Transition 2016

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Re: Transition 2016

Post by Addie » Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:14 am

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Analysts Are Quitting the State Department’s Anti-Propaganda Team

The chief technology officer at the U.S. State Department’s anti-propaganda center left last week, along with two other members of its analytics team, Defense One has learned. The departures raise new questions about the Global Engagement Center, the two-year-old office that remains leaderless nine months into the Trump administration.

The State Department would not say how many data analysts remain at the Center, but one former senior official described the three team members as “the whole enchilada” and added “things are bad.” ...

Two other members of the analytics team quit at “around the same time” according to the former State employee at the Center, and departed on Friday, the former senior official said. Neither responded to requests for comment by press time. ...

The change of administrations left the GEC leaderless. A telephone directory dated Sept. 11, 2017, indicates that neither the director’s job, which requires Senate confirmation, nor the acting director’s job, which does not, have been filled. Defense One obtained a copy of the directory.
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Re: Transition 2016

Post by RTH10260 » Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:47 am

Kendra wrote:http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/1 ... 3?cmpid=sf
As a top official in President Donald Trump’s transition team, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn actively promoted a private-sector scheme to build dozens of nuclear reactors across the Middle East known informally in the transition as the "Marshall Plan." But he did not publicly disclose that backers of the plan had paid him at least $25,000.
:snippity: :snippity:
OMFSM -- who wants that uncontrolable landscape cluttered with producers of nuclear waste, ready to build the next nukes not controlled by the US?
Especially when one has ISIS and AlQuaeda in the background as possible partners. Or Iran waiting to take over....
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Re: Transition 2016

Post by Kendra » Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:10 am

RTH10260 wrote:OMFSM -- who wants that uncotrollable landscape cluttered with procuders of nuclear waste, ready to build the next nukes not controlled by the US?
Especially when one has ISIS and AlQuaeda in the background as possible partners. Or Iran waiting to take over....
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Re: Transition 2016

Post by RoadScholar » Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:35 am

I think the phrase "across the middle east" indicates more countries than just Israel.
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Re: Transition 2016

Post by Chilidog » Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:45 pm

President Trump's nominee for the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) No. 2 spot has pulled his name from consideration, according to NBC News.

Daniel A. Craig withdrew on Wednesday after NBC reported on a federal probe showing he had falsified government travel and timekeeping records during his time in the Bush administration in 2005.

"Given the distraction this will cause the Agency in a time when they cannot afford to lose focus, I have withdrawn from my nomination," Craig told NBC News.

The joint FBI and Homeland Security probe found Craig had awarded FEMA contracts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, breaking conflict-of-interest laws. The report, which NBC reviewed, was from 2011 but never made public.
http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing- ... -withdraws

Typical.

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Re: Transition 2016

Post by Addie » Fri Sep 15, 2017 1:49 pm

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Pence's press secretary to leave White House

Vice President Mike Pence's press secretary, Marc Lotter, is leaving the administration.

Lotter will serve until the end of the month. He worked as press secretary on Pence's reelection campaign for governor of Indiana and stayed in the spokesman role when Pence became Donald Trump's running mate. He was constantly by Pence's side on the campaign trail and has been a frequent surrogate for the administration on cable news. ...

It's not clear exactly what his next move will be.

Lotter's departure marks the latest staff shake-up for Pence, who has avoided much of the infighting and leaking that has plagued the White House. Pence recently replaced his chief of staff, Josh Pitcock, with longtime political aide Nick Ayers.
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Re: Transition 2016

Post by Kendra » Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:21 pm

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/2 ... 9?cmpid=sf
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has taken at least 24 flights on private charter planes at taxpayers’ expense since early May, according to people with knowledge of his travel plans and a review of HHS documents.

The frequency of the trips underscores how private travel has become the norm — rather than the exception — for the Georgia Republican during his tenure atop the federal health agency, which began in February. The cost of the trips identified by POLITICO exceeds $300,000, according to a review of federal contracts and similar trip itineraries.
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On July 6, Price again made an opioid-related visit to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he took a private plane, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation. According to records, HHS signed a $14,570 charter plane contract for Washington to Tennessee travel with a July 6 effective date.

In June, Price spoke at a physicians association conference in San Diego, where he vowed to wring out wasteful spending in the government’s health care programs. Getting “value” for spending “is incredibly important,” he said.

Price took a private plane to get to the meeting, which was one stop on a five-state sprint of charter travel that cost $50,420.

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Re: Transition 2016

Post by Kendra » Sat Sep 23, 2017 5:58 am

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/2 ... 0?cmpid=sf
HHS Secretary Tom Price has been taking private jets because an unreliable commercial flight once forced him to cancel an important meeting, a Department of Health and Human Services spokesperson says, part of his agenda to meet with average Americans outside of Washington.

But the flight in question — to a two-day industry conference at a Ritz-Carlton hotel in Southern California — didn't get off the ground on a day when storms virtually shut down air traffic in the Washington region, preventing even private jets from getting out.


The details cast into doubt HHS' justification for Price's use of private jets as he faces criticism from congressional Democrats and a review of whether he complied with Federal Travel Regulations from his department's inspector general.


This administration has such a hard time keeping their stories straight...

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Re: Transition 2016

Post by Sugar Magnolia » Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:01 am

Kendra wrote:
Sat Sep 23, 2017 5:58 am

This administration has such a hard time keeping their stories straight...
Stories or lies?

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Re: Transition 2016

Post by Kendra » Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:13 am

Sugar Magnolia wrote:
Sat Sep 23, 2017 6:01 am
Kendra wrote:
Sat Sep 23, 2017 5:58 am

This administration has such a hard time keeping their stories straight...
Stories or lies?
Both.

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