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Mike McCaul campaigns hard for homeland security post

By Gary Jacobson

December 7, 2016 at 7:16am

Texas Rep. Mike McCaul wants the job - secretary of the Department of Homeland Security - badly. His actions the past few days seem like an all-out campaign to convince president-elect Donald Trump that he’s the right person for the cabinet post.

Trump and Boeing

By Muckety

December 6, 2016 at 10:57am

Bloomberg, eTrade and the other online financial news and trading sites are going to need a new sort of chart tracking both stock prices and Donald Trump’s tweets.

Whatever you call it - voter suppression, depression, targeted campaign messages - the tactic worked for Trump

By Gary Jacobson

December 5, 2016 at 3:27pm

Looking back, it was a remarkable story, perhaps the most remarkable of the entire presidential campaign. As much as anything before or after, it helps us understand how we elected Donald Trump president.

Mattis selected as Trump’s secretary of defense

By Muckety

December 1, 2016 at 5:21pm

James Mattis, former chief of U.S. Central Command, has been chosen as the Trump administration’s nominee for secretary of defense, the Washington Post reports.

A basket of billionaires

By Laurie Bennett

November 30, 2016 at 9:00am

Today’s billionaires-in-the-cabinet count: One and a fraction, not including the boss.

Mnuchin picked as Treasury secretary

By Laurie Bennett

November 30, 2016 at 6:53am

Steven Mnuchin, the national finance chairman for the Trump presidential campaign, is Trump’s pick for Treasury secretary, the New York Times reports.

Ben Carson offered HUD job

By Muckety

November 23, 2016 at 1:44pm

Former presidential candidate Ben Carson has been offered the post of secretary of housing and urban development, the New York Times reports.

Nikki Haley selected as UN ambassador

By Muckety

November 23, 2016 at 7:29am

Donald Trump has chosen South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

Thank Robert Mercer and Zuck for Donald Trump, our first Facebook president

By Gary Jacobson

November 22, 2016 at 6:03am

In the old media world, we would have headlined this story: “The Making of the President 2016.”

The moneyed, conservative universe of Betsy DeVos

By Laurie Bennett

November 19, 2016 at 8:49am

Betsy DeVos, former chair of the Michigan Republican Party and a vocal advocate of charter schools, reportedly is under consideration for education secretary.

Pompeo chosen to head CIA

By Muckety

November 18, 2016 at 10:06am

U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo, a Kansas Republican active in the Tea Party movement, has been chosen by Donald Trump as the new director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Trump picks Jeff Sessions for attorney general

By Muckety

November 18, 2016 at 9:31am

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions to be attorney general.

Flynn tapped as national security adviser

By Laurie Bennett

November 18, 2016 at 8:07am

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn has reportedly accepted Donald Trump’s offer to become the next national security adviser.

The many barriers to Secretary of State Rudy Giuliani

By Laurie Bennett

November 16, 2016 at 10:44am

Rudy Giuliani as secretary of state? Beyond his combustible behavior in recent months, his business dealings present an array of potential conflicts.

Trump rearranges the chairs

By Laurie Bennett

November 16, 2016 at 5:30am

All is not copacetic in the Trump camp.

Bannon appointment a frightening first step

By Laurie Bennett

November 15, 2016 at 7:06am

Donald Trump’s choice of Steve Bannon to be his chief strategist has sparked widespread denunciatiations from civil rights groups.

Trump’s potential conflicts

By Laurie Bennett

November 9, 2016 at 6:06pm

Donald Trump’s myriad business interests, the Washington Post points out, present potential conflicts without precedent in the White House.

Christie aides convicted in GW Bridge case

By Muckety

November 4, 2016 at 1:23pm

Two people close to Chris Christie were convicted of federal charges Friday in the George Washington Bridge scandal, the New York Times reports.

The interconnected characters of ‘Hamilton’

By Laurie Bennett

October 22, 2016 at 6:47am

Who could have foreseen, in the country’s nascent days, that generations would learn or re-learn American history through a Broadway musical in which the founding fathers sing hip-hop?

The importance of the foreign-policy elite

By Laurie Bennett

October 20, 2016 at 6:00am

Surprisingly, in a debate addressing international affairs, the word “elite” was never uttered Wednesday night.



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