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Crony Cabinet
Trump EPA nominee Scott Pruitt

Like Phosphorus In Your Water? With Trump’s EPA, You’re In Luck!

Polluters have been whining about the EPA since it was signed into existence 47 years ago by that radical environmentalist Richard Nixon. Conflict was inevitable, and the EPA has been regularly vilified for meddling in local matters.

March 13, 2017
Trump, Mentally Ill

What Should We Do About A Mentally Ill President?

It’s time to face up to the obvious: The President of the United States is deranged. He is pathologically addicted to lying, bizarrely repeating his most blatant fabrications even after they’ve been totally debunked.

March 10, 2017
Trump. White House, Press Corps, Shill

Meet The Swamp Denizens Trump Has Quietly Installed Across The Government

Unlike appointees exposed to the scrutiny of the Senate, members of these so-called “beachhead teams” have operated largely in the shadows, with the White House declining to publicly reveal their identities.

March 9, 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
Trump, Cabinet, Sessions

5 Trump Cabinet Members Who’ve Made False Statements To Congress

As most of the world knows by now, Attorney General Jeff Sessions did not tell the truth when he was asked during his confirmation hearings about contacts with Russian officials. But Sessions isn’t the only one.

March 4, 2017
Ross, Trump

The Troubling Russian Connections Of Trump Nominee Wilbur Ross

Wilbur J. Ross, Jr., the billionaire investor who is one of Donald Trump’s closest advisors on trade and economics, has extensive Russian financial ties that the Senate must thoroughly explore before voting on his nomination as Commerce Secretary.

February 27, 2017
Bilden, Trump, Ethics

Another Trump Nominee Drops Out Amid Ethics Concerns

Philip Bilden, a former private equity investment manager who operated in Asia, had been nominated to be secretary of the Navy. He withdrew his nomination on Sunday, three weeks after Vincent Viola, a New York billionaire, withdrew his nomination to be secretary of the Army, also citing difficulty disengaging from his businesses.

February 27, 2017
Ross, Commerce, Trump

Trump’s Choice For Commerce Secretary Leaves Russia Questions Unanswered

Wilbur Ross is likely to be confirmed as President Donald Trump’s secretary of commerce Monday despite unanswered questions about his ownership of a Cyprus bank that caters to wealthy Russians.

February 26, 2017
Trump

President Trump’s Chaotic And Bizarre First Month Is Unprecedented

Presidential historians and veteran Washington correspondents say President Donald Trump’s first month in office — which has been marred by numerous scandals and vicious attacks on the press — is more “chaotic” and “bizarre” than any administration’s first month in history.

February 23, 2017
Environmental

In A Nod To The Energy Industry, Pruitt Says EPA Can Also Be Pro-Jobs

The new head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday that America need not choose between jobs and the environment, in a nod to the energy industry, as the White House prepares executive orders that could come as soon as this week to roll back Obama-era regulation.

February 21, 2017
Rick Perry, DOE

A Political Hustler To Run The Department Of Energy

There are valid reasons that should disqualify Perry from running a federal agency with 13,000 employees — plus 93,000 contract workers — and an annual budget of $30 million. Perry is, to put it kindly, not that bright. He lacks the experience to lead a large bureaucracy, despite the fact that he served as governor of Texas for 14 years. And he’s corrupt.

February 20, 2017
Pruitt

Senate Confirms Trump’s EPA Pick As White House Targets Regulation

The U.S. Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday over the objections of Democrats and environmentalists worried he will gut the agency. Democrats spoke through Thursday night and Friday morning on the Senate floor, trying to extend debate on Pruitt until later in February when 3,000 emails between him and energy companies will likely be revealed by a judge.

February 17, 2017
Working-class

Heaven Help The Little Guy In This Administration

Andrew Puzder’s replacement, Alexander Acosta, hails from an immigrant background (his parents came from Cuba), and he is a former U.S. attorney. But there is no reason to expect him to have any great compassion or concern for the little guy. Trump’s white working-class supporters are in for nothing but disappointment.

February 17, 2017
Income Inequality

How Runaway Inequality Helped To Elect Trump — And How It Can Defeat Him

Declining income brings with it a host of related social problems. As localities are starved for revenues, public safety and the sense of community deteriorate. The social fabric of decent living is imperiled. Extreme inequality fueled both the Sanders and the Trump revolts. While Sanders offered concrete plans to reverse it, Trump and the Republicans are sure to make it worse.

February 15, 2017
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) shows company documents to Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf during his testimony before a Senate Banking Committee hearing on the firm's sales practices on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Elizabeth Warren Forcefully Challenges Trump’s Labor Nominee

Elizabeth Warren has set the table for Andrew Puzder, the burger chain executive and Secretary of Labor nominee, with a blistering 28-page letter outlining the likely line of Democratic questioning in this Thursday’s confirmation hearings.

February 14, 2017
Andrew Puzder

Labor Nominee Puzder Faces Uncertainty As Confirmation Hearing Looms

Four Republican senators have not yet said whether they will support labor secretary nominee Andrew Puzder, raising suspense about whether he will survive an initial confirmation hearing this week. Puzder has faced staunch opposition from Democrats and protests from union-backed groups about policies at CKE’s food chains.

February 14, 2017

Puzder Owes Millions To Bank Seeking Labor Department Waiver

Trump’s nominee to head the Department of Labor personally owes millions of dollars to a convicted bank that is relying on the same department to waive sanctions for its crimes. The ties between embattled appointee Andrew Puzder and the multinational bank UBS were listed in federal documents, but they were not explicitly acknowledged in Puzder’s ethics agreement with federal regulators.

February 13, 2017
Trump

Hallelujah, President Trump Rushes To Aid The Needy!

Public opinion surveys consistently reveal that the great majority of us say that people on the lower rungs of the economic ladder — the poor and the failing middle class— are the ones Congress should focus on. But, then, regular people don’t run Congress — or Donald Trump’s White House.

February 10, 2017
pardons

Sessions Confirmed As Attorney General After Fierce Battle With Democrats

Jeff Sessions who has served two decades in the Senate from Alabama, was confirmed by a 52-47 vote after strong pushback from Democrats concerned about his record on civil rights. In a rare move for a senator recently confirmed to a Cabinet position, Sessions took to the floor of the chamber and called for members of Congress to have some “latitude” in their relationships with members of the other party.

February 9, 2017
Puzder, Trump, Labor Secretary

Senate Panel Finally Receives Ethics Filings For Labor Nominee Puzder

Tentative plans for Puzder’s hearing have been repeatedly postponed amid delays with a review by the Office of Government Ethics. Those stem from the complexities surrounding how Puzder will divest himself from CKE Restaurants, which is owned by private equity firm Roark Capital Group.

February 8, 2017
Schools

If Republicans Won’t Take A Stand On Incompetent DeVos, What Will They Take A Stand On?

Surely there are more than two Republican senators who are smart enough to realize that Betsy DeVos is underqualified and incompetent to lead the Department of Education. A few heads should be hanging with shame in the Senate. If they were unable to show basic guts in such a clear-cut matter, Americans can expect no courage from them in the worrisome years to come.

February 8, 2017
Betsy DeVos

In Rural America, DeVos’ Confirmation Could Spell Doom For Public Schools

DeVos’s free-market principles are on full display in Detroit, where for-profit charter school operators have sowed chaos without creating any educational gains. Detroit’s miserable educational outcomes are some of the worst in the nation, and liberals have pointed to them frequently in their objections to DeVos.

February 7, 2017
Trump

While We Are Distracted By Tweets, Trump Is Building A Corporate State

The destructive toll of Donald Trump’s presidency is beginning to emerge, foreshadowing what’s likely to come as the White House and congressional Republicans begin to reverse, repeal, and replace federal laws and regulations. While Trump’s red-state supporters may be cheering now, they’ll soon feel the consequences.

February 7, 2017
DeVos appointed lobbyists at Department of Education

Confirmed: Pence’s Unprecedented Tie-Breaking Vote Gives DeVos The Edge

President Trump’s choice of billionaire Betsy DeVos to be education secretary was confirmed by the Senate, but only after Vice President Pence was called in to break a tie that threatened to defeat her. The tie-breaking vote, which Senate officials said was unprecedented to confirm a president’s Cabinet nominee, came after two Republicans joined with 46 Democrats and two independents in opposition to DeVos.

February 7, 2017
Wealthy businessman Viola tapped for Army Secretary

Trump’s Pick For Army Secretary Drops Out

Vincent Viola, an Army veteran and founder of a high-speed trading firm nominated by U.S. President Donald Trump to be secretary of the Army, withdrew his name from consideration on Friday, a U.S. official said. According to reports, Viola’s inability to get around Defense Department rules concerning his family businesses as the reason for withdrawing his name.

February 4, 2017