Trump lawyer insists there is no obstruction investigation — but then hedges

The following article by John Wagner and Rosalind S. Helderman was posted on the Washington Post website June 18, 2017:

A member of President Trump’s legal team repeatedly insisted that Trump is not under investigation for obstruction of justice but acknowledged he could not know for certain during combative Sunday television interviews.

“Let me be very clear here, as it has been since the beginning, the president is not and has not been under investigation for obstruction,” lawyer Jay Sekulow said on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” part of a blitz of bookings on the Sunday morning public affairs shows. (more…)

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Exposed: Tucker Carlson, His ‘Charity’ and the Trump Campaign Cash He Didn’t Tell Fox Viewers About

The following article by Clavin Sloan, Lisa Graves, David Armiak and Evan James with the Center for Media and Democracy was posted on the AlterNet website June 17, 2017:

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Tucker Carlson, FOX News’ new primetime anchor, received a six-figure sum from the Donald Trump campaign for president through his Daily Caller operation–which rented out its email list to Trump–according to Center for Media and Democracy’s newest investigation. CMD estimates the amount to be $150K in cash from the campaign to Daily Caller, which paid Carlson an untold sum.

CMD’s investigation also uncovered troubling information about how Carlson’s non-profit charity, the Daily Caller News Foundation, benefits his private for-profit media site, The Daily Caller. The relationship between the two groups “raises significant questions about whether the (c)(3) is operating for private benefit instead of for a charitable or educational purpose consistent with its tax-exempt status,” according to Elizabeth Kingsley, a nonprofit tax expert at the D.C. law firm of Harmon, Curran, Spielberg + Eisenberg. (more…)

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Megyn Kelly’s Alex Jones Interview

Didn’t have a chance to watch Megyn Kelly’s interview (many of us didn’t)? Much of what he state is hateful and obnoxious, but he has the ear of our current president and many of his supporters, so it’s important to understand this man and his relationship with these people.

The NBC News website has posted the entire interview by visiting this site:

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Big Pharma Swamp Alert: Joe Grogan

The following article was posted on the website June 17, 2017:

Despite Donald Trump campaigning vigorously for more reasonable drug prices for Americans throughout the campaign, the Big Pharma lobby has established itself as a force that Donald Trump is unable or unwilling to challenge. One of the most pointed examples of this is the appointment of Joe Grogan, a lobbyist for pharmaceutical giant Gilead Sciences for the past five years, to the Office of Management and Budget and the office of health programs.

According to Grogan’s LinkedIn page he worked at Gilead Sciences as “Head of Federal Affairs” for over five years until joining the OMB this March. While at Gilead, Grogan was involved in high profile lobbying – including Gilead’s controversial pricing of drugs developed to cure hepatitis C –  and otherwise worked to represent the financial interests of the pharmaceutical industry. (more…)

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Trump retains assets worth at least $1.4 billion, new disclosure shows

The following article by Matea Gold, Drew Harwell and Rosalind S. Helderman was posted on the Washington Post website June 16, 2017:

President Trump reported on a new financial disclosure that his far-flung real estate and hotel assets are worth at least $1.4 billion, a stark illustration of the complex financial interests he has maintained in the White House.

The report, which the president voluntarily filed with the Office of Government Ethics, shows that he collected an influx of new revenue from recent foreign deals and a surge of business at his signature Mar-a-Lago property in Florida. (more…)

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Cutting Insurance from Working Families to Give Tax Cuts to Millionaires

The following article by Alex Rowell and Ryan Erickson was posted on the Center for American Progress website June 16, 2017:

Republican health care plans, including the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA), would repeal taxes on the wealthy, including the Net Investment Income Tax (NIIT)—a tax on combined capital gain, dividend, and interest income applicable to individuals making more than $200,000 or couples filing jointly making more than $250,000 in adjusted gross income. This tax cut is paid for by eliminating health insurance coverage for millions of low- and moderate-income Americans. Approximately 90 percent of the benefit of repealing this tax goes to the top 1 percent of households.

Below is a table that shows estimates of the average tax cut for households earning more than $1,000,000 in annual adjusted gross income by state if proposals to eliminate the NIIT succeed. (more…)

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Video: Trump’s flip-flops on remarks in his 2015 campaign announcement speech

The following article by Meg Kelly was posted on the Washington Post website June 16, 2017:

Two years ago, Donald Trump rode down the escalator at the Trump Tower and launched a presidential campaign that changed history. (Here’s our fact check of his announcement speech, in which we described Trump as “a fact checker’s dream — and nightmare.”)

In this Fact Checker video, we rewind the tape and look at what he said then — and what’s changed now, including:

• the unemployment rate (he called it “nonsense” on the campaign trail; now he touts it as legitimate);
• China currency devaluation (he no longer blames them for devaluing their currency, which was false to begin with);
• and immigration (he promised to end Obama’s executive order granting deferred action to children of undocumented immigrants, which he now says he won’t do).


View the pos here.

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Blocked by Design

The following article by Kenneth T. Walsh was posted on the U.S. News and World Report website June 16, 2017:

Trump’s inability to enact his agenda shows the system is working.

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It can be frustrating and infuriating for activist presidents when they find themselves seemingly thwarted at every turn. But the built-in limits on presidential power – our American system of checks and balances – are there for a good reason, and they are working as intended.

Checks and balances were designed by the founders to serve as a brake on excessive government influence, which has been a deep concern in the United States from the very beginning of the Republic. Despite President Donald Trump’s protestations that he is being unfairly blocked in attempting to implement his agenda, the system is operating properly. (more…)

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Special counsel is investigating Jared Kushner’s business dealings

The following article by Sari Horwit,Matt Zapotosky and Adam Entous was posted on the Washington Post website June 15, 2017:

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Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is investigating the finances and business dealings of Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, as part of the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter.

FBI agents and federal prosecutors have also been examining the financial dealings of other Trump associates, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Carter Page, who was listed as a foreign-policy adviser for the campaign. (more…)

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Trump lashes out at Russia probe; Pence hires a lawyer

The following article by John Wagner and Ashley Parker was posted on the Washing Post website June 15, 2017:

President Trump has repeatedly lashed out with insults to defend himself as the Russia investigation unfolds. His latest attacks on Twitter appear to confirm he’s being investigated for obstruction of justice. (Video: Jenny Starrs/Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

A heightened sense of unease gripped the White House on Thursday, as President Trump lashed out at reports that he’s under scrutiny over whether he obstructed justice, aides repeatedly deflected questions about the probe and Vice President Pence acknowledged hiring a private lawyer to handle fallout from investigations into Russian election meddling.

Pence’s decision to hire Richard Cullen, a Richmond-based lawyer who previously served as a U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, came less than a month after Trump hired his own private lawyer. (more…)

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