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The Myth of Widespread Voter Fraud

A panel of experts at the Ninth Circuit’s judicial conference agreed on one thing: the type of voter fraud President Trump claims is widespread in the U.S. is virtually nonexistent. Four Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to V.P. Mike Pence asking him to remove Kris Kobach as vice chair of the commission. They said his request for voter rolls replete with sensitive voter information was rife with privacy concerns. The also argued the data request will more likely be used for voter suppression.   read more

United States Ambassador to Guatemala: Who Is Luis Arreaga?

In 2008, as director of recruitment, examination and employment, Arreaga presided over the largest intake of Foreign Service officers in State Dept history. He was first made an ambassador in 2010, as the envoy to Iceland. In 2011, he was confronted by the Icelandic government when U.S. officials subpoenaed a member of the country’s parliament in the WikiLeaks controversy. On the whole, his tenure was positive, even getting to watch “Game of Thrones” being filmed in the rocky country.   read more

Ambassador from United Arab Emirates to the U.S.: Who Is Yousef Al Otaiba?

The UAE diplomat known as “the most charming man in Washington,” and a close friend of presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner, lost some of his magic recently, following release of emails that link him to a major international fraud, suggest that UAE coordinates closely with Israel, and reveal blunt criticism of President Trump. Otaiba has been a forceful voice against Iran, the Arab Spring movement, and neighboring Qatar, which the UAE royal family recently accused of supporting terrorism.   read more

CEO of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak): Who Is Richard H. Anderson?

The new head of Amtrak comes from one of train travel’s biggest competitors: the airline industry. The job may prove to be a challenge for Richard Anderson: in May President Trump proposed ending $630 million in subsidies for Amtrak’s long-distance train service, which comes to 45% of the $1.4 billion the government spends on Amtrak each year. Like Amtrak's outgoing CEO, Charles Moorman, Anderson has agreed to work for a “token sum.” He retired as CEO of Delta Airlines in May 2016.   read more

United States Ambassador to Sierra Leone: Who Is Maria Brewer?

In Washington, Brewer has served as special assistant to the assistant secretary of administration and then special assistant to the undersecretary for management and in the Bureau of African Affairs executive office as the supervisory post management officer. Brewer’s most recent overseas assignment was as deputy chief of mission and chargé d’affaires in Lagos. She returned to Washington in 2016 as deputy director for career development and assignments in the Bureau of Human Resources.   read more

Surgeon General of the United States: Who Is Jerome Adams?

Adams hadn't been on the job long as Indiana's health commissioner when he had to deal with a crisis--an outbreak of HIV, caused by drug users sharing needles. He had to overcome then-Gov. Mike Pence’s opposition to needle exchange programs to slow the spread of disease. “No matter how uncomfortable syringe service programs make us, they are proven to save lives, both by preventing the spread of diseases...and by connecting people to treatment...” Adams wrote.   read more

United States Ambassador to Portugal: Who Is George Glass?

A major donor to Trump’s presidential campaign, Glass was repaid for his generosity by being nominated to the ambassadorship. He originally supported Jeb Bush in the most recent presidential contest, giving him $2,700 in 2015. He was a bigger donor to Trump, giving Trump Victory $77,500, as well as $22,500 to Trump’s scaled-down inaugural and $33,400 to the RNC during the last cycle. He has also contributed tens of thousands of dollars to numerous state Republican parties.   read more

Albuquerque Police Scramble to Hide Spying Details

“The city needs to stop stonewalling and disclose information about how it collects and uses cell phone data," said ACLU's Peter Simonson. “If APD is using Stingrays to snoop into people’s private information...[we] need to ensure that protections are in place to prevent these powerful tools from being misused or abused.” The Albuquerque Police Dept has been under federal investigation for years, and court-appointed monitoring, for excessive force and police killings.   read more

Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation: Who Is James Clinger?

As acting associate attorney general in the G.W. Bush administration, Clinger signed the refusal to give Congress a memo by Jay Bybee, head of the Office of Legal Counsel, justifying the use of torture, and a presidential order to bypass U.S. law by authorizing the use of secret overseas CIA prisons for interrogations. Clinger has long been chief counsel for the House Financial Services Committee and was found to have accepted free trips from those the committee was supposed to be regulating.   read more

Micronesia’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Akillino Susaia?

Susaia is no stranger to the United States. In Hawaii in April 2008, he served as consul general, representing the interests of the large number of Micronesians who lived there. Susaia was sworn in as Micronesia's first resident ambassador to China on March 26, 2010, with additional responsibility for Thailand, Vietnam and, in 2013, South Korea. He served in Beijing until 2015, when he ran an unsuccessful campaign for governor of Pohnpei, losing to Marcelo Peterson 53%-47%.   read more

Comptroller of the Currency: Who Is Joseph Otting?

Otting was CEO of One West Bank, found to have improperly foreclosed on homeowners. “The president’s choice for watchdog of America’s largest banks is someone who signed a consent order—over shady foreclosure practices—with the very agency he’s been selected to run. If Mr. Otting didn’t deal fairly with the customers at his own bank, it’s difficult to see why he’s the best choice to look out for the interests of customers at more than 1,400 banks...across the country,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown.   read more

Trump's "Voter Fraud Panel" Runs into Legal Problems

The Brennan Center says Kobach has long supported voter-suppression efforts and that Trump's election commission, of which Kobach is vice chair, is not authorized to compel voter information from states. To date, 44 states have refused to comply with the request, with some secretaries of state saying that compliance would only pay lip service to Trump’s already debunked claims of large-scale voter fraud. The NAACP has called the commission’s letters illegal and a threat to democracy.   read more

Honduras’ Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Marlon Tábora?

In January 2010, Tábora took over as vice minister of the presidency and chief of staff to Honduran President Porfirio Lobo, after serving as an advisor to his presidential campaign. Five months later, Tábora moved to Washington to serve as senior counselor at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), which finances development in Latin America. In 2013 he was made IDB’s alternate executive director for Central America and Belize and was named coordinator of the government’s economic cabinet.   read more

Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): Who Is Christopher Wray?

As asst attorney general (AG) working under then-Deputy AG James Comey, Wray briefed AG John Ashcroft about the investigation into the G.W. Bush administration’s leaking of Valerie Plame’s status as a CIA agent. Wray, along with Comey and FBI Director Robert Mueller, threatened to resign when the Bush administration attempted to revive an NSA domestic surveillance program that DOJ had found to be illegal. Wray also recently represented New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during the Bridgegate trial.   read more

President of the U.S. Institute of Peace: Who Is Nancy Lindborg?

Lindborg, in 2010, became assistant administrator of the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance at USAID. She led efforts to mitigate suffering during the Syria crisis, the droughts in Sahel and Horn of Africa, the Arab Spring, the Ebola response and other crises. She remained there until joining the Institute of Peace. In March 2017, Lindborg testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee decrying cuts in the foreign aid budget proposed by President Trump.   read more

Spain’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Pedro Morenés?

Morenés entered government in 1996 as Spain's secretary of state for defense, and in 2000 was named secretary of state for security. In 2010 he was named general director of the MBDA missile company. He also served on the board of defense contractor Instalaza which made, among other things, cluster bombs. When Spain banned cluster bombs in 2008, Morenés and Instalza sought compensation from the Spanish government because the company could no longer manufacture the banned devices.   read more
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The Myth of Widespread Voter Fraud

A panel of experts at the Ninth Circuit’s judicial conference agreed on one thing: the type of voter fraud President Trump claims is widespread in the U.S. is virtually nonexistent. Four Democratic lawmakers sent a letter to V.P. Mike Pence asking him to remove Kris Kobach as vice chair of the commission. They said his request for voter rolls replete with sensitive voter information was rife with privacy concerns. The also argued the data request will more likely be used for voter suppression.   read more

United States Ambassador to Guatemala: Who Is Luis Arreaga?

In 2008, as director of recruitment, examination and employment, Arreaga presided over the largest intake of Foreign Service officers in State Dept history. He was first made an ambassador in 2010, as the envoy to Iceland. In 2011, he was confronted by the Icelandic government when U.S. officials subpoenaed a member of the country’s parliament in the WikiLeaks controversy. On the whole, his tenure was positive, even getting to watch “Game of Thrones” being filmed in the rocky country.   read more

Ambassador from United Arab Emirates to the U.S.: Who Is Yousef Al Otaiba?

The UAE diplomat known as “the most charming man in Washington,” and a close friend of presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner, lost some of his magic recently, following release of emails that link him to a major international fraud, suggest that UAE coordinates closely with Israel, and reveal blunt criticism of President Trump. Otaiba has been a forceful voice against Iran, the Arab Spring movement, and neighboring Qatar, which the UAE royal family recently accused of supporting terrorism.   read more

CEO of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak): Who Is Richard H. Anderson?

The new head of Amtrak comes from one of train travel’s biggest competitors: the airline industry. The job may prove to be a challenge for Richard Anderson: in May President Trump proposed ending $630 million in subsidies for Amtrak’s long-distance train service, which comes to 45% of the $1.4 billion the government spends on Amtrak each year. Like Amtrak's outgoing CEO, Charles Moorman, Anderson has agreed to work for a “token sum.” He retired as CEO of Delta Airlines in May 2016.   read more

United States Ambassador to Sierra Leone: Who Is Maria Brewer?

In Washington, Brewer has served as special assistant to the assistant secretary of administration and then special assistant to the undersecretary for management and in the Bureau of African Affairs executive office as the supervisory post management officer. Brewer’s most recent overseas assignment was as deputy chief of mission and chargé d’affaires in Lagos. She returned to Washington in 2016 as deputy director for career development and assignments in the Bureau of Human Resources.   read more

Surgeon General of the United States: Who Is Jerome Adams?

Adams hadn't been on the job long as Indiana's health commissioner when he had to deal with a crisis--an outbreak of HIV, caused by drug users sharing needles. He had to overcome then-Gov. Mike Pence’s opposition to needle exchange programs to slow the spread of disease. “No matter how uncomfortable syringe service programs make us, they are proven to save lives, both by preventing the spread of diseases...and by connecting people to treatment...” Adams wrote.   read more

United States Ambassador to Portugal: Who Is George Glass?

A major donor to Trump’s presidential campaign, Glass was repaid for his generosity by being nominated to the ambassadorship. He originally supported Jeb Bush in the most recent presidential contest, giving him $2,700 in 2015. He was a bigger donor to Trump, giving Trump Victory $77,500, as well as $22,500 to Trump’s scaled-down inaugural and $33,400 to the RNC during the last cycle. He has also contributed tens of thousands of dollars to numerous state Republican parties.   read more

Albuquerque Police Scramble to Hide Spying Details

“The city needs to stop stonewalling and disclose information about how it collects and uses cell phone data," said ACLU's Peter Simonson. “If APD is using Stingrays to snoop into people’s private information...[we] need to ensure that protections are in place to prevent these powerful tools from being misused or abused.” The Albuquerque Police Dept has been under federal investigation for years, and court-appointed monitoring, for excessive force and police killings.   read more

Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation: Who Is James Clinger?

As acting associate attorney general in the G.W. Bush administration, Clinger signed the refusal to give Congress a memo by Jay Bybee, head of the Office of Legal Counsel, justifying the use of torture, and a presidential order to bypass U.S. law by authorizing the use of secret overseas CIA prisons for interrogations. Clinger has long been chief counsel for the House Financial Services Committee and was found to have accepted free trips from those the committee was supposed to be regulating.   read more

Micronesia’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Akillino Susaia?

Susaia is no stranger to the United States. In Hawaii in April 2008, he served as consul general, representing the interests of the large number of Micronesians who lived there. Susaia was sworn in as Micronesia's first resident ambassador to China on March 26, 2010, with additional responsibility for Thailand, Vietnam and, in 2013, South Korea. He served in Beijing until 2015, when he ran an unsuccessful campaign for governor of Pohnpei, losing to Marcelo Peterson 53%-47%.   read more

Comptroller of the Currency: Who Is Joseph Otting?

Otting was CEO of One West Bank, found to have improperly foreclosed on homeowners. “The president’s choice for watchdog of America’s largest banks is someone who signed a consent order—over shady foreclosure practices—with the very agency he’s been selected to run. If Mr. Otting didn’t deal fairly with the customers at his own bank, it’s difficult to see why he’s the best choice to look out for the interests of customers at more than 1,400 banks...across the country,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown.   read more

Trump's "Voter Fraud Panel" Runs into Legal Problems

The Brennan Center says Kobach has long supported voter-suppression efforts and that Trump's election commission, of which Kobach is vice chair, is not authorized to compel voter information from states. To date, 44 states have refused to comply with the request, with some secretaries of state saying that compliance would only pay lip service to Trump’s already debunked claims of large-scale voter fraud. The NAACP has called the commission’s letters illegal and a threat to democracy.   read more

Honduras’ Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Marlon Tábora?

In January 2010, Tábora took over as vice minister of the presidency and chief of staff to Honduran President Porfirio Lobo, after serving as an advisor to his presidential campaign. Five months later, Tábora moved to Washington to serve as senior counselor at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), which finances development in Latin America. In 2013 he was made IDB’s alternate executive director for Central America and Belize and was named coordinator of the government’s economic cabinet.   read more

Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): Who Is Christopher Wray?

As asst attorney general (AG) working under then-Deputy AG James Comey, Wray briefed AG John Ashcroft about the investigation into the G.W. Bush administration’s leaking of Valerie Plame’s status as a CIA agent. Wray, along with Comey and FBI Director Robert Mueller, threatened to resign when the Bush administration attempted to revive an NSA domestic surveillance program that DOJ had found to be illegal. Wray also recently represented New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during the Bridgegate trial.   read more

President of the U.S. Institute of Peace: Who Is Nancy Lindborg?

Lindborg, in 2010, became assistant administrator of the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance at USAID. She led efforts to mitigate suffering during the Syria crisis, the droughts in Sahel and Horn of Africa, the Arab Spring, the Ebola response and other crises. She remained there until joining the Institute of Peace. In March 2017, Lindborg testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee decrying cuts in the foreign aid budget proposed by President Trump.   read more

Spain’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Pedro Morenés?

Morenés entered government in 1996 as Spain's secretary of state for defense, and in 2000 was named secretary of state for security. In 2010 he was named general director of the MBDA missile company. He also served on the board of defense contractor Instalaza which made, among other things, cluster bombs. When Spain banned cluster bombs in 2008, Morenés and Instalza sought compensation from the Spanish government because the company could no longer manufacture the banned devices.   read more
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