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Iraq’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Fareed Yasseen?

Yasseen’s field of study was theoretical plasma physics, but by the 1990s he began to focus on human rights issues in Iraq as well. With a grant from the U.S. National Endowment for Democracy, he co-founded the Center for the Disappeared, a group dedicated to remembering victims of Hussein’s rule who were taken away by security forces and never seen again. In 2002, thanks to a $150,000 grant from the U.S. State Dept, they added a website and listed names of more than 10,000 missing Iraqis.   read more

Ambassador of Mexico to the United States: Who Is Gerónimo Gutiérrez?

At his confirmation hearing, Gutiérrez told the Mexican Senate: “During the recent [U.S.] election campaign our country was the subject of positions and actions that cannot be described but as contrary to the kind of relationship we want to build, a relationship of respect, and sometimes they were downright hostile and unacceptable. These positions and actions reflect…a clear ignorance of what Mexico is... But mostly they are contrary to the values that this nation has pushed for decades..."   read more

FCC Helping Big Media Companies as Rural TV Stations are Weakened

The FCC has quietly proposed reshaping a key way rural Americans stay informed – their local TV news – by stripping away most of the remaining regulations protecting local influence over local news broadcasting. Companies like Sinclair can get even bigger, and can centralize the production of what should be local news broadcasts in faraway places, leaving rural residents served by Sinclair to have a harder time finding their own communities represented in broadcast news.   read more

Ambassador of Swaziland to the United States: Who Is Njabuliso Gwebu?

Njabuliso Busisiwe Sikhulile Gwebu is a sister-in-law of King Mswati, as she is a sister of Queen Inkhosikati LaNgangaza, who is the King’s fourth wife. Gwebu was serving as ambassador and permanent delegate to the U.N. Offices in Geneva, Switzerland, when she was picked for the U.S. post. In addition to the U.S., Gwebu is the accredited, non-resident ambassador to four other Western Hemisphere countries: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, and Venezuela.   read more

Morocco’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Lalla Joumala Alaoui?

Lalla Joumala served for a time as an executive at Bank Al Maghrib, but turned her focus to diplomacy in the late 1990s. She served briefly as an attaché at Morocco’s mission to the UN in New York, and led her country’s delegation to the UN session on HIV/AIDS. Lalla Joumala founded the Moroccan-British Society, promoting improved relations between the two countries, in 2003. She later took over as ambassador to the United Kingdom, where she served until being tapped for the U.S. post.   read more

Ambassador of Togo to the United States: Who Is Frédéric Hegbe?

Presenting his credentials to President Trump in April 2017, Hegbe expressed his country’s desire to work with the U.S. in the context of the African Growth Opportunity Act and the Millennium Challenge Corp, perhaps not knowing that Trump intends to cut foreign aid substantially. Hegbe has served as chargé d’affaires at Togo’s embassy in Washington since 1993, including a stint as interim chief of mission. He also worked for the State Dept’s Foreign Service Institute, where he taught French.   read more

Undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis: Who Is Dave Glawe?

No sooner did Glawe take over as DHS acting undersecretary in January than he found himself forced to defend President Trump’s proposed travel ban on Muslims from seven nations. Then came the leak of a report, created under his direction, from the Office of Intelligence and Analysis that disagreed with the premise of Trump’s travel ban that citizens of the seven countries posed a special threat. Trump officials emphasized that the report was a draft and not final.   read more

Qatar’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Meshal bin Hamad Al-Thani?

In June, shortly after Al-Thani’s arrival in Washington as Qatar's ambassador, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain moved to sever relations with Qatar, supposedly for financing terrorism. President Trump tweeted his support for the action, leaving Al-Thani, whose country hosts the largest U.S. military base in the Middle East, puzzled. “It’s unfortunate to see these tweets,” Al-Thani said. “We have close coordination with the U.S. They know our efforts to combat...terrorism.”   read more

Ambassador of the U.S. to New Zealand and Samoa: Who Is Scott Brown?

After 10 years as a male model and seven years of law practice, Brown entered politics when he was elected to several city positions in Wrentham, Mass. He later served multiple terms as a Republican in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. In 2010, Brown shocked the political world by winning a special election to fill the remainder of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s unfinished term, after Kennedy died. Brown lasted only two years in the Senate before losing his seat to Elizabeth Warren in 2012.   read more

U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See: Who Is Callista Gingrich?

In 1995, Gingrich became a clerk for the House Agriculture Committee. Two years earlier she had begun an affair with the man who would become her husband. Newt Gingrich remained married to his second wife, Marianne, until 1999. Callista and Newt were married in 2000. Callista continued to work for the Agriculture Committee until 2007, when she became president of Gingrich Productions, the couple’s multimedia production company that has produced films that feature them.   read more

Ambassador of the U.S. to the Bahamas: Who is Doug Manchester?

President Trump says the next U.S. ambassador to the Bahamas will be a rich, ultraconservative real estate developer and hotel owner who became a media figure, fathered a large family, and opposes same-sex marriage as an affront to “traditional” marriage but divorced his wife to marry a much younger woman from the former Soviet bloc…just like Trump. This Trump doppelganger is Doug Manchester, who contributed heavily to Trump’s presidential campaign and is now being rewarded with the nomination.   read more

U.S. Ambassador to Singapore: Who Is K.T. McFarland?

McFarland worked as a Fox News commentator on national security issues for seven years, and claimed on the air that waterboarding is not torture and is worth doing. She advocated U.S. war with Iran and argued that Putin deserved the Nobel Peace Prize. Days after Trump was elected president, she declared she would be a “foot soldier for the Trump revolution.” Though she hadn't worked in government for more than 30 years, Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, chose her as his deputy.   read more

Is it Time to Cancel the F-35 Fighter Jet?

The F-35 program is nearly a decade behind schedule, has failed to meet many of its original requirements and become the most expensive defense program in world history--around $1.5 trillion before its 2070 phase-out. The cost per plane, above $100 million, is twice what was promised. And yet, the U.S. is still throwing money at it, arguing that just because taxpayers have flushed more than $100 billion down the proverbial toilet, we must continue to throw billions more down that same toilet.   read more

Employers on Verge of Takeover of National Labor Relations Board

Once the Senate confirms President Trump's board nominees, Republicans will control it for the first time since 2007. The likely candidates suggest the board will be much friendlier to business interests under the Trump administration and will probably overturn many Obama-era precedents that favored unions. But it could go further and roll back pro-union decisions dating back decades. This could be devastating to unions and nothing short of the end of the labor movement could be at stake.   read more

Director of the Office of Personnel Management: Who Is George Nesterczuk?

At OPM, Nesterczuk once worked to implement NSPS, a Heritage Foundation-inspired pay-for-performance system making it easier to install political appointees to civil service jobs and circumvent union protections. The president of the National Federation of Federal Employees now says of Nesterczuk: “I sincerely hope [his] nomination [to lead OPM]...is not the start of NSPS 2.0, although I fear it might be. ...I think it’s safe to say we are likely to have some philosophical differences with him.”   read more

Chief Operating Officer of the Armed Forces Retirement Home: Who Is Timothy Kangas?

Kangas worked for the State of Michigan for over 20 years in different positions, including 9 years as a combat medic in the Michigan Army National Guard; service as Trauma Coordinator, where he led efforts to create Michigan’s first statewide all-inclusive trauma system; and as Regional Healthcare Administrator for the Michigan Department of Corrections. He also served a one year stint in Iraq as an advisor to a Provisional Reconstruction Team for the State Department in 2007-2008.   read more
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Iraq’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Fareed Yasseen?

Yasseen’s field of study was theoretical plasma physics, but by the 1990s he began to focus on human rights issues in Iraq as well. With a grant from the U.S. National Endowment for Democracy, he co-founded the Center for the Disappeared, a group dedicated to remembering victims of Hussein’s rule who were taken away by security forces and never seen again. In 2002, thanks to a $150,000 grant from the U.S. State Dept, they added a website and listed names of more than 10,000 missing Iraqis.   read more

Ambassador of Mexico to the United States: Who Is Gerónimo Gutiérrez?

At his confirmation hearing, Gutiérrez told the Mexican Senate: “During the recent [U.S.] election campaign our country was the subject of positions and actions that cannot be described but as contrary to the kind of relationship we want to build, a relationship of respect, and sometimes they were downright hostile and unacceptable. These positions and actions reflect…a clear ignorance of what Mexico is... But mostly they are contrary to the values that this nation has pushed for decades..."   read more

FCC Helping Big Media Companies as Rural TV Stations are Weakened

The FCC has quietly proposed reshaping a key way rural Americans stay informed – their local TV news – by stripping away most of the remaining regulations protecting local influence over local news broadcasting. Companies like Sinclair can get even bigger, and can centralize the production of what should be local news broadcasts in faraway places, leaving rural residents served by Sinclair to have a harder time finding their own communities represented in broadcast news.   read more

Ambassador of Swaziland to the United States: Who Is Njabuliso Gwebu?

Njabuliso Busisiwe Sikhulile Gwebu is a sister-in-law of King Mswati, as she is a sister of Queen Inkhosikati LaNgangaza, who is the King’s fourth wife. Gwebu was serving as ambassador and permanent delegate to the U.N. Offices in Geneva, Switzerland, when she was picked for the U.S. post. In addition to the U.S., Gwebu is the accredited, non-resident ambassador to four other Western Hemisphere countries: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, and Venezuela.   read more

Morocco’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Lalla Joumala Alaoui?

Lalla Joumala served for a time as an executive at Bank Al Maghrib, but turned her focus to diplomacy in the late 1990s. She served briefly as an attaché at Morocco’s mission to the UN in New York, and led her country’s delegation to the UN session on HIV/AIDS. Lalla Joumala founded the Moroccan-British Society, promoting improved relations between the two countries, in 2003. She later took over as ambassador to the United Kingdom, where she served until being tapped for the U.S. post.   read more

Ambassador of Togo to the United States: Who Is Frédéric Hegbe?

Presenting his credentials to President Trump in April 2017, Hegbe expressed his country’s desire to work with the U.S. in the context of the African Growth Opportunity Act and the Millennium Challenge Corp, perhaps not knowing that Trump intends to cut foreign aid substantially. Hegbe has served as chargé d’affaires at Togo’s embassy in Washington since 1993, including a stint as interim chief of mission. He also worked for the State Dept’s Foreign Service Institute, where he taught French.   read more

Undersecretary for Intelligence and Analysis: Who Is Dave Glawe?

No sooner did Glawe take over as DHS acting undersecretary in January than he found himself forced to defend President Trump’s proposed travel ban on Muslims from seven nations. Then came the leak of a report, created under his direction, from the Office of Intelligence and Analysis that disagreed with the premise of Trump’s travel ban that citizens of the seven countries posed a special threat. Trump officials emphasized that the report was a draft and not final.   read more

Qatar’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Meshal bin Hamad Al-Thani?

In June, shortly after Al-Thani’s arrival in Washington as Qatar's ambassador, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain moved to sever relations with Qatar, supposedly for financing terrorism. President Trump tweeted his support for the action, leaving Al-Thani, whose country hosts the largest U.S. military base in the Middle East, puzzled. “It’s unfortunate to see these tweets,” Al-Thani said. “We have close coordination with the U.S. They know our efforts to combat...terrorism.”   read more

Ambassador of the U.S. to New Zealand and Samoa: Who Is Scott Brown?

After 10 years as a male model and seven years of law practice, Brown entered politics when he was elected to several city positions in Wrentham, Mass. He later served multiple terms as a Republican in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. In 2010, Brown shocked the political world by winning a special election to fill the remainder of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s unfinished term, after Kennedy died. Brown lasted only two years in the Senate before losing his seat to Elizabeth Warren in 2012.   read more

U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See: Who Is Callista Gingrich?

In 1995, Gingrich became a clerk for the House Agriculture Committee. Two years earlier she had begun an affair with the man who would become her husband. Newt Gingrich remained married to his second wife, Marianne, until 1999. Callista and Newt were married in 2000. Callista continued to work for the Agriculture Committee until 2007, when she became president of Gingrich Productions, the couple’s multimedia production company that has produced films that feature them.   read more

Ambassador of the U.S. to the Bahamas: Who is Doug Manchester?

President Trump says the next U.S. ambassador to the Bahamas will be a rich, ultraconservative real estate developer and hotel owner who became a media figure, fathered a large family, and opposes same-sex marriage as an affront to “traditional” marriage but divorced his wife to marry a much younger woman from the former Soviet bloc…just like Trump. This Trump doppelganger is Doug Manchester, who contributed heavily to Trump’s presidential campaign and is now being rewarded with the nomination.   read more

U.S. Ambassador to Singapore: Who Is K.T. McFarland?

McFarland worked as a Fox News commentator on national security issues for seven years, and claimed on the air that waterboarding is not torture and is worth doing. She advocated U.S. war with Iran and argued that Putin deserved the Nobel Peace Prize. Days after Trump was elected president, she declared she would be a “foot soldier for the Trump revolution.” Though she hadn't worked in government for more than 30 years, Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, chose her as his deputy.   read more

Is it Time to Cancel the F-35 Fighter Jet?

The F-35 program is nearly a decade behind schedule, has failed to meet many of its original requirements and become the most expensive defense program in world history--around $1.5 trillion before its 2070 phase-out. The cost per plane, above $100 million, is twice what was promised. And yet, the U.S. is still throwing money at it, arguing that just because taxpayers have flushed more than $100 billion down the proverbial toilet, we must continue to throw billions more down that same toilet.   read more

Employers on Verge of Takeover of National Labor Relations Board

Once the Senate confirms President Trump's board nominees, Republicans will control it for the first time since 2007. The likely candidates suggest the board will be much friendlier to business interests under the Trump administration and will probably overturn many Obama-era precedents that favored unions. But it could go further and roll back pro-union decisions dating back decades. This could be devastating to unions and nothing short of the end of the labor movement could be at stake.   read more

Director of the Office of Personnel Management: Who Is George Nesterczuk?

At OPM, Nesterczuk once worked to implement NSPS, a Heritage Foundation-inspired pay-for-performance system making it easier to install political appointees to civil service jobs and circumvent union protections. The president of the National Federation of Federal Employees now says of Nesterczuk: “I sincerely hope [his] nomination [to lead OPM]...is not the start of NSPS 2.0, although I fear it might be. ...I think it’s safe to say we are likely to have some philosophical differences with him.”   read more

Chief Operating Officer of the Armed Forces Retirement Home: Who Is Timothy Kangas?

Kangas worked for the State of Michigan for over 20 years in different positions, including 9 years as a combat medic in the Michigan Army National Guard; service as Trauma Coordinator, where he led efforts to create Michigan’s first statewide all-inclusive trauma system; and as Regional Healthcare Administrator for the Michigan Department of Corrections. He also served a one year stint in Iraq as an advisor to a Provisional Reconstruction Team for the State Department in 2007-2008.   read more
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