President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration: Thomas G. Bowman of Florida to be Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Mr. Bowman is currently Majority Staff Director of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. From 2005 through 2009, he served in several leadership roles in the Department of Veterans Affairs, including Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, Deputy Chief of Staff, and Chief of Staff. Mr. Bowman retired from the Marine Corps as a Colonel after 30 years of service. He received his BA in Political Science from the University of Texas, Austin and his JD from Western New England College. Mark H. Buzby of Virginia to be Administrator of the Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation. Rear Admiral Buzby is a retired Navy Rear Admiral whose career spanned 34 years, serving in at sea billets, primarily in cruisers and destroyers. He commanded the USS CARNEY (DDG 64), Destroyer Squadron Thirty-One, Surface Warfare Officers School Command, Joint Task Force Guantanamo, and the Military Sealift Command. He also held key positions on the Navy Staff, the Joint Staff, and several fleet staffs. He is a recipient of the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star, and numerous other personal and unit awards. Buzby is a 1975 graduate of Admiral Farragut Academy, and a 1979 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. He holds Masters degrees from the U.S. Naval War College and Salve Regina University. Rear Admiral Buzby currently serves as President and CEO of the National Defense Transportation Association, and sits on the boards of several maritime industry related corporations. He and his wife Gina reside in Norfolk, Virginia. Kelley Eckels Currie of Georgia to be the Representative of the United States of America on the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, with the rank of Ambassador, and Alternate Representative of the United States of America to the Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations. Ms. Currie is currently a Senior Fellow with the Project 2049 Institute, where she specializes in political reform, development and humanitarian assistance, human rights and other non-traditional security issues in the Asia-Pacific region. She previously held senior policy positions with the Department of State and several international and non-governmental human rights and humanitarian organizations. Ms. Currie also served as foreign operations appropriations associate and staff director of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus for Congressman John Porter of Illinois. Ms. Currie holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center and a BA cum laude from the University of Georgia's School of Public and International Affairs. She is married to Peter Currie and they have two children. Carl C. Risch of Pennsylvania, to be an Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs. Carl C. Risch is the Acting Chief of Staff in the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services. He was previously the Field Office Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, at the American Embassy in Seoul, South Korea. He is a highly regarded Pennsylvania attorney. A senior immigration official abroad and in Washington, D.C. for over a decade, and a former Foreign Service Officer (Consular) with the Department of State, Mr. Risch is expert in the responsibilities and challenges of managing Consular Affairs worldwide. He earned a BA from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and a JD from Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. John P. Desrocher of New York, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Peoples’ Democratic Republic of Algeria. John P. Desrocher, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister-Counselor, has served as an American diplomat since 1988. He is currently Deputy Assistant Secretary for Egypt and Maghreb Affairs in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the Department of State. Mr. Desrocher is a former Deputy Chief of Mission and Consul General overseas at seven U.S. Missions, and a senior State Department official in Washington. He is known for his economic acumen, leadership, knowledge of the North Africa and Middle East regions and ability to manage people and resources in high-threat environments. Mr. Desrocher earned a B.S. from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He speaks French, German, and basic Arabic. --- President Donald J. Trump Announces Intended Appointments to the Election Integrity Commission President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to be members of the Election Integrity Commission: Luis Borunda of Maryland David K. Dunn of Arkansas Mark Rhodes of West Virginia
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New Jersey took its first step on Tuesday to replace Gov. Chris Christie, even if most voters chose not to have a say in the decision.Statewide primaries are traditionally low turnout affairs and Tuesday's was likely to be no exception as a large part of the electorate remains unfamiliar with the major candidates.Polls close at 8 p.m. The anticipated low turnout doesn’t make the contest any less important. New Jersey’s governorship — the only statewide elected office aside from lieutenant governor and the two U.S. Senate seats — is one of the most, if not the most, powerful in the nation. Tuesday's results will set up one of the nation’s two first gubernatorial contests since President Donald Trump took office (Virginia's is the other).Even though Democrats are heavily favored to win the governorship in November, in part because of Christie’s deep unpopularity, the more competitive primary contest has been on the Republican side, where Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno and Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli have been locked in a bitter battle to replace a governor who has lost favor even with much of his own party. Also running in the GOP primary are Nutley Commissioner Steve Rogers, a Trump loyalist, actor Joseph “Rudy” Rullo and engineer Hirsh Singh. Guadagno, the state's first lieutenant governor, has focused her campaign on “auditing” Trenton — above and beyond the role of the current state auditor — and a $1.5 billion plan to cut property taxes for middle- and working-class homeowners, a plan she says would be partly paid for with savings from the audit.Ciattarelli has highlighted the state’s rocky economic recovery and 11 credit downgrades during the Christie administration and has cast Guadagno as a continuation of the Christie administration.On Tuesday, he said he felt"very, very good" about his chances.“We need to move on from the Christie-Guadagno era,” Ciattarelli said outside his polling place in Hillsborough. “My candidacy provides a new direction, new message, new messenger. “What I feel confident about is our game plan. We’ve worked very, very hard over the past eight months. You want to put yourself in a position to win. I think we’ve done that,” he said.Christie spent most of the primary refusing to endorse a Republican to succeed him. But on Tuesday morning, he cast his vote for Guadagno.“I think the biggest endorsement you can give somebody is your vote. I’ve worked with her for eight years and I believe she’s the best person in the Republican primary to represent the party in the fall and to retain the governorship,” Christie said after voting is his hometown of Mendham. On the Democratic side, Phil Murphy, a former Goldman Sachs executive and U.S. ambassador to Germany during the Obama administration, is the prohibitive favorite. The other candidates — former Clinton administration staffer Jim Johnson, Assemblyman John Wisniewski, state Sen. Raymond Lesniak, activist Bill Brennan and Tenafly Councilman Mark Zinna — have struggled to break through in a race where Murphy has gained the support of all 21 county Democratic organizations.The Democratic candidates have differed little on policy, with each presenting a liberal and anti-Trump platform. Murphy’s most prominent campaign plank is to create a state-run bank that would service student loans and invest New Jersey’s pension money. His opponents have attacked him for his work at Goldman Sachs, while Murphy has taken on an anti-Wall Street tone. At his polling place Tuesday morning in Middletown, Murphy didn’t project an aura of inevitability. He said his team was concerned about low turnout, and that the “choppy weather” wasn’t helping. Despite spending more than $20 million on the primary, most of it from his own pocket, a Stockton University poll found 40 percent of New Jersey voters were still unfamiliar with Murphy as of late May. Guadagno fared only slightly better, despite being lieutenant governor for eight years; 31 percent of those surveyed in the Stockton poll said they were unfamiliar with her. It hasn't helped that Trump has taken up so much of the voters’ attention spans. “We’ve got a lot of undecideds, a lot of obsession with Donald Trump and what’s going on in Washington, and probably less than there should be in terms of attention on what’s going on in New Jersey,” Murphy told reporters. That could actually help Murphy in the general election, should he prevail tonight. Trump’s approval rating in New Jersey was 28 percent, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson University poll released March 30.Other Democratic candidates spent the final hours of the campaign making last-minute digital pushes and, in one case, cracking a joke at the expense of Christie. Johnson, a Montclair attorney who came out of obscurity to run a surprisingly well-funded campaign, released a 3 1/2-minute web video on Tuesday about his government and advocacy experience titled “A Lifetime of Public Service.” Wisniewski seized on boil water advisory in the city of Trenton, saying on Twitter that it “speaks volumes about how New Jersey is run” when the state capital’s water may not be safe to drink while there are “pet projects that only benefit a few.” On Monday, the assemblyman from Middlesex County also made a joke at Christie’s expense, referring to a famous picture of the governor at a charity softball game in 2015. “If elected governor I promise not to wear tight white baseball pants on TV,” he wrote.Katie Jennings and Katherine Landergan contributed to this report.
Today is primary day, the first electoral step toward a post-Chris Christie New Jersey.Former Goldman Sachs executive and U.S. Ambassador to Germany Phil Murphy for the Democrats and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno for the Republicans have been the front-runners from the beginning. Still, the Republican contest appears to be substantially closer than the Democratic race. Guadagno's main rival is Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli. On the Democratic side, Murphy's top competition is from Jim Johnson, a former U.S. Treasury official during the Clinton administration, Assemblyman John Wisniewski and state Sen. Ray Lesniak of Union County.Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. In addition to the gubernatorial primary, several legislative primaries bear watching.There are plenty of potential lessons to be learned and tea leaves to be read once the results come in.Here’s seven things to look for: 1. Christie fatigueChris Christie has been the governor for nearly eight years with Guadagno, the state's first lieutenant governor, by his side. His approval rating went from the 70s in the wake of Hurricane Sandy five year ago to the high teens today, tying him for the lowest approval rating ever recorded for a New Jersey governor. But there’s one group that hasn’t entirely soured on Christie: Republicans, who polls show are about evenly split on him. But if Ciattarelli scores the upset and wins the GOP nomination, even primary voters — the most committed Republican voters in the state — would have clearly said they want a new direction. If Guadagno wins, as expected, then it’s clear Christie isn’t approaching the same level of toxicity with his base as he is with the rest of the state (though Guadagno has done everything she can over the last six months to distance herself from the governor's policies). 2. Murphy’s marginNot many people expect an upset on the Democratic side. Murphy easily weathered attacks on his Goldman Sachs record during two primary debates and the last minute opposition research Johnson dropped on him on Friday wasn’t a blockbuster. Murphy’s slippage in the only recent public opinion poll was within the margin of error, and he still leads his closest challenger, Johnson, by a 3-1 margin.But if there’s one thing many Democrats are whispering behind the scenes it's that Murphy’s candidacy — while endorsed by all the party bosses — hasn’t been met with much enthusiasm. This is certain to be a low-turnout election — as state-level primaries generally are — but if Murphy doesn’t score above 50 percent, it could reinforce the lack of enthusiasm narrative. 3. Where does Jim Johnson go from here?There’s already plenty of talk about Johnson’s future in the Democratic Party. He seemed to come out of nowhere in January when he raised the $430,000 necessary to qualify for matching funds. And while he’s more than a long shot to win today, a better-than-expected showing all but ensures we haven’t heard the last of him.Johnson, a Montclair resident, lives in Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen’s congressional district, and Democrats are eagerly lining up to challenge the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee in 2018. But there’s also a chance a Senate seat could open up if Sen. Robert Menendez is convicted at his September corruption trial.North Jersey Democratic leaders, as well as progressives, probably wouldn’t be thrilled with the idea of replacing Menendez with U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross, the brother of South Jersey power broker George Norcross. An African-American progressive with a deep resume like Johnson’s could make for an attractive alternative. 4. The Republican nominee’s relationship with President Donald TrumpAsked during a debate last month if they’d welcome Trump to New Jersey to campaign for them, Guadagno and Ciattarelli both said — though not exactly enthusiastically — that they would.“He’s the president of the United States. I’m a citizen first, and I root for our president. And if I think he think can be of assistance and if he thinks he can be of assistance, yes,” Ciattarelli said. “I don’t think we should argue with that,” Guadagno said. “He is the president of the United States. He’s the duly elected president of the United States, and we should be lucky to have him come into our state.”Neither candidate really had a choice. The Republican base is with Trump, and you’re not going to win the primary by going against him. But Trump’s approval rating among all New Jersey voters in a March 30 Fairleigh Dickinson University poll was 28 percent. Unless either of the long-shot enthusiastically pro-Trump Republican candidates — Steve Rogers and Joseph “Rudy” Rullo — pull off a massive upset in the primary, expect to hear plenty of critical rhetoric about the president from the nominee, regardless of whether it’s Ciattarelli or Guadagno. 5. Will there be Republican backlash in down-ballot races over the gas tax increase?There are several down-ballot GOP primaries in which incumbents find themselves challenged — at least in part — because of their support for increasing the gas tax as part of a larger tax overhaul package. In two legislative districts in northwest New Jersey, Republican incumbents who supported the gas tax face primary challengers who have taken up the anti-tax rallying cry. In District 24 (Morris, Sussex and Warren counties), state Sen. Steve Oroho, the main sponsor of the gas tax, appears safe despite challengers running on the issue. But in District 26 (Essex, Morris and Passaic counties), Assemblywoman Betty Lou DeCroce is locked in a much tougher battle with Morris County Freeholders Hank Lyon and John Cesaro in a race where the gas tax features prominently (The district’s other Assembly member, Jay Webber, looks to be skating through the primary). In an unusual turn of events, a labor union that spearheaded the push for increasing the gas tax had spent almost $300,000 as of late last month to aid DeCroce and Oroho — the bulk of it going to help DeCroce. Conversely, state Sen. Sam Thompson is facing a primary challenge in Central Jersey's 12th District from Old Bridge GOP Chairman Bill Haney. One of Thompson’s running mates has suggested the challenge resulted partly to appease labor groups that had pushed for the gas tax.6. Portents from Legislative District 40? This observation is from Monmouth University pollster Patrick Murray:The district is split between Bergen, Passaic and Essex counties and Morris County. Bergen County GOP Chairman Paul DiGaetano, a former Assembly majority leader, is running against Passaic County Clerk Kristin Corrado, the protégé of Totowa GOP boss Peter Murphy. It’s a nasty race, and Corrado has been dominating in money raised and spent.With a population of nearly 1 million, Bergen is by far the most populous county in the state. If Republicans ever hope to regain power in New Jersey, they’ll likely have to make gains in Bergen, where Democrats hold every countywide office. Bergen has more than 124,000 registered Republicans — the second most of any county in the state, after Ocean. But if the party’s own chairman crashes and burns in this primary, it doesn’t speak well to its organization going into a statewide election. Likewise, the primary has highlighted deep divisions within Passaic County Republican politics, where Democrats also dominate. The county’s GOP chairman, John Traier, even went so far as to condemn Corrado’s campaign.“If the insider slate loses in the biggest Republican county, that means they’re going to be in the wilderness for some time as well,” Murray said. 7. The NJEA's influence in Legislative District 31The New Jersey Education Association and the Jersey City Education Association have endorsed Kristen Zadroga-Hart, a Bayonne resident and Jersey City high school teacher, to run an off-the-line challenge against Hudson County Democratic Organization-backed Assemblywoman Angela McKnight over her support for charter schools. The NJEA,the state's largest teachers union, is still supporting McKnight’s running mate, Nicholas Chiaravalloti, but its local, the JCEA, rescinded its endorsement of him after the David Tepper-backed Better Education for Kids sent out literature promoting him. The NJEA did not rescind its endorsement, however. Zadroga-Hart is running with fellow teacher Chirstopher Munoz. Few are predicting an upset, but a closer-than-expected outcome might be a foreboding sign for state Senate President Stephen Sweeney, since the NJEA in a long-simmering feud with him, is backing his Republican opponent in this year’s general election. If the union shows good organizing prowess in Hudson County against a pro-charter school candidate, could it be a sign that its members in Sweeney’s district, 90 miles to the south, will be amped up to oust him?
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Liverpool arenaSteaming cauldrons and drum riser acrobatics … Bruce Dickinson and co’s languid brand of British heavy metal embraces all and shows no signs of rustWith ageing rivals from Black Sabbath to AC/DC having finally succumbed to metal fatigue, there are no obvious signs of rust on Iron Maiden. Granted, they are more venerable old men than new wave of British heavy metal, but they are still one of the world’s most popular bands, with a tour schedule that would give much younger men a hernia. This latest trek visits more than 100 cities, and singer Bruce Dickinson is even flying the band between them on their own plane, Ed Force One. At 58, he’s not quite ready for a bus pass, but a brush with cancer seems to have underlined his mortality and rejuvenated the frontman and the band, who perform as if they realise they have some of the best jobs in the world but they won’t last forever. Thus, musicians past 60 cling to the remnants of very metal hair and play instruments behind their backs or while dancing on one leg. Dickinson embraces the dark arts of maximum metal silliness. He gazes into a steaming cauldron, leaps off the drum riser, dons a monkey head mask, battles a giant Ed (the band’s death’s head mascot) and introduces a “song from the mists of time” with the “here’s one we made earlier” catchphrase from Blue Peter. The singer cheekily calculates that anyone in the audience born in 1983 could be the result of their parents having “mum and dad sex” listening to 1982 smoochie, Children of the Damned. Continue reading...
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