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Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: Who Is Ben Carson?

As a 2015 presidential candidate, Carson took on the agency he would eventually run. He called HUD's new fair housing policies “government-engineered attempts to legislate racial equality.” His other positions included a 10% flat tax based on the Biblical reference to tithing; that being gay could be “cured”; that Obama was a “psychopath”; the Holocaust happened because of gun control; and that the Egyptian pyramids were built as grain-storage facilities. He also compared Obamacare to slavery.   read more

Secretary of Defense: Who Is James Mattis?

In contrast to Trump, who said he’ll reinstitute waterboarding, Mattis gained a reputation for not tolerating the torture of prisoners. But Mattis isn’t shy about his love of battle. In 2005, he said about fighting the Taliban: “Actually it’s quite fun to fight them, you know. It’s a hell of a hoot. It’s fun to shoot some people... I like brawling.” Some say his conduct in Iraq amounted to war crimes. In 2004, he ordered an attack on what turned out to be a wedding party, killing 42 people.   read more

Director of the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office: Who Is L. Wayne Brasure?

In 2001, Brasure was made director of the Air Force’s High Power Microwave Program at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico. In 2006, he became chief of the Stockpile Systems Division of the Air Force Nuclear Weapons and Counterproliferation Agency there. In 2008, he moved to the Dept of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration. Two years later, he became executive director of the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at the Kirtland Base.   read more

For Donald Trump, the Honeymoon was Over Before It Even Began

In the 72 years since Harry Truman became President and Gallup began asking about presidential approval, Donald Trump is the only President to start his term with a majority of Americans disapproving of his job performance. Trump’s numbers at his inauguration—usually one of the high points of a president’s popularity—are closer to those of a failing president than a newly minted one. In fact, Trump’s inaugural job disapproval numbers are nearly off the charts.   read more

Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Who Is Andrew Bindman?

Bindman has done several studies on healthcare involving those in poverty. He has also investigated the link between access to care and preventable hospitalizations. Bindman was named San Francisco General’s chief of general internal medicine in 1996. In 1999 and 2000, he served as visiting professor at University College London, then from 2009 to 2010 he worked on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, helping draft language for the Affordable Care Act.   read more

Secretary of Treasury: Who Is Steven Mnuchin?

Steven Mnuchin foreclosed on at least 50,000 homes during the Great Recession. In fact, in 2011, a federal investigation forced Mnuchin's bank to agree to the issuance of a Consent Order to remedy numerous abusive practices it was using to make money. Recently, a complaint filed with the Dept of Housing accused his bank of violating the Fair Housing Act by “redlining,” an illegal practice of not doing business in minority neighborhoods in order to avoid making home loans to minorities.   read more

Acting Administrator of the Administration for Community Living: Who Is Edwin Walker?

Walker worked for Missouri’s Dept of Social Services and in 1988 was named director of the Missouri Division of Aging. He pushed through a program that made it easier for the elderly to remain in their homes, instead of being forced into nursing facilities. Walker joined the Administration on Aging in 1992 as associate commissioner for State and Community Programs. He later moved up to be Director of Program Operations and Development, and by 2009 was Deputy Assistant Secretary at AoA.   read more

Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Who Is Martin Keller?

A native of Germany, Keller came to the U.S. in 1994 as a consultant for biotech firm Diversa. He then joined the company full time and became director of screening and technology development. Diversa worked to turn organisms into enzymes that were used in chemicals. Keller even took organisms from boiling-hot thermal pools at Yellowstone National Park to be used in different compounds. Keller's work at Oak Ridge Lab centered on developing biological replacements for petroleum-based fuels.   read more

Acting Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services: Who Is Sue Swenson?

Swenson's background is in marketing, but she became interested in the plight of the disabled after one of her three sons, Charlie, was found not long after his birth to be profoundly disabled.She began learning how to advocate for her son’s needs and started to work for the rights of all disabled. She testified about the disabled before a U.S. Senate subcommittee in 1993 and, three years later, she found herself working with that subcommittee as a Kennedy Fellow in the Senate.   read more

Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission: Who Is Norman Bay?

Bay became the first Chinese-American U.S. Attorney during the Wen Ho Lee case. The government was accused of prosecuting Lee due to his Chinese background and Lee was held without bail for months. Bay helped negotiate the plea deal that freed Lee. Bay's nomination to chair FERC brought pushback from a disgruntled energy industry and some senators who said a FERC employee shouldn’t jump to the chairmanship without having served on the commission. So Bay did so prior to taking over as chairman.   read more

Chief of the Army Corps of Engineers: Who Is Todd Semonite?

In 2004, Semonite was sent to Iraq and charged with restoring electricity to the country, whose infrastructure had been severely damaged in the fighting. He also worked to provide power on a fair basis, unlike former Iraqi Premier Saddam Hussein, who had favored Sunni Muslim areas when building power lines. Semonite was sent to Afghanistan in 2014 to head up the effort to rebuild not infrastructure, but that country’s armed forces and police department.   read more

Department of Transportation: Who Is Elaine Chao?

The GAO reported that Chao’s Wage and Hour Division had consistently failed to follow up on reports of wage theft, and that WHD staffers often failed to pick up the phone when called by those seeking help. Chao made $1.2 million as a director at Wells Fargo, which holds more than $400 million in Trump mortgages. As DOT secretary, she will be able to regulate the business of her father, who has given millions to his daughter and her husband, Sen. Mitch McConnell.   read more

Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency: Who Is Vincent Stewart?

Stewart is the first Marine, and the first African-American, to lead the Defense Intelligence Agency. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, he earned master’s degrees, including in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College. His first specialty was tanks, but he moved into signals intelligence--the gathering of data from radio transmissions. Since taking over DIA, Stewart said he wants to build an information system that will facilitate sharing of data among intelligence services.   read more

Department of Health and Human Services: Who Is Tom Price?

Price has long been a member of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, a right-wing group that has fought against anti-smoking campaigns; opposed mandatory vaccinations; linked vaccines to autism and abortion to breast cancer, in both cases without medical evidence; and denied that the HIV virus causes AIDS. In the Georgia Senate, he advocated for caps on medical malpractice awards and fought efforts to make it easier for Georgia’s undocumented immigrants to get drivers licenses.   read more

Department of Defense Inspector General: Who Is Glenn Fine?

Among his achievements was his documentation of George W. Bush administration firings of four U.S. Attorneys for partisan reasons and its packing of the Civil Rights Division with political appointees. His office also investigated the FBI’s handling of Zacarias Moussaoui, who had enrolled in a flight school as part of the 9/11 terror plot. Fine’s office was critical of the bureau for not taking the threat posed by Moussaoui seriously.   read more

Acting Under Secretary of the International Trade Administration: Who Is Kenneth Hyatt?

Hyatt attended Sidwell Friends School, where many children of presidents, other government figures and those in the media have gone. In 1983 he worked for Bain & Co. in Boston, London and Munich, then in 1989 became a principal and partner in a conflict management group. He founded a similar firm, CMI New York, in 1997. Among other things, that company trained negotiators involved in constitutional talks between the old South African government and the African National Congress.   read more
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Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: Who Is Ben Carson?

As a 2015 presidential candidate, Carson took on the agency he would eventually run. He called HUD's new fair housing policies “government-engineered attempts to legislate racial equality.” His other positions included a 10% flat tax based on the Biblical reference to tithing; that being gay could be “cured”; that Obama was a “psychopath”; the Holocaust happened because of gun control; and that the Egyptian pyramids were built as grain-storage facilities. He also compared Obamacare to slavery.   read more

Secretary of Defense: Who Is James Mattis?

In contrast to Trump, who said he’ll reinstitute waterboarding, Mattis gained a reputation for not tolerating the torture of prisoners. But Mattis isn’t shy about his love of battle. In 2005, he said about fighting the Taliban: “Actually it’s quite fun to fight them, you know. It’s a hell of a hoot. It’s fun to shoot some people... I like brawling.” Some say his conduct in Iraq amounted to war crimes. In 2004, he ordered an attack on what turned out to be a wedding party, killing 42 people.   read more

Director of the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office: Who Is L. Wayne Brasure?

In 2001, Brasure was made director of the Air Force’s High Power Microwave Program at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico. In 2006, he became chief of the Stockpile Systems Division of the Air Force Nuclear Weapons and Counterproliferation Agency there. In 2008, he moved to the Dept of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration. Two years later, he became executive director of the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at the Kirtland Base.   read more

For Donald Trump, the Honeymoon was Over Before It Even Began

In the 72 years since Harry Truman became President and Gallup began asking about presidential approval, Donald Trump is the only President to start his term with a majority of Americans disapproving of his job performance. Trump’s numbers at his inauguration—usually one of the high points of a president’s popularity—are closer to those of a failing president than a newly minted one. In fact, Trump’s inaugural job disapproval numbers are nearly off the charts.   read more

Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Who Is Andrew Bindman?

Bindman has done several studies on healthcare involving those in poverty. He has also investigated the link between access to care and preventable hospitalizations. Bindman was named San Francisco General’s chief of general internal medicine in 1996. In 1999 and 2000, he served as visiting professor at University College London, then from 2009 to 2010 he worked on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, helping draft language for the Affordable Care Act.   read more

Secretary of Treasury: Who Is Steven Mnuchin?

Steven Mnuchin foreclosed on at least 50,000 homes during the Great Recession. In fact, in 2011, a federal investigation forced Mnuchin's bank to agree to the issuance of a Consent Order to remedy numerous abusive practices it was using to make money. Recently, a complaint filed with the Dept of Housing accused his bank of violating the Fair Housing Act by “redlining,” an illegal practice of not doing business in minority neighborhoods in order to avoid making home loans to minorities.   read more

Acting Administrator of the Administration for Community Living: Who Is Edwin Walker?

Walker worked for Missouri’s Dept of Social Services and in 1988 was named director of the Missouri Division of Aging. He pushed through a program that made it easier for the elderly to remain in their homes, instead of being forced into nursing facilities. Walker joined the Administration on Aging in 1992 as associate commissioner for State and Community Programs. He later moved up to be Director of Program Operations and Development, and by 2009 was Deputy Assistant Secretary at AoA.   read more

Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Who Is Martin Keller?

A native of Germany, Keller came to the U.S. in 1994 as a consultant for biotech firm Diversa. He then joined the company full time and became director of screening and technology development. Diversa worked to turn organisms into enzymes that were used in chemicals. Keller even took organisms from boiling-hot thermal pools at Yellowstone National Park to be used in different compounds. Keller's work at Oak Ridge Lab centered on developing biological replacements for petroleum-based fuels.   read more

Acting Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services: Who Is Sue Swenson?

Swenson's background is in marketing, but she became interested in the plight of the disabled after one of her three sons, Charlie, was found not long after his birth to be profoundly disabled.She began learning how to advocate for her son’s needs and started to work for the rights of all disabled. She testified about the disabled before a U.S. Senate subcommittee in 1993 and, three years later, she found herself working with that subcommittee as a Kennedy Fellow in the Senate.   read more

Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission: Who Is Norman Bay?

Bay became the first Chinese-American U.S. Attorney during the Wen Ho Lee case. The government was accused of prosecuting Lee due to his Chinese background and Lee was held without bail for months. Bay helped negotiate the plea deal that freed Lee. Bay's nomination to chair FERC brought pushback from a disgruntled energy industry and some senators who said a FERC employee shouldn’t jump to the chairmanship without having served on the commission. So Bay did so prior to taking over as chairman.   read more

Chief of the Army Corps of Engineers: Who Is Todd Semonite?

In 2004, Semonite was sent to Iraq and charged with restoring electricity to the country, whose infrastructure had been severely damaged in the fighting. He also worked to provide power on a fair basis, unlike former Iraqi Premier Saddam Hussein, who had favored Sunni Muslim areas when building power lines. Semonite was sent to Afghanistan in 2014 to head up the effort to rebuild not infrastructure, but that country’s armed forces and police department.   read more

Department of Transportation: Who Is Elaine Chao?

The GAO reported that Chao’s Wage and Hour Division had consistently failed to follow up on reports of wage theft, and that WHD staffers often failed to pick up the phone when called by those seeking help. Chao made $1.2 million as a director at Wells Fargo, which holds more than $400 million in Trump mortgages. As DOT secretary, she will be able to regulate the business of her father, who has given millions to his daughter and her husband, Sen. Mitch McConnell.   read more

Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency: Who Is Vincent Stewart?

Stewart is the first Marine, and the first African-American, to lead the Defense Intelligence Agency. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, he earned master’s degrees, including in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College. His first specialty was tanks, but he moved into signals intelligence--the gathering of data from radio transmissions. Since taking over DIA, Stewart said he wants to build an information system that will facilitate sharing of data among intelligence services.   read more

Department of Health and Human Services: Who Is Tom Price?

Price has long been a member of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, a right-wing group that has fought against anti-smoking campaigns; opposed mandatory vaccinations; linked vaccines to autism and abortion to breast cancer, in both cases without medical evidence; and denied that the HIV virus causes AIDS. In the Georgia Senate, he advocated for caps on medical malpractice awards and fought efforts to make it easier for Georgia’s undocumented immigrants to get drivers licenses.   read more

Department of Defense Inspector General: Who Is Glenn Fine?

Among his achievements was his documentation of George W. Bush administration firings of four U.S. Attorneys for partisan reasons and its packing of the Civil Rights Division with political appointees. His office also investigated the FBI’s handling of Zacarias Moussaoui, who had enrolled in a flight school as part of the 9/11 terror plot. Fine’s office was critical of the bureau for not taking the threat posed by Moussaoui seriously.   read more

Acting Under Secretary of the International Trade Administration: Who Is Kenneth Hyatt?

Hyatt attended Sidwell Friends School, where many children of presidents, other government figures and those in the media have gone. In 1983 he worked for Bain & Co. in Boston, London and Munich, then in 1989 became a principal and partner in a conflict management group. He founded a similar firm, CMI New York, in 1997. Among other things, that company trained negotiators involved in constitutional talks between the old South African government and the African National Congress.   read more
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