October 31, 2017

Ivanka and Jared’s Ethics Lawyer Somehow Wins Ethics Award

Since Donald Trump was elected president, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have  demonstrated a remarkably troubling record regarding adherence to government ethics standards and disclosure requirements. Yet somehow their chief ethics lawyer, Washington corporate attorney Jamie Gorelick, has just been honored by a legal group as one of a group of lawyers who are “making
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October 30, 2017

Trump Terrible 10: Manafort Indictment Edition

Since mid-2017, Republic Report‘s “Trump Terrible 10” has ranked the week’s 10 most disgraceful figures in the Trump administration. Republic Report, which focuses on how money corrupts democracy, has met its abusive dream mate with the kleptocratic administration of President Donald J. Trump. Trump and his lieutenants personify how money and greed, mixed with disrespect for constitutional values,
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October 25, 2017

Trump Populism Has Won the GOP Civil War? Not a Chance

I’m puzzled by the claims we’ve heard in the media all day, triggered by the retreats of establishment conservative senators Jeff Flake and Bob Corker, that Trump “populists” have won the GOP civil war. While Roy Moore did win his Alabama senate primary over Mitch McConnell ally Luther Strange, and Steve Bannon preens around the
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October 25, 2017

List of Dept. of Education’s Borrower Defense Negotiators

This morning the Department of Education emailed to individuals selected for its negotiated rulemaking committee for borrower defense, and financial responsibility subcommittee, a list of all negotiators.  Here’s who the Department selected. Borrower Defenses and Financial Responsibility Negotiated Rulemaking Committee 2017-2018 Federal Negotiator U.S. Department of Education       Annmarie Weisman      
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October 24, 2017

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is a Disgrace

It’s increasingly clear that Trump Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has the awful ethics and values of, let’s say, a Donald Trump. Let’s count some of the ways: 1. As reported just today, Zinke has been and remains active in funneling money to scam political committees that rip off elderly donors by taking their money and
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October 24, 2017

FTC Slaps Wrist of For-Profit College Marketer That Tricked Vets; Many Bad Wrists Remain

Last week the Federal Trade Commission announced it had reach a proposed settlement with a Pittsburgh-based marketing company called Victory Media. Victory had drawn attention for websites and print magazines that deceptively pitched a large audience of military troops and veterans on Kaplan University and other for-profit colleges with poor records of serving students. The
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October 23, 2017

General Kelly, General Dunford Met the Press. One Was Better.

Watching General John Kelly and then General Joseph Dunford brief the press in the same week, both addressing the deaths of Sgt. La David Johnson and three other Green Berets in Niger, was revealing. In his Thursday appearance in the White House press room, retired Marine General and Trump White House Chief of Staff Kelly
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October 20, 2017

Trump Terrible 10: Total and Complete Disgrace Edition

Congratulations, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. This week there was so much disgracefulness that, for once, you’re out of the countdown. (#11, according to our data.) President Trump, though, stick around. You’re definitely high in the ratings. Since mid-2017, Republic Report‘s “Trump Terrible 10” has ranked the week’s 10 most disgraceful figures in the Trump administration. Republic
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