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Trump Says 11,000 GM Layoffs Don’t ‘Really Matter’

By Chad Smith on December 13, 2018.

President Donald Trump today dismissed thousands of layoffs at General Motors, saying in an interview with Fox News that they don’t “really matter” even as American workers from Michigan to Maryland prepare to lose their jobs.

Corruption & Secrecy

Trump’s Foreign Income Soared Since Taking Office

By Chad Smith on December 7, 2018.

President Donald Trump’s domestic businesses -- his golf courses, hotels, even his ice rink in Central Park -- have hemorrhaged money during his term, while his income from foreign projects in countries like India, Canada and Uruguay soared. The pattern is sounding alarm bells with both ethics experts and political observers who see the falling domestic revenue as a sign of Trump's increasing unpopularity ahead of an election year.

Accountability

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.

Corruption & Secrecy

Cohen Plea Lends Further Proof to Steele Dossier

By Chad Smith on November 30, 2018.

President Donald Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty Thursday to lying to Congress about his work on a Trump business project in Russia, an admission that corroborated parts of the infamous dossier that detailed a conspiracy between the Kremlin and Trump’s campaign.

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.

Corruption & Secrecy | Mississippi

Hyde-Smith Pushes Livestock Legislation Despite Conflict of Interest

By Chad Smith on November 19, 2018.

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., is a cattle farmer by trade, and she is hoping that playing up her agricultural background in a rural state will pay off in next week’s special election runoff. But in her elected roles, it was the other way around, as she used her political offices -- first as state senator, then state agriculture commissioner and now as U.S. senator -- to boost her ag interests and supporters in the industry, according to a review of her financial disclosures and the legislative record.

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.

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