Ivanka is the Wild Card of the Trump Presidency

Maureen Callahan, New York Post – December 17, 2016

It only makes sense that such an unprecedented president-elect should have an unprecedented First Daughter. And to Donald Trump, Ivanka has long been first among equals.

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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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All Eyes on Ivanka role in Trump White House

AFP – December 15, 2016

A month before Donald Trump becomes president, chattering classes in New York and Washington are abuzz with signs that his elegant daughter Ivanka will play an active role in his White House.

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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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Melissa Harris-Perry: “Since When” Has Racism or Sexism Disqualified an American President?

Emily Crockett, Vox – December 14, 2016

At a Tuesday forum hosted by the Atlantic on gender in the 2016 election, political commentator and Wake Forest University professor Melissa Harris-Perry said she wasn’t surprised that Donald Trump’s racism and sexism didn’t keep him from winning the election.

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There He Is, Mr. Cabinet Secretary

Susan Chira, New York Times – December 14, 2016

Call it cabinet selection as beauty pageant. As President-elect Donald J. Trump assembles his cabinet and prepares to govern, he is drawing on an underestimated asset: showmanship honed over years of television pageantry.

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#SignedByTrump Photo Series Show Donald Trump’s Sexist Comments on Women’s Bodies

Andrew Russell, Global News – December 13, 2016

Aria Watson, an 18-year-old student at Clatsop Community College, created the photos as a final project for her photography class. Titled #SignedbyTrump, the series highlights the president-elect’s notorious history of crude and sexist comments.

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Trump Considering Fiorina for Director of National Intelligence

Reuters – December 12, 2016

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump spoke on Monday to former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard Carly Fiorina about the job of director of national intelligence, the New York Times reported, citing a senior Trump transition team member.

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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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