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Trump’s Watered-Down Ethics Rules Let a Lobbyist Help Run an Agency He Lobbied

President Trump’s executive order on ethics also cites a section of the law that doesn’t exist. by Justin Elliott ProPublica Geoff Burr spent much of the last decade as the chief lobbyist for a powerful… Read More

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How Jeff Sessions Helped Kill Equitable School Funding in Alabama

A lawsuit in the 1990s had Alabama poised to fund poor black school districts as fairly as wealthy white schools. As state attorney general, Sessions fought the effort passionately. by Ryan Gabrielson ProPublica In the… Read More

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Trump’s Team at EPA Vetting ‘Controversial’ Public Meetings and Presentations

The mood is dark as Trump takes over the environmental agency he pledged to reduce to “little tidbits.” by Andrew Revkin ProPublica President Donald Trump long ago announced his provocative intentions for the Environmental Protection… Read More

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Why Trump’s Meetings With CEOs Seeking Mergers Trouble Observers

The president has flouted decades-old norms of antitrust by directly speaking with the executives of companies seeking to merge. by Justin Elliott and Jesse Eisinger ProPublica When the CEOs of Monsanto and Bayer met now-President… Read More

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Rick Perry’s Texas Giveaways

The soon-to-be U.S. energy secretary doled out billions in grants and tax incentives for corporations while governor of Texas. One $30 million grant went to an energy group that turned out to be a phantom…. Read More