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29 Nov 2018

Michael Cohen Admits Talks for Trump Over Moscow Tower Occurred Well Into Campaign

Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, admitted in court on Thursday that he had engaged in negotiations to build a tower in Moscow for Mr. Trump well into the 2016 presidential campaign, far later than previously known.
Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, admitted in court on Thursday that he had engaged in...
25 Nov 2018

Trump demands action to reduce deficit, pushes new deficit spending

President Trump is demanding top advisers craft a plan to reduce the country’s ballooning budget deficits, but the president has flummoxed his own aides by repeatedly seeking new spending while ruling out measures needed to address the country’s unbalanced budget.
President Trump is demanding top advisers craft a plan to reduce the country’s ballooning budget deficits, but the...
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18 Nov 2018

Trump Campaign Paid Millions to Trump Businesses During Midterms

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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13 Nov 2018

Sliding Chinese yuan risks Trump trade war backlash

The laws of Trumponomics, after all, are more about resentment and victimhood than stirring animal spirits. And no woe-is-America narrative is more pervasive in the Trump era than China “raping” the US workforce and “stealing” growth from Washington. An undervalued yuan is a pillar of this theory. It’s “killing us,” as Trump likes to say.
The laws of Trumponomics, after all, are more about resentment and victimhood than stirring animal spirits. And no...

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7 Nov 2018

Trump’s acting attorney general was part of firm US accused of vast scam

Donald Trump’s new acting attorney general was part of a company accused by the US government of running a multimillion-dollar scam.Matthew Whitaker was paid to sit on the advisory board of World Patent Marketing, which was ordered in May this year to pay a $26m settlement following legal action by federal authorities, which said it tricked aspiring inventors.
Donald Trump’s new acting attorney general was part of a company accused by the US government of running a...
2 Nov 2018

GDP: Trump tariff, trade war hit to economy

There's mounting anecdotal evidence that President Donald Trump's trade war is causing trouble for the US economy and businesses. But Friday's report on third-quarter gross domestic product may be the best hard evidence yet that the tariffs are causing major disruptions in the economy.
There's mounting anecdotal evidence that President Donald Trump's trade war is causing trouble for the US economy and...
30 Oct 2018

Trump eyes ending birthright citizenship with executive order

President Trump is vowing to sign an executive order that would seek to end the right to U.S. citizenship for children born in the United States to noncitizens, a move most legal experts say runs afoul of the Constitution. The action, which Trump previewed in a television clip broadcast Tuesday, would be the most aggressive by a president elected to office pledging to take a hard line on immigration, an issue he has revived in advance of next week’s midterm elections.
President Trump is vowing to sign an executive order that would seek to end the right to U.S. citizenship for children...
30 Oct 2018

President Trump Barely Works at All

Early this year, Axios obtained a schedule of President Trump’s activities, revealing hour after hour of “Executive Time” — which means, mostly, binge-watching cable television news and tweeting. Politico has obtained another weekly Trump schedule, and if anything, it appears to contain even less actual work.
Early this year, Axios obtained a schedule of President Trump’s activities, revealing hour after hour of “Executive...

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26 Oct 2018

Trump Ebola response: security officials have banned health experts from helping

One of the largest Ebola outbreaks in history shows no signs of slowing — and the Trump administration barred US health experts who want to help at the outbreak’s epicenter in the Democratic Republic of Congo from traveling there. The relatively tepid response from the US, at a time when the outbreak is spiraling, has former CDC officials and global health experts concerned.
One of the largest Ebola outbreaks in history shows no signs of slowing — and the Trump administration barred US...

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23 Oct 2018

Trump Says Saudi Account of Khashoggi Killing Is ‘Worst Cover-Up’ in History

President Trump on Tuesday condemned Saudi Arabia’s account of the killing of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi as “the worst cover-up ever,” and his administration warned for the first time that it would impose human rights sanctions on those who took part in the plot.
President Trump on Tuesday condemned Saudi Arabia’s account of the killing of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi as “the...

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14 Oct 2018

Trump Says ‘Rogue Killers’ May Be Involved in Saudi Journalist Case

President Trump said on Monday that he spoke with the king of Saudi Arabia and that the ruler denied any knowledge of what happened to a missing Saudi dissident journalist. After the call, Mr. Trump said it was possible that “rogue killers” were behind the disappearance of the journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.
President Trump said on Monday that he spoke with the king of Saudi Arabia and that the ruler denied any knowledge of...
12 Oct 2018

Donald Trump To Speak At Hate Group’s Annual Event, A First For A President

President Donald Trump will be the first sitting president to address the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit, which the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) described as a “rogues' gallery of the radical right.” Trump will be the keynote speaker at Friday's event, which will also be attended by his former strategist, Steve Bannon. Other speakers include the founder of anti-Islam group ACT for America and former Trump strategist, Sebastian Gorka.
President Donald Trump will be the first sitting president to address the Family Research Council’s Values Voter...
9 Oct 2018

Veterans Affairs won’t hand over documents showing suspected shadow influence of Trump associates

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie assured lawmakers at a hearing last month that the “Mar-a-Lago Crowd,” as it’s known within the agency, doesn’t set policy. But emails published by ProPublica tell a different story.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie assured lawmakers at a hearing last month that the “Mar-a-Lago Crowd,” as...
4 Oct 2018

Steel is surging under Trump. Will workers benefit?

When President Trump imposed tariffs on steel imports in June, Richard Lattanzi thought of dozens of his fellow steelworkers who have for years put off badly needed repairs of their cars and homes. But as President Trump has pressed his steel tariffs, Trump has declared that the industry is “being rebuilt overnight.” But the question facing the rank and file is whether the controversial policy — which has raised the price of inputs for many American companies and alienated allies — will translate into higher wages and better benefits.
When President Trump imposed tariffs on steel imports in June, Richard Lattanzi thought of dozens of his fellow...

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2 Oct 2018

Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father

President Trump participated in dubious tax schemes during the 1990s, including instances of outright fraud, that greatly increased the fortune he received from his parents, an investigation by The New York Times has found. Mr. Trump won the presidency proclaiming himself a self-made billionaire, and he has long insisted that his father, the legendary New York City builder Fred C. Trump, provided almost no financial help.
President Trump participated in dubious tax schemes during the 1990s, including instances of outright fraud, that...

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31 Aug 2018

Lobbyist Sam Patten Pleads Guilty to Steering Foreign Funds to Trump Inaugural

An American lobbyist on Friday admitted brokering access to President Trump’s inauguration for a pro-Russian Ukrainian oligarch in a scheme that highlighted the rush by foreign interests to influence the new administration.
An American lobbyist on Friday admitted brokering access to President Trump’s inauguration for a pro-Russian Ukrainian...

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29 Aug 2018

National Enquirer Had Decades of Trump Dirt. He Wanted to Buy It All.

Federal investigators have provided ample evidence that President Trump was involved in deals to pay two women to keep them from speaking publicly before the 2016 election about affairs that they said they had with him. But it turns out that Mr. Trump wanted to go even further.
Federal investigators have provided ample evidence that President Trump was involved in deals to pay two women to keep...

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28 Aug 2018

Puerto Rico increases Hurricane Maria death toll to 2,975

The revised death toll is nearly 50 times the previous estimate of 64 Governor Ricardo Rossello "accepted" the findings in a long-awaited independent investigation. Puerto Rico has struggled to repair its infrastructure and power grid since the storm, and is asking US Congress for $139bn (£108bn) in recovery funds.
The revised death toll is nearly 50 times the previous estimate of 64 Governor Ricardo Rossello "accepted" the findings...
20 Aug 2018

Trump calls Mueller lawyers ‘thugs’ and ‘a National Disgrace!’

President Trump on Monday referred to lawyers working for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III as “thugs” and accused them of trying to affect this year’s elections, further ramping up his rhetoric against prosecutors probing Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
President Trump on Monday referred to lawyers working for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III as “thugs” and...

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20 Aug 2018

Zinke caught red-handed trying to sell off public lands

Environmental groups caught the Department of the Interior trying to sell off part of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah, despite a pledge by Secretary Ryan Zinke never to put public lands up for sale After massive backlash from environmental groups and the public, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) late Friday canceled all plans to sell off the land.
Environmental groups caught the Department of the Interior trying to sell off part of the Grand Staircase-Escalante...

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17 Aug 2018

Embracing Conspiracy Theory, Trump Escalates Attack on Bruce Ohr

President Trump threatened on Friday to quickly revoke the security clearance of Bruce Ohr, a little-known Justice Department official, for the first time seeking to apply his power to cut access to sensitive information to a midlevel government worker rather than a prominent former national security official.
President Trump threatened on Friday to quickly revoke the security clearance of Bruce Ohr, a little-known Justice...
15 Aug 2018

Thanks to their NDAs, Trump officials have no credibility. These clips prove it.

On the heels of former Trump campaign and White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman saying she’s heard tape of President Trump using the N-word, Trump’s allies have taken to the cable news networks to defend his reputation. But there’s one big problem — because they’ve signed non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), even if they have heard Trump using a racial slur, they’re legally prohibited from saying so.
On the heels of former Trump campaign and White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman saying she’s heard tape of...

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11 Aug 2018

Trump’s Economic Scorecard: Higher Inflation, Flat Wages And A Ballooning Federal Deficit

In the past few days, new economic reports have come out that don’t paint a very rosy picture for a number of economic items. While GDP hit 4.1% for the June quarter, but only 2.9% year over year, and the unemployment rate is hovering at all-time lows, inflation continues to increase, real wages are stagnant and the federal budget deficit is ballooning
In the past few days, new economic reports have come out that don’t paint a very rosy picture for a number of economic...
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10 Aug 2018

In America, wage growth is getting wiped out entirely by inflation

Rising prices have erased U.S. workers’ meager wage gains, the latest sign strong economic growth has not translated into greater prosperity for the middle class and working class. Cost of living was up 2.9 percent from July 2017 to July 2018, the Labor Department reported Friday, an inflation rate that outstripped a 2.7 percent increase in wages over the same period.
Rising prices have erased U.S. workers’ meager wage gains, the latest sign strong economic growth has not translated...

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1 Aug 2018

Trump Tells Sessions to ‘Stop This Rigged Witch Hunt Right Now’

President Trump called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday to end the special counsel investigation, an extraordinary appeal to the nation’s top law enforcement official to halt an inquiry directly into the president.
President Trump called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday to end the special counsel investigation, an...
26 Jul 2018

Cohen Says Trump Knew About Trump Tower Meeting In Advance

According to CNN, Michael Cohen says President Trump knew in advance about the Trump Tower meeting from Don Jr., approved the meeting in advance, was looking forward to getting the dirt. A little backstory on this. Cohen has been suggesting that he knows this and is willing to testify to that effect. CNN is apparently the first to get this solid enough to report.
According to CNN, Michael Cohen says President Trump knew in advance about the Trump Tower meeting from Don Jr.,...
25 Jul 2018

Emoluments Lawsuit, Accusing Trump of Violating Constitution, Clears a Hurdle

A lawsuit accusing President Trump of violating the Constitution by maintaining a financial interest in his company’s Washington hotel cleared a critical hurdle on Wednesday when a federal judge allowed the case to move forward.The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, the District of Columbia and the State of Maryland, say that Mr. Trump’s profits from the Trump International Hotel, just blocks from the White House, violate anti-corruption clauses in the Constitution and take business from local convention centers and hotels.
A lawsuit accusing President Trump of violating the Constitution by maintaining a financial interest in his company’s...

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19 Jul 2018

There must be a reckoning

President Trump committed yet another grotesque violation of the Constitution on his recent trip to Scotland, when he used nearly $70,000 in public money to pay for rooms at a hotel in Scotland he owns directly, The Scotsman reports.
President Trump committed yet another grotesque violation of the Constitution on his recent trip to Scotland, when he...
16 Jul 2018

Trump-Putin Summit: Putin denies Russian interference in 2016 election

President Trump refused to support the conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, saying at the end of his summit here Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin that the autocrat privately gave him an “extremely strong and powerful” denial.
President Trump refused to support the conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia interfered in the 2016...

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14 Jul 2018

Trump Opens His Arms to Russia. His Administration Closes Its Fist.

Just a few hours after President Trump doused expectations of extracting any confession from President Vladimir V. Putin on Russia’s election meddling when they meet on Monday, his own Justice Department issued a sweeping indictment of 12 Russian intelligence agents for hacking the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton presidential campaign.
Just a few hours after President Trump doused expectations of extracting any confession from President Vladimir V. Putin...

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11 Jul 2018

The real story behind Trump’s pardon of Oregon ranchers

President Trump pardoned two Oregon ranchers Tuesday, firing a new salvo in a complicated culture war previously marked by air-mailed sex toys, nuanced disputes over the management of public lands, and a police shootout that killed a would-be leader of a modern crackpot revolution. But the details of Trump’s move indicate he is less interested in reversing an unjust sentence than he is in giving a thinly-veiled “attaboy” to a small group of heavily armed chaos agents who seek to undermine the federal government’s proper role in managing public lands all across the western U.S.
President Trump pardoned two Oregon ranchers Tuesday, firing a new salvo in a complicated culture war previously marked...
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10 Jul 2018

Giuliani works for foreign clients while serving as Trump’s attorney

Rudolph W. Giuliani continues to work on behalf of foreign clients both personally and through his namesake security firm while serving as President Trump’s personal attorney — an arrangement experts say raises conflict-of-interest concerns and could run afoul of federal ethics laws.
Rudolph W. Giuliani continues to work on behalf of foreign clients both personally and through his namesake security...
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3 Jul 2018

Trump Administration Reverses Obama on Affirmative Action

Now, affirmative action is at a crossroads. The Trump administration is moving against any use of race as a measurement of diversity in education. And the retirement of Justice Anthony M. Kennedy at the end of this month will leave the court without its swing vote on affirmative action and allow President Trump to nominate a justice opposed to a policy that for decades has tried to integrate elite educational institutions.
Now, affirmative action is at a crossroads. The Trump administration is moving against any use of race as a measurement...
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28 Jun 2018

Kushner has accused the Palestinian leadership of having no ideas

Is Trump’s son-in-law – “adviser” on the Middle East, real estate developer and US investor – delusional? After three Arab-Israeli wars, tens of thousands of Palestinian deaths and millions of refugees, does Jared Kushner really believe that the Palestinians will settle for cash?
Is Trump’s son-in-law – “adviser” on the Middle East, real estate developer and US investor – delusional?...
28 Jun 2018

Trump Backs Russia on Election Interference Ahead of NATO Summit

Just weeks before his back-to-back summits with NATO members in Belgium and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland, President Trump is legitimizing Russia’s claim that it did not interfere in the 2016 election, contradicting the conclusions of U.S. intelligence agencies.
Just weeks before his back-to-back summits with NATO members in Belgium and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland,...
26 Jun 2018

Trial runs for fascism are in full flow

To grasp what is going on in the world right now, we need to reflect on two things. One is that we are in a phase of trial runs. The other is that what is being trialled is fascism – a word that should be used carefully but not shirked when it is so clearly on the horizon. Forget “post-fascist” – what we are living with is pre-fascism.
To grasp what is going on in the world right now, we need to reflect on two things. One is that we are in a phase of...
26 Jun 2018

Indicted Kremlin-Linked Firm Challenges Mueller’s Legal Authority

The Russian firm that special counsel Robert Mueller has charged with funding Russia’s election meddling on social media and is run by an oligarch known as “Putin’s chef” challenged Mueller’s legal authority in court filings Monday. Concord Management was among the defendants named in an indictment approved by Mueller’s grand jury in February. Mueller accused Concord Management of funding the organization of internet trolls who allegedly created fake social media accounts in the lead-up of 2016, and charged it with conspiracy to defraud the United States.
The Russian firm that special counsel Robert Mueller has charged with funding Russia’s election meddling on social...
24 Jun 2018

Trump advocates depriving undocumented immigrants of due-process rights

President Trump on Sunday explicitly advocated depriving undocumented immigrants of their due-process rights, arguing that people who cross the border into the United States illegally must immediately be deported without trial — and sowing more confusion among Republicans ahead of a planned immigration vote this week.
President Trump on Sunday explicitly advocated depriving undocumented immigrants of their due-process rights, arguing...

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24 Jun 2018

What’s the Yield Curve? ‘A Powerful Signal of Recessions’ Has Wall Street’s Attention

The bond market’s yield curve is perilously close to predicting a recession — something it has done with surprising accuracy — and it’s become a big topic on Wall Street. Some economists on Wall Street think the economy could be growing at around a nearly 5 percent annualized clip this quarter. But if the current economic vigor is only reflecting a short-term stimulus coming from the Trump administration’s tax cut, then some kind of slowdown is to be expected.
The bond market’s yield curve is perilously close to predicting a recession — something it has done with surprising...

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20 Jun 2018

EPA Head Scott Pruitt’s Latest Expenses Show Total $4.6 Million Spent on Security

SCANDAL-PLAGUED ENVIRONMENTAL Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has now spent more than $4.6 million from public coffers on security, according to documents obtained by The Intercept and Documented under the Freedom of Information Act.
SCANDAL-PLAGUED ENVIRONMENTAL Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has now spent more than $4.6 million from...
19 Jun 2018

Buyers tied to Russia, Soviet republics made 86 all cash sales

Buyers connected to Russia or former Soviet republics made 86 all cash sales — totaling of nearly $109 million — at 10 Trump-branded properties in South Florida and New York City, which raises red flags for federal officials looking into money laundering
Buyers connected to Russia or former Soviet republics made 86 all cash sales — totaling of nearly $109 million — at...
15 Jun 2018

Attacking Hodeidah is a deliberate act of cruelty by the Trump administration

The Trump administration is guilty of many acts of deliberate cruelty, such as taking away the children of immigrant parents at the US border. But just as the world was watching the lead up to the Trump-Kim Jong-un meeting in Singapore last Monday, the US may have done something even worse by quietly announcing a decision that threatens to kill millions by starvation or disease.
The Trump administration is guilty of many acts of deliberate cruelty, such as taking away the children of immigrant...

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14 Jun 2018

N.Y. Attorney General Sues Trump Foundation After 2-Year Investigation

The New York State attorney general’s office filed a scathingly worded lawsuit on Thursday taking aim at the Donald J. Trump Foundation, accusing the charity and the Trump family of sweeping violations of campaign finance laws, self-dealing and illegal coordination with the presidential campaign.
The New York State attorney general’s office filed a scathingly worded lawsuit on Thursday taking aim at the Donald J....

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8 Jun 2018

How Good Is the Trump Economy, Really?

So what is the most honest way of talking about the Trump economy? It goes like this: The president inherited an economy that had come a long way toward healing. During his administration, the economy has continued growing at about the same rate it did before he took office, pushing incomes, employment and output to yet higher levels. There are plenty of problems that remain in the United States, economic and otherwise, and the degree of credit the president deserves for the state of the economy is an open debate.
So what is the most honest way of talking about the Trump economy? It goes like this: The president inherited an economy...
4 Jun 2018

Trump says he has ‘absolute right’ to pardon himself of federal crimes but denies any wrongdoing

President Trump on Monday asserted an “absolute right” to pardon himself of any federal crimes but said he has no reason to do so because he has not engaged in any wrongdoing. In a subsequent tweet Monday, Trump also claimed that the appointment of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election had been “totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL!”
President Trump on Monday asserted an “absolute right” to pardon himself of any federal crimes but said he has no...

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1 Jun 2018

A Courtside View of Scott Pruitt’s Cozy Ties With a Billionaire Coal Baron

The E.P.A. chief, who has reversed Obama-era rules on coal mining, enjoyed a superfan experience at a University of Kentucky basketball game — courtesy of an industry executive. But there was more to the game last December than a superfan experience for Mr. Pruitt and his son, who joined him. They sat in seats belonging to Joseph W. Craft III, a billionaire coal executive who has engaged in an aggressive campaign to reverse the Obama administration’s environmental crackdown on the coal industry. Mr. Craft and his wife donated more than $2 million to support President Trump’s candidacy and inauguration.
The E.P.A. chief, who has reversed Obama-era rules on coal mining, enjoyed a superfan experience at a University of...
1 Jun 2018

The Trump administration is paying off his supporters

Trump administration officials are making plans to order grid operators to buy electricity from struggling coal and nuclear plants in an effort to extend their life, a move that could represent an unprecedented intervention into U.S. energy markets.
Trump administration officials are making plans to order grid operators to buy electricity from struggling coal and...

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30 May 2018

F.B.I. Official Wrote Secret Memo Fearing Trump Got a Cover Story for Comey Firing

Mr. McCabe’s memo, one of several that he wrote, highlights the conflicting roles that Mr. Rosenstein plays in the case. He supervises the special counsel investigation and has told colleagues that protecting it is among his highest priorities. But many current and former law enforcement officials are suspicious of some of his other actions, including allowing some of Mr. Trump’s congressional allies to view crucial documents from the investigation.
Mr. McCabe’s memo, one of several that he wrote, highlights the conflicting roles that Mr. Rosenstein plays in the...
25 May 2018

Trump takes aim at federal bureaucracy with new executive orders altering civil service protections

President Trump issued three executive orders Friday aimed at overhauling the federal bureaucracy by making it easier to fire poor performers, sharply curtailing the amount of time federal employees can be paid for union work and directing agencies to negotiate tougher union contracts.
President Trump issued three executive orders Friday aimed at overhauling the federal bureaucracy by making it easier to...
23 May 2018

Collusion Happened

Trump aides colluded with foreign governments. There’s ample evidence on many fronts, from legal documents to reliable reporting. This doesn’t mean that a crime was committed, because, as Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and others have pointed out, collusion is not a crime per se. But it does mean that attempts to dismiss the Russia investigation as a witch hunt that lacks any evidence are not merely disingenuous—they’re simply wrong.
Trump aides colluded with foreign governments. There’s ample evidence on many fronts, from legal documents to reliable...
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21 May 2018

By Demanding an Investigation, Trump Challenged a Constraint on His Power

When President Trump publicly demanded that the Justice Department open an investigation into the F.B.I.’s scrutiny of his campaign contacts with Russia, he inched further toward breaching an established constraint on executive power: The White House does not make decisions about individual law enforcement investigations.
When President Trump publicly demanded that the Justice Department open an investigation into the F.B.I.’s scrutiny of...
15 May 2018

The Michael Cohen Bribery Scandal Is Now a Trump Bribery Scandal

Last night, the Daily Mail reported a development in the Michael Cohen saga of seismic scale. In a December 2016 meeting in Trump Tower, the British tabloid reports, Cohen asked Ahmed Al-Rumaihi, who runs a $100 billion Qatari investment fund, to send him “millions” which, the story claims, would go “through him to Trump family members.”
Last night, the Daily Mail reported a development in the Michael Cohen saga of seismic scale. In a December 2016 meeting...
15 May 2018

Yep, That $500 M from China to Trump Project Looks Like a Pretty Big Deal

You probably saw the news yesterday that just days before President Trump tweeted that he was intent on saving that sanctions-busting Chinese telecommunications company, China had agreed to loan $500 million to a major Trump-backed development in Indonesia
You probably saw the news yesterday that just days before President Trump tweeted that he was intent on saving that...

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30 Apr 2018

U.S. EPA grants biofuels waiver to billionaire Icahn’s oil refinery

The waiver enables Icahn’s CVR Energy Inc (CVI.N) to avoid tens of millions of dollars in costs related to the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program. The regulation is meant to cut air pollution, reduce petroleum imports and support corn farmers by requiring refiners to mix billions of gallons of biofuels into the nation’s gasoline and diesel each year.
The waiver enables Icahn’s CVR Energy Inc (CVI.N) to avoid tens of millions of dollars in costs related to the U.S....
6 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. 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...
28 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 legal...
28 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 his former top advisers, Michael T. Flynn...

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25 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 business...
18 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...
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

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...

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16 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, was fired Friday...
15 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...
8 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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8 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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6 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 to President Trump is cooperating with the...
5 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 every grant...

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1 Mar 2018

Depth Of Russian Politician’s Cultivation Of NRA Ties Revealed

A prominent Kremlin-linked Russian politician has methodically cultivated ties with leaders of the National Rifle Association and documented efforts in real time over six years to leverage those connections and gain deeper access into American politics, NPR has learned.
A prominent Kremlin-linked Russian politician has methodically cultivated ties with leaders of the National Rifle...
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26 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 wages, setting...

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22 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 and lying to...
16 Feb 2018

13 Named in Russia Indictment by Special Counsel in First Charges on 2016 Election Interference

The special counsel investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election charged 13 Russian nationals and three Russian organizations on Friday with illegally using social media platforms to sow political discord, including actions that supported the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump and disparaged his opponent, Hillary Clinton.
The special counsel investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election charged 13 Russian nationals...
2 Feb 2018

Husband of former Trump household aide scores government job

A home improvement contractor married to one of Donald and Melania Trump’s former household staffers is now working as an official at the Environmental Protection Agency, the latest example of someone with a personal connection to the Trump family finding work in the administration.
A home improvement contractor married to one of Donald and Melania Trump’s former household staffers is now working as...

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29 Jan 2018

Andrew McCabe Steps Down as F.B.I. Deputy Director Under Pressure

Andrew G. McCabe abruptly stepped down on Monday as the F.B.I.’s deputy director after months of withering criticism from President Trump, telling friends he felt pressure from the head of the bureau to leave, according to two people close to Mr. McCabe.
Andrew G. McCabe abruptly stepped down on Monday as the F.B.I.’s deputy director after months of withering criticism...
28 Jan 2018

There’s a big red flag in today’s report on the economy

For the duration of this economic expansion, consumer spending has been the dynamo driving growth in gross domestic product, or GDP. But now there are indications Americans are getting a little too dynamic. Their actions are out of whack. For the past two years, spending has risen faster than disposable personal income, as pointed out by Jason Furman, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics
For the duration of this economic expansion, consumer spending has been the dynamo driving growth in gross domestic...

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27 Jan 2018

Trump’s latest interview shows he’s not really the president

Trump is holding the office of president, but he’s not doing the job of president. He seems to have no real idea what’s going on, even with his own signature policy moves. Some of his misstatements have the color of propaganda, but often he seems to be caught up in other people’s propaganda or even to have misunderstood his own talking points.
Trump is holding the office of president, but he’s not doing the job of president. He seems to have no real idea...

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26 Jan 2018

McGahn’s push to reshape the judiciary

As the Russia investigation plays out, McGahn has taken a long view toward policy issues that he thinks could serve as legacy issues for Trump. He recently met with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley about installing more conservatives in the judiciary. He's taken a keen interest in deregulatory issues.
As the Russia investigation plays out, McGahn has taken a long view toward policy issues that he thinks could serve as...

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24 Jan 2018

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 to the...
25 Dec 2017

Sessions revokes dozens of guidance documents that protect marginalized communities

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday that he would rescind 25 Justice Department guidance documents on a variety of topics aimed at protecting marginalized communities. The documents — many of which were released during the Obama administration — include procedures to help eliminate fees against juvenile offenders, standards outlining discrimination protections for disabled individuals and for people seeking U.S. citizenship, and an overview of housing discrimination practices.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday that he would rescind 25 Justice Department guidance documents on a...

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25 Dec 2017

Trump Tells Rich Mar-a-Lago Friends “You All Just Got a Lot Richer” After Tax Bill

President Donald Trump joined his family at their “Winter White House” for the holidays Friday night after signing the GOP tax bill into law, and reportedly told wealthy friends dining at Mar-a-Lago, “You all just got a lot richer.” When Trump signed $1.5 trillion tax overhaul into law, ultra-wealthy earners in the 95th to 99th percentile received the biggest tax cuts, even though the top 1 percent already holds about 40 percent of American wealth.
President Donald Trump joined his family at their “Winter White House” for the holidays Friday night after signing...
14 Dec 2017

How Trump’s skepticism of U.S. intelligence on Russia left an election threat unchecked

In the final days before Donald Trump was sworn in as president, members of his inner circle pleaded with him to acknowledge publicly what U.S. intelligence agencies had already concluded — that Russia’s interference in the 2016 election was real.
In the final days before Donald Trump was sworn in as president, members of his inner circle pleaded with him to...
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14 Dec 2017

Trump Says His Regulatory Rollback Already Is the ‘Most Far-Reaching’

President Trump on Thursday said his administration was answering “a call to action” by rolling back regulations on environmental protections, health care, financial services and other industries as he made a push to showcase his accomplishments near the end of his first year in office.
President Trump on Thursday said his administration was answering “a call to action” by rolling back regulations on...
8 Dec 2017

4 Horrible Policy Changes Trump Issued This Week While You Weren’t Looking

While the Republican Congress continues to be unable to govern, President Donald Trump is unilaterally making horrible policy changes, using every distraction to get away with it. The Trump administration’s ground-level policy changes continued apace, out of the headlines, from withdrawing from a major international agreement on migration to the repeal of Obama-era rules on wages and methane leaks.
While the Republican Congress continues to be unable to govern, President Donald Trump is unilaterally making horrible...
8 Dec 2017

Assassins Kill ‘Panama Papers’ Journalist Who Linked Ivanka Trump To Russian Money Launderers

Investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated in her native Malta after exposing a massive web of corruption through the "Panama Papers," including a revelation that Ivanka Trump helped her father’s Panama hotel venture with the help of an alleged international fraudster with ties to Russian money launderers.
Investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated in her native Malta after exposing a massive web of...

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3 Dec 2017

Trump Slashes Size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Monuments

The decision to reduce Bears Ears is expected to set off a legal battle that could alter the course of American land conservation, putting dozens of other monuments at risk and possibly opening millions of preserved public acres to oil and gas extraction, mining, logging and other commercial activities.
The decision to reduce Bears Ears is expected to set off a legal battle that could alter the course of American land...
18 Nov 2017

Ivanka’s signature real estate deals were disasters linked to drug cartels and money laundering

The project in Azerbaijan has been tied to allegations of money laundering from the Azeri dictatorship and those close to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard; the project in Panama has been tied to allegations of money laundering from South American drug cartels.
The project in Azerbaijan has been tied to allegations of money laundering from the Azeri dictatorship and those close...

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18 Nov 2017

Trump Made Millions of Dollars From Drug Money Laundering in Panama

President Donald Trump made tens of millions of dollars in profits by allowing Colombian drug cartels and other groups to launder money through a Trump-affiliated hotel in Panama, according to a new investigation by the organization Global Witness.
President Donald Trump made tens of millions of dollars in profits by allowing Colombian drug cartels and other groups...
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