Category: News Tracking

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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Men’s-Rights Activists Are Finding a New Home With the Alt-Right

Claire Landsbaum, New York Magazine – December 14, 2016

Back in May, while addressing a crowd of supporters in Spokane, Washington, Donald Trump took time to lament the current state of gender relations. “All of the men, we’re petrified to speak to women anymore,” he said. “We may raise our voice — you know what, the women get it better than we do, folks, they get it better than we do.”

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Madonna and Hillary: ‘Witch’ and ‘Nasty Woman’ as Sisters in Arms

Caryn Ganz and Patrick Healy, New York Times – December 11, 2016

Madonna and Mrs. Clinton: both trailblazers, both polarizing figures, and both attacked for actions, choices and behavior that are broadly accepted — even applauded — when done by their male peers. Madonna herself made a connection between the two women before her speech Friday, saying it was “really important to make a stand and speak my mind” about women’s rights after Mrs. Clinton’s loss in November.

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‘Your Uteruses Will be Fine’: Hannity on the ‘Collective Freakout’ over Trump’s Win

Fox News – December 9, 2016

In his opening monologue on Thursday’s edition of “Hannity,” Sean said that the left-wing reaction to Trump’s victory “is now reaching mind-numbing levels.” The host cited stories of Washington D.C. women cutting and dyeing their hair “because they want to feel empowered in order to oppose president-elect Trump.” Hannity also noted that a public relations firm founded by CNN “radical” pundit Van Jones is “working with Republican Electoral College electors who plan on voting against Donald Trump on Dec. 19.”

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Trump says Person of the Year Title is ‘Politically Correct’

Chris Isidore, CNN Money – December 9, 2016

On Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump said it was “a very, very great honor” to be named Time magazine’s Person of the Year. By Thursday night, he was riffing about how the title is politically correct. “They used to call it Man of the Year, but they can’t do that anymore,” he told a rally in Iowa. “They call it Person. They want to be politically correct. That’s OK.”

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Trump’s Labor Secretary Pick: “I like beautiful women eating burgers in bikinis”

Emily Crockett, Vox – December 9, 2016

Puzder is the CEO of CKE Restaurants, which operates Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s. For the last decade or so, Carl’s Jr. has been known for running controversial TV ads featuring models eating hamburgers in various gross, oversexed ways.

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