At this point Trump's staffing process has pretty much turned into an extended exercise in trolling, a test to see how much humiliation Americans will endure. It's also kleptocratic grift, of course.
Years ago, I reported on how the Bush administration followed the counsel of a January 2001 Heritage Foundation memo, "Taking Charge of Federal Personnel." Now the Trump administration is dusting it off.
Radical changes coming, the will of We the People notwithstanding. We need to organize, protest, resist and most of all apply pressure to politicians. We can't let them get away with this.
With the nomination of Exxon-Mobil's CEO and an Energy Transfer Partners board member to Cabinet posts, Donald Trump has added to the swamp he pledged to clean two corporate alligators who will put the planet in peril.
President-elect Trump promised, “The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.” Working people across America who heard that and his jobs and trade promises believed him. Those hopes must not become false hopes.
What does it tell us when leading Democrats are more agitated about unproven allegations of Russian election-rigging than they are about proven allegations of Republican election-rigging?
Before we accept the coming destruction of our government as "normal" or "just politics," here is something to think about. Our government is supposed to work for us, We the People, for our benefit, to make our lives better.
If you are an older American – or if you expect to live past your early sixties – and aren’t wealthy, recent news stories may have led you to conclude that the Republican Party is at war with you. If so, you’re not wrong.
Outgoing Louisiana Republican Congressman Charles Boustany is being talked about as a contender for becoming Donald Trump's US Trade Representative (USTR).
Congress is set to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which means that the drug companies will lose millions of customers. Because drug companies will want to make up for their lost revenue, drug prices are likely to rise.
To expose Donald Trump's bait-and-switch on the economy, it will be vital to follow the money, and expose the corruptions and the lies. Challenging Trump’s appointments will provide the first opportunity to pierce the veil.
Donald Trump's recent cabinet picks have a history of being very good … to Donald Trump. Working Americans won’t be as lucky. His latest hire is wrestling billionaire Linda McMahon. In wrestling terms, he's treating voters like "jabronies."
Trump, believe it or not, is President-elect of the United States. That is a position of great power, commanding great influence over what people think and do.
Donald Trump is creating an executive branch of government in service to a narrow set of special interests that no Democrat, and not even all Trump voters, would ever want.
As the vetting of Betsy DeVos goes forward, policy leaders should look beyond "facile" comparisons of how charter schools compare to public schools and consider the impact of school choice on all students and the whole education system
Donald Trump has promised that “every policy decision we make must pass a simple test: Does it create more jobs and better wages for Americans?” Will he at least make federal contractors stop stealing wages from their workers?
In the years right after World War II, average Americans got ahead. Now Americans are getting headaches — from a ferociously top-heavy distribution of the nation’s income.
Newly published data confirms that, conservative rhetoric notwithstanding, Americans pay very little in taxes compared to residents of other developed countries. That includes US corporations.
But considering Trump said he wants to "drain the swamp," you might be surprised he picked someone who literally built the swamp. Scott Pruitt is a pioneer in turning government over to corporate special interests.
Our Revolution and Good Jobs Nation will hold a rally with low-wage federal contract workers Wednesday to call on President-elect Trump to honor his promises to working people, including federal contractor employees.
The future was supposed to bring prosperity and leisure to working people, not joblessness and misery. But that was before the money guys took over.
Most public-sector jobs are secure middle-class jobs that attract educated workers willing to work for less. Yu wouldn’t know this to read reports from the American Enterprise Institute, the Arnold Foundation, and countless others.
A trade deficit is a deficit in people's jobs and livelihoods. Forty straight years of trade deficits is a big part of what led to Donald Trump.
1300 Carrier manufacturing jobs are still going to Mexico. And the 800 jobs staying in Indiana aren't safe, because Carrier is moving to automate much of the work, with the help of the American taxpayer.
The right-wing assault on the advances our country has made in the more than 70 years since the presidency of FDR isn’t waiting for Donald Trump’s inauguration.
Blocking a segment of the Dakota Access Pipeline on Native territory was a landmark victory accomplished through an unprecedented, Native-led grassroots movement. But that victory laid bare the work that remains.
The incoming HUD Secretary doesn't like President Barack Obama's plan to enforce the 1968 Fair Housing Act, even though he knows housing segregation is a problem and doesn't have any better ideas to offer.
In my travels around North Carolina, I ask school board members, legal and education experts, and charter advocates to explain how a state that doesn't seem to adequately fund existing public schools.
Trump was always a Trojan horse for the 0.01 percent. And now he's forming a government of, by, and for the very elites he campaigned against. The ruthless few are in charge now.
Corporate-backed Republicans in Congress are pushing to strip "Buy America" provisions from a bill to help fix the country's water systems. Trump campaigned on government help for American manufacturing and jobs. How will this play out?
Posturing as working class heroes who abandon free-market ideology to battle globalist forces is not a new look for Republicans. In 2002, George W. Bush pandered to PA and WV voters by slapping tariffs on imported steel.
The Illinois General Assembly voted to approve the Future Energy Jobs Package, a bill which would more than double renewable energy generation in the state. Our victory in this fight proves that we can still win big in the age of Trump.
Eleven AIDS activists were arrested Thursday afternoon while staging a sit-in at the office of Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. They were opposing plans to dismantle the health care programs that people living with HIV depend upon.
The tea leaves -- and that's all we have from this already-secretive administration -- are telling us that things are going to be very, very bad for America's workers under a Donald "wages are too high" Trump administration.
During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump pledged not to touch Medicare. Now, it appears President-elect Trump is set to kill Medicare. If you do not want Congress to destroy traditional Medicare, sign this petition.
Only in America, new stats show, could packing an incoming administration with gazillionaires be so easy.
Education policy led by Trump and DeVos will differ from the previous administration, but what's staying the same is how wealthy people will influence it. This matters a lot because the education debate is mostly about who controls it
A progressive gay rights activist and a conservative minister launched a politically diverse coalition that successfully fought predatory lenders in South Dakota. Their story offers hope for all of us in a divisive time.
The hits just keep on coming. It looks like the self-described "great negotiator" is giving away our tax dollars to a company he promised to "penalize" – even before taking office.
President-elect Donald Trump and Congress are moving quickly to reshape health care, including the Indian Health system. And so far the path looks to be chaotic.
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