Rathke: Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me, says NRA’s Wayne LaPierre

New Orleans      It turns out that there’s a reason that Wayne LaPierre, the embattled chief of the National Rifle Association, doesn’t give many interviews to the press.  It because he comes off as an oblivious,…

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Medical staffing companies cut doctors’ pay while spending millions on political ads

While cutting benefits for emergency room doctors and other medical workers, TeamHealth and Envision have spent millions on ads meant to pressure politicians working on legislation to cap out-of-network costs for Americans. by Isaac Arnsdorf Monday,…

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Steve Bannon’s use of private jet linked to Chinese businessman could violate campaign finance law

One trip was to Arizona to campaign for Wendy Rogers. The former Trump adviser used a plane apparently owned by businessman Guo Wengui. Americans are barred from receiving services for campaigns donated by foreign nationals.  by…

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Reporting Recipe: How to identify suspicious campaign finance records

This week’s episode of “Trump, Inc.” reveals how watchdogs discovered contributions eventually traced to key figures in the Ukraine scandal. Here’s how regular people can do the same on their own. by Ilya Marritz and Matt…

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Donald and Ivanka Trump were involved in inauguration’s inflated payments to family business, new suit says

“Members of the Trump family were aware of and involved in the negotiation of this unconscionable contract,” the District of Columbia’s attorney general wrote in the suit. by Ilya Marritz, WNYC, and Justin Elliott, ProPublica January…

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“It’s always been Republicans suppressing votes,” Trump advisor says party will get even more aggressive in 2020

“It’s clear there’s no law Donald Trump and his right-wing machine won’t bend, break, or ignore to try to win the presidency.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Common Dreams Reporting on Friday shows a top advisor…

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Don’t let your vote get stolen – 5 essential reads about disinformation in 2020

Who’s manipulating what you know before you vote? AntonSokolov/Shutterstock.com Jeff Inglis, The Conversation As the 2020 election season heats up, there will be a massive number of people competing for your vote. Only some of them…

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