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The Trump Kleptocracy

Donald Trump wants to slash funding for government programs that provide housing for the poor and combat homelessness. Well, with a bigly exception. The government is proposing to leave intact a housing subsidy that is paid directly to private landlords. Including Trump and his siblings. When Fred Trump died, he left an interest in the […]

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All the Pieces of the Puzzle

Every day or so, we get another piece of information that connects the Trump administration to Russia. The newest revelation is that Trump, immediately upon taking office, tried to do a huge favor for the Russians: Top Trump administration officials, almost as soon as they took office, tasked State Department staffers with developing proposals for […]

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Trump Emulates Nixon

© Tom Tomorrow We know that Donald Trump admires Richard Nixon. Trump even has a letter he received from Nixon, written back in 1987, hanging in the Oval Office. So, is he deliberately following in Nixon’s footsteps?

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Sociopaths

© Tom Tomorrow After all, Trump did claim that he could “shoot someone on a crowded street and not lose any voters“. And it isn’t like Trump or his relatives care what they do or say. The latest example of their corruption and nepotism is Nicole Kushner Meyer, who is Jared Kushner’s sister. Meyer was […]

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First 100 Days

Today is the 100th day of Trump’s presidency. I wouldn’t pay that much attention to the first hundred days of any presidency, except that Donald Trump keeps talking about it. First he kept promising all the things he would positively, definitely do in the first 100 days of his presidency (none of which he has […]

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Keeping Secrets

Three-quarters of Americans say that Donald Trump should release his tax returns. Over a million people signed a White House petition demanding the immediate release of of his returns. Even Donald Trump himself once said “If I decide to run for office, I’ll produce my tax returns. Absolutely. I would love to do that.” But […]

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Insurance for the Insurer

A few days ago, Anthem (the second largest US health insurance company) came out in favor of the Republican bill repealing major parts of the ACA. This surprised me, because both of the major trade associations representing health insurance companies came out strongly against that bill, and yet here was a major insurer singing its […]

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Buying Access

During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump and other Republicans blasted the Clinton Foundation for supposedly giving access to the Clintons for donors. I’ve noticed that for Trump, when he complains about others doing something, it is almost a sure bet that he is doing the same thing. So it should come as no surprise that […]

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Blackmailing the President

There has been quite a bit of concern over Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest. Now, in Newsweek, Kurt Eichenwald gives specific examples of how this can cause really big problems. Like how a foreign leader could easily blackmail Trump. In fact, he even gives examples of how this is already happening: Donald Trump hasn’t been […]

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Crony Capitalism

It’s a win-win for Trump cronies. It looks like the reward James Comey gets for throwing the election to Trump is a new headquarters for the FBI, something he has been lobbying for strongly. And the developers who get the two billion dollar contract to build the new headquarters are friends of Trump. The same […]

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Blind Trust

© Tom Toles Donald Trump has refused to put any of his assets into a blind trust, like every modern president has done. And he still won’t release his tax returns. And he is already conducting business himself with the heads of foreign states that will enrich himself, even though he promised to turn his […]

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The Other Shoe Drops

Criminal prosecutors in the Ukraine investigating corruption have found the name of Paul Manafort, the man running Trump’s campaign, 22 times (for a total of $12.7 million) on a secret ledger of people who were given large amounts of cash as bribes and paybacks. This blog has mentioned previously that Manafort worked for Viktor Yanukovych, […]

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How voters turn into suckers

There is an excellent column in The Guardian, titled “The phony in American politics: how voters turn into suckers“. Another good title could be “The more things change, the more they stay the same”. America has a long history of being taken in by political hucksters. This article talks about a few of them and […]

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Corruption

Techdirt has a stunning article showing how corrupt we have become. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) was trying to force Google’s search engine to stop linking to content that MPAA didn’t like. Search engines are supposed to search for websites, but the MPAA wanted the power to make sites they don’t like simply […]

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Something in the Air

Last week, on tax day, Florida postal worker Doug Hughes managed to land his small, slow-moving gyrocopter on the lawn of the US Capitol, in one of the most protected airspaces in the world. Many publications are focusing on the fact that he was able to evade our entire national defense system, but that should […]

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