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Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Elaine Chao
Elaine Chao

Senate Approves Chao To Lead Transportation Department

The Senate voted 93 to 6 to confirm Elaine Chao as head of the U.S. Transportation Department, which overseas aviation, vehicle, train, and pipeline safety. Chao, a former U.S. labor secretary and deputy transportation secretary, will face key decisions on how to regulate the growing use of drones and automakers’ plans to offer self-driving cars.

January 31, 2017
Chao, Transportation Secretary

U.S. Transportation Nominee Chao Sails Through Confirmation Hearing

While there is criticism of Chao, in particular on environmental issues, there is no significant opposition to her nomination and she is expected to be confirmed.

January 11, 2017
Trump, McConnell

How Trump And McConnell Are Manipulating The Media

With six different confirmation hearings stacked on the same day, on top of Trump’s press conference, it’s impossible for the media to provide the information people need. And that’s the point — it appears to be a deliberate effort to manipulate both the press and the public.

January 6, 2017
Elaine Chao, Transportation Secretary

Family’s Shipping Company A Big Problem For Transportation Pick

Elaine Chao’s family owns ships flagged abroad, a way to avoid U.S. taxes and higher labor costs. But one of Chao’s missions at the Transportation Department will be to press American-owned ships to fly the U.S. flag.

December 13, 2016
health care

Trumpism Looks Like Mainstream Conservatism — So Far

In Trump’s picks for economic and domestic policymaking jobs, there’s a consistent underlying thread. Most of them could have been nominated by any GOP nominee. There’s nary a populist among them — not even the conservative kind.

December 8, 2016
Steve Mnuchin, evictor, forecloser, and our new Treasury Secretary

A Goldman Sachs Banker and A Billionaire Tapped For Economic Posts

The flurry of picks showed Trump, a real estate tycoon with no governing experience, rewarding loyalists and established Washington veterans as he rounds out his circle of top advisers.

November 30, 2016
Elaine Chao picked for Transportation Secretary

Washington Insider Elaine Chao Picked For Transportation Secretary

Although Trump spoke on the campaign trail about wanting to “drain the swamp” in Washington, more than half of Trump’s nine key appointments so far have been accomplished Washington insiders, such as Chao.

November 29, 2016

Weekend Reader: ‘The Cynic: The Political Education of Mitch McConnell’

McConnell has a reputation as a bullish politician on the campaign trail, but has he finally met his match?

October 11, 2014