Trump admin reportedly still trying to get Chad Wolf confirmed in effort to save policies

first_imgAfter finally submitting his official nomination in August, passing that nomination through committee by a strict party line vote in September (where he again lied to senators), and then basically forgetting about it, CNN reports Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has been approached about continuing to advance Unlawful Chad’s nomination to a full vote, “a move seemingly acknowledging both a forthcoming change in administrations and criticism that Wolf’s appointment was invalid,” the report said.The Trump administration officially submitted Unlawful Chad’s nomination only because his unlawful appointment risks any policy he’s signed his name to. And there have been quite a few consequential items. Just days ago, a coalition of states in fact sued Unlawful Chad over changes further decimating the popular and successful Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, saying he “lacked the legal authority to issue the memo … because he was never validly appointed to his position.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – It’s going to be work for the incoming Biden administration to reverse many of the outgoing administration’s immigration policies, but experts have noted that some of that could be eased because many of the policies have been found unlawful in court. In the case of the policy making it harder for working immigrant families to access green cards, “Biden’s attorney general could drop the appeal, letting stand the federal judge’s ruling that the Trump administration unlawfully created the public charge rule,” the American Immigration Lawyers Association said according to USA Today.“To make a long story short,” University of Texas law school professor Steve Vladeck said according to CNN, “I think the effort to have him confirmed is principally with an eye toward attempting to ratify all of the programs and policies that could be struck down by courts holding his acting appointment was unlawful.”Unlawful Chad didn’t deserve to be officially confirmed a year ago and he certainly doesn’t deserve to be confirmed now. The only reason why his name should come up in Congress is relating to investigations into his criminal behavior. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Page balancing role in defense, attack for Syracuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 16, 2014 at 12:02 am For Jordan Page, switching positions mid-game is nothing new. In fact, it’s a common occurrence.Officially listed as a back on Syracuse’s roster, Page often sees time at forward when the fifth-ranked Orange needs a spark.Trailing by a goal midway through the second half against Albany on Sept. 6, Syracuse head coach Ange Bradley turned to the 5-foot-2 spark plug in Page.Page wasted little time coming through for the Orange (6-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast), netting her fifth goal of the year — the first goal Albany allowed all season — in just her sixth game. The goal brought her closer to her career-high of nine goals in a season, a mark she set in 2012, splitting time at back and forward. Counting on the Denver, Pennsylvania native seems to be a carryover from last year for Bradley.“Jordan is a very good attacker,” Bradley said. “I keep pushing her up into the attack. At times she wants to stay defensive, but she needs to recognize that she’s an attacker even though her positioning has changed from last year’s to this year’s team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“She’s in a great position to create and score goals for us.”Attacking isn’t something new for the two-time U.S. Under-17 and U-21 team member and an All-ACC Tournament selectee in 2013. As a senior at Cocalcio (Pa.) High School, Page was named a first team All-American as she finished with 66 goals and 72 assists in her career.Although attacking isn’t new to her, Bradley said Page sometimes hesitates to jump up into the attack for fear of an opponent catching her out of position.“Sometimes I have to get on her to jump up into the attack,” Bradley said. “It’s like, ‘Hey, Jordan. Get up there.’ Once she jumped up things seemed to click, as you could see.“She’s still learning that she has teammates behind her who will cover for her.”Against the Great Danes, Page played an integral role in shutting down Albany’s offense for more than 50 minutes, before switching mainly to forward, adding the equalizer off of a pinpoint feed from freshman midfielder Lieke Visser.As the Orange looks to progress into this season, SU will need the scoring and leadership that Page provides across the field.“She’s one of the most willing athletes I’ve ever coached,” Bradley said. “She’ll do anything that’s needed for this team. That’s a great testament to her as a player.”Whether that means shutting down opposing offenses for 70 minutes a game, or joining the rush when the team needs a big goal, Page is constantly moving and adapting.“That’s what makes Syracuse hockey so good,” Page said. “We work hard and we do whatever it takes to win as a team.” Commentslast_img read more

How the Lakers’ deliberative approach in free agency secured Caldwell-Pope

first_img“I see you and Magic have been really careful with your space and being patient,” Let’s talk,” Paul texted to Pelinka.“It’s like a lightning bolt hit us,” Pelinka said. “This has to be our focus. We have to find a way.”So, the Lakers kept in touch frequently with Paul. They watched more game film, which showed Caldwell-Pope often defending the opposing team’s best player. They found analytics that showed Caldwell-Pope was among the best players in dribble handoffs.“What he’ll do for this team I think as a leader and with his basketball skills is going to be critical for what we’re building,” Pelinka said. “We’re so grateful for that.”Caldwell-Pope sounded just as grateful, saying “it’s a blessing sitting next to a legend” in Johnson. He said “it’s a blessing to sit next to our new signed free agent, KCP.”“My team prepared me well,” Caldwell-Pope said. “I felt like we made the best decision.”The Lakers feel the same way.AlsoPelinka said the Lakers plan to complete their roster in “one or two weeks.” Among the options at backup point guard include Ian Clark and Tyler Ennis, according to league sources.Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball had an MRI on Tuesday that confirmed a mild calf strain in his right leg, an injury that kept him out of Monday’s Summer League championship win. Ball plans to rest for the next one or two weeks, a period most NBA players rest anyway. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Just being patient and understanding we didn’t have to spend the cap space,” Johnson said. “But if we were going to spend the cap space, make sure it was a special player and a player that can really bring something we didn’t have already. KCP is that guy.”Johnson called Caldwell-Pope a “special two-guard” before gushing about his high basketball IQ, his toughness and his ability to play at point guard, shooting guard and small forward on both offense and defense. Johnson also likened Caldwell-Pope to his former Showtime teammate, Michael Cooper, a versatile forward known for both defending the opposing team’s best player and nailing outside shots.The Lakers had considered options. They had met with guards George Hill and Dion Waiters before they chose elsewhere because they attracted multi-year deals. But with the Lakers set on keeping cap space available next season when LeBron James, Paul George and Russell Westbrook could become free agents, the Lakers refused to settle.“It’s not just what you say yes to, it’s also who you say no to,” Pelinka said. “When you’re a team with cap space, a lot of stuff is being presented and flashed to you. At the time, it might look alluring. But you have to have patience and you have to be deliberate. You have to stay in touch with the agent community in terms of the free agents they have.”One of those agents was Rich Paul, who represents both Caldwell-Pope and James. Paul texted Pelinka during free agency, impressed with the team’s insistence on making moves to their own timeline. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img EL SEGUNDO >> The gratitude seemed apparent both through their words and body language.Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and General Manager Rob Pelinka flashed infectious smiles on Tuesday as they sat next to shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Johnson considered Caldwell-Pope “a steal” after signing him to a one-year, $18 million deal. Pelinka considered it a “special day” to have Caldwell-Pope’s introductory news conference at the Lakers’ practice facility.Pelinka later said that he and Johnson “could not tailor stitch more of a perfect two guard” because of Caldwell-Pope’s defensive versatility, his outside shooting (35 percent last season with Detroit) and mentorship presence.Usually, NBA teams move heaven and earth to make such moves possible. So it seemed fitting Pelinka quoted the book of Genesis, likening Caldwell-Pope’s signing to “Israelites wandering from desert and then bread came down from heaven.” Yet, Caldwell-Pope became a potential savior more because the Lakers spent the beginning of free agency on the sidelines.last_img read more