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Photo: ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson is awarded the Order of Friendship in St. Petersburg on June 19, 2013 (Russian Press Office)

Rick Perry picked for secretary of department he wanted to abolish 6 MIN, 32 SEC

As a Republican candidate for president, former Texas Governor Rick Perry once called Donald Trump a "cancer on conservatism." He also campaigned to abolish the Department of Energy. Now Trump has chosen Perry to run that very Department… as Secretary of Energy.  


Photo by Gage Skidmore

 Rob Barnett is senior energy policy analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence.

Guests:
Rob Barnett, Bloomberg Intelligence (@barnettenergy)

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TtP on fear of witch hunt among federal employees working on climate change
Washington Post on Energy Department rejecting Trump's demand for climate names

Big oil, Vladimir Putin and transactional diplomacy 31 MIN, 54 SEC

Donald Trump's choice to be Secretary of State is Rex Tillerson, who's never had a job outside the oil giant ExxonMobil, where he's the long-time CEO. He and Vladimir Putin agreed to a multi-billion-dollar oil-drilling deal now subject to sanctions over Ukraine and Crimea — sanctions Tillerson has opposed. Some key Republicans are already grumbling about his ties to Russia and his lack of diplomatic experience, raising questions about Senate confirmation. We hear more about Tillerson and Trump's concept of foreign policy as deal-making.

Guests:
Shane Goldmacher, Politico (@ShaneGoldmacher)
Richard Kohn, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Aaron David Miller, Wilson Center (@aarondmiller2)

More:
Goldmacher on Trump's selection of Tillerson for Secretary of State

Ceasefire announced for Aleppo 11 MIN, 9 SEC

A glimmer of hope for thousands of lives in Aleppo.


Damage in Christian quarter of Aelppo in Syria
 Photo: © Aid to the Church in Need

Syrian forces were poised for a final sweep of eastern Aleppo, provoking urgent appeals from the UN, world leaders and aid agencies. Now Syrian rebels say an agreement's been reached with Russia for a ceasefire to allow evacuations. Liz Sly, Beirut Bureau Chief for the Washington Post, has more on the evacuation deal reached for last rebel zones in Syria’s ravaged Aleppo.

Guests:
Liz Sly, Washington Post (@lizsly)

More:
UN call for end to carnage in Aleppo
Statement by Lindsey Graham and John McCain on the slaughter in Aleppo

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