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Trump's cabinet of oligarchs: So much for 'draining the swamp' 3.12.2016 LA Times: Commentary

To the editor: Congratulations to those of you who voted for President-elect Donald Trump or failed to vote because you weren’t happy with the choices. (“Trump to preside over the richest Cabinet in U.S. history,” Dec. 1)

You didn’t get Hillary Clinton, but here’s what we all got: 

Possibly the...
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Trump Is Right: Our Generals Haven't "Done the Job" 3.12.2016 Mother Jones
This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. President-elect Donald Trump's message for the nation's senior military leadership is ambiguously unambiguous. Here is he on 60 Minutes just days after the election. Trump: "We have some great generals. We have great generals." Lesley Stahl: "You said you knew more than the generals about ISIS." Trump: "Well, I'll be honest with you, I probably do because look at the job they've done. Okay, look at the job they've done. They haven't done the job." In reality, Trump, the former reality show host, knows next to nothing about ISIS—one of many gaps in his education that his impending encounter with actual reality is likely to fill. Yet when it comes to America's generals, our president-to-be is onto something. No doubt our three- and four-star officers qualify as "great" in the sense that they mean well, work hard, and are altogether fine men and women. That they have not "done the job," however, is indisputable—at least if their job is to bring America's ...
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Thomas Edison’s lab door key, lightbulbs up for auction 2.12.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Thomas Edison’s door key to the 19th century lab in New Jersey where he invented the phonograph goes up for auction this weekend, along with lightbulbs he perfected. Six keys in all from the famous inventor’s Menlo Park home and work place will be auctioned Saturday in Dallas, along with five […]
Rich Lowry: No, the swamp will not be drained 2.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
It wasn’t quite “build the wall” or “lock her up,” but “drain the swamp” was a signature Donald Trump slogan. It evoked visions of pinstripe-suit-wearing influence peddlers getting pulled from their Georgetown cocktail parties en masse and tossed into the Potomac River, as Washington returned to the once-sleepy burg it was 100 years ago, a humbled and more righteous town. This was always a fantasy. The oldest story in Washington is a new president elected on a pledge to clean up Washington, who ... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Donald Trump Keeps Draining Swamp By Replacing Food Lobbyist With Former Food Lobbyist 2.12.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
We don’t know much about what President-elect Donald Trump plans to do about the many problems — like food insecurity, environmental pollution, unsustainable farming practices and obesity — facing the U.S. food system. But what we do know so far is cause for alarm to many food advocates. To date, Trump has not announced his pick for the secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Though various reports  have narrowed the list to a half-dozen or so names, the final selection likely won’t be made for at least another week or two. In the meantime, focus has shifted to the names of the individuals Trump previously tasked to direct the transition of the department as part of his agriculture advisory committee , a group initially headed up by veteran D.C. food and agriculture lobbyist Michael Torrey. Torrey, whose recent clients include Little Caesar’s, the Snack Food Association and the soda-pushing American Beverage Association, abruptly resigned from the post last month after Trump announced a ban on ...
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Democrats To Trump Nominees: Show Us Your Taxes 2.12.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON ― Democratic senators on Thursday proposed requiring all the senior-level appointees of President-elect Donald Trump to release their taxes ― something Trump himself, in a startling departure from the norm  for presidential nominees, never got around to doing. Arguing that Trump has done little to guard against conflicts of interest in his own dealings, Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said that the billionaires and millionaires Trump is selecting for his cabinet need to be vetted especially carefully. “Donald Trump campaigned on a promise that he would drain the swamp,” Stabenow told reporters. “But it seems [he] thinks the way to do that is by filling it with even bigger swamp creatures,” Murray said. Among the super-rich would-be government officials are hedge fund billionaire Steven Mnuchin, billionaire investor Wilbur Ross and Amway billionaire Betsy DeVos, whom Trump has put forward as his picks for treasury secretary, commerce secretary and ...
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Six Reasons We’ll Need to Ramp Up the #ConsumerRevolution under Trumpism 1.12.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Katherine Paul

If ever conditions were ripe for revolution, that time is now—especially for anyone who cares about their health, and the health of planet earth. 

President-Elect Donald Trump’s short lists for his environment and agriculture cabinet appointments are dominated by entrenched D.C. insiders, career politicians and industry lobbyists. Not one of these proposed “leaders” supports policies that would lead to healthier food, a cleaner environment or a cooler planet.  

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Trump Ponders Petraeus for Senior Job 1.12.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Ray McGovern

The news that President-elect Donald Trump called in disgraced retired Gen. David Petraeus for a job interview as possible Secretary of State tests whether Trump’s experience in hosting “The Celebrity Apprentice” honed his skills for spotting an incompetent phony or not.

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Trump gets comfy in the Washington swamp 1.12.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Donald Trump is about to become the biggest alligator in Washington, so it should be no surprise that he has lost interest in draining the swamp.

Thanks to constant repetition by the candidate, one of the campaign applause lines that Trump fans learned by heart and loudly repeated whenever their...

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This $100 billion marketplace benefits business and landowners 1.12.2016 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
It's changing the face of real estate, and caters to rural America, business and industry. Here's how Allegheny Power Company unearthed hidden value.
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Swamp draining into Trump Cabinet 1.12.2016 CNN: Top Stories
President-elect Donald Trump is turning to a reliable stable of Republican and business world power brokers to fill out his administration, signaling he's looking to push his agenda using the political apparatus he famously pledged to dismantle.
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Trump's Cabinet: 'Draining the swamp' or diving right in? 1.12.2016 AP Business
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Donald Trump promised to &quot;drain the swamp&quot; in the nation&apos;s capital. Instead, he&apos;s diving right in....
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Trump Is Unlikely to "Drain the Swamp" of War 30.11.2016 Truthout - All Articles
President-elect Donald Trump's message for the nation's senior military leadership is ambiguously unambiguous. Here is he on 60 Minutes just days after winning the election. Trump: "We have some great generals. We have great generals." Lesley Stahl: "You said you knew more than the generals about ISIS." Trump: "Well, I'll be honest with you, I probably do because look at the job they've done. OK, look at the job they've done. They haven't done the job." In reality, Trump, the former reality show host, knows next to nothing about ISIS, one of many gaps in his education that his impending encounter with actual reality is likely to fill.  Yet when it comes to America's generals, our president-to-be is onto something.  No doubt our three- and four-star officers qualify as "great" in the sense that they mean well, work hard, and are altogether fine men and women. That they have not "done the job," however, is indisputable -- at least if their job is to bring America's wars to a timely and successful ...
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Cuba's allies join thousands to honor Castro in Havana; Obama absent 30.11.2016 World
By Daniel Trotta and Sarah Marsh HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba's leftist allies and Washington's top diplomat in Havana joined a sprawling throng of Cubans at a rally on Tuesday to commemorate Fidel Castro, the man who built a Communist state on the doorstep of the United States. Castro died on Friday at age 90, a decade after ceding control to his younger brother Raul Castro, 85. With Raul Castro at his side, the charismatic Fidel Castro led the bearded rebels who seized power in a 1959 revolution and ruled the island in the face of U.S. opposition that endured until President Barack Obama reversed course in 2014 and set out to restore diplomatic ...
HUFFPOST HILL - 'Sleep-Deprived Anger Tweets' The New Fireside Chat 30.11.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Like what you read below? Sign up for HUFFPOST HILL and get a cheeky dose of political news every evening!  To say that Donald Trump is “draining the swamp,” would be incorrect ― the truth is something closer to “making small talk with the swamp about how crowded East Hampton has gotten.”  Trump wants to take away the citizenship of anyone who burns an American flag, which is to say, he wants to give flag burners the opportunity to appear in a photo-op with Justin Trudeau. And today is #givingtuesday , when Americans take a break from holiday shopping to contribute to a charitable cause, or, in the case of the Trump Foundation, a new school library for Barron. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Tuesday, November 29th, 2016: Have any of you NOT been made to think you will receive a cabinet position? A person who spoke with David Petraeus yesterday said the former general felt confident Trump would offer him the secretary of state position. “He felt good about his chances, but I’m sure Trump makes everybody feel ...
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Donald Trump's Treasury Secretary Pick Is A Hedge Funder And 2nd-Generation Goldman Sachs Partner 30.11.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Donald Trump said the system is rigged. He said hedge fund managers are “ getting away with murder .” He said that he’d “ tax Wall Street .” He called Washington D.C. corrupt and promised to “drain the swamp.” He said his opponent Hillary Clinton was too cozy with the banks, as epitomized by her closed-door paid speeches. He said Clinton’s vice presidential nominee, Tim Kaine, was “owned by the banks” and that he, Trump, would break them up. Trump closed his campaign with an ad bashing Goldman Sachs and George Soros, using classically anti-Semitic phrases. And now, according to The New York Times , ABC and CBS, the president-elect has chosen a second-generation Goldman Sachs partner who worked for George Soros before starting a hedge fund and buying IndyMac, a failing California bank that made billions while foreclosing on homeowners after the financial crisis. Steven Mnuchin’s takeover of IndyMac is a story about everything Americans have come to hate about how the financial crisis was allowed to unfold ...
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Trump Loves Winning, But American Generals Have Forgotten How 29.11.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com President-elect Donald Trump’s message for the nation’s senior military leadership is ambiguously unambiguous. Here is he on 60 Minutes just days after winning the election. Trump: “We have some great generals. We have great generals.” Lesley Stahl: “You said you knew more than the generals about ISIS.” Trump: “Well, I’ll be honest with you, I probably do because look at the job they’ve done. OK, look at the job they’ve done. They haven’t done the job.” In reality, Trump, the former reality show host, knows next to nothing about ISIS, one of many gaps in his education that his impending encounter with actual reality is likely to fill. Yet when it comes to America’s generals, our president-to-be is onto something. No doubt our three- and four-star officers qualify as “great” in the sense that they mean well, work hard, and are altogether fine men and women. That they have not “done the job,” however, is indisputable ― at least if their job is to bring America’s wars to a ...
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Donald Trump and the Swamp of Endless War 29.11.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Andrew Bacevich

President-elect Donald Trump’s message for the nation’s senior military leadership is ambiguously unambiguous. Here is he on 60 Minutes just days after winning the election.

Trump: "We have some great generals. We have great generals."

Lesley Stahl: "You said you knew more than the generals about ISIS."

Trump: "Well, I'll be honest with you, I probably do because look at the job they've done. OK, look at the job they've done. They haven't done the job."

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Leftist allies fly in to pay tribute to Cuba's Castro at mass rally 29.11.2016 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Sarah Marsh HAVANA (Reuters) - Leaders of Cuba's leftist allies and other developing countries descend on Havana on Tuesday for a mass rally commemorating Fidel Castro, the rebel who seized power in a 1959 revolution and ruled the island for half a century. Castro, who ceded control to his younger brother Raul Castro a decade ago due to poor health, died on Friday at the age of 90, leaving behind a mixed legacy. For many, especially in Latin America and Africa, he was a symbol of resistance to imperialism, having ousted a U.S.-backed dictator, and a champion of the ...
Trump's Adviser on Wall Street Regulations Is a Longtime Swamp-Dweller 27.11.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Former SEC Commisioner Paul S. Atkins, March 28, 2011. (Photo: Wikipedia )President-elect Donald Trump's transition-team adviser on financial policies and appointments, Paul Atkins, has been depicted as an ideological advocate of small government. But the ways that the Trump administration and Congressional Republicans are likely to approach financial deregulation could serve Atkins' wallet as well as his political agenda. Like Trump himself, Atkins himself faces potential conflicts between his business dealings and his public role. In 2009, a year after he finished his term as a Republican member of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Atkins formed Patomak Global Partners, a consulting firm headquartered on 17th Street, nestled blocks from the Hay-Adams Hotel and the south lawn of the White House. While Trump promised to "drain the swamp" of Washington, Atkins' environs could not get any swampier. Patomak's president is Daniel Gallagher, also a right-leaning former SEC commissioner who might be a ...
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