US Politics in Trump era Public date: 14.11.2019 12:15:01

6 Mar 2019

The Making of the Fox News White House

In January, during the longest government shutdown in America’s history, President Donald Trump rode in a motorcade through Hidalgo County, Texas, eventually stopping on a grassy bluff overlooking the Rio Grande. The White House wanted to dramatize what Trump was portraying as a national emergency: the need to build a wall along the Mexican border. The presence of armored vehicles, bales of confiscated marijuana, and federal agents in flak jackets underscored the message.
In January, during the longest government shutdown in America’s history, President Donald Trump rode in a motorcade...
13 Feb 2019

Private Mossad for Hire

Psy-Group’s larger ambition was to break into the U.S. election market. During the 2016 Presidential race, the company pitched members of Donald Trump’s campaign team on its ability to influence the results. Psy-Group’s owner, Joel Zamel, even asked Newt Gingrich, the former House Speaker, to offer Zamel’s services to Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law.
Psy-Group’s larger ambition was to break into the U.S. election market. During the 2016 Presidential race, the company...
3 Apr 2018

Scott Pruitt’s Dirty Politics

Pruitt and his admirers call this approach “E.P.A. originalism”—a nod to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and his reading of the Constitution. The idea is that Pruitt is sticking to “traditional” priorities, such as cleaning up Superfund  sites and contaminated drinking-water supplies, rather than focussing on newer and broader environmental threats, such as climate change.
Pruitt and his admirers call this approach “E.P.A. originalism”—a nod to the late Supreme Court Justice...
22 Sep 2017

Did Trump Just Make Iran More Popular?

Trump’s tough talk and sophomoric antics may have had the opposite effect of what he intended, however. Across the board, the world’s other major powers, most of America’s closest allies, and the vast majority of governments at the United Nations this week made clear that they favor the deal. They are siding with Iran this time.
Trump’s tough talk and sophomoric antics may have had the opposite effect of what he...
7 Jul 2017

White House Warns CNN That Critical Coverage Could Cost Time Warner Its Merger

The Trump administration is now openly threatening to use the Justice Department as a tool for punishing critical speech. White House advisers have discussed a potential point of leverage over their adversary, a senior administration official said: a pending merger between CNN’s parent company, Time Warner, and AT&T. Mr. Trump’s Justice Department will decide whether to approve the merger, and while analysts say there is little to stop the deal from moving forward, the president’s animus toward CNN remains a wild card. [my emphasis]
The Trump administration is now openly threatening to use the Justice Department as a tool for punishing critical...
12 May 2017

The Senate Starts to Look at Trump’s Businesses

Adam Davidson writes that a Senate panel’s request for information from a Treasury enforcement unit suggests a broader scope to its investigation. The FinCEN request is particularly interesting because the unit enforces money-laundering laws and is familiar with Donald Trump’s holdings, specifically the Taj Mahal casino, in Atlantic City. Trump opened the Taj Mahal in 1990. He sold half of his shares in 2004, as part of a bankruptcy settlement, but remained a minority owner. In 2015, the Taj Mahal admitted to “willfully” violating the law by letting many suspicious transactions go unreported to the authorities, and agreed to pay a ten-million-dollar fine—one of the largest ever for a casino.
Adam Davidson writes that a Senate panel’s request for information from a Treasury enforcement unit suggests a broader...
2 May 2017

A Hundred Days of Trump

On April 29th, Donald Trump will have occupied the Oval Office for a hundred days. For most people, the luxury of living in a relatively stable democracy is the luxury of not following politics with a nerve-racked constancy. Trump does not afford this. His Presidency has become the demoralizing daily obsession of anyone concerned with global security, the vitality of the natural world, the national health, constitutionalism, civil rights, criminal justice, a free press, science, public education, and the distinction between fact and its opposite.
On April 29th, Donald Trump will have occupied the Oval Office for a hundred days. For most people, the luxury of living...
17 Dec 2016

Trump’s Daily Bankruptcy and the Ambassador to Israel

Article raises legitimate concerns regarding Donald Trump's choice for Ambassador to Israel David Freedman, a right wing, pro settler bankruptcy lawyer who is characterized as to the right of Netanyahu. Trump's son in law Jared Kushner and his family also have intense interest in Israeli affairs and the family foundation has donated tens of thousands of dollars to west bank institutions.
Article raises legitimate concerns regarding Donald Trump's choice for Ambassador to Israel David Freedman, a right...

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