Category: News Tracking

Study: Racism and Sexism Predict Support for Trump Much More Than Economic Dissatisfaction

German Lopez, Vox – January 4, 2017

A new paper by political scientists Brian Schaffner, Matthew MacWilliams, and Tatishe Nteta puts the blame back on the same factors people pointed to before the election: racism and sexism. And the research has a very telling chart to prove it, showing that voters’ measures of sexism and racism correlated much more closely with support for Trump than economic dissatisfaction after controlling for factors like partisanship and political ideology.

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Forget What You Thought You Knew About the Old First Family Model

Peter Stevenson, Washington Post – December 22, 2016

There’s been plenty of chatter, though few hard details, about the roles that members of President-elect Donald Trump’s family will play in the White House once he takes the oath of office on Jan. 20 — or even whether some immediate family members will make it to the White House at all.

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Transition Team’s Request on Gender Equality Rattles State Dept.

Mark Landler, New York Times – December 22, 2016

President-elect Donald J. Trump’s transition team asked the State Department this week to submit details of programs and jobs aimed at promoting gender equality, rattling State Department employees concerned that the incoming administration will roll back a cornerstone project of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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Trump Rewards Kellyanne Conway With a Top White House Staff Slot

Michael D. Shear and Maggie Haberman, New York Times – December 22, 2016

Kellyanne Conway, the Republican pollster and strategist who helped guide Donald J. Trump to victory in November, on Thursday was appointed counselor to the president, becoming the highest-ranking woman at the White House and one of his principal messengers to the public.

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Bill Clinton: “One Thing” Donald Trump Knows “is How to Get Angry, White Men to Vote for Him”

Sophia Tesfaye, Slate – December 19, 2016

Former President Bill Clinton was clearly still working through his post-election feelings when he told a local New York reporter that President-elect Donald Trump “doesn’t know much,” but “one thing he does know is how to get angry, white men to vote for him.”

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Ivanka Trump Could be the Most Powerful First Lady Ever

Kate Andersen Brower, Washington Post – December 16, 2016

But unlike her predecessors who weren’t the wife of the president, Ivanka appears poised to be an adviser, advocate and hostess all at once. Which could revolutionize the role — and make her the most powerful first lady ever.

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Women and Minorities Could be Missing from the Cabinet’s ‘Big Four’ Jobs for the First Time Since 1993

Jena McGregor, Washington Post – December 16, 2016

Now that Donald Trump has named ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his pick for secretary of state, the transition has reached a milestone of sorts. Nominations for the most prized jobs in the Cabinet — the people who lead the Departments of State, Defense, Justice and the Treasury — are all in place, filling what have come to be known as the “big four” jobs. As The Post wrote in 2011, these are the “original departments created by George Washington, with the heftiest portfolios” — the most high-profile positions and among the foremost voices guiding the president’s thinking on critical military, foreign affairs, justice and economic issues.

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Trump’s Cabinet is Mostly White and Male. What will that Mean for Policy?

Gretchen Frazee and Kenya Downs, PBS NewsHour – December 16, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team have received scathing criticism for putting together one of the least diverse cabinets in recent history. The cabinet is nearly all-white and all-male — and mostly older and affluent.

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