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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Pump And Trump: How His Firm’s Crooked Operations Circled The Globe

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica.

This story was co-published with WNYC..

By Heather Vogell, ProPublica, with Andrea Bernstein and Meg Cramer, WNYC, and Peter Elkind, ProPublica


Since Donald Trump’s fortunes came surging back with the success of The Apprentice 14 years ago, his deals have often been scrutinized for the large number of his partners who have ventured to the very edges of the law, and sometimes beyond. Those associates have included accused money launderers, alleged funders of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and a felon who slashed someone in the face with a broken margarita glass.

Trump and his company have typically countered by saying they were merely licensing his name on these real estate projects in exchange for a fee.

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McConnell Urging ‘Bipartisan’ Cuts In Social Security And Medicare

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.


Less than a year after Republicans passed their scam to give massive tax breaks to the ultra-wealthy — adding more than $1 trillion to the deficit — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is now pushing for cuts to Medicare and Social Security to make up the difference.

Republicans, who rammed their bill through the Senate without a single Democratic vote, were warned last year that their tax bill would explode the deficit, but they didn’t care, even though they routinely claimed concern about it when Barack Obama was president.

“I have little question that as long as this president is in the Oval Office, a real solution is probably unattainable,” McConnell said in 2011.…

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Why Corrupt Public Officials Have Less To Fear From Trump

Reprinted with permission from DCReport.


Under Donald Trump, federal corruption prosecutions dropped by nearly a quarter, Syracuse University researchers found after analyzing detailed new Justice Department data.

The long-term trend shows that under Trump a steady decline in federal law enforcement efforts against government corruption is accelerating. Trump has repeatedly attacked the Justice Department and the FBI, including delusional rhetoric based on conspiracy theories about a  “deep state” that he says is out to get him. In September, at a rally for his 2020 re-election campaign, he accused the agencies of not doing their jobs and indicated he wants them to prosecute Hillary Clinton.…

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