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Sunday, October 21, 2018
Justin Elliott

Trump Pushes Japanese Casino Deal For Big Donor Adelson

The Trump administration has advanced his ideological and financial interests, including an assist in his quest to build a casino in Japan.

October 11, 2018

Who Paid For Kavanaugh’s Baseball Tickets? Help ProPublica Find Out

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh accrued as much as $200,000 in debt buying tickets to Washington Nationals baseball games.

August 14, 2018

Russian Oligarch’s U.S. Firm Paid Trump Lawyers Kasowitz And Cohen

The investment firm that the two Trump attorneys worked for, Columbus Nova, calls it a “coincidence.”

May 10, 2018
Jared Kushner

Whoops! Jared Kushner Made More Mistakes On His Ethics Disclosure

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica.  Jared Kushner’s ethics disclosure filing misstated the financials on two Brooklyn loans, the latest in a long series of errors and omissions on the form. A Kushner representative confirmed the errors, attributing them to data entry and accounting mistakes. The representative said the figures will be revised in the next annual filing, which is […]

May 4, 2018

Bank That Was Under Federal Investigation Appears In Multiple Kushner Deals

A bank that had been under federal investigation until last year has played a role in two recent real estate transactions involving Kushner Companies, Jared Kushner’s family company. Earlier this month, BofI Federal took over a mortgage previously owned by the Kushner Companies for a development in Brooklyn, New York City real estate filings show. The previously […]

May 1, 2018
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump waves at the conclusion of a Super Tuesday news conference in Palm Beach

Casino Company Lawyer Arranged Trump’s Call With Vietnam Prime Minister

On Dec. 14, 2016, one month after his election, President-elect Donald Trump had a call with the prime minister of Vietnam. At a time when foreign governments were scrambling to contact Trump, the conversation was a victory for the Vietnamese. State television broadcast footage of the call, with the prime minister surrounded by other smiling officials.

April 26, 2018
Ross, Trump

Ross Insisted On Controversial Citizenship Question In Census Survey

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross’ decision Monday to add a controversial question on citizenship to the 2020 census came in the face of opposition from career officials at the Census Bureau who fear it will depress response rates, especially from immigrants.

March 28, 2018

Business Group Powerpoint Mocks Trump’s ‘Dumpster Fire’ Presidency

Trump, the presentations state, is an “autocratic leader” who regularly “humiliates [his] senior team” and is running the administration “like a bad family owned small business.” One presentation quotes the president’s statement that infrastructure should be “easy” and follows it with a rhetorical eye-roll: “Really?????”

March 2, 2018
red cross

Red Cross General Counsel Resigns Over Handling of Sexual Assault Allegations

American Red Cross General Counsel David Meltzer has resigned after a ProPublica story detailed troubling aspects of how he handled a sexual misconduct case involving another senior official at the charity. In his resignation letter, dated Jan. 31 and effective immediately, Meltzer wrote to American Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern that he deeply regretted his […]

February 1, 2018

Trump Justice Department Pushes For Citizenship Question On Census, Alarming Experts

The Justice Department is pushing for a question on citizenship to be added to the 2020 census, a move that observers say could depress participation by immigrants who fear that the government could use the information against them.

December 31, 2017

‘Peacemaker’ Kushner Promotes Settlers’ West Bank Expansion

The Kushner family has given money in past years to the group, which funds construction of the Bet El settlement outside the Palestinian city Ramallah, as Haaretz first reported. But this appears to be the first time they’ve done so while Kushner, whose title is senior adviser to the president, is the lead administration official brokering a peace plan.

December 7, 2017

Budget Chief’s Door Open For Corporate Lobbyists And Far Right

One of President Donald Trump’s top cabinet officials has met with a long list of lobbyists, corporate executives and wealthy people with business interests before the government, according to calendars the Trump administration fought to keep secret.

November 22, 2017

FEMA Had A Plan For Responding To A Hurricane In Puerto Rico — But It Doesn’t Want You To See It

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, citing unspecified “potentially sensitive information,” is declining to release a document it drafted several years ago that details how it would respond to a major hurricane in Puerto Rico.

October 28, 2017

Trump Lawyer Marc Kasowitz Threatens Stranger In Emails: ‘Watch Your Back , Bitch’

Marc Kasowitz, President Trump’s personal attorney on the Russia case, threatened a stranger in a string of profanity-laden emails Wednesday night. The man, a retired public relations professional in the western United States who asked not to be identified, read ProPublica’s story this week on Kasowitz and sent the lawyer an email with the subject line: “Resign Now.’’

July 15, 2017
Border Wall

Trump Administration Hires Official Whom Five Students Accused Of Sexual Assault

Steven Munoz was hired by the Trump administration as assistant chief of visits, running an office of up to 10 staffers charged with the sensitive work of organizing visits of foreign heads of state to the U.S. That includes arranging meetings with the president. At The Citadel, five male freshmen alleged that Munoz used his positions as an upperclassman, class president and head of the campus Republican Society to grope them.

May 4, 2017

Trump Is Hiring Lobbyists And Top Ethics Official Says ‘There’s No Transparency’

President Trump has stocked his administration with a small army of former lobbyists and corporate consultants who are now in the vanguard of the effort to roll back government regulations at the agencies they once sought to influence, according to an analysis of government records by the New York Times in collaboration with ProPublica.

April 16, 2017

Official Involved In Bush-Era Purge of Gay Employees Now Working For Trump

A little-noticed inspector general report, released in 2013, depicts Trump appointee James Renne as a central player in an anti-gay purge at the Office of Special Counsel during the Bush administration. The report found that employees were targeted for no legitimate reason, pointing to “facts which reflect that…Mr. Renne may have been motivated…by a negative personal attitude toward homosexuality and individuals whose orientation is homosexual.”

April 10, 2017
Trump, Obama, Wiretapping

How The Trump Administration Responds To Democrats’ Demands For Information: It Doesn’t.

Trump, for example, hasn’t nominated anyone for 12 out of the 13 Senate-confirmable leadership spots at congressional affairs offices throughout the government, according to a Washington Post jobs tracker.

April 1, 2017
California, Trump, Ethics

How The Trump Administration May Be Skirting Its Own Ethics Rules

The hiring of three former lobbyists to work in the White House raises questions about how the Trump administration is enforcing the president’s executive order on ethics.

March 4, 2017
K Street, Trump, Lobbyist, Ethics

Trump’s Watered-Down Ethics Rules Allow Lobbyists To Run The Swamp

As a candidate, Trump regularly railed against lobbyists and led crowds in chants of “Drain the swamp!” But as president, Trump signed an executive order that weakened significant aspects of the Obama ethics policy, including scrapping a ban on lobbyists joining agencies they had recently lobbied.

February 12, 2017
Students, Visas, State Department, Trump Muslim Ban

A New State Department Order To Revoke Visas Could Have Far-Reaching Effects

The Trump travel ban could have far wider effects than previously understood for foreigners who waited years as State Department officials reviewed their immigrant visa applications. The new policy, disclosed yesterday, means that immigrants hoping to join their families in the U.S. from the affected countries may have to start the lengthy process all over again.

February 2, 2017
Muslim ban protest

Trump Ban Leaves 12-Year-Old Girl Facing Return To War-Torn Yemen

The Trump order, which bars citizens from Yemen and six other countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days, has left a 12- year-old girl in what amounts to a stateless limbo in Djibouti. She cannot join her American-citizen parents and family in the United States, and she has no roots or family in Djibouti.

January 30, 2017

How Trump Could Kill A Plan To Get You Overtime Pay

One of the first tests of Trump’s pledge to help workers will come in how his administration handles the complicated rules that govern who has the right to time-and-a-half overtime pay. At stake is the possibility of overtime pay for about 4 million workers around the country.

January 15, 2017
Puzder, Labor Secretary, Trump

Trump’s Pick For Labor Secretary Wrote A Deregulatory Manifesto

The single best window into Andrew Puzder’s thinking may be an obscure book he wrote six years ago. It’s a blistering attack on business regulations, unions, and the Obama administration’s stimulus and health-care policies.

December 16, 2016

From Russia With PR

by Justin Elliott, ProPublica. Today, Vladimir Putin wrote an op-ed about Syria in the New York Times. The piece was placed by the public-relations giant Ketchum, BuzzFeed reported. On Nov. 16, 2012, we explored how Ketchum placed pro-Russia op-eds in American publications by businesspeople and others without disclosing the role of the Russian government. Ketchum’s latest public filing says […]

September 12, 2013