by on June 29, 2018
Yesterday a lot of speculation came out about Anthony Kennedy’s motivations for retiring from the Supreme Court, and what his connections are to the Trump family.   For example, someone wrote on Democratic Underground: “Given the reported ties between Anthony Kennedy and Trump/Kushner there should be a thorough investigation of Kennedy and his family to see whether or not his retirement was bought.” The fact is that there is a long history of “back channels” and very extensive finan...
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by on May 10, 2018
Vice President Pence speaks at event on tax policy in Charlotte, on April 20. Of the many ways in which Vice President Pence differs from his boss, few are as immediately striking as his ability to offer precisely the most practiced response to any probing question no matter the circumstances. President Trump is known for dropping huge boulders into small ponds just to see what happens; Pence’s job is often to take a rippling body of water and coax it back into smoothness. Pence doesn’t u...
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by on January 22, 2018
A voter registration event in Philadelphia last year. Critics say Pennsylvania’s Congressional district map is one of the most gerrymandered in the country. Pennsylvania’s congressional district map is a partisan gerrymander that “clearly, plainly and palpably” violates the state’s Constitution, the State Supreme Court said on Monday, adding to a string of court decisions striking down political maps that unduly favor one political party. The court banned the current map of the state’s...
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by on May 24, 2018
Responding to teacher walkouts across the country, congressional Democrats on Tuesday proposed raising teachers’ salaries by canceling the tax cut for the nation’s top 1 percent of earners. The Republican-controlled Congress was unlikely to support the idea of giving states and school districts $50 billion over a decade to fund the teacher raises at the expense of dismantling the hard-won tax bill. But the proposal gives Democrats an issue they can use ahead of the November midterm...
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by on June 16, 2018
The judge in Stormy Daniels‘ case against Michael Cohen and President Donald Trump responded Friday to Cohen’s application for a restraining order prohibiting Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti from talking about the case publicly. Cohen didn’t get his wish–at least not yet–but he did get a strong message from the court. Cohen had filed an ex parte application for a temporary restraining order against Avenatti. This means that instead of notifying and serving Avenatti, Cohen filed his appli...
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by on June 16, 2018
A former attorney to the chief counsel of the IRS who specialized in nonprofit organizations is urging the agency to open an investigation into the Trump Foundation, President Trump's personal charitable foundation. In an op-ed for The New York Times, Philip Hackney argued that Trump could be prosecuted for evading taxes on some of his "self-dealing" payments, as well as for making false statements on tax filings. Trump is "criminally liable for his actions," Hackney wrote. The op-e...
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by on May 26, 2018
President Donald Trump on Friday signed three executive orders designed to make it easier to fire federal government workers and to crack down on the unions that represent them, drawing immediate criticism from a group representing federal employees. U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the commissioning and graduation ceremony for U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2018 at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland, U.S., May 25, 2018. Administration officials said the or...
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by on April 30, 2018
Comedian refuses to hold back while attacking president, his press secretary and daughter Michelle Wolf started as she meant to go on. “Good evening, here we are at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner,” she greeted guests at Saturday’s prestigious media dinner in Washington. “Like a porn star says when she’s about to have sex with Trump, let’s get this over with.” It got more risqué – and more brutal – from there. The annual black tie event – held for 3,000 members of the US m...
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by on February 12, 2018
A look at the long-shot districts that Democrats are targeting in the midterms. Welcome back to House Party, our column looking at the 2018 House of Representative races as midterms approach. Welcome to the final installment of our intro series, where we’re really getting into the weeds. These are traditionally Republican districts with entrenched incumbents. Democrats can win the House without winning any of these, and right now only a few are on national radars. But there a...
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by on April 2, 2018
The first figure in the Russia investigation is expected to be sentenced Tuesday, though he could escape any jail time. Alexander van der Zwaan, the 33-year-old London-based lawyer who worked with President Trump’s campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates in Ukraine, has pleaded guilty to lying to investigators. The former lawyer for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom admitted that he originally withheld information on 2016 exchanges he had with Gates and a “person A,” when speaki...
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by on February 9, 2018
Hurricane Maria left her atelier without power. Her seamstresses lost everything and her house flooded. But Puerto Rican designer Stella Nolasco put tragedy behind her to bring a color and optimism to New York Fashion Week, laced with a clear political message. She was just starting to prepare for her fall/winter 2018 collection when the monster storm tore through the island on September 20, devastating the US territory and leaving Puerto Rico without power or telecommunications for months. ...
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by on April 9, 2018
However, the court gives the former Trump campaign chair a list of assets that could secure his release from house arrest. Paul Manafort fell short in the latest of several attempts to assemble money, property and pledges to meet the $10 million bail amount set by U.S. District Court Amy Berman Jackson. A judge handling one of the criminal cases against Paul Manafort has again denied bail to the former Trump campaign chairman, but this time the court gave Manafort what could amount to ...
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