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A Federal Regulator Probes Wells Fargo’s Mortgage Practices

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is following up on reports that the scandal-ridden bank improperly charged customers from Los Angeles to Oregon.

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Trump’s Expected Pick for Top USDA Scientist Is Not Even a Scientist

Sam Clovis (pictured) is likely to be named the undersecretary of the section that manages research on everything from climate change to nutrition.

Posted on May 15, 2017 READ MORE



The Problems With the FBI’s Email Investigation Went Well Beyond Comey

Previously unreported judgments and misjudgments by FBI agents played a crucial role in the agency director’s fateful decisions.

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How a San Francisco Internet Company Helps Serve Up Hate on the Web

Cloudflare provides services to neo-Nazi sites such as The Daily Stormer, including providing personal information about people who complain about its content.

Posted on May 8, 2017 READ MORE



Climate Change Uncertainties Abound—Let’s Acknowledge and Plan for Them With Honesty

A New York Times column on the issue set off yet another dangerous tempest of exaggeration and simplification.

Posted on May 6, 2017 READ MORE



Trump Administration Hires Official Whom Five Citadel Students Accused of Sexual Assault

The hiring of Steven Munoz raises further questions about the Trump administration’s vetting process.

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America’s Other Drug Problem

Every year nursing homes nationwide flush, burn or throw out tons of valuable prescription medications.

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New Leader of Civil Rights Office Once Said She Faced Discrimination for Being White

The inexperience of Candice Jackson (pictured), the woman chosen by Betsy Devos to head the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, raises questions about how she will investigate allegations of unfair treatment.

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Trump Is Hiring Former Lobbyists for Roles in Related Agencies, Sparking Ethics Concerns

In one case, an official working on energy regulation had recently lobbied for oil and coal companies—and the White House won’t say whether he was granted an ethics waiver.

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 READ MORE



Trump’s Wall: How Much Money Does the Government Have for It Now?

Answer: $20 million. That’s enough to cover the cost of seven miles of wall.

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 READ MORE



Immigration Agency Will Lose Millions Because It Can’t Process Visas Fast Enough

Fees to expedite worker visas pay for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ efforts to digitize. But the agency can’t keep up with demand, forcing it to suspend its cash cow.

Posted on Apr 8, 2017 READ MORE



Conflict-of-Interest Questions Dog Chief of Health and Human Services

While in Congress, HHS Secretary Tom Price acquired up to $90,000 of pharmaceutical stock the same day he intervened on a rule that would hurt drug profits.

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As Seas Around Mar-a-Lago Rise, Trump’s Budget Cuts Could Thwart a Local Climate Action Plan

The president’s budget calls for ending a program that supports environmental efforts in Palm Beach County, Fla., and in the hometowns of some Cabinet members.

Posted on Apr 2, 2017 READ MORE



Democratic Senators Ask Jeff Sessions to Explain Preet Bharara Firing

The lawmakers cite a ProPublica report that the Trump White House removed U.S. Attorney Bharara while he was investigating Health Secretary Tom Price.

Posted on Mar 28, 2017 READ MORE



How White Nationalists Win Whenever the Media Take Their Racist Bait

White supremacists have targeted college campuses, causing upset and gaining attention.

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Trump Appoints Heritage Foundation Staffer to Health and Human Services Post

Roger Severino (pictured), the new head of the agency’s Office for Civil Rights, has opposed transgender patients’ rights, same-sex marriage and Planned Parenthood.

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Under Pressure, Ex-Lobbyist for a Group of For-Profit Colleges Leaves Education Department Post

Sen. Elizabeth Warren wrote to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos (pictured) to cite ProPublica’s reporting and request more information on Taylor Hansen’s role. He quit that day.

Posted on Mar 21, 2017 READ MORE



The Cost of Trump’s Wall Compared to the Value of the Programs He’s Proposing to Cut

America may get its border wall, but we just might have to do without a lot else.

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The First Brick in the Wall

The Trump administration has solicited bids for the first $600 million of work on the wall planned for the U.S.-Mexican border.

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Can Customs and Border Officials Search Your Phone? These Are Your Rights

Recent detentions of travelers to the United States—and seizure of their phones and other work-related material—have sparked alarm.

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When It Comes to Prosecuting Wall Street, Preet Bharara Is No Hero

The U.S. attorney fired by President Trump has been acclaimed for tackling corruption. But his treatment of figures involved in the Great Recession was far less confrontational.

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Meet the Hundreds of Government Officials the President Has Quietly Installed

They include obscure campaign staffers, contributors to Breitbart and dozens of Washington insiders.

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How the Trump Administration May Be Skirting Its Own Ethics Rules

The hiring of three former lobbyists to work in the White House raises questions about how the president’s executive orders are being enforced.

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 READ MORE



These Five Trump Cabinet Members Made False Statements to Congress

During nomination hearings, Attorney General Jeff Sessions (pictured) isn’t alone in making statements that are contradicted by facts.

Posted on Mar 5, 2017 READ MORE



Trump Says New York Contracts Brought Him $21 Million. It Was Actually Much Less.

The president’s financial disclosure forms reveal that he earned no more than half of what he claimed.

Posted on Mar 1, 2017 READ MORE



Justice Department Appears to Be Retreating on Voting Rights

The DOJ, now overseen by Trump appointee Jeff Sessions, says it has abandoned the Obama-era position that a Texas voter ID law intentionally discriminated against minorities.

Posted on Feb 28, 2017 READ MORE



White House Power Player Jared Kushner Is Keeping Parts of His Real Estate Empire

Given his vast portfolio, it’s not clear how the Trump son-in-law and presidential adviser is going to avoid issues that could affect his bank account.

Posted on Feb 26, 2017 READ MORE



Big Pharma Enlists Leading Professors to Justify $1,000-a-Day Drugs

As it readies for battle with President Trump over drug prices, the pharmaceutical industry is deploying economists and health care experts from top universities.

Posted on Feb 26, 2017 READ MORE



Even Suspended, Travel Ban Puts Iraqi Interpreter’s Carefully Built American Dream at Risk

He risked his life working for the Marines. Now, after eight years in the U.S., his Michigan export business is suffering because it’s too risky for him to leave the country.

Posted on Feb 16, 2017 READ MORE



When the U.S. Feared a Real ‘Bowling Green Massacre’—Planned by a White Supremacist

The feds found assault rifles, body armor and a possible kill list when they arrested an Ohio man said to be bent on “race war” in 2012. But the case drew little attention.

Posted on Feb 12, 2017 READ MORE



Teens Report Surge in Bullying in Wake of Divisive Election Campaign

In a survey of 50,000 teens, 70 percent reported abusive behavior largely targeting race, sexual orientation and immigration status.

Posted on Jan 25, 2017 READ MORE



For Trump’s Rich Appointees, Death May Be Certain, but Taxes Aren’t

If Republicans succeed in repealing the estate tax, Rex Tillerson, Gary Cohn, Wilbur Ross, Jared Kushner, Steve Mnuchin, Betsy DeVos and their heirs may be able to defer capital gains taxes forever.

Posted on Jan 24, 2017 READ MORE



Puerto Rico Turns to Donald Trump’s Former Campaign Manager to Lobby the President-Elect on Debt

The hedge funds and insurance companies that want financially strapped Puerto Rico to pay them back in full may have found a new ally: Corey Lewandowski.

Posted on Jan 18, 2017 READ MORE



Overtime Issue Will Be Early Test of Trump’s Pledge to Help Workers

A rule that could secure overtime pay for 4 million workers is in limbo, and the president-elect will help decide whether it survives.

Posted on Jan 15, 2017 READ MORE



Will Trump’s Climate Team Accept Any ‘Social Cost of Carbon’?

The nation’s top science panel has sketched a way to set a fair price for cutting climate risks. Some of the president-elect’s advisers say the price should be zero.

Posted on Jan 15, 2017 READ MORE



U.K. Violence After the Brexit Vote Might Hold Lessons for America

A divisive vote, with jobs and immigrants the most combustible issues, leaving many anxious about intolerance and the violence that can stem from it. Sound familiar?

Posted on Jan 12, 2017 READ MORE



Obama Picks Up the Pace on Commutations for Nonviolent Offenders

Meanwhile, the results of a study examining the role of race in the pardons process—originally due to be released in 2015—are still hanging fire.

Posted on Jan 8, 2017 READ MORE



Will Climate Change Information on the Web Become an Endangered Species Under the GOP?

A recent reworking of language on a Wisconsin government website concerning climate change could be replicated under a Trump administration.

Posted on Jan 5, 2017 READ MORE



Facebook Doesn’t Tell Users Everything It Really Knows About Them

The site shows users how Facebook categorizes them. It doesn’t reveal the data it is buying about their offline lives.

Posted on Dec 29, 2016 READ MORE



‘As a White Nationalist, What Do You Do?’

A conversation with a scholar of America’s extreme right.

Posted on Dec 14, 2016 READ MORE



Emoluments Clause: Could Overturning 185 Years of Precedent Let Trump Off the Hook?

A provision of the Constitution, as applied to Donald Trump, seems to ban payments from foreign countries to the president-elect’s businesses once he becomes president unless Congress consents. But at least one scholar insists that the clause does not apply to presidents, vice presidents or members of Congress.

Posted on Dec 14, 2016 READ MORE



Chao Family’s Shipping Company Could Pose Problems for Trump’s Transportation Nominee

Elaine Chao’s family owns ships flagged abroad, a way to avoid U.S. taxes and higher labor costs. But one of her missions at the Department of Transportation will be to press American-owned ships to fly the U.S. flag.

Posted on Dec 13, 2016 READ MORE



Will Trump Scrap NASA’s Climate Research Mission?

NASA does more than explore other planets; it studies our own. Agency scientists worry Donald Trump will abort the work.

Posted on Dec 12, 2016 READ MORE



U.S. Becoming a Popular Destination for Rich Foreigners Avoiding Corruption Charges

Wealthy politicians and businessmen suspected of wrongdoing in their native lands are fleeing to a safe haven where their wealth and influence shields them from arrest.

Posted on Dec 11, 2016 READ MORE



New Jersey Will Stop Collecting Loans From Families of Dead Students

After an investigation into the state’s student loan program, Gov. Chris Christie signed a reform bill ending its most onerous practice.

Posted on Dec 7, 2016 READ MORE



Surprise: Trump’s Adviser on Wall Street Regulations Is a Longtime Swamp Dweller

Trump’s transition adviser for financial regulations works for a firm that is emblematic of Washington’s revolving door.

Posted on Dec 5, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump’s Treasury Secretary Pick Is a Lucky Man. Very Lucky.

Steven Mnuchin has a long history of coming out ahead, even in questionable deals.

Posted on Dec 4, 2016 READ MORE



Trump Almost Certainly Will Violate the Constitution if He Continues to Own His Businesses

The meaning of the Emoluments Clause is fairly clear. And it all goes back to a diamond-encrusted snuffbox Ben Franklin received from Louis XVI.

Posted on Dec 4, 2016 READ MORE



Hate Crimes Are Up, but the Government Isn’t Doing a Good Job of Tracking Them

After a bitter national election, there is considerable anxiety about the potential for violence. The data kept on crimes charged by racial and religious antipathies won’t reassure anyone.

Posted on Nov 15, 2016 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton and Democrats’ Fatal Error: Writing Off White Workers in the Rust Belt

“No one that’s voting knows all the facts,” an Ohio voter said before the presidential election. “It’s a shame. They keep us so fucking busy and poor that we don’t have the time.”

Posted on Nov 12, 2016 READ MORE


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