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Steve King Was Saying Racist Things When Republicans Were Still Endorsing and Feting Him

By Chad Smith on January 17, 2019.

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, has involved in racist controversies for years, and Republicans in Washington and Des Moines have been with him the whole way — shrugging off his racist and xenophobic remarks or issuing muted criticism when they came at politically inconvenient times. Now, following a narrow re-election win in November, King is under significant fire from his own party for the first time in his 16-year Washington career after defending white supremacy.

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Gardner Holds Fundraiser with Lobbyists As Shutdown Hits Day 26

By Chad Smith on January 16, 2019.

Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., held a fundraiser for his re-election campaign at a lobbying firm's Washington office Wednesday as a partial government shutdown that has left some 800,000 federal workers without paychecks entered its 26th day.


Coast Guard to Miss Paycheck Tuesday as Pain of Shutdown Spreads

By Chad Smith on January 14, 2019.

Hundreds of thousands of federal workers stationed across the country weren’t paid Friday, a milestone in what became the longest government shutdown in U.S. history the following day. On Tuesday, employees of the Coast Guard — whose agency advised them to hold garage sales to make ends meet — will miss their first paychecks.


Trump’s Multimillion-Dollar Border Publicity Stunt Could Pay for Dozens of Agents

By Chad Smith on January 8, 2019.

President Donald Trump will travel to the southern border this week to highlight the urgent need for enhanced security there — a trip whose cost would cover enough funding to hire dozens of border patrol agents for a year.


Pence, Cabinet Get Raises As Federal Workers Go Without Pay Amid Trump Shutdown

By Chad Smith on January 4, 2019.

Top officials in President Donald Trump’s administration — including Vice President Mike Pence — are slated to get pay raises of more than $10,000 on Saturday, a week after Trump canceled scheduled raises for rank-and-file federal workers, 800,000 of whom are currently going without pay during the government shutdown.


Trump’s Pick for Ambassador to UN Called for US to Defund It

By Chad Smith on December 14, 2018.

Heather Nauert, now President Donald Trump’s pick to be the ambassador to the United Nations, mocked the organization in late 2016 and suggested the U.S. stop funding it. “So now you have the United Nations, and we can all laugh at the United Nations, but there are a whole lot of countries in this world, correctly or incorrectly, who take them very seriously,” Nauert said.


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.

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