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Newly elected Presidents do not obtain formal power for over two months, but it feels like they gain control immediately. Their major appointments and legislative recommendations reveal looming ideological priorities far more than bombastic campaign rhetoric. For many of us, discouragement eroded hope when the Obama administration announced before the inauguration that private insurance companies…

How Republicans “starve the beast” by blocking agency appointments

I don’t know why we are surprised at dysfunctional behavior at the Internal Revenue Service: Any agency that has been denied a permanent director since November 2012–and for some agencies, it’s been longer than that– cannot be expected to operate optimally. And that’s really the point: Republicans have blocked President Obama’s appointments on almost every…