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WaPo: DHS official whose office compiled ‘intelligence reports’ on journalists and protesters has been removed from his job


A senior Department of Homeland Security official whose office compiled “intelligence reports” about journalists and protesters in Portland, Ore., has been removed from his job, according to three people familiar with the matter.

Brian Murphy, the acting undersecretary for intelligence and analysis, was reassigned to a new position elsewhere in the department, the people said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss a personnel matter.

Murphy’s removal follows revelations in The Washington Post that the Intelligence & Analysis Office (I & A) at DHS compiled Open Source Intelligence Reports about the work of two journalists who had published leaked department documents. In a separate intelligence report, the office also analyzed the communications of protesters in Portland.

The acting secretary of homeland security, Chad Wolf, ordered I & A to stop collecting information on journalists after The Post article was published on Thursday.
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Note how often it's "acting" blah, blah, blah.

We don't have a working federal government.
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There's an argument floating around that Wolf's "acting" position is illegal.

Among the things a Democratic Congress needs to fix is the loopholes in FVRA.
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Addie wrote:
Sat Aug 01, 2020 11:29 am
WaPo: DHS official whose office compiled ‘intelligence reports’ on journalists and protesters has been removed from his job


A senior Department of Homeland Security official whose office compiled “intelligence reports” about journalists and protesters in Portland, Ore., has been removed from his job, according to three people familiar with the matter.

Brian Murphy, the acting undersecretary for intelligence and analysis, was reassigned to a new position elsewhere in the department, the people said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss a personnel matter.

Murphy’s removal follows revelations in The Washington Post that the Intelligence & Analysis Office (I & A) at DHS compiled Open Source Intelligence Reports about the work of two journalists who had published leaked department documents. In a separate intelligence report, the office also analyzed the communications of protesters in Portland.

The acting secretary of homeland security, Chad Wolf, ordered I & A to stop collecting information on journalists after The Post article was published on Thursday.
Translation= after I & A got caught.
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bob wrote:
Sat Aug 01, 2020 1:17 pm
There's an argument floating around that Wolf's "acting" position is illegal.

Among the things a Democratic Congress needs to fix is the loopholes in FVRA.
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Business Insider: Economists are fleeing the Trump administration. That's a worrying sign for Trump and the future of the country.


An exodus of senior officials from a presidential administration toward the end of a term is not an uncommon phenomenon. The officials have put in their time. They have tried to contribute to better policy (at least, in their view). So it is time for them to move on.

But to see several senior economists leave the Trump administration during the past few weeks is extremely unsettling— especially in these fraught times. Tomas Philipson, who had been the Acting Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), left at the end of June — allegedly because of too many clashes with the politicos — to return to the University of Chicago. Because the CEA was already down to only two of the mandated three members there is now a single CEA member: Tyler Goodspeed, who now has the position of Acting Chair.

Kevin Hassett — who had been Philipson's predecessor as CEA Chair — returned to the Trump administration as an unpaid senior advisor earlier this year, but he has departed. Andrew Olmem, deputy director of the National Economic Council (which is separate from the CEA), left in mid-June; although he has been replaced, this is not a good time to be seeing turnover. Bimal Patel, a senior Treasury Official responsible for financial institutions, departed in early July.

This slew of departures—even with some replacements—leaves the Trump administration bereft of trained economics expertise and continuity in the job.

The history of economists and presidential administrations extends back at least to the 1930s, when Rex Tugwell, Adolf Berle, and Gardiner Means were advisors to Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal policies. The economics-advising role was formalized by the Employment Act of 1946, which created the CEA as a formal Executive Branch agency.
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Associated Press: Trump fires TVA chair, cites hiring of foreign workers


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday that he had fired the chair of the Tennessee Valley Authority, criticizing the federal-owned corporation for hiring foreign workers.

Trump told reporters at the White House that he was formally removing chair Skip Thompson and another member of the board, and he threatened to remove other board members if they continued to hire foreign labor.

The TVA is a federally owned corporation created in 1933 to provide flood control, electricity generation, fertilizer manufacturing and economic development to the Tennessee Valley, a region that was hard hit by the Great Depression. The region covers most of Tennessee and parts of Alabama, Mississippi and Kentucky as well as small sections of Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.

He also said the TVA board must immediately hire a new chief executive officer who “puts the interests of Americans first.” According to Trump, the CEO, Jeff Lyash, earns $8 million a year.
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Associated Press: Trump loyalist Anthony Tata gets Defense post as Senate nomination stalls


WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are condemning President Donald Trump’s appointing of a staunch loyalist to a senior Pentagon job after it became clear that getting the retired general confirmed to a higher post would be difficult if not impossible.

Trump appointed retired Brig. Gen. Anthony Tata to a job performing the duties of the deputy undersecretary for defense policy, amid ongoing furor over offensive remarks Tata made, including about Islam. Last week the Senate canceled a hearing on Tata’s nomination to become defense undersecretary for policy, the third-highest civilian post at the Pentagon.

Tata, who also has been a Fox News commentator, withdrew his name from consideration for the undersecretary job over the weekend, and was then appointed by Trump to serve in the deputy’s post.

According to media reports, Tata posted tweets in 2018 calling Islam the “most oppressive violent religion I know of,” and he called former President Barack Obama a “terrorist leader” and referred to him as Muslim. The tweets were later taken down.

“It’s hard to see how Gen. Tata can do an effective job given the serious questions raised by both parties during a closed executive session of the Armed Services Committee last week, and Gen. Tata’s many incorrect and divisive public commentary.” said Sen., Jack Reed of Rhode Island, the ranking Democrat on the committee.
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https://www.politico.com/news/2020/08/0 ... nds-390972
Merritt Corrigan, the deputy White House liaison at the U.S. Agency for International Development, is leaving the agency after a short and tumultuous tenure marred by calls for her removal over controversial comments she had made on LGBT rights, according to two USAID officials and another person familiar with the matter.

Late Monday morning, Corrigan unlocked her previously private Twitter account and unleashed six tweets blasting USAID, congressional Democrats and the media.

In tweets unusual even for an administration that has been marked by constant personnel shakeups and palace intrigue, she said she would be holding a news conference on Thursday that would include two far-right purveyors of conspiracy theories, Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman, to “discuss the rampant anti-Christian sentiment at USAID.” She also said she had “watched with horror this week as USAID distributed taxpayer funded documents claiming ‘we cannot tell someone’s sex or gender by looking at them’ and that not calling oneself ‘cis-gendered’ is a microagression[.] I’m not cis-anything. I’m a woman.”
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ABC News: In another twist, State Dept.'s acting inspector general resigns amid Pompeo probes


After fewer than three months on the job, the State Department's acting inspector general has resigned in another major shake-up of the watchdog office, ABC News has confirmed.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had the previous inspector general fired in May, calling him a "bad actor" amid probes into Pompeo and other department leaders.

Stephen Akard, a longtime aide to Vice President Mike Pence, became acting IG in May after Steve Linick, a career civil servant, was fired.

Akard "has announced he is returning to the private sector after years of public service. We appreciate his dedication to the Department and to our country," a State Department spokesperson told ABC News Wednesday.
Adding:
New York Times: Another Inspector General Resigns Amid Questions About Pompeo ...

The department gave no explanation for the departure of Mr. Akard, an ally of Vice President Mike Pence. A department spokeswoman said Mr. Akard, who is from Indiana, would be “returning to the private sector,” and the deputy inspector general, Diana R. Shaw, would take over as acting inspector general.
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US Iran Envoy Brian Hook Stepping Down, to Be Replaced by Elliott Abrams
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August 06, 2020 02:38 PM

U.S. Iran envoy Brian Hook is leaving his post and U.S. Venezuela envoy Elliott Abrams will add Iran to his role "following a transition period" with Hook, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday.

Hook's departure comes as the United Nations Security Council prepares to vote next week on a U.S. bid to extend an international arms embargo on Iran. Some diplomats have said the measure lacks support.

Pompeo did not give a reason for Hook's decision to leave. It was not immediately clear when Hook would finish, but the announcement comes at a crucial time for U.S. diplomacy on Iran.

If the United States is unsuccessful in extending the arms embargo on Iran, it has threatened to trigger a return of all U.N. sanctions under a process - known as snapback - agreed in the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.

Some diplomats have suggested the United States will likely start the snapback process, which could take up to 30 days, by the end of August.

Abrams, a Republican foreign policy veteran, was named U.S. special representative for Venezuela in January of last year and has led a hardline approach aimed at ousting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

U.S. officials have said privately that President Donald Trump has been frustrated by the failure to remove Maduro, who retains the support of the Venezuelan military, as well from Russia, China, Cuba and Iran.


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Cross-posting
Salon: "Friday Night Massacre" at US Postal Service: Postmaster General boots top brass ahead of election

The Postmaster General — a major Trump donor — suddenly ousted the Postal Service's top officials
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CNN: Trump adds coronavirus adviser who echoes his unscientific claims


(CNN) Moments before President Donald Trump entered the room for his recently reinstated daily coronavirus briefing Monday, three aides preceded him: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, budget chief Russell Vought and a new face.
"Wait, by the way, the gentlemen -- you know everybody ... This is Scott Atlas. Do you know that?" Trump asked.

The man Trump was pointing to was Dr. Scott Atlas, a fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution who frequently appears on Fox News and has advised Republicans in the past. And crucially, unlike the government's medical experts who have advised Trump until now, has adopted a public stance on the virus much closer to Trump's -- including decrying the idea that schools cannot reopen this fall as "hysteria" and pushing for the resumption of college sports.

Several months into the pandemic sweeping the nation, Atlas made his debut in the briefing room with a new title: adviser to the President.
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Mark Esper reportedly out as defense secretary after fall election ...

Esper angered Trump last month, according to The New York Times, by breaking publicly with him over whether active-duty military troops should be sent to control protests in American cities.

At the same time, Democrats are condemning Trump’s appointing of a staunch loyalist to a senior Pentagon job after it became clear that getting the retired general confirmed to a higher post would be difficult if not impossible.

Trump appointed retired Brig. Gen. Anthony Tata to a job performing the duties of the deputy undersecretary for defense policy, amid ongoing furor about offensive remarks Tata made, including about Islam. Last week the Senate canceled a hearing on Tata’s nomination to become defense undersecretary for policy, the third-highest civilian post at the Pentagon.

Tata, who also has been a Fox News commentator, withdrew his name from consideration for the undersecretary job over the weekend and was then appointed by Trump to serve in the deputy’s post.

The Pentagon in a statement said Tata, who had been working as an adviser to Esper, “looks forward to continuing to help implement the president’s national security agenda.”
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Whitehouse.gov: President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate and Appoint Individuals to Key Administration Posts
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Who wants a job when it's only going to last for 5 months, tops?
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ZekeB wrote:
Thu Aug 13, 2020 7:57 am
Who wants a job when it's only going to last for 5 months, tops?
It's relative. Five months working for the Biden Campaign - one helluva resume point.

Five months working for trump? "The period between Aug 2020 and Jan 2021 is blank because I was in jail, I SWEAR!"
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Slim Cognito wrote:
Thu Aug 13, 2020 8:18 am
ZekeB wrote:
Thu Aug 13, 2020 7:57 am
Who wants a job when it's only going to last for 5 months, tops?
It's relative. Five months working for the Biden Campaign - one helluva resume point.

Five months working for trump? "The period between Aug 2020 and Jan 2021 is blank because I was in jail, I SWEAR!"
Or in the style of the classic joke, The period between Aug 2020 and Jan 2021 I was working as a hooker (because less embarrassing than admitting working for Trump)
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ArthurWankspittle wrote:
Thu Aug 13, 2020 12:26 pm
Slim Cognito wrote:
Thu Aug 13, 2020 8:18 am
ZekeB wrote:
Thu Aug 13, 2020 7:57 am
Who wants a job when it's only going to last for 5 months, tops?
It's relative. Five months working for the Biden Campaign - one helluva resume point.

Five months working for trump? "The period between Aug 2020 and Jan 2021 is blank because I was in jail, I SWEAR!"
Or in the style of the classic joke, The period between Aug 2020 and Jan 2021 I was working as a hooker (because less embarrassing than admitting working for Trump)
Typically when we'd ask a fellow service member what he was going to do when he got out of the military, his response would be, "I'm going to <insert typical gay sex act here> for a few months until I get some of my self-respect back."
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CNN: Trump goes after FBI director Wray, whom he appointed, and issues warning to Barr
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BREAKING: Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf (and Ken Cucinelli) are ineligible to be serving in their current roles because they were appointed illegally, the GAO rules.

he ruling is based on the botched handoff to Wolf's predecessor, Kevin Mcaleenan, thus making Wolf's appointment also unlawful. This ruling is going to boost some legal groups making the same arguments: https://nationaljournal.com/s/708747/le ... g-dhs-head

"We are referring the matter to the Inspector General of DHS for review. Any additional actions as a result of this legal decision would be up to the DHS Inspector General and the Congress," says Shirley Jones, GAO Managing Associate General Counsel
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The GAO is referring the matter to the DHS IG, whose boss is ... the Acting DHS Secretary who is squatting in that office. :roll:

This administration has shown no respect for the IG community, so nothing will come of this. Even if it wasn't an election year and the House did impeach the Acting Secretary, the Senate wouldn't convict, and everyone knows that.
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same in NYT
Top Homeland Security Officials Are Serving Illegally, G.A.O. Says
The acting secretary of homeland security, Chad F. Wolf, and his deputy, Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, were appointed to their posts in violation of federal law, Congress’s watchdog determined.

By Michael D. Shear
Aug. 14, 2020 Updated 12:50 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s top two officials at the Department of Homeland Security are illegally serving in their positions, with appointments that violated the laws governing who can fill Senate-confirmed positions, according to a report released Friday by the Government Accountability Office.

Chad F. Wolf, the acting secretary of homeland security, and Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, his deputy at the sprawling agency, are serving in violation of the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, which lays out specific orders of succession when senior officials resign, according to the G.A.O., Congress’s nonpartisan watchdog.

The report said the improper appointments began after Kirstjen Nielsen was forced out of office as the department’s secretary in April 2019.

“Because the incorrect official assumed the title of acting secretary at that time, subsequent amendments to the order of succession made by that official were invalid,” the Government Accountability Office said on Friday. The agency said that Mr. Wolf and Mr. Cuccinelli “are serving under an invalid order of succession.”

The report follows a similar finding in March by a federal judge, who ruled that Mr. Cuccinelli’s appointment violated federal law and that two policies he put in place while he served in the position should be nullified.

“Cuccinelli’s appointment fails to comply with the F.V.R.A. for a more fundamental and clear-cut reason,” the judge, Randolph D. Moss of the United States District Court in Washington, said in his ruling.

The Government Accountability Office does not have the ability to enforce its findings on the Trump administration, which has repeatedly defended its appointments of Mr. Wolf and Mr. Cuccinelli. In a statement, the watchdog said that it was referring the issue to the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general and to Congress, which could try to force their removals.


https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/14/us/p ... l-gao.html

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Politico: CDC's chief of staff, deputy chief of staff jointly depart

A pair of senior Trump appointees departed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Friday, a change at an agency that’s been heavily scrutinized for its response to the coronavirus.

Kyle McGowan, the CDC’s chief of staff, and Amanda Campbell, the deputy chief of staff, both announced their departures in emails to colleagues on Friday morning. In an interview, McGowan said that the pair were starting a new consulting venture and that he wasn't aware of other pending departures from CDC.

“We picked this day on the calendar and left to start our own business,” McGowan said. “No one has asked us to leave. No one has forced us to leave.”

McGowan and Campbell were two of the handful of Trump appointees currently at CDC, which employs more than 20,000 staff and contractors around the globe.
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A couple of business men that see the writing on the wall and want to get started as long as the field is not crowded :)

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