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THE PLUM BOOK IS HERE FOR THOSE ANGLING FOR JOB'S IN TRUMP'S WASHINGTON The biggest Help Wanted ad in eight years materialized in Washington Monday morning: A plum-colored paperback listing 9,000 political jobs for those who want to work in Donald Trump’s administration. The 226-page Plum Book — so called for the desirable jobs that change hands at the end of a presidential term — lists every patronage position in the executive and legislative branches that could be filled by Trump supporters. They’re the policymaking and support positions that will form the spine of the real estate developer’s new government, and they’ll be vacated by the Obama administration by Jan. 20. Click here for the full article from the Washington Post (12/4/16).
CAN TRUMP BROADEN HIS GOVERNMENT BEYOND HIS LOYALISTS? - AND DOES HE WANT TO? Nowhere did Donald Trump’s candidacy inspire more trepidation or alarm than in the national security community, inhabited by many Republicans who vehemently denounced their party’s nominee as dangerously unfit to be commander in chief. Now, as President-elect Trump begins assembling his government, scores of former senior national security officials, foreign policy specialists and career civil servants are wrestling with a dilemma: refuse government service or join the administration of the 45th president? Click here for the full article from the Washington Post (11/12/16).
TRUMP'S HIRES WILL SET THE COURSE OF HIS PRESIDENCY “Busy day planned in New York,” President-elect Donald J. Trump said on Twitter on Friday morning, two days after his astonishing victory. “Will soon be making some very important decisions on the people who will be running our government!” If anything, that understates the gravity of the personnel choices Mr. Trump and his transition team are weighing. Rarely in the history of the American presidency has the exercise of choosing people to fill jobs had such a far-reaching impact on the nature and priorities of an incoming administration. Click here for the full article from the New York Times (11/12/16).
A SINGLE SENATOR STYMIES THE EXPORT-IMPORT BANK Thursday is an ignominious anniversary for the government agency that helps finance foreigners' purchases of American exports. Thanks to a single senator, it has been a full year since the 82-year-old Export-Import Bank could approve deals exceeding $10 million, a limit that rules out high-dollar deals on airplanes, power generators, heavy equipment, and nuclear reactions. Click here to read the full article from the New York Times (6/27/16).