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VICE PRESIDENT: As President of the Senate, the Vice President is responsible for casting a vote in the event of a Senate deadlock, and residing over and certifying the official vote count of the U.S. Electoral College. He is also a statutory member of the National Security Council, and is first in the presidential line of succession.

MIKE PENCE: Current Governor of Indiana. A conservative and a supporter of the Tea Party movement, he had previously represented Indiana’s 2nd congressional district and Indiana’s 6th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 2001 to 2013. In July 2016, Mike was named the Republican Party nominee for Vice President of the United States in the 2016 election. Born into a Catholic family with political leanings, he became interested in politics at an early age due to the influence of his family. As a young man, he idolized former President John F. Kennedy and was later inspired by Ronald Reagan. He went on to graduate from Hanover College and earned his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law following which he ventured into a legal career. Mike began a career in radio talk in the 1990s even as he tried to enter politics. Mike Pence began his career as an attorney in private practice. Around this time he also tried to enter into politics and ran unsuccessfully for a congressional seat in 1988 and 1990. He did not give up though and was able to become the president of the Indiana Policy Review Foundation in 1991. In 1994, Mike began a career in talk radio and hosted ‘The Mike Pence Show’, which was based in WRCR-FM in Rushville. Syndicated by Network Indiana, the show was aired on weekdays on 18 stations throughout the state. Starting from 1995, he also hosted a weekend political talk show out of Indianapolis. He ended his broadcast career in the late 1990s and ran for Congress again in 2000, this time getting elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District. Over the course of his political career he was re-elected four more times by comfortable margins. Pence served as the chairman of the Republican Study Committee, a group of conservative House Republicans, from 2005 to 2007. His increasingly successful career prompted Pence to announce in 2011 that he would seek the Republican nomination for governor of Indiana in 2012. In November 2012, Mike won the gubernatorial election, defeating Democratic nominee John R. Gregg and Libertarian nominee Rupert Boneham. He was sworn in as the 50th governor of Indiana on January 14, 2013.
SECRETARY OF STATE: Advises the President on foreign-policy issues, works to carry out the country’s foreign policy, maintains relations between foreign countries and the United States, negotiates treaties and agreements with foreign nations, speaks for the United States in the United Nations and other major international organizations, and supervises embassies, missions, and consulates overseas.

REX TILLERSON: A native of Wichita Falls, Texas, Rex Tillerson earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering at the University of Texas at Austin before joining Exxon Company, U.S.A. in 1975 as a production engineer. In 1989, he became general manager of Exxon Company U.S.A.’s central production division, responsible for oil and gas production operations throughout a large portion of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas. In 1992, Mr. Tillerson was named production advisor to Exxon Corporation. Three years later he was named president of Exxon Yemen Inc. and Esso Exploration and Production Khorat Inc., and in January 1998 became vice president of Exxon Ventures (CIS) Inc. and president of Exxon Neftegas Limited. In those roles, he was responsible for Exxon’s holdings in Russia and the Caspian Sea as well as the Sakhalin I consortium operations offshore Sakhalin Island, Russia. In December 1999, he became executive vice president of ExxonMobil Development Company. Mr. Tillerson was named senior vice president of Exxon Mobil Corporation in August 2001, and was elected president of the corporation and member of the board of directors on March 1, 2004. He assumed his current position on January 1, 2006. Mr. Tillerson is a member of the executive committee and a former chairman of the American Petroleum Institute. He is also a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and a trustee of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is a member of the National Petroleum Council, a member of the Business Roundtable, a member of the Business Council, an honorary trustee of the Business Council for International Understanding, and a member of the Emergency Committee for American Trade. In 2013, Mr. Tillerson was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Mr. Tillerson is the vice-chairman of the Ford’s Theatre Society, immediate past national president of the Boy Scouts of America, and a former director of the United Negro College Fund. He is also a member of the Chancellor’s Council, Development Board and the Engineering Advisory Board for the University of Texas at Austin, where he was named a distinguished alumnus in 2007. In 2011, he received an honorary doctorate engineering degree from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. In 2013, he was awarded the Order of Friendship by Vladimir Putin, president of the Russian Federation.
SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY: Reports to Congress and the President on the financial state of the government and the economy, regulates the interstate and foreign sale of alcohol and firearms. Supervises the printing of stamps for the U.S. Postal Service; operates the Secret Service, which protects the president, the vice president, their families, and other officials. Curbs counterfeiting, and operates the Customs Service, which regulates and taxes imports. Regulates tax laws and collects Federal taxes.

STEVEN MNUCHIN: Co-Founder, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Dune Capital Management LP. Mr. Mnuchin is the Finance Chairman of Trump campaign. Mr. Mnuchin co-founded OneWest Bank Group LLC in 2004 and served as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He is a Founder of Dune Real Estate Partners LP. He was an Investment Professional of Soros Fund Management LLC. Prior to joining CIT, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IMB Holdco LLC. Previously, he served as the Chief Executive Officer at SFM Capital Management from 2003 to 2004. While at SFM, he served as an Executive Vice President since February 2001 and Co-Chief Information Officer from February 2001 to December 2001. Mr. Mnuchin served as a Member of the Executive Office at SFM from December 1999 to February 2001. He was responsible for overseeing mortgages, U.S. governments, money markets and municipals in the fixed income, currency and commodities division from December 1998 to November 1999. From November 1994 to December 1998, Mr. Mnuchin served as the Head of the Mortgage Securities Department at SFM. Prior to SFM, he served as the Chief Information Officer at The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. since December 2001. He spent 17 years at Goldman Sachs where he was a Partner. He has extensive experience in investing and financing the entertainment business. He has financed major blockbusters such as American Sniper, Gravity, Avatar and Life of Pi. He has been the Non-Executive Co-Chairman of Relativity Media, LLC since October 2014. He served as the Chairman of CIT Bank, National Association. He served as the Chairman of OneWest Bank N.A. He had been Vice Chairman of ESL Investments, Inc. since 2003 and serves as its Director. He serves as Director of CIT Bank, National Association. He serves as a Director on the Yale Development Board. He is a Member of the Board of Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles (MOCA), New York Presbyterian Hospital, the Los Angeles Police Foundation, Life Trustee of New York Presbyterian Hospital and UCLA Health System Board. He served as an Independent Director of Sears Holdings Corporation from 2005 to December 2, 2016. He served as Vice Chairman of CIT Group Inc. from January 2, 2016 to March 31, 2016 and previously served in the same role from August 8, 2015 to December 12, 2015. He served as a Director of CIT Group Inc. from August 2015 to December 2, 2016. He is a Trustee of Sculpture Garden Board. He was a Board Member of Junior Achievement National Board, the Whitney Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum, City Harvest and Riverdale Country School. Mr. Mnuchin has a bachelor’s degree from Yale University.
SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: Oversees everything related to the nation’s military security. Directs the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force, as well as the Joint Chiefs of Staff and several specialized combat commands. Nonmilitary responsibilities include flood control, development of oceanographic resources, and management of oil reserves.

JAMES MATTIS: Ccommanded at multiple levels in his forty-three year career as an infantry Marine. As a lieutenant in the western Pacific, he served as a rifle and weapons platoon commander in the Third Marine Division. As a captain in the Pacific and Indian Ocean, he commanded a rifle company and a weapons company in the First Marine Brigade. As a major he was the battalion officer at the Naval Academy Prep School and commanded Marine recruiters in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii. As a lieutenant colonel he commanded an assault battalion breaching the Iraqi minefields in Operation Desert Storm. As a colonel he commanded 7th Marine Regiment and, on Pentagon duty, he served as the Department of Defense Executive Secretary. As a brigadier general he was the Senior Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense. Following 9-11 he commanded the First Marine Expeditionary Brigade and Naval Task Force 58 in operations against the Taliban in southern Afghanistan. As a major general, he commanded the First Marine Division during the initial attack and subsequent stability operations in Iraq. In his first tour as a lieutenant general, he was in charge of Marine Corps Combat Development at Quantico and subsequently served as Commander, I Marine Expeditionary Force/Commander, U.S. Marine Forces in the Middle East. As a general he served concurrently as the Commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command and as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation. Before retiring in 2013 he was the Commander of U.S. Central Command, directing military operations of over 200,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen, Coast Guardsmen, Marines and allied forces across the Middle East. He is co-editor of the book, Warriors & Citizens: American Views of Our Military.
ATTORNEY GENERAL: Chief law officer and legal counsel of the federal government, who runs the Department of Justice. Supervises U.S. district attorneys and marshals, federal prisons and other penal institutions, and advises the President on petitions for paroles and pardons. Represents the U.S. government in legal matters and gives legal advice to the President and other members of the Cabinet. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, which researches violations of federal laws, and the Immigration and Naturalization Service, which administers immigration laws, are components of his department.

JEFF SESSIONS: Appointed by President Reagan as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama in 1981. After holding this position for twelve years, Reagan nominated Sessions as judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District. His nomination was rejected by the Senate, so he ran a successful campaign for Attorney General of Alabama in 1994, and served for two years before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996. He was re-elected by substantial majorities in 2002, 2008, and most recently in 2014. Sessions currently serves on the Senate Budget; Armed Services; Judiciary; and Environment and Public Works Committees. Sessions was recently described by the Washington Times as “a tea partyer before the tea party was cool because of his unflinching and vocal conservative views on most fiscal and social issues.” Sessions is an unwavering social conservative and has been a staunch advocate for the death penalty, Second Amendment rights, the Defense of Marriage Act, and religious liberty. Sessions served as Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee from 2009-2011, during which he led opposition to the nominations of Justices Sotomayor and Kagan to the Supreme Court. Throughout his tenure as a member of the Judiciary Committee, he has led the conservative opposition against any form of amnesty or immigration reform that provides benefits or favor to illegal aliens. He is a longtime advocate of E-Verify, a system used to verify a potential employee’s citizenship, and continues to advocate for its mandatory use nationwide. In January 2011, he was named Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee. In this capacity, he led the Republican charge against Majority Leader Harry Reid and Barack Obama for not offering a serious budget proposal, given that the Senate had not passed a budget since April 2009. He has fought guerilla warfare, often a lonely battle, against Democrats spending by raising budget point of orders against the breach of budget caps. He has even fought his own party when his office put out devastating research against the Ryan-Murray budget deal. Sessions has also been a strong leader on welfare reform and publishing studies and data on the extent of the welfare state.
SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR: Protects the natural environment and develops the country’s natural resources. Manages more than 300 parks, monuments, rivers, seashores, lakes, outdoor recreation areas, and historic sites. Oversees more than 400 wildlife refuges, research centers, wildfowl production areas, and fish hatcheries. Supervises economic development and environmental protection of millions of acres of public land. Responsible for the following U.S. territories: the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, the Trust Territory of Palau, and the Freely Associated States (Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia).

RYAN ZINKE: Serves the people of Montana as their sole Representative in the United States House. He also holds a Masters in Business Finance and a Masters in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego. Ryan is a fifth generation Montanan, former state senator, and a 23-year U.S. Navy SEAL veteran. In 2014, Ryan became the first Navy SEAL elected to the House. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Committee on Natural Resources. Ryan’s distinguished military career began in 1985 when he graduated from Officer Candidate School and attended SEAL training (class 136). He was first assigned to SEAL Team ONE in Coronado, CA, then was later selected to SEAL Team SIX where he was a Team Leader, Ground Force Commander, Task Force Commander and Current Operations Officer in support of National Command Authority missions. In Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, Ryan was assigned as Deputy and acting Commander, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Arabian Peninsula where he led a force of over 3,500 Special Operations personnel in Iraq. In 2006 he was awarded two Bronze Stars. Throughout his career, Ryan also served as the Special Operations Officer in Europe, and served as the SEAL Commander of Joint Task Force TWO in support of Special Operations missions in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Kosovo. Ryan’s final Naval assignment was establishing the Naval Special Warfare Advanced Training Command where he served as “Dean” of the Naval Special Warfare graduate school with a staff of over 250 educators, which provided over 43 college level courses to over 2500 students annually at 15 different locations worldwide. He retired from active duty 2008 after serving 23 years as a US Navy SEAL. In 2008, Ryan was elected to the Montana State Senate, where he chaired the Senate Education Committee and served on the Senate Finance and Claims Committee. He was a proud recipient of numerous awards from the Montana Chamber of Commerce and the Rural School Association.
SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE: Supervises agricultural production to make sure prices are fair for producers and consumers, helps farmers financially with subsidies and development programs, and helps food producers sell their goods overseas. Runs food assistance and nutrition programs.

SONNY PERDUE: Born in Perry, Georgia to a lifelong farmer and a classroom teacher, Sonny earned a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Georgia. While still in school, he volunteered to serve his country in the U.S. Air Force, receiving an honorable discharge in 1974 with the rank of captain. Following a brief tenure as a practicing veterinarian, he started two businesses from the ground up, concentrating in agribusiness and transportation. Sonny was also a respected leader in his church and his community when he decided to enter public service. His political career began in the 1980s when he served on the Houston County Planning and Zoning Board. He then successfully ran for the state senate, becoming majority leader in just four years, followed by his election as president pro tempore. He spent the next 11 years representing his Middle Georgia district in the General Assembly. Sonny left the State Senate in 2001 to begin his gubarnatorial campaign. In January 2003, he became the first Republican to serve as Georgia’s governor since 1872. During his first term, Georgia created over 200,000 new jobs and posted the highest graduation rate and SAT scores in state history. Sonny won reelection by an overwhelming margin in November 2006. As governor, Sonny focused on improving education, providing better access to health care, creating quality jobs for Georgians, and increasing resources for stronger, safer communities.
SECRETARY OF COMMERCE: Promotes international trade, economic growth, and technological advancement. Works to keep the United States competitive in international markets and to prevent unfair foreign trade practices. Gathers statistics for business and government planners.

WILBUR ROSS: Independent Director at Ocwen Financial Corp., Chairman at NBNK Investments Plc, Independent Director at Navigator Holdings Ltd., Independent Director at EXCO Resources, Inc., Independent Director at Sun Bancorp, Inc. (New Jersey), Independent Director at Talmer Bancorp, Inc., Independent Director at BankUnited, Inc., Non-Executive Chairman at International Automotive Components Group SA, Independent Non-Executive Director at ArcelorMittal SA, Non-Executive Chairman at International Textile Group, Inc., Founder, Chairman & Chief Strategy Officer at WL Ross & Co. LLC, a Director at News Communications. Inc. Mr. Ross was previously employed as Independent Director by Air Lease Corp., Chief Executive Officer by SpiceJet Ltd., Chairman by Plascar Participações Industriais SA, Chairman by ISG, Inc., Non-Executive Chairman by ICG, Inc., Non-Executive Chairman by International Coal Group, Inc., Chairman by Burlington Industries, Inc., a Managing Director by Rothschild, Inc., Chairman by Cone Mills Corp., Chairman by Invesco Ltd., Chairman by Palm Beach Firefighters Retirement Fund, and Chairman by Smithsonian Institution. He also served on the board at Greenbrier Cos., Inc., Montpelier Re Holdings Ltd., Safety Components International, Inc., Mittal Steel Co. NV, International Steel Group, Inc., Syms Corp., Oxford Automotive Europe ApS, VTG AG, Nikko Electric Industry Co., Ltd., ArcelorMittal NV, TongYang Life Insurance Co., Ltd., British American Business, Inc., Wagon Plc, Briarcliffe, Inc., Clarent Hospital Corp., IAC Acquisition Corp. Ltd., Phoenix International Corp., Turnaround Management Association, and Whitney Museum of American Art. Mr. Ross received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard University.
SECRETARY OF LABOR: Protects the rights of workers, helps improve working conditions, and promotes good relations between labor and management. Tracks changes in employment, prices, and other national economic statistics.

ANDREW PUZDER: Chief executive of CKE Restaurants. He received his juris doctorate in 1978 from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis where he served as senior editor on the Law Review. From 1978 through 1991, Puzder was a commercial trial lawyer in St. Louis. From 1978 through 1983, he was an associate at the law offices of St. Louis attorney Morris Shenker who he represented in various matters. In 1984 he moved to The Stolar Partnership in St. Louis and worked with Charles A Seigel, another St. Louis area trial attorney. Puzder has served as president and CEO of CKE since September 2000 While practicing law in St. Louis, Puzder authored legislation which The United States Supreme Court upheld in Webster v. Reproductive Health Services in 1989. Following the Webster decision Puzder was a founding member of the Common Ground Network for Life and Choice. Also while practicing law in St. Louis, Puzder met Carl Karcher, the founder of the Carl’s Jr. quick-service restaurant chain. Karcher was embroiled in serious financial difficulties and asked Puzder to move to California as his personal attorney. In 1991, Puzder relocated to Orange County, California. Puzder has been credited with resolving Karcher’s financial dilemma, allowing Karcher to avoid bankruptcy and retain a significant ownership interest in the company he founded, CKE Restaurants, Inc. (CKE). In 1995, Puzder went on to become Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Fidelity, managing one of the largest corporate legal departments in the country. In 1997, Puzder was also named Executive Vice President and General Counsel for CKE. Also in 1997, CKE purchased Hardee’s Food Systems, Inc., which owned the Hardee’s quick-service restaurant brand. Hardee’s was a distressed brand and CKE was burdened by over $700 million in debt following the acquisition. The company underperformed and its market capitalization dropped to about $200 million. Faced with serious financial and operational issues, CKE’s Board of Directors named Puzder as president and CEO of Hardee’s Food Systems in June 2000 and named him president and CEO of CKE Restaurants, Inc. in September of that year.[5] Puzder is credited with turning around both the Hardee’s brand and CKE, allowing the company to survive, become financially secure and return to growth. Puzder currently owns or franchises over 3,700 restaurants in the United States and 40[11] foreign countries, generates $1.4 billion in annual revenue and, with its franchisees, employs over 75,000 people in the U.S. In 2011, he was appointed to serve on the National Advisory Board of Washington University School of Law. In 2013, he was elected as a director of the International Franchise Association’s Board of Directors. Puzder is a National Council Co-Chair of the American Enterprise Institute. In 2010, he co-wrote the book Job Creation: How It Really Works and Why Government Doesn’t Understand It. Puzder is a frequent author on economic and legal issues in periodicals such as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Real Clear Politics, CNBC online, National Review, Puzder is a member of the Job Creators Network, a nonpartisan organization opposing government overregulation. Puzder also served as a Delegate to the 2012 Republican National Convention and as the Chairman of the Platform Committee’s Sub-Committee on the Economy, Job Creation and the Debt.
SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES: Administers Social Security, which provides income to retirees and the disabled, and funds Medicare, a health-insurance program for persons over 65 years of age, and Medicaid, which helps states pay for medical care for the poor. Offers social services for poor families, Native Americans, children, the elderly, migrants, refugees, and the handicapped. Oversees institutes dealing with mental health and substance abuse; the Centers for Disease Control, which work to control preventable and infectious diseases; the National Institutes of Health, which conduct research on cancer, AIDS, child health and aging, and other issues; and the Food and Drug Administration, which ensures the safety of the nation’s food supply and tests and approves all drugs.

TOM PRICE: First elected to represent Georgia’s 6th district in November 2004. Prior to going to Washington, Price served four terms in the Georgia State Senate – two as Minority Whip. In 2002, he was a leader in the Republican renaissance in Georgia as the party took control of the State Senate, with Price rising to become the first Republican Senate Majority Leader in the history of Georgia. In Congress, he serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means. In the 114th Congress, Price was named Chair of the House Committee on the Budget. In previous Congresses, he has served as Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee and Chairman of the Republican Study Committee. Committed to advancing positive solutions under principled leadership, Price has been a fierce opponent of government waste and devoted to limited government and lower spending. For nearly twenty years, Rep. Price worked in private practice as an orthopaedic surgeon. Before coming to Washington he returned to Emory University School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor and Medical Director of the Orthopedic Clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, teaching resident doctors in training. He received his Bachelor and Doctor of Medicine degrees from the University of Michigan and completed his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at Emory University.
SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT: Promotes community development, administers fair-housing laws, and provides affordable housing and rent subsidies.

BEN CARSON: Born in Detroit, Michigan, when Benjamin Carson was only eight, his parents divorced, and Mrs. Carson was left to raise Benjamin and his older brother Curtis on her own. She worked at two, sometimes three, jobs at a time to provide for her boys. In fifth grade, Carson was at the bottom of his class. His classmates called him “dummy” and he developed a violent, uncontrollable temper. Mrs. Carson was determined to turn her sons’ lives around, so she sharply limited the boys’ television watching and refused to let them outside to play until they had finished their homework each day. She required them to read two library books a week and to give her written reports on their reading even though, with her own poor education, she could barely read what they had written. Within a few weeks, Carson astonished his classmates by identifying rock samples his teacher had brought to class. He recognized them from one of the books he had read. “It was at that moment that I realized I wasn’t stupid,” he recalled later. Carson continued to amaze his classmates with his newfound knowledge and within a year he was at the top of his class. The hunger for knowledge had taken hold of him, and he began to read voraciously on all subjects. He determined to become a physician, and he learned to control the violent temper that still threatened his future. After graduating with honors from his high school, he attended Yale University, where he earned a degree in psychology. From Yale, he went to the Medical School of the University of Michigan, where his interest shifted from psychiatry to neurosurgery. His excellent hand-eye coordination and three-dimensional reasoning skills made him a superior surgeon. After medical school he became a neurosurgery resident at the world-famous Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. At age 32, he became the hospital’s Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, a position he would hold for the next 29 years. In 1987, Dr. Carson made medical history with an operation to separate a pair of Siamese twins. The Binder twins were born joined at the back of the head. Operations to separate twins joined in this way had always failed, resulting in the death of one or both of the infants. Carson agreed to undertake the operation. A 70-member surgical team, led by Dr. Carson, worked for 22 hours. At the end, the twins were successfully separated and can now survive independently. Dr. Carson’s other surgical innovations have included the first intra-uterine procedure to relieve pressure on the brain of a hydrocephalic fetal twin, and a hemispherectomy, in which an infant suffering from uncontrollable seizures has half of its brain removed. This stops the seizures, and the remaining half of the brain actually compensates for the missing hemisphere. In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Carson has long been in constant demand as a public speaker, and devotes much of his time to meeting with groups of young people. In 2008, President George W. Bush awarded Dr. Carson the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. Dr. Carson’s books include a memoir, Gifted Hands, and a motivational book, Think Big.
SECRETARY OF TRANSPORTATION: Sets the nation’s transportation policy. Jurisdictions include highway planning, development and construction; aviation; urban mass transit; railroads; and the safety of waterways, ports, highways, and oil and gas pipelines. Supervises the Coast Guard, which is responsible for search and rescue at sea and the enforcement of laws that protect oceans and waterways from oil spills and other pollution.

ELAINE CHAO: The 24th U. S. Secretary of Labor who served from 2001-2009, is the first American woman of Asian descent to be appointed to a President’s Cabinet in our nation’s history. She is the longest tenured Secretary of Labor since World War II, and the only member of President Bush’s original cabinet to have served the entire eight years of his Administration. Under her leadership, the U.S. Department of Labor achieved record results in protecting the health, safety, wages, and retirement security of the nation’s workforce. Secretary Chao’s distinguished career spans the public, private and non-profit sectors. As President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of America, she restored public trust and confidence in one of our nation’s premier charitable institutions after it had been tarnished by financial mismanagement and abuse. As Director of the Peace Corps, she established the first programs in the newly liberated Baltic nations and the independent states of the former Soviet Union. Her government service also includes serving as Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation, Chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission, Deputy Maritime Administrator, and White House Fellow. Prior to her government service, she was Vice President of Syndications at BankAmerica Capital Markets Group and a banker with Citicorp in New York. Secretary Chao earned her MBA from the Harvard Business School and an economics degree from Mount Holyoke College. She also attended the 12-college Exchange program at Dartmouth College and Columbia University summer school. Recognized with innumerable awards for her public and community service, she is the recipient of 36 honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities across the globe.
SECRETARY OF ENERGY: Responsible for the research and development of energy technology, energy conservation, the civilian and military use of nuclear energy, regulation of energy production and use, and the pricing and allocation of oil. Sets standards to reduce the harmful effects of energy production.

RICK PERRY: Upon graduating from Liberty University in 1972, Perry was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force and flew C-130 tactical aircraft in the United States, Middle East and Europe. He was discharged with the rank of captain and returned to west Texas to help on his family ranch in 1977. After years as a cotton farmer, Perry jumped into politics in 1985 when he entered the state House of Representatives. Despite being a Democrat, Perry voted for Ronald Reagan in 1980 and 1984 but supported Al Gore’s presidential bid in 1988. In 1989, Perry switched parties and became a Republican. The following year he ran and won in the election for agriculture commissioner, a role in which he promoted the sale of Texas farm produce to other states and foreign nations. After serving two terms as agriculture commissioner, Perry ran for lieutenant governor and became the state’s first Republican lieutenant governor since Reconstruction. Upon George W. Bush’s election to the presidency, Perry assumed the Texas governorship in 2000. He has since won three re-elections as governor, even defeating popular Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in the primary election in 2010. Perry also served as the chairman of the Republican Governors Association from 2010 to 2011.
SECRETARY OF EDUCATION: Administers more than 150 federal education programs, including student loans, migrant worker training, vocational education, and special programs for the handicapped.

BETSY DEVOS: Chairman of the Windquest Group, a privately held investment and management firm based in Michigan with a diversified consumer product and service portfolio. Active in politics for more than 35 years, Betsy was elected chairman of the Michigan Republican Party four times, and she has served in numerous leadership roles with campaigns, party organizations, and political action committees. Today, her political efforts are focused on advancing educational choices. Betsy is also active in her community. She currently chairs both the American Federation for Children and The Philanthropy Roundtable board of directors and serves on a number of other national and local boards including ArtPrize, American Enterprise Institute, Foundation for Excellence in Education, and the DeVos Institute for Arts Management at the University of Maryland. A graduate of Holland Christian High School, Betsy received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her current board and leadership positions include Chairman of the The Windquest Group, Chairman of the American Federation for Children, Board Member of the Alliance for School Choice, Board Member of ArtPrize, Board Member of the Philanthropy Roundtable, Board Member of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, Board Member of the DeVos Institute for Arts Management, Board Member of the Great Lakes Education Project, and Advisory Board Member of The Potter’s House School.
SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS: Provides benefits and services to veterans and their dependents. Offers pensions, education, rehabilitation, home loan guarantees, burial, compensation payments for disabilities or death related to military service, and a medical care program.

DAVID SHULKIN: Serves as President of Morristown Memorial Hospital and Morristown Medical Center, and Executive Director of Primary Care Partners, LLC. He also serves as Atlantic Vice President of Primary Care Partners, LLC. and has served as Chief Medical Officer and a Senior Member of the hospital’s management team at Temple University Hospital since March 2004. At Temple, David helped develop a comprehensive error reduction program and implemented numerous efficiency and clinical management programs that have had positive impacts on the hospital’s clinical outcomes and long-range financial strategy. He served as Vice President of Atlantic Health System, Inc until July 2015, and is Chief medical Officer and Chief Quality Officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System. David was Chief Medical Officer of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital. He served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Mount Sinai Beth Israel, and was the founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DoctorQuality, Inc. and served as its Chief Executive Officer. While at Penn, David led the Health System in building its integrated delivery system through developing and managing disease management, quality systems, managed care operations, and medical management capabilities. He has established himself as one of the country’s leading experts in clinical management practices and administrative medicine, and he is a nationally acclaimed expert in healthcare quality improvement and clinical management. Prior to joining Temple, David served as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Quality Officer of Medicine for the Medical College of Pennsylvania Hospital (MCPH) and as Vice Dean of that hospital’s teaching affiliate, Drexel University School of Medicine and its Chairman of Medicine. He also serves as Director of ControlRad Systems, Inc. and has been Director of Applied Science Products, Inc. since January 2011. David is a Director of Data Driven Delivery Systems, LLC, IntelliRad Control, Inc. and SpectraMD USA, Inc, and serves as a Trustee of St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center. David also serves on the Editorial Boards of numerous journals including the Journal of the American Medical Association and Hospital Physician, as well as the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Safety, the Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management and the Journal of Disease Management. He is a Trustee of Continuum Health Partners, Inc. and an Ex-Officio Trustee of Mount Sinai Beth Israel. David has served in numerous national leadership roles, including the Board of the JCAHO’s Academy for Healthcare Quality and Managed Care and Information System companies. He is a board-certified internist and Professor of Medicine at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and Albert Einstein School of Medicine, a Senior Fellow at the Health Research and Education Trust of the American Hospital Association and a Senior Fellows at the School of Population Health at Thomas Jefferson University. He is a Senior Fellow (Adjunct) at the Leonard Davis Institute in Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, and was named one of the country’s top Health Care Leaders for the next century by Modern Healthcare in 1997. David was also named an Emerging Leader in Health Care by the Healthcare Forum and Korn/Ferry International in 1998. In 2009, he was named one of the One Hundred Most Influential People in American Healthcare by Modern Healthcare and for the second year in a row was recognized among the “50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in the Country“ (ranked as #14 in 2009 and #12 in 2008) by Modern Healthcare and Modern Physician. David is a Fellow at the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the Institute on Aging at Penn, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He received advanced training in quality assessment, outcomes research, and cost-effective analyses as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, and holds a Medical Degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania. He completed his internship at Yale University School of Medicine, and his residency at the University of Pittsburgh Presbyterian Medical Center.
SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY: Works to protect the country against terrorism. Includes 22 agencies and 170,000 employees. The Secret Service, the Immigration and Naturalization Service, and the Coast Guard are just a few of the agencies that come under the department.

JOHN KELLY: Born and raised in Boston, MA. Kelly enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1970, and was discharged as a sergeant in 1972, after serving in an infantry company with the 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, NC. Following graduation from the University of Massachusetts in 1976, he was commissioned and returned to the 2nd Marine Division where he served as a rifle and weapons platoon commander, company executive officer, assistant operations officer, and infantry company commander. Sea duty in Mayport, FL, followed, at which time he served aboard aircraft carriers USS Forrestal and USS Independence. In 1980, then Captain Kelly transferred to the U.S. Army’s Infantry Officer Advanced Course in Fort Benning, GA. After graduation, he was assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington, DC, serving there from 1981 through 1984, as an assignment monitor. Captain Kelly returned to the 2nd Marine Division in 1984, to command a rifle and weapons company. Promoted to the rank of Major in 1987, he served as the battalion’s operations officer. In 1987, Major Kelly transferred to the Basic School, Quantico, VA, serving first as the head of the Offensive Tactics Section, Tactics Group, and later assuming the duties of the Director of the Infantry Officer Course. After three years of instructing young officers, he attended the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the School for Advanced Warfare, both located at Quantico. Completing duty under instruction and selected for Lieutenant Colonel, he was assigned as Commanding Officer, 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton, CA. Holding this command position for two years, Lieutenant Colonel Kelly returned to the East Coast in 1994, to attend the National War College inWashington, DC. He graduated in 1995, and was selected to serve as the Commandant’s Liaison Officer to the U.S. House of Representatives, Capitol Hill, where he was promoted to the rank of Colonel. In 1999, Colonel Kelly transferred to joint duty and served as the Special Assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, in Mons, Belgium. He returned to the United States in 2001, and was assigned to a third tour of duty at Camp Lejeune, now as the Assistant Chief of Staff G-3 with the 2nd Marine Division. In 2002, selected to the rank of Brigadier General, Colonel Kelly again served with the 1st Marine Division, this time as the Assistant Division Commander. Much of Brigadier General Kelly’s two-year assignment was spent deployed in Iraq. He then returned to Headquarters Marine Corps as the Legislative Assistant to the Commandant from 2004 to 2007. Promoted to major general, he returned to Camp Pendleton as the Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). The command deployed to Iraq in early 2008 for a year-long mission, replacing II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) as Multinational Force-West in Al Anbar and western Ninewa provinces. LtGen Kelly commanded Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North from October 2009 to March 2011. General Kelly comes to United States Southern Command from his previous position as the Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense from March 2011 to October 2012.
DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE: Serves as the top intelligence official in the United States government. Oversees what is known as the Intelligence Community, which consists of more than a dozen civilian and military agencies that collect information on threats against the United States. The 16 agencies include Air Force Intelligence, Army Intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency, Coast Guard Intelligence, Defense Intelligence Agency, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, Department of the Treasury, Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Marine Corps Intelligence, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, National Reconnaissance Office, National Security Agency, and Navy Intelligence.

DAN COATS: Born on May 16, 1943, Jackson, Michigan, Dan received his undergraduate degree from Wheaton College, then later, he went on to serve in the U.S. Army. Afterward, he received his law degree from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law where he was associate editor of the Indiana Law Review. Dan went on to work for a life insurance company in Fort Wayne before joining the office of then-Congressman Dan Quayle as a district representative. He served in the United States Congress from 1981 to 1999. Dan was then elected to the Senate. During his time in Congress, Coats supported and publicized policies to reduce spending, decrease taxes and restructure entitlement programs. He was a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Select Committee on Intelligence, working on strengthening national security. Dan left the Senate in 1999 and then he worked for the law firm named Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand. He went on to serve as Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany in 2001. His role as Ambassador resulted in the construction of a new United States Embassy in the center of Berlin. After working as Ambassador, he was an attorney at the law firm of King & Spalding. Additionally, Dan has been a member of the board of many volunteer organizations such as the Center for Jewish and Christian Values, where he was a co-chair. He created The Foundation For American Renewal with his wife in order to continue their involvement with faith-based initiatives, and wrote the Project for American Renewal, a comprehensive initiative created to help resolve many of our nation’s social problems. Dan returned to the U.S. Senate in January 2011. On his return, he aimed to give top priority to reducing the national debt, cutting wasteful spending and promoting a pro-growth economic policy to put Hoosiers and Americans back to work. In the 114th Congress, he was a member of three Senate committees which include Select Intelligence, Finance and the Joint Economic Committee (JEC). Dan also served as chairman of the bicameral JEC and Finance Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure.
DIRECTOR OF THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY: Collects intelligence through human sources and by other appropriate means, except that he shall have no police, subpoena, or law enforcement powers or internal security functions. Correlates and evaluates intelligence related to the national security and provides appropriate dissemination of such intelligence. Provides overall direction for and coordination of the collection of national intelligence outside the United States through human sources by elements of the Intelligence Community authorized to undertake such collection and, in coordination with other departments, agencies, or elements of the United States Government which are authorized to undertake such collection, ensuring that the most effective use is made of resources and that appropriate account is taken of the risks to the United States and those involved in such collection. Performs such other functions and duties related to intelligence affecting the national security as the President or the Director of National Intelligence may direct.

MIKE POMPEO: Three term congressman from the 4th District of Kansas. As a teenager, Mike enrolled at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He graduated first in his classin 1986 and then served as a cavalry officer patrolling the Iron Curtain before the fall of the Berlin Wall. He also served with the 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry in the Fourth Infantry Division. After leaving active duty, Mike graduated from Harvard Law School having been an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He later returned to his mother’s family roots in South Central Kansas and founded Thayer Aerospace, where he served as CEO for more than a decade providing components for commercial and military aircraft. He then became President of Sentry International, an oilfield equipment manufacturing, distribution, and service company. Mike serves on two major committees: Energy and Commerce, which oversees energy, health care, manufacturing, and telecommunications, and the House Intelligence Committee, which oversees America’s intelligence-gathering efforts. Earlier in 2014, he was also appointed to the House Select Benghazi Committee to investigate the tragic events in Benghazi, Libya. In Congress, Mike has focused on freeing private enterprise to succeed as well as defending our individual Constitutional rights.
ADMINISTRATOR OF THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION: Provides aid, usually in the form of loans, and counseling to assist and protect the interests of small business concerns. Helps Americans start, build, and grow businesses in the U.S. and its territories.

LINDA MCMAHON: After graduating from East Carolina University with a Bachelor’s degree in French and a certification to teach in 1969, Linda moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked as a paralegal at the law firm of Covington & Burling. In 1980 she became active in World Wrestling Federation, Inc. (renamed World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. in 1999), eventually becoming the company’s President, and later, Chief Executive Officer. In 2009, she left the WWE and was appointed to the Connecticut Board of Education. She then ran as a Republican for a seat in the United States Senate, but lost to Democratic Party nominee Richard Blumenthal in the general election. Linda was a delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention from Connecticut, as well as a member of the RNC Rules Committee. She is also a Member of the Board of Trustees/Executive Committee at Sacred Heart University, Board Member of the Close Up Foundation, Founder of Get R.E.A.L. Educational and Literacy Programs, Chairman of the Institutional Advancement Committee at Sacred Heart University, Board Member of the Vince and Linda McMahon Family Foundation, and Member of the National Advisory Council for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
ADMINISTRATOR OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY: Develops and enforces environmental regulations imposed on state and local governments, as well as by private industry. Conducts environmental assessment, research, and education, and is responsible for maintaining and enforcing national standards under a variety of environmental laws.

SCOTT PRUITT: After earning his Bachelor’s Degree from Georgetown College and graduating from the University of Tulsa’s School of Law, Scott went into private legal practice, specializing in Constitutional Law. He then became co-owner and managing general partner of Oklahoma City’s Triple-A minor league baseball affiliate, the Oklahoma City Redhawks. Scott took over the team’s marketing operations and helped the team become one of the minor league leaders in attendance and merchandise sales. in 1998 he took on the political establishment and won a seat in the State Senate. As a Senator, Scott was tapped by then-Governor Frank Keating to be the point person on workers’ compensation reform. Eventually serving four years as Assistant Republican Floor Leader, he led the successful effort to pass the Religious Freedoms Act and was a key figure on legislation related to lawsuit reform and government accountability. In 2010, he became only the second Republican in Oklahoma history to serve as Attorney General. Recognized for his effective leadership, he served two terms as president of the Republican Attorneys General Association. In addition to leading the fight to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (chronicled in Josh Blackman’s upcoming book Unraveled), Pruitt has led the litigation that halted President Obama’s three major second term executive initiatives. First, Pruitt led a coalition of thirty states who have obtained an injunction barring the EPA’s “Waters of the United States” rule, which seeks to greatly expand the federal governments regulatory jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. Second, Pruitt was a leader of the nearly thirty state coalition of states who obtained an injunction barring the President’s DAPA program for illegal immigrants. The constitutional arguments that General Pruitt developed and which are at the core of that challenge are highlighted in John Yoo and Dean Reuter’s recently released book, Liberty’s Nemesis: the Unchecked Expansion of the State, which contains a chapter authored by Pruitt titled “Preemption without Representation,” which explains why Obama’s executive actions violate the Constitution. Lastly, Pruitt has led a nearly thirty state coalition of states who obtained an unprecedented injunction from the Supreme Court barring the EPA’s “Clean Power Plan” from going into effect. The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board noted that “Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt deserves particular credit for developing the federalist arguments and exposing how the Clean Power Plan commandeers states. ” In addition to his work in the litigation arena, General Pruitt has also started an initiative that he’s dubbed “The State Overreach Project,” an effort designed to ensure that while pushing back against overreach by the federal government, the States also work to reduce regulatory and licensing burdens at the state and local level.
UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE: Develops and recommends trade policy to the President of the United States, conducting trade negotiations at bilateral and multilateral levels, and coordinating policy within the government through the interagency Trade Policy Staff Committee and Trade Policy Review Group.

ROBERT LIGHTHIZER: A law partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, L.L.P, Robert is the leader of the firm’s International Trade Department. He divides his time between traditional trade litigation, policy advice and legislative initiatives. His clients include large U.S. corporations and coalitions. He represents heavy manufacturing, agricultural and high-tech companies, as well as financial services institutions. He has been lead counsel in scores of antidumping and countervailing duty cases during the last several years and is currently active in numerous pending cases and administrative reviews. In recent years he has also focused on market-opening trade actions on behalf of U.S. companies seeking access to foreign markets. He is equally at ease devising strategies for and dealing with executive departments and Congressional committees. Robert was a Deputy United States Trade Representative with the rank of Ambassador during the Reagan Administration. The USTR is the cabinet level agency that develops and coordinates trade policy on behalf of the United States Government and negotiates on trade matters for the President. He had responsibility within the USTR for industry, agriculture, investment and trade policy matters. During his tenure, Robert was involved in all the important trade issues. He regularly attended and chaired subcabinet policy meetings and often attended cabinet meetings when the USTR was unavailable. In addition, he negotiated some two dozen bilateral international agreements on subjects ranging from steel to grain. Robert frequently participated in General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (now the World Trade Organization) and Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development meetings. He also served as Vice Chairman of the Board of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. OPIC is the U.S. Government agency whose purpose is to promote economic growth in developing countries through U.S. investment. Prior to his appointment as Deputy USTR, Robert was chief of staff of the United States Senate Committee on Finance. The committee has jurisdiction over international trade, taxation, Social Security and health and welfare programs. During his tenure, Congress passed the basic economic legislation of the Reagan-Bush Administration, as well as the legislation implementing the Tokyo Round multilateral trade negotiations. Robert remains active in national politics, most recently as Treasurer of the 1996 Republican Presidential Campaign. He speaks and writes often in the United States and abroad on trade and tax issues, politics and other developments in Washington. Robert serves on the boards of charitable and political groups. He holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and B.A. from Georgetown University.
AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS: Represents the United States on the U.N. Security Council and during almost all plenary meetings of the General Assembly, except in the rare situation in which a more senior officer of the United States (such as the U.S. Secretary of State or the President of the United States) is present.

NIKKI HALEY: After attending Orangeburg Preparatory Schools, Nikki joined Clemson University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. She then took up a position in FCR Corporation, a waste management and recycling company. Eventually she joined her mother’s business, Exotica International, an upscale clothing firm, in 1994. The business soon grew on to become a highly successful multimillion-dollar company. in 2004 Nikki ran for a seat in the South Carolina House of Representatives. She faced a challenge in the primary from incumbent Republican Larry Koon but went on to win the primary. She ran unopposed in the general election and won it to become the first Indian-American to hold office in South Carolina. In 2005 she was elected chair of the freshman caucus and majority whip in the South Carolina General Assembly. She successfully ran for re-election in 2006 and 2008. Ever ambitious, Nikki successfully ran for the seat of Governor of South Carolina in 2010 and assumed office in 2011. She was re-elected in 2014.
WHITE HOUSE CHIEF OF STAFF: Oversees the Executive Office of the President (EOP) of the United States. Duties vary greatly in each administration, according to the needs and desires of each president. The position typically plays both a managerial and advisory role that encompasses several important functions: Select and supervise key White House staff, control access to the Oval Office and the president, manage communications and information flow, and negotiate with Congress, executive branch agencies, and external political groups to implement the president’s agenda. He also oversees and coordinates the efforts of the following offices within the EOP and White House Office: Council of Economic Advisers, Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Residence, National Security Staff, Office of Administration, Office of Management and Budget, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Office of the United States Trade Representative, Office of the Vice President, Domestic Policy Council, National Security Advisor, National Economic Council, Office of Cabinet Affairs, Office of the Chief of Staff, Office of Communications, Office of Digital Strategy, Office of the First Lady, Office of Legislative Affairs, Office of Management and Administration, Oval Office Operations, Office of Presidential Personnel, Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, Office of Scheduling and Advance, Office of the Staff Secretary, and Office of the White House Counsel.

REINCE PRIEBUS: Obtained a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and English in 1994 from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where he was student body president. After graduation, Reince served as a clerk for the Wisconsin State Assembly Education Committee. He then enrolled at the University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, Florida. While studying for his law degree, he worked as a clerk for the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. He also interned at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in California. In 1998, Reince graduated with a J.D. degree cum laude from the University of Miami after serving as president of the Law School Student Body. He then moved back to Wisconsin and became a member of the State Bar. Subsequently, Reince joined Wisconsin law firm Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, where he became a partner in 2006, practicing in the firm’s litigation and corporate practice groups. in 2007, he was elected state GOP party chair, the youngest person ever elected to that position. While working at Michael Best & Friedrich in 2008, Reince was named as one of Wisconsin Super Lawyers magazine’s “Rising Stars” and was included in the Milwaukee Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list. In 2009, he became general counsel of the RNC under chairman Michael Steele. Reince continued as Wisconsin party chairman and general counsel to the RNC until late 2010 when he sent a letter to all 168 voting members of the RNC announcing his candidacy for chairman. On January 14, 2011, Reince was elected chairman of the Republican National Committee.
NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER: Serves as the chief in-house advisor to the President of the United States on national security issues. Also participates in National Security Council meetings and usually chairs the Principal Committee meetings with the Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense (i.e., the meetings not attended by the President).

MICHAEL FLYNN: A retired Army Lieutenant General, Mike began his career as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. A career intelligence officer, he has over a decade of Signals Intelligence and Electronic Warfare assignments as well as numerous other Airborne, Special Operations, Conventional and Interagency intelligence assignments. Mike serves as an Advisor at Conversion Capital LLC. He also serves as Vice Chairman at Drone Aviation Holding Corp. and has been its Director since December 6, 2016. He has been a Member of Public Sector Advisory Council at Palo Alto Networks, Inc. since February 12, 2015, and has served as a Member of Strategic Advisory Board at Drone Aviation Holding Corp. since May 10, 2016. Mike served in the United States Army for more than 33 years. His career includes serving as the Director of U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, Commander of the Joint Functional Component Command for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance and Chair of the Military Intelligence Board. Earlier, Mike served as Assistant Director of National Intelligence. He has also served in a number of operational roles, with numerous combat arms, conventional and special operations senior intelligence assignments and also served as the senior intelligence officer for the Joint Special Operations Command. He is a published author, speaker and media personality, with numerous articles, OPEDs and interviews appearing in various U.S. and international media outlets. His first book, published by St. Martin’s Press, is titled The Field of Fight – How We Can Win The Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies. Mike is the recipient of the US Intelligence Community’s Gold Seal Medallion, the Service to America Award from the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the US Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award, the 2015 William Casey Medal of Honor and the first non-Navy recipient of the distinguished RADM Edwin T. Layton Award, as well as numerous other medals and awards for his service to nation. In 2010, Mike co-authored and published the influential report, “Fixing Intel: A Blueprint for Making Intelligence Relevant in Afghanistan,”. He is frequently called upon to testify to Congress on a variety of national security related matters. He has also lectured at numerous colleges and universities to include Duke, Harvard, Cambridge, Dartmouth and Yale. Mike graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science degree in management science in 1981 and was commissioned a distinguished military graduate through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. He holds three masters degrees (an MBA in Telecommunications, a MMAS in the Military Arts and Sciences and a Masters in National Security Studies) as well as two honorary doctorates (Laws from The Institute of World Politics and Human Letters from The University of Rhode Island), along with numerous other military, law enforcement, intelligence and international awards and honors.
WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL: Advises the President on all legal aspects of policy questions, legal issues arising in connection with the President’s decision to sign or veto legislation, ethical questions, financial disclosures, and conflicts of interest during employment and post employment. Also helps define the line between official and political activities, oversees executive appointments and judicial selection, handles Presidential pardons, reviews legislation and Presidential statements, and handles lawsuits against the President in his role as President, as well as serving as the White House contact for the Department of Justice.

DONALD MCGAHN: Attended the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland followed by the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. He graduated in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and computer applications, then earned his J.D. from Widener University School of Law in 1994. Donald also studied briefly at Georgetown University Law Center. He practiced law at the Patton Boggs international law firm in Washington, D.C., serving as chief counsel for the National Republican Congressional Committee from 1999 to 2008. Donald was nominated to the Federal Election Commission in 2008 by then President George W. Bush, an office he held from July 2008 until his resignation in September 2013. During his tenure, Donald oversaw a number of changes in campaign finance laws, and is credited with loosening regulations on campaign spending. He rejoined Patton Boggs as partner in 2013, and then became a partner at Jones Day law firm in 2014. Donald also served as campaign counsel to Donald Trump during his 2016 bid for president of the United States.
DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET: Assists the President in overseeing the preparation of the Federal budget, evaluates the effectiveness of agency programs, policies and procedures, and works to make sure that agency reports, rules, testimony, and proposed legislation are consistent with the President’s Budget and with Administration policies. Oversees and coordinates the Administration’s regulatory, procurement, financial management, information technology, and information management policies.

MICK MULVANEY: Elected to the U.S. Congress in November, 2010 from South Carolina’s 5th District, Mick is a lifelong Carolinas resident. He attended Georgetown University where he graduated with honors in International Economics, Commerce, and Finance. After college, Mick attended law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed his formal education at Harvard Business School’s OPM program in 2006. He is a serial entrepreneur, having started four businesses, and has private sector experience across many fields, including law, real estate, homebuilding, and restaurants. Mick has also been a columnist for his local paper and an occasional college lecturer. He currently serves on the House Financial Services Committee as well as the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He previously served on the Committee on Small Business and the Budget Committee. Mick has been active in his home state as a founding member of the Indian Land Rotary, a youth baseball coach, a member of St. Philip Neri Catholic Church, and founding member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Mission.
CHIEF STRATEGIST: Responsible for assisting the President of the United States with developing, communicating, executing, and sustaining strategic initiatives.

STEPHEN BANNON: Received his MBA from Harvard University, and his undergraduate degree from Virginia Polytechnical Institutes College of Architecture. He has a graduate degree in Government from Georgetown University as well as a Masters of Arts from Georgetown University. Stephen serves as the Executive Chairman of Breitbart News Network, LLC, as well as the Chief Executive Officer of American Vantage Media Corporation and Affinity Media. He is a Partner of Societe Gererale, one of the largest talent management companies in the entertainment business, and was Chief Executive Officer of American Vantage Media Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Vantage Companies, from May 1, 2004 to March 2005, also serving as its President until March 2005. Stephen served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Genius Products, Inc. since February 2005, and from January 2004 to April 2004, he provided executive and management services to American Vantage as a Consultant. From April 2002 to December 2003, Stephen was Head of Strategic Advisory Services for The Firm, a leading talent management company in the entertainment and media industries. He then served as a Managing Director and Head of media and entertainment investment banking at Jefferies & Company Inc., an institutional brokerage and investment bank for middle market growth companies, from July 2000 to April 2002. Stephen served as Chief Executive Officer of Bannon & Co. Inc., an investment banking firm specializing in the entertainment, media and communications industries, from April 1990 to July 1998. Prior to this, he was employed by SG Cowan Securities Corporation from July 1998 to March 2000. He has been the Chairman of Genius Products, Inc. since September 30, 2005 and is its Director since March 2005. Stephen served as Chairman of Points International Ltd. from February 15, 2007 to November 2009. From December 1993 to October 1996, he served as First Look Media Inc.’s Chairman of the Board. Previously, he served as Co-Chairman of Genius Products Inc. until September 2005. Stephen was Vice-Chairman of First Look Media Inc. from October 1996 to June 2000, and has been Director of Points International Ltd. since February 2007. He served as a Director of SinoFresh HealthCare Inc. from September, 2003 to March 12, 2007, and as a Director of American Vantage Companies from May 2002 to March 2005. Stephen was a Trustee of American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and has served as a Director of SARS Corporation since October 2007. He served as a Director of First Look Studios Inc. from December 1993 to February 2004.
WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: Responsible for collecting information about actions and events within the president’s administration, issuing the administration’s reactions to developments around the world, and providing daily briefings for the news media.

SEAN SPICER: Has a diverse and extensive background including senior positions on Capitol Hill and political campaigns, the top ranks of the administration and over a decade of military public affairs service. He has been communications director of the Republican National Committee since 2011, and chief strategist since February 2015. A founder and partner at Endeavour, Sean has earned praise for his dynamic, creative and effective media events that have taken place on every continent, including 24 countries. Prior to joining Endeavour, Sean served as the Assistant United States Trade Representative (USTR) for Media and Public Affairs within the Executive Office of the President of the United States from July 2006 through January 2009. As a member of the senior executive service, Sean was the administration’s point person for creating and implementing the domestic and international media strategy on trade issues. From May 2005 to July of 2006 Sean served as the as the Communications Director for the House Republican Conference in the U.S. House of Representatives, the leadership office charged with creating and overseeing communications and messaging. During his time at the Conference he oversaw the training of members of Congress and over 220 press secretaries. Under Sean’s leadership, the Conference held the first ever “bloggers row” where members of Congress were able to disseminate the message of the day to large gatherings of political and issue-oriented bloggers. While serving as the Communications Director of the House Budget Committee from January 2003 to May 2005, Sean ensured the committee’s defined message was disseminated in all public activities and documents. During the 2000 election cycle, Sean served as the Director of Incumbent Retention at the National Republican Congressional Committee where he oversaw the re-election strategies and plans of over 220 members of Congress. He has also served as the top communicator for the House Government Reform Committee; members of Congress from New Jersey and Florida; and several local and congressional political campaigns. Sean is a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy (Reserves) and currently is the Director of the Navy Public Affairs Center Atlantic Reserve Unit in Norfolk, Virginia. His insights and activities have earned him recognition and awards from general and flag officers in the US and Sweden. Sean has been a leading source for national and international reporters. He has worked with and been quoted by every major news source including the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, International Herald Tribune, Jiji News EFE, Reuters, Bloomberg, Associated Press and he has appeared on National Public Radio, BBC Radio, AgriTalk Radio, Marketplace Radio, CNBC, Fox Business Network, Al-Jeezera, Reuters TV and Bloomberg TV. He has been a featured speaker at the Close-Up Foundation for over fifteen years, previously was elected by his peers in the House of Representatives to serve as the president of the Republican Communications Association and has taught media relations and on-camera skills to US and foreign national government and military officials. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the National Defense Committee. In 2004, he was elected to represent Virginia in the Electoral College. Sean was educated at Portsmouth Abbey School, and is a graduate of Connecticut College. In 2012, he received a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in Newport.



Ed’s Cabinet/Agency Leadership Suggestions For A Potential Trump/Cruz Administration

President: Donald Trump – Real Estate Tycoon
Vice President: Ted Cruz – U.S. Senator

Chief Of Staff: Jeffrey Lord – Former Associate Political Director For The Reagan Administration
Secretary Of State: John Bolton – Former U.S. Ambassador To The United Nations
Attorney General: Trey Gowdy – U.S. Congressman
Secretary Of Defense: James Mattis – Retired 4-Star Marine Corps General
Secretary Of Homeland Security: Frank Gaffney – Founder And President Of The Center For Security Policy
Secretary Of Treasury: Thomas Sowell – Senior Fellow At The Hoover Institution
Secretary Of Education: Newt Gingrich – Former Speaker Of The U.S. House Of Representatives
Secretary Of Health And Human Services: Ben Carson – Former Director Of Pediatric Neurosurgery At Johns Hopkins Medical Center
Director Of National Intelligence: Keith Alexander – Retired 4-Star Army General
Secretary Of Veterans Affairs: Allen West – Former U.S. Congressman
Secretary Of Transportation: Ted Houghton – Former Chairman Of The Texas Transportation Commission
Secretary Of Energy: Tom Tanton – Executive Director Of The American Tradition Institute
Secretary Of The Interior: Sarah Palin – Former Governor Of Alaska
Director Of Immigration And Customs Enforcement: Joe Arpaio – Sheriff Of Maricopa County, Arizona
Chairman Of The Federal Reserve: Mark Thornton – Senior Fellow At The Ludwig Von Mises Institute
Director Of The Office Of Management And Budget: Romina Boccia – Grover M. Hermann Fellow In Federal Budgetary Affairs For The Heritage Foundation
U.S. Trade Representative: Carl Icahn – Business Magnate
Press Secretary: Lou Dobbs – Television News Commentator

Department Of Agriculture
Department Of Commerce
Department Of Labor
Department Of Housing And Urban Development
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Secretary Of Free Market Capitalism: Arthur Brooks – President Of The American Enterprise Institute
Director Of Government Downsizing: Thomas Schatz – President Of Citizens Against Government Waste

William Pryor – Judge On The U.S. Court Of Appeals For The Eleventh Circuit
Diane Sykes – Judge On The U.S. Court Of Appeals For The Seventh Circuit
Roy Moore – Chief Justice Of The Alabama Supreme Court
A. Raymond Randolph – Judge On The U.S. Court Of Appeals For The Washington, DC Circuit


Ted Cruz’s List Of 76 Abuses Of Power And Lawless Actions By The Obama Administration (Ed Brown)

Ted Cruz’s List Of 76 Abuses Of Power And Lawless Actions By The Obama Administration – Ed Brown


In May of last year Republican Senator Ted Cruz released a definitive list of 76 “lawless Obama administration actions” and abuses of power. Titled “The Legal Limit Report No. 4, The Obama Administration’s Abuse of Power,” the original document spans 16 pages and explores details of President Obama’s executive actions and memoranda up to that point in time.

Some of these most readers will be familiar with while others, such as #42 which reminds us Obama dismissed charges filed by the Bush Administration against New Black Panther Party members or #72 which reveals Obama arranged for the supervised release of an illegal alien who later killed a nun while driving under the influence, may come as news to many. Actually, there are many of these which are eye openers and all of them are fully verifiable.

Cruz’s introduction is also a breath of fresh air after 6 years of a stagnant media, rooted in it’s own politically partisan convictions, which refuses to squarely report on the facts of the current ‘blue cloth’ administration’s shortcomings and instances of policy overreach.


By U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) Ranking Member Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on The Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights


Of all the troubling aspects of the Obama presidency, none is more dangerous than the President’s persistent pattern of lawlessness, his willingness to disregard the written law and instead enforce his own policies via executive fiat.

The President’s taste for unilateral action to circumvent Congress should concern every citizen, regardless of party or ideology. The great 18th-century political philosopher Montesquieu observed: “There can be no liberty where the legislative and executive powers are united in the same person, or body of magistrates.” America’s Founding Fathers took this warning to heart, and we should too.

Rule of law doesn’t simply mean that society has laws; dictatorships are often characterized by an abundance of laws. Rather, rule of law means that we are a nation ruled by laws, not men. No one – and especially not the president – is above the law. For that reason, the U.S. Constitution imposes on every president the express duty to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”

Rather than honor this duty, President Obama has openly defied it by repeatedly suspending, delaying, and waiving portions of the laws that he is charged to enforce. When President Obama disagreed with federal immigration laws, he instructed the Justice Department to cease enforcing the laws. He did the same thing with federal welfare law, drug laws, and the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

In the more than two centuries of our nation’s history, there is simply no precedent for the White House wantonly ignoring federal law and asking others to do the same.

For all those who are silent now: What would they think of a Republican president who announced that he was going to ignore the law, or unilaterally change the law? Imagine a future president setting aside environmental laws, or tax laws, or labor laws, or tort laws with which he or she disagreed.

That would be wrong – and it is the Obama precedent that is opening the door for future lawlessness. As Montesquieu knew, an imperial presidency threatens the liberty of every citizen. Because when a president can pick and choose which laws to follow and which to ignore, he is no longer a president.



1. Disregarded 1996 welfare reform law in granting broad work waivers for work requirements of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

2. Implemented portions of the DREAM Act, which Congress rejected, by executive action.

3. Ended some terror asylum restrictions, by allowing asylum for people who provided only “insignificant” or “limited” material support of terrorists.

4. Allowed immigrants in the U.S. illegally, who are relatives of military troops and veterans, to stay in the country and get legal status.

5. Extended federal marriage benefits by recognizing, under federal law, same-sex marriages created in a state that allows same-sex marriage even if the couple is living in a state that doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage.

6. Recognized same-sex marriage in Utah, even though the Supreme Court stayed the court order recognizing same-sex marriage in Utah and Utah said it would not recognize same-sex marriages performed before the stay.

7. Refused to prosecute violation of drug laws with certain mandatory minimums.

8. Issued signing statements, refusing to enforce parts of congressional-enacted statutes.

9. Illegally refused to act on Yucca Mountain’s application to become a nuclear waste repository.

10. Falsely portrayed the Benghazi terrorist attack as a spontaneous protest against an anti-Muslim YouTube video, and then lied about the White House’s involvement.

11 Illegally revealed the existence of sealed indictments in the Benghazi investigation.

12. Failed to enforce the Magnitsky Act as required by law, by not adding Russian human rights abusers to a list of people not permitted to travel to or do business in the U.S.

13. Killed four Americans overseas in counterterrorism operations without judicial process.

14. Continued to give Egypt aid after the military took over its government, even though federal law prohibits aid to Egypt in the event of a coup.


15. Granted a “hardship” exemption from the individual mandate for people whose health plans were canceled because their plans weren’t Obamacare compliant.

16. Delayed the individual mandate for two years.

17. Allowed individuals to buy health insurance plans in 2014 that did not comply with Obamacare. Extended this delay until 2016 – past the mid-term elections.

18. Extended the deadline to enroll in Obamacare.

19. Illegally granted businesses a waiver from Obamacare’s employer mandate. Twice.

20. Illegally continued the Obamacare employer contribution for congressional staffs.

21. Illegally delayed the Obamacare caps on out-of-pocket healthcare payments.

22. Illegally delayed Obamacare verification of eligibility for healthcare subsidies.

23. Illegally required people to violate their faith via the Obamacare contraception mandate.

24. As of May 2011, over 50% of Obamacare waiver beneficiaries were union members (who account for less than 12% of the American work force).


25. Ordered Boeing to fire 1,000 employees in South Carolina and shut down a new factory because it was non-union.

26. Implemented a moratorium on offshore drilling after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill without statutory authority, and continued to enact new versions after federal courts repeatedly invalidated the moratorium.

27. Treated secured creditors worse than unsecured creditors in the Chrysler bankruptcy.

28. Terminated the pensions of 20,000 non-union Delphi employees in the GM bankruptcy.

29. Had SWAT teams raid a Gibson guitar factory and seize property, on the purported basis that Gibson had broken India’s environmental laws – but no charges were filed.

30. Government agencies are engaging in “Operation Choke Point,” where the government asks banks to “choke off” access to financial services for customers engaging in conduct the Administration does not like – such as “ammunition sales.”


31. Made illegal “recess” appointments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the National Labor Relations Board when Congress wasn’t in recess. Ignored the rulings of three federal courts of appeals that held those nominations unconstitutional.

32. Appointed czars to oversee federal policy specifically because czars do not require Senate confirmation, earning criticism from stalwart Democrats such as West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd and Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold.

33. As of January 2012, 36 of the President’s executive office staff owed $833,970 in back taxes.

34. As of 2011, 311,566 federal employees or retirees owed $3.5 billion in taxes.


35. Illegally targeted conservative groups for heightened IRS scrutiny.

36. Circumvented the Freedom of Information Act, by requiring White House Counsel review of all documents to be released under the Freedom of Information Act that the Administration believed pertained to “White House equities” – and then delayed in producing many of these documents by FOIA’s statutory deadline, or didn’t produce them at all.

37. Got secret permission from the FISA Court to reverse restrictions on the National Security Agency’s use of intercepted phone calls and emails, permitting the NSA to search American’s communications in its databases.

38. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is seeking to monitor about 80% of U.S. credit card transactions.

39. Targeted Fox News reporter James Rosen by falsely labeling him a possible “co-conspirator” in a criminal investigation of a new leak.

40. Secretly obtained phone records from staff at the Associated Press.

41. Had meetings with lobbyists in coffee shops near White House to avoid disclosure requirements.


42. Aided drug cartels instead of enforcing immigration laws – as found by a federal judge. Border Patrol agents, multiple times, knowingly helped smuggle illegal immigrant children into the U.S.; “the DHS is encouraging parents to seriously jeopardize the safety of their children.”

43. Illegally sold thousands of guns to criminals, in the operation known as Fast and Furious and then refused to comply with congressional subpoenas about the operation.

44. Dismissed charges filed by Bush Administration against New Black Panther Party members who were videotaped intimidating voters at a Philadelphia polling station during the 2008 election.

45. Argued for expansive federal powers in the Supreme Court, which has rejected the Administration’s arguments unanimously 9 times since January 2012.

46. Sued Louisiana to stop school vouchers and keep low-income minorities trapped in failing schools.

47. Threatened to arrest military priests for practicing their faith during the partial government shutdown.

48. Muzzled the speech of military chaplains.

49. Sued fire departments saying their multiple-choice, open-book written employment tests were racially discriminatory.

50. Gave 23,994 tax refunds worth more than $46 million to aliens here illegally using the same address in Atlanta, GA.


51. Released a mentally ill Guantanamo detainee… who had been a high-risk al Qaeda fighter in jihad combat since the 1980s.

52. Backed release of the Lockerbie bomber, Abdel Baset al-Megrahi.

53. President Obama told NASA administrator to “find a way to reach out to the Muslim world.”

54. Claimed the Fort Hood shooting was “workplace violence” rather than terrorism.

55. Signed a stimulus bill that spent money on bonuses for AIG executives, and then acted shocked and outraged at the bonuses.

56. Gave $535 million to Solyndra, which went bankrupt; Solyndra shareholders and officials made substantial donations to Obama’s campaign.

57. Reneged on a campaign promise to cut the deficit in half by the end of his first term in office.

58. Increased the national debt more in one term than President Bush did in two terms.

59. Extended mortgage assistance to people who bought multiple homes during the housing bubble.

60. Proposed rules that would have decimated family farms, by prohibiting children under 18 from doing many forms of farm work.

61. Former “safe schools czar” has written about his past drug abuse and advocated promoting homosexuality in schools.

62. Nominated Timothy Geithner – who had significant tax issues – to head the Treasury Department, which enforces tax laws.

63. Reneged on campaign promise to broadcast healthcare reform negotiations on C-SPAN.

64. Reneged on a campaign promise to wait five days before signing any non-emergency bill (at least 10 times during first 3 months in office).

65. Unilaterally, increased the minimum wage for federal contract workers from $7.25 to $10.10, via executive order.

66. Cancelled all White House tours after sequestration – purportedly saving $18,000 per week – even though President Obama had spent more than $1 million in tax money to golf with Tiger Woods one weekend a few weeks before.

67. Adopted pro-union “ambush election” rules.

68. Pressured Ford to pull an anti-auto-bailout TV ad.

69. Actively, aided in George Zimmerman protests.

70. Tried to seize a privately owned motel when guests used illegal drugs at the motel.

71. Shut down the Amber Alert website, while keeping up Let’s Move website, during the partial government shutdown.

72. Gave supervised release to a convicted criminal (an alien here illegally) who later killed a nun in a DUI.

73. Shut down an Amish farm for selling fresh unpasteurized milk across state lines.

74. Spent $7 million per household in “stimulus funds” to connect a few Montana households to the Internet.

75. Spent $205,075 in “stimulus” funds to relocate a shrub that sells for $16.

76. Fired an inspector general after investigating an $850,000 AmeriCorps grant received by a nonprofit run by former NBA star and Obama supporter Kevin Johnson (now mayor of Sacramento).


The original report, complete with hotlinked source footnotes to support Cruz’s claims, can be viewed here.



Congressman Jeff Miller: Veterans Benefits Administration Tried To Spy On Investigators (Audio)

Miller: Veterans Benefits Administration Tried To Spy On Investigators – Daily Caller


House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller told DC-based WMAL Radio on Tuesday about his congressional staffers recently being spied on when they looked into various VA complaints at a regional Veterans Benefits Administration office.

His staff was told on “three different occasions” to go to a specific room to do their work but one VA employee said it wasn’t necessary.

Miller, a Republican from Florida, recounted that the “VBA’s acting director took that employee outside” for several minutes and when they returned, his staff was directed again to the specific room on a different floor.

His staffers discovered the room’s sound and video system were prepared to observe their work while they reviewed case files.

“In that room, both of the mics were hot and the camera itself was activated,” the committee chairman told WMAL host Larry O’Connor.

Miller continued, “My staff said, ‘We’re not going to do it in this room,’ and they requested to be taken to another room.”

VBA relocated the committee staffers after they pushed back about the use of the room.

When Department of Veterans Affairs Undersecretary for Benefits Allison Hickey was confronted at Monday night’s congressional VA hearing about the spying incident, Miller said that “there was no attempt to deny that it had occurred.”





Most Corrupt Administration In History To Honor Illegals As “Champions Of Change” At White House Ceremony

White House To Welcome In, Honor Illegal Immigrants – Daily Caller


President Obama’s White House will honor illegal immigrant activists at a ceremony Tuesday.

Two activists with the group Mi Familia Vota Education Fund will be honored as “Champions of Change” at a special White House ceremony.

Fernanda Zaragoza-Gomez, 19, a Colorado Mi Familia Vota canvasser, and Steven Arteaga Rodriguez, a Texas activist with the group, are both “DREAMers” who began their activism careers after applying for and gaining Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program established by Obama to provide living and working status for undocumented young immigrants.

The activist group, which has offices in six states, works for the goal of “expanding the electorate” through “direct, sustainable citizenship, voter registration, census education, GOTV and issue organizing in key states.”

Mi Familia Vota’s board of directors includes labor leader Eliseo Medina, who said in a 2010 speech that immigration reform will create a long-term progressive “governing coalition.”

“My father was deported and I never saw him again before he died,” honored activist Zaragoza-Gomez said in a statement. “I will keep working with Mi Familia Vota to grow Latino voter participation and push for commonsense immigration reform so that one day, other families won’t have to be separated, like I was from my father.”

While the White House is teaming with law enforcement officers, no arrests are expected to be made Tuesday.

The Daily Caller previously reported that Valerie Jarrett held a handful of secret meetings with illegal immigrant activists.



Did The Obama Administration Defraud Purchasers Of GM Shares? (Thomas Lifson)

Did The Obama Administration Defraud Purchasers Of GM Shares? – Thomas Lifson

When a controlling shareholder in a corporation sells shares to the public, and the corporation subsequently discloses damaging information known to it at the time of the sale, the SEC normally gets to work investigating a possible crime. Withholding such data can be a crime, defrauding investors by withholding material information.


It would appear that something like that happened when the federal government sold GM shares to the public. In the private sector, it would be time to call in the criminal defense lawyers.

Writing at The Federalist, Sean Davis notes, “GM Sure Recalled A Lot Of Cars Right After The Feds Sold Their Shares”:

…at least GM acted as soon as it knew there was a problem. Because it’s not like the company would sit on the information and do nothing about it, right? Right?

Not so much.

GM knew about serious problems with the ignition switch for years, going back to at least 2007. At that time, GM had hard data from multiple crashes showing that some of its ignition switches had failed to function properly. The U.S. government officially bailed out the automaker in December of 2008. Throughout the five-year period of U.S. government ownership, nothing was done to address the deadly switch. According to one timeline of events, GM’s new CEO, Mary Barra, claims she did not even learn of the problem until December of 2013, which just so happens to be when the federal government sold its final shares of GM stock (at a loss of $10 billion, naturally).

Even though the company had data demonstrating a faulty ignition switch for years, it didn’t initiate a full investigation or recall until February of 2014, two months after the government sold its stake in the company. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) didn’t initiate a full investigation of the issue until later that month, even though the U.S. government had owned the company for 5 years. The Justice Dept. also showed up late to the party, confirming that same month that it had initiated a criminal probe into the matter.

The timing of claimed knowledge of the problems is so suspicious that a full scale criminal probe by the SEC is warranted. That would be the case if any private shareholder had sold shares under similar circumstances.

Law professor and Instapundit blogger Glenn Reynolds sarcastically remarks, “I’m sure the SEC will be right on this.”

But even if the SEC doesn’t take action, buyers of GM shares have a case to make in civil court, if they take a loss on the GM shares. In such cases, the doctrine that a CEO “should have known” the damaging information applies.

I can assure you that executives at Toyota and other foreign automobile manufacturers are noticing that Toyota was fined a record $1.2 billion for failing to disclose safety-related complaints relating to sudden acceleration, while GM was fined a paltry $35 million for failing to disclose safety-related complaints for ignition switch problems involving 2 million vehicles and fatalities. This looks a lot like a national government putting its thumb on the butcher’s scale to favor its own producers.

We have entered a phase of corporatism in the United States, with the government rigging the game for favored companies, it would appear. And in the world of corporate integrity, appearances are as important as reality.

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Leftist Nightmare Update: Costs Of ObamaCare Bungles Start To Add Up, With Maryland First At About $30.5M

Costs Of ObamaCare Bungles Start To Add Up, With Maryland First At About $30.5M – Fox News

Maryland could end up spending as much as $30.5 million as a result of a glitch in its ObamaCare website, as the Obama administration steps in to help states with problematic exchanges.


Because of Maryland’s defective exchange, the state cannot determine whether customers remain eligible for Medicaid, according to a report by state budget analysts released Thursday.

As a result, the state has agreed with the federal government to a six-month delay in determining eligibility, meaning that payments will continue to be made to customers who are not eligible until the system is fixed. The delay will cost the state $17.8 million in fiscal 2014 and $12.7 million in fiscal 2015, the analysts estimated.

On Friday, the Obama administration said it would suspend some Affordable Care Act rules to help the 14 states with their own ObamaCare sites, particularly Maryland, Massachusetts, Hawaii and Oregon, which have had the most problems.

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services plan, completed a day earlier, states the federal government will help pay for “qualified” health-insurance plans for customers in those states who because of “exceptional circumstances” had to buy plans outside of ObamaCare exchanges, as reported first by The Washington Post.

The administration made the change before the end-of-March deadline for Americans to enroll in ObamaCare this year.

In Maryland, the exchange cannot convert income data from the existing Medicaid enrollment system into a calculation needed to review whether enrollees are qualified “because of a variety of system architectural flaws,” according to budge analysts.

The exchange has been plagued by computer problems that have made it difficult for people to enroll in private health care plans since its debut Oct. 1.

State officials have decided to stick with the exchange through the open enrollment period that ends March 31 but is evaluating alternatives with an eye toward the next enrollment period that begins in November.

Among the possibilities is adopting technology developed by another state, joining a consortium of other states, partnering with the federal exchange or making major fixes to the existing system.

Thirty-six states use the federal HealthCare.gov site, which crashed and had other major problems in the first two months of enrollment.

The Maryland report said the state may need to develop an interim solution while a long-term solution is being developed. However, that process would likely take at least nine to 12 months, pushing up against the next open-enrollment period.

The report also states the development of the exchange was “a high risk undertaking” from the outset, in large part because of contractors woes, tight deadlines, constantly evolving requirement and its need to interface with work-in-progress federal databases.

The administration changes this week are not the first to ObamaCare, to be sure.

In November, Obama helped Americans about to lose policies because they didn’t meet new minimum requirements by allow the substandard plans to be sold through the end of this year.

And administration officials has twice this year given medium- and large-sized employers more time to offer health insurance to most full-time workers.

However, the change this week is significant because it marks the first time the federal government has agreed to help pay for policies bought outside the new exchanges.

The coverage in the outside policies would have to be comparable to those offered on the exchange. And customers would have to start paying premiums, then get the subsidies after the state exchanges could determine their income eligibility.

Maryland Health Benefit Exchange official told The Post earlier this week that roughly 7,000 applications are stuck in state’s system, but all of them might not need insurance and that officials were still looking over the administration’s offer.

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45-State Study: Obamacare Offers Less Choice, Higher Prices, Breaking Another Promise – Washington Examiner

A new and comprehensive comparison of health insurance options offered by Obamacare versus private websites finds that President Obama’s program offers less choice and higher prices than promised by the White House and leading Democrats.

Adding to the list of broken health care promises, the study from the National Center for Public Policy Research found that there were more and cheaper options available on websites outside the health insurance exchange in 2013 than on healthcare.gov and state Obamacare exchanges.

The report, “Obamacare Exchanges: Less Choice, Higher Prices,” looked at options available for a 27-year-old single person and a 57-year-old couple in metropolitan areas across 45 states.

The report found that a 27-year-old male had about 10 more policies to choose from on eHealthinsurance.com and finder.healthcare versus the exchange. The older couple had about nine more policy choices.

Ditto for the cost findings, with the 27-year-old male having access to 32 policies that cost less than the cheapest Obamacare offering, and the 57-year-old couple access to 29 cheaper policies.

“In general, consumers had substantially more policies to choose from on private websites such as eHealthinsurance.com and Finder.healthcare.gov than they presently have on the exchanges,” said the study.

“Obamacare supporters, including the president himself and Nancy Pelosi, claimed the exchanges would yield more choice and lower prices,” said the study’s author, David Hogberg. “This study shows those claims do not stand up.”

The National Center for Public Policy Research, founded in 1982, describes itself f as a “non-partisan, free-market, independent conservative think-tank.”

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House Subcommittee Chairman: Obama Administration Policy Would Eliminate Half Of All Existing Medicare Part D Plans – Daily Caller

The Obama administration’s new proposed rule for Medicare Part D would eliminate half of all Medicare Part D plans and raise prescription drug premiums for millions of seniors by up to 20 percent, according to a U.S. House subcommittee chairman.

“Today, the average senior has 35 different [Medicare Part D] plans to choose from this year. This rule would reduce that choice to two plans. 50% of the plans offered today will be gone, and the health care that seniors like may go with it,” House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee chairman Rep. Joe Pitts said in a statement at a Feb. 26 hearing attended by a top administration health official.

“Limiting seniors’ choices like this will inevitably lead to higher costs. By some estimates, the restriction on the number of plans that can be offered could cause premiums to rise by 10%-20%. Costs to the federal government may increase by $1.2-1.6 billion according to a study by Milliman,” Pitts said. “… I urge Secretary Sebelius and Administrator Tavenner to rescind this rule.”

The study Pitts cited also showed that the new rule would increase out-of-pocket drug costs for 6.9 million seniors who do not qualify for low-income subsidies, and would raise federal taxpayer costs for six million seniors who do qualify.

President Bush signed Medicare Part D into law in 2003 to subsidize prescription drug costs for Medicare beneficiaries.

The Daily Caller reported that the administration’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a division of Kathleen Sebelius’ Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), recently introduced a new proposed rule on the Federal Register called “Medicare Program: Contract Year 2015 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage and the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Programs.”

The new rule “would revise the Medicare Advantage (MA) program (Part C) regulations and prescription drug benefit program (Part D) regulations to implement statutory requirements; strengthen beneficiary protections; exclude plans that perform poorly; improve program efficiencies; and clarify program requirements,” according to the Federal Register.

The rule states that it also aims “to implement certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act.”

The new rule’s stated desire to “strengthen our ability to identify strong applicants for Part C and Part D program participation and remove consistently poor performers” would give the Obama administration new authority to limit health insurance and prescription drug providers under the Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D programs.

The rule would also violate the Medicare Part D’s law’s “non-interference provision that prohibits the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) from interfering with the negotiations between drug manufacturers and pharmacies and sponsors of prescription drug plans,” according to testimony by American Action Forum president Douglas Holtz-Eakin, violating “congressional intent.”

Rep. Pitts expressed confusion and anger at CMS’ new rule.

“CMS itself says that 96% of the Part D claims it reviewed showed seniors saved money at preferred pharmacies, and nearly 25,500 seniors in my district have chosen Part D plans with a preferred pharmacy network. Yet CMS would take that away from them,” Pitts said.

“The Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit is a government success story. Last year, nearly 39 million beneficiaries were enrolled in a Part D prescription drug plan,” Pitts said.

“Competition and choice have kept premiums stable. In fact, in 2006, the first year the program was in effect, the base beneficiary premium was $32.20 a month. In 2014, the base beneficiary premium is $32.42 – a 22-cent increase over 9 years – and still roughly half of what was originally predicted,” Pitts added. “More than 90% of seniors are satisfied with their Part D drug coverage because of this. African-American and Hispanic seniors report even higher levels of satisfaction, at 95% and 94%, respectively.”

“The program has worked so well because it forces prescription drug plans and providers to compete for Medicare beneficiaries – putting seniors, not Washington, in the driver’s seat. Part D should be the model for future reforms to the Medicare program,” Pitts said.

House Energy and Commerce committee chairman Rep. Fred Upton joined with Pitts at the hearing in criticizing the new rule.

“The proposed rule, issued on January 6, 2014, appears to be a direct assault on the competitive structure of the program. It inhibits the ability of plans to obtain discounts for beneficiaries, limits the range of market segments in which they may compete, and usurps the responsibility of states to license those able to prescribe. This 700-page proposal makes numerous changes,” Upton said.

CMS principal deputy administrator Jonathan Blum testified that limiting Part D sponsors to providing only two plans per region will “promote needed clarity of plan choices for beneficiaries.”

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Most Corrupt Administration In U.S. History To Investigate Zimmerman For Civil Rights Violations

DOJ To Investigate Zimmerman For Federal Civil Rights Charges – Big Government

On Sunday afternoon, the Obama Department of Justice announced that it would pursue investigation into George Zimmerman.


That announcement came just hours after Zimmerman was acquitted for second-degree murder and manslaughter in the killing of Trayvon Martin, and within one day of the NAACP calling on the DOJ for an investigation.

Here is the Department of Justice statement in full:

As the Department first acknowledged last year, we have an open investigation into the death of Trayvon Martin. The Department of Justice’s Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation continue to evaluate the evidence generated during the federal investigation, as well as the evidence and testimony from the state trial. Experienced federal prosecutors will determine whether the evidence reveals a prosecutable violation of any of the limited federal criminal civil rights statutes within our jurisdiction, and whether federal prosecution is appropriate in accordance with the Department’s policy governing successive federal prosecution following a state trial.

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The Most Transparent Administration Ever: This Redacted Freedom Of Information Request Is Unbelievable

The Most Transparent Administration Ever: This Redacted Freedom Of Information Request Is Unbelievable – The Blaze

In response to reports that the Federal government may be spying on private citizens’ electronic communications, the American Civil Liberties Union decided to get to the bottom of the story by filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

And their request didn’t go unnoticed. Oh, they got a response alright – but probably not what they were expecting.

Here, let’s play a game. After reading through the following FOIA request, head on over to the comments section and tell us know how many pages of actual information you count.

We’ll keep score:


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Obama Regime Will Spend $1.8B To Build 20-Mile Railroad On 30-Mile-Wide Island

Administration Will Spend $1.8B To Build 20-Mile Railroad On 30-Mile-Wide Island – CNS

The Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that $1.55 billion in new federal tax dollars will be allocated for the first-ever Hawaiian Transit Rail system on the island of Oahu, which will serve downtown Honolulu, at a total federal and state cost of $5.1 billion.

The train circuit will be 20 miles long, with 21 stops on an island that is 30 miles wide.

The transit system will span from the lesser populated island area of Kapolei, and will end at Ala Moana Center Station, approximately 1-3 miles from the University of Hawaii and Punahou School, the high school once attended by President Obama.

The most recent DOT announcement brings the total amount of federal funds going to the Rail project to just under $1.8 billion. Funding will not been given in a single appropriation, but will instead be doled out in increments over the coming fiscal years.

An additional $4 million has been obligated from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the “stuimulus”), and $209.9 million is coming from other sources within the DOT. Both the $1.55 billion and the $209.9 million are proposed funding plans, and will be contingent upon future appropriations from Congress.

The $3.358 billion of the project’s $5.1 billion total cost will derive from Hawaiian sources that include but are not limited to excise taxes paid by Oahu businesses and residents, as well as tourists.

“The Honolulu rail transit project, the first of its kind in the state, will bring new transit options to the growing region and create a modern transportation system that is built to last for future generations,” said outgoing Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Dec. 19.

Although the most recent funding announcement took place back in December, the Honoulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) announced on Feb. 4 the completion of an archaeological survey, allowing the continuation of construction along the planned route.

In total, the rail system is expected to be 20 miles long and will have 21 stops, three of which will be situated in downtown Honolulu. Stops will also provide service to destinations such as Pearl Harbor Naval Base and Honolulu International Airport.

One of the primary reasons for the transit system’s construction is to alleviate traffic congestion in and around Honolulu. A study from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute ranked Honolulu second in U.S. cities with the most traffic congestion as of 2011.

The study also showed Honolulu motorists experienced on average 45 extra hours in traffic due to congestion, an 11-hour increase since the year 2000.

The island of Oahu has the largest population of the Hawaiian Islands, with a width of 30 miles.

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