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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

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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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Post by Addie » Tue Sep 26, 2017 5:42 pm

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DEA administrator plans to step down

Chuck Rosenberg, the acting head of the Drug Enforcement Administration who has found himself and his agency at odds with the Trump administration in recent months, told staff members Tuesday that he is planning to step down from his post.

Rosenberg, a holdover from the administration of President Barack Obama, wrote that he would leave his position as the DEA’s acting administration on October 1. In an email to his staff, Rosenberg said he was proud to have led the “remarkable agency.” ...

It was not immediately clear who would replace Rosenberg, though people with knowledge of internal discussions at the DEA said Col. Joseph R. Fuentes, the head of the New Jersey State Police, was thought to be a leading contender to earn President Trump’s nomination.

Rosenberg has been running the agency in an acting capacity since 2015. A close ally of fired FBI Director James B. Comey, Rosenberg garnered attention in July when he wrote an email to DEA personnel rejecting Trump’s comments suggesting criminal suspects might be treated roughly when being put into police vehicles.

“We have an obligation to speak out when something is wrong,’’ Rosenberg wrote in the email.


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Post by RVInit » Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:09 pm

This Man Thanks You for Paying for His Private Jet Rides
On this week's episode of Adventures in Shamelessness, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price is racking up those miles! Except he won't be getting any points towards further flights, because Mr. Price—a humble government servant just trying to improve the nation's healthcare system for You, the Common Man—long ago decided he would only get around by private jet. According to an exquisitely detailed report in Politico Tuesday evening, Price has used thousands in taxpayer money to avoid flying commercial at least 26 times. Often, a commercial flight around the same time was readily available.

That includes a trip to Nashville in June, which saw the secretary attend two official events for less than 90 minutes combined. His entire time in Nashville was posted at five-and-a-half hours, though he did have time during the three-hour block in between events for a nice lunch with his son. (Price also owns a condo in Nashville.) That trip, which could only reasonably have been made on a Learjet 55, cost taxpayers nearly $18,000. That was well worth it to save Price the indignity of a commercial flight.

The Nashville trip offered even more commercial options. On June 6, Price took a Learjet 55 — a $17,760 round-trip flight, according to a federal contract — that departed from Washington Dulles International Airport at 9:12 a.m. ET and touched down in Nashville at 9:44 a.m. CT. Two commercial flights that morning followed similar itineraries. An American Airlines plane departed Reagan National Airport at 9:05 a.m. ET and landed in Nashville at 9:39 a.m. CT. A Southwest Airlines flight left Baltimore-Washington International at 9:18 a.m. ET and arrived in Nashville at 9:54 a.m. CT.

Commercial airline tickets with government discounts would have cost between $102 and $333 per person round-trip between the two cities, according to the U.S. General Services Administration.
http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a1 ... jet-rides/


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Post by Volkonski » Thu Sep 28, 2017 7:27 am

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CBS News has learned the EPA paid tens of thousands of dollars for Scott Pruitt to take non-commercial flights http://cbsn.ws/2wVcMEk


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Post by Kendra » Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:04 am

Volkonski wrote:
Thu Sep 28, 2017 7:27 am
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CBS News has learned the EPA paid tens of thousands of dollars for Scott Pruitt to take non-commercial flights http://cbsn.ws/2wVcMEk
In addition to boarding that more expensive military aircraft in June, CBS News has learned Pruitt took a private plane from Denver to Durango, Colorado, and back on August 4 for a meeting that included state officials.

An EPA spokesperson told CBS News that Pruitt chartered the plane "after his flight was significantly delayed in order to ensure that he did not miss a critical meeting," and ethics officials were consulted.

The Colorado governor's office offered Pruitt a ride on his government aircraft, but the EPA declined.



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Post by Kendra » Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:06 am

Kendra wrote:
Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:04 am
Volkonski wrote:
Thu Sep 28, 2017 7:27 am
CBS News‏
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CBS News has learned the EPA paid tens of thousands of dollars for Scott Pruitt to take non-commercial flights http://cbsn.ws/2wVcMEk
In addition to boarding that more expensive military aircraft in June, CBS News has learned Pruitt took a private plane from Denver to Durango, Colorado, and back on August 4 for a meeting that included state officials.

An EPA spokesperson told CBS News that Pruitt chartered the plane "after his flight was significantly delayed in order to ensure that he did not miss a critical meeting," and ethics officials were consulted.

The Colorado governor's office offered Pruitt a ride on his government aircraft, but the EPA declined.
Edit: I hadn't finished reading.

CBS News called and emailed the EPA half a dozen times. We wanted to know why it was necessary to use a military jet, and also why they turned down the invitation to fly with Colorado's governor.

An EPA spokesperson declined to comment.



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Post by MRich » Thu Sep 28, 2017 5:44 pm

Tom Price apologizes for private-charter flights, pledges to pay nearly $52,000 to cover his share of the trips
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said Thursday that he would reimburse the government for a portion of the costs of his flights on charter planes in recent months, after coming under sharp criticism from members of both parties for the expensive practice.

“Today, I will write a personal check to the U.S. Treasury for the expenses of my travel on private charter planes. The taxpayers won’t pay a dime for my seat on those planes,” Price said in a statement, adding that he would no longer take private planes while serving as secretary. “No exceptions.”

An HHS official said Price would write a check for $51,887.31, which appears to cover the cost of his seat on chartered flights but not those of his staff. Politico, which first broke the story of Price’s repeated use of chartered jets, has estimated that the total cost of these trips exceeded $400,000.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/pow ... ferJs=true



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Post by Dan1100 » Thu Sep 28, 2017 5:59 pm

MRich wrote:
Thu Sep 28, 2017 5:44 pm
Tom Price apologizes for private-charter flights, pledges to pay nearly $52,000 to cover his share of the trips
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said Thursday that he would reimburse the government for a portion of the costs of his flights on charter planes in recent months, after coming under sharp criticism from members of both parties for the expensive practice.

“Today, I will write a personal check to the U.S. Treasury for the expenses of my travel on private charter planes. The taxpayers won’t pay a dime for my seat on those planes,” Price said in a statement, adding that he would no longer take private planes while serving as secretary. “No exceptions.”

An HHS official said Price would write a check for $51,887.31, which appears to cover the cost of his seat on chartered flights but not those of his staff. Politico, which first broke the story of Price’s repeated use of chartered jets, has estimated that the total cost of these trips exceeded $400,000.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/pow ... ferJs=true
Not that I have any real experience (except a Cessna 150 during my aborted attempt to get a pilot's license), but I was under the impression that airplanes were chartered/rented by the hour (fuel included), not by the seat.


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Post by Turtle » Thu Sep 28, 2017 6:30 pm

MRich wrote:
Thu Sep 28, 2017 5:44 pm
Tom Price apologizes for private-charter flights, pledges to pay nearly $52,000 to cover his share of the trips
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said Thursday that he would reimburse the government for a portion of the costs of his flights on charter planes in recent months, after coming under sharp criticism from members of both parties for the expensive practice.

“Today, I will write a personal check to the U.S. Treasury for the expenses of my travel on private charter planes. The taxpayers won’t pay a dime for my seat on those planes,” Price said in a statement, adding that he would no longer take private planes while serving as secretary. “No exceptions.”

An HHS official said Price would write a check for $51,887.31, which appears to cover the cost of his seat on chartered flights but not those of his staff. Politico, which first broke the story of Price’s repeated use of chartered jets, has estimated that the total cost of these trips exceeded $400,000.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/pow ... ferJs=true
He's apologizing to the commoners. His boss is not going to like that very much.



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Post by Addie » Thu Sep 28, 2017 6:33 pm

Politico
Senate confirms Huntsman to be ambassador to Russia

The Senate on Thursday confirmed former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman to be U.S. ambassador to Russia.

Huntsman's unanimous approval gives President Donald Trump a permanent envoy in Moscow at a consequential moment for U.S.-Russia relations, with the White House facing multiple investigations into potential Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Huntsman, a former GOP presidential candidate, testified earlier this month to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that there is "no question" that Moscow meddled in the election — a perspective that differs from Trump, who has called Russian disruption a "hoax."

In addition to Huntsman, who previously served as ambassador to China and Singapore, the Senate also confirmed John Bass as the new U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan and Wess Mitchell as the assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, a critical post for U.S.-Russian diplomatic efforts.


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Re: Transition 2016

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Post by June bug » Thu Sep 28, 2017 7:15 pm

Dan1100 wrote:
Thu Sep 28, 2017 5:59 pm
MRich wrote:
Thu Sep 28, 2017 5:44 pm
Tom Price apologizes for private-charter flights, pledges to pay nearly $52,000 to cover his share of the trips
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said Thursday that he would reimburse the government for a portion of the costs of his flights on charter planes in recent months, after coming under sharp criticism from members of both parties for the expensive practice.

“Today, I will write a personal check to the U.S. Treasury for the expenses of my travel on private charter planes. The taxpayers won’t pay a dime for my seat on those planes,” Price said in a statement, adding that he would no longer take private planes while serving as secretary. “No exceptions.”

An HHS official said Price would write a check for $51,887.31, which appears to cover the cost of his seat on chartered flights but not those of his staff. Politico, which first broke the story of Price’s repeated use of chartered jets, has estimated that the total cost of these trips exceeded $400,000.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/pow ... ferJs=true
Not that I have any real experience (except a Cessna 150 during my aborted attempt to get a pilot's license), but I was under the impression that airplanes were chartered/rented by the hour (fuel included), not by the seat.
I suspect they are, but the esteemed Secretary Price is paying for his proportionate share.



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Post by Kendra » Thu Sep 28, 2017 7:37 pm

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/2 ... 6?cmpid=sf
The White House approved the use of military aircraft for multi-national trips by Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price to Africa and Europe this spring, and to Asia in the summer, at a cost of more than $500,000 to taxpayers.

The overseas trips bring the total cost to taxpayers of Price’s travels to more than $1 million since May, according to a POLITICO review.

Price pledged on Thursday to reimburse the government for the cost of his own seat on his domestic trips using private aircraft — reportedly around $52,000 — but that would not include the cost of the military flights.

Price’s wife, Betty, accompanied him on the military flights, while other members of the secretary’s delegation flew commercially to Europe.

HHS spokeswoman Charmaine Yoest said Price has reimbursed the agency for the cost of his wife’s travel abroad, but declined to say when he did so. Price has been under intense criticism since POLITICO revealed his extensive use of charter aircraft for domestic flights last week. His travel expenditures are subject to reviews by the HHS inspector general and the House Oversight Committee. Democratic and Republican senators have also demanded information about Price’s travel expenditures.



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Post by Addie » Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:24 pm

Cross-posting

Price is out. Resigned.
WaPo: Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigns after criticism for taking charter flights at taxpayer expense
Adding:

Politico
Dear Mr. President:

It is an honor and privilege to serve you as the Secretary of Health and Human Services. Under your leadership, the Department is working aggressively to improve the health and well-being of all Americans. This includes working to reform a broken health care system, empower patients, reduce regulatory burdens, ensure global health security, and tackle clinical priorities such as the opioids epidemic, serious mental illness and childhood obesity.

I have spent forty years both as a doctor and public servant putting people first. I regret that the recent events have created a distraction from these important objectives.

Success on these issues is more important than any one person. In order for you to move forward without further disruption, I am officially tendering my resignation as the Secretary of Health and Human Services effective 11:59 PM on Friday, September 29, 2017.

You may rest assured that I will continue to support your critical priorities going ahead because failure is not an option for the American people.

Yours truly,

Thomas E. Price, M.D.


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Post by pipistrelle » Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:31 pm

Addie wrote:
Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:24 pm
Cross-posting

Price is out. Resigned.
WaPo: Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigns after criticism for taking charter flights at taxpayer expense
Yet, in the larger scheme, this is minor compared to other actions.



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Post by Addie » Sat Sep 30, 2017 7:21 am

ABC News
White House hits reset in search for Homeland Security chief: Sources

Two sources familiar with the process have told ABC News the search for Gen. John Kelly’s replacement as Department of Homeland Security secretary is currently back at “square one,” 68 days after President Trump announced Kelly would be coming on as his chief of staff.

President Trump told ABC News Friday that he would make his decision on a new secretary within a month.

The delay comes as DHS is wrestling with the massive response to the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, implementation of a new travel ban, rollback of the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program, as well as a host of national security and counter-terrorism priorities.

Trump today repeatedly stressed his satisfaction with the job being done by Acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke and FEMA administrator Brock Long. But sources say the administration is having a tough time finding a permanent nominee. There are currently no names at this point who are actively considered "contenders," the sources said.


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Post by Slim Cognito » Sat Sep 30, 2017 8:36 am

Addie wrote:
Sat Sep 30, 2017 7:21 am
ABC News
White House hits reset in search for Homeland Security chief: Sources

Two sources familiar with the process have told ABC News the search for Gen. John Kelly’s replacement as Department of Homeland Security secretary is currently back at “square one,” 68 days after President Trump announced Kelly would be coming on as his chief of staff.

President Trump told ABC News Friday that he would make his decision on a new secretary within a month.

The delay comes as DHS is wrestling with the massive response to the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, implementation of a new travel ban, rollback of the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program, as well as a host of national security and counter-terrorism priorities.

Trump today repeatedly stressed his satisfaction with the job being done by Acting DHS Secretary Elaine Duke and FEMA administrator Brock Long. But sources say the administration is having a tough time finding a permanent nominee. There are currently no names at this point who are actively considered "contenders," the sources said.
Wondering if that's because nobody worthy wants it.



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