Postmaster General Louis DeJoy (R) arrives for a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on August 5, 2020. (Screen shot from photo by: Mandel Ngan/AFP)
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Postmaster General accused of criminal violation of campaign laws

‘This Is Against the Law and DeJoy Must Be Fired’ Former head of human resources at DeJoy’s logistic firm, along with other employees, says the major GOP donor now running the Postal Service reimbursed workers for…

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Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli speaks about immigration policy at the White House during a briefing August 12, 2019 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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GAO Says Top Trump DHS Officials Wolf and Cuccinelli appointed illegally

Democratic lawmakers said the GAO decision “paints a disturbing picture of the Trump administration playing fast and loose by bypassing the Senate confirmation process to install ideologues.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Friday, August 14 This…

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Six mayors demand congress block federal agents from US cities

‘Unacceptable, Un-American, and Unconstitutional’ “This provocation is resulting in direct physical harm to our communities and must end.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Tuesday, July 28 Six mayors from around the country sent a letter to…

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Trump seizes on Bush-era torture memo author John Yoo’s call for Extralegal Executive Authority

‘Moral and Intellectual Bankruptcy’ “There is a lot of continuity between the Bush and Trump administration, including an almost limitless view of executive power.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Progressives are raising alarm after news Sunday…

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Ousted IG says State Dept. tried to bully him into dropping Saudi arms probe

“Mr. Linick addressed head-on the shifting justifications that administration officials have provided to the press for his termination.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Thursday, Jun 10 Recently ousted State Department Inspector General Steve Linick was carrying…

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A closer look at federal COVID contractors reveals inexperience, fraud accusations and a weapons dealer operating out of someone’s house

The Trump administration has promised at least $1.8 billion to 335 first-time contractors, often without competitive bidding or thorough vetting of their backgrounds. by Ryan Gabrielson, Lydia DePillis, J. David McSwane and Derek Willis, ProPublica, and…

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Historic power struggle between Trump and Congress to be reviewed by Supreme Court

  by Stanley M. Brand, Pennsylvania State University Saturday, May 9, 2020 On May 12, the Supreme Court will hear argument in two cases concerning congressional demands, known as subpoenas, for materials that President Donald Trump…

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Coronavirus stimulus law allows the Federal Reserve to hold secret meetings on corporate bailouts

“That provision’s a body blow to transparency when we need it most.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer A brief and obscure provision buried in the nearly 900-page coronavirus stimulus package passed by Congress last month authorizes…

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Trump Removed the head of the Coronavirus Bailout Oversight Board. Its members could be next.

Democrats are scrambling to stop the president from replacing independent government watchdogs after he quickly pushed aside the leader of coronavirus bailout oversight. by Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica April 9, 1:27 p.m. EDT In the wake of…

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Oversight of $4.5 trillion corporate bailout in ‘grave jeopardy’ as Trump fires independent watchdog

“A direct insult to the American taxpayers—of all political stripes—who want to make sure that their tax dollars are not squandered on wasteful boondoggles, incompetence, or political favors.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, April 7…

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Trump announces plan to refuse Congressional Oversight of corporate bailout funds

“This is a frightening amount of public money to have given a corrupt admininistration with zero accountability.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Saturday, March 28 Progressive lawmakers on Friday evening denounced President Donald Trump’s intention to…

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