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Trump’s undiplomatic methods of diplomacy
In the News

November 07, 2017

“I’m the only one that matters.” When asked about the long list of unfilled positions at his State Department, that was Donald Trump’s blunt reply.

Channel 4 News


This week: GOP seeks to advance tax overhaul
In the News

November 06, 2017

House Republicans are aiming to advance their tax reform legislation out of committee this week, as they race to pass it on the floor by Thanksgiving.

The Hill


Appointee Watch: Agriculture nominee withdraws, Fed Chair nominated, and more
In the News

November 03, 2017

The White House has had something of a busy week when it comes to the process of filling the top ranks of the federal government.

Government Executive


Trump on State Dept. vacancies: 'I'm the only one that matters'
In the News

November 03, 2017

President Trump sat down with Laura Ingraham Thursday night, and when the Fox News host pressed him on why there are still so many vacancies for top posts in the State Department, he seemed nonplussed. "Let me tell you, the one that matters is me," Trump said, per the Hill. "I'm the only one that matters because when it comes to it that's what the policy is going to be."

Newser


Trump nominates USAID official to be Education Department’s chief financial officer
In the News

November 01, 2017

President Trump has nominated Douglas Webster, the director of risk management for the U.S. Agency for International Development, to be chief financial officer for the Education Department.

The Washington Post


Senate Republicans threaten rules change to clear Trump nominees
In the News

October 31, 2017

Republicans are renewing their threat to change the Senate's rules as they eye speeding up the confirmation process for President Trump's nominees.

The Hill


McConnell vows confirmation of judicial nominees
In the News

October 30, 2017

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) vowed to confirm federal judicial nominees in the coming days and weeks and blasted Democrats for their approach to the process.

The Hill


Five things to watch for at Trump-Senate GOP meeting
In the News

October 24, 2017

President Trump will meet with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill for the first time since taking over the White House.

The Hill


Appointee watch: OPM nominees receive a hearing, Drug Czar Pick withdraws
In the News

October 24, 2017

President Trump suffered another setback in his effort to fill key administration posts last week, as Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., withdrew his name from consideration for director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Government Executive


Who’s to blame for slow confirmations?
In the News

October 23, 2017

President Donald Trump says Democratic obstruction is the reason far fewer of his political nominees have been confirmed compared with his predecessors. But a group tracking the nominations says Trump is partly to blame for the lower numbers.

FactCheck.org


White and male: broader bureaucracy mirrors Trump cabinet's profile
In the News

October 20, 2017

When Donald Trump faced criticism from advocacy groups for not including more women and minorities in his cabinet last January, the incoming administration promised that the lower rungs of the bureaucracy would ultimately look more diverse.

Reuters


Trump’s administration is still mostly white and male
In the News

October 20, 2017

President Donald Trump's largely white and male administration has broken its promise to hire more non-whites and women.

Newsweek


Trump lagging on Ed Dept staffing compared to previous administrations
In the News

October 19, 2017

President Donald Trump's process to fill out top positions at the U.S. Department of Education has lagged that of Barack Obama by as much as nearly eight months to as little as two weeks, Education Week reports, and U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has noted the additional burden it has placed on staff while blaming paperwork delays for the holdup.

Education Drive


GOP senator: Dems will 'cave' if Republicans 'go 24/7'
In the News

October 19, 2017

Trump's nominees have taken longer for the Senate to confirm than those of recent presidents. According to a tally by The Washington Post and the nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service, Trump's appointees have taken about 61 days to confirm on average, compared to 46 days under former President Obama and 32 days under former President George W. Bush.

The Hill


Almost a dozen Trump nominees have withdrawn from consideration for administration jobs
In the News

October 17, 2017

Rep. Tom Marino is the eleventh nominee to withdraw from consideration for a Trump administration post, according to CNN's nomination tracker.

CNN


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