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#EndorseThis: John Oliver Shatters Your Illusions About Ivanka And Jared

As John Oliver recites the impressive list of Jared’s assigned tasks — from bringing peace to the Middle East to remaking the federal government — the audience laughs uproariously. Unlike various cable show personalities and hired hacks, they’re in on the joke. For those who aren’t, Oliver presents the true facts about Kushner’s actual background, which render his rise to power all the more astonishing and unnverving. As for Ivanka, who poses as a “moderating influence” on her loony dad, Oliver points out how she essentially says nothing of substance yet does everything possible to bolster her father — no matter how extreme his words and actions.

April 24, 2017
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#EndorseThis: Ivanka Trump Is Not Your Secret Progressive Buddy

As Samantha Bee observes, Ivanka’s press clippings suggest she is lobbying her loony dad for sanity and decency. But the Full Frontal host warns liberals against fantasizing that Ivanka, nominated to the Great Feminists in Feminism Herstory Hall of Lady Fame, is their “secret progressive buddy.”

April 6, 2017
Trevor Noah on Trump family ethics

#EndorseThis: Trevor Noah Asks Us To Imagine How The Trump Era Might End

Nobody keeps closer tabs on the snarled ethics of the Trump family than Trevor Noah. In his latest, the Daily Show host recalls how only months ago, during an interview with ABC correspondent Barbara Walters, First Daughter Ivanka promised not to accept a nepotistic White House job. “I’m going to be a daughter,” she simpered, […]

April 3, 2017
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Danziger: It’s Not Nepotism, It’s Feminism

Jeff Danziger’s award-winning drawings are published by more than 600 newspapers and websites. He has been a cartoonist for the Rutland Herald, the New York Daily News and the Christian Science Monitor; his work has appeared in newspapers from the Wall Street Journal to Le Monde and Izvestia. Represented by the Washington Post Writers Group, he is a […]

March 30, 2017
Ivanka Trump, White House

Ivanka Trump Taking On Formal White House Role

Although Ivanka Trump already had a West Wing office — as does her husband, senior adviser Jared Kushner — she now will have “increased opportunities to lead initiatives driving real policy benefits for the American public that would not have been available to her previously,” a White House spokesman said.

March 30, 2017
Ivanka Trump, Nordstrom

What Good Is Ivanka Trump? The President’s Daughter Is More Than Complicit—She’s a Chip Off The Old Block

Even as she has publicly stated support for feminist-lite tenets about workplace equality and closing the gender wage gap—as if capitalism will solve this whole sexism thing—Ivanka has never shown much interest in social justice as a passion or a hobby. She has definitely never addressed the virulent racism of her father’s campaign or his followers, except to deny it exists. When her father’s misogyny has been on full display, Ivanka has has mostly remained mum.

March 27, 2017
Kushner's weekly paper published article urging crackdown on dissent

White House Power Player Jared Kushner Keeps Part Of His Real Estate Empire

While the White House would only say that Kushner retains some real estate holdings, Kushner does have to file a financial disclosure form that will give more details about what he owns. That filing may also shed light on what assets Kushner divested in the preceding year.

February 25, 2017
Danziger on Daddy's girl

Danziger: Daddy’s Girl

If you’re a senior staffer in need of presidential approval amid the cut-throat intrigues of the Trump White House, Danziger recommends buying and wearing some of “Ivanka’s stuff.” (It worked for Kellyanne Conway.)

February 16, 2017
Conway, ethics

Ethics Office: White House Should Weigh Disciplinary Action Against Conway

The ethics office has little enforcement power, but it can formally recommend disciplinary action if the White House does not act. That recommendation would not be binding, and the process would take until late April or early May. If the ethics office does formally recommend discipline, it would be up to the White House to decide any steps against Conway.

February 15, 2017
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Did Kellyanne Conway Break The Law By Plugging Ivanka’s Brand?

“Go buy Ivanka’s stuff …I’m going to go get some myself today,” Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway told Fox News in an interview from the White House. “I’m going to give a free commercial here: Go buy it today, everybody.” Norman Eisen, who served as an ethics adviser to Obama, said Conway’s comments amounted to an advertisement and violated government ethics law.

February 9, 2017
Ivanka Trump, Nordstrom

Trump Blasts Nordstrom, Raising New Concern On Business Ties

In response to the Twitter comment Trump posted criticizing Nordstrom, White House spokesman Sean Spicer characterized the company’s action as a “direct attack” on the president’s policies. Nordstrom said it routinely cuts brands each year and that the decision to pass on the Ivanka Trump brand had been based on its performance.

February 8, 2017
Trump, Blind Trust, Ethics

Trump Promised To Resign From His Companies — But There’s No Record He’s Done So

To transfer ownership of his biggest companies, Trump has to file a long list of documents in Florida, Delaware and New York. ProPublica asked officials in each of those states whether they have received the paperwork. The officials said they have not.

January 23, 2017
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Justice Department: Trump Son-In-Law Kushner Can Serve As White House Adviser

The Justice Department said the president has special hiring authority that exempts White House positions from laws barring the president from naming a relative to lead a federal agency. However, if Trump chooses to officially hire Kushner and also give him security clearance, then conflict-of-interest laws would apply.

January 23, 2017
Ivanka, Donald Trump, Tax

Searching For Integrity In Trumplandia

We’ve been suckered with this tax holiday scam before. In 2004, George W. Bush pulled it on us — and instead of creating jobs, the corporate tax-dodgers eliminated thousands more of our jobs! The way to know whether or not Trump’s tax holiday will benefit workers is to see if it requires that corporations actually create the thousands of good jobs promised before they get the tax break. Anything less is just another swindle.

January 11, 2017
Kushner, Trump, Nepotism

Ignoring Anti-Nepotism Law, Kushner To Be Named Trump Senior Adviser

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will appoint his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to the position of senior adviser to the president, media outlets reported on Monday, a potentially thorny choice in the face of anti-nepotism law.

January 9, 2017
Danziger imagines Trump voters shopping for Ivanka's desig

Danziger: Ivanka, Wearing Thin

Danziger imagines the scene in a department store when Trump voters show up to try on the Ivanka line.

January 1, 2017
Trump, King Henry VIII

Trump Is Like King Henry VIII Revived — Without The Charm

The 45th American president, Donald Trump, is reminiscent of one English Tudor king, known for his reddish hair, huge body heft, six wives of various nationalities and, um, forceful personality. Yes, Trump is like King Henry VIII revived — without the charm the early Henry famously had. Trump has neither poetry nor music to compensate for his rough edges.

December 31, 2016
Women's Magazines

Why People Are Turning To Women’s Magazines For Quality Political Coverage

In the small world of politics and media, one of a few tropes emerged this year: astonishment — isolated and seemingly brand-new each time — when woman-centered outlets published high-quality political reporting and opinion pieces.

December 31, 2016
On Christmas Eve, Trump announced his foundation will shut down

On Christmas Eve, Trump Announces His Foundation Will Shut Down

A spokeswoman for New York state attorney general Eric Schneiderman said on Saturday that Trump cannot shut down his foundation while the state’s investigation is ongoing.

December 24, 2016
Obama tries to school Trump on Veep succession

#EndorseThis: Sorry, Ivanka — But The Veep Succeeds The President

In a secretly recorded call, Obama tries to school Trump on the basics of his important new job, including such matters as who will take over should anything untoward happen to him in the next four years. When Obama gently explains that the vice president is constitutionally first in the line of succession, a whiny voice breaks in from the background, revealing that Ivanka herself nurtures an overwhelming, Evita-like ambition.

December 20, 2016
Ivanka Trump, White House

Will Ivanka Trump Have An Office In The White House?

According to CNN, the president-elect’s transition team are planning an “office for the First Family” in the East Wing of the presidential estate, where First Lady Michelle Obama currently works.

December 16, 2016
Cartoon: Ivanka gets Dad's advice on her failing fashion line

Cartoon: Ivanka Is Troubled

Ivanka Trump seeks Dad’s advice about her failing fashion business.

November 27, 2016
Seth Meyers reviews Trump's shady foreign deals

#EndorseThis: Are Trump’s Shady Foreign Deals Unconstitutional Too?

Evidently President-elect Trump believes he can disregard the ethical obligations that have bound his predecessors.

November 23, 2016
Trump family values: Outraged calls flood House Oversight Committee phone lines over conflicts of interest

House Oversight Committee Phones Jammed By Angry Calls Over Trump Conflicts Of Interest

The oversight committee’s phones backed up on Friday after a Facebook post calling for an investigation of Trump’s finances went viral.

November 19, 2016
Seth Meyers on the troubled Trump transition

#EndorseThis: “A Closer Look” At The Troubled Trump Transition

Seth Meyers brought it on Tuesday with “A Closer Look,” including sharp words for the Donald, special adviser Steve Bannon, and even daughter Ivanka — who apparently sees the constitutional transfer of power as a great opportunity to peddle her branded jewelry.

November 16, 2016