Category: News Tracking

Democrat Heidi Heitkamp in the Running for Agriculture, Energy Secretary

Major Garrett, CBS News – December 8, 2016

Several transition sources say Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-North Dakota, is in the running for agriculture and energy secretary, but has recently been considered more heavily for the agriculture post. Donald Trump’s team is looking to add more women to the cabinet and enhance the prospects for a stronger Republican majority.

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Geena Davis’ Letter to Hollywood: Want a Female President? Put Them Onscreen First

Geena Davis, Hollywood Reporter – December 7, 2016

I always say, “If they can see it, they can be it.” Here’s my favorite illustration of that concept: A few years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Vigdis Finnbogadottir, former president of Iceland. She told me that while in office, she would get letters from young boys asking, “Madam President, do you think a boy will ever become president?” Interesting, huh?

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Trump and the Changing Politics of the Marriage Gap

Rammesh Ponnuru, Bloomberg View – December 7, 2016

For all the attention to the gender gap in politics, the lesser-noticed marriage gap is bigger. Donald Trump did better among male voters than female ones by 11 points, his support among married voters was 15 points higher than it was with unmarried voters. Married America voted for Trump by a solid margin (52 to 44 percent), while single America voted for Hillary Clinton in a landslide (55 to 37 percent).

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Nigel Farage Loves Ivanka Trump

Esther King, Politico – December 7, 2016

Nigel Farage believes there could one day be another Trump in the White House — Ivanka. Asked who was his favorite member of the Trump family, Farage didn’t miss a beat, responding: “Oh, Ivanka.” Oh my goodness gracious me,” he said. “Thirty-six, beautiful, utterly brilliant and given that we’ve had a Clinton dynasty and a Bush dynasty, she may well be president of the U.S. in 15-20 years’ time.”

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Is Donald Trump’s Cabinet Anti-Woman?

Susan Chira, New York Times – December 7, 2016

Donald J. Trump’s campaign was dogged by accusations of misogyny. Now his cabinet is shaping up to be one of the most hostile in recent memory to issues affecting women, advocacy groups for women say. Tax credits for child care and the prospect of paid maternity leave are exceptions to a host of positions that could result in new restrictions on abortion and less access to contraception, limits on health care that disproportionately affect women and minorities and curbs on funding for domestic violence, as well as slowing the momentum toward raising the minimum wage or making progress on equal pay.

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Valerie Jarrett: I Urged Kellyanne Conway to Take a Job in Trump’s White House

Louis Nelson, Politico – December 7, 2016

Senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett said Wednesday that she urged President-elect Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway to accept a role in the incoming administration, something Conway has said she’s unlikely to do because she has four young children.

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Quote from Hillary Clinton’s Concession Speech was Top Political Tweet of 2016

Women in the World, New York Times – December 6, 2016

Popularity was a contest she really won this year. Clinton can also take satisfaction that a quote from her concession speech and tweeted by her official account turned out to be the most popular political tweet of the year, and the third most popular tweet on any topic of the year, according to data released by Twitter on Tuesday. “To all the little girls watching … never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world,” Clinton said in her speech the day after the election.

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The Winner of the Popular Vote Leaves a Complicated Legacy

Charlotte Alter, TIME – December 6, 2016

Winners get to write history. Losers, if they are lucky, get a ballad. Hillary Clinton made history for three decades as an advocate, a First Lady, a Senator, and a Secretary of State, but she will now be remembered as much for what she didn’t do as what she did. A female candidate in an election that didn’t hinge on gender after all, she became a symbol in a fight that was about much more than symbolism. She’s the woman who was almost President, she is what might have been and what will yet be.

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Omarosa: Trump Will “Empower Women & Have Them Shatter The Glass Ceiling”

Carolyn L. Todd, Refinery 29 – December 6, 2016

Omarosa thoroughly believes that Trump is a fantastic man, as she explains in a new as-told piece in The Hollywood Reporter, titled “Omarosa: I’m Black, Female, and Donald Trump Is My Friend.” In it, she expounds on Trump’s respect for women and Black people, as well as her new role on Trump’s transition team: fostering diversity in the new White House.

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