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Drain the swamp
Danziger

Danziger: Up The Creek

July 27, 2017
swamp

#EndorseThis: Seth Meyers Ventures Into Trump’s Undrained Swamp

Checking in on the president’s often-repeated campaign promise to reform the business of government — by banning lobbyists, enforcing ethics, and stemming the influence of big money — Seth Meyers finds that the swamp is just as dank and dismal as ever.

May 25, 2017
Danziger

Danziger: “Drain The Swamp”? Or Drain The Treasury?

To Danziger, “drain the Treasury” seems more apt a motto for the Trump administration than “drain the swamp” — and if nobody is paying attention, they’ll get away with it.

May 21, 2017
Danziger on Bannon and Manafort

Danziger: Swamp Things

With Paul Manafort long ousted from Trump’s inner circle, and Steve Bannon apparently headed toward the White House exit, Danziger foresees an ominous partnership between these practitioners of dark politics.

April 15, 2017
Mar-a-Lago

#EndorseThis: How Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Trips Fleece Taxpayers

Trump’s constant weekend golfing visits to Mar-a-Lago, his Palm Beach estate and private club, have cost us tens of millions of dollars already — and are projected to cost far more, depending how long he remains president. In the meantime, the grifting Trumps are actually profiting from his use of the “Southern White House” for high-profile meetings with heads of state.

April 14, 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
Sanders

Bernie Sanders Exposes Glaring Falsehoods In Trump’s ‘Unifying’ Address

Former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear issued a formal Democratic response to Trump’s address to Congress on Tuesday. But the most blistering reply may have belonged to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT), who took to Facebook shortly thereafter.

March 1, 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
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
loyalty

This Washington ‘Swamp’ Has No Drain!

For an industry premised on dealmaking, the return of one-party rule in Washington offers the welcome end to political gridlock. That means major policy changes are in the works, which promise to fundamentally alter billion-dollar industries. Far from draining the swamp, the Trump administration is poised to make it rain.

February 9, 2017
Danziger: Trump's Friends like the Swamp

Danziger: Swamp Things

Did Trump say he was going to drain the swamp? Jeff Danziger sees him pondering his own vows in the muck, among the dangerous and dirty swamp critters who have always known better than to believe a word he says.

December 23, 2016
pledge

Donald Trump’s Values Are In Direct Conflict With The Founding Fathers’

The United States has stood as a beacon to the world — a “shining city on a hill” — because of the values we represent, and Trump’s autocratic and ethnocentric views are the absolute antithesis of what this great nation has stood for and a violation of the spirit of the Founding Fathers.

December 23, 2016
Corey Lewandowski admits on Fox that drain the swamp is not Trump priority

#EndorseThis: Corey Confesses Trump Gang Is Joining Swamp, Not Draining It

Corey Lewandowski, former Trump campaign manager, CNN commentator, and Koch brothers minion, is about to move from his New Hampshire home to Washington, D.C., where he plans to open his own little consulting outfit in that same ole swamp — collecting big bucks from special interests that want him to carry their contracts to the White House.

December 22, 2016
Trump, Intelligence Briefings

19 Things Trump Would Rather Do Than Attend Intelligence Briefings

A comprehensive list of the things that President-elect Donald Trump would rather do than attend the daily top-secret intelligence briefings.

December 18, 2016
Now He Tells Us - Truth Trump Comes Out

#EndorseThis: Now He Tells Us, Revealing ‘Truth Trump’

When Donald Trump turns into Truth Trump at a Wisconsin rally: “You’ve been hearing me say it’s a rigged system. But now I don’t say that any more, because I won. Now, I don’t care. I don’t care!”

December 15, 2016
health care

Trumpism Looks Like Mainstream Conservatism — So Far

In Trump’s picks for economic and domestic policymaking jobs, there’s a consistent underlying thread. Most of them could have been nominated by any GOP nominee. There’s nary a populist among them — not even the conservative kind.

December 8, 2016
Mcgahn picked for Trump's White House counsel

Trump’s Pick For Legal Advisor Shows He’s Dead Set On Nuking Democracy

Donald McGahn served as ethics advisor to the corrupt former Rep. Tom Delay, supported Citizens United as head of the FEC, paved the way for super PACs, and recently worked for the Koch brothers.

November 29, 2016