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How Trump’s Pardons Compare To Past Presidents’, Charted

June 7, 2018 Donald Trump has developed an appetite for one of the unchecked powers of the US presidency: the pardon. After 17 months in office, he has: Claimed he has the “absolute right” to pardon himself. Pardoned or commuted sentences when lobbied by celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Sylvester Stallone. Reportedly started...

Rod Rosenstein Just Fired Back At Donald Trump By Using The Dictionary

May 23, 2018 Despite enduring months of public criticism from president Donald Trump, deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein was in a cheery mood when speaking to a group of lawyers in New York today. He did, however, take a couple of thinly veiled swipes at the president. “It’s refreshing to get out of...

Trump’s Not Sure His North Korea Summit Will Happen: 'You Never Know About Deals'

May 22, 2018 Donald Trump cast further doubt on his upcoming summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un today, telling reporters, “it may not work out.” The summit was planned to take place on June 12. “If it doesn’t happen, maybe it will happen later,” he said at a meeting with South Korean president...

Trump Reportedly Asked The Postal Service To Charge Amazon Double

May 21, 2018 Donald Trump has made no bones about his disregard for Amazon and its billionaire owner Jeff Bezos, frequently decrying the company’s use of the US Postal Service for deliveries. That’s despite the tech giant being one of the few upsides in USPS’s perennial loss-making. During months of tweets calling for...

Trump Reportedly Asked the U.S. Postal Service to Charge Amazon Double

May 19, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Donald Trump has made no bones about his disregard for Amazon and its billionaire owner Jeff Bezos, frequently decrying the company’s use of the U.S. Postal Service for deliveries. That’s despite the tech giant being one of the few upsides in USPS’s perennial loss-making. During months of tweets calling for...

Analysis: Scott Pruitt’s Scandals Aren’t So Bad — By Russian Standards

April 18, 2018 Another day, another Scott Pruitt scandal. The government’s internal watchdog ruled Monday that the luxury-loving Environmental Protection Agency administrator broke spending laws when splashing out $43,000 on an office phone booth. Tuesday, the Washington Post reports (paywall) he spent $10,200 of government money upgrading his car to a customized SUV,...

Mike Pompeo Is Warming Up To Manmade Climate Change

April 13, 2018 Mike Pompeo has never been accused of being green. Dubbed the “congressman from Koch” when first elected in 2010 for the size of the donations he took from the oil billionaire brothers, Pompeo has made a point of questioning the link between global warming and burning fossil fuels. Asked about...

This Is How Trump Could Fire Mueller

April 11, 2018 Questions over whether Donald Trump will fire special counsel Robert Mueller have crescendoed this week, with the US president telling reporters yesterday (April 9) that “many people have said, ‘You should fire him.'” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders amplified them still in a press conference Tuesday, saying that Trump...

Russia’s Irresistible Question to Twitter: Which U.S. Consulate Should It Shut?

March 26, 2018 The Kremlin isn’t waiting around on its promised “reciprocal” response to America’s expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats and closure of Russia’s consulate in Seattle. Moscow has promised to boot at least the same number of U.S. officials and is drumming up attention over its consulate closure plans in an ingenious...

The CIA's New Nominee Director Gina Haspel Once Ran a Torture Site and Destroyed Evidence

March 13, 2018 As CIA director Mike Pompeo moves to become the United States’ Secretary of State, deputy director Gina Haspel has been nominated to lead the agency. If confirmed by the Senate, she will become the first woman to run the CIA. Haspel’s nomination will be controversial; she played a leading role...