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9 Apr 2018

Don’t Let the G.O.P. Dismantle Obama’s Student Loan Reforms

Before 2010, private lenders made most student loans. But during the financial crisis student lending seized up, and in response Congress effectively nationalized the program. Today, the federal Department of Education makes about 90 percent of all student loans (including loans to parents and graduate students). The old system included big government subsidies to private lenders. Congress and the Obama administration directed that money to income-driven repayment and Pell Grants instead.
Before 2010, private lenders made most student loans. But during the financial crisis student lending seized up,...
9 Apr 2018

Ivanka Trump’s clothing company will be spared from tariffs, thanks to her dad

The steel and aluminum industries in China will soon be slapped with tariffs up to $50 billion by President Donald Trump. On Thursday, after China announced their intentions to retaliate against the United States with $50 billion in tariffs of their own against U.S. goods, Trump warned that his administration would respond with another set of tariffs, this time targeting $100 billion worth of Chinese goods. Exempt from the proposed tariffs against China, however, is the clothing manufacturing industry.
The steel and aluminum industries in China will soon be slapped with tariffs up to $50 billion by President Donald...
9 Apr 2018

Trump tweets condemnation of Syria chemical attack, saying Putin shares the blame

President Trump on Sunday vowed in a tweet that there would be a “big  price to pay” for the reported chemical attack that killed dozens of people in a rebel-held enclave in Syria, leading international condemnation of the incident from democracies and authoritarian regimes alike.
President Trump on Sunday vowed in a tweet that there would be a “big  price to pay” for the reported...
8 Apr 2018

How Trump’s Tax Law Screws Firefighters and Police

A detailed analysis on how the Trump tax cuts will effect the middle class and 99 percent in general. Understand how the republicans took money from the middle class to pay for tax cuts for the billionaires.
A detailed analysis on how the Trump tax cuts will effect the middle class and 99 percent in general. Understand how the...
7 Apr 2018

China threatens to hit back as Trump seeks additional tariffs on $100 billion of Chinese goods

President Trump ordered his chief trade negotiator  to consider imposing tariffs on an additional $100 billion of Chinese products Thursday, in a dramatic escalation of his trade war with China.  In the latest barb, China’s commerce ministry said that “China has very detailed countermeasures” and will “fight at any cost” to defend its economic interests, drawing the world’s two largest economies into a deeper confrontation. 
President Trump ordered his chief trade negotiator  to consider imposing tariffs on an...
6 Apr 2018

Former Trump aide approved ‘black ops’ to help Ukraine president

Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort  authorised a secret media operation on behalf of Ukraine’s former president featuring “black ops”, “placed” articles in the Wall Street Journal and US websites and anonymous briefings against Hillary Clinton.
Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort  authorised a secret media operation on behalf...

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6 Apr 2018

How Putin’s oligarchs funneled millions into GOP campaigns

Buried in the campaign finance reports available to the public are some  troubling connections between a group of wealthy donors with ties to Russia and their political contributions to President Donald Trump and a number of top Republican leaders. And thanks to changes in campaign finance laws, the political contributions are legal. We have allowed our campaign finance laws to become a strategic threat to our country.
Buried in the campaign finance reports available to the public are some  troubling connections...
6 Apr 2018

They voted for Donald Trump. Now soybean farmers could get slammed by the trade war he started.

Bret Davis voted for Donald Trump in 2016, as did many of his fellow farmers in central Ohio. But as a brewing Chinese trade war begins to threaten U.S. exports, Gordon fears his fifth-generation farm will suffer. The farm, where Davis and his stepson grow 1,300 acres of soybeans, corn and wheat for Ritz crackers, may not withstand the long-term drop in crop prices a trade war could bring, Davis said.
Bret Davis voted for Donald Trump in 2016, as did many of his fellow farmers in central Ohio. But as a brewing...
6 Apr 2018

Trump’s Attacks on Migrant Caravan Underscore How the U.S. Outsources Immigration Enforcement to Mexico

The migrant and refugee caravan traveling through Mexico continued its northbound trek on Wednesday, heading towards Mexico City after temporarily stopping in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, where they regrouped amid a flood of attention lavished on their journey. Organized  by a migrant activist collective called Pueblo Sin Fronteras, an  estimated 1,200 to 1,500 people are participating in the caravan.
The migrant and refugee caravan traveling through Mexico continued its northbound trek on Wednesday, heading towards...

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5 Apr 2018

Is US President Trump ‘milking Gulf countries’?

US President Donald Trump is "milking Gulf countries" and exploiting tensions in the Middle East to bolster its arms sales. That's according to Al Jazeera's senior political analyst Marwan Bishara, who was commenting shortly after the US leader told Saudi Arabia it needed to pay up if it wanted the US to continue its fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group in Syria.
US President Donald Trump is "milking Gulf countries" and exploiting tensions in the Middle East to bolster its arms...

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5 Apr 2018

Rex Tillerson’s $12 million army of consultants

Now that Tillerson has been fired, the vaunted "Redesign" initiative he launched faces an uncertain future, but at least one clear legacy: around $12 million spent just for private consultants who in some cases charged the State Department more than $300 an hour.
Now that Tillerson has been fired, the vaunted "Redesign" initiative he launched faces an uncertain...

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4 Apr 2018

China Strikes Back at the U.S. With Plans for Its Own Tariffs

China hit back at the United States on Wednesday with proposed tariffs on $50 billion worth of American soybeans, cars, chemicals and other  goods, in a move likely to stoke fears that the countries’ escalating confrontation could become an all-out trade war.
China hit back at the United States on Wednesday with proposed tariffs on $50 billion worth of American soybeans,...
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...

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3 Apr 2018

Teachers Go on Strike in Oklahoma and Kentucky: ‘It Really Is a Wildfire’

Thousands of teachers in Oklahoma and Kentucky walked off the job Monday morning, shutting down school districts as they protested cuts in pay, benefits and school funding in a movement that has spread rapidly since  igniting in West Virginia earlier this year.
Thousands of teachers in Oklahoma and Kentucky walked off the job Monday morning, shutting down school districts as...

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2 Apr 2018

Venting on Immigration, Trump Vows ‘No More DACA Deal’ and Threatens Nafta

It was unclear whether the president’s tweets represented any change in his immigration policy, or were just the sort of venting he is known to  do after reading a newspaper article or seeing a television program. The president, who spent much of his holiday weekend golfing with supporters and watching television, was apparently reacting to a “Fox and Friends” segment on immigration that had aired minutes before.
It was unclear whether the president’s tweets represented any change in his immigration policy, or were just...
1 Apr 2018

The Kushners Saw Redemption in the White House. It Was a Mirage.

The elder Mr. Kushner, his company and his family are assailed by criminal and regulatory inquiries largely rooted in their newfound access to presidential power. The family’s East Coast-based real estate empire is under a fiscal and ethical cloud, shunned by some investors  who fear being dragged into the spotlight trained on the Kushner nexus with President Trump. Two major Manhattan properties are on creditors’ watch lists, one after foreign investors backed out of a financing deal.
The elder Mr. Kushner, his company and his family are assailed by criminal and regulatory inquiries...
31 Mar 2018

David Shulkin’s Firing at the VA Is Latest Step in Trump-Koch Push to Privatize Veterans’ Healthcare

On Wednesday, President Trump fired Secretary of Veterans Affairs David  Shulkin and said he’d replace him with White House physician Dr. Ronny  Jackson, a rear admiral in the Navy. Dr. Jackson has no experience running a large agency. Shulkin says he’s actually being ousted  because of his opposition to privatizing the VA, which runs 1,700  hospitals and clinics.
On Wednesday, President Trump fired Secretary of Veterans Affairs David  Shulkin and said he’d replace him with...

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31 Mar 2018

Media Giant Sinclair Hired Reporter From Russian Propaganda Outlet RT Who Produced ‘Must-Run’ ‘Deep State’ Segment

The United States' largest owner of television stations, Sinclair Broadcast Group, mandated that its outlets run a segment on the  so-called deep state that was produced by a former reporter for the Russian propaganda outlet RT, according to a new report. 
The United States' largest owner of television stations, Sinclair Broadcast Group, mandated that its outlets...

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31 Mar 2018

Scott Pruitt, E.P.A. Chief, Rented Residence From Wife of Energy Lobbyist

Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, rented a residence in Washington in 2017 that was partly owned by the wife of a top energy lobbyist whose firm, according to disclosure forms, conducted business before the E.P.A. that same year.
Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, rented a residence in Washington in 2017 that...

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31 Mar 2018

The Myth of the Criminal Immigrant

As of 2017, according to Gallup polls, almost half of Americans agreed that immigrants make crime worse. But is it true that immigration drives crime? Many studies have shown that it does not. Immigrant populations in the United States have been growing fast for decades now. Crime in the same period, however, has moved in the opposite direction, with the national rate of violent crime today well below what it was in 1980.
As of 2017, according to Gallup polls, almost half of Americans agreed that immigrants make crime worse....
31 Mar 2018

The richest Americans get a $33,000 tax break under the GOP tax law. The poorest get $40.

The Republican tax law passed last fall will give the richest 1 percent of Americans an average personal income tax break of about $33,000, while the poorest Americans will receive an average personal income tax break of $40, according to a new study published this week by  nonpartisan analysts.
The Republican tax law passed last fall will give the richest 1 percent of Americans an average personal...

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30 Mar 2018

David Shulkin: Sacked secretary in parting shot at Trump

The former hospital administrator, who first served under President Barack Obama, said that "advocates within the administration for privatising" veterans' healthcare services "saw me as an obstacle to privatisation who had to be removed".It is traditional for departing cabinet secretaries to thank the president for giving them the opportunity to serve, but Mr Shulkin pointedly made no reference to Mr Trump.
The former hospital administrator, who first served under President Barack Obama, said that "advocates within...

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30 Mar 2018

E.P.A. Prepares to Roll Back Rules Requiring Cars to Be Cleaner and More Efficient

The Trump administration is expected to launch an effort in coming days to weaken greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy standards for automobiles, handing a victory to car manufacturers and giving them ammunition to potentially roll back industry standards worldwide.
The Trump administration is expected to launch an effort in coming days to weaken...
29 Mar 2018

Betsy DeVos is using school shootings to justify draconian new discipline guidelines

One of the biggest concerns is that the commission is considering rolling back Obama administration guidance on school discipline that discouraged officers from disciplining students and pushed for more positive and less punitive responses to student behavior. In other words, the federal government will undo the Obama administration’s work to keep students in school and out of the criminal justice system.
One of the biggest concerns is that the commission is considering rolling back Obama administration guidance on...
29 Mar 2018

Manafort associate had Russian intelligence ties during 2016 campaign, prosecutors say

The FBI has found that a business associate of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort had ongoing ties to Russian intelligence, including during the 2016 campaign when Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates, were in touch with the associate, according to new court filings.
The FBI has found that a business associate of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort had ongoing ties...
29 Mar 2018

Trump proposal would penalize immigrants who use tax credits and other benefits

Immigrants who accept almost any form of welfare or public benefit, even popular tax deductions, could be denied legal U.S. residency under a proposal awaiting approval by the Trump administration, which is seeking to reduce the number of foreigners living in the United States.
Immigrants who accept almost any form of welfare or public benefit, even popular tax deductions, could be denied...
29 Mar 2018

Trump’s Lawyer Raised Prospect of Pardons for Flynn and Manafort as Special Counsel Closed In

A lawyer for President Trump broached the idea of Mr. Trump pardoning  two of his former top advisers, Michael T. Flynn and Paul Manafort, with their lawyers last year, according to three people with knowledge of the discussions.
A lawyer for President Trump broached the idea of Mr. Trump pardoning  two of...
29 Mar 2018

Xi reasserts role in Korean game with summons to Kim

Chinese President Xi Jinping has placed himself back at the center of the game, as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s visit to Beijing adds yet another piece to the fast-shifting diplomatic chess board that is the Korean peninsula.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has placed himself back at the center of the game, as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s...
28 Mar 2018

Are Wisconsin GOPers Blocking Elections To Protect Their Gerrymander?

Wisconsin Republicans are going to remarkable lengths to  avoid holding a pair of special elections for two vacant seats in the state legislature. After a district court ruled last week that Gov. Scott Walker (R) needed to schedule these races as soon as possible, state leadership called lawmakers back to the Capitol for an extraordinary session April 4 to change the law on how and when Wisconsin’s special elections are held. And Walker said he’d sign the legislation.
Wisconsin Republicans are going to remarkable lengths to  avoid holding a pair of special elections for two vacant...
27 Mar 2018

Trump administration expels 60 Russian officers, shuts Seattle consulate in response to attack on former spy in Britain

The Trump administration on Monday ordered the expulsion of 60 Russian intelligence and diplomatic officers in New York and Washington and the closure of the Russian Consulate in Seattle, joining European allies in  retaliation for the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain.
The Trump administration on Monday ordered the expulsion of 60 Russian intelligence and diplomatic officers...

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26 Mar 2018

Fund-Raiser Held Out Access to Trump as a Prize for Prospective Clients

For Elliott Broidy, Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign represented an unparalleled political and business opportunity. An  investor and defense contractor, Mr. Broidy became a top fund-raiser for Mr. Trump’s campaign when most elite Republican donors were keeping  their distance, and Mr. Trump in turn overlooked the lingering whiff of scandal from Mr. Broidy’s 2009 guilty plea in a pension fund bribery case.
For Elliott Broidy, Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign represented an unparalleled political and...
23 Mar 2018

John Dowd Resigns as Trump’s Lead Lawyer in Special Counsel Inquiry

President Trump’s lead lawyer for the special counsel investigation,  John Dowd, resigned on Thursday as his strategy for cooperating with the inquiry grew increasingly at odds with Mr. Trump’s desire for a more  aggressive posture.
President Trump’s lead lawyer for the special counsel investigation,  John Dowd, resigned on Thursday...

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23 Mar 2018

McMaster to Resign as National Security Adviser, and Will Be Replaced by John Bolton

Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, the battle-tested Army officer tapped as President Trump’s national security adviser last year to stabilize a turbulent foreign policy operation, will resign and be replaced by John R. Bolton, a hard-line former United States ambassador to the United Nations, White House officials said  Thursday.
Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, the battle-tested Army officer tapped as President Trump’s national security...
23 Mar 2018

Saudi Crown Prince Boasted That Jared Kushner Was “In His Pocket”

Affter the meeting between Kushner and Crown Prince, Crown Prince Mohammed told confidants that Kushner had discussed the names of Saudis disloyal to the crown prince, according to three sources who have been in contact with members of the Saudi and Emirati royal families since the crackdown. Kushner, through his attorney’s spokesperson, denies having done so.
Affter the meeting between Kushner and Crown Prince, Crown Prince Mohammed told confidants that Kushner had...

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23 Mar 2018

Trump Hits China With Stiff Trade Measures

President Trump said he would impose tariffs on about $60 billion worth  of Chinese imports on Thursday as the White House moved to punish China for what it says is a pattern of co-opting American technology and trade secrets and robbing companies of jobs and billions of dollars in revenue.
President Trump said he would impose tariffs on about $60 billion worth  of Chinese imports on Thursday as...
22 Mar 2018

How 2 Gulf Monarchies Sought to Influence the White House

A cooperating witness in the special counsel investigation worked for  more than a year to turn a top Trump fund-raiser into an instrument of influence at the White House for the rulers of Saudi Arabia and the  United Arab Emirates, according to interviews and previously undisclosed documents.
A cooperating witness in the special counsel investigation worked for  more than a year to turn...

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21 Mar 2018

Trump Congratulates Putin on Re-Election, but Fails to Mention Meddling in U.S.

President Trump on Tuesday congratulated President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on his recent re-election victory, but failed to ask him about  either the fairness of the Russian vote, which Mr. Putin won with a lopsided margin, or about allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
President Trump on Tuesday congratulated President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on his recent re-election victory,...

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21 Mar 2018

Trump Hacked the Media Right Before Our Eyes

Among older white Americans, the core demographic where first the primaries and then the general election were decided, television still far outstrips the internet as the most important source of news. And indeed, the three economists noted, for all the talk about Breitbart’s influence and Russian meddling and dark web advertising, Trump only improved on Mitt Romney’s showing among Americans who don’t use the internet, and he “actually lost support among internet-using voters.”
Among older white Americans, the core demographic where first the primaries and then the general election were decided,...
20 Mar 2018

Cambridge Analytica, Trump-Tied Political Firm, Offered to Entrap Politicians

Sitting in a hotel bar, Alexander Nix, who runs the political data firm Cambridge Analytica, had a few ideas for a prospective client looking  for help in a foreign election. The firm could send an attractive woman to seduce a rival candidate and secretly videotape the encounter, Mr. Nix said, or send someone posing as a wealthy land developer to pass a bribe.“We have a long history of working behind the scenes,” Mr. Nix said.
Sitting in a hotel bar, Alexander Nix, who runs the political data firm Cambridge Analytica, had a...
20 Mar 2018

Middle East civilian deaths have soared under Trump. And the media mostly shrug.

The numbers are shocking — or at least they should be. 2017 was the deadliest year for civilian casualties in Iraq and Syria, with as many as 6,000 people killed in strikes conducted by the U.S.-led coalition, according to the watchdog group Airwars. That is an increase of more than 200 percent over the previous year. 
The numbers are shocking — or at least they should be. 2017 was the deadliest year for civilian...
19 Mar 2018

Jared Kushner’s company routinely filed false New York City paperwork

When the Kushner Companies bought three apartment buildings in Queens  in 2015, most tenants were protected by rules that prevent developers  from pushing them out, raising rents and turning a profit. But that was exactly what the company then run by Jared Kushner did, with remarkable speed. Two years later, it sold the buildings for $60m, nearly 50% more than it paid.
When the Kushner Companies bought three apartment buildings in Queens  in 2015, most tenants were...
19 Mar 2018

Kushner Cos. faked paperwork about NYC properties in order to profit

An AP investigation found Jared Kushner's firm repeatedly lied about the number of tenants in its building who were living under rent controlled housing. The Kushner Cos. routinely filed false paperwork with the city declaring it had zero rent-regulated tenants in dozens of buildings it owned across the city when, in fact, it had hundreds.
An AP investigation found Jared Kushner's firm repeatedly lied about the number of tenants in its building who were...

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18 Mar 2018

Trump Assails Mueller, Drawing Rebukes From Republicans

President Trump appeared on Sunday to abandon a strategy of deferring to the special counsel examining Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, lashing out at what he characterized as a partisan investigation and raising questions about  whether he might seek to shut it down.
President Trump appeared on Sunday to abandon a strategy of deferring to the special counsel examining Russia’s...
17 Mar 2018

How McConnell and Chao used political power to make their family rich

As Schweizer tells it, the Chao family fortune derives from the Foremost Group, a shipping company that Chinese native James Chao, a classmate of former Chinese president Jiang Zemin at Jiao Tong University, founded in New York in 1964.
As Schweizer tells it, the Chao family fortune derives from the Foremost Group, a shipping company that Chinese native...

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17 Mar 2018

Andrew McCabe, a Target of Trump’s F.B.I. Scorn, Is Fired Over Candor Questions

Andrew G. McCabe, the former F.B.I. deputy director and a frequent target of President Trump’s scorn, was fired Friday after Attorney General Jeff Sessions rejected an appeal that would have let him retire this weekend.vMr.  McCabe promptly declared that his firing, and Mr. Trump’s persistent  needling, were intended to undermine the special counsel’s investigation  in which he is a potential witness.
Andrew G. McCabe, the former F.B.I. deputy director and a frequent target of President Trump’s scorn,...
17 Mar 2018

How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions

Cambridge Analytica harvested personal information from a huge swath of the electorate to develop techniques that were later used in the Trump campaign. Details of Cambridge’s acquisition and use of Facebook data have surfaced in several accounts since the business began working on the 2016 campaign, setting off a furious debate about the merits of the firm’s so-called psychographic modeling techniques. But the full scale of the data leak involving Americans has not been previously disclosed — and Facebook, until now, has not acknowledged it.
Cambridge Analytica harvested personal information from a huge swath of the electorate to develop techniques that were...

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17 Mar 2018

James Mattis is linked to Theranos’s massive corporate fraud and nobody wants to talk about it

Secretary of Defense James Mattis is implicated in one of the largest  business scandals of the past decades, described by the Securities and Exchange Commission as an “elaborate, years-long fraud” through which Theranos, led by CEO Elizabeth Holmes and president Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani, “exaggerated or made false statements about the company’s technology, business, and financial performance.”
Secretary of Defense James Mattis is implicated in one of the largest  business scandals of the past...

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17 Mar 2018

Scott Pruitt, Trump’s Rule-Cutting E.P.A. Chief, Plots His Political Future

In the past year, Mr. Pruitt has emerged as a hero to President Trump’s supporters for his hand in rolling back environmental rules at an agency long disliked by farmers, the fossil fuel industry and the far right. And he has occasionally shocked his employees by criticizing the very  agency he heads.“It was an agency that was weaponized against certain sectors of the economy,” Mr. Pruitt said to applause at the Reagan dinner.
In the past year, Mr. Pruitt has emerged as a hero to President Trump’s supporters for his hand in...

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17 Mar 2018

Trump gives McMaster the Tillerson treatment

President Donald Trump’s national security adviser H.R. McMaster isn’t getting fired, he’s getting Tillersoned – kept in a state of perpetual limbo about his future in the administration, aware that his unpredictable boss could keep him around indefinitely or terminate him  at a moment’s notice.
President Donald Trump’s national security adviser H.R. McMaster isn’t getting fired, he’s getting...
16 Mar 2018

Mueller Subpoenas Trump Organization, Demanding Documents About Russia

The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has subpoenaed the Trump Organization in recent weeks to turn over documents, including some related to Russia, according to two people briefed on the matter. The order is the first known instance of the special counsel demanding records directly related to President Trump’s businesses, bringing the investigation closer to the president.
The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has subpoenaed the Trump Organization in recent weeks to turn over...
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...

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15 Mar 2018

Andrew McCabe, a Symbol of Trump’s F.B.I. Ire, Faces Possible Firing

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reviewing a recommendation to fire the  former F.B.I. deputy director, Andrew G. McCabe, just days before he is scheduled to retire on Sunday, people briefed on the matter said. Mr. McCabe was a frequent target of attack from President Trump, who taunted him both publicly and privately.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reviewing a recommendation to fire the  former F.B.I. deputy director,...
15 Mar 2018

Senate passes rollback of banking rules enacted after financial crisis

The Senate on Wednesday passed the biggest loosening of financial regulations since the economic crisis a decade ago, delivering wide bipartisan support for weakening banking rules despite bitter divisions among Democrats.
The Senate on Wednesday passed the biggest loosening of financial regulations since the economic crisis a decade ago,...
15 Mar 2018

Trump’s new economics director is a climate denier who thinks animals can ‘snuggle’ under pipelines

As director of the National Economic Council, Kudlow will have a sizable influence on U.S. economic policy, including issues related to energy as well as domestic and international climate policies. Cohn, in his tenure as director, worked to keep the Trump administration from leaving the Paris climate agreement. Kudlow, with his history of climate denial, is unlikely to be similarly concerned with climate action.
As director of the National Economic Council, Kudlow will have a sizable influence on U.S. economic policy,...
14 Mar 2018

ICE Spokesman Resigns, Saying He Could No Longer Spread Falsehoods for Trump Administration

A spokesman for United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement has resigned, saying that he could no longer “bear the burden” of spreading falsehoods on behalf of the Trump administration.The spokesman, James Schwab, who had worked for the agency’s San Francisco Division, told news outlets Monday that his decision was prompted by false statements made by the agency on Feb. 27 and repeated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week.
A spokesman for United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement has resigned, saying that he could no longer “bear...

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14 Mar 2018

Mike Pompeo’s Mission Is to Destroy the Iran Deal

All you need to know about Mike Pompeo, the four-term congressman  from Kansas who is actually from California, is that most of his life he  has been in business with the Koch brothers. His appointment as secretary of state puts a seal on President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord. More dangerously, Trump was straightforward: He put Pompeo in to replace Rex Tillerson in order to destroy the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action treaty between the United Nations Security Council and Iran.
All you need to know about Mike Pompeo, the four-term congressman  from Kansas who is actually from...

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13 Mar 2018

Conceding to N.R.A., Trump Abandons Brief Gun Control Promise

President Trump on Monday abandoned his promise to work for gun control measures opposed by the National Rifle Association, bowing to the gun group and embracing its agenda of armed teachers and incremental improvements to the background check system.After the Florida high school massacre last month, Mr. Trump explicitly called on live television for raising the age limit to purchase rifles and backed 2013 legislation for near-universal background checks.
President Trump on Monday abandoned his promise to work for gun control measures opposed by the National Rifle...

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13 Mar 2018

Despite Mueller’s Push, House Republicans Declare No Evidence of Collusion

Even as the special counsel expands his inquiry and pursues criminal charges against at least four Trump associates, House Intelligence Committee  Republicans said on Monday that their investigation had found no  evidence of collusion between Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia to sway the 2016 election.
Even as the special counsel expands his inquiry and pursues criminal charges against at least four Trump associates,...

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13 Mar 2018

Rex Tillerson Out as Trump’s Secretary of State, Replaced by Mike Pompeo

President Trump announced on Tuesday that he had ousted Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson and will replace him with Mike Pompeo, now the C.I.A. director, ending the 14-month tenure of the nation’s chief diplomat who repeatedly had found himself at odds with the White House on a variety of key foreign policy issues.
President Trump announced on Tuesday that he had ousted Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson and will replace...
13 Mar 2018

Why it was so easy for ‘60 Minutes’ to rebut Betsy DeVos’s charter-school arguments

Betsy DeVos was picked to run the Education Department largely to continue the work she had embraced through her philanthropic work: advocating an expansion of charter schools. Hers was the most controversial Cabinet nomination by President Trump, requiring Vice President Pence to cast a tie-breaking vote confirming her for the position. That controversy had many causes, but a significant one was that many in the education community were concerned about turning over the department to someone who advocated transferring  scarce public funding to what amounted to educational experiments.
Betsy DeVos was picked to run the Education Department largely to continue the work she had embraced through her...

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11 Mar 2018

G.O.P. Rushed to Pass Tax Overhaul. Now It May Need to Be Altered.

The legislative blitz that rocketed the $1.5 trillion tax cut through Congress in less than two months created a host of errors and ambiguities in the  law that businesses big and small are just now discovering and  scrambling to address. Companies and trade groups are pushing the Treasury Department and Congress to fix the law’s consequences, some intended and some not, including provisions that disadvantage certain farmers, hurt restaurateurs and retailers and could balloon the tax bills of large multinational corporations.
The legislative blitz that rocketed the $1.5 trillion tax cut through Congress in less than two months created a host of...
10 Mar 2018

In Trump’s decision on North Korea, the world glimpses a president who is his own diplomat, negotiator and strategist

Over the past six weeks, the Trump administration’s roster of Korean experts, already depleted, grew even thinner. The White House mysteriously dropped its choice for ambassador to Seoul. The State Department’s top North Korea specialist resigned. And the senior Asia director at the National Security Council was out the past two weeks on paternity leave.
Over the past six weeks, the Trump administration’s roster of Korean experts, already depleted, grew...
9 Mar 2018

Mueller gathers evidence that 2017 Seychelles meeting was effort to establish back channel to Kremlin

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has gathered evidence that a secret meeting in Seychelles just before the inauguration of Donald Trump was an effort to establish a back channel between the incoming administration and the Kremlin — apparently contradicting statements made to lawmakers by one of its participants, according to people familiar with the matter.
Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has gathered evidence that a secret meeting in Seychelles just before the...

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9 Mar 2018

Trump Authorizes Tariffs in Defiance of Allies at Home and Abroad

President Trump defied opposition from his own party and protests from overseas on Thursday as he signed orders imposing stiff and sweeping new tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. But he sought to soften the  impact on America’s closest allies with a more flexible plan than  originally envisioned.
President Trump defied opposition from his own party and protests from overseas on Thursday as he signed orders imposing...

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8 Mar 2018

Local News Anchors Are Being Forced to Deliver Pro-Trump Propaganda

A family of conservative multimillionaires owns Sinclair Broadcast Group. And Sinclair Broadcast Group is on the cusp of owning enough local television stations to reach 70 percent of American households. Every news station under Sinclair’s umbrella is required to syndicate commentary that comports with its owners’ ideological views.
A family of conservative multimillionaires owns Sinclair Broadcast Group. And Sinclair Broadcast Group is on the cusp of...
8 Mar 2018

U.S. Allies Sign Sweeping Trade Deal in Challenge to Trump

A trade pact originally conceived by the United States to counter China’s growing economic might in Asia now has a new target: President Trump’s embrace of protectionism. A  group of 11 nations — including major United States allies like Japan,  Canada and Australia — signed a broad trade deal on Thursday in Chile’s  capital, Santiago, that challenges Mr. Trump’s view of trade as a zero-sum game filled with winners and losers.
A trade pact originally conceived by the United States to counter China’s growing economic might in Asia now...

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7 Mar 2018

Adviser to Emirates With Ties to Trump Aides Is Cooperating With Special Counsel

An adviser to the United Arab Emirates with ties to current and former  aides to President Trump is cooperating with the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, and gave testimony last week to a grand jury, according to two people familiar with the matter. Mr. Mueller appears to be examining the influence of foreign money on Mr. Trump’s political activities and has asked witnesses about the possibility that the adviser, George Nader, funneled money from the Emirates to the president’s political efforts.
An adviser to the United Arab Emirates with ties to current and former  aides...

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7 Mar 2018

Gary Cohn Says He Will Resign as Trump’s Top Economic Adviser

White House officials insisted that there was no single factor behind the departure of Mr. Cohn, who heads the National Economic Council. But his decision to leave came as he seemed poised to lose an internal struggle over Mr. Trump’s plan to impose large tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Mr. Cohn had warned last week that he might resign if Mr. Trump followed through with the tariffs, which Mr. Cohn had lobbied against internally.
White House officials insisted that there was no single factor behind the departure of Mr. Cohn, who heads the...
6 Mar 2018

Former Trump aide Sam Nunberg called before grand jury, says he will refuse to go

Nunberg said that the special counsel had sought to convince him to testify against another former Trump adviser, Roger Stone, for colluding with Russians, but he said he would not because Stone has been a friend and mentor to him.
Nunberg said that the special counsel had sought to convince him to testify against another...
6 Mar 2018

Senior EPA press official has a side job as an outside media consultant

Two senior Environmental Protection Agency political appointees — including one who personally supervises every grant the agency awards to  or solicits from outside groups — got approval from the agency’s ethics office to continue to collect outside income while working for the Trump administration.
Two senior Environmental Protection Agency political appointees — including one who personally supervises...

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5 Mar 2018

State Dept. Was Granted $120 Million to Fight Russian Meddling. It Has Spent $0.

As Russia’s virtual war against the United States continues unabated with the midterm elections approaching, the State Department has yet to spend any of the $120 million it has been allocated since late 2016 to counter foreign efforts to meddle in elections or sow distrust in democracy.
As Russia’s virtual war against the United States continues unabated with the midterm elections approaching, the State...

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3 Mar 2018

Trump confidant dumped millions in steel-related stock last week

Billionaire investor and longtime Trump confidant Carl Icahn dumped $31.3 million of stock in a company heavily dependent on steel last week, just days before Trump announced plans to impose steep tariffs on steel imports.
Billionaire investor and longtime Trump confidant Carl Icahn dumped $31.3 million of stock in a company heavily...

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2 Mar 2018

Depth Of Russian Politician’s Cultivation Of NRA Ties Revealed

Alexander Torshin's links to NRA leaders are deeper than previously known, NPR has learned. He claims to have met Donald Trump in 2015 and served as a U.S. election observer in 2012 through the NRA.
Alexander Torshin's links to NRA leaders are deeper than previously known, NPR has learned. He claims to have met Donald...

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2 Mar 2018

Georgia Passes Bill That Stings Delta Over N.R.A. Position

Georgia lawmakers approved a bill on Thursday that stripped out a tax break proposal highly coveted by Delta Air Lines — the most stinging punishment that America’s pro-gun forces have leveled so far on one of the many corporations recalibrating their positions on firearms after the Florida high school massacre.
Georgia lawmakers approved a bill on Thursday that stripped out a tax break...
2 Mar 2018

Trump aide Hope Hicks to resign amid personal tumult and Russia probe

Hope Hicks, the White House communications director and one of President  Trump’s longest-serving and closest advisers, abruptly announced Wednesday that she plans to resign — sending a jolt through a West Wing besieged by internal tumult and the intensifying Russia investigation. Hicks has been interviewed by Mueller’s team, and on Tuesday she testified for nine hours before the House Intelligence Committee as part of its separate Russia investigation. She admitted to telling what one person familiar with her testimony characterized as white lies.
Hope Hicks, the White House communications director and one of President  Trump’s longest-serving and...

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1 Mar 2018

Jared Kushner’s Business Interests in Israel Revealed in Full

Israel is one of four countries to have reportedly discussed how to exploit the business interests, financial headaches and lack of diplomatic experience of Jared Kushner, according to the Washington Post on Tuesday. But what financial connections does the son-in-law of President Donald Trump have with the Jewish state?
Israel is one of four countries to have reportedly discussed how to exploit the business interests, financial...

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1 Mar 2018

Apollo, the private equity firm, and Citigroup made large loans last year to the family real estate business of Jared Kushner

Joshua Harris, a founder of Apollo Global Management, was advising Trump administration officials on infrastructure policy. During that period,  he met on multiple occasions with Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, said three people familiar with the meetings. Among other things, the two men discussed a possible White House job for Mr. Harris. The  job never materialized, but in November, Apollo lent $184 million to  Mr. Kushner’s family real estate firm, Kushner Companies.
Joshua Harris, a founder of Apollo Global Management, was advising Trump administration officials on infrastructure...

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1 Mar 2018

Congress investigates Ben Carson’s housing department over staffing claims

Congress on Wednesday began investigating allegations that an official at Ben Carson’s department of housing and urban development (Hud) was  demoted for refusing to approve expensive redecorations to his office.
Congress on Wednesday began investigating allegations that an official at Ben Carson’s department of housing...

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1 Mar 2018

Trump Stuns Lawmakers With Seeming Embrace of Gun Control

President Trump stunned Republicans on live television Wednesday by embracing gun control and urging a group of lawmakers at the White House to resurrect gun safety legislation that has been opposed for years by the powerful National Rifle Association and the vast majority of his party.In a remarkable meeting, the president veered wildly from the N.R.A. playbook in front of giddy Democrats and stone-faced Republicans.
President Trump stunned Republicans on live television Wednesday by embracing gun control and urging a group...

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28 Feb 2018

Brad Parscale will run Trump’s 2020 campaign. And he’s linked to the Russia scandal

The young tech guru who ran the Trump campaign’s digital operations from his office in San Antonio is an extremely controversial choice to run the president’s 2020 campaign. That’s because Parscale is intimately tied to a company called Cambridge Analytica,  a shady data analytics firm that has become a major focus of both the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian meddling in the election and special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe. 
The young tech guru who ran the Trump campaign’s digital operations from his office in San Antonio is an extremely...

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28 Feb 2018

Jared Kushner’s Security Clearance Downgraded

Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, has been  stripped of his high-level security clearance after months of delays in  completing an exhaustive background check, limiting his ability to view highly classified information, a White House official and another person  familiar with Mr. Kushner’s situation said.
Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, has been  stripped of his high-level security...
28 Feb 2018

Roger Stone’s Secret Messages with WikiLeaks

Private Twitter messages obtained by The Atlantic show that Stone and WikiLeaks, a radical-transparency group, communicated directly on October 13, 2016—and that WikiLeaks sought to keep its channel to Stone open after Trump won the election. The existence of the secret correspondence marks yet another strange twist in the White House’s rapidly swelling Russia scandal.
Private Twitter messages obtained by The Atlantic show that Stone and WikiLeaks, a radical-transparency group,...

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27 Feb 2018

Trump’s Tax Cuts in Hand, Companies Spend More on Themselves Than on Wages

President Trump promised that his tax cut would encourage companies to invest in factories, workers and wages, setting off a spending spree that would reinvigorate the American economy. Companies  have announced plans for some of those investments. But so far, companies are using much of the money for something with a more narrow  benefit: buying their own shares.
President Trump promised that his tax cut would encourage companies to invest in factories, workers and...

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26 Feb 2018

People are starting to realize the GOP tax bill was a massive scam

President Donald Trump and the Republicans sold their slapdash effort at tax reform as a boon to the middle class. As the law goes into effect,  however, new polling suggests that most Americans are struggling to see any benefit at all in their paychecks.
President Donald Trump and the Republicans sold their slapdash effort at tax reform as a boon to the middle...

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26 Feb 2018

The Democrats’ rebuttal to the Nunes FISA memo is utterly devastating

Having now read both memos, I can say with confidence: Schiff makes his case. Schiff quotes key FBI documents that explicitly contradict the Nunes memo’s core arguments. Any fair-minded observer who reads these two documents side-by-side can only conclude one thing: Nunes is either deeply misinformed or straight-up lying.
Having now read both memos, I can say with confidence: Schiff makes his case. Schiff quotes key FBI documents...
24 Feb 2018

How Democrats Can Offer Real Solutions to America’s Problems

The pledge calls for a clear commitment to a far different course. Major elements include rebuilding America while guaranteeing the right to a job. Public investment—modernizing a dangerously decrepit infrastructure—is the centerpiece of the jobs and growth agenda, not trickle-down tax cuts that only add to inequality. That investment  should be focused in part on the transition to a sustainable green energy economy. Meeting the clear and present security threat posed by  catastrophic climate change can be the greatest source of jobs and innovation since the move to the suburbs after World War II.
The pledge calls for a clear commitment to a far different course. Major elements include rebuilding America while...

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23 Feb 2018

Rick Gates, Trump Campaign Aide, Pleads Guilty in Mueller Inquiry and Will Cooperate

A former top adviser to Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign pleaded guilty on Friday to fraud and lying to investigators in the special counsel inquiry into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and will  cooperate with the investigation.
A former top adviser to Donald J. Trump’s presidential campaign pleaded guilty on Friday to fraud...
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