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  • Confirm or reject? Democrats weigh strategic decisions on Trump’s cabinet nominees

    Metro Boston - 01/31/2017

    Democrats like Warren and Schumer, who have spoken forcefully against Trump and his policies, nevertheless face a difficult task when it comes to his cabinet nominees, said Northeastern University professor Dan Urman.

    Blanket opposition to every nominee isn’t usually the best move, said Urman, who teaches courses on American government, the Supreme Court, law and public policy.

    “If you oppose every single person Trump nominates, I think you lose some credibility,” he said.

    So far, only three of Trump’s cabinet picks have been confirmed: Mattis, Kelly and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. That leaves 12 nominees still awaiting approval, along with the many other positions selected by the president that also require a Senate vote.

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