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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Federal Judge Peter J. Messitte has just ruled in favor of two attorney generals seeking to subpoena the Trump organization relating to President Trump unlawfully receiving emoluments from foreign and domestic governments.

D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine and Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh can now subpoena the Trump organization, thereby forcing them to preserve documents in relation to President Trump's alleged indiscretions.

The case advances a very high-profile attempt to see if President Trump is violating the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution, which precludes him from receiving gifts from foreign or state governments. The Trump Organization will be compelled to comply with the court's ruling. read more


A string of corporate giants have said that they would give back to shareholders any gains they make from corporate tax cuts proposed in the GOP's tax plan, Bloomberg News reported, undercutting Republican claims that the revenues will quickly trickle down to workers.

The comments from company executives -- including those at Cisco Systems Inc., Pfizer Inc. and Coca-Cola Co. -- come after the White House released a paper last month arguing that a corporate tax cut would boost wages.

The chief executive of Amgen Inc. said in an October call that the company is "actively returning capital in the form of growing dividend and buyback." read more


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Trump administration is leaning toward naming Thomas Brunell, a Texas professor with no government experience, to the top operational job at the U.S. Census Bureau, according to two people who have been briefed on the Bureau's plans.

Brunell, a political science professor, has testified more than half a dozen times on behalf of Republican efforts to redraw congressional districts, and is the author of a 2008 book titled "Redistricting and Representation: Why Competitive Elections Are Bad for America." read more


Thursday, November 16, 2017

One week after their blowout victory in state races around the country, it is clear that Democrats' newfound competitiveness down the ballot is showing no signs of fading. In a new special election this Tuesday, voters headed to the polls in Oklahoma -- and flipped yet another red seat blue. The Democratic candidate, 26-year-old Allison Ikley-Freeman, is a mental health counselor and openly gay woman in a same-sex marriage. She defeated GOP candidate Brian O'Hara for Senate District 37, winning by just 31 votes. Ikley-Freeman will be the third openly LGBT person to serve in the Oklahoma State Legislature, after state Sen. Al McAffrey and state Rep. Kay Floyd. Oklahoma is one of the most consistently Republican states. It is one of only three states in which every single county voted for Trump. District 37, in western Tulsa County, is certainly not left-leaning. Its residents voted for Trump by 39 points, and former GOP state Sen. Dan Newberry by 15 points. read more


Alison R. Parker, ShareBLue: Mike Pence has told lie after lie about the Trump campaign's contacts with Russia and his own role in and awareness of the various elements of that scandal. Pence likes to try to portray himself, with furrowed brow, as an honest man who has no idea whatsoever about any nefarious dealings between his cronies and a hostile foreign adversary. But Republican strategist Steve Schmidt offered a different take on Pence's character. "The vice president has exposed himself as a titanic fraud," Schmidt noted succinctly on MSNBC Tuesday morning. On Monday, newly surfaced documents revealed that Donald Trump Jr. had been in contact with WikiLeaks for over a year, doing the organization's bidding by promoting its work to members of the Trump campaign and urging his father to tweet about the hacked emails of Clinton campaign chair John Podesta. read more


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