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Trump does a clean sweep of all politically appointed ambassadors

A very good sign: The Trump transition team has issued a blanket order requiring all politically appointed ambassadors “without exception” to resign their posts by inauguration day.

This order, which breaks with past precedent which allowed ambassadors to stick around until a new person was named, is actually a very good sign. It indicates that Trump really does intend to clean house. His track record in the private sector is to fire people if they are not producing. It appears he is going to bring that experience to the executive branch, an approach that the federal government has lacked for decades.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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  • wayne

    Establishment GOP Seizes Most Important Job In Trump White House

    Who is John “Johnny” DeStephano, the new Director of White House Personnel?

    “DeStephano has no background in personnel or human resources. However, he is a longtime member of former Speaker of the House John Boehner’s inner circle and a former Republican National Congressional Committee staffer.”

  • LocalFluff

    @wayne, Maybe Trump needs someone to play “good cop” so that the personnel doesn’t feel as if their lives turned into an Apprentice show.

  • wayne

    “Road To Nowhere”
    -Talking Heads

  • Maurice

    I was starting to get worried, it was way too quiet.. but then this- awesome!

  • Edward

    It looks like Trump has done something, so now we can start to evaluate his actions over his words. It could be an interesting first 100 days.

  • Frank

    I see many of the signs of an accomplished businessman and leader at work.

    Define the goals and the vision to get there
    Surround yourself with capable people who have accomplished great things outside of government
    Make your important enemies your friends, let the rest wonder what happened
    Stay on offense
    Communicate well

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