Trump appointments

Trump appoints first woman to lead the National Counterterrorism Center

Tammy Bruce, Washington Times

The Trump administration moves forward with groundbreaking decisions about leadership, elevating individuals who perhaps had not been partisan enough for the swamp to be considered for leadership in the past. The DNI’s office noted about Ms. Shiao and Ms. Linkins: “They are well-respected career intelligence officials, with deep analytic, operational and leadership experience serving in the Intelligence Community (IC) and are recognized for their focus and commitment to workforce issues, including recruitment, development, retention and morale. Under their direction, NCTC is well-postured to lead the counterterrorism mission into the future.”

Conservatives Put On The Brass Knuckles

“What I want to do with the Article III Project is take off the gloves, put on the brass knuckles and fight back,” Mike Davis, an Iowa native who was the chief nominations counsel for Senator Charles E. Grassley, told Carl Hulse of the New York Times.

The Left Loves Activist Judges — Unless They Rule Right

Doug Bandow, The American Spectator

The Trump administration is transforming the courts. If there is one signature success of the Trump administration, it is nominating a large number of judges who realize that they are jurists, not legislators. Leftists who want to “pack the courts” should stop whining and learn from the Trump experience — win elections and nominate good candidates. If instead they formally turn the judiciary into another arm of politics, their opponents are likely to return the favor, with predictably disastrous results for all.

FedUp PAC Poll: Conservatives Say Trump Should Skip Establishment Appointees

More than 98% agreed that the establishment should be blacklisted by Trump, given their lack of loyalty and the probability that they would become part of the army of anti-Trump leakers in the government.

Rule Change Pushed By Harry Reid Could Allow Trump To Get All Of His Appointments Confirmed

Alex Pfeiffer, Daily Caller

In 2013, Sen. Reid and other Democrats pushed forward with a rule change dubbed the “nuclear option” to eliminate filibusters for all presidential nominations except Supreme Court justices. This means that a simple majority of 51 votes instead of 60 votes is necessary to confirm executive office appointments.