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Wednesday, November 27, 2019
The Body Count -- Two at the OMB
A Reoccurring Feature on Who's Jumping Off Luxury Liner Trump
Two officials at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) resigned this year partly because of their concerns about Trump’s decision to hold up congressionally approved security assistance to Ukraine. That's according to Mark Sandy, an official at the OMB, who told the House Intelligence Committee in a private interview this month that one of the officials “expressed some frustrations about not understanding the reason for the hold” before resigning in September. The transcript of Sandy's testimony was released by the committee yesterday.
A second co-worker, an official in the legal division of the office, also resigned after offering a “dissenting opinion” about whether it was legal to hold up the aid.
J.W. Williamson was the founding editor in 1972 of the Appalachian Journal: A Regional Studies Review, which he edited until July of 2000. He has taught college classes in Appalachian history, cultural politics, and literature, and he has lectured widely on the pop-culture history of "Appalachia" in the American consciousness. His books include Interviewing Appalachia, Southern Mountaineers in Silent Films, and Hillbillyland: What the Mountains Did to the Movies and What the Movies Did to the Mountains. He has won the Thomas Wolfe Award given by the Western North Carolina Historical Society, the Laurel Leaves Award given by the Appalachian Consortium, a special Weatherford Award given by Berea College, and the Cratis Williams-James Brown Award given by the Appalachian Studies Association.
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