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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.

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 | 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.

Accountability

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.

Corruption & Secrecy

Secret Service Paid for Mar-a-Lago Party Rentals Days Before Agents Forced to Work Without Pay

By Chad Smith on January 4, 2019.

Days before Secret Service agents were forced to work without pay during the partial government shutdown, the agency paid more than $95,000 to rent generators, light towers and tents for a $1,000-per-ticket party at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.

Corruption & Secrecy | Arizona

Kyl to Resign From Senate 3 Days Before Financial Disclosure Filing Deadline

By Chad Smith on December 14, 2018.

Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., announced today he will resign from his appointed seat on Dec. 31, three days before the former lobbyist is required to file financial-disclosure paperwork.

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.

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