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  • Trump labor board nominees advance in Senate

    07/19/2017 1:49:18 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 19, 2017 | Lydia Wheeler
    A Senate panel on Wednesday advanced the nominations of two lawyers picked by President Trump to fill the open seats on the National Labor Relations Board. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted 12-11 along party lines to send the nominations of Marvin Kaplan and William Emanuel to the floor for a full vote. Kaplan now serves as chief counsel for the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. Emanuel, an attorney with the law firm Littler Mendelson, works on labor and employment matters and has represented clients before the NLRB. With their nominations to the five-member board, Trump...
  • Tom Cotton Suggests Sergeant At Arms Should Force Dems To Vote On Trump Nominees

    01/31/2017 4:44:22 PM PST · by markomalley · 76 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/31/17 | Rachel Stolzfuss
    Republican Sen. Tom Cotton suggested Republicans should literally force Democrats to vote on President Trump’s nominees Tuesday, by ordering the sergeant at arms to “haul” them into the committee room.“I don’t know how long they plan to do this,” Cotton said on the Senate floor, after Democrats began a “boycott” of committee-level votes on several of Trump’s nominees. “I don’t know if they intend to abscond out of the District, if we’re going to have to vote to have the sergeant at arms track them down, haul them to work to do their business.”The sergeant at arms takes orders from the...
  • Democrats Boycott Confirmation Of Trump Nominees, Blocking Mnuchin, Price Votes

    01/31/2017 9:34:07 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 102 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 01/31/17 | Tyler Durden
    Full out war between Democrats and the White House broke out today when Senate Democrats on Tuesday refused to attend a committee vote on two President Trump’s more controversial nominees, effectively delaying their consideration. Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee boycotted votes to advance Tom Price, Trump’s pick to head the Department of Health and Human Services, and Steven Mnuchin, his selection to head the Treasury Department. Since at least one democrat must be on present for the vote to be held, the move will effectively delay and potentially prevent the confirmation votes on Mnuchin and Price. The duo is...
  • Donald Trump Says He Will Nominate a Supreme Court Justice Within 2 Weeks of Inauguration

    01/12/2017 7:26:47 AM PST · by GonzoII · 46 replies
    Time ^ | Jan. 11, 2017 | Mahita Gajanan
    Donald Trump expects to nominate a justice to fill the vacant seat on the Supreme Court within two weeks of his inauguration on Jan. 20, the President-elect said during a news conference on Wednesday. The nomination will likely come in the second week of his presidency, following inauguration celebrations, Trump said.
  • Byron York: On Capitol Hill, Trump wins Week One

    01/13/2017 1:42:55 PM PST · by ColdOne · 30 replies
    Washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 1/13/17 | Byron York
    This was supposed to be the week President-elect Trump's nominees endured tough grilling and determined opposition in Senate confirmation hearings. "Trump Cabinet picks face extreme vetting ahead of confirmation," USA Today reported last month, predicting that several Trump picks could face a very difficult time on Capitol Hill. Now Week One is ending, and the tough grilling mostly didn't materialize. And all of Trump's first week of nominees seem headed toward confirmation. Seven Trump picks — Attorney General-designate Jeff Sessions, Homeland Security Secretary-designate John Kelly, Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson, Transportation Secretary-designate Elaine Chao, Defense Secretary-designate James Mattis, Housing and...
  • Yes, Trump pick Monica Crowley has a plagiarism problem

    01/08/2017 2:53:03 PM PST · by Kaslin · 140 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | January 8, 2017 | JAZZ SHAW
    Monica Crowley was recently tapped as Donald Trump’s selection to be the Senior Director of Strategic Communications on the National Security Council. Unfortunately for her, former Buzzfeed researcher (now with CNN) Andrew Kaczynski has been digging into her 2012 best seller, What The (Bleep) Just Happened and has turned up multiple instances of obvious plagiarism. Crowley is a long time Fox News host and conservative columnist, so she was no neophyte when it comes to the rules of the road for journalists and authors. Trump is calling this essentially a political hit job, but it’s definitely a problem. (CNN) Conservative...
  • Ethics Office Warns Confirmations For Trump Nominees Are Moving Too Fast

    01/07/2017 12:47:23 PM PST · by Zakeet · 56 replies
    NPR ^ | January 7, 2017 | Jessica Taylor
    The Office of Government Ethics is raising alarm over the pace of confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump's nominees, saying Saturday that they have yet to receive required financial disclosures for some picks set to come before Congress next week. In a letter to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., released Saturday, OGE Director Walter Shaub wrote that "the announced hearing schedule for several nominees who have not completed the ethics review process is of great concern to me" and that the current schedule "has created undue pressure on OGE's staff and agency ethics officials...
  • Ability, not diversity, is key in Trump’s color-blind Cabinet

    12/27/2016 6:57:24 PM PST · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 27, 2017 | S.A. Miller
    A top adviser to Donald Trump on diversity issues is offering no apologies for the preponderance of white men filling the Cabinet and key jobs in the new administration, insisting that the lack of minorities reflected the president-elect’s color-blind approach to hiring decisions. Bruce Levell, who spearheaded a minority outreach effort for the Trump campaign and now serves as an adviser to the transition team, said that Mr. Trump isn’t looking to check off diversity boxes with his hiring decisions — and that’s OK with black and Hispanic Americans. “President-elect Trump doesn’t really so much look at the Cabinet and...
  • Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of Abu Ghraib Inmates Claiming War Crimes Violations

    06/27/2011 3:54:04 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 27, 2011 | Lee Ross
    Seven years after the release of shocking images of tortured prisoners in Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, the Supreme Court has turned back the appeal of 26 inmates from that infamous facility who wanted to sue two military contractors for damages. The military's official investigation revealed "numerous incidents of sadistic, blatant, and wanton criminal abuses" committed by military personnel and civilian contractors who provided support services at the prison. More than two dozen soldiers were reprimanded or court-martialed for their conduct. But those who were tortured want to sue two firms that hired the civilians who helped the military with...
  • No Deference Is Called For on Judicial Nominees

    02/19/2016 10:55:38 AM PST · by Twotone · 14 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | Feb. 19, 2016 | Andrew McCarthy
    I'm sorry that the crucial importance of Justice Scalia's now-vacant seat on the Supreme Court meant that the heated battle over filling it was already well underway while most of us, reeling from the profound loss, craved a respectable interval to console his loved ones and reflect on his epic legacy.
  • Surprise: Obama nominee for Office of Legal Counsel withdraws

    04/09/2010 4:58:44 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 11 replies · 467+ views
    Hot Air ^ | APRIL 8, 2010 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    We didn’t write much about her but lefty bloggers wrote plenty, and they shall not be pleased to learn that an ardent opponent of Bush’s counterterror apparatus somehow isn’t fit for high-level government work. With Justice Stevens and Stupak owning the weekend headlines, the timing for the White House was finally right: Ms. Johnsen, an Indiana University professor, was a strident critic of the Bush administration’s counterterrorism policies and the legal theories used to create them. Those views and her past work for a group that supports abortion rights led stiff opposition from Republicans and some Democrats. The opponents made...
  • State Department can't find emails of top Clinton IT staffer

    12/11/2015 2:13:19 PM PST · by TroutStalker · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/11/15 | Rachael Bade
    The State Department has told Senate investigators it cannot find backup copies of emails sent by Bryan Pagliano, the top Hillary Clinton IT staffer who maintained her email server but has asserted his Fifth Amendment right and refused to answer questions on the matter. State officials told the Senate Judiciary Committee in a recent closed-door meeting that they could not locate what’s known as a “.pst file” for Pagliano's work during Clinton's tenure, which would have included copies of the tech expert's emails, according to a letter Chairman Chuck Grassley sent to Secretary of State John Kerry that was obtained...
  • Alissa Starzak Can Explain Much More Than Alissa Starzak

    12/25/2014 10:20:27 PM PST · by Ray76 · 36 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | Dec 25, 2014 | Sundance
    When asked to explain my belief that Obama’s presidency was a construction created from approximately 10 years of pre-thought exquisitely planned detail, many people are puzzled by my reasoning. If you peel back the layers to the Milli Vanilli roadshow – what you will notice is the strategy of putting specific ideologies into the legal affairs offices of all the “non-political” constructs. The Pentagon office of legal counsel, for example, can handcuff the activity of the Pentagon with legal opinion in opposition to the traditional goals of the organization (See Jeh Johnson). Likewise the CIA office of legal counsel, can...
  • Obama’s nominee for Pentagon post implicated in alleged theft of CIA documents

    12/24/2014 7:01:50 AM PST · by maggief · 20 replies
    FOX News ^ | December 24, 2014 | Jake Gibson, James Rosen
    The Obama administration's nominee for a senior legal position at the Pentagon is one of the congressional staffers accused by Republicans and intelligence officials of stealing classified documents from the Central Intelligence Agency, Fox News has learned -- and the controversy could imperil her shot at a major career promotion. Sources on Capitol Hill and in the intelligence community say Alissa Starzak, a majority staffer on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) who has been nominated for the position of general counsel to the U.S. Army, is one of two SSCI employees accused by the panel's Republicans, and by...
  • Once Again, the Establishment Cries Foul Over a Stand for Principle

    12/28/2014 6:39:49 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    FreedomWorks ^ | December 18, 2014 | Josh Withrow
    The "CRomnibus" government funding bill passed handily last weekend, but not before Senators Lee and Cruz had their say. In a controversial move, the two senators managed to put their colleagues on record voting for or against funding President Obama's latest unconstitutional executive power grab. Many Republican senators, however, protest too much, claiming that Lee and Cruz may have allowed the Democrats to pass a number of executive nominees because of their insistence upon making their point. As the story goes, Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had promised to adjourn the Senate after passing the CRomnibus and a couple...
  • Liberal Groups Want Longer Lame Duck to Confirm Nominees

    12/03/2014 6:47:10 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Roll Call ^ | December 1, 2014 | Niels Lesniewski
    A coalition of largely liberal organizations has written a letter asking the Senate to extend the lame duck to allow as many of President Barack Obama’s nominees to win confirmation before Republicans take control of the chamber. The 33 signatories of the new letter include the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, the Communications Workers of America, the NAACP, the Natural Resources Defense Council and Public Citizen. The letter, sent Monday to Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., calls for prolonging the second session of the 113th Congress to help clear the...
  • Dems push parade of Obama nominees through Senate

    12/11/2013 5:48:45 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 11, 2013 3:30 AM EST | Alan Fram
    Democrats are ready to propel another one of President Barack Obama’s court picks through the Senate, now that outnumbered Republicans have less power to block the president’s nominees than they used to. The Democratic-led chamber planned Wednesday to consider Obama’s choice of Cornelia “Nina” Pillard to join the influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. That debate was allowed after senators voted 56-42 on Tuesday to end GOP delays that had prevented a vote on her confirmation. Her approval was expected in the next day or so. …
  • Obama Gives Senate One Day to Vet NLRB Nominees; Nuclear option deal provided little time

    07/22/2013 9:01:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | Bill McMorris
    President Barack Obama gave the Senate just one day to vet his new nominees to the National Labor Relations Board. The White House presented the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) with vetting documents for former AFL-CIO lawyer Nancy Schiffer and NLRB Democratic lawyer Kent Hirozawa on the eve of their confirmation hearing, according to Senate sources. Federal law mandates that NLRB nominees undergo tax, criminal, and conflict of interest background checks performed by the IRS, FBI, and Office of Government Ethics, respectively. The HELP committee rules require the White House to turn over vetting documents at...
  • Brennan's Spooky Swearing-In

    03/27/2013 5:41:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2013 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison. President Obama's choice to be Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) was approved by the Senate on a vote of 63-34, with thirteen Republicans voting to confirm him. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) created quite a stir with his 13-hour filibuster against the Brennan nomination. Not until he received written assurances from Attorney General Eric Holder that U.S. citizens would not be targeted for killing by drones on U.S. soil would the doughty Kentuckian stand down. Good for him. John Brennan then proceeded to take the Oath of Office, as administered by Vice...
  • Benghazi Smoking Gun Exposed--Obama lied, people died.

    05/06/2013 5:24:05 AM PDT · by SJackson · 59 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 6, 2013 | Arnold Ahlert
    New evidence reveals the Obama administration’s version of the events that took place in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 was based on a tissue of lies. The Weekly Standard’s Steven Hayes has obtained a timeline and a series of emails revealing the self-serving efforts made by administration officials, who heavily edited CIA talking points about the attack that cost four Americans, including ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, their lives. Also revealed is who made the changes and why they made them. The revelations are part of a report published by the five Republican Committee chairmen that has been largely dismissed...