Trump Is Right On The Money But Some Of His Transition Team Are Not


For Trump to sustain and increase his popularity he must get job creation, and worker upward income mobility, up. Way up. And fast.

This can be done.

Many of Trump’s proposed policies, or available options such as the Ryan-Brady proposed tax reform plan, provide grounds for optimism. These reforms are necessary but not sufficient.

Good money would supercharge them. Bad money would surreptitiously undermine them.

Source: Trump Is Right On The Money But Some Of His Transition Team Are Not

Memo To Trump: Keep The Pool For Yourself, If Not For Democracy’s Sake


Well played, Mr. President-elect. In the first battle of wills with the White House press corps, you made a brilliant opening move.

Ditching the traditional protective press pool to go out to dinner with your family proved to be a provocative choice. The media raised a predictable outcry over the violation of their traditional ever-present inclusion in presidential movements.

Your advisor then ridiculed the outraged reporters for creating a fuss over not being able to tell whether you’re “getting the chicken or the fish.”

Beyond strategic self-interest, there’s the matter of picking the lesser of two personal evils. If you don’t allow for a protective pool, you risk creating a more paparazzi-like atmosphere. The media won’t simply give up and let you go about your business unencumbered.

Source: Memo To Trump: Keep The Pool For Yourself, If Not For Democracy’s Sake

Zayo to acquire Electric Lightwave for $1.42bn


Zayo Group Holdings has announced it is to acquire Electric Lightwave in a $1.42 billion cash deal to expand its fiber network on the US West Coast.

“Electric Lightwave provides us another unique and dense regional fiber network that advances our position as the only national independent infrastructure provider remaining in the US,” said Dan Caruso, chairman and CEO, Zayo. “Electric Lightwave has both strong metro fibre assets in key West Coast markets and capacity and routes that will augment Zayo’s intercity footprint.”

Source: Zayo to acquire Electric Lightwave for $1.42bn

Top 5 Cybersecurity Threats to Watch Out for in 2017 | Design News


Hacks of Mobile Payment Systems – With Apple Pay, Google Wallet, and other mobile payment systems, consumers don’t even need to carry their wallets in order to make transactions, which is great for malware authors who want to steal funds.

But you don’t only need to be concerned about your personal account. Hackers who have learned to attack mobile payment methods may use that knowledge to tap into corporate networks.

Source: Top 5 Cybersecurity Threats to Watch Out for in 2017 | Design News

Fear of the Roma Turned Eastern Europe Against Refugees | Bloomberg View


Ordinary citizens who live next to the Roma (which means, in most cases, that they can’t afford to move away) are even more vehement in accusing them of not wanting to integrate. Indeed, various branches of Roma have preserved their distinct languages and cultures; they dress differently and mostly interact within their communities. They are the Other.

That, of course, is what many Europeans say about Muslims, too.

The truth is that eastern European national governments and the EU bureaucracy have no idea how to integrate the Roma. In the last century, the Soviet Union banned their nomadic way of life and forced them to take jobs and accept a fixed abode. It didn’t work: Soviet Roma continued traveling and forming traditional communities.

Source: Fear of the Roma Turned Eastern Europe Against Refugees – Bloomberg View

Trump taps billionaires to lead Commerce | FCW


President-elect Donald Trump has tapped two billionaires, Wilbur Ross and Todd Ricketts, to serve in the top two positions at the Commerce Department.

Commerce’s mission is to represent U.S. economic interests domestically and internationally, but the department is also home to several IT-intensive bureaus.

If approved, the nomination would put Ross, a 79-year-old investor who made his multibillion-dollar fortune from distressed investments such as floundering steel plants and coal mines, in charge of the Census Bureau, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

Source: Trump taps billionaires to lead Commerce — FCW

Donald Trump is assembling the richest administration in modern American history | The Washington Post


Trump is putting together what will be the wealthiest administration in modern American history. His announced nominees for top positions include several multimillionaires, an heir to a family mega-fortune and two Forbes-certified billionaires, one of whose family is worth as much as industrial tycoon Andrew Mellon was when he served as treasury secretary nearly a century ago.

Rumored candidates for other positions suggest Trump could add more ultra-rich appointees soon.

Many of the Trump appointees were born wealthy, attended elite schools and went on to amass even larger fortunes as adults.

As a group, they have much more experience funding political candidates than they do running government agencies.

Source: Donald Trump is assembling the richest administration in modern American history – The Washington Post

Tired Dem donors feel like their money got burned | TheHill


Democratic donors stung by Hillary Clinton‘s upset loss in the presidential race feel like they just set their money on fire.

The sore feelings are a huge problem for the Democratic National Committee (DNC), which is trying to rebuild its image and reinvigorate a defeated party in time for challenging midterm elections in 2018.

It’s also a worry for top liberal activists as they prepare for war with President-elect Donald Trump and a GOP Congress that is hell-bent on rolling back President Obama’s accomplishments.

Source: Tired Dem donors feel like their money got burned | TheHill

Questions swirl around Trump business announcement | TheHill


Trump’s property holdings and business interests in the United States and around the world have raised numerous questions about conflicts of interest, and Trump at times has suggested he did not plan to delink himself from his businesses.

“I will be holding a major news conference in New York City with my children on December 15 to discuss the fact that I will be leaving my great business in total in order to fully focus on running the country in order to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” he stated.

Source: Questions swirl around Trump business announcement | TheHill

Pelosi shows power with leadership win | TheHill


Pelosi’s victory shows that while there’s an appetite for changes to the party’s leadership structure and messaging tactics, it’s not strong enough to loosen her grip on a liberal-heavy caucus that has seldom questioned her authority.

Source: Pelosi shows power with leadership win | TheHill