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Immigration

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

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.

Accountability

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.

Environment

In Concession to Energy Industry, Zinke Allows Polluting Practice He Called ‘Wasteful’

By Chad Smith on October 11, 2018.

The Interior Department last month rolled back Obama-era restrictions on methane “flaring” despite Secretary Ryan Zinke previously calling the practice “wasteful.”

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