FROM Shirley Anne Warshaw
Obama Taps William Daley for Chief of Staff President Obama has named his new Chief of Staff. William Daley , brother of Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, served as Commerce Secretary for the last three years of the Clinton Administration. He's currently a senior executive with JP Morgan Chase. His appointment is part of what the White House calls an "overhaul" with two years to go until the next election. Shirley Anne Warshaw is Presidential Scholar at Gettysburg College and author The Co-Presidency of Bush and Cheney .
Lame-Duck President Gets His FISA Bill Last week the Democratic majorities in Congress passed--and the president signed --the FISA bill . The biggest revamping of federal surveillance powers in 30 years allows more wiretapping of people overseas and at home, and provides phone companies with immunity from lawsuits for what they did - at the Bush Administration's request- before the law was passed. Barack Obama voted for it, despite earlier promises that he would filibuster if it contained that provision.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.