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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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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Wrestling Exec Linda McMahon a Top Choice for Trump’s Small Business Chief

Megan Cassella, Politico – November 30, 2016

Linda McMahon, a professional wrestling executive and former Republican contender for Connecticut’s U.S. Senate seats, is among the top contenders to lead Trump’s Small Business Administration, sources close to the matter tell POLITICO.

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Trump Picks Elaine Chao for Transportation Secretary

Jeremy W. Peters and Maggie Haberman, New York Times – November 29, 2016

She is a woman and an immigrant, a fixture of the Republican establishment for two decades. She is a savvy and professional practitioner of the capital’s inside game. And now she is going to work for President-elect Donald J. Trump.

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