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Laurie Bennett
Laurie Bennett is a co-founder of Muckety, as well as a co-founder of ePodunk, a community-information web site that was sold to Internet Brands in June 2007. Her journalism career spans 30 years, including positions as city editor of the Rochester (NY) Times-Union, government reporter for Gannett News Service in Washington, investigative reporter for the Detroit News and new media editor for the Detroit Free Press. She is a winner of the George Polk Award.

Recent posts by Laurie Bennett:

As it struggles to assemble a cabinet and to replace a national security adviser who has resigned and a labor secretary nominee who has withdrawn, the Trump administration takes on a new challenge: stanching leaks from U.S. intelligence.

Seven weeks ago, the president-elect made nice with the titans of tech, sitting down with them at Trump Tower and pledging government support.

Coming together

By Laurie Bennett  |  January 22, 2017

From above, from the bird’s eye view of helicopters or satellites, the crowd was massive.

The Davos elite

By Laurie Bennett  |  January 19, 2017

The annual meeting in Davos brings together the elite of business and foreign relations - the supposed antithesis of Donald Trump’s views on governance.

When critics complain about the big-money nominees in Donald Trump’s cabinet, they focus on billionaire investor Wilbur Ross (Commerce), Amway in-law Betsy DeVos (Education), former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson (State) and Goldman Sachs alum Steve Mnuchin (Treasury).

Russia dominated the confirmation hearing Wednesday of Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson.

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus, including fellow Sen. Cory Booker and civil rights icon John Lewis, are expected to testify at the confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions.

No one in our database lost more potential Muckety in 2016 than Hillary Clinton.

The Obama administration leveled sanctions Thursday against Russia for its attempts to sway the 2016 election.

Luz Towns-Miranda, mother of Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda, recently joined the board of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund.

Reform, as defined by the incoming administration, can usually be translated as “less government involvement.”

The ghost that will haunt Trump

By Laurie Bennett  |  December 16, 2016

The shadow of Charles Erwin Wilson hovers over Donald Trump.

With every new administration comes a shift in influence among the country’s major think tanks.

Our interactive map of Russia’s route to the U.S. election.

Donald Trump draws closer to Moscow with his naming of Exxon Mobil CEO Rex W. Tillerson as secretary of state.

One can only imagine who the nominee might have been if Donald Trump had not met with Al Gore on Monday.

A basket of billionaires

By Laurie Bennett  |  November 30, 2016

Today’s billionaires-in-the-cabinet count: One and a fraction, not including the boss.

Steven Mnuchin, the national finance chairman for the Trump presidential campaign, is Trump’s pick for Treasury secretary, the New York Times reports.

Betsy DeVos, former chair of the Michigan Republican Party and a vocal advocate of charter schools, reportedly is under consideration for education secretary.

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn has reportedly accepted Donald Trump’s offer to become the next national security adviser.


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