Neomi Rao, Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, smiles as President Donald Trump announces his intention to nominate her to fill Brett Kavanaugh's seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, during a Diwali ceremonial lighting of the Diya in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) President Trump announced Tuesday he will nominate Neomi Rao, who has spearheaded his administration's effort to cut down and reform federal regulations as head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, to take the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals seat vacated by new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Trump, speaking at a White House event marking Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, indicated that a formal announcement is slated for Wednesday, but said that tipping his hand early "gives me a big story." "We were going to announce that tomorrow and I said you … [Read more...] about Trump announces ‘regulatory czar’ Neomi Rao as nominee to take Kavanaugh’s seat on D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals
Melissa Nann Burke The Detroit News Published 3:15 PM EST Nov 13, 2018 Washington — President Donald Trump said Tuesday he intends to nominate Michigan native Neomi Rao to replace Brett Kavanaugh on the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. Trump made the announcement about selecting Rao during a White House event honoring Diwali, the Hindu “festival of lights.” Rao, an Indian American raised in Metro Detroit, currently serves as administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs within the White House Office of Management and Budget. She has been Trump's regulatory czar, helping to oversee what the administration said in December 2017 was the cutting of 22 regulations for every new introduced regulation. Rao is on leave from her job as a professor at George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School, where she has studied and taught constitutional law, administrative law and legislation, … [Read more...] about Trump nominatees Mich. native Rao to replace Kavanaugh on D.C. court
Deseret News composite photo FILE - Even though his race to unseat Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, remains too close to call, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams is in Washington, D.C., Tuesday for the start of the orientation program for new representatives. Related Links Love gains more votes than McAdams in latest update, but still trails in Utah's 4th District Trump recorded robocall for Love, but her campaign limited its release Here are the results for Utah's top 2018 midterm races SALT LAKE CITY — Even though his race to unseat Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, remains too close to call, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams is in Washington, D.C., Tuesday for the start of the orientation program for new representatives. New numbers are expected to be released in the 4th Congressional District race Tuesday and again Thursday. McAdams, who was ahead on Election Day Nov. 6, continues to lead by just over 4,900 votes. McAdams' participation in the orientation was confirmed … [Read more...] about No winner declared yet in 4th District, but McAdams in D.C. for congressional orientation
Democrats’ takeover of the House of Representatives means Texas Republican Mike Conaway will be ceding chairmanship of the agriculture committee, likely to centrist Collin Peterson of Minnesota. It will be a comeback for Peterson, who chaired the committee from 2007 through 2010. Conaway likely swaps positions with Peterson and becomes ranking member. “Yes, we’re disappointed that we lost a chairman from Texas; he was a good friend of ag,” Texas Farm Bureau President Russell Boening said. “But we know Congressman Peterson is a good friend of ag as well, and so we look forward to working with him.” The good news for the nation’s farmers and ranchers is that both Peterson and the Midland Republican are wanting to get the farm bill — an $867 billion spending plan for safety nets like crop insurance and subsidies as well as national nutrition programs including food stamps — through Congress before the end of the year rather than wait … [Read more...] about Texas farmers face changing of the guard in D.C.
The D.C. Memo is a weekly recap of Washington political news, journalism, and opinion, delivered with an eye toward what matters for Minnesota. Sign up to get it in your inbox every Thursday. This week, the blue wave crashed, sweeping away a few Minnesota Republicans. The midterm elections weren’t a total Democratic romp, and there were positive signs for both parties on display — especially in Minnesota. Trump claimed victory and celebrated by finally firing his emo-as-hell attorney general, Jeff Sessions. This week in Washington Greetings from Washington, which barely had time to process the midterm election results before President Donald Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions. There’s long been chatter that POTUS would cut loose Sessions, his former flame and current whipping boy — who the president never forgave for recusing himself from the investigation into the campaign’s ties with Russia — after the midterm. But the fact that he did it … [Read more...] about D.C. Memo: 725 days until Election Day 2020