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User Info: brestugo

brestugo
1 month ago#1
https://nymag.com/intelligencer/article/trump-cabinet-members-where-are-they-now.html

Ben Carson is launching a new version of the Boy Scouts

Back in February, the former Housing and Urban Development secretary founded the American Cornerstone Institute. This think tank, which Carson prefers to call a “do tank,” is dedicated to finding “commonsense solutions to some of our nation’s biggest problems.”

Obviously, one of the biggest problems facing America is its lack of an aggressively partisan organization for kids. Thus, the Little Patriots program was born.

“It will be something like the Boy Scouts,” Carson told the Washington Post. “But heavily exposed to the real history of America.”

Steve Mnuchin is making the most of his extended Secret Service protection

Days before leaving office, Trump quietly issued a highly unusual order that provided an extra six months of Secret Service protection for his adult children and three administration officials. Former Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin has racked up the biggest charges, unsurprisingly. You don’t amass a fortune worth an estimated $400 million by not spotting opportunities to save on private security expenses by taking advantage of free Secret Service protection. The Washington Post reports:

The receipts showed that agents spent $114,000 over the six months to rent rooms at a W Hotel in Los Angeles, where Mnuchin has a home.

They also followed Mnuchin on three trips to the Middle East, where Mnuchin is reportedly seeking to raise money from sovereign wealth funds for a new venture called Liberty Strategic Capital …


Mike Pompeo is denying he plotted to kidnap Julian Assange

Former CIA director and secretary of State Mike Pompeo was so furious at Julian Assange for exposing U.S. national-security secrets that he spearheaded talks within the Trump administration on how to get revenge. Options discussed included kidnapping the WikiLeaks founder from the Ecuadoran embassy in London or even assassinating him — plots that make for a good spy thriller but are illegal in real life. That is one of the key takeaways from an explosive report published by Yahoo! News in September. It is also, according to Pompeo, not true … or, well, mostly fiction.

Elaine Chao is inspiring calls to boycott Kroger

Prior to becoming Trump’s Transportation secretary, Elaine Chao earned millions of dollars by serving on the boards of major corporations like Dole Foods, Protective Life, and Wells Fargo. But the Washington Post reported in April that she and other Trump Cabinet alums were having a hard time finding cushy landing spots after exiting the administration. “The feedback was ‘It’s too soon,’” said one of the headhunters involved in an unsuccessful effort to find companies willing to work with Chao.

Apparently, the sentence for serving in the Trump administration was seven months in corporate purgatory, not three. In August, Kroger named Chao to its board of directors.

But should a wholesome grocery chain really associate itself with someone who abused her position and office staff to boost her family’s shipping business? (That was the conclusion of an inspector general’s report on Chao, which was referred to the Justice Department for possible criminal investigation in December 2020, then promptly dropped.)

Ryan Zinke is campaigning to represent a U.S. congressional district he may not actually live in

During his two years as Trump’s Interior secretary, Ryan Zinke was the target of 18 federal investigations over alleged misconduct ranging from his personal travel to potential conflicts of interest, some of which have yet to conclude. Yet somehow, the biggest scandal plaguing Zinke’s congressional campaign isn’t this wild fact but allegations that he doesn’t really live in Montana’s Second District.

Wilbur Ross is dreaming of putting “Trump condos on the moon”

If you thought that narrowly avoiding prosecution for allegedly lying to Congress about why he wanted a citizenship question on the 2020 Census might humble our former Commerce secretary, then you don’t know Wilbur Ross. When Bloomberg caught up with Ross in February, he was back in Palm Beach, Florida, living — and plotting — like a James Bond villain: Habitation? When asked whether space would be a gold-plated real estate opportunity for Trump, Ross didn’t disagree.

“Why not Trump condos on the moon?” he quipped back.

Rick Perry is getting into drugs

This spring, Trump’s former Energy secretary successfully lobbied Texas lawmakers to pass legislation authorizing a clinical study on the use of psilocybin, the active ingredient in “magic mushrooms,” to treat PTSD in veterans.
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User Info: Starks

Starks
1 month ago#2
Why can't everyone just be Boehner or Perry.

I guess the kleptocracy is more profitable.
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User Info: CoyoteTheGreat

CoyoteTheGreat
1 month ago#3
Starks posted...
Why can't everyone just be Boehner or Perry.

I guess the kleptocracy is more profitable.

It is kind of hilarious that Perry kind of looks like a hyper-moderate compared to Texas' current leadership.

Certainly lobbying against anti-drug laws is a lot more respectable than the various grifts all the Trumpers and Never Trumpers have on their own people and on liberals respectively.
Disobedience is the stamp of the hero. -Ragnar Redbeard
Also, this is Kagata..

User Info: EPR-radar

EPR-radar
1 month ago#4
brestugo posted...
Ben Carson is launching a new version of the Boy Scouts

Back in February, the former Housing and Urban Development secretary founded the American Cornerstone Institute. This think tank, which Carson prefers to call a “do tank,” is dedicated to finding “commonsense solutions to some of our nation’s biggest problems.”

Obviously, one of the biggest problems facing America is its lack of an aggressively partisan organization for kids. Thus, the Little Patriots program was born.

“It will be something like the Boy Scouts,” Carson told the Washington Post. “But heavily exposed to the real history of America.”
Oh joy, a Trumpjugend.

User Info: brestugo

brestugo
1 month ago#5
EPR-radar posted...
Oh joy, a Trumpjugend.
I have a combination of curiosity and fear of whatever bund Carson comes up with on this one.
Newsom 2022

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Takuya Lee
1 month ago#6
Starks posted...
Why can't everyone just be Boehner or Perry.

I guess the kleptocracy is more profitable.

I'm kind of jealous of Boehner's job.
Narutaki was right. This is all Decade's fault.

User Info: gogues

gogues
1 month ago#7
Thanks for the info, now I know to never shop at Kroger.
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