Category Archives: crony cabinet

Suing Betsy DeVos (E31)

Betsy DeVos just keeps getting sued!  We talk to Eileen Connor from the Project on Predatory Student Lending at Harvard Law about just ONE of their lawsuits against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. We will also talk about the very strange and Kafkaesque story of how Boston law enforcement officials used a warrantless surveillance order to try to unmask a government critic, and then pressed to keep that order COMPLETELY SECRET for more than five years. The ACLU of Massachusetts recently sued to crack the secrecy around the case.

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Mike Pompeo, Conflict in the Crony Cabinet (E19)

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On the eve of the first round of confirmation hearings on Trump’s crony cabinet, we’re going to talk about how few of the members of this billionaire cabinet have submitted their required financial disclosure forms. I thought billionaires were proud of their riches! What are they hiding? We’re also going to take a close look at Mike Pompeo, Trump’s nomination to lead the CIA. Finally, we’re also going to talk about how confused we are by some of Trump’s choices for the cabinet, and there inherent contradictions.



  • Email your Senators to demand they reject Mike Pompeo for the CIA.
  • Call the Capitol Switchboard, (202) 224-3121, and ask for your Senators, and tell them: I am a constituent, and I’m calling to tell you how concerned I am that Mike Pompeo is being considered to head the CIA. Pompeo has repeatedly touted anti-Muslim rhetoric and peddled racist conspiracy theories​. He opposes the Iran Deal, which was struck to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, and meant to stop a war. I’m asking you to reject Mike Pompeo as CIA Director.
  • Medicare for All Jan 20th day of Action!



We are still, as of this podcast’s release, awaiting financial disclosures from Betsy DeVos (for the Dept of ED), Ben Carson (for HUD), Gen. John Kelly, Elaine Chao (for Transportation), Wilbur Ross (for Commerce)


Filled forms with Office of Government Ethics (you can see ALL the forms from cabinet nominees past and present here):