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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to assemble a cabinet and to replace a national security adviser who has resigned and a labor secretary nominee who has withdrawn, the Trump administration takes on a new challenge: stanching leaks from U.S. intelligence.
By Laurie Bennett | January 30, 2017
Seven weeks ago, the president-elect made nice with the titans of tech, sitting down with them at Trump Tower and pledging government support.
From above, from the bird’s eye view of helicopters or satellites, the crowd was massive.
The annual meeting in Davos brings together the elite of business and foreign relations - the supposed antithesis of Donald Trump’s views on governance.
By Laurie Bennett | January 12, 2017
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).
By Laurie Bennett | January 11, 2017
Russia dominated the confirmation hearing Wednesday of Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson.
By Laurie Bennett | January 10, 2017
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.
By Laurie Bennett | December 30, 2016
The Obama administration leveled sanctions Thursday against Russia for its attempts to sway the 2016 election.
By Laurie Bennett | December 23, 2016
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 shadow of Charles Erwin Wilson hovers over Donald Trump.
By Laurie Bennett | December 15, 2016
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.
By Laurie Bennett | December 13, 2016
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.
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.
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