Trump gives right-hand woman Conway top White House job


Kellyanne Conway, the Republican pollster who managed Donald Trump’s campaign in its final months, will be appointed counselor to the president, the transition team announced Thursday.

“She is a tireless and tenacious advocate of my agenda and has amazing insights on how to effectively communicate our message. I am pleased that she will be part of my senior team in the West Wing,” the president-elect said in a statement.


Conway, who graduated magna cum laude from Washington D.C.’s Trinity College, is the founder and owner of a polling and political research company.

She was promoted to the position of Trump’s campaign manager in August amid a shakeup that saw the ouster of then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who was facing questions about his business dealings in Ukraine. Trump’s first campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, was removed from the post in June.

The Trump campaign’s announcement Thursday suggested that the GOP nominee’s November victory “shattered the glass ceiling for women” because Conway is the first female campaign manager of either major party to win a presidential general election.

The mother of four young children, Conway had previously indicated that she would not work in the White House because of obligations to her family. “West Wing welcome mat is out, but we need a superstructure like the one Plouffe built. Plus, mom of four is not [in] most job descriptions,” she tweeted in December, referencing the massive Democratic organizing initiative masterminded by Obama aide David Plouffe.

On Morning Joe Thursday morning, Conway said she’s confident that Trump’s White House will be “family-friendly.”

“Essentially, my major concern is and will always be my four children, but I’m very convinced this is family-friendly West Wing and White House,” she said. “I’ve seen Donald Trump up close and personal with his own children and his grandchildren, and certainly his 10-year-old son and his wife. And I know that he is very pro-family.”

Conway has been a steady presence in Trump’s orbit since the election. Her seemingly constant appearances on television have been lampooned by “Saturday Night Live,” with comedienne Kate McKinnon portraying her as a frazzled spin doctor ruefully forced into defending Trump’s increasingly ludicrous statements.

On Thursday, Conway said a Trump presidency “will bring real change to Washington and to Americans across this great nation.”

“I am humbled and honored to play a role in helping transform the movement he has led into a real agenda of action and results.




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Ali in the Valley: Salt-Fried Cast Iron Steak


Salt-Fried Cast Iron Steak is the Bomb! No oil is needed to sauté these steaks—the juices from the meat mix with the salt to form a delicious crusty coating that prevents them from sticking to the pan.


If you don’t have a cast iron skillet, you need to get one. A cast iron skillet is a beautiful thing, and you’ll find yourself using it to brown meat for stews, fried chicken, and whatever else you can think of.

Salt-Fried Cast Iron Steak

Prep time
60 mins
Cook time
30 mins
Total time
1 hour 30 mins
Author: Alison Ball
Serves: 4
  • Coarse salt, such as kosher salt or Maldon sea salt
  • 1 or 2 boneless beef steaks, 1 inch thick (about 2 pounds total), such as strip, rib-eye, flat iron,
  • chuck-eye, hanger or skirt (preferably “outside” skirt)
  • Black pepper (optional)
  1. Remove packaging and pat meat dry with paper towels. Line a plate with paper towels, place meat on top and set aside to dry further and come to cool room temperature (30 to 60 minutes, depending on the weather). Turn occasionally; replace paper towels as needed.
  2. Place a heavy skillet, preferably cast-iron, on the stove and sprinkle lightly but evenly with about ¼ to ½ teaspoon salt. Turn heat to high under pan. Pat both sides of steak dry again.
  3. When pan is smoking hot, 5 to 8 minutes, pat steak dry again and place in pan. (If using two steaks, cook in two batches.)
  4. Let steak sizzle for 1 minute, then use tongs to flip it over, moving raw side of steak around in pan so both sides are salted. Press down gently to ensure even contact between steak and pan. Keep cooking over very high heat, flipping steak every 30 seconds. After it’s been turned a few times, sprinkle in two pinches salt. If using pepper, add it now.
  5. When steak has contracted in size and developed a dark-brown crust, about 4 minutes total, check for doneness. To the touch, meat should feel softly springy but not squishy. If using an instant-read thermometer, insert into side of steak. For medium-rare meat, 120 to 125 degrees is ideal: Steak will continue cooking after being removed from heat.
  6. Remove steak to a cutting board and tent lightly with foil. Let rest 5 minutes.
  7. Serve in pieces or thickly slice on the diagonal, cutting away from your body and with the top edge of the knife leaning toward your body. If cooking skirt or hanger steak, make sure to slice across the grain of the meat.




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