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23 minutes ago, Fergasun said:

Re: Defense Boards

What's funny is that these shenanegans will prolly get reversed on Jan 21.  Trump is so incompetent, he should have made these ideological changes in his first year.  

 

The Biden transition team should reach out to the board members and apologize.  

 

Also, how does politicizing the DoD help your 2024 run?  

Listening to Nicole Wallace on MSNBC - one of the guests said these moves are to get his buddies some of the top intelligence information so they can use it after they get fired. They can sell the info consulting to various companies. 

 

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3 minutes ago, EmirOfShmo said:

Listening to Nicole Wallace on MSNBC - one of the guests said these moves are to get his buddies some of the top intelligence information so they can use it after they get fired. They can sell the info consulting to various companies. 

 


That would actually be a motive I could believe. It's the only explanation I can see why holding a government job for 4-5 weeks  would be worth the paperwork. 
 

Now, what I would HOPE would happen would be either:  

 

1). Skippy:  "Sure thing, boss. We'll get right on this, Real Soon Now". Or, 

 

2). "Congratulations, Mr Appointee. Now, all we need is for you to fill out this security background and financial disclosure form, under oath. And then we send the information to the FBI, who will get started on the background check for your security clearance."

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How Dozens of Trump’s Political Appointees Will Stay in Government After Biden Takes Over

 

Documents show that officials appointed by Trump who’d otherwise lose their jobs under Biden have been approved for permanent positions in federal agencies.

 

Christopher Prandoni was just 29 when he joined President Donald Trump’s administration as associate director for natural resources at the Council on Environmental Quality. Last year, he hopped over to the Interior Department and became a close adviser to Secretary David Bernhardt, sometimes attending multiple meetings a day with the agency head.

 

In April, Bernhardt named Prandoni, only three years out of law school, to a $114,000-a-year position that’s part of the career civil service. His appointment as a judge in the Interior Department’s Office of Hearings and Appeals, which arbitrates land-use disputes, drew sharp criticism from environmental groups concerned that Prandoni would infuse ideology into decisions and undermine the panel’s integrity.

 

“The job that Prandoni was given was a gift; it was payment for time served,” said Brett Hartl, government affairs director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “He never in a thousand years would have gotten this job if he hadn’t worked directly with David Bernhardt for months at a time implementing the Trump agenda.”

 

Prandoni, whose new job was reported over the summer by E&E News, didn’t reply to a request for comment. He is among 32 political appointees whom the administration has sought to hire into civil service positions in the first three quarters of this year, a phenomenon known as “burrowing” that occurs at the end of every administration. Congress requires the Office of Personnel Management to provide summaries of such requests, since career jobs hold over from one administration to the next and generally have more protections against partisan attempts at removal.

 

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Honestly burrowing doesn't bother me.  OPM officials have to review to ensure that the career position is truly merited.  

 

They are moving into non political jobs...

 

Edit to add:  Yes, it may be true this person got a job and experience because of the appointed position, but I don't think these are neferious.  When was the last time one of these people caused issues?  Never happens or else they would have referenced it like, "Tony Blahblah from the Obama administration did somethingorwhat to foil Trump in 2017."

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ICE Is Trying To Force BuzzFeed News To Divulge Its Sources

 

Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigators issued a subpoena this week demanding BuzzFeed News identify its sources — an extraordinary attempt by the government to interfere with a news outlet acting under the protections of the First Amendment, and a move that the agency’s former chief lambasted as “embarrassing.”

 

The effort to pressure BuzzFeed News into revealing sources comes after relentless efforts by President Donald Trump’s administration to undermine the free press. The outgoing president has for years lied about news outlets that publish true but critical stories about him and his administration, calling them “fake news,” which has opened reporters up to threats and violence.

 

The administration has also targeted journalist sources. Specifically in the Department of Homeland Security, officials have warned employees not to discuss internal policies or documents with the media. They have also told employees to report colleagues they suspected of sharing sensitive internal information, along with those who requested information that fell out of their day-to-day duties.

 

The subpoena appears to be an escalation of the Trump administration’s efforts to track down the identities of people who provide information to news outlets. It comes just months after the Washington Post reported that DHS investigators had created “intelligence reports” about media members who had reported on leaked documents.

 

ICE did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

 

"BuzzFeed News emphatically rejects any requests for information about possible sources and methods of our reporting,” said BuzzFeed News Editor-in-Chief Mark Schoofs. “We do not confirm or discuss confidential sources, and this subpoena is an outrageous overreach by the federal government. It's fundamentally at odds with the US Constitution and will not have any impact on our journalism."

 

A former ICE leader castigated the subpoena to BuzzFeed News.

 

“This is embarrassing for ICE. I think it is a weak effort to intimidate the press,” said John Sandweg, former acting director of the agency. “When you’re trying to intimidate the press, you cross a line. It is something that the agency should never do.”

 

Legal experts also raised alarm that the subpoena was an effort to undermine democracy.

 

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13 minutes ago, China said:

ICE Is Trying To Force BuzzFeed News To Divulge Its Sources

 

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The subpoena, issued on Dec. 1 by an agent with the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility

 

1)  Law enforcement agents can issue subpoenas?  Doesn't that take a judge?  

 

2)  They should identify the person who issued it.  :) 

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Trump’s Final Days of Rage and Denial

 

The last act of the Trump presidency has taken on the stormy elements of a drama more common to history or literature than a modern White House.


WASHINGTON — Over the past week, President Trump posted or reposted about 145 messages on Twitter lashing out at the results of an election he lost. He mentioned the coronavirus pandemic now reaching its darkest hours four times — and even then just to assert that he was right about the outbreak and the experts were wrong.

 

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President Trump in the Oval Office on Thursday.

 

Moody and by accounts of his advisers sometimes depressed, the president barely shows up to work, ignoring the health and economic crises afflicting the nation and largely clearing his public schedule of meetings unrelated to his desperate bid to rewrite the election results. He has fixated on rewarding friends, purging the disloyal and punishing a growing list of perceived enemies that now includes Republican governors, his own attorney general and even Fox News.

 

The final days of the Trump presidency have taken on the stormy elements of a drama more common to history or literature than a modern White House. His rage and detached-from-reality refusal to concede defeat evoke images of a besieged overlord in some distant land defiantly clinging to power rather than going into exile or an erratic English monarch imposing his version of reality on his cowed court.

 

And while he will leave office in 46 days, the last few weeks may only foreshadow what he will be like after he departs. Mr. Trump will almost certainly try to shape the national conversation from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida and his relentless campaign to discredit the election could undercut his successor, President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. Although many Republicans would like to move on, he appears intent on forcing them to remain in thrall to his need for vindication and vilification even after his term expires.

 

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17 hours ago, Fergasun said:

Honestly burrowing doesn't bother me.  OPM officials have to review to ensure that the career position is truly merited.  

 

They are moving into non political jobs...

 

Edit to add:  Yes, it may be true this person got a job and experience because of the appointed position, but I don't think these are neferious.  When was the last time one of these people caused issues?  Never happens or else they would have referenced it like, "Tony Blahblah from the Obama administration did somethingorwhat to foil Trump in 2017."

Oh. It's certainly nefarious and the position the person acquired in the article is one that he apparently would never have gotten on his merits (resume), but I agree that burrowing isn't an atrocity. There are probably many cases where political appointees have shown the skill and gained the experience to be really useful contributors. However, if the person really is incompetent or a troublemaker, Trump's own recent move to make it easier to fire civil servants might come back to bite these burrowed-in rodents.

6 hours ago, China said:

Trump’s Final Days of Rage and Denial

 

The last act of the Trump presidency has taken on the stormy elements of a drama more common to history or literature than a modern White House.


WASHINGTON — Over the past week, President Trump posted or reposted about 145 messages on Twitter lashing out at the results of an election he lost. He mentioned the coronavirus pandemic now reaching its darkest hours four times — and even then just to assert that he was right about the outbreak and the experts were wrong.

 

merlin_180770211_9390c8cc-2ade-47dd-abc5

President Trump in the Oval Office on Thursday.

 

Moody and by accounts of his advisers sometimes depressed, the president barely shows up to work, ignoring the health and economic crises afflicting the nation and largely clearing his public schedule of meetings unrelated to his desperate bid to rewrite the election results. He has fixated on rewarding friends, purging the disloyal and punishing a growing list of perceived enemies that now includes Republican governors, his own attorney general and even Fox News.

 

The final days of the Trump presidency have taken on the stormy elements of a drama more common to history or literature than a modern White House. His rage and detached-from-reality refusal to concede defeat evoke images of a besieged overlord in some distant land defiantly clinging to power rather than going into exile or an erratic English monarch imposing his version of reality on his cowed court.

 

And while he will leave office in 46 days, the last few weeks may only foreshadow what he will be like after he departs. Mr. Trump will almost certainly try to shape the national conversation from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida and his relentless campaign to discredit the election could undercut his successor, President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. Although many Republicans would like to move on, he appears intent on forcing them to remain in thrall to his need for vindication and vilification even after his term expires.

 

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I think every rational person saw this coming. Trump is a petty, vindictive, and cruel person. If Trump's ship is to go down, he will sever the line of every lifeboat but his. Then, he will set the ship afire. No one but him deserves to escape alive.

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@Burgold

If you read the article and reports, OPM has to approve all the conversions to career civil service.  By law they follow merit principals.  

 

And again... these are non-policy positions, that folks can be fired from if they cause the type of trouble that is alleged from the article. 

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43 minutes ago, Fergasun said:

@Burgold

If you read the article and reports, OPM has to approve all the conversions to career civil service.  By law they follow merit principals.  

 

And again... these are non-policy positions, that folks can be fired from if they cause the type of trouble that is alleged from the article. 

That's all well and good... if OPM hasn't been corrupted or the people in charge of approvals aren't being leaned on very heavily. Is there much of a chance that undue pressure isn't being applied by Trump's appointees?

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