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Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality: Who Is Kathleen Hartnett White?

At the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a right-wing group funded largely by fossil fuel interests and pro-corporate groups, White has specialized in denying the conclusions reached by about 97% of climate scientists worldwide. In her zeal to defend fossil fuels, White has claimed that “Fossil fuels dissolved the economic justification for slavery.” At TECQ, she voted to approve a new coal plant despite a prior court ruling that the pollution controls for the proposal would not work.   read more

Assistant Secretary for Verification and Compliance: Who Is Yleem Poblete?

Poblete is known for pushing tough sanctions on Cuba, and being strongly against President Obama’s liberalization of relations with the island. She is also an advocate of more sanctions on Iran and came out against Obama’s nuclear deal with the country. Poblete bears a close enough resemblance to former Alaska Governor and Vice-Presidential nominee Sarah Palin that Poblete was mistaken for Palin and hounded by autograph seekers at the 2008 GOP Convention.   read more

Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration: Who Is Raymond Martinez?

Martinez worked for three successive GOP presidential campaigns—Bob Dole’s in 1996 and George W. Bush’s in 2000 and 2004. While deputy chief of protocol in the State Dept, Martinez was asked to testify to New York’s senate about New York state's move to issue driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. Despite studies showing doing so makes roads safer, Martinez blasted the practice. “It’s a complete surrender that I believe makes New York and the U.S. less secure,” he said.   read more

United States Ambassador to Niger: Who Is Eric Whitaker?

Whitaker’s first assignment was as a vice consul in the embassy in Seoul, South Korea, in 1990. He subsequently served in Sudan and Uganda before landing in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as an economic/commercial officer. In 2007, he was sent to Baghdad as an embedded provincial reconstruction team leader. In 2008, Whitaker had his first assignment to Niger when he was made deputy chief of mission in the embassy in Niamey, also serving there as chargé d’affaires.   read more

Director of the United States Mint: Who Is David J. Ryder?

Despite his relatively brief tenure as director of the Mint in the 1990s, Ryder continued to be active in Mint-related affairs. As spokesman for Save the Greenback, he actively opposed a GOP plan to replace one-dollar bills with coins. Ryder also took over as founding president of Secure Products, maker of anti-counterfeiting systems. The company was later sold to Honeywell, but Ryder remained as global business manager for what was now the company’s authentication technology group until 2017.   read more

Secret 1984 Surveillance Memo to Remain Secret

Judge Cooper backed the government on its withholding of a 1984 memo that purportedly details the constitutionality of an NSA surveillance program. In his ruling, Cooper wrote, "This is a quintessential example of the sort of document that falls within the attorney-client privilege: advice from an attorney (head of OLC) to his client (attorney general and, subsequently, NSA) concerning the legal aspects of the client’s contemplated actions and based on [client's] confidential information..."   read more

United States Ambassador to Lesotho: Who Is Rebecca Eliza Gonzales?

In 2004, Gonzales served as post management officer in the Bureau of Near East Affairs. In 2006, she was sent to the U.S. embassy in Botswana as a management officer. She moved to Pretoria, South Africa, in 2010 as deputy management counselor. Gonzales was back in Washington in 2013, first as deputy executive director in the Bureau of Near East Affairs, and then in 2016 as chief of staff in the Bureau of Administration, a post she held at the time of her nomination.   read more

Director of the Indian Health Service: Who Is Robert Weaver?

President Trump has nominated an insurance broker to lead the Indian Health Service, an agency usually overseen by medical professionals because it is a provider of health services. The nominee, Robert Weaver, published a 2017 paper that criticized the Affordable Care Act, while lauding its benefits for Native Americans that he urged be kept. He said that "health insurance will improve for Americans in general under the replacement plan.” Of course, no such plan had been published at that time.   read more

U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg: Who Is Randy Evans?

A generous donor to the GOP, Evans became a senior advisor to Newt Gingrich’s unsuccessful 2012 presidential campaign. Evans used his relationship with Gingrich as a launch pad for both his political and legal career. Gingrich hired Evans as his outside counsel to represent him in several ethics investigations, which culminated in the House formally reprimanding Gingrich and ordering him to pay a $300,000 penalty, which lead to his resignation as Speaker of the House..   read more

Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy: Who Was Tom Marino?

Marino withdrew as nominee for "drug czar" right after a news report detailed his efforts to pass a 2016 law, at the behest of pharmaceutical interests, that made it harder to stop sales of addictive drugs by manufacturers and pharmacies. The report also disclosed his efforts to silence one of the law's critics. AlterNet's Philip Smith wrote: “Marino will be the sort of drug czar who is tough on Colombian peasant farmers, but not so tough on major U.S. pharmaceutical opioid manufacturers.”   read more

Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology: Who Is Walter Copan?

Copan is a leading expert in the commercialization of technology who says his top priority is to implement the Cybersecurity Framework, an effort led by NIST to improve network security across federal agencies as well as industry. He will have to defend NIST’s budget ($962 million for FY2017), which Trump has proposed to cut by 24%, including a 13% cut to its seven research labs and an 86% cut to its industrial technology services program.   read more

Director of the Office of Public and Indian Housing: Who Is Hunter Kurtz?

In 2006, Kurtz took his first job related to housing, serving as special assistant to Assistant HUD Secretary for Community Planning and Development Pamela Patenaude. He then served as special assistant to the deputy chief of staff at HUD and as policy advisor in HUD’s Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations. Kurtz later left federal service to work for the City of Detroit, which had been taken over by state government due to the city’s financial problems.   read more

In 9 Months, Trump has Bombed to Death more Civilians than Obama Did in 8 Years

At Trump's campaign rallies he pledged to “bomb the hell” out of the Islamic State. He openly mused about killing the families of terrorists, a blatant violation of the Geneva Conventions. Ten months into his presidency, alarming trends have emerged. An intense focus on destroying ISIS elements may be overriding the competing priority of protecting civilians. Because Trump has scaled back civilian oversight and delegated authority to colonels, the likely result is higher casualties.   read more

U.S. Ambassador to Denmark: Who Is Carla Sands?

Sands gave big to Trump’s presidential campaign and inaugural, and hosted a Trump fundraiser at her Bel Air mansion, where donors paid up to $449,000 per plate to dine with Trump. A former star of the movie "Deathstalker and the Warriors from Hell," Sands is the widow of real estate tycoon Fred Sands, who once called Trump “a joke," adding that "he likes the publicity because that’s how he lives. He’s not really a real-estate guy. He licenses his name and surrounds himself with publicity.”   read more

Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein: Who Is Suzi LeVine?

LeVine was co-founder and board chair for the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, and worked at Microsoft as director of strategic partnerships, working with students, school leaders, and educators to promote the advantages of teaching tech skills using Microsoft products. As ambassador, LeVine became interested in the Swiss dual education system, which emphasizes vocational apprenticeships for many students, and began advocating its adaptation to the U.S.   read more

Republican Plan to Eliminate Estate Tax for Super-Wealthy Could Hurt Charities

Just one out of 500 estates left by people with at least $5.5 million to their name – or couples with more than $11 million – get taxed today. Still, if Congress were to end the estate tax, as the Trump administration and Republican lawmakers propose, the government might miss those funds. What’s more, nonprofits could see their budgets pinched by a decline in giving. The question is, do fewer multimillionaires write charities into their wills when this incentive goes away?   read more
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Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality: Who Is Kathleen Hartnett White?

At the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a right-wing group funded largely by fossil fuel interests and pro-corporate groups, White has specialized in denying the conclusions reached by about 97% of climate scientists worldwide. In her zeal to defend fossil fuels, White has claimed that “Fossil fuels dissolved the economic justification for slavery.” At TECQ, she voted to approve a new coal plant despite a prior court ruling that the pollution controls for the proposal would not work.   read more

Assistant Secretary for Verification and Compliance: Who Is Yleem Poblete?

Poblete is known for pushing tough sanctions on Cuba, and being strongly against President Obama’s liberalization of relations with the island. She is also an advocate of more sanctions on Iran and came out against Obama’s nuclear deal with the country. Poblete bears a close enough resemblance to former Alaska Governor and Vice-Presidential nominee Sarah Palin that Poblete was mistaken for Palin and hounded by autograph seekers at the 2008 GOP Convention.   read more

Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration: Who Is Raymond Martinez?

Martinez worked for three successive GOP presidential campaigns—Bob Dole’s in 1996 and George W. Bush’s in 2000 and 2004. While deputy chief of protocol in the State Dept, Martinez was asked to testify to New York’s senate about New York state's move to issue driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. Despite studies showing doing so makes roads safer, Martinez blasted the practice. “It’s a complete surrender that I believe makes New York and the U.S. less secure,” he said.   read more

United States Ambassador to Niger: Who Is Eric Whitaker?

Whitaker’s first assignment was as a vice consul in the embassy in Seoul, South Korea, in 1990. He subsequently served in Sudan and Uganda before landing in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as an economic/commercial officer. In 2007, he was sent to Baghdad as an embedded provincial reconstruction team leader. In 2008, Whitaker had his first assignment to Niger when he was made deputy chief of mission in the embassy in Niamey, also serving there as chargé d’affaires.   read more

Director of the United States Mint: Who Is David J. Ryder?

Despite his relatively brief tenure as director of the Mint in the 1990s, Ryder continued to be active in Mint-related affairs. As spokesman for Save the Greenback, he actively opposed a GOP plan to replace one-dollar bills with coins. Ryder also took over as founding president of Secure Products, maker of anti-counterfeiting systems. The company was later sold to Honeywell, but Ryder remained as global business manager for what was now the company’s authentication technology group until 2017.   read more

Secret 1984 Surveillance Memo to Remain Secret

Judge Cooper backed the government on its withholding of a 1984 memo that purportedly details the constitutionality of an NSA surveillance program. In his ruling, Cooper wrote, "This is a quintessential example of the sort of document that falls within the attorney-client privilege: advice from an attorney (head of OLC) to his client (attorney general and, subsequently, NSA) concerning the legal aspects of the client’s contemplated actions and based on [client's] confidential information..."   read more

United States Ambassador to Lesotho: Who Is Rebecca Eliza Gonzales?

In 2004, Gonzales served as post management officer in the Bureau of Near East Affairs. In 2006, she was sent to the U.S. embassy in Botswana as a management officer. She moved to Pretoria, South Africa, in 2010 as deputy management counselor. Gonzales was back in Washington in 2013, first as deputy executive director in the Bureau of Near East Affairs, and then in 2016 as chief of staff in the Bureau of Administration, a post she held at the time of her nomination.   read more

Director of the Indian Health Service: Who Is Robert Weaver?

President Trump has nominated an insurance broker to lead the Indian Health Service, an agency usually overseen by medical professionals because it is a provider of health services. The nominee, Robert Weaver, published a 2017 paper that criticized the Affordable Care Act, while lauding its benefits for Native Americans that he urged be kept. He said that "health insurance will improve for Americans in general under the replacement plan.” Of course, no such plan had been published at that time.   read more

U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg: Who Is Randy Evans?

A generous donor to the GOP, Evans became a senior advisor to Newt Gingrich’s unsuccessful 2012 presidential campaign. Evans used his relationship with Gingrich as a launch pad for both his political and legal career. Gingrich hired Evans as his outside counsel to represent him in several ethics investigations, which culminated in the House formally reprimanding Gingrich and ordering him to pay a $300,000 penalty, which lead to his resignation as Speaker of the House..   read more

Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy: Who Was Tom Marino?

Marino withdrew as nominee for "drug czar" right after a news report detailed his efforts to pass a 2016 law, at the behest of pharmaceutical interests, that made it harder to stop sales of addictive drugs by manufacturers and pharmacies. The report also disclosed his efforts to silence one of the law's critics. AlterNet's Philip Smith wrote: “Marino will be the sort of drug czar who is tough on Colombian peasant farmers, but not so tough on major U.S. pharmaceutical opioid manufacturers.”   read more

Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology: Who Is Walter Copan?

Copan is a leading expert in the commercialization of technology who says his top priority is to implement the Cybersecurity Framework, an effort led by NIST to improve network security across federal agencies as well as industry. He will have to defend NIST’s budget ($962 million for FY2017), which Trump has proposed to cut by 24%, including a 13% cut to its seven research labs and an 86% cut to its industrial technology services program.   read more

Director of the Office of Public and Indian Housing: Who Is Hunter Kurtz?

In 2006, Kurtz took his first job related to housing, serving as special assistant to Assistant HUD Secretary for Community Planning and Development Pamela Patenaude. He then served as special assistant to the deputy chief of staff at HUD and as policy advisor in HUD’s Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations. Kurtz later left federal service to work for the City of Detroit, which had been taken over by state government due to the city’s financial problems.   read more

In 9 Months, Trump has Bombed to Death more Civilians than Obama Did in 8 Years

At Trump's campaign rallies he pledged to “bomb the hell” out of the Islamic State. He openly mused about killing the families of terrorists, a blatant violation of the Geneva Conventions. Ten months into his presidency, alarming trends have emerged. An intense focus on destroying ISIS elements may be overriding the competing priority of protecting civilians. Because Trump has scaled back civilian oversight and delegated authority to colonels, the likely result is higher casualties.   read more

U.S. Ambassador to Denmark: Who Is Carla Sands?

Sands gave big to Trump’s presidential campaign and inaugural, and hosted a Trump fundraiser at her Bel Air mansion, where donors paid up to $449,000 per plate to dine with Trump. A former star of the movie "Deathstalker and the Warriors from Hell," Sands is the widow of real estate tycoon Fred Sands, who once called Trump “a joke," adding that "he likes the publicity because that’s how he lives. He’s not really a real-estate guy. He licenses his name and surrounds himself with publicity.”   read more

Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein: Who Is Suzi LeVine?

LeVine was co-founder and board chair for the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, and worked at Microsoft as director of strategic partnerships, working with students, school leaders, and educators to promote the advantages of teaching tech skills using Microsoft products. As ambassador, LeVine became interested in the Swiss dual education system, which emphasizes vocational apprenticeships for many students, and began advocating its adaptation to the U.S.   read more

Republican Plan to Eliminate Estate Tax for Super-Wealthy Could Hurt Charities

Just one out of 500 estates left by people with at least $5.5 million to their name – or couples with more than $11 million – get taxed today. Still, if Congress were to end the estate tax, as the Trump administration and Republican lawmakers propose, the government might miss those funds. What’s more, nonprofits could see their budgets pinched by a decline in giving. The question is, do fewer multimillionaires write charities into their wills when this incentive goes away?   read more
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