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The Mystery of the American Lawyer Who Worked for a Putin-Friendly Oligarch and Julian Assange 22.6.2018 Mother Jones
In February, Fox News published a series of text messages from early 2017 between Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and a Washington-based attorney named Adam Waldman, a registered lobbyist for Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. Fox News and other conservative media focused on messages in which Waldman had unsuccessfully sought to put Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate […]
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For VA whistleblowers, a culture of fear and retaliation 21.6.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
VA employees in one Southeast district say a toxic culture of retaliation has undermined veterans' care and worker morale. There is growing skepticism among whistleblowers the VA can police itself.
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The Democrats' Response 21.6.2018 American Prospect
This article appears in the Summer 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here .  On a summer day in 1981, a disconsolate House Speaker Tip O’Neill sat “slumped in a chair far to the rear of the House floor” (as Thomas Edsall recalled the scene in his 1984 book The New Politics of Inequality) and watched his colleagues vote to end the New Deal order. The vote was on a Republican substitute to a tax bill sent to the floor by the Democratic majority on the House Ways and Means Committee; the substitute cut taxes by $749 billion, bringing down the rate on the highest incomes from 70 percent to 50 percent, lowering the capital gains tax, and reducing the inheritance tax—the first tax reduction since the 1920s, Edsall wrote, “skewed in favor of the rich.” To O’Neill, the unkindest cut was not that the Republican measure passed, but that it passed with the support of 48 of his fellow House Democrats. Most of them represented majority-white districts in the South—districts that today are ...
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Talking Taxes with the Voters 20.6.2018 American Prospect
This article appears in the Summer 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here .  As they prepare to face the voters and defend their congressional majorities, Republicans face serious challenges. Positioned as the in-party in an off-year election, they can anticipate enhanced Democratic turnout that creates an unfavorable battlefield. An unpopular president, weak fundraising, and a wave of incumbent retirements further stack the deck against the GOP. Republicans, however, believe they have an ace in the hole that will preserve their majorities: the tax law they passed in December 2017. Republicans tout the tax law as both their most important policy accomplishment and the best political weapon they have. Matt Gorman, communications director for the National Republican Congressional Committee, says, “It’s very clear that tax reform was going to be the biggest legislative crown jewel of this Congress. That is a massive centerpiece of our campaign.” In the eyes of veteran Republican ...
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The Emblem of This Era 20.6.2018 American Prospect
AP Photo/Andrew Harnik President Donald Trump is silhouetted in a car on his arrival at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, Vietnam.  This article appears in the Summer 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here .  This is the first time in nearly 30 years of publication that The American Prospecthas devoted an entire issue of the magazine to a single topic. We are doing so because the 2017 Tax Act so perfectly displays so much of what is rotten and false about this period of Republican rule, and sets up an epic debate about what the two parties stand for. Tax cuts are invariably political winners, or so the Republicans thought. But this one is so grotesque that it is already backfiring. Whether it truly blows up on the right, and becomes a major political liability this fall, depends in large part on how skilled Democrats and commentators are at narrating all that is wrong with it. The law makes clear that the deep corruption in this era emanates not just from Trump personally. He would ...
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Farmers in Trump country protest Pruitt's ethanol policies 15.6.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt is being met with protests by farmers and ethanol producers concerned that he is undermining the industry with his strong support of oil and gas.
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Have You Seen the Latest News? Paul Ryan Probably Hasn’t. 15.6.2018 Mother Jones
On Thursday, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was asked about Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, whose corporate-friendly tenure has been derailed by a series of increasingly embarrassing scandals. Pruitt, a conservative favorite who holds a cabinet-level post, has been in the news for weeks, and his lavish spending falls right in the […]
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Trump Uses the Comey Report to Cover Up His Guilt in the Russia Scandal 15.6.2018 Mother Jones
Even before the Justice Department inspector general’s report on former FBI director James Comey was released on Thursday afternoon, Donald Trump initiated the inevitable tweet storm, hoping to use this development as yet another distraction from the Trump-Russia scandal.  The Comey report, issued by Inspector General Michael Horowitz, examined Comey’s handling of the FBI’s Hillary […]
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There’s a Very Simple Reason Evangelicals Love Scott Pruitt 14.6.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Slate and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.  In 2007, the Rev. Joel Hunter formed a creation care team at his Northland evangelical megachurch in central Florida. “Creation care” describes a movement within the U.S. Christian community to better steward God’s creation, aka the Earth—it is, in short, environmentalism for […]
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The GOP is Donald Trump’s Party Now 13.6.2018 Outside the Beltway
GOP primary voters continue to reward staunch supporters of the President and punish those who get on his bad side.
Two California Races Show Voters’ Split Response to #MeToo Scandals 12.6.2018 Mother Jones
One of the biggest questions of the #MeToo era is whether voters will reject candidates who have been accused of inappropriate or illegal sexual behavior. Allegations of sexual assault—and his own boasts about it—didn’t stop President Donald Trump from getting elected. But as statehouses around the country reckon with the fallout from decades of male-dominated politics, the […]
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Scott Pruitt’s Anti-Choice, Anti-Environment Protégé Is About to Become a Federal Judge 11.6.2018 Mother Jones
A former lackey of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt known for his role in a controversial death penalty case is about to become a federal judge. In April, President Donald Trump nominated Patrick Wyrick, currently a justice on the Oklahoma Supreme Court, to an Oklahoma district court judgeship. Wyrick, whose nomination hearing was on May […]
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EPA Staff Says Trump Administration Changing Agency Mission to Protect Industry 10.6.2018
The EPA is facing an ongoing, broad-scale takeover by industries it regulates.

The post EPA Staff Says Trump Administration Changing Agency Mission to Protect Industry appeared first on Truthout.

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EPA Staff Say The Trump Administration Is Changing Their Mission To 'Protecting Industry' 9.6.2018 Crooks Liars
Protesters at a rally on the state of the EPA organized by the American Federation of Government Employees union, April 25, 2018, in Washington, ...
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Exiled From DC, Steve Bannon Is Stoking the Racist Right in Europe 9.6.2018
Bannon is trying hard to get back into the Trump camp for 2020.

The post Exiled From DC, Steve Bannon Is Stoking the Racist Right in Europe appeared first on Truthout.

Two Hundred Congress Members Suing Trump Over Emoluments 9.6.2018 Crooks Liars
Woo hoo we're suing Trump! Okay everybody calm down it's Richard "Mister Excitement" Blumenthal. Still, good for him! And so far he's only got 200 congresspeople to join him in the lawsuit, lol. JOHN BERMAN: You are involved in a court case right now for gifts for payments to the president right now. You have your name on a lawsuit. Explain to me what you are trying to do here. SENATOR RICHARD BLUMENTHAL: In this lawsuit, Blumenthal versus Trump, I've been joined by 200 of my colleagues in seeking to enforce the chief anti-corruption provision of the United States Constitution. It is called the Emoluments Clause. It prohibits the President of the United States from taking gifts, benefits or money from governments which this president has been doing flagrantly. We know the tip of the iceberg from press reporting. The president has never disclosed any of it. And our contention to the court is we can't do our job as members of the United States Congress unless the president comes to us for consent. Why? ...
Can We Stop Fake News? 8.6.2018 American Prospect
AP Photo/Andrew Harnik Pedestrians hold up signs that read "Very Fake News" and "Welcome Home President Trump #MAGA" as the motorcade carrying President Donald Trump makes its way towards Mar-a-Lago in West Palm Beach, Florida. As technology giants and news media titans wrestle with fact-checking, algorithm-tweaking, and outright lies, Americans remain susceptible to a more pernicious threat: fake news.   Fake news is just one tool in President Trump’s disinformation toolbox, one that administration officials wield, not only to discredit the news media, but also the judiciary, individual members of Congress, and the intelligence community. It’s a classic tactic that wannabe autocrats deploy to undermine democracy: consolidating power by sowing distrust in major institutions. Political commentators Ruth Ben-Ghiat, Yevgeniy Golovchenko, and Gianni Riotta took up the topic of fake news and authoritarianism at the 2018 Social Media Weekend. The June 1–2 conference was hosted by Sree Sreenivasan, a former New ...
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Election Failure and Fallout in California, Alabama, South Dakota: 'BradCast' 6/7/2018 8.6.2018 BradBlog
On today's BradCast: We continue our coverage of fallout following this past Tuesday's midterm primary elections in eight states, as the counting and canvassing moves forward. [Audio link to show follows below] In California on Wednesday night, Sec. of State Alex Padilla (D) sent a stern letter to Los Angeles County's ...
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Republicans Are Finally Ready to Limit Trump’s Power — but Only on Trade and Tariffs 7.6.2018
Trump is reportedly unhappy with the move to restrict his powers.

The post Republicans Are Finally Ready to Limit Trump’s Power — but Only on Trade and Tariffs appeared first on Truthout.

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Missouri's Greitens Guts Public-Sector Unions on His Way out the Door 7.6.2018 American Prospect
(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) Former Governor Eric Greitens speaks on January 29, 2018, in Palmyra, Missouri. In the waning hours of his tenure as governor of Missouri, Eric Greitens delivered on his campaign pledge to kneecap the state’s labor unions. A former up-and-comer in the Republican Party, Greitens’s star quickly dimmed after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced and a felony charge of invasion of privacy and a charge of potential campaign-finance violations followed. Under the threat of impeachment proceedings in the state legislature, Greitens announced his resignation right after Memorial Day, giving himself until the end of that week to tie up loose ends on his way out the door. And tie them up, he did. Greitens signed a staggering 77 bills into law before handing the reins over to Mike Parson, his lieutenant governor. One of those bills was H.B. 1413 , which would require unionized government employees to vote every three years on whether they want their union to continue to represent them. ...
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