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Old 01-25-2018, 12:46 AM
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Brownback in the State Dept? WTH?!

'Pence forced to break tie over nomination of Brownback for religious freedom post' WP

"The Senate narrowly confirmed Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) to a diplomatic post Wednesday, with Senate GOP leaders needing the help of Vice President Pence to break a deadlock over his controversial nomination.
Brownback was confirmed to be ambassador at large for international religious freedom on a 50-to-49 vote, with all Democrats opposed and two Republicans absent. Pence cast the tiebreaking vote in his role as president of the Senate.

The vote highlighted how polarizing a figure Brownback has become during his tenure as governor of Kansas. It also underscored the razor-thin margin of the Senate Republican majority and the implications for the GOP agenda and President Trump’s nominees."

Brownback had faced opposition from LGBT groups over a decision he made as Kansas governor to scuttle an executive order that barred discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

In a dramatic turn Wednesday afternoon, the Senate hit a 49-to-49 stalemate on a procedural vote to end debate on the nomination. Two Republican senators were absent: John McCain (Ariz.), who is in his home state battling brain cancer, and Bob Corker (Tenn.), who was at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Pence quickly traveled to the Capitol to break the deadlock.

Wednesday marked the seventh and eighth times Pence has had to cast a tiebreaking vote since the start of the Trump presidency just over a year ago. By comparison, Vice President Joe Biden cast no tiebreaking votes in the Senate during the eight years of the Obama presidency. During George W. Bush’s presidency, Vice President Richard B. Cheney cast eight tiebreaking votes."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/power...=.54c0f7198d47

Seems like there's a place in the Trump administration for every kook and weirdo with their hand out.
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Old 01-25-2018, 08:06 AM
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And then there's this:

A National Park Service (NPS) official accused of helping Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder improperly cut down trees has been named the acting director of the agency.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced the promotion of Deputy Director Dan Smith on Wednesday...

A 2006 report by Interior’s inspector general (IG) concluded that Smith, then a high-ranking adviser to NPS Director Fran Mainella, repeatedly pressured lower-level officials to allow Snyder to cut down trees separating his Maryland mansion from the Potomac River...

“Smith inappropriately used his position to apply pressure and circumvent NPS procedures, on Snyder’s behalf, through his personal connections with park officials and Mr. Snyder and his representatives,” the IG concluded.


http://thehill.com/policy/energy-env...-park-services

He sounds like a perfect steward of the National Park Service in a Trump administration.

Then, of course we have the story of the rookie 24 year old (who inflated his own resume numerous times to include false claims of a Masters Degree) who was appointed to a senior position in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.

http://www.newsweek.com/trumps-24-ye...roversy-790433

Only the best people, indeed.
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