As investigations close in, members of Team Trump are lawyering up—and it’ll cost them

Hey, remember when the government ethics office was warning Team Trump that they really, really ought to pay attention to the mountain of ethics rules and federal laws that apply to incoming government officials because it could save them a lot of time and cash later and Team Trump was all, ya know, whateverz? Well guess what? Bill’s comin’ due.

White House aides bracing for subpoenas and grand jury summons have already begun making inquiries for legal help to navigate the unfamiliar terrain, according to lawyers who have been contacted, opening critical lines of communication in a bid to avoid serious harm to their reputations and careers, and perhaps even jail time. […]
As Mueller’s probe launches, Washington has been on a crash course relearning the rules of the road for how executive branch aides can fund their legal help, short of paying in full. The Washington Post reported Friday that

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House Republicans battle over whether to screw American consumers just to appease the big banks

Once again, House Republicans are locked in battle with each other over just how much they can screw their own voters and still get away with it. This time it’s their effort to repeal a clause of the Dodd-Frank law that caps the fees banks can charge retailers for processing debit card transactions. The Screw All Regulations caucus, including Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas-of-course), wants to do away with those limits because freedomz; other House Republicans are worried that voting to bring back yet another way banks can gouge Americans might, regardless of the raw appeal of again screwing their constituents for no good reason, come back to bite the party.

“If Durbin is repealed, two major companies will have over 80 percent share of the market [and] will dictate the price of routing fees — all to the detriment of consumers,” Ross said, referring to the banking fee cap’s nickname for

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Newt Gingrich has always been a fraud, a crook, and a liar

It’s Sunday, the day powerful political figures in America converge on our television sets to lie outright in an attempt to add to their own power and to-hell-with-the-rest-of-you. Today’s edition will serve as a reminder that Newton Leroy Gingrich is and always has been a terrible human being whose only reliable skill has been self-promotion, and a reminder that the Republican party had devolved into a den of conspiracy-minded crooks and charlatans decades before Donald J. Trump ever got his stubby vestigial thumbs on it. No, Newt Gingrich’s party has always been a cesspool.

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich, a stalwart supporter of President Trump, used a Sunday-morning appearance on “Fox and Friends” to spread the conspiracy theory that former Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was killed last year to cover up the true story of how WikiLeaks obtained tens of thousands of hacked Democratic Party emails.

Ah, Fox

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Koch brothers plan ‘multimillion-dollar’ drive to push tax cuts for themselves and their businesses

The Koch brothers have been largely sidelined in the news these days by, well, everything else, but that doesn’t mean the pair of billionaire influence-buyers hasn’t been busy. Donald Trump may have not been their first, second, or tenth preference to lead the conservative movement but they’ll be dead in the cold, cold ground before they miss an opportunity to push through another round of tax cuts aimed specifically at benefiting themselves and their own businesses.

In a major jolt of support for President Trump, the powerful political network overseen by conservative billionaire Charles Koch is launching a multimillion-dollar campaign to drive Trump’s tax plan through Congress.

Freedom Partners is all-in on this one, promising “advertising and mobilizing grassroots support.” Translated, that likely means a resurgence of gosh-look-how-grassroots-we-are tea party groups showing up in public places with don’t tread on me flags and very earnest beliefs about Charles Koch’s

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Trump’s tax plan just another giveaway to the ultra-mega-hyper-rich

Hey, guess what. Donald Trump’s proposed tax plan, such as it is, is just the usual tax giveaway to ultra-rich bastards who already have all the money and don’t need more money but whatever, maybe they’ll all buy Moon Yachts or something and we’ll get a privatized space program out of it. Or, ya know, not:

Even accounting for his proposal to restrict most itemized deductions, the top 1 percent would still receive annual tax cuts averaging at least $250,000 per household. But the tax cuts at the very top would be far larger. The 400 highest-income taxpayers — whose incomes average more than $300 million a year — would get average tax cuts of at least $15 million a year each, we estimate from IRS data. Their annual tax cuts would be more than five times the typical college graduate’s lifetime earnings.

It works out to a $6 billion

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The Fox News regimen of ignoring Republican scandals is biting them in the ratings

While you’d think that a White House mired in multiple scandals so severe as to already start mutterings about impeachment, a mere hundred-plus days in, would at least be crackerjack ratings for America’s breaking-news-obsessed cable news networks, Fox News’ policy of ignoring news damaging to Republicans has rendered most of the last few weeks unreportable. And that’s costing them.

[F]or the past week, with Trump mired in scandal, MSNBC has out-rated Fox News in prime time in the so-called “demo.”
Both MSNBC and CNN have seen ratings spikes related to FBI Director James Comey’s firing and the fallout ever since. The Nielsen ratings data suggests that Fox viewers are less interested. […]

So far this week, Fox has ranked No. 3 in prime time behind both CNN and MSNBC, which almost never happens.

It’s because there’s nothing for them to be interested in. While MSNBC and CNN have

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As Team Trump rocked by yet another scandal, Fox News finds other news to cover

While Washington insiders and most of the American press are falling over themselves and each other trying to keep up with the latest Trump scandals (for the love of God, it’s only Tuesday), you might wonder how the nation’s worst major news network is handling the news that Donald Trump accidentally or on purpose leaked information to Russian diplomats that is considered so sensitive that no United States newspapers are willing to detail exactly what it is.

You needn’t wonder—because at newly Ailes-less, O’Reilly-free Fox News, it’s been business as usual.

While CNN and MSNBC provided wall to wall coverage of the breaking news, Fox News defended Trump before returning to coverage of such hard hitting stories as the “Romper for men,” Miss USA’s comments about healthcare, Michelle Obama’s comments about school lunches, “Media Hysteria,” and “leftists” on college campuses

Truly, leftists on college campuses are the defining challenge of our

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