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  • el jefe
  • asleep till 2020 or 2024
Re: Trumpocalypse
Reply #4925
sorry if this has been mentioned already, but it was a revelation to me

apparently, gorsuch's mom was head of the EPA under reagan.  someone remarked that she was widely viewed as an industry shill. ...  also, she resigned in disgrace during some scandal.  the clip pbs newshour had of the congressional hearings showed a young al gore questioning her.  ...  I am guessing all of this informed (neil) gorsuch's views on climate change, and that, if you could ever get him to open up, you'd get a purple - faced tirade about the global warming hoax.

also also, (Neil) gorsuch is downright hostile to the chevron doctrine, a precedent that gave the executive deference where there is ambiguity in the statutory authority to write regulations.  this precedent happens to play a crucial role in the justification for the clean power plan, obama's carbon regulations, which are legally in limbo and possibly moribund.

trump might as well have nominated pruitt to the supreme court as well.

  • Doobie Keebler
  • Ridiculous Callipygous
Re: Trumpocalypse
Reply #4926
I was just half paying attention to the hearing and I did hear someone ask him about the chevron doctrine and didn't pay attention to the answer the time.

Mostly because I hadn't the slightest idea what it was until you just explained it. Now I wish I had listened.
"I'm over 70 and have never seen such , arrogance, incompetence and Ill -intentions as this President and his aids."    The Dotard     (posted 12 days after his 68th birthday)

  • el jefe
  • asleep till 2020 or 2024
Re: Trumpocalypse
Reply #4927
I didn't catch his answer at the hearing, but he has written in the past that he thinks the chevron ruling is wrong

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  • osmanthus
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Re: Trumpocalypse
Reply #4929
You don't need to fill the vacancy anyway. It's been vacant for yonks, so obviously nobody gives a shit.
Truth is out of style

  • SkepticTank
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Re: Trumpocalypse
Reply #4930
You don't need to fill the vacancy anyway. It's been vacant for yonks, so obviously nobody gives a shit.

Except when the party in power wants to fill it.

  • osmanthus
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Re: Trumpocalypse
Reply #4931
You need to simplify this shit. Just have one judge, and make it a political appointment after every election.
Truth is out of style

Re: Trumpocalypse
Reply #4932
You need to simplify this shit. Just have one judge, and make it a political appointment after every election.
or three and every new president gets to appoint a replacement for the first selected among the group.
Love is like a magic penny
 if you hold it tight you won't have any
if you give it away you'll have so many
they'll be rolling all over the floor

  • ravenscape
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Re: Trumpocalypse
Reply #4933

Re: Trumpocalypse
Reply #4934


We are doomed.

(Former highly successful SoS's Powell and Rice recommended this guy because he hired their consulting firm lmao)

Re: Trumpocalypse
Reply #4935
WHO ARE THE REAL SEXISTS NOW

  • ravenscape
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Re: Trumpocalypse
Reply #4936


I kinda feel like this

:maxine:

Don't be jerking me around.

  • nesb
Re: Trumpocalypse
Reply #4937
So is Ivanka going to be running Trump's businesses from the West Wing? That seems next level brazenly corrupt.

  • nesb
Re: Trumpocalypse
Reply #4938
Okay, according to this, she just has a "stake in the Trump Organization":

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All of this has raised eyebrows about what, exactly, Ivanka Trump's role is and whether it is appropriate for a First Daughter, who still retains ownership of an active fashion empire and a stake in the Trump Organization, to be sitting in on official meetings with foreign leaders and working on administration policy.
-http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/03/ivanka-trump-west-wing

I'm not totally sure what that entails, but I have my doubts that policy is going to be made that puts American interests, above those of the Trump Organization, and Ivana's own businesses.

Re: Trumpocalypse
Reply #4939
https://theintercept.com/2017/03/21/revolving-door-military/
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Donald Trump Is Filling Top Pentagon and Homeland Security Positions With Defense Contractors
Lee Fang
2017-03-21T18:30:46+00:00

President Donald Trump has weaponized the revolving door by appointing defense contractors and their lobbyists to key government positions as he seeks to rapidly expand the military budget and homeland security programs.

Two Department of Homeland Security appointments Trump announced Tuesday morning are perfect examples.

Benjamin Cassidy, installed by Trump as assistant secretary for legislative affairs, previously worked as a senior executive at Boeing's international business sector, marketing Boeing military products abroad. Jonathan Rath Hoffman, named assistant secretary for public affairs, previously worked as a consultant to the Chertoff Group, the sprawling homeland security consulting firm founded by former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff. The firm has come under fire for advising a variety of firms seeking government contracts, including for full-body scanners deemed invasive by privacy activists. Hoffman also led a state chapter of a neoconservative military-contractor advocacy organization during the 2016 presidential campaign. Neither position requires Senate confirmation.

Personnel from major defense companies now occupy the highest ranks of the administration including cabinet members and political appointees charged with implementing the Trump agenda. At least 15 officials with financial ties to defense contractors have been either nominated or appointed so far, with potentially more industry names on the way as Trump has yet to nominate a variety of roles in the government, including Army and Navy secretaries.

Before their confirmations, Jim Mattis and John Kelly, the secretaries of the departments of Defense and Homeland Security, were primarily paid by defense firms.

Mattis was paid $242,000, along with up to $500,000 in vested stock options, as director of General Dynamics, a company that produces submarines, tanks, and a range of munitions for the military. Mattis also received speaking fees from several firms, including Northrop Grumman. Kelly previously served in a number of roles at defense contracting consulting and lobbying firms and worked directly as an adviser to Dyncorp, a company that contracts with the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.

Defense firms have eagerly watched as Trump recently unveiled a budget calling for $54 billion in additional military spending next year, as well as an additional $30 billion for the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security for this fiscal year, which ends on September 31. About $15.5 billion of the $30 billion is slated to be spent on new military equipment.

The spending spree will provide a brand new opportunity for defense lobbyists to get business for their clients. And the most effective lobbying generally involves contacting former colleagues in positions of power.

Major lobbying groups for the arms companies, including the National Defense Industrial Association and the Aerospace Industries Association, welcomed the selection of Secretary Mattis, who has already scheduled meetings with industry executives. Secretary Kelly has pledged to work more closely with the private sector, promising greater collaboration with private firms to accomplish his agency's goals.

To carry out this private-sector friendly agenda, defense officials have taken major roles throughout Trump's administration.

Pat Shanahan, nominated last week by Trump to serve as deputy secretary of defense, is a vice president at Boeing who formerly led the company's missile defense subsidiary. Disclosures show that Elaine Duke, the nominee for deputy secretary of homeland security, previously consulted for Booz Allen Hamilton, General Dynamics, and the Columbia Group, a small contractor that builds unmanned naval drones.

The nominee to lead the Air Force, former New Mexico Congresswoman Heather Wilson, worked as a consultant to a Lockheed Martin subsidiary after retiring from public office. The company sought Wilson's help to maintain a $2.4 billion a year contract to manage Sandia National Laboratories, the premiere nuclear weapons research facility, and to keep the contract closed to competition. "Lockheed Martin should aggressively lobby Congress, but keep a low profile," Wilson urged the company in a memo revealed later by an inspector general report.

Trump's pick for national security council chief of staff, retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, has worked at a variety of defense contracting companies. After serving in senior roles in Iraq's provisional government after the 2003 invasion, Kellogg left the government for the private sector. He told the Washington Post in 2005 that he joined Oracle to "establish a homeland security business unit" at the firm, and later joined CACI International, a company with major contracts in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Following CACI, Kellogg joined Cubic Defense in 2009 to develop the company's combat training business.

A list of temporary political appointees recently published by ProPublica reveals a number of less-known influence peddlers who have taken senior roles in the administration.

Chad Wolf and Lora Ries, two recently appointed advisers at the Department of Homeland Security, are formerly registered defense lobbyists. Wolf lobbied for Harris Corp. and the United Launch Alliance, a partnership between Boeing and Lockheed Martin. Ries previously lobbied for a range of defense and homeland security contractors, including Altegrity, Boeing, Implant Sciences Corp., General Dynamics, L1 Identity Solutions, and TASC Inc.

In the White House, one of the newest members of the National Economic Council staff is Michael Catanzaro, formerly a registered lobbyist working for both Boeing and Halliburton.

Palanatir Technology's Justin Mikolay, formerly a chief in-house lobbyist for the company who worked to win over billions of dollars in Army contracts, was quietly appointed to serve as a special assistant in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Several appointees are associated with SBD Advisors, a consulting that firm that advertises its ability to facilitate "engagements between the technology and defense sectors," and is advised by a high profile team of former government leaders, including former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff retired Adm. Mike Mullen and former National Security Agency Director of Operations Ron Moultrie.

SBD Advisors'd Sally Donnelly and Tony DeMartino work as temporary political appointees at the Office of the Defense Secretary, according to the list assembled by ProPublica. Kristan King Nevins, recently appointed as chief of staff to Second Lady Karen Pence, also previously worked at SBD Advisors as the director of communications.

The Trump administration is the "military-industrial complex personified," said William Hartung, director of the Arms & Security Project at the Center for International Policy. Hartung noted that while the administration is bringing arms industry officials into government, it is also demanding a massive increase in military spending and appears to be escalating conflicts in Syria and Yemen.

"In short, the Trump proposals are an armsmaker's dream come true," he said.
Love is like a magic penny
 if you hold it tight you won't have any
if you give it away you'll have so many
they'll be rolling all over the floor

Re: Trumpocalypse
Reply #4940
Love is like a magic penny
 if you hold it tight you won't have any
if you give it away you'll have so many
they'll be rolling all over the floor


  • SkepticTank
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Re: Trumpocalypse
Reply #4942
You need to simplify this shit. Just have one judge, and make it a political appointment after every election.
or three and every new president gets to appoint a replacement for the first selected among the group.

I would actually vote for this.

eta:  But actually someone dying (or resigning) becomes a problem.
  • Last Edit: March 22, 2017, 08:39:41 AM by SkepticTank

  • el jefe
  • asleep till 2020 or 2024
Re: Trumpocalypse
Reply #4943
wsj lays into trump, says he's sabotaged his own credibility

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/325135-wall-street-journal-knocks-trump-over-credibility

it's always a joy to see their frustration with how dumb the gop has gotten.  and trump represents the logical conclusion of that trend.

  • ksen
Re: Trumpocalypse
Reply #4944
t's always a joy to see their frustration with how dumb the gop has gotten.  and trump represents the logical conclusion of that trend.

I'm not convinced we've actually reached the conclusion yet.

Re: Trumpocalypse
Reply #4945
Love is like a magic penny
 if you hold it tight you won't have any
if you give it away you'll have so many
they'll be rolling all over the floor

  • Bilirubin
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Re: Trumpocalypse
Reply #4946
Okay, according to this, she just has a "stake in the Trump Organization":

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All of this has raised eyebrows about what, exactly, Ivanka Trump's role is and whether it is appropriate for a First Daughter, who still retains ownership of an active fashion empire and a stake in the Trump Organization, to be sitting in on official meetings with foreign leaders and working on administration policy.
-http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/03/ivanka-trump-west-wing

I'm not totally sure what that entails, but I have my doubts that policy is going to be made that puts American interests, above those of the Trump Organization, and Ivana's own businesses.
They can't say that she is the only thing holding this senile old man together, and that without her calming presence he will start raging and hammering on the red button

  • meepmeep
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Re: Trumpocalypse
Reply #4947
https://www.forbes.com/sites/danalexander/2017/03/22/phil-ruffin-trump-las-vegas-emoluments-profits-constitution/#6b01ed5324d7

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Two months ago Donald Trump's lawyer Sheri Dillon stood in Trump Tower and announced that the president would donate all profits from foreign governments at his hotels to the U.S. Treasury--part of an effort to resolve concerns that the he would be in violation of a little-known clause in the U.S. Constitution the day he took office. Now Phil Ruffin, who owns the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas in a 50-50 joint venture with the president, says that's not happening.

"I don't know anything about that," said Ruffin, sitting in his office inside the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino, which he owns separately from the president. Is there a plan in place to hand over the profits at Trump's Las Vegas property eventually? "They have to pay like everybody else," Ruffin said. But if he did chop away the profits from foreign dignitaries, would that affect the value of the hotel? "They're not going to do that," Ruffin said, before repeating: "They're not going to do that."

  • JonF
Re: Trumpocalypse
Reply #4948
  • Last Edit: March 22, 2017, 03:49:23 PM by SkepticTank
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  • osmanthus
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Re: Trumpocalypse
Reply #4949
Truth is out of style