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Month: December 2016

Trump praises Putin over US sanctions – a move that puts him at odds with GOP

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The Guardian- What will applauding the Russian president’s response to Barack Obama’s expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats mean when Trump takes office? After the Obama administration’s tough new sanctions against Russia put the president-elect in a vulnerable political position at home, in his own party and abroad, Donald Trump chose to respond in familiar fashion – with praise for Vladimir Putin. The president-elect has repeatedly spoken approvingly of Putin and called […]

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The New Yorker- This week saw an apparition that has not been observed for at least eight years in Washington D.C.: bipartisanship. Seven weeks after the election and five months after intelligence officials began circulating their suspicions that Russia had hacked the Democratic National Committee, the Obama Administration issued sanctions against Russia for interference in the American electoral process. President Barack Obama has been rightly criticized for his laggard response […]

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Hill Leaders Call for ‘Day of Action’ in New Session of Congress

Bernie in Washington WASHINGTON – Warning that congressional Republicans are about to “ram through a budget bill” to “throw our health care system into chaos,” Senate and House leaders called Wednesday for a nationwide “day of action” to mobilize grassroots support for programs that help millions of working families. Senate and House Democratic Leaders Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) were joined by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the new leader […]

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Trump Is Desperately Seeking A Latino For His Cabinet

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Mother Jones- California’s Abel Maldonado, who reportedly pitched a reality-TV show about his family, is among the top contenders for USDA. President-elect Donald Trump triumphed in politics after a long stint as reality TV star. And now, as he scrambles to fill his final cabinet slots, Trump is taking a close look at a Republican who tried his best to move in the opposite direction. Meet Abel Maldonado, who runs a […]

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How Trump’s team of billionaires could make Washington work

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CS Monitor- DECEMBER 28, 2016 —If Donald Trump’s cabinet picks want insight into the jobs they’ve signed up for, they might want to peek at the books now coming out about the difficulty of government reform. Even the titles are discouraging. There’s “Escaping Jurassic Government,” “Why Presidents Fail And How They Can Succeed Again,” and “Relic: How Our Constitution Undermines Effective Government.” The bottom line is that governing is hard, […]

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