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Donald Trump, Jr.

Donald Trump Jr.’s India Speech Mixes Business And Politics In The Worst Way

The eldest of President Donald Trump son’s will give a speech titled “Reshaping Indo-Pacific Ties: The New Era of Cooperation” this week in New Delhi at the Global Business Summit. According to Trump Jr., he’s in the region to sell condos at Trump-branded buildings, and the State Department says he has not coordinated with the administration on the travel.

February 22, 2018
Protesters march around the perimeter of the White House in Washington, DC, during the annual lighting of the Christmas Tree ceremony on December 4, 2014 to protest the death of an unarmed black man by a New York police officer (AFP/Paul J. Richards)

DC Police And Prosecutors Collude With Far Right To Jail Protesters

Washington, D.C., police and federal prosecutors have been collaborating with notorious right-wing groups known for fascist statements and using doctored videos to ambush their targets in an attempt to convict and jail protesters from President Trump’s inauguration.

February 15, 2018
Former federal prosecutor Chris Hunter is running for Congress as a Democrat.(Chris Hunter for Congress)

Prosecutors Join Fight Against Trump By Running For Congress

Tired of the wild, reckless and partisan attacks that Trump and Republicans have been hurling against the FBI, a string of former prosecutors have come forward to run for Congress in hopes of unseating members of the GOP this year. One such candidate is Chris Hunter, a former FBI agent and federal prosecutor, running in Florida’s 12th District.

February 14, 2018
Executive Orders, Trump, Immigrant

Top Trump Aide To Leave After Battery Allegations

White House staff secretary Rob Porter — a near-constant fixture at President Donald Trump’s side — has resigned from his post, after two ex-wives publicly accused him of domestic abuse. The White House said Porter denied the allegations and retains the confidence of Trump and his chief of staff John Kelly, but would be leaving his post at an undetermined time.

February 8, 2018
Rep. Cris Dush

To Preserve Gerrymanders, GOP Mounts Judicial Coups

Hyper-partisan Republican legislators in Pennsylvania are now seeking to impeach five state Supreme Court justices who last month overturned the state’s congressional maps drawn in 2011 in an extreme gerrymander that gave the GOP twice as many U.S. House seats as Democrats.

February 8, 2018
Sessions, Department Of Justice

Trump Justice Department Debunks Uranium One ‘Scandal’

Days after the GOP’s now-infamous gotcha memo attacking the FBI became a punchline, and a week after the implosion of the GOP’s claim that a rogue “secret society” operating inside the FBI was trying to take down Trump, the party’s other major planned distraction — a Hillary Clinton gotcha story revived from 2015 — has now also been debunked.

February 8, 2018
FBI

Nunes Preparing More Memos On State And Justice Departments

According to a new Axios report, the propagandistic memo from Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) is just the beginning of Republicans’ war on government agencies that don’t fall into line behind President Donald Trump’s authoritarian administration.

February 6, 2018
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Supreme Court Rejects GOP Gerrymandering, Boosting Democrats’ Midterm Chances

Democrats in Pennsylvania got more good news ahead of the midterm elections on Monday, when the U.S. Supreme Court let stand the state Supreme Court’s recent ruling that Pennsylvania’s congressional districts must be immediately redrawn in a fairer manner.

February 6, 2018
judges

When Enough Is Enough: The Trumping Of The Courts

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell likes to tell the story about the time he looked President Barack Obama in the eye, after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, and told the president, by his own account, “You will not fill this Supreme Court vacancy.”

January 14, 2018

Why The 25th Amendment Route For Dumping Trump Will Probably Remain A Fantasy

Democrats and Republicans who are desperate to end Donald Trump’s presidency are looking with renewed interest at the U.S. Constitution’s 25th Amendment, which provides a path for the vice president, Cabinet and Congress to remove a president if he is deemed “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”

January 14, 2018
Trump, FBI, Twitter

Haiti Accuses Trump Of Laundering Money For Former Dictator ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier

More than a fifth of Trump’s condominiums in the U.S. have been purchased since the 1980s in secretive cash transactions that fit a Treasury Department definition of suspicious transactions, reported Buzzfeed News.

January 14, 2018

Jeff Sessions Gives A Boost To Legalization Of Pot

For those who favor legalizing recreational and medical use of marijuana, there is plenty of bad news in Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to reverse the Justice Department’s previous hands-off policy toward state experimentation. He ordered federal prosecutors “to enforce the laws enacted by Congress.”

January 12, 2018
Deutsche Bank, Trump

Trump Administration Gives Lucrative Waiver To Trump’s Bank

The Trump administration has waived part of the punishment for five megabanks whose affiliates were convicted and fined for manipulating global interest rates. One of the Trump administration waivers was granted to Deutsche Bank — which is owed at least $130 million by President Donald Trump and his business empire, and has also been fined for its role in a Russian money laundering scheme.

January 11, 2018
Memo

Nervous Trump Hints He Might Refuse To Meet With Mueller

At a joint press conference with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Trump tried to cushion the blow by only calling on two reporters, both from conservative outlets, but still could not manage to avoid making devastatingly bad news for himself.

January 11, 2018
Supreme Court

How The Supreme Court Could Empower The GOP Election Hijacking Crew

On Tuesday, a U.S. District Court in New Jersey reversed a 36-year-old court order barring the Republican National Committee from using a voter-ambush technique known as “caging,” which its insiders notoriously used to purge Democrats from voter rolls.

January 11, 2018
Robert Mueller

Wolff: White House Fears Mueller Probing Trump Finances

The author of the explosive tell-all book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House suggested the investigation into whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election had raised questions over whether Mueller’s reach would extend to the president’s finances.

January 10, 2018
dossier

Democratic Senator Drops Bomb On GOP By Releasing Russia Dossier Transcript

In a surprising move that defied foot-dragging Republicans in Congress, California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein released a crucial set of transcripts that have become the target of a protracted battle in connection with the ongoing Russia investigation.

January 10, 2018
dancing monkeys

Trump’s Dancing Monkeys Break Bipartisan Hearts

Sen. Lindsey Graham’s reputation as an honorable conservative lies like a ripped-up banana peel at the bottom of the baboon cage. What happened? What turned the principled voice from South Carolina, respected by Republicans and Democrats alike, into one of Donald Trump’s dancing monkeys?

January 9, 2018
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Nervous Trump Lawyers Worry He’ll Commit Perjury In Front Of Mueller

As questions mount about Donald Trump’s mental capacity, White House lawyers are trying to devise a strategy where he will be able to answer questions about possible Russia collusion from special counsel Robert Mueller, but without having to do so face-to-face.

January 9, 2018
Kushner companies

Kushner Real Estate Company Investigated By SEC

The SEC issued a subpoena to the company, Kushner Companies, requesting information regarding its use of the EB-5 program, in May of 2017. The investment-for-visa program offers immigrants green cards in exchange for an investment of at least $500,000 to a select group of U.S. businesses.

January 8, 2018
Paul Ryan,Mac Thornberry

Do Republicans Still Believe In States’ Rights?

When Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the Cole Memo on Thursday, giving federal prosecutors leeway to go after marijuana in states where the drug is legal, he opened up a fiery debate on whether the Republican Party still stands by one of its core planks: States’ rights.

January 7, 2018

FBI Deputy Director Was Warned Of Potential Conflicts

Republicans, including President Donald Trump, have accused McCabe of being biased towards Clinton in the FBI’s investigation of her. Those allegations began in October 2016, when The Wall Street Journal reported that McCabe’s wife received contributions for her state senate campaign from Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a close political ally of Clinton.

January 7, 2018
Kushner

Trump Campaign Digital Director Throws Jared Kushner, Eric Trump Under The Bus

Brad Parscale, digital director for the Trump campaign, took to Twitter Friday to hit back at claims made by author Michael Wolff in the book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” an explosive new tell-all about the Trump administration. But while Parscale was trying to defend Donald Trump, he ended up throwing two members of Trump’s own family under the bus instead.

January 7, 2018
Ivanka Trump 2017

Special Counsel Now Looking At Ivanka’s Russian Contacts

Now, Mueller’s team wants to know more about the first daughter’s communication with attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya and lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin. The exchange reportedly took place as the two were leaving the Trump Tower meeting, which was also attended by Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

January 7, 2018
trump

The Trump Disaster: One Year Later, Still Getting Worse

The friends who surrounded President-elect Donald Trump a year ago have become his enemies. Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, once a stalwart ally, is a “liar,” say Trump’s lawyers. Former campaign strategist Steve Bannon, once a political guru, has “lost his mind,” according to the president.

January 7, 2018