New Additions to AllGov

Date: Monday, July 20, 2009 12:50 AM
Category: Allgov Blogs

Three countries have been added to the Nations section of AllGov: Russia, Ukraine and Guatemala. We have also added profiles for ambassador nominees Miguel Diaz (Vatican City), Louis Susman, (United Kingdom), Laurie Fulton (Denmark), Tim Roemer (India), Charles Rivkin (France) and John Roos (Japan), as well as NASA administrator Charles Bolden, Max Cleland, chairman of the American Battle Monuments Commission, Chief of the Office of Protocol Capricia Marshall and Secretary of the Army John McHugh.

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U. S. Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu: Who Is Joseph Cella?

Donald Trump's nominee is an ultra-conservative Roman Catholic politico who, in 2016, called candidate Trump “manifestly unfit to be president of the United States." Cella also leveled criticisms of vulgarity and racism against Trump. Yet a few months later, Cella joined a Catholic advisory panel for the Trump campaign, claiming he had “a sincere change of heart and mind” after Trump pledged to appoint anti-abortion judges. Catholics narrowly supported Hilary Clinton over Trump, 48% to 45%.   read more

Director of the Federal Transit Administration: Who Is Thelma Drake?

Although raised in a Democratic family, Drake, at age 14, volunteered for Republican Barry Goldwater’s presidential campaign. She volunteered again in a presidential campaign, 45 years later, as a member of the Palin Truth Squad to counter “false attacks, rumors and smears" against GOP VP candidate Sarah Palin. Drake became a member of Congress in 2004, winning the House seat vacated by Republican Ed Schrock, who had been accused of having solicited sex on a gay phone dating service.   read more

Interior Dept. Announces Largest Sale of Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling Leases in History

“How stupid can we be? The Gulf Coast is consistently nailed by hurricanes and yet our government insists on an energy strategy that exacerbates these hurricanes,” said Louisiana Bucket Brigade director Anne Rolfes. “Trump's auctioning off this massive amount of our ocean while at the same time proposing to rollback important environmental and safety requirements... [is] disgusting and nothing but a recipe for more devastating oil spills...” said a Center for Biological Diversity attorney.   read more

Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service: Who Is Charles Rettig?

Trump's nomination of Rettig, a Beverly Hills tax attorney whose wealthy clients have included Michael Jackson and “Girls Gone Wild” creator Joe Francis, breaks a 20-year precedent of IRS leaders having backgrounds in business or management. A defender of Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns during an audit, Rettig also speculated that Trump “likely pays taxes at a lesser rate than many of us” and that he “may be worth far less than the approximately $10 billion he wants us to believe."   read more

U.S. Ambassador to Australia: Who Is Harry B. Harris Jr.?

Under Harris' watch at Guantánamo in 2006, three prisoners died while in custody. Harris declared the deaths to be suicides, but an investigation by Harper’s magazine cast considerable doubt on that verdict, suggesting the three were killed during torture/interrogation in a secret part of the base. In 2017, Harris took responsibility for a bewildering chain of events that left the mistaken impression that a U.S. aircraft carrier rushed to confront a belligerent North Korea, when it did not.   read more
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