Policymakers

Profiles of the people who make or influence communications policy.

FCC chairman declines NRA gun award

Federal Communications Commission  Chairman Ajit Pai turned down an National Rifle Association of America (NRA) gun award he received at the Conservative Political Action Conference, citing the advice of ethics officials at his agency.

White House Communications Director Hope Hicks to resign

Hope Hicks, the White House Communications Director and one of President Donald Trump’s longest-serving and closest political advisers, said that she is leaving the administration sometime in the next few weeks. Hicks, 29, began working for Trump

President Trump Names Digital Guru Brad Parscale Campaign Manager for 2020 Run

The former digital director of President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, Brad Parscale, has been named campaign manager for the 2020 re-election campaign. A political novice prior to the 2016 race, Parscale oversaw the campaign’s digital operations

Ajit Pai Is Regulating You Right Now

The decision to end network neutrality has to withstand a court challenge, and Democrats in Congress will do their utmost to overturn it.

Chairman Pai, at CPAC, Pans 'All-Knowing Vortex' of Government

At a panel session at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai talked up the "entrepreneurial spirit of markets" over the "all-knowing vortex of government." Chairman Pai said it was that sp

Former WH ethics attorney Shaub presses FCC Chairman Pai over possible ethics violation with NRA gift

Former White House ethics attorney Walter Shaub questioned whether a gun that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai received from the National Rifle Association (NRA) violates the FCC’s ethics rules. In a number of tweets on Feb 23,

The FCC’s Republicans went to a conservative confab. One won a gun, the other an ethics complaint.

The Federal Communications Commission's Republican majority arrived at an annual gathering of influential conservatives hoping to tout their business bona fides — from freeing the Internet from government’s grasp to battling back the efforts of th

The Most Powerful People In Trump’s Washington: #41 Pod Save America

That old adage about the revolution not being televised? Rings true. But it might be podcasted. Helmed by former Obama aides—Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer, and Tommy Vietor—Pod Save America has become the voice of the Resistance.

The Most Powerful People In Trump’s Washington: #40 Dan Scavino

Dan Scavino, White House Director of Social Media, began as Trump's golf caddie. Today, he tends to Trump's Twitter grudges as the guy firing off many of Trump's tweets (often dictated to him by the POTUS).

The Most Powerful People In Trump’s Washington: #25 Steve Bannon

Steve Bannon, nationalist revolutionary and former-White House Chief Strategist. True, he was rebuked by President Donald Trump and lost his control of Breitbart News.