A new Texas non-profit led by Donald Trump's sons Donald Jr. and Eric is offering access to their father during presidential inauguration weekend in exchange for million-dollar donations to unnamed "conservation" charities. The donor's identities may remain secret. During the campaign, Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton "the most corrupt" for allegedly selling access while she was Secretary of State, calling it a "vast pay-for-play scheme." He's not even president yet and his family's openly selling access to him in contravention of the law.
No link until tomorrow. Newsweek: Kurt Eichenwald will be reporting that during Turkey's Erdoğan's call to Trump to congratulate him, Trump brought up the positive role of the Doğan family's played in building the two Trump towers in Şişli, Istanbul. read more
The Department of the Army will not approve an easement that would have allowed the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota, the Army's Assistant Secretary for Civil Works announced today in a statement. The Army claimed in a statement that Assistant Secretary for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy based her decision on a need to explore "alternate routes for the Dakota Access Pipeline crossing." Native American groups and environmental activists have been protesting since summer to block construction of the 1,172-mile pipeline that would have cut across four states and transport crude oil from North Dakota's oil fields to refinery markets in Illinois.
Trump tweeted out "I worked hard with Bill Ford to keep the Lincoln plant in Kentucky. I owed it to the great State of Kentucky for their confidence in me!"
Trouble is he didn't work hard with Bill Ford at all. He didn't have anything to do with this. Ford never was going to move Lincoln from Kentucky. read more