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What to Know About Steven Mnuchin, Trump’s Pick for Treasury

Posted: November 30, 2016 at 9:41 am   /   Friends

Though not a widely known quantity in Washington, Steven Mnuchin, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for treasury secretary, has had a seasoned career in high finance, in Hollywood, and, most recently, as finance chairman of the Trump campaign. “I am honored to have the opportunity to serve our great country in this important role,” Mnuchin, 54, […]

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More Than 800,000 Noncitizens Could Have Voted in 2016 Election, Expert Says

Posted: November 28, 2016 at 2:31 pm   /   Friends

An election expert projects more than 800,000 noncitizens voted in the 2016 election and overwhelmingly for Democrat Hillary Clinton. While substantial, that number doesn’t overcome Clinton’s 2.2 million popular vote lead over Republican President-elect Donald Trump, who won a decisive Electoral College triumph of 306 to 232. On Sunday, the president-elect tweeted he would have […]

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Trump to Follow Reagan Model in Federal Hiring Freeze

Posted: November 23, 2016 at 10:28 am   /   Friends

President-elect Donald Trump won’t be saying you’re fired, but he will be saying you’re froze as a one means of shrinking the bureaucracy. Trump has pledged to reduce the federal workforce through attrition, and leaving positions unfilled through a hiring freeze. It’s part of his first 100-day plan that he first laid out during his […]

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Thanksgiving Through the Years

Posted: November 23, 2016 at 7:12 am   /   Friends

George Washington was first in war, first in peace, and in November 1789 the first president to proclaim a national day of Thanksgiving, openly acknowledging God as the source of all “the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.” Among the “favors” were a Declaration of Independence that inspires […]

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Trump’s Refusal to Take Presidential Salary Rare, but Not Unprecedented

Posted: November 18, 2016 at 12:45 pm   /   Friends

Republican President-elect Donald Trump announced on “60 Minutes” Sunday that he would refuse his $400,000 annual presidential salary, and would take just $1 instead. The wealthy businessman turned president’s statement caused some consternation from a few pundits who claim that it’s dangerous for a president to refuse compensation. The Atlantic published an op-ed claiming that […]

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Trump Cabinet Timing in Line with Past Presidents

Posted: November 17, 2016 at 3:36 pm   /   Friends

An article in Time called President-elect Donald Trump’s transition “chaotic,” while the New York Times asserted that Trump’s transition team is plagued by “discord” and “disarray.” Politico quoted an anonymous insider saying the transition team was having a “knife fight” when it comes to filling cabinet posts. If very recent history is a guide, it […]

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Conservatives Hopeful Pence Will Play Big Role in New Administration

Posted: November 17, 2016 at 3:07 pm   /   Friends

Vice President-elect Mike Pence, the governor of Indiana, asked nearly two dozen fellow other GOP governors gathered in Orlando to directly reach out to him on policy matters in the course of the coming Donald Trump administration. During the Republican Governors Association meeting Tuesday in Orlando, Pence reiterated Trump’s plan to repeal Obamacare, improve infrastructure, […]

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Obama’s Contribution to Our Identity Politics Climate

Posted: November 16, 2016 at 2:54 pm   /   Friends

While in Greece this week, President Barack Obama called the anxieties about national, cultural and ethnic identities that impacted this election a “volatile mix.” He attributed this angst, though, to impersonal forces such as globalization, deindustrialization, and social media. It wasn’t him. For eight years, the president said, he’s been working hard against approaches “that […]

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The Head of DOJ’s Civil Rights Division Is Violating Federal Law and Her Actions May Be Void

Posted: November 16, 2016 at 12:05 pm   /   Friends

  Vanita Gupta, the acting head of the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, apparently has been working in violation of federal law for more than a year and a half.  That may render all of the official actions she has taken during that period— lawsuits, demand letters, hires, you name it— “void” and of […]

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