Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) questioned Donald Trump’s HUD nominee Ben Carson on the third day of confirmation hearings and drew attention to a likely conflict of interest affecting them both. Warren began by reminding Carson of the billions of dollars for housing development he would oversee as head of Department of Housing and Urban Development. The… Continue Reading →
In a strange moment of startling symmetry with the current state of American politics, C-SPAN—the public affairs network that regularly broadcasts proceedings of the United States House of Representatives and Senate—was interrupted by a broadcast of Russia Today. The state-funded Russian news network briefly took over the online feed of C-SPAN1, which had been broadcasting a… Continue Reading →
Arriving late to what was supposed to amount to a press conference, Trump, as expected, avoided answering any questions of a ‘delicate’ manner. Never mind the latest revelations from intelligence, someone asked him if he would release the tax returns. I’m sure you can guess what his response was. REPORTER: Do you believe the hacking was… Continue Reading →
Better to have no one at all than someone who was appointed by Obama, amirite?
Between the Trump transition team’s infighting, incompetence, and high-profile resignations, any decisions that signaled even a modicum of stability for the country would come as a relief at this point. Unfortunately, the nascent Trump Administration isn’t inclined to calm anyone’s nerves. According to an official within the Department of Energy, this past Friday, the President-elect’s team instructed the head of the National Nuclear Security Administration and his deputy to clean out their desks when Trump takes office on January 20th.The NNSA is the $12 billion-a-year agency that “maintains and enhances the safety, security, and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile.” It’s unclear when the two officials will be replaced.
Traditionally, all political appointees of an outgoing presidential administration turn in resignation letters effective on noon of inauguration day, January 20. But appointees in key positions—like the people who make sure our nukes work—are often asked to stay on in their roles until a replacement can be found and confirmed by the Senate, helping ensure a smooth transition and allowing our government to continue functioning. In fact, for the entirety of Obama’s first term and into part of his second, the NNSA Administrator remained a Bush appointee.
Trump, however, appears determined to immediately push out everyone who was appointed by Obama, regardless of whether or not he has anyone in line for the job. Or, as our source put it: “It’s a shocking disregard for process and continuity of government.”
WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald J. Trump’s transition staff has issued a blanket edict requiring politically appointed ambassadors to leave their overseas posts by Inauguration Day, according to several American diplomats familiar with the plan, breaking with decades of precedent by declining to provide even the briefest of grace periods.
The mandate — issued “without exceptions,” according to a terse State Department cable sent on Dec. 23, diplomats who saw it said — threatens to leave the United States without Senate-confirmed envoys for months in critical nations like Germany, Canada and Britain. In the past, administrations of both parties have often granted extensions on a case-by-case basis to allow a handful of ambassadors, particularly those with school-age children, to remain in place for weeks or months.
Mr. Trump, by contrast, has taken a hard line against leaving any of President Obama’s political appointees in place as he prepares to take office on Jan. 20 with a mission of dismantling many of his predecessor’s signature foreign and domestic policy achievements. “Political” ambassadors, many of them major donors who are nominated by virtue of close ties with the president, almost always leave at the end of his term; ambassadors who are career diplomats often remain in their posts.
Shorter Wall Street Journal: If we say mean things, he’s going to beat us up and take our lunch money.
Breitbart Media is leading a smear campaign against a radical scholar of international politics and decolonization for a satirical tweet he published on December 24 mocking white supremacists. Instead of coming to the aid of George Ciccariello-Maher, who has received death threats as a result of the campaign, Drexel University issued a statement on Christmas condemning… Continue Reading →
Trumpville has started eating their own. And in the most delicious way. It’s a convoluted story but I’m gonna try to sort it out. The Washington Post announced that Jason Miller has resigned his newly named position as the Trump campaign’s Communications Director to spend more time with his family. Well, that right there makes your… Continue Reading →
Merry Christmas to youtoo, lady. Shoppers at a busy JCPenney in Kentucky were treated to a loud racist rant by the woman second in line for the register. The person in front of her had been a handed some extra items by friend in order to check out together. Racist rant lady felt she was… Continue Reading →
— All In w/Chris Hayes (@allinwithchris) December 22, 2016