NPR Host Already Worried About Trump’s Use of Executive Authority

There are still 28 days left until President-elect Donald Trump will take the oath of office, but NPR host Diane Rehm is already expressing concern about how he will use his executive powers once in the White House.

In a segment on her daily talk show Thursday, Rehm was speaking with Juliet Eilperin, the Washington Post‘s White House bureau chief, when the host said she is worried that Trump and his administration are already expanding executive authority even though he has not yet taken office.

Rehm referenced the Trump transition team’s questionnaire that was sent out to current Energy Department employees requesting details on those who had worked on President Obama’s climate change initiatives. The questionnaire she was referring to also asked the employees to state whether they had attended United Nations climate change conferences.

“Isn’t that sort of expanding executive authority beyond the authority of the people at the top of that agency?” Rehm asked Eilperin, who responded by giving more details on the questionnaire and the department’s response.

Trump has yet to issue any executive orders or take other executive actions because he has not been inaugurated. He has promised to undo many of the executive orders issued by President Obama, however.

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Comment by Joseph Wonderless on December 26, 2016 at 7:11pm

Maybe the democrats will stop messing our comment board up.

Comment by Joseph Wonderless on December 26, 2016 at 7:11pm

We all know that the liberals are running scared,and will try to reverse everything that President Trump does. Now is the time for the real Americans  to get their reward.

Comment by Michael G. Thompson on December 25, 2016 at 4:18pm

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"He will use it quite differently than our current president did. He will involve all those individuals necessary to make it happen and not become Captain Solo."

So I am spared the terror of a half naked asian guy skewering me with an Epee?

Oh wait, that was Lt. Sulu. Or did you mean Harrison Ford in character?

There goes my quirky sense of humour again, and Merry Christmas!

Comment by Michael G. Thompson on December 25, 2016 at 3:52pm

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I agree 100 % with a CoS, but I recently read that the Congress has refused to call for one. Remember 2/3rds the States must petition the Congress to call one before it can occur. So the obvious question is what do they do now? It is also noted that the CoS organization recently convened a mock convention with great results. However, the CoS was short the required number needed to call for a real one.

Have a Good Day - AHP 1080

Oh, what they want or do not want is quite irrelevant.

"The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution..." - Article V

Note the word "shall". It is not optional, but rather obligatory. And if attempts to lawyerball non-compliance are attempted, then the Convention self-convienes, deliberates, resolves and pursues its ratification process as if Congress did. The resulting ratification is then submitted to the Congress as a done deal to be recorded. But what if Congress obstinately refuses to acccept the results?


The People own this country, not Congress.

Comment by Jea9 on December 25, 2016 at 12:06pm

How funny is that?  They didn't mind any of the many times the Kenyan did EO's.

Comment by Don R. Sherwood on December 25, 2016 at 8:53am

The essence of being a liberal is a guilty conscience!  They spend enormous amounts of time attempting to assuage that guilt, by passing laws and spending OPM (other people's money), which has proven to be a failure every time its tried. 

Comment by Robert Rouillard on December 25, 2016 at 8:04am

He will use it quite differently than our current president did.  He will involve all those individuals necessary to make it happen and not become Captain Solo. 

Comment by Debra A Shawver on December 24, 2016 at 9:36pm

Cry me a liberal river...pulleeeaaaasssse......Jan 20 cannot come fast enough

Comment by Harry Rainey - Sheepdog on December 24, 2016 at 9:26pm

All Communist programming comes to a halt. News stations are expected to report the news without taking sides. Leave politics to politicians and commit to being non-bias or pack your bags and move to Cuba if you think you can get a better deal.

Comment by George Zornetsky on December 24, 2016 at 8:50pm

Payback's a Hillary!


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Romney Handed Shock
Defeat By Own State’s GOP

Mitt Romney is back in state politics, this time in Utah instead of Massachusetts. However, conservatives in The Beehive State aren’t exactly warming up to the 2012 Republican standard-bearer quite the way many people expected they would.

After finishing second in votes at the state GOP convention, Romney will now face a primary in his run for the Senate seat being vacated by Orrin Hatch, Fox News reported.

At the convention in West Valley City on Saturday, Romney polled just behind state lawmaker Mike Kennedy.

Kennedy captured 50.18 percent of the delegate vote compared to Romney’s 49.12 percent.

That means the two will face off in a primary on June 26 to determine who will represent the GOP this fall.

Romney, the first Mormon to head a major party ticket, is considered an extremely popular figure in Utah and was widely expected to have an easy path to the upper chamber.

In a hypothetical matchup with Democrat Jenny Wilson, at least one poll showed Romney up by 46 percent. That’s, uh, slightly more than the margin of error.

However, among party loyalists, Romney isn’t exactly viewed with unalloyed fondness.

The 2012 presidential nominee was always known for being decidedly moderate, particularly on issues of immigration and global trade. There was also the fact that he ran a campaign so bumbling that it almost made Michael Dukakis look good.

And then there was Romney’s war of words with Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign, which likely led many to perceive he secretly wished Hillary Clinton would take the Oval Office.

Trump would later consider Romney as a secretary of state pick, although how serious the president-elect was about appointing him is something we’ll likely never know.

While your average Utah Republican is unlikely to let these slights affect their vote, hardcore party activists probably don’t want another RINO who isn’t exactly known for his rapport with the president in the upper chamber of Congress, no matter how famous he may be.

For his part, Romney tried to put a good spin on the humiliation.

“I’m delighted with the outcome. Did very, very well,” he told KSTU. “On to a good, important primary ahead. This is terrific for the people of Utah.”

Dude, you just lost to a guy nobody has ever heard of. However, Kennedy was happy with the results, and unlike Romney, he had good reason to be.

“I’m a candidate with a compelling life story and a unique set of life circumstances I’d like to use to serve the people of Utah,” Kennedy said.

I have no idea what that story or those circumstances are, but I think the key point here is that he’s not Mitt Romney. If he wants to win, that’s pretty much what he should be focusing on. I can see the billboards now. “Mike Kennedy: Not Mitt Romney.” “Mike Kennedy: He didn’t borrow Ward Cleaver’s haircut.” “Mike Kennedy: Because Utah deserves a senator whose favorite food isn’t buttered noodles.”

Utah’s electorate tends to be less conservative than convention-goers, so it’s unlikely that Romney won’t be the GOP nominee for Senate. However, that’s not a 100 percent certainty — and it wouldn’t be the first time he’s lost to a Kennedy.

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