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7 Photos Of Rex Tillerson And Vladimir Putin

If you thought Donald Trump's wildly controversial Cabinet appointments had finally ended, guess again. New reports Saturday allege that the president-elect will appoint oil giant Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson to the crucial post of Secretary of State, which is particularly concerning due to Tillerson’s friendly relationship with Russian president Vladimir Putin. Even in a regular election year, a potential Secretary of State with close ties to a foreign government would be cause for concern, an…

By Cate Carrejo

What's The Story Between Rex Tillerson And Russia?

Unless something changes between now and the official announcement, it sounds like the Trump transition may have settled on its choice for Secretary of State ― according to a report from NBC News, it'll be Exxon-Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson. The 64-year-old Tillerson is the head of the multinational oil company, one of the world's most profitable and dominant forces in fuels, and he's also noteworthy for having zero experience working in government. So, with that in mind, what is Rex Tillerson's stan…

By Chris Tognotti

Issues You Should Pay Attention To Under Trump

President-elect Donald Trump made a lot of promises throughout his campaign, from volunteering Mexico to pay for a new wall at the border to dismantling the Affordable Care Act. But as Trump's wish list for America grew, the details of how, exactly, he'll see all these pledges to fruition became increasingly sparse. So as Trump takes office, there will be a lot of question marks looming over his presidency that you should look out for as answers. Here are eight issues that you should pay attenti…

By Abby Johnston

Top Oakland City Officials Have A Lot To Explain

After a fire in an Oakland City warehouse containing multiple building hazards claimed the lives of 36 people, the question of who's to blame has been the one asked most. The information being publicly shared by multiple members of the Oakland Fire Department suggest the city's top officials have the most questions to answer. The issues are all predictably rooted in budget cuts. “Should some calamity occur," wrote Zac Unger, vice president of Oakland firefighters union, in a March letter to the …

By Natasha Guzmán

Ring In The New Year With Political Resolutions

Every year millions of people resolve to be kinder, thinner, happier, and healthier when the new year rolls around. We resolve to eat kale, smoke fewer cigarettes, call our parents more often, and spend less time sweating the small stuff. Thanks to eternal optimism, there's no limit to what might be achieved via the New Year's resolution. But what if, as we resolved to change our daily habits, we made a few political resolutions as well? These seven political New Year's resolutions can help you …

By Morgan Brinlee

So, Who's Rex Tillerson?

After weeks upon weeks of consideration, according to a report from NBC News, President-elect Donald Trump will choose Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State. It's a name that wasn't exactly floating in the political winds in the immediate aftermath of Trump's victory ― other possible choices, like longtime Trump loyalist Rudy Giuliani and occasional Trump antagonist Mitt Romney, generated a lot more attention over the past month. And yet, according to recent reporting, it's looking like the 64-ye…

By Chris Tognotti

Rex Tillerson May Be Trump's Secretary Of State

On Saturday, news broke that reportedly President-elect Donald Trump's secretary of state pick will be Rex Tillerson. The New York Times reported that Tillerson, who is the chief executive of Exxon Mobile, will be Trump's selection for the coveted cabinet position, according to two sources close to the transition team. According to the Times report, Tillerson met with the president-elect in Trump Tower for two hours on Saturday. Tillerson has been at Exxon Mobile for more than 40 years. The Time…

By Emily Shire

Can The Electors Make Kaine Vice President?

The Electoral College is scheduled to vote on Dec. 19, with a full 538 electors across America making their choices for president of the United States. Republican nominee Donald Trump prevailed on the Electoral College map, making him (by all historical precedents) the president-elect. And yet, seeing as the electors can technically vote how they want, despite laws in some states that punish such behavior, and seeing as Trump lost the popular vote by millions, some are wondering about a compromi…

By Chris Tognotti

The Best Nonprofits To Follow In 2017

Things are going to heat up following the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Jan. 20. A number of both American and international nonprofits are already prepping for a Trump presidency. The impending legal cases that could be triggered by the Trump administration and its Republican Congress may be astounding and unprecedented. It's going to be a long and tumultuous four years. Legal and policy advocates fear that the Trump administration may infri…

By Lauren Barbato

9 Stories From 2016 That Seem Like So Long Ago

Each December, the world inevitably finds itself marked by a long list of political and societal changes that took place in the preceding 11 months, but 2016 seems like one of most monumental years the world has gone through in while. Donald Trump was elected president, Fidel Castro died, David Cameron resigned, bigotry went (more) mainstream, the Syrian crisis got even worse, and that's just the beginning. Also, scientists discovered Earth's second moon and a possible ninth planet in our solar …

By Natasha Guzmán