Things Trump Did While You Weren’t Looking [Updated 8/6/18] | Greed & Malfeasance Never Sleep

Things Trump Did While You Weren’t Looking [Updated 8/6/18] | Greed & Malfeasance Never Sleep

Due to technical glitches, I had to start a new web page for this compilation of news. This page ends on the August 8 newsday. Click below to read from August 8th on…

Blog#42’s ‘Things Trump Did While You Weren’t Looking’ [August-December 2018] | Greed & Malfeasance Never Sleep

In June 2017, Politico’s Danny Vinik began publishing a weekly list of things Trump did while we hyperfocused on the scandal du jour. I’ve been curating Danny’s weekly post for the past few months. The archive for 2017 can be read here.

Danny Vinik published,  What Congress actually did in 2017: It wasn’t all partisan gridlock: 97 bills made it into law this year

Please note that each entry includes only a portion of the original text of the articles curated here. Please do click through to Politico to read the entire article..

** Since Politico has discontinued its series, I will curate articles of interest daily.

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“We had general discussions about a lot of issues [but] our biggest issue is no dialogue,” Sen. Rand Paul replied when asked if he discussed U.S. election interference with Russian statesmen before inviting them to Capitol Hill via Politico

Democrats surging on eve of pivotal special election

Republicans have deployed the full machinery of the party to avoid defeat in the final special election before the midterms.

WESTERVILLE, OHIO — The entire Republican Party machinery has converged on this suburban Columbus district for a furious eleventh-hour campaign aimed at saving a conservative House seat and averting another special election disaster.But in the final days ahead of Tuesday’s election, signs were everywhere that Democrats are surging — from recent polling to the private and public statements of many Republicans, including the GOP candidate himself. The district has been reliably red for more than three decades, but the sheer size of the Republican cavalry made clear how worried the party is about losing it.At a Saturday evening rally, President Donald Trump tried to juice conservative excitement for mild-mannered Republican candidate Troy Balderson while foisting a Trumpian nickname upon 31-year-old Democratic hopeful Danny O’Connor: “Danny boy.” Earlier in the week, Vice President Mike Pence made the trek, while Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. recorded a robocall, and Gov. John Kasich endorsed Balderson in a TV ad.

Continue reading at Politico

John Kasich: GOP Candidate Said He Didn’t Invite Trump To Ohio Rally

Trump headlined a Saturday rally for Troy Balderson ahead of a closely watched Tuesday House election

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) on Sunday suggested that President Donald Trump appeared at a campaign rally in his state on Saturday without a direct invitation from the House candidate he came to tout.Kasich, speaking on ABC’s “This Week,” said he asked state Sen. Troy Balderson, the Republican candidate for a U.S. House seat in a Tuesday special election, point blank why he invited Trump to campaign for him at his event in Delaware County.“I asked him the other day, ‘Why are you bringing Trump in,’ said Kasich, who has been one of the GOP’s harshest critics of the president. Kasich said Balderson told him, “Well, I don’t have anything to do with it.”

Continue reading at Huffington Post  

Judge’s ruling invalidates FEC regulation allowing anonymous donations to ‘dark money’ groups

By BRENT D. GRIFFITHS       08/04/2018

A U.S. District Court judge on Friday issued a ruling invalidating a Federal Election Commission regulation that has allowed donors to so-called dark-money groups to remain anonymous, the latest development in a years-long legal battle that could have major implications for campaign finance.Judge Beryl A. Howell ruled the FEC’s current regulation of such groups, including 501(c) 4 non-profits, fails to uphold the standard Congress intended when it required the disclosure of politically related spending.

“The challenged regulation facilitates such financial ‘routing,’ blatantly undercuts the congressional goal of fully disclosing the sources of money flowing into federal political campaigns, and thereby suppresses the benefits intended to accrue from disclosure … ,” wrote Howell, an Obama appointee to the D.C district court. The decision is likely to be appealed.

Continue reading at Politico  

CNN asks Trump supporters outside rally to explain ‘QAnon’ theory

CNN asked supporters of President Trump to explain “QAnon,” a right-wing conspiracy theory, in tense interviews outside of his Pennsylvania rally on Thursday night.

CNN’s Gary Tuchman asked Trump supporters, some of whom were wearing or displaying “Q” gear at the rally, about the wide-ranging and vague conspiracy theories spread under the name “QAnon.”

Trump supporter Timothy Rasmussen told CNN that said “Q” represents a “movement.”

“It’s a shift. I can feel it coming, some call it the great awakening,” Rasmussen said.

Many Trump supporters were wearing the letter “Q” and carrying signs.

Continue reading at The Hill 

Sessions pushes back on judge’s DACA ruling

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday vowed to press forward with the Trump administration’s efforts to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, despite a judge’s ruling last week that it must be restored.

Sessions issued a lengthy statement pushing back against Judge John Bates, who ruled last Friday that the Trump administration failed to provide justification for its decision to end the Obama-era program, which allows immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children to remain here without fear of deportation.

“Not only did the Trump Administration have the authority to withdraw this guidance letter, it had a duty to do so,” Sessions said in a statement.

Sessions argued that Bates was overstepping in his decision, equating it to dictating policy.

Continue reading at The Hill

Sacha Baron Cohen tricked disgraced former sheriff Joe Arpaio into saying he’d take a blow job from President Trump.

NPR: The New Housing Crisis: Shut Out Of The Market

Ten years after the housing collapse during the Great Recession, a new and different housing crisis has emerged.

Back then, people were losing their homes as home values crashed and homeowners went underwater. Today, home values have rebounded, but people who want to buy a new home are often priced out of the market. There are too few homes and too many potential buyers.

Home construction per household is now at its lowest levels in nearly six decades, according to researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. This isn’t just a problem in San Francisco or New York, where home prices and rents have gone sky-high. It is also a problem in midsized, fast-growing cities farther inland, like Des Moines, Iowa; Durham, N.C.; and Boise, Idaho. In Boise, an analysis by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development showed there is a demand for more than 10 times the number of homes being built right now.

Continue reading at NPR 

Sharpie, Yankee Candle may raise prices over Trump tariffs

Newell Brands, the company behind brands including Sharpie and Yankee Candle, says it won’t “hesitate” to raise prices over President Trump’s tariffs.

Michael Polk, chief executive of Newell, which also makes Crock-Pot, Sunbeam and Rubbermaid products, said during an earnings call on Monday that “as the tariffs currently stand, the annualized impact on Newell Brands could be as much as $100 million,” according to Markets Insider.

Polk said it was too early to tell which brands would be affected most by retaliatory tariffs from Europe and China.

Continue reading at The Hill 


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