US Politics in Trump era Public date: 03.10.2019 13:07:34

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14 Aug 2019

Donald Trump Jr. Apparently Has No Idea What a Conflict of Interest Is

Donald Trump Jr. flew to Indonesia this week to help cut the ribbon on two new Trump-branded resorts. When he was there, he told reporters that the idea that the president’s business interests in the country would affect American policy was “totally asinine.” But even as Trump Jr. dismissed the potential for a conflict of interest, his father’s business partner, Indonesian billionaire and political impresario Hary Tanoesoedibjo, explicitly promoted the event as a visit from the US president’s son.
Donald Trump Jr. flew to Indonesia this week to help cut the ribbon on two new Trump-branded resorts. When he was...

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12 Jan 2019

Documents Show NRA and Republican Candidates Coordinated Ads in Key Senate Races

The National Rifle Association appears to have illegally coordinated its political advertising with Republican candidates in at least three recent high-profile US Senate races, according to Federal Communications Commission records. In Senate races in Missouri and Montana in 2018 and North Carolina in 2016, the gun group’s advertising blitzes on behalf of GOP candidates Josh Hawley, Matt Rosendale, and Richard Burr were authorized by the very same media consultant that the candidates themselves used—an apparent violation of laws designed to prevent independent groups from synchronizing their efforts with political campaigns.
The National Rifle Association appears to have illegally coordinated its political advertising with Republican...
10 Jan 2019

Trump Demands That Reports on Waste and Fraud in Afghanistan Be “Locked Up”

President Donald Trump’s tenuous relationship with the military he commands took another awkward turn last week when he ordered the Pentagon to block the publication of independent reports that have been harshly critical of reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan.
President Donald Trump’s tenuous relationship with the military he commands took another awkward turn last week...

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5 Jan 2019

Democrats’ First Order of Business: Making It Easier to Vote and Harder to Buy Elections

House Democrats introduced a sweeping bill on Friday as their first order of legislative business that would expand voting rights and curb the influence of money in politics, signaling their commitment to push back on Republican efforts to undermine the democratic process. The legislation, known as HR 1: The For the People Act, would make it easier to vote, crack down on gerrymandering, and reduce the influence of big money in congressional races.
House Democrats introduced a sweeping bill on Friday as their first order of legislative business that would...

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13 Dec 2018

Disgraced Trump Fundraiser Tried to Use GOP Contacts to Score “Billions” in Africa

In late 2016, as Donald Trump was readying to move into the White House, Elliott Broidy, then one of the Republican Party’s top fundraisers, was working on a deal to gain control of what a business partner called “billions of dollars in oil & gas, and mining assets” in Angola. And while he was trying to pull together this gigantic venture—as well as mounting another project to provide intelligence services to the Angolan government—Broidy used his clout to hook up top Angolan government officials with members of the US Congress and the Trump administration.
In late 2016, as Donald Trump was readying to move into the White House, Elliott Broidy, then one of the Republican...

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7 Dec 2018

Documents Point to Illegal Campaign Coordination Between Trump and the NRA

The National Rifle Association spent $30 million to help elect Donald Trump—more than any other independent conservative group. Most of that sum went toward television advertising, but a political message loses its power if it fails to reach the right audience at the right time. For the complex and consequential task of placing ads in key markets across the nation in 2016, the NRA turned to a media strategy firm called Red Eagle Media.
The National Rifle Association spent $30 million to help elect Donald Trump—more than any other independent...

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19 Nov 2018

Trump Campaign Paid Millions to Trump Businesses During Midterms – Mother Jones

Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign raised and spent an unprecedented sum of money during the midterm elections. But much of that cash wasn’t used to help endangered Republicans in Congress—it was used to help Donald Trump.
Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign raised and spent an unprecedented sum of money during the midterm elections....

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24 Oct 2018

NRA Accused of “Elaborate Scheme” to Evade Campaign Finance Law

A new complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission accuses the National Rifle Association and GOP Missouri Senate candidate Josh Hawley of engaging in “an elaborate scheme designed to evade detection” of campaign finance violations.
A new complaint filed with the Federal Election Commission accuses the National Rifle Association and GOP Missouri...

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13 Jun 2018

Even Trump Can’t Explain What Happened in Singapore

Despite’s the president’s confidence, details surrounding the document remain vague, with reports suggesting it appears to lack firm commitments by Kim. The document purportedly makes no mention of North Korea’s human rights violations—a topic Trump had promised would not even be broached during the summit. According to Trump, North Korea will begin steps to denuclearize “very quickly,” while the US has agreed to halt military exercises in the region. That significant concession appears to have blindsided the South Korean government.
Despite’s the president’s confidence, details surrounding the document remain vague, with reports suggesting it...

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17 Apr 2018

Top Republican Official Says Trump Won Wisconsin Because of Voter ID Law

Election officials and Democrats in Wisconsin have repeatedly argued that the state’s strict voter ID law allowed Donald Trump to win the state in 2016 by keeping thousands of  voters—predominantly in Democratic-leaning areas—from the polls. Now a top Republican official in the state is saying the same thing.
Election officials and Democrats in Wisconsin have repeatedly argued that the state’s strict voter ID...
16 Mar 2018

Trump White House Worked with Newt Gingrich on Political Purge at State Department, Lawmakers Say

White House and State Department officials conspired  with prominent conservatives, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, to purge the State Department of staffers they viewed as insufficiently loyal to President Donald Trump, two top House Democrats allege in a letter released Thursday.
White House and State Department officials conspired  with...
1 Feb 2018

The Trump Administration Let a Russian Spy Chief Visit the US— Even Though He Was Legally Barred

The Trump administration allowed the head of Russia’s foreign intelligence service, Sergey Naryshkin, to visit the United State last week, despite US sanctions that are supposed to bar Naryshkin from entering the country.
The Trump administration allowed the head of Russia’s foreign intelligence...

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25 Jan 2018

Report: The Trump Administration Really Has Very Little Use for Scientists

Once more, the Trump administration has upset the norms. For decades, scientists have provided expert advice to the White House and federal agencies, helping inform decisions that affect the nation’s health and safety. But, according to a report from the Union of Concerned Scientists released last week, the Trump administration has neglected, suspended, or disbanded many science advisory committees. 
Once more, the Trump administration has upset the norms. For decades, scientists have provided expert advice...
23 Jan 2018

This Congressman Spent a Decade Battling the Agency Trump Might Appoint Him to Lead

Ever since White House budget director Mick Mulvaney’s embattled  appointment two months ago as head of the Consumer Financial Protection  Bureau, he’s moved swiftly to transform the watchdog agency he once called a “sick, sad” joke. He has shelved investigations and kneecapped the work of CFPB examiners by halting data collection. In just the last week, he announced plans to gut an Obama-era payday loan regulation, spend down the CFPB’s rainy day fund, and launch a review of all its operations, signaling a likely overhaul.
Ever since White House budget director Mick Mulvaney’s embattled  appointment two...

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20 Jan 2018

Jared Kushner’s Firm Tied to “Suspicious Transactions” at German Bank

A German business magazine is reporting that Deutsche Bank, the German financial giant which is a major lender to both President Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner, identified “suspicious transactions” related to Kushner family accounts, and has reported them to German banking regulators. The bank is reportedly willing to provide the information to special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s team of investigators. 
A German business magazine is reporting that Deutsche Bank, the German financial giant which is a major...
17 Nov 2017

The Senate Is Getting Ready to Erode Obama’s Landmark Wall Street Law

On Monday, the Senate Banking Committee announced that it struck a rare bipartisan deal to deregulate banks. The deal would gut several of the protections enacted in 2010 in response to the financial crisis as part of the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and  Consumer Protection Act, most notably a key rule requiring that “Too Big To Fail” banks—those with more than $50 billion in assets—undergo stricter oversight.
On Monday, the Senate Banking Committee announced that it struck a rare bipartisan deal to deregulate...

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6 Nov 2017

Republicans Are Laser-Targeting Enemies in Their Tax Bill

Republican tax bill targets their opponents and rewards their supporters. It favors rich investors, who mostly vote Republican. It punishes big, urban states that mostly vote Democratic. It hurts universities, which are also filled with Democrats. And it specifically harms students, who mostly wouldn’t be caught dead ever voting for a Republican. Has a big tax bill ever been this carefully constructed to reward and punish voters who support the right or wrong party?
Republican tax bill targets their opponents and rewards their supporters. It favors rich investors, who mostly vote...
2 Nov 2017

Here Are All The Ways Trump Is Already Sabotaging Obamacare and Raising Premiums

Open enrollment starts today. Don’t expect Trump to help. On Tuesday, Trump released a campaign-style video attacking the law. “Obamacare is failing,” the narrator intones. “Insurance premiums skyrocketing. Working families suffer. All while Democrats in Washington, DC, block a better plan to repeal and replace Obamacare once and for all.” The president has, of course, tweeted about it.
Open enrollment starts today. Don’t expect Trump to help. On Tuesday, Trump released a campaign-style video attacking...

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28 Oct 2017

Trump Just Screwed the Millions of Americans Addicted to Opioids

On Thursday, President Trump declared the nation’s opioid epidemic a public health emergency. “We can be the  generation that ends the opioid epidemic,” he said. “We can do it.” The announcement came more than two months after the president first promised to declare a national emergency, which is distinct from a public health emergency. 
On Thursday, President Trump declared the nation’s opioid epidemic a public health emergency. “We can be...
13 Oct 2017

Trump Just Blew Off a Deadline for Implementing Russian Sanctions He Approved

The White House has blown by an October 1 deadline for beginning to implement new sanctions targeting Russia, drawing concern in Congress that President Donald Trump is planning to ignore parts of a bill he grudgingly signed in August.
The White House has blown by an October 1 deadline for beginning to implement new sanctions targeting Russia, drawing...
7 Oct 2017

Here’s How the Russian State Media Has Been Covering Trump’s Russia Scandal

On Wednesday September 20, the Washington Post published yet another evening bombshell about the Trump-Russia investigation. The Post found that while serving as Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort  offered to provide regular “private briefings” on the presidential campaign to Oleg Deripaska, a Russian billionaire who is closely linked to Vladimir Putin.
On Wednesday September 20, the Washington Post published yet another evening bombshell about the Trump-Russia...
2 Oct 2017

Trump’s Treasury Department Deleted Research That Contradicts Republicans on Tax Reform

In an interview on Fox News  last month, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin made a sales pitch for the  GOP’s tax reform plan—specifically, its plan to cut corporate taxes.  “Most economists believe that over 70 percent of corporate taxes are  paid for by the workers,” he said. His implication, in laymen’s terms: Regular workers would get 70 percent of the benefit of corporate tax cuts. Five years ago, the Obama-era Treasury department found the exact opposite
In an interview on Fox News  last month, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin made a sales pitch for the  GOP’s...
30 Sep 2017

These Numbers Show Just How Bad Trump Has Been for Immigrants

Between January and July of this year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests of undocumented immigrants with no criminal history skyrocketed by more than 200 percent, according to a Reuters analysis—jumping from 1,411 arrests in January to a whopping 4,399 in July. Arrests of immigrants with criminal records have also increased but by a much smaller margin of 17 percent.
Between January and July of this year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement...

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12 Sep 2017

Lawsuits, Falsehoods, and a Lot of White Men: Trump’s Election Commission Meets Amid Growing Controversy

As the commission meets Tuesday for the second time to discuss potential changes to the way Americans vote, its members have been busy promoting  falsehoods like these, exacerbating concerns that they’ll use any pretense to restrict access to the ballot under the guise of eliminating voter fraud. The witness list for the meeting—100 percent white men—includes people who have floated radical ideas like requiring background checks for voting.
As the commission meets Tuesday for the second time to discuss potential changes to the way Americans...

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17 Aug 2017

Queasy Aussies Killed Trump’s Casino Bid Over “Mafia Connections”

Australian authorities simply couldn’t stomach Donald Trump’s alleged mob ties, according to government documents published by Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper, The Australian, on Tuesday. The paper’s investigation reveals that Trump’s dream of building a casino in Sydney in the late 1980s was killed off by queasy officials who considered his operations in New Jersey “dangerous.”
Australian authorities simply couldn’t stomach Donald Trump’s alleged mob ties, according to government...
4 Aug 2017

A Chilling Theory on Trump’s Nonstop Lies

Trump’s chronic duplicity may be pathological, as some experts have suggested. But what else might be going on here? In fact, the 45th president’s stream of lies echoes a contemporary form of Russian propaganda known as the “Firehose of Falsehood.”
Trump’s chronic duplicity may be pathological, as some experts have suggested. But what else might be going on here?...
18 Jul 2017

While You Were Busy Watching Don Jr., You Missed Some Interesting Trump Administration Nominees

President Donald Trump is slowly working his way through nominating people for posts related to Western natural resources and the environment; several nominations came down this week. There are more than 1,200 White House appointees that must be vetted by Senate committee, then confirmed by a majority of the full Senate.
President Donald Trump is slowly working his way through nominating people for posts related to Western natural...
13 Jul 2017

3 Ways Republicans Have Already Sabotaged Obamacare

For all their griping about the ways Obamacare isn’t working, Republicans are leaving out one key fact: Many of the law’s troubles can  be traced back to opposition and sabotage by Republicans themselves.  From the very moment Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, Republicans were proclaiming that they would “repeal and replace” the law, and that threat has hovered over the implementation of the law ever since. But it’s not just broader rhetorical threats: Republicans at all levels of government have made specific policy decisions that have hurt Obamacare.
For all their griping about the ways Obamacare isn’t working, Republicans are leaving out one key fact: Many of...
27 Jun 2017

The Trump Administration Just Greenlit a Project That Will Devastate California’s Most Fragile Ecosystems

Over the strong objections of environmental groups and concerns raised by some of their own scientists, federal wildlife agencies on Monday approved the construction of $14-billion set of tunnels that will on average divert 20 percent of the California’s ecologically sensitive Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers to Southern California cities and farms.
Over the strong objections of environmental groups and concerns raised by some of their own...
8 Jun 2017

Everything You Need to Know About the Single-Payer Fight in California

As Donald Trump and congressional Republicans struggle to repeal Obamacare, Democrats in the nation’s most populous state are pushing a very different reform proposal that would radically change the way health care is paid for. Last week, the California Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill that would demolish the state’s current insurance plans and replace them with a single-payer system that would provide comprehensive treatment to all residents free of charge. The  measure is still a long way from becoming law, but progressives already see it as a model for how states can expand access to care even as Republicans at the national level try to roll back coverage.
As Donald Trump and congressional Republicans struggle to repeal Obamacare, Democrats in the nation’s...
28 May 2017

DHS Public Database Includes Personal Information of Abuse Victims

The Trump administration's effort to highlight crimes committed by undocumented immigrants has become a nightmare for immigrant victims of abuse, with the personal information of undocumented victims appearing in a publicly searchable database launched last month by the Department of Homeland Security.
The Trump administration's effort to highlight crimes committed by undocumented immigrants has become a nightmare for...
25 May 2017

There’s Finally a Dollar Amount Attached to How Much Trump Hates the EPA

President Donald Trump reserves a special level of antipathy for the Environmental Protection Agency. He campaigned on eliminating the EPA "in almost every form," and his budget director, Mick Mulvaney, declared that its climate change programs "waste your money." But his full budget wish list released Tuesday actually assigns a dollar value to his promises. In it, the EPA faces the steepest cut of any agency or department across the government, a 31.4 percent reduction, to $5.7 billion, its lowest level in 40 years.
President Donald Trump reserves a special level of antipathy for the Environmental Protection Agency. He campaigned on...

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13 May 2017

A Top Intelligence Official Tells Trump to Shut Up—Sort Of

Donald Trump won't stop claiming that the Russia story is fake news and a hoax cooked up by Democratic sore losers. And to back up his claim he (and his White House crew) keep citing former Director of National  Intelligence James Clapper. Yet on Friday, Clapper essentially said that the president has been brazenly misrepresenting his words and that he was no defense witness for Trump.
Donald Trump won't stop claiming that the Russia story is fake news and a hoax cooked up by Democratic sore losers. And...
27 Apr 2017

Do Trump’s Murky Financial Ties to Russia Connect to Money Laundering?

Trump has blazed a decades-long trail of questionable financial dealings with Russian sources that could provide investigators with the grist they need for legal action. A wide array of Russian oligarchs with links to Vladimir Putin have invested tens of millions of hard-to-explain dollars in Trump properties. And Trump professes never to know who these people are or where they got the big bucks for their mostly cash deals.
Trump has blazed a decades-long trail of questionable financial dealings with Russian sources that could provide...

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26 Apr 2017

Trump White House Refuses to Give Key Flynn Documents to Congress

The White House is refusing to provide congressional investigators  with some of the documents they're requesting as part of an investigation into potential Trump campaign connections to Russia, and whether former national security adviser Mike Flynn disclosed payments  from Russian companies when applying for his security clearance. The news comes as Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) announced Tuesday that Flynn might have broken the law by failing to disclose the foreign payments on official documents filed as part of the security clearance review process.
The White House is refusing to provide congressional investigators  with some of the documents they're...

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1 Mar 2017

Trump Just Sold a $15.8 Million Condo to a Consultant Who Peddles Access to Powerful People

Last week, Donald Trump's company sealed its first big post-inaugural real estate transaction, selling a $15.8 million penthouse to a Chinese-American business executive who runs a company that touts its ability to exploit connections with powerful people to broker business deals in China.
Last week, Donald Trump's company sealed its first big post-inaugural real estate transaction, selling a $15.8...
15 Dec 2016

NSA Chief: WikiLeaks Hacks of Democrats’ Emails Were a “Conscious Effort by a Nation-State”

The WikiLeaks release of internal emails from the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign constituted a "conscious effort by a nation-state to attempt to achieve a specific effect," the head of the National Security Agency said Tuesday.
The WikiLeaks release of internal emails from the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign...
26 Nov 2016

What Went Wrong With Trump and the Media

The industry's business model is pulling in the wrong direction for democracy. We believe that the business model for media in the United States is broken; that if we're going to have the kind of journalism that democracy requires, we're going to need different ways of paying for it; and that critical among those will be reader support in many different forms.
The industry's business model is pulling in the wrong direction for democracy. We believe that the business model for...

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31 Oct 2016

A Veteran Spy Has Given the FBI Information Alleging a Russian Operation to Cultivate Donald Trump

While news media and the FBI have published information regarding Hillary Clinton's emails they have refrained from publishing information regarding on ties between Donald Trump and Russia
While news media and the FBI have published information regarding Hillary Clinton's emails they have refrained from...
5 Oct 2016

Stop Calling Mike Pence Boring. Here’s His Track Record on Gays, Women, Immigrants, and the Planet

Bland on the outside. Terrifying on the inside. Over nearly two decades in political life, first as a congressman and later as Indiana's governor, Pence has been one of the leaders in efforts to push extreme conservative ideas—from limiting abortion access to questioning climate change—into public policy.
Bland on the outside. Terrifying on the inside. Over nearly two decades in political life, first as a congressman and...

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