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Whitaker Didn’t Want Iowa to Buy American Steel

By Chad Smith on December 5, 2018.

President Donald Trump’s hand-picked choice to lead the Justice Department once lobbied against a bill requiring state and local contractors in Iowa to use U.S.-manufactured steel, iron and other building materials, according to state records.

Accountability | Mississippi

Hyde-Smith’s Family Connected to Brutal Jim Crow-Era Murder of Black Voter Activist

By Chad Smith on November 20, 2018.

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith’s husband is related to a man who killed a black World War I veteran in 1955 as he was returning absentee ballots from black voters, according to a documentary filmmaker who researched the lynching of Emmett Till and other murders in Mississippi.

Accountability | Mississippi

Top Hyde-Smith Aide Called Out Trump’s Lack of Substance and ‘Hateful’ Rhetoric

By Chad Smith on November 15, 2018.

A top campaign official for Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith has been highly critical of Donald Trump’s style and substance, or lack thereof, illustrating the struggle for some Republicans — even in a conservative bastion like Mississippi — to embrace the man who now defines their party.

Accountability | Mississippi

In State with Bloodiest Lynching History, Hyde-Smith Says She Would Attend ‘Public Hanging’

By Chad Smith on November 13, 2018.

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., who represents the state with the highest number of lynchings during the Jim Crow era, said earlier this month that she would be more than happy to attend a “public hanging” if a prominent supporter invited her.

Accountability | Washington

McMorris Rodgers Won’t Condemn High-Profile Supporter Whose Manifesto Calls for Religious Killing

By Chad Smith on November 5, 2018.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., has refused to condemn a prominent supporter even after he admitted to writing and spreading an extremist manifesto that called on fellow conservative Christians to “kill all males” of groups who refused to follow biblical law.

Accountability | Texas

Shady Trump Donors Maxed Out Contributions to One Candidate: Pete Sessions

By Chad Smith on November 5, 2018.

Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, is the only congressional candidate who has received donations from both of the Ukraine-linked businessmen who were accused of illegally laundering $300,000 to a pro-Trump super PAC, according to campaign-finance records.

Accountability | Kansas

Yoder Spent $150K on Booze, Parties in Washington

By Chad Smith on November 4, 2018.

Since 2011, Rep. Kevin Yoder's leadership PAC has spent more than $150,000 on parties, baseball games and dinners for his friends and donors in Washington, an analysis of campaign-finance reports showed.

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