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U.S. Trade Representative: Who Is Robert Lighthizer?

As a Washington law firm partner in 1985, Lighthizer focused on trade litigation and policy advice, in particular promoting the interests of U.S. Steel and the steel industry in general. In 1985, he lobbied on behalf of Brazil’s Sugar and Alcohol Institute. A longtime protectionist, he criticized presidential candidate Sen. John McCain for what Lighthizer believed were trade-friendly policies. And, like Trump, Lighthizer has focused on China as a trade bogeyman.   read more

Secretary of Energy: Who Is Rick Perry?

Oil and gas interests have comprised most of Perry’s political donors over the years. A strong advocate of the death penalty, Perry is a climate-change denier who said those who believe the overwhelming evidence that the climate is changing “know that we have been experiencing a cooling trend, that the complexities of the global atmosphere have often eluded the most sophisticated scientists..." As governor of Texas, Perry was Indicted for abuse of power--charges that were eventually dropped.   read more

Director of the Office of Management and Budget: Who Is Mick Mulvaney?

Mulvaney rode the Tea Party wave in 2010 to become one of the 14 most conservative members of Congress. He signed on to Speaker Ryan’s plan to turn Medicare into a voucher scheme and was criticized at his confirmation hearing for not having paid payroll taxes for the woman who cared for his young triplets. When Mulvaney said he couldn’t recall voting for cuts in defense spending and troop deployments, Sen. McCain responded: “I think I would remember if I was withdrawing troops from Europe.”   read more

Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency: Who is Scott Pruitt?

Pruitt filed a series of 14 lawsuits against federal regulations designed to protect the environment from numerous threats, including mercury emissions by coal-burning power plants, and carbon dioxide that causes climate change. In 13 of the cases, Pruitt was joined by co-plaintiffs including companies that had contributed money to him. At one point, Pruitt allowed an industry-written letter, prepared by Devon Energy officials, to be printed verbatim on official stationery with his signature.   read more

Secretary of the Interior: Who Is Ryan Zinke?

In his 2014 fundraising emails, Zinke wrote: “I spent 23 years as a Navy SEAL and served as a Team Leader on SEAL Team Six — the team responsible for the mission to get Osama bin Laden.” What he didn’t mention was that he’d been out of the Navy for three years when the mission against bin Laden was carried out. He also said that while humans have some role in climate change, “the evidence is equally as strong that there are other factors...that have a greater influence.”   read more

Secretary of Labor: Who Is Andrew Puzder?

Several of Puzder's food franchisees were fined by the Labor Dept, the very organization Puzder has been nominated to lead, for not paying employees properly. Puzder fought against minimum wage increases, donating money to a failed attempt to fight a ballot measure raising Nevada's minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $6.15. In response to critics of his sexually charged fast-food commercials, Puzder said, "I like beautiful women eating burgers in bikinis. I think it’s very American."   read more

Secretary of State: Who Is Rex Tillerson?

Tillerson's ExxonMobil cut a deal with Russia in 2011 for a joint venture to explore for oil in the Russian Arctic. But in 2014, the collaboration ended due to sanctions the U.S. put into place after Russia invaded Ukraine. Not surprisingly, Tillerson opposed the sanctions. Russia wasn’t the only place where Tillerson’s company acted in opposition to U.S. interests. It also signed an oil deal with the Kurds who control Iraq’s northern region. That agreement cut out the Iraqi central government.   read more

Acting Director of Federal Bureau of Prisons: Who Is Thomas Kane?

A member of the American Psychological Association, Kane is a recognized authority on the subjects of psychology, criminology and corrections. He joined the Bureau in 1977 as a social science research analyst, focusing on such issues as prison-based sexual assaults and violence, and inmate management. In 2012, Kane was named deputy director of the agency, taking on responsibilities that included oversight of restrictive prison housing, labor-management initiatives and staff safety.   read more

15 Biggest Imports from Mexico

What are the 15 biggest imports from Mexico to the United States?   read more

Administrator of the Small Business Administration: Who Is Linda McMahon?

Linda McMahon helped make WWE hugely profitable, but some of that came from keeping costs low, especially when it came to paying the wrestlers. She sought exemptions that would allow WWE to be treated as entertainment instead of a sport, thus relieving it of the burden of drug testing. WWE is not forced to provide health insurance for wrestlers, nor does it pay into Social Security or unemployment insurance for them. Running for the Senate in 2012, McMahon called for the SBA to be abolished.   read more

U.S. Ambassador to China: Who Is Terry Branstad?

Then governor of Iowa, Branstad first met Xi Jinping, now president of China, during Xi's stay there in 1985. Xi returned to the town in 2012 as China’s vice-president. An early Trump supporter, Branstad was mentioned after the election as a likely candidate for the Beijing post, even drawing supportive comments from the Chinese. "Mr. Branstad is an old friend of the Chinese people and we welcome him to play a greater role in promoting Sino-U.S. relations,” said a Chinese government spokesman.   read more

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
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U.S. Trade Representative: Who Is Robert Lighthizer?

As a Washington law firm partner in 1985, Lighthizer focused on trade litigation and policy advice, in particular promoting the interests of U.S. Steel and the steel industry in general. In 1985, he lobbied on behalf of Brazil’s Sugar and Alcohol Institute. A longtime protectionist, he criticized presidential candidate Sen. John McCain for what Lighthizer believed were trade-friendly policies. And, like Trump, Lighthizer has focused on China as a trade bogeyman.   read more

Secretary of Energy: Who Is Rick Perry?

Oil and gas interests have comprised most of Perry’s political donors over the years. A strong advocate of the death penalty, Perry is a climate-change denier who said those who believe the overwhelming evidence that the climate is changing “know that we have been experiencing a cooling trend, that the complexities of the global atmosphere have often eluded the most sophisticated scientists..." As governor of Texas, Perry was Indicted for abuse of power--charges that were eventually dropped.   read more

Director of the Office of Management and Budget: Who Is Mick Mulvaney?

Mulvaney rode the Tea Party wave in 2010 to become one of the 14 most conservative members of Congress. He signed on to Speaker Ryan’s plan to turn Medicare into a voucher scheme and was criticized at his confirmation hearing for not having paid payroll taxes for the woman who cared for his young triplets. When Mulvaney said he couldn’t recall voting for cuts in defense spending and troop deployments, Sen. McCain responded: “I think I would remember if I was withdrawing troops from Europe.”   read more

Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency: Who is Scott Pruitt?

Pruitt filed a series of 14 lawsuits against federal regulations designed to protect the environment from numerous threats, including mercury emissions by coal-burning power plants, and carbon dioxide that causes climate change. In 13 of the cases, Pruitt was joined by co-plaintiffs including companies that had contributed money to him. At one point, Pruitt allowed an industry-written letter, prepared by Devon Energy officials, to be printed verbatim on official stationery with his signature.   read more

Secretary of the Interior: Who Is Ryan Zinke?

In his 2014 fundraising emails, Zinke wrote: “I spent 23 years as a Navy SEAL and served as a Team Leader on SEAL Team Six — the team responsible for the mission to get Osama bin Laden.” What he didn’t mention was that he’d been out of the Navy for three years when the mission against bin Laden was carried out. He also said that while humans have some role in climate change, “the evidence is equally as strong that there are other factors...that have a greater influence.”   read more

Secretary of Labor: Who Is Andrew Puzder?

Several of Puzder's food franchisees were fined by the Labor Dept, the very organization Puzder has been nominated to lead, for not paying employees properly. Puzder fought against minimum wage increases, donating money to a failed attempt to fight a ballot measure raising Nevada's minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $6.15. In response to critics of his sexually charged fast-food commercials, Puzder said, "I like beautiful women eating burgers in bikinis. I think it’s very American."   read more

Secretary of State: Who Is Rex Tillerson?

Tillerson's ExxonMobil cut a deal with Russia in 2011 for a joint venture to explore for oil in the Russian Arctic. But in 2014, the collaboration ended due to sanctions the U.S. put into place after Russia invaded Ukraine. Not surprisingly, Tillerson opposed the sanctions. Russia wasn’t the only place where Tillerson’s company acted in opposition to U.S. interests. It also signed an oil deal with the Kurds who control Iraq’s northern region. That agreement cut out the Iraqi central government.   read more

Acting Director of Federal Bureau of Prisons: Who Is Thomas Kane?

A member of the American Psychological Association, Kane is a recognized authority on the subjects of psychology, criminology and corrections. He joined the Bureau in 1977 as a social science research analyst, focusing on such issues as prison-based sexual assaults and violence, and inmate management. In 2012, Kane was named deputy director of the agency, taking on responsibilities that included oversight of restrictive prison housing, labor-management initiatives and staff safety.   read more

15 Biggest Imports from Mexico

What are the 15 biggest imports from Mexico to the United States?   read more

Administrator of the Small Business Administration: Who Is Linda McMahon?

Linda McMahon helped make WWE hugely profitable, but some of that came from keeping costs low, especially when it came to paying the wrestlers. She sought exemptions that would allow WWE to be treated as entertainment instead of a sport, thus relieving it of the burden of drug testing. WWE is not forced to provide health insurance for wrestlers, nor does it pay into Social Security or unemployment insurance for them. Running for the Senate in 2012, McMahon called for the SBA to be abolished.   read more

U.S. Ambassador to China: Who Is Terry Branstad?

Then governor of Iowa, Branstad first met Xi Jinping, now president of China, during Xi's stay there in 1985. Xi returned to the town in 2012 as China’s vice-president. An early Trump supporter, Branstad was mentioned after the election as a likely candidate for the Beijing post, even drawing supportive comments from the Chinese. "Mr. Branstad is an old friend of the Chinese people and we welcome him to play a greater role in promoting Sino-U.S. relations,” said a Chinese government spokesman.   read more

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
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