Bullied,Used, Disregard; all in Secret- Headlines That Should Alarm Us

I just gathered these from

news.google.com/

 

I think the most horrendous one is about the Communications lockdown occurring in federal agencies.  I copied and pasted some of that; I’ll leave it to my readers to follow others:

 

Trump seeks to revive Dakota Access, Keystone XL oil pipelines

Washington Post  – ‎1 hour ago‎
President Trump signed executive orders Tuesday to revive the controversial Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines, another step in his effort to dismantle former president Barack Obama’s environmental legacy.
 (I call this bullying.  Things were being worked out; he would do well to leave them alone.)

Information lockdown hits Trump’s federal agencies

Politico  – ‎2 hours ago‎
Federal agencies are clamping down on public information and social media in the early days of Donald Trump’s presidency, limiting employees’ ability to issue news releases, tweet or otherwise communicate with the outside world, according to memos and …

POLITICO

Magazine

Information lockdown hits Trump’s federal agencies

‘It’s a dark time right now,’ a former Obama administration spokeswoman says as multiple agencies tell employees to restrict news releases and social media.

By Andrew Restuccia, Alex Guillénand Nancy Cook
| 01/24/17 03:03 PM EST
| Updated 01/24/17 05:48 PM EST

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White House press secretary Sean Spicer said he was still looking into the agency restrictions on Tuesday. |

Federal agencies are clamping down on public information and social media in the early days of Donald Trump’s presidency, limiting employees’ ability to issue news releases, tweet or otherwise communicate with the outside world, according to memos and sources from multiple agencies.

The steps to mute federal employees — seen to varying degrees in the Environmental Protection Agency and the departments of the Interior, Transportation, Agriculture and Health and Human Services — are sparking early fears of a broader crackdown across the government, as Trump vows to pursue an agenda sharply at odds with his predecessor.

New administrations have long sought to control the message coming out of federal agencies. But watchdog groups worry about what restrictions the Trump administration may yet impose on federal workers, who are already reelingfrom the president’s decision Monday to freeze most hiring, as well as a move in Congress to allow lawmakers to impose draconian salary cuts for individual employees.

“From what we can tell, the cloud of Mordor is descending across the federal service,” said Jeff Ruch, executive director of the watchdog group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

“It’s a dark time right now,” said Liz Purchia, who headed EPA’s public affairs office during the Obama administration. “People are nervous and they are scared about what they can and can’t do. They don’t want to get in trouble and they want to do the right thing.

“It’s ironic that Trump based his entire campaign on Twitter and social media and now he’s preventing the staff that work from him from communicating with the public,” Purchia added.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment on this story. But Trump aides have rejected criticism that they’re planning to embark on a “witch hunt” targeting federal employees.

Still, a wholesale clampdown on public information would pose risks, said Steve Lenkart, the executive director of the National Federation of Federal Employees.

“I would advise this new administration to tread lightly when ordering any increase of secrecy of government operations or policies,” he said. “The American people expect an open, transparent and honest government.”

Trump administration seeks to muzzle US agency employees: sourcesReuters
Trump bans EPA employees from giving social media updatesThe Hill
(I consider this to be very dangerous: Imagine the policies, practices and actions that could be put into place without our knowledge, until it is too late and we are oppressed by them.)

Trump’s Supreme Court Choices Come Into Focus

New York Times  – ‎2 hours ago‎
Judge William H. Pryor Jr. of the federal appeals court in Atlanta in November. He is a former Alabama attorney general, a graduate of Tulane’s law school and an outspoken opponent of abortion and gay rights.
(I really get tired of choices for positions that are to be objective rather than partisan being so loaded.  That really means nobody’s rights are safe.)
Democrats urge Trump to make ‘bipartisan’ Supreme Court pickPolitico
Trump huddles with Senate leaders ahead of Supreme Court battleThe Hill (blog)

Trump’s budget nominee defends support for cuts to Social Security, Medicare

Chicago Tribune  – ‎57 minutes ago‎
Rep. Mick Mulvaney testifies before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee during his confirmation hearing to be the next director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in …
There will be plenty of headlines in the coming days and weeks.  Let these be wake up calls:  Pay attention; take action!
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