There's One Main Job Requirement to Lead a Federal Agency

You've got to believe the agency ought to exist. Two of Trump's picks seem not to.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt at Trump Tower in New York.

Photographer: John Taggart/Bloomberg

Presidents should generally be allowed to choose their own employees. Unless nominees fall below reasonable standards for honesty and competence, senators should vote to confirm them, even if they disagree intensely with their views. Obstructionism makes it hard for the executive branch to function; it also discourages good people from entering public service.  

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