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  • Director of the Office of Science in the Department of Energy: Who Is Chris Fall?

    Monday, July 16, 2018
    In August 2014, Fall was made assistant director for defense programs at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, also serving as acting lead for national security and international affairs policy. Fall left the White House in August 2017. Fall was given his post at ARPA-E in January 2018. President Donald Trump has twice attempted to zero out funding for the agency, which provides grants for experimental energy projects.   read more
  • Secretary of Veterans Affairs: Who is Eric Shinseki?

    Friday, January 02, 2009
    The highest ranking Asian-American in US military history, Eric K. Shinseki became a visible critic of the Bush administration’s force plan for the invasion of Iraq in 2003, correctly forewarning a problem that would haunt American military planne...   read more
  • Secretary of Transportation: Who is Ray LaHood?

    Thursday, January 01, 2009
    In selecting former Republican Congressman Ray LaHood for Secretary of Transportation, Barack Obama fulfilled his promise to make his cabinet bipartisan. The centrist GOP lawmaker was not above the partisan fray, however, when it came to Bill Clin...   read more
  • US Trade Representative: Who is Ron Kirk?

    Thursday, January 01, 2009
    Barack Obama’s choice for US Trade Representative is Ron Kirk, one-time mayor of Dallas and a former lobbyist and a key supporter of Obama’s in Texas during the presidential race.   The youngest of four children, Kirk was born in Austin, TX, on ...   read more
  • Torture and Surge Success Challenged: Robert Parry

    Thursday, January 01, 2009
    Fearing that President George W. Bush might go down in history as anything less than “the worst ever,” Robert Parry of ConsortiumNews attacks the Bush administration’s attempt to defend the efficacy of torture and the triumph of the 2007 surge in ...   read more
  • Depression Unemployment Facts Set Straight: Thomas Sowell

    Thursday, January 01, 2009
    Laissez-faire economist Thomas Sowell of Stanford University warns the incoming administration of the dangers of a new New Deal. Contradicting the conventional story of how FDR saved the economy after everyone lost their jobs because of the stock ...   read more
  • Minnesota Election Judge Has Own Ballot Rejected

    Wednesday, December 31, 2008
    Shirley Graham, one of the election judges working on the still disputed Minnesota senatorial contest between Democrat Al Franken and Republican Norm Coleman, was surprised to learn that her own absentee ballot had been rejected. The Coleman camp ...   read more
  • Secretary of Health and Human Services: Who is Tom Daschle?

    Wednesday, December 31, 2008
    Tom Daschle, a 26-year veteran of Capitol Hill, is not only Barack Obama’s choice for Secretary of Health and Human Services, but also the man to run the president’s new White House Office of Health Reform. In this capacity, Daschle is expected to...   read more
  • Toxic Sludge in Tennessee More Radioactive Than Nuclear Waste

    Wednesday, December 31, 2008
    After the biggest toxic spill in U.S. history (100 times larger than the infamous 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill), the Tennessee Valley Authority has advised residents (inaccurately) that boiling their water would remove dangerous heavy metals and ma...   read more
  • Prison Reform, an Overlooked Issue

    Wednesday, December 31, 2008
    Senator James Webb, decorated Marine, journalist, novelist, and Ronald Reagan’s one-time Navy Secretary, has announced his intention to tackle the politically delicate issue of prison reform. Unafraid of being perceived as “soft on crime” by his c...   read more
  • Should OSHA Protect Workers or Their Employers?

    Wednesday, December 31, 2008
    A series of Bush appointees have effectively hobbled Occupational Safety and Health Administration by halting progress on a number of workplace safety initiatives, and by siding with employers against employees. During George W. Bush’s presidency,...   read more
  • Financial Crisis Worst Since…

    Tuesday, December 30, 2008
    Ever since the financial hard times reached Wall Street in September, there have been a series of reports that, in one category or another, this is the worst since [fill in the blank]. The unemployment rate for November (6.7%) was the highest in 1...   read more
  • Secretary of Commerce: Who is Bill Richardson?

    Tuesday, December 30, 2008
    Bill Richardson’s 30-year career in politics has included several controversies, including “pay to play” allegations that are likely to become highly publicized during his confirmation hearings for Secretary of Commerce.   Born William Blaine “B...   read more
  • The Uncertain Fate of Some Innocent Guantánamo Prisoners

    Tuesday, December 30, 2008
    Seventeen Chinese Muslims unlawfully held in Guantánamo are still awaiting news of their fate after U.S. Federal Judge Ricardo Urbina deemed them innocent and ordered their release and delivery into the continental United States in October. The me...   read more
  • Ten Worst Religious Stories of 2008

    Monday, December 29, 2008
    Rev. Paul Raushenbush, Associate Dean of Religious Life at Princeton University, reviews the ten worst religious stories of 2008. Coming in at number 9 is Sarah Palin’s Witchcraft video (Palin appears at about 5:00), in which visiting Kenyan pasto...   read more
  • Secretary of Education: Who is Arne Duncan?

    Monday, December 29, 2008
    If confirmed, Arne Duncan would become the first Cabinet member who has earned a living playing and coaching basketball. Duncan was born on November 4, 1964, to Starkey Duncan, a psychology professor at the University of Chicago, and Susan Morton,...   read more
  • Secretary of Energy: Who is Steven Chu?

    Monday, December 29, 2008
    In nominating Nobel laureate Steven Chu for Secretary of Energy, Barack Obama may have selected the smartest man ever to run a cabinet department.   Chu was born on February 28, 1948, in St. Louis, MO. His father, Ju Chin Chu, and his mother, Ch...   read more
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