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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"Michael G. Thompson

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!



Bill and Hillary Clinton Brutally
Mocked After Defending

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Crooked Bill and Hillary Clinton were brutally mocked Monday after defending the Clinton Foundation on social media.

The Clinton Foundation’s official Twitter account tweeted Saturday, “ICYMI: President @BillClinton wrote on Facebook this week about our work improving lives in the United States and around the world, from fighting climate change to combating the opioid crisis.”

Former President Bill Clinton’s Facebook post served to correct the record about so called fake news smearing the Clinton Foundation. Naturally, he linked to far left sites such as Snopes and Politifact to debunk the smears.

After touting all the charity the Clinton Foundation brings to hurricane victims, farmers in East Africa and combating Climate Change, Bill Clinton unleashed on Breitbart News for spreading conspiracy theories and false information about the Foundation.

Nevertheless, spreading false information about the Foundation continues, apparently as part of an ongoing strategy to distract attention from real problems and, over the long run, to completely erase the line between fact and fiction.

For example, just a few weeks ago on MSNBC, during a discussion of the President’s disparaging remarks about Haiti, his designated defender repeated the ridiculous assertion that I had taken money raised for Haiti for personal use and was responsible for the apparent suicide of a Haitian who knew all about it. Thankfully, the host cut her off, refusing to provide a forum for known false conspiracy theories. I’m proud of the work the Foundation and I have done in Haiti and will give you a more detailed report on that soon.

These attacks on the Foundation began in earnest with the 2015 publication of the Breitbart-inspired book, Clinton Cash. I thought the Foundation staff did a good job debunking the book’s charges, but they were published as written even in “mainstream” outlets, and even now the charges continue to be repeated online and in forums favorable to those who make them.

I have never responded personally to these charges, but out of respect for our donors, partners, and those who work at the Foundation, I think I should—because as we see, attacks, no matter how outrageous, can have a long life.

Bill Clinton also argued Chelsea’s wedding wasn’t paid for by Clinton Foundation donations nor do any of them receive salaries.

No, Foundation funds were not used to pay for Chelsea’s wedding. It’s not only untrue, it’s a personal insult to me, to Hillary, and to Chelsea and Marc. It was a wonderful day that Hillary and I were grateful to be able to pay for.

Clinton also argued the foundation was given 4 out 4 stars from Charity Navigator, Platinum from GuideStar, A from Charity Watch, and a 20 out of 20 score for meeting all of the Better Business Bureau’s good practice standards.

Hillary Clinton tweeted: Want to hear the real story of the @ClintonFdn? Read this: 

 Trump supporters savaged the Clintons.

How about when Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Oman donated MILLIONS to your foundation when you were Secretary of State and then you conducted official US business with them? 

What about how Haitian villages that you raised money for are STILL without the homes, schools and infrastructure you promised for them? Where did it go Hillary? Where's that money? Why did you plunder the great people of Haiti? 


Unless it explains

Benghazi 33,000 missing emails  Haiti  Destroyed electronics  Missing money
Uranium One Etc

Then no. Nope.  
Not on Presidents day.  

Care to tell us how much the Foundation pays out in salaries each year? 


Slush fund? Pay-to-play? Salaries for Sid Blumenthal?
Fraud in Haiti?  The vast majority of funds don't reach people in need?
That's the real story, right?   



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