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Saturday, March 24, 2018
Rick Scott

Florida GOP In Crisis As Major Donor Threatens To Pull Money Over Guns

Hoffman has donated millions of dollars to GOP causes and politicians, including Florida Gov. Rick Scott — a top recipient of NRA donations who maintains an “A+” rating from the NRA’s Political Victory Fund — and the Senate Leadership Fund, a group focused on defending Republicans’ majority in the Senate.

February 21, 2018
Mnuchin, Treasury Secretary, Trump

Treasury Secretary Unable To Explain Russia Sanctions Failure

In late January, Trump ignored the deadline to impose sanctions on Russian oligarchs, which was just the latest example of Trump’s suspicious reluctance to punish Russia for interfering in the 2016 presidential election. Or even acknowledge that it happened.

February 15, 2018

Americans Are Dying Because They Can’t Afford Medicine

A 38-year-old second-grade teacher and mom in Texas died of the flu this week after she’d delayed picking up her prescription medication because couldn’t afford the $116 copay. By Friday night, Heather Holland’s condition had worsened and she was taken to the hospital. She died Sunday morning.

February 13, 2018

Fleecing Financial Consumers, Enabled By Trump

A circle in hell has been set aside for financiers who fleece ordinary folks. This hot place has long rung with demands of death to the agency that protects working Americans from their pillage. President Trump is on the case as he tries to kill the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by putting its enemies in charge.

November 28, 2017
consumer bureau

One Job, 2 Chiefs As Drama Builds At Consumer Bureau

Two officials with starkly different views of the job staked claims Monday to be the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in a dramatic showdown over the leadership of the independent watchdog that spilled into a federal courtroom.

November 28, 2017

Smart Investors Disdain Trump’s Market High

A rich guy I know really, really dislikes Donald Trump. A member of the 1 percent, Jack (not his real name) thinks the president has sullied the country’s reputation and put democracy in danger. But I had to ask him this: “Aren’t you at least happy with the stock market?” He’s done quite well on that score, as have many investors.

October 26, 2017

Religious Right Using Hurricane Tragedies To Grab Public Funds For Churches

In between Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Trump took the time to plant a tweet bomb under the First Amendment. “Churches in Texas should be entitled to reimbursement from FEMA Relief Funds for helping victims of Hurricane Harvey (just like others),” he twittered.

October 16, 2017

Inspector General Debunks (Again) The IRS ‘Scandal’ That Never Was

The “IRS scandal” — the right-wing delusion that the Internal Revenue Service was disproportionately targeting conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status and slow-walking their approvals — began as a political hit job by a partisan Republican congressman. It matured into a full-fledged scandal, with President Barack Obama apologizing and the IRS commissioner resigning in disgrace.

October 6, 2017

For-Profit Schools Get State Dollars For Dropouts Who Rarely Drop In

Last school year, Ohio’s cash-strapped education department paid Capital High $1.4 million in taxpayer dollars to teach students on the verge of dropping out. But on a Thursday in May, students’ workstations in the storefront charter school run by for-profit EdisonLearning resembled place settings for a dinner party where most guests never arrived.

October 6, 2017
Internet, Online Sales Tax, House of Representative, Robert Goodlatte, Congress, Silicon Valley, Justice Kennedy, Technology, States Rights

Will Retailers Choose Price Tag System That Routinely Bilks Consumers?

In the beginning there were no fixed prices. Every transaction involved a negotiation between buyer and seller. Then in 1861, as Guardian reporter Tim Adams informs us, Philadelphia retailer John Wanamaker introduced price tags, along with the slogan, “If everyone was equal before God, then everyone would be equal before price.”

October 4, 2017

Hedge Funds, Oil, Fossil Fuels And Pharma Gave Money To The GOP

During the first half of the year in state legislatures, drug companies have fought bills to reduce medicine prices; the financial industry has tried to stop legislation to end special state tax breaks; and oil and gas firms have pushed to block environmental regulations.

July 13, 2017
Trump, Russia, Media

Did Trump Get A Big Tax Refund After 2005?

The pressure is growing to force President Trump to turn over his tax returns. The other day, for example, 200 Congressmen filed a suit in federal court, arguing that voters and lawmakers have a right to know whether Trump’s businesses are violating the Constitution’s emolument clause, which bars the president from accepting payments from foreign countries.

June 17, 2017

Much Wealth As Half The World’s Population

While Americans fixate on Trump, the super-rich are absconding with our wealth, and the plague of inequality continues to grow. An analysis of 2016 data found that the poorest five deciles of the world population own about $410 billion in total wealth.

June 13, 2017

A Federal Regulator Is Probing Wells Fargo’s Mortgage Practices

A consumer watchdog agency is following up on ProPublica’s reports that the scandal-ridden bank improperly charged fees to customers from Los Angeles to Oregon. Meanwhile, the bank is conducting its own inquiry.

June 7, 2017
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders holds up his notes while speaking about his attempts to influence the Democratic party's platform during a speech in Albany, New York, U.S., June 24, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Bernie Sanders Gives Budget Director Mick Mulvaney Epic Lesson On American Inequality

Shortly after the Trump administration unveiled its controversial budget proposal for 2018, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) totally dismantled the plan in a scathing op-ed.

May 26, 2017

The Art Of The Steal: Has Trump Finally Found Someone To Buy The Brooklyn Bridge?

At last, Trump has set the stage for a sequel to his first book of lies, The Art of the Deal—and in grand style. He’s found the right investor. He may have received a gold necklace from the Saudi king and looked regal;

May 25, 2017
Rep. John Lewis

John Lewis Hammers Steve Mnuchin Over Trump’s Sadistic Budget Cuts

“Mr. Secretary, I’ve often said that a budget proposal is a statement of values and priorities,” Lewis began. “This administration’s proposal makes crystal-clear that the hungry, the middle class, the elderly and the struggling will be left out and left behind.”

May 25, 2017
Trump, Executive Orders

The 15 Heartless Proposals In Trump’s Budget

Longtime federal budget experts quickly slammed the White House’s proposed 2018 budget on Tuesday. Its $1.4 trillion in cuts over the next decade would endanger tens of millions of households…

May 24, 2017

Yes, Trump Budget Would Cut Social Security (And Violate His Promise)

A number of usually reliable reporters were duped by White House spin that President Donald Trump’s draconian budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 to slash spending for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) was not a violation of his major campaign pledge to protect Social Security from cuts.

May 24, 2017
Trump Inauguration

Trump’s New Bank Regulator: Lawyer Who Helped Banks Charge More Fees

Keith Noreika helped big banks avoid state laws protecting consumers. As head of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, he now has the power to override those state laws.

May 16, 2017
White House

How To Fight The Republicans Who Voted For ‘Trumpcare’

Lots of liberals, and even some conservatives, are upset that House Republicans passed Thursday a health care bill that hadn’t been vetted by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) for its cost or effects, such as the loss of coverage for millions of Americans, as the CBO estimated for a prior version of the legislation. The GOP was apparently ready for it’s Obamacare replacement and ready for it now—but opponents also were ready to fight back.

May 5, 2017

Why Trump’s Tax Cut Looks Like Kansas Writ Large

The tax plan Trump outlined last week has echoes of the Sunflower State’s big 2012 tax cut, which precipitated a budget crisis that persists to this day. In large part, that’s because more people than expected took advantage of the state’s generous exemption for pass-through income.

May 2, 2017
Women's March

3 Big Anti-Trump Marches Coming Up: Tax March, Science March, Climate March

Don’t put away that protest sign or cut down on the calls to Congress just yet. The Trump administration has more fuel for the resistance fire, shocking Americans back into action just in time for three anti-Trump marches scheduled this month.

April 13, 2017
The Ernst & Young building rises above Times Square .

Ernst & Young To Pay $11.8 Million To Settle Audit Charges

Ernst & Young will pay $11.8 million to settle charges over “failed audits” of oil services company Weatherford International.

October 18, 2016

Mismanagement Cost NY Pension $3.8 Billion Over Eight Years

High fees paid to hedge fund managers whose strategies underperform have together cost New York’s public pension system $3.8 billion since 2008.

October 17, 2016