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HST's Ghost wrote: Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:09 am
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The Guardian: ‘This guy doesn’t know anything’: the inside story of Trump’s shambolic transition team
Holy. Fuck. The opening and closing parts of that piece are insanely believable. Drumpf only surrounds himself with the pettiest of shits. Christie looking the good guy among the rest of the idiots...and In Slips Flynn...

So many rich quotes, but I will just pull one... Sekrit Stuffs!
“I’m kind of like the church elder who double-counts the collection plate every Sunday for the pastor,” said Sessions, who appeared uncomfortable with the entire situation.
I knew that those who initially were designated to take jobs never showed up to meet the Obama transition team. But it's new to me that the staffers chosen by Teh Donalds very own people (Jareds research on Amazon perhaps :?: ) would look like this:
The department of agriculture was an excellent case study. The place had an annual budget of $164bn and was charged with so many missions critical to the society that the people who worked there played a drinking game called Does the Department of Agriculture Do It? Someone would name a function of government, say, making sure that geese don’t gather at US airports, and fly into jet engines. Someone else would have to guess whether the agriculture department did it. (In this case, it did.) Guess wrong and you had to drink. Among other things, the department essentially maintained rural America, and also ensured that the American poor and the elderly did not starve. Much of its work was complicated and technical – and yet for the months between the election and the inauguration, Trump people never turned up to learn about it. Only on inauguration day did they flood into the building, but the people who showed up had no idea why they were there or what they were meant to do. Trump sent, among others, a long-haul truck driver, a telephone company clerk, a gas company meter reader, a country club cabana attendant, a Republican National Committee intern and the owner of a scented candle company. One of the CVs listed the new appointee’s only skill as “a pleasant demeanor”.
Teh Donald promised to run government like a business, but did he ever open one of his hotels based on such staffing :?: :brickwallsmall: :brickwallsmall: :brickwallsmall:
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Associated Press
Social Security, Medicare oversight posts vacant for 3 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — Key posts overseeing the financial health of Social Security and Medicare have been vacant for more than three years, leaving the programs without independent accountability in the face of dire predictions about approaching insolvency.

With Washington corroded by partisanship and consumed by political crises, gridlock has become the norm and hundreds of senior government jobs remain unfilled. For beneficiaries and taxpayers the lack of “public trustees” for Social Security and Medicare means a loss of outside supervision over bedrock middle-class programs.

Most Americans may not even realize there’s a role in government for public trustees of Social Security and Medicare, but insiders say the special advisers help keep annual financial reports honest by acting as a check on the ever-present temptation for political appointees to tweak the numbers.

“The public really doesn’t have a representative sitting at the table with the government officials, and I think that is concerning,” said Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services secretary under President Barack Obama.

The public trustees — one Republican, one Democrat — are usually economists or retirement experts. They join four other trustees who are senior political appointees — the secretaries of the Treasury, Health and Human Services, and Labor departments, and the Social Security commissioner. Together they oversee annual financial reports and certify that the estimates are sound and unbiased.
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The Guardian
Trump reportedly picks handbag designer as ambassador to South Africa

A luxury handbag designer in Palm Beach, Florida, has reportedly been chosen by Donald Trump as the next US ambassador to South Africa.

The appointment of Lana Marks, whose products sell between $10,000 and $400,000, would be likely to cause some surprise: Marks was born in South Africa but has not lived there for more than 40 years.

Relations between South Africa and the US have soured in recent weeks following a tweet by the president inaccurately describing “large-scale killing of farmers” of white farmers in the country. Trump’s statement prompted outrage and a firm rebuttal from South African president Cyril Ramaphosa.

But the post of US ambassador to South Africa has been vacant since the former ambassador, Patrick Gaspard, resigned in 2016.
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The Hill
Trump ousts federal personnel director

President Trump on Friday abruptly ousted the director of federal personnel and replaced him with a top official at the Office of Management and Budget, according to the White House.

The White House said in a brief statement that Margaret Weichert, who serves as deputy director for management at the White House Office of Management and Budget, will helm the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in an acting capacity "in addition to her current duties."

Weichert will replace Jeff Pon, a business executive who had been in the post just since March. The White House did not respond to a request for comment about the decision.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Weichert says the decision is in line with Trump's "management agenda." She has played a key role in the administration's effort to reform the civil service.
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CNBC
Nikki Haley will resign as Trump's UN ambassador at the end of the year

United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley will leave at the end of the year, the latest departure from President Donald Trump's national security circle.

Trump and Haley announced her departure plans on Tuesday morning — only a month before the critical midterm elections on Nov. 6. The former South Carolina governor has served since January 2017, as the U.S. has deliberately scaled back its role in the international institution.

Haley, 46, has represented the Trump administration at the UN amid several international crises, including efforts to dismantle North Korea's nuclear program and ease conflict in Syria. She has also criticized Iran after Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear accord reached during the Obama administration.

Trump complimented Haley's work at the UN and said she has accomplished a lot, particularly pointing to efforts to denuclearize North Korea. Haley noted that she does not yet have plans for her next role. She added that she does not plan to challenge Trump in 2020 and will support him.
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The Atlantic: The Donald Trump Cabinet Tracker

Nikki Haley will depart the administration as United Nations ambassador at the end of 2018.
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This twitter thread is solid fucking gold.
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“Despite Trump’s calm words, Haley’s sudden announcement rattled a number in the White House, who openly speculated that the timing was meant to preserve the ambassador’s own political future”
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Looks like Haley needs to start earning big money.

Nikki Haley has up to $1 million in debt as she steps down as U.N. ambassador

https://www.postandcourier.com/news/nik ... 73fd3.html
Federal ethics reports show Haley had debt from $525,000 to about $1.1 million in 2017.

She owed $25,000 to $65,000 on two credit cards since 2016. She listed a mortgage and a line of credit each for $250,000 to $500,000. She listed ranges of debt and income on the disclosure records.

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Haley suggested she is about to cash in on her six years in the South Carolina governor’s office and two years as United Nations ambassador.

In her resignation letter to President Donald Trump, she wrote: “As a businessman I expect you will appreciate my sense that returning from government to the private sector is not a step down but a step up.”
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“Despite Trump’s calm words, Haley’s sudden announcement rattled a number in the White House, who openly speculated that the timing was meant to preserve the ambassador’s own political future”
The timing is curious; if she's not leaving until the end of the year, why not defer the announcement until after the midterms? :think:
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bob wrote: Tue Oct 09, 2018 2:48 pm
“Despite Trump’s calm words, Haley’s sudden announcement rattled a number in the White House, who openly speculated that the timing was meant to preserve the ambassador’s own political future”
The timing is curious; if she's not leaving until the end of the year, why not defer the announcement until after the midterms? :think:
Perhaps cause her next employment would be leaking in the mean time?
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Bloomberg
FEMA Faces Hurricane Michael With Many Senior Roles Unfilled

As Hurricane Michael barrels toward Florida, the agency charged with protecting Americans from the storm has large numbers of senior positions vacant or without permanent staff.

At least 22 senior leadership roles at the Federal Emergency Management Agency are vacant or occupied by staff temporarily filling those positions. Jobs listed on the agency’s website as open include the assistant administrator for risk management and the director of resource management. One other senior official was suspended last month. ...

“It is alarming that given the active 2018 Hurricane season and other devastating natural disasters across the country, numerous top leadership positions at FEMA remain vacant or without permanent leadership,” Representative Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, said in an email. “While some staffing challenges and delays are inevitable, with FEMA’s critical mission it should be clear to the Administration that filling these positions should be a priority.” ...

The roles filled by acting staff include the director of national preparedness assessment; the associate administrator for policy and program analysis; the associate administrator for mission support; the chief information officer; the chief security officer; the deputy chief security officer for emergency operations; the deputy assistant administrator for recovery; and the regional administrator for New England.
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Volkonski wrote: Tue Oct 09, 2018 2:22 pm
In her resignation letter to President Donald Trump, she wrote: “As a businessman I expect you will appreciate my sense that returning from government to the private sector is not a step down but a step up.”
I can't tell you how offensive this comment is to me and how livid it makes me. Public service is an honor. If this person ever runs for any office, I hope her opponent blasts her contempt for service 24/7. :torches: :torches: :torches:
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It is offensive; but it won't matter; the GOP base is composed of people who think the public sector is a waste of space. The GOP has been attacking government and government service for decades now.
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maydijo wrote: Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:07 pm It is offensive; but it won't matter; the GOP base is composed of people who think the public sector is a waste of space. The GOP has been attacking government and government service for decades now.
Yep; they were primed for twitler's arrival.
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The Hill
Meet the man poised to battle Dems from the White House

Pat Cipollone is poised to take on one of the most difficult jobs in Washington: counsel for President Trump’s White House.

The commercial litigator has been chosen by the president to replace outgoing White House counsel Don McGahn at a time when Democrats are salivating at the prospect of congressional power. ...

McGahn is expected to step down at some point this fall, though that date has not been announced. Asked when McGahn plans to leave his post, White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said Tuesday that the administration does not have any announcements at this time. Trump told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Cipollone would be the next White House counsel.

Cipollone, a litigation partner at the D.C. firm Stein Mitchell Cipollone Beato & Missner LLP, has donated at least $23,000 to Republican candidates since 2004, according to data collected by the Center for Responsive Politics, which did not indicate he contributed to Trump’s campaign. But he was an early supporter of Trump, according to multiple media reports.

As White House counsel he will be expected to put the office above his allegiance to the man who helms it.
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McGahn, a Soldier for Trump and a Witness Against Him, Departs White House

WASHINGTON — Donald F. McGahn II departed as White House counsel on Wednesday, ending a tumultuous 21-month tenure where he spearheaded some of President Trump’s most significant political accomplishments, including two appointments to the Supreme Court, but also became a chief witness against him in the special counsel investigation.

Mr. McGahn’s departure was confirmed by two people close to him. Mr. McGahn and the president sat for a farewell chat on Wednesday, one said. Mr. Trump said this week that he will install as Mr. McGahn’s replacement the longtime Washington lawyer Pat Cipollone, calling him “a very fine man, highly respected by a lot of people.”

As White House counsel, Mr. McGahn took on a handful of often-conflicting roles: counselor to the president; protector of top law enforcement officials, including the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III; and witness in the investigation into whether Mr. Trump obstructed justice. He has told associates that he stopped Mr. Trump from firing Mr. Mueller and from forcing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to retake control of the Russia inquiry after he recused himself from oversight of it. ...

But Mr. McGahn had little tolerance for Mr. Trump’s often emotional responses to the legal cloud hanging over his administration, referring to the president as “King Kong” — out of Mr. Trump’s earshot — because of his explosive anger. Mr. McGahn often tried to stop the president from taking steps that Mr. McGahn viewed as legally or politically problematic, such as firing the special counsel. The president blamed Mr. McGahn for the deputy attorney general’s appointment of Mr. Mueller in May 2017, saying Mr. McGahn had not done enough to control the Justice Department.

Mr. McGahn may have also caused more damage for Mr. Trump than any other White House official in the special counsel investigation. Mr. McGahn has spent at least 30 hours with Mr. Mueller’s investigators, laying out how Mr. Trump tried to interfere with or quash the inquiry, including by trying to fire Mr. Mueller himself in the summer of 2017.
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Emmet Flood temporarily appointed counsel to president: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Thursday that Emmet Flood has temporarily taken on the role of counsel to U.S. President Donald Trump, beginning on Thursday and continuing until Pat Cipollone takes on the post.

Flood has been Trump’s legal adviser during Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into alleged Russian meddling in U.S. elections.
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Addie wrote: Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:34 pm Reuters
Emmet Flood temporarily appointed counsel to president: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Thursday that Emmet Flood has temporarily taken on the role of counsel to U.S. President Donald Trump, beginning on Thursday and continuing until Pat Cipollone takes on the post.

Flood has been Trump’s legal adviser during Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into alleged Russian meddling in U.S. elections.
Doesn't being Trump's personal counsel and then official Whitehouse Counsel make the attorney client privilege situation into something of a mess? Mike D chime in please. . .
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Dan1100 wrote: Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:08 am
Addie wrote: Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:34 pm Reuters
Emmet Flood temporarily appointed counsel to president: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Thursday that Emmet Flood has temporarily taken on the role of counsel to U.S. President Donald Trump, beginning on Thursday and continuing until Pat Cipollone takes on the post.

Flood has been Trump’s legal adviser during Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into alleged Russian meddling in U.S. elections.
Doesn't being Trump's personal counsel and then official Whitehouse Counsel make the attorney client privilege situation into something of a mess? Mike D chime in please. . .
BUT... But... but... he is a good guy on both sides ;)
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Trump appointee tapped days ago to run Interior Department’s watchdog office resigns amid controversy

A top Trump administration political appointee who just two days ago was on track to lead the Interior Department’s inspector general’s office resigned Friday from the federal government, according to an administration official.

Suzanne Israel Tufts was scheduled to be interviewed Friday morning for another inspector general position elsewhere in the government, according to a person with knowledge of the interview. But she did not show up for the appointment.

Her departure ends a madcap week, as the administration quickly scuttled an arrangement to make Tufts acting Interior watchdog amid media reports and scrutiny from Capitol Hill lawmakers. Tufts did not respond to messages left on her cellphone.

Tufts, an attorney from Queens, N.Y. who worked on President Trump’s campaign, was serving as assistant secretary for administration at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. She had not been at work for at least two months, according to three people with knowledge of her absence, but was still on the payroll.

Then last Friday, HUD Secretary Ben Carson announced to agency staff that Tufts would be assigned to Interior. Top White House officials then said they didn’t know about the plan. The apparent arrangement between the Interior Department and HUD raised questions about how and why a political appointee with no experience handling government investigations was chosen to lead such an active watchdog office.
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Once again: only the best work for dotus.

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LGBTQ Nation
Lawyer who fought to ban trans people from bathrooms will lead DOJ civil rights division

An anti-gay lawyer was confirmed to lead the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.

In a 52-45 vote, the Senate confirmed Donald Trump’s nominee, Eric Dreiband.

He will now head up the Department of Justice’s efforts to fight racism, homophobia, and other forms of discrimination, even though he has spent his life defending discrimination.

Dreiband represented the University of North Carolina in a lawsuit against the school’s decision to enforce HB2, which restricted bathroom access for trans people and banned local governments from passing LGBTQ anti-discrimination ordinances. ...

“Throughout its 60-year history, the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division has been a stalwart defender of civil rights in employment, education, housing, voting and many other aspects of life,” said Lambda Legal’s Sharon McGowan, who added that Dreiband was not “a strong leader with a proven track record of defending civil rights.”

The NAACP said that Dreiband was “exactly the wrong choice” to lead the office.
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Dan1100 wrote: Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:08 am
Addie wrote: Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:34 pm Reuters
Emmet Flood temporarily appointed counsel to president: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Thursday that Emmet Flood has temporarily taken on the role of counsel to U.S. President Donald Trump, beginning on Thursday and continuing until Pat Cipollone takes on the post.

Flood has been Trump’s legal adviser during Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into alleged Russian meddling in U.S. elections.
Doesn't being Trump's personal counsel and then official Whitehouse Counsel make the attorney client privilege situation into something of a mess? Mike D chime in please. . .
I'd think there might be some conflict issues there, yes.
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