Ivanka Trump Gets Chinese Trademarks Too

shortly after becoming president, Donald Trump was suddenly awarded multiple trademarks in China, which are worth potentially massive amounts of money (those trademarks had been tied up for 10 years prior to that). Now Ivanka Trump has also been awarded trademarks for her own name and products -- on the same day she had dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping. … [Read more...]

Trump Restocks the Swamp

After promising to "drain the swamp" in Washington of "special interests" (most meaningless phrase in politics) using the government for personal gain. Since then, he's done the bidding of big business at every turn and is bringing lobbyists into the government in large numbers. … [Read more...]

Report: Bharara Was Investigating HHS Secretary Tom Price

ProPublica, the multiple Pulitzer prize winning non-profit news organization that does amazing work, reports that former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara was investigating Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price when he was fired by Trump. The investigation focused on the shady stock deals he made in Congress. … [Read more...]

Don’t Forget the Goal of Global Warming Denialism

David Roberts takes note of the global warming denialism of new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, an avowed enemy of pretty much all environmental regulation, but he reminds us that there is an agenda at work here. And that agenda is paying off the people who pay to put them in office. … [Read more...]

Trump Rolling Back CAFE Standards Would Cost Money, Not Save It

Like virtually every other environmental measure, Trump is trying to roll back the CAFE standards for efficient engines in cars and trucks, on the premise that such regulations increase the price of cars. But in reality, doing so would actually cost consumers more money. … [Read more...]

Can Trump Get Tariffs Past a Republican Congress?

Donald Trump is not a traditional Republican in many ways, but perhaps the biggest way is his support for tariffs and protectionism. Republicans are traditionally more on the side of free trade. Which is why Trump is wavering on whether to try to get a "border tax" bill passed by Congress. … [Read more...]

Sessions Reverses Obama Policy on Private Prisons

Last year the Obama administration announced that it would stop using private prison companies to house federal inmates, but now Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have reversed that policy. Because of course they have. Where else are they gonna put all those dangerous marijuana users after the crackdown? … [Read more...]

Trump’s Reckless and Dangerous Attack on the EPA

How do you destroy one of the most important federal agencies? By appointing one of its enemies to lead it and by undermining its ability to do its job. That's what Trump is doing to the EPA, promising to do away with 75% of its regulations. The results will be bad. … [Read more...]

The Netanyahu Scandal Just Gets Worse and Worse

New excerpts of the recordings made of conversations between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and newspaper publisher Arnon Mozes have been released and they pretty much kill any defense of Netanyahu. He outright promises to bury a Shelden Adelson's rival publication. … [Read more...]

The Huge Conflict of Interest for Trump’s SEC Nominee

Last week Donald Trump nominated longtime Wall Street lawyer Jay Clayton to head the Securities and Exchange Commission, which regulates much of Wall Street. That fact alone creates obvious conflicts of interest, but Matt Taibbi points out another key fact that makes it all much worse. … [Read more...]

Trump Owes $1.5 Billion to 150 Companies

The Wall Street Journal has done a study of companies that Donald Trump either completely or partially owns and found that they are in debt to the tune of $1.5 billion, creating massive potential conflicts of interest for him as president. I can't access the WSJ article, so I'm using a report in the Independent. … [Read more...]

Trump Adds Another Alligator to the Swamp

Remember "drain the swamp"? Remember when Trump ran against Wall Street, saying that he would be on the side of Joe Six Pack against big business? You can be forgiven if you don't because the moment he took office he began adding more alligators to it. The latest: … [Read more...]