Get More Smarter on Tuesday (November 15)

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► President-elect Donald Trump is having a bit of trouble finding qualified people to work in his new administration. As the Washington Post reports, politicos are avoiding a Trump White House like it was the last piece of Halloween Candy:

President-elect Donald Trump prepared on Tuesday to meet with incoming Vice President Mike Pence to discuss Cabinet selections amid continued uncertainty over who will fill key positions and growing acrimony between Trump advisers and some key Republicans…

…Former congressman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), a widely respected voice on national security, announced that he is leaving his position as a senior national security adviser to Trump’s transition team. Bloomberg Politics, citing people familiar with the matter, said Rogers was asked to leave by senior transition team members.

It was unclear why, and Rogers could not immediately be reached for comment.

Eliot Cohen, a leading voice of opposition to Trump among former national security officials during the campaign, blasted Trump’s transition team in a tweet on Tuesday.

“After exchange w Trump transition team, changed my recommendation: stay away. They’re angry, arrogant, screaming “you LOST!” Will be ugly,’’ tweeted Cohen, who served from 2007 to 2009 as counselor to then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. He was a driving force behind an open letter last spring — eventually signed by 122 Republican national security leaders — who opposed Trump’s candidacy.

The Post also reports that former Republican Presidential candidate Ben Carson will not be a part of a Trump administration after all. You know things are really going off the rails when Ben Freakin’ Carson doesn’t want a job.


► Congressman Mike Coffman and his wife, Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, seem to think that the 2016 election and the rise of Donald Trump is pretty hilarious. The joke’s on you.


► One of Colorado’s representatives to the Electoral College is encouraging Republicans to refuse to support Donald Trump for President. #NeverTrump to the bitter end, baby!

For those of you who aren’t fans of Trump, don’t get too excited — this isn’t likely to work.


Get even more smarter after the jump…


► The new House Minority Leader is a familiar name in Colorado politics — with a familiar right-wing refrain.


► Here’s another update on ballot return numbers from the Colorado Secretary of State’s office. Election results will be certified on December 8.


► As Marianne Goodland reports for the Colorado Independent, there are still two Colorado races that have yet to be determined because of tight vote margins.


► Colorado experts are advising people not to bail on Obamacare, despite the election of Donald Trump.


► If you didn’t get the memo, 2016 was a “change election.” As Chris Cillizza writes for “The Fix”:

That desire for radical change at any cost is illustrated in the exit poll when voters were asked which character trait of the candidates mattered most to them.  Almost 40 percent chose “can bring needed change” — double the amount who chose the next most popular option (“has the right experience” — 21 percent.) Among the group who put a premium on change, Trump won 83 percent to 14 percent(!).

That’s the election right there.  People wanted a change so desperately that they were willing to ignore — or focus less on — all of the problems they had with Trump. He was new and had never done this whole politics things before. Clinton was the dictionary definition of the establishment.  That was it…

…This election is a reminder — yet again — that I (and most of us in the political world) have a tendency to overthink how voters make up their minds.  They hated the status quo. They wanted something else. Trump was the something else. Lesson learned. Onward.


A Denver measure to allow limited public social marijuana use appears to have passed as final ballots are tallied.


The EPA provides an update on cleanup efforts from the 2014 Gold King Mine spill near Silverton.


Congressional Democrats are delaying leadership elections amid concerns about the direction charted forward by longtime Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi. Democrats will wait to vote on leadership choices until November 30.


► On the Republican side of leadership elections, it appears that Paul Ryan will get another term as House Speaker.




► White power in the White House.


Denver sucks at recycling, apparently.


► Like many Americans, President Obama is struggling with the idea of Donald Trump as the next President of the United States.


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3 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. itlduso says:

    Never forget.

    GWBush and the Republicans handed over to Barack Obama a Great Recession with 800,000 per month job losses, a housing crash, banks and auto industries headed for bankruptcy, a stock market crash, etc.  Also, there were two ongoing wars with about ten US casualties per week.

    President Obama is now turning back to Trump and the Republicans an economy that is steadily growing with low unemployment, regular monthly job gains, recovered housing, autos and financial industries, low interest rates and low gas prices.   And, we are largely out of all wars with US casualties now rare.

    How is it that the Democratic Party could not fashion a compelling message with those facts?  That's political malpractice.  Perhaps Howard Dean could do a better job.  Donald Trump did.

    • Zappatero says:

      Bennet proposed renegotiating student loan rates.


      Of course, he won, so he’s a de facto genius here. We should thank our lucky stars that CO R’s are so radical they can hardly win in sweep election years and hope they don’t figure it out soon.

  2. Zappatero says:

    It's doubtful Trump has given any thought to a corporation like IBM – it's workforce mix of degreed, visa'd and OJT types; it's contracts in countless countries that generate profit all along the way back here, it's history (good and bad), it's impact on the economy.

    Mr. Donald J. Trump

    Office of the Presidential Transition

    1800 G Street, NW Washington, DC 20006

    Dear Mr. President-elect:

    Congratulations on your election as the 45th president of the United States. Last Tuesday night you spoke about bringing the country together to build a better future, and the opportunity to harness the creative talent of people for the benefit of all. I know that you are committed to help America’s economy grow in ways that are good for all its people.

    I am writing to offer ideas that I believe will help achieve the aspiration you articulated and that can advance a national agenda in a time of profound change. I do so as the leader of the nation’s largest technology employer, its leading patent creator, and the company that for more than 105 years has believed that prosperity and progress can be achieved by unleashing the potential of all people.

    Permit me to offer a few specific suggestions:

    Creating “New Collar” Jobs

    Getting a job at today’s IBM does not always require a college degree; at some of our centers in the United States, as many as one third of employees have less than a four-year degree. What matters most is relevant skills, sometimes obtained through vocational training. In addition, we are creating and hiring to fill “new collar” jobs – entirely new roles in areas as such cybersecurity, data science, artificial intelligence and cognitive business. You’ve spoken about the importance of vocational education, and we agree. IBM has championed a new educational model for the United States – six-year public high schools that combine traditional education with the best of community colleges, mentoring, and real-world job experience. The first of these schools opened with IBM’s support 5 years ago in New York; we have hired some of the first graduates. There will soon be 100 such schools across the country. With your support, we could do much more. Let’s work together to scale up this approach of vocational training, creating a national corps of skilled workers trained to take the “new collar” IT jobs that are in demand here in America. 

    Building Intelligent, Secure Infrastructure

    You’ve said we need to invest in America’s infrastructure, and we agree. As we build big, let’s also build smart. The country should focus on infrastructure investments that incorporate Internet of Things (IoT) technology and artificial intelligence to improve performance. And as infrastructure gets smarter, it also increases the need for cybersecurity, so that vital networks cannot be compromised. We recommend that your infrastructure package include incentives for states and localities to build intelligent – and secure – roads, bridges, buildings, and other public facilities.

    Healthcare: Applying Lessons from Private Sector Experience

    IBM operates one of the largest employer-sponsored health plans in the United States. In 2009, IBM offered 15 specific ideas for how America could save more than $900 billion over ten years through common-sense reforms to the healthcare system, leveraging lessons learned in the private sector. These included using data analytics to reduce fraudulent Medicare claims, improving the exchange of healthcare information among providers, and leveraging the government’s purchasing power to lower the cost of drugs and care. IBM will update its recommendations for the healthcare system and hopes to work with Congress and your HHS Secretary to drive better healthcare at lower cost.

    Using Data to Fight Government Waste and Inefficiency

    Eight years ago, IBM helped lead an effort to identify $1 trillion in savings the federal government could achieve through using advanced data analytics, data center consolidation, and the use of cloud technologies to improve the cybersecurity of key government systems. As part of the Technology CEO Council of which I am a member, we will prepare an updated set of recommendations for how you could use technology and fraud analytics to save the government more than $1 trillion.

    Bringing Money Home to Invest in America

    IBM supports your proposal to make American’s tax system more competitive. Many billions of dollars of American companies’ earnings do not come home because of an outdated and punitive tax system. Your tax reform proposal will free up capital that companies of all sizes can reinvest in their U.S. operations, training and education programs for their employees, and research and development programs. We will support the efforts of your administration and Congress to pass tax reform early in 2017.

    Taking Care of Our Veterans – With the World’s Best Technology All of us at IBM share your gratitude and devotion to the men, women and families who serve our country. More must be done to give our vets the best medical care possible. So we recently announced a pilot program with the Department of Veterans Affairs to help its oncologists treat 10,000 veterans through the power of precision medicine and genomic analysis powered by IBM’s cognitive computing system, Watson. We hope to work with your VA Secretary to expand this collaboration.

    Mr. President-elect, IBM’s roots are in the United States. We are investing, hiring, and continuing to reinvent our company for long-term competitiveness. At more than 50 major locations across the country, we hired more U.S. employees last year than in the previous five years. We are opening new innovation centers and business units across the country. We are proud of the work we do here in the United States, just as we are proud of the work we do in more than 175 countries around the world.

    In the years ahead there will be issues on which we agree, and issues on which we do not. But as you prepare to take office as our new president, I hope the ideas I have offered in this letter represent ways that we can work together to achieve prosperity that is broadly shared in our society.

    Sincerely, Ginni Rometty

    Chairman, President and CEO, IBM

    Coming from the CEO of IBM (a chick!) it's also a sales pitch. Duh! Maybe he can get more smarter. Maybe he'll sabotage some of biggest multi-nationals in catering to his base. Then we'll see how intelligent and flexible are America's Titans of Business. 


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