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"Tracking Trump" is a blog offering of FromDC2Iowa. It covers President-Elect Trump's days between the election and his inauguration. It is a daily update, a weekly collection, a timeline, and a repository organized by both transition and policy issues. Check it out at

http://tinyurl.com/h8osw2c .

Every new U.S. president brings some measure of uncertainty as to what he will say and do. However, most have arrived with a package of clues as to what that might be. We have some sort of track record of his or her style of governing, the associates likely to come with them, and their policy positions.

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President-elect Donald Trump brings no such record. Moreover, his unprecedented refusal to reveal his tax returns, and the sketchy, largely unproven assertions about his business record -- whether praise or criticism -- means we have even less solid information about his behavior in the private sector.

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This ever-expanding blog post attempts to identify the issues requiring attention, and begin the process of finding and revealing the clues that may emerge regarding how a Trump Administration might deal with them. Where available, there are links to media reports with more detail. The principal sources are The New York Times and The Washington Post.

The first two weeks' coverage is already posted at http://tinyurl.com/h8osw2c . All there's room for in this announcement is an introduction to a skeleton outline of issue categories.


An Introduction to Issues Being Tracked

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Transition. Regardless of agendas and intentions, a functioning executive branch of our federal government requires some 4,000 presidential appointees, and supporting civil service staff, who are experienced and knowledgeable. Have their replacements been found? Are they being brought up to speed by their predecessors?

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Nicholas Johnson is best known for his tumultuous seven-year term as a Federal Communications Commission commissioner (1966-1973), while publishing How to Talk Back to Your Television Set, 400 separate FCC opinions, and appearing on a Rolling (more...)

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