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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.


Trump’s Companies Hired 192 Foreign Workers Last Year As He Railed Against Immigrants

By Chad Smith on January 17, 2019.

President Donald Trump’s companies in 2018 hired more foreign workers than they have in years -- perhaps decades -- marking a stark contrast between Trump’s dual roles: the nativist politician demanding a 30-foot border wall and calling for U.S. companies to “hire American” and the businessman seeking cheap, seasonal labor. Even as the Trump administration sought to crack down on work visas, his companies hired 192 foreign workers in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30.

Accountability | Colorado

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.

Immigration | Georgia

Perdue Compares Situation at Border to 9/11, Supports Trump Plan for Emergency Declaration

By Chad Smith on January 10, 2019.

Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., compared the security situation on the southern border to 9/11 in an interview Wednesday, calling it an unprecedented threat despite a significant drop in illegal border crossings in the past decade.


After Fighting Terror List Gun Ban, Republicans Using It to Push Border Wall

By Chad Smith on January 8, 2019.

The White House, in making its case that the southern border is a magnet for terrorists and must be protected with a 1,000-mile wall, has argued in recent days that thousands of people who appear on the government’s terror watch list have been apprehended crossing into the country illegally. The argument is wildly inaccurate and represents a significant departure for Republicans who have killed efforts to prevent people on that same list from getting guns.


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.

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