Mar 8, 2017

Anthony Scaramucci not getting White House gig

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The WSJ reports that hedge funder Anthony Scaramucci won't be landing the White House post he wanted. He'd reportedly been in line to become the Director for the Office of Public Liaison — even heading to Davos on behalf of the Trump administration in January — but that job's been given to Trump transition team member George Sifakis.

  • Didn't see that coming: Scaramucci was "blindsided" by the decision and only found out after Sifakis had been given the job, according to the WSJ's source.
  • Still in the works? "The Mooch" is still being considered for another White House position or an unspecified ambassadorship, but it's not known if he'd want to accept another job.

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Energy deputy secretary nominee faces heat after contradicting Trump

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Trump administration officials are internally raising concerns about President Trump’s nominee for Energy deputy secretary, who appeared to openly contradict the president on nuclear waste storage at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain last week.

Driving the news: While speaking at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing last Wednesday, Mark Menezes told members of the panel that the Trump administration is still interested in storing nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain and that “what we're trying to do is to put together a process that will give us a path to permanent storage at Yucca."