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Ben Carson

#EndorseThis: In Storms’ Wake, Can America Rely On Ben Carson? Don’t Ask

With thousands of federal workers engaged in ongoing rescue and recovery efforts in Florida, Texas, and across the region battered by recent hurricanes, Americans will soon be looking to Washington for vital assistance in rebuilding – as provided by government after hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. But much of that hope resides in the Department of […]

September 13, 2017
Danziger

Danziger: When Billionaires Grovel

Jeff Danziger’s award-winning drawings are published by more than 600 newspapers and websites. He has been a cartoonist for theRutland Herald, the New York Daily News and the Christian Science Monitor; his work has appeared in newspapers from theWall Street Journal to Le Monde and Izvestia. Represented by the Washington Post Writers Group, he is a recipient of […]

June 14, 2017
Cabinet Picks

Was Trump Cabinet’s Loyalty Ritual Funny — Or Scary?

To the Wall Street billionaires, politicians, and captains of industry who surround the president, loyalty equates with obsequious, sycophantic praise for Trump himself.

June 13, 2017
Danziger on Mattis and global warming

Danziger: The Perfectly Sane ‘Mad Dog’

Next to all the unqualified and unappetizing kooks in the Trump cabinet, Secretary of Defense James Mattis is eminently level-headed and, as Danziger notes, he understands that the most frightening threat to national security is not China or even Russia, but climate change.

March 21, 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
Seth Meyers takes a closer look at Trump cabinet confirmation process

#EndorseThis: A Closer Look At Trump Cabinet Vetting

Trump cabinet vetting seems particularly weak, as Late Night host Seth Meyers notes, in a case like Rick Perry, who will take over the Energy Department and its responsibility for our nuclear arsenal — despite his “C” grades in high school physics and chemistry.

January 11, 2017
Sessions, Immigration, Racism

Sessions Takes On Racism Charges, Favors Special Prosecutor For Any Clinton Probe

Sessions was responding to questions at a sometimes rowdy Senate confirmation hearing, the first in a series of hearings this week for Republican President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees. “End racism Stop Sessions” and “End hate Stop Sessions” read some of the signs carried by protesters.

January 10, 2017
Schumer, Trump Nominees, Ethics, Vetting

Top Senate Democrat Says Trump’s Nominees Need ‘Thorough’ Vetting

Schumer said Trump’s nominees, many of whom have extensive business backgrounds at companies such as Exxon Mobil Corp and Goldman Sachs, should be carefully scrutinized to be sure they avoid conflicts of interest. He also confirmed that some of Trump’s nominees have not completed a review process conducted by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics.

January 9, 2017
Ross, Trump, Billionaire Cabinet

Trump’s Billionaire-Loaded Cabinet Will Face Ethics Test

While the president and vice president are largely exempt from government ethics rules, President-elect Donald Trump’s proposed Cabinet isn’t.

December 19, 2016
Rick Perry, Energy Department, Trump Cabinet

Why In The World Would Trump Tap Perry To Be Energy Secretary?

Rick Perry has zero expertise or experience for the job he’s being handed, but he has beaucoup of both for the “job” he’s actually being empowered to do on the American people and our environment.

December 14, 2016
Tillerson, ExxonMobil, Russia, Secretary Of State

Trump Nominates Pro-Russian Oil Tycoon For Secretary Of State

Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has no traditional experience in diplomacy after working for ExxonMobil for nearly three decades. There are also serious questions about the oil executive’s relations with Russia.

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
Emperor Trump, Conspiracy theorist in chief

Emperor Trump Reveals His Populist Charade

As America’s working stiffs know, if you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu. And now we know what Augustus Trumpus will be serving. Trump’s no populist, he’s a full-time corporatist.

December 8, 2016
Trump Tower

Trump And His Real-Life Billionaire Cabinet

A desire to fix any billionaire deficit may account for Trump’s decision to stock his administration with real-life tycoons. The way it works is that they cut him into their deals and he lets them influence tax and regulatory laws. This assumes that Trump might participate in such an unseemly trade, heaven forfend.

December 5, 2016
Mnuchin Treasure Secretary

Trump’s Treasury Secretary Pick Is A Very ‘Lucky’ Man

Steve Mnuchin was born into a family of Wall Street royalty, and he has made a career out of being “lucky.” In fact, Mnuchin has a long history of coming out ahead, even in questionable deals.

December 5, 2016
Trump richest cabinet

Trump To Preside Over The Richest Cabinet In U.S. History

Dwight Eisenhower surrounded himself in the White House with such wealthy individuals that his Cabinet was mockingly referred to as “nine millionaires and a plumber.” President-elect Donald Trump is about to do him one better.

December 2, 2016
Gen. James Mattis, ret., selected as Defense Secretary

Trump Will Nominate Retired Marine Corps General Mattis for Pentagon

Mattis would be the first former U.S. general to become defense secretary since George C. Marshall took the job in 1950.

December 1, 2016
Video: Scarborough pained by Rudy Giuliani antics

#EndorseThis: Morning Joe Groans As Giuliani Crusades To Win State Job

Rudy Giuliani’s self-serving bluster is so cringeworthy that MSNBC host Joe Scarborough literally groaned in pain at his latest antics.

November 28, 2016
Cartoon: Romney's blinding smile awes Giuliani in SecState Battle

Cartoon: Romney Or Giuliani?

Romney’s blinding smile shocks and awes grim Giuliani in struggle to become Trump’s secretary of state.

November 25, 2016
Cartoon: General Flynn wants to bomb Chappaqua

Cartoon: General Flynn To Be Security Adviser

The excitable Michael Flynn, a retired general and former intelligence official, will serve as Trump’s national security adviser.

November 19, 2016
Mike Flynn offered National Security Adviser post in Trump cabinet

Report: National Security Advisor Post Offered To Trump Loyalist Michael Flynn

Flynn’s appearances on Russia’s government-run broadcaster RT, particularly at a gala last year attended by President Vladimir Putin, have also raised eyebrows in military circles.

November 17, 2016