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Jan 22, 2021
The challenges of a short-staffed bureaucracy
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If you closely read the directives coming out of the Biden administration, you’ll see that they’re mostly instructions for various federal agencies to do things — a bureaucratic to-do list, if you will. The problem is there are roughly 4,000 political appointments to be made in the federal government at the start of a new administration, 1,300 of which require Senate confirmation. On today’s show: the strange way we hand over control of the government. Plus, Biden moves to raise  federal workers’ minimum wage to $15 and the complications of getting vaccines into Americans’ arms.

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