After Trump’s L.L. Bean tweet, ethics office warns US employees: do not endorse products

From Raw Story:

A day after President-elect Donald Trump encouraged supporters to “Buy L.L. Bean,” a U.S. ethics watchdog on Friday warned federal employees they must not endorse products or companies.

The U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) said on its official Twitter account: “All executive branch employees must refrain from misuse of position, including endorsements.”

No mention of Trump was made in the tweet, and many rules for federal employees do not apply to the president. The ethics office has tweeted other reminders to employees this week, including one that federal gift restrictions remain in place during the upcoming inauguration.

The office’s endorsements message drew attention on Twitter, though, because it came after Trump posted support for the Maine catalog retailer known for its backpacks and rubber-bottomed boots.

Onion said this last month basically: Report: It Still Nowhere Near Okay To Act Like Donald Trump

D.C. National Guard Commander Told To Step Down On Inauguration Day

This just seems like a terrible idea. Not replacing the commander (although probably that too), but the timing of it.

At noon on Inauguration Day, precisely the moment Donald Trump is scheduled to be sworn as president, there will be another changing of the guard in Washington.

The D.C. National Guard announced Friday that its commanding general, Army Maj. Gen. Errol R. Schwartz, will be stepping down as of 12 p.m. on Jan. 20.

As commanding general of the D.C. National Guard, Schwartz serves at the pleasure of the president — the only National Guard leader in the country to be appointed by the White House. As with other appointees, like members of the Cabinet, it is at the discretion of the incoming administration whether to keep Schwartz in command once Trump takes office.

Still, the abrupt change in command is unusual for the D.C. National Guard, particularly on a day when the force — along with 5,000 additional service members from around the country — will be working to maintain the security of the incoming president and those who have come to see him sworn in.

“My troops will be on the street,” Schwartz told The Washington Post, telling the paper that his removal was ordered by the Pentagon but that he doesn’t know who made the call. “I’ll see them off but I won’t be able to welcome them back to the armory.”

Conservatives Upset that Lady Liberty is Portrayed as Black on new Commemorative Coin

A black woman on money. Cue whiterage:

The U.S. Mint is unveiling a commemorative $100 gold coin that depicts Liberty as a black woman — and conservatives are predictably freaking out.

The 2017 American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin, which will be released April 6, shows the year of the mint’s founding, 1792, and the woman’s head in profile, reported the Associated Press.

The mint said the coins were intended to reflect “the cultural and ethnic diversity of the United States,” and others in a series of 24-karat gold coins will feature designs representing Asian-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and Indian-Americans.

The news was greeted with howls of outrage from online racists.