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Donald Trump Recruits Corporate Lobbyists to Select His Future Administration

by Lee Fang

November 8, 2016

As Donald Trump finishes his campaign with a promise to break the control of Washington by political insiders, his transition team is preparing to hand his administration over to a cozy clique of corporate lobbyists and Republican power brokers.

“Our movement is about replacing a failed and corrupt political establishment with a new government controlled by you the American people,” Trump says in his closing campaign advertisement, followed by flashing images of K Street, Wall Street, and Goldman Sachs Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein.

But the Trump transition team is a who’s who of influence peddlers, including: energy adviser Michael Catanzaro, a lobbyist for Koch Industries and the Walt Disney Company; adviser Eric Ueland, a Senate Republican staffer who previously lobbied for Goldman Sachs; and Transition General Counsel William Palatucci, an attorney in New Jersey whose lobbying firm represents Aetna and Verizon. Rick Holt, Christine Ciccone, Rich Bagger, and Mike Ferguson are among the other corporate lobbyists helping to manage the transition effort.

Presidential transition teams develop policy plans and come up with a list of more than 4,000 people an incoming president appoints, including White House jobs, cabinet secretaries, and lower level positions that oversee the military, agriculture, trade, and beyond.

Trump for America Inc., a nonprofit group chaired by Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., to oversee the Trump transition, has quietly moved ahead, meeting with interest groups and reaching out to lobbyists to plan a future Trump administration.

The group has held regular meetings at the Washington, D.C., offices of Baker Hostetler, a law and lobbying firm.

On Thursday, the group hosted a breakfast at Baker Hostetler attended by Microsoft’s Ed Ingle and Steve Hart, two lobbyists who, according to filings, have worked to promote the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Other transition meetings have included briefings with the Financial Services Roundtable and the Investment Company Institute, two lobby groups that represent Wall Street interests, as well as with the BGR Group, a lobby firm that represents Saudi Arabia and the South Korean government.

Trump, of course, isn’t alone in relying on entrenched political insiders to shape his future administration. The Hillary Clinton transition team is led by Ken Salazar and Tom Donilon, two former Obama administration officials who now serve on the lobbying teams of major law firms. Though the Clinton campaign gained headlines for banning registered lobbyists from managing her transition, the distinction between registered and unregistered lobbying is largely a question of semantics.
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Disillusioned by Leadership, Many Union Rank-and-File Turned to Trump

Refusal of union leadership to support Sanders' political revolution as alternative to the status quo set the stage for Trump, says Michael Lighty

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Trump Victory Signals Repudiation of Clintonian Politics
Bhaskar Sunkara and Paul Jay discuss the consequences of the election for the Democrats and the possibility of a reinvigorated Sanders-like insurgency in 2018

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* An interesting opinion piece, my differences are that there is nothing left of the Democratic Party.
I had thought Clinton, had she won, might very well destroy what was left if she did not allow
for meaningful reform. but I was wrong. Trump blew up whatever was left of the Democratic Party,
it is a shell of the promise and political influence it had in 2008. It will be wise for liberals , Democrats,
Independents to examine all the players who assisted in this train wreck..their complicity as well as
ensuring they're not influential going forward. Hillary and Bill are done, but their like minded minions and
their think tanks won't leave without a push.....the fight goes on.


The Liberals Didn’t Listen: The Immense Cost of Ignoring Tom Frank’s Warnings


By William K. Black
November 8, 2016 Kansas City, MO

I am writing this article late on election night in my office at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, about a mile from the home in which Tom Frank grew up just over the state line in Kansas. Beginning with his famous book, What’s the Matter with Kansas, first published in 2004, Tom Frank has been warning the Democratic Party of the increasing cost it was paying by abandoning and even attacking the working class, particularly the white working class. Some political scientists tried to savage his work, pointing to Bill Clinton’s electoral success and arguing that the disaffected members of the working class were also less likely to vote. Frank returned to the theme just in time for this election with a new book – Listen, Liberal – that documents in damning, lively narrative the New Democrats’ war on the New Deal, their disdain for organized labor, and their antipathy for what they viewed as retrograde white working class attitudes.

Frank kept showing the enormous price the working class were paying as a result of the economic policies of the Republicans and the New Democrats, and the indifference to their plight by the leaders of the New Democrats. Senator Bernie Sanders consciously took up the cause of reducing surging inequality and became a hero to a broad coalition of voters, many of them fiercely opposed to the New Democrats’ embrace of Wall Street cash, policies, and arrogance. Sanders set records for small donor fundraising and generated enormous enthusiasm. Sanders knew he would face the opposition of the New Democrats, but he also found that progressive congressional Democrats would rarely support him publicly in the contest for the Party’s nomination and even union leaders sided overwhelmingly with Secretary Hillary Clinton, the New Democrats’ strongly preferred candidate.

Hillary did not simply fail to reach out to the working class voters that the New Democrats had turned their backs on for decades, she infamously attacked them as “deplorables.” This was exactly the group of potential voters that was enraged because it believed, correctly as Tom Frank keeps showing us, that the New Democrats looked down on them and adopted policies that rigged the system against the working class. Hillary’s insult confirmed their most powerful bases for their rage against her. Her insult was an early Christmas present to Trump. Her attempt to walk the insult back was doomed.

Hillary Clinton handled things so miserably that she allowed a plutocrat whose career is based on rigging the system against the working class to become the hero of the working class. That is world-class incompetence. Had she followed Tom Frank’s advice she would today be the President-elect. The real cost, however, of her failure will be enormous damage to our democracy, the safety of the world, and the damage that President Trump will do to the working class as he systematically betrays their interests.

The first test of whether the Wall Street-wing of the Democratic Party has learned any of the lessons Tom Frank tried to teach them is whether President Obama will continue with his threat to try to have the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) approved by the lame duck session of Congress. Obama, who was elected on the promise that he would stop TPP, should listen to Senators Sanders and Warren and honor his promise to the voters to stop TPP. He must begin the process of the Democrats winning back the support of the working class.
The leaders of the democratic-wing of the Democratic Party need to move forward assertively to retake control of their Party. The current head of the DNC has been exposed as part of the effort to prevent Senator Sanders from winning the nomination. She should resign tomorrow. The Clinton's should cease acting as Party leaders.

A period of enormous corruption and elite fraud is coming soon as the Trump administration brings its signature characteristic – crony capitalism – to bear to control all three branches of government. Trump promises to deregulate Wall Street, appoint top supervisors chosen for their unwillingness to supervise, and appoint judges who will allow CEOs to loot with impunity. Trump promises to outdo even the savage anti-media and anti-whistleblower policies of the Obama administration. The House and Senate committee chairs will intensify their blatantly partisan use of investigations while refusing to conduct real oversight hearings revealing the elite fraud and corruption.

The progressive Senate Democrats will have to be innovative and stalwart in these circumstances to find ways to blow the whistle repeatedly on the mounting corruption. Their challenge will be to lead despite having no real institutional power. Democrats should start by doing what they should have done in 2004 – take Tom Frank’s warnings deadly seriously.
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Thomas Frank: ‘Donald Trump Is Moving to the White House, and Liberals Put Him There’ Posted on Nov 9, 2016


“What the hell went wrong” on an election night that gave the United States President Trump, asks Thomas Frank, author of “Listen, Liberal” and one of the Democratic Party’s most able critics, at The Guardian.

Trump, who will soon go about “settling scores with his former rivals, picking fights with other countries, and unleashing his special deportation police on this group and that. ... What species of cluelessness guided our Democratic leaders as they went about losing what they told us was the most important election of our lifetimes?”
Start at the top. Why, oh why, did it have to be Hillary Clinton? Yes, she has an impressive resume; yes, she worked hard on the campaign trail. But she was exactly the wrong candidate for this angry, populist moment. An insider when the country was screaming for an outsider. A technocrat who offered fine-tuning when the country wanted to take a sledgehammer to the machine.
She was the Democratic candidate because it was her turn and because a Clinton victory would have moved every Democrat in Washington up a notch. Whether or not she would win was always a secondary matter, something that was taken for granted. Had winning been the party’s number one concern, several more suitable candidates were ready to go. There was Joe Biden, with his powerful plainspoken style, and there was Bernie Sanders, an inspiring and largely scandal-free figure. Each of them would probably have beaten Trump, but neither of them would really have served the interests of the party insiders. …
To try to put over such a nominee while screaming that the Republican is a rightwing monster is to court disbelief. If Trump is a fascist, as liberals often said, Democrats should have put in their strongest player to stop him, not a party hack they’d chosen because it was her turn. Choosing her indicated either that Democrats didn’t mean what they said about Trump’s riskiness, that their opportunism took precedence over the country’s well-being, or maybe both.
Clinton’s supporters among the media didn’t help much, either. It always struck me as strange that such an unpopular candidate enjoyed such robust and unanimous endorsements from the editorial and opinion pages of the nation’s papers, but it was the quality of the media’s enthusiasm that really harmed her. With the same arguments repeated over and over, two or three times a day, with nuance and contrary views all deleted, the act of opening the newspaper started to feel like tuning in to a Cold War propaganda station. Here’s what it consisted of:
• Hillary was virtually without flaws. She was a peerless leader clad in saintly white, a super-lawyer, a caring benefactor of women and children, a warrior for social justice.
• Her scandals weren’t real.
• The economy was doing well / America was already great.
• Working-class people weren’t supporting Trump.
• And if they were, it was only because they were botched humans. Racism was the only conceivable reason for lining up with the Republican candidate.
How did the journalists’ crusade fail? The fourth estate came together in an unprecedented professional consensus. They chose insulting the other side over trying to understand what motivated them. They transformed opinion writing into a vehicle for high moral boasting. What could possibly have gone wrong with such an approach?
Put this question in slightly more general terms and you are confronting the single great mystery of 2016. The American white-collar class just spent the year rallying around a super-competent professional (who really wasn’t all that competent) and either insulting or silencing everyone who didn’t accept their assessment. And then they lost. Maybe it’s time to consider whether there’s something about shrill self-righteousness, shouted from a position of high social status, that turns people away.
The even larger problem is that there is a kind of chronic complacency that has been rotting American liberalism for years, a hubris that tells Democrats they need do nothing different, they need deliver nothing really to anyone – except their friends on the Google jet and those nice people at Goldman. The rest of us are treated as though we have nowhere else to go and no role to play except to vote enthusiastically on the grounds that these Democrats are the “last thing standing” between us and the end of the world. It is a liberalism of the rich, it has failed the middle class, and now it has failed on its own terms of electability. Enough with these comfortable Democrats and their cozy Washington system. Enough with Clintonism and its prideful air of professional-class virtue. Enough!

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**SLEAZE & SLEAZE...Clinton and Brock.

Podesta[b] Warned: “I Hope Hillary Truly Understands Now How Batshit Crazy David Brock Is”

November 4, 2016
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[/b]One of the issues that was raised repeatedly by Bernie Sanders and later by Donald Trump is the alliance between Hillary Clinton and David Brock, the founder of Media Matters. Brock has been widely attacked for what critics view as sleazy and vicious work on behalf of Hillary Clinton. You may recall Bernie Sanders denouncing Clinton for her continued alliance with Brock and use of his controversial PAC organizations. Sanders referred to Brock as simple “scum” but Clinton refused to denounced Brock or to discourage Democrats from working with or contributing to his PACs. It turns out that even Clinton aides were disgusted by Clinton’s refusal to cut off Brock or to denounced his work. In the latest batch of Wikileaks, Neera Tanden, the President of Center for American Progress, allegedly emailed John Podesta that “I hope Hillary truly understands now how batshit crazy David Brock is.”

Of course, the question answers itself. The consistent view from both inside and outside of the Clinton campaign referenced Brock in the same terms. The obvious conclusion is that it is precisely those attributes that proved the attraction.
The mainstream media has been repeatedly accused of ignoring the Clinton-Brock connection. Yet, the email (if accurate) shows that Clinton allies were equally concerned about the association. Tanden previously worked for Hillary Clinton’s Senate campaign and later served as policy director for Barack Obama.

The subject of the email was simply “I Hope.”

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*Brazile and her bullshit...how much more contempt can she show?


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Nov 9, 2016 11:27 PM EST



Donna Brazile: I’m only sorry I got caught cheating with debate questions Interim DNC chair won't apologize for helping Clinton, recycles discredited claims that Russians altered emails

Matthew Sheffield

Donna Brazile, the interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, is not only refusing to apologize for giving debate questions to candidate Hillary Clinton. She’s also saying she would do it again if given the opportunity.

“My conscience — as an activist, a strategist — is very clear,” she said in an interview with talk-radio host Joe Madison that aired on Monday.
Brazile argued she was simply doing her job as a strategist to know what questions the debate moderators might pose: “You’re doggone right I’m gonna talk to everybody. Joe, I will never go out on TV or go on radio without the facts. I will ask. I will submit things. I will circulate things. And guess what? I also enjoy the exchange that I have with my colleagues.”

The far-from-contrite political veteran also recycled her discredited claims that the hacked emails that exposed her perfidy against presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders were somehow altered by Russian intelligence agents.

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#ShePersisted She Was Warned, Nevertheless, She Persisted
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Henry_ » 10 Nov 2016 8:21 am wrote:
Donald Trump Recruits Corporate Lobbyists to Select His Future Administration

It was all a big con.
I tried to tell them.
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Nevertheless, she persisted.”

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Misty » 10 Nov 2016 4:12 pm wrote:
It was all a big con.
I tried to tell them.


You did, but they'll have to see it for themselves...some will never see it.

His advisors are considering Jamie Dimon for Treasury Secretary.....looks like
he may have no interest. I thought, holy shit...what a round up of thieves.
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* Another fucking slime bag, go away already...as in go to hell.



Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean said he is running for his old job atop the Democratic Party.

"The dems need organization and focus on the young," Dean tweeted Thursday. "Need a fifty State strategy and tech rehab. I am in for chairman again."
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Donald Trump's Contract with the American Voter

What follows is my 100-day action plan to Make America Great Again. It is a contract between myself and the American voter — and begins with restoring honesty and accountability, and bringing change to Washington. On the first day of my term of office, my administration will immediately pursue the following:

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*The Democratic Party elite gave the Republicans full control..GAVE it all away, all for Clinton:


JANESVILLE, Wis. — House Speaker Paul Ryan is moving swiftly publicly and privately to sync up with Donald Trump, and seize on a monumental opportunity to realize the conservative platform the speaker has spent years waiting to enact.
After months of tension between the two, Ryan and Trump have enlisted their staffs to set up a meeting as soon as this week to begin initial planning for the first unified government in nearly a decade. Ryan and Trump spoke twice in the hours after the presidential election was called. Ryan also connected with Vice President-elect Mike Pence — his friend of nearly two decades — and the speaker's team has been in touch with Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who is taking an increased role in the White House transition effort.

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A good win, fuck Joe..bye bye.

Latino Voters Helped Thwart Controversial Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Seventh Re-Election Bid
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November 10, 2016
Why Did So Many Workers Join the Wealthy in Voting for Trump?
Bill Fletcher, Jr. and Paul Jay discuss the role of trade unions, taxes, and white supremacy in the outcome of the 2016 election

https://youtu.be/FP6LHZWvjmA

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Anti-Trump protests, some violent, erupt for 3rd night nationwide


Melanie Eversley ,Aamer Madhani andRick Jervis ,

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10:10 a.m. EST November 11, 2016
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In an email to supporters late Thursday, Sanders said Ellison was uniquely qualified to take on "the political establishment and billionaire class," and that "his experience and perspective would be key to leading the fight against Trump."Sanders also made the case for the institutional value of the DNC, an organization he and his backers clashed with repeatedly during the primaries."I'm sure a lot of you have some feelings about the Democratic National Committee," he said. "The truth is that it is an important entity to build, support, and maintain if we are to have the chance to organize and win in the coming elections while Trump is president."

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Nov 10, 2016
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There Were No Purple* States On Tuesday
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Bernie Sanders Is Considering a Run for a Senate Leadership Spot He has ruled out running for minority leader, however.

November 10, 2016


By George Zornick
As the Democratic Party reflects and reorganizes in the wake of Donald Trump’s election as president, Senator Bernie Sanders is considering making a run for a Senate leadership position

Sanders was planning to become chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, or possibly the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, if Democrats took control of the upper chamber. But with the GOP retaining control of the body, Sanders’s calculus has changed.

He is now “thinking about” making a run for a slot in Democratic Senate leadership, according to Michael Briggs, his communications director.

Sanders has ruled out running for minority leader against Senator Chuck Schumer, however, according to Briggs.

There is a
brewing fight between Senators Dick Durbin and Patty Murray for minority whip, the number-two spot in Democratic leadership. It’s not immediately clear if Sanders would enter that fight.


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