmation obstruction for Trump’s SCOTUS nominee, Neil Gorsuch, Trump suggested the Senate employ the “Nuclear Option” to move Judge Gorsuch to Justice Gorsuch.

The Nuclear Option would allow the Senate to confirm Gorsuch with a simple majority as opposed to 60 votes.

“Mitch, go nuclear,” Trump said...

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Chris Matthews: Dems who vote for Gorsuch “will have to answer” for it for 30 years

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 9:15pm 1/31/2017 at 9:15pm

On MSNBC this evening, Chris Matthews cautioned Democratic Senators that if they vote to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, they will have to answer for it for the rest of their political career.

His reasoning was a supremely political one: that at age 49, Gorsuch is likely to be on...

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TRUMP NOMINATES NEIL GORSUCH for Supreme Court Scalia Seat

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 7:25pm 1/31/2017 at 7:25pm
http://ijr.com/2017/01/790658-we-asked-a-high-ranking-administration-official-who-trumps-scotus-pick-is-and-they-sent-this/

UPDATE: It’s Neil Gorsuch

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Senate Confirms Chao While Committee Fights Over Sessions, Approves DeVos

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 4:00pm 1/31/2017 at 4:00pm

It’s a grand old time in the Senate today! I reported earlier that a few Senate Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee boycotted the vote to approve Rep. Tom Price as Human and Health Services (HHS) Secretary and Steven Mnuchin for Treasury Secretary. The drama did not end there.

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Democrats Boycotting Committee Votes for Price, Mnuchin

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 11:30am 1/31/2017 at 11:30am

Crybabies. Some Senate Democrats have decided to boycott committee votes to advance Re. Tom Price (R-GA) for Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary and Steven Mnuchin for Treasury secretary. From The Hill:

“I can’t understand why senators, who know we’re going to have these two people go through, can’t support the committee,”...

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Trump Will Announce SCOTUS Pick Tuesday Night

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npvd-VVqh9Q
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Posted by  ▪  Monday, January 30, 2017 at 11:04am 1/30/2017 at 11:04am
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npvd-VVqh9Q

You know what will make this week even more contentious? A good ol’ fashioned SCOTUS fight.

President Trump announced (via Twitter) that he’ll reveal his Supreme Court Justice nominee Tuesday night at 8:00 PM:

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