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Democracy In Crisis: Beachheads and the War on Facts

Democracy In Crisis: Beachheads and the War on Facts

The teams of President Trump's temporary appointees laying the groundwork for taking over and remaking federal agencies refer to themselves as "beachheads" or "beachhead teams," a military term for the point of invasion.

Politico reports there were approximately 520 members of such teams when Trump took the oath of office. In any presidential transition, there will be tensions between career civil servants and political appointees pushing a new president's agenda, but according to experts on the matter, this administration's use of the term may exacerbate those relations.

The term was offhandedly used in 2000 by George W. Bush's incoming...

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