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“Lordy, I hope there are tapes”

By Laurie Bennett

June 8, 2017 at 9:55am

Former FBI Director James Comey faced off against the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Thursday and said President Donald Trump lied.

Trump turns again to one of his favorite law firms

By Laurie Bennett

June 7, 2017 at 9:22am

In tapping Christopher Wray to be director of the FBI, Donald Trump has again shown a preference for King & Spalding.

The big money behind GOP denial of climate change

By Laurie Bennett

June 6, 2017 at 2:59pm

Not only has Donald Trump filled his cabinet and his White House staff with people who deny or question the existence of climate change, he has adopted almost verbatim the language of the fossil-fuel industry, the New York Times noted Sunday.

Why Donald Trump loves coal miners

By Laurie Bennett

June 2, 2017 at 7:10am

Not even the leaders of the coal industry believe that coal jobs can come back.

Trump withdraws from Paris agreement

By Laurie Bennett

June 1, 2017 at 3:43pm

President Trump announced Thursday that the United States would pull out of the Paris accord, which addresses greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to reduce climate change.

Mueller’s former law firm has many entanglements

By Laurie Bennett

May 22, 2017 at 7:05am

As a prominent D.C. law firm, WilmerHale was bound to face some crossing loyalties when Robert Mueller was named special counsel in the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Mueller named special counsel in Russia probe

By Laurie Bennett

May 18, 2017 at 6:45am

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been named special counsel to oversee the Justice Department’s probe into Trump campaign ties to Russia.

Reports: Trump asked Comey to halt investigation

By Laurie Bennett

May 17, 2017 at 7:12am

President Donald Trump asked then-FBI Director James Comey to drop the bureau’s investigation of former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn, the New York Times and other media report.

Trump fires Comey

By Laurie Bennett

May 9, 2017 at 5:22pm

President Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey.

Yet another Russian connection

By Laurie Bennett

May 4, 2017 at 6:31am

President Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, has signed a lobbying deal with Citgo oil company, Politico reports.

Lobby firms find a place in the Trump administration

By Laurie Bennett

May 2, 2017 at 9:11am

After the election, the Trump camp pledged that applicants for high posts in the administration would have to provide proof that they were not registered lobbyists.

The international connections of the modern boardroom

By Laurie Bennett

May 1, 2017 at 8:22am

No corporate board better illustrates the borderless economy than that of Philip Morris.

Dow Chemical wants help from the White House

By Laurie Bennett

April 21, 2017 at 5:56am

Dow Chemical is lobbying the Trump administration to ignore federal scientists’ findings that a group of pesticides pose an environmental danger, the Associated Press reports.

Deep pockets fund Trump inaugural

By Laurie Bennett

April 20, 2017 at 8:53am

Foreign interests, billionaires and big oil were all big contributors to the Trump inauguration, according to a report released Wednesday.

The American Enterprise Institute and the Trump White House

By Laurie Bennett

April 10, 2017 at 8:09am

The American Enterprise Institute has situated itself at the highest levels of the Trump administration.

The enormity of the U.S. Intelligence Community

By Laurie Bennett

February 16, 2017 at 8:58am

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.

Immigration ban strains Trump relations with Silicon Valley

By Laurie Bennett

January 30, 2017 at 9:06am

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

The Davos elite

By Laurie Bennett

January 19, 2017 at 8:22am

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

In a typical cabinet, Elaine Chao would be one of the richest

By Laurie Bennett

January 12, 2017 at 8:37am

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).

Tillerson falsely testifies that Exxon didn’t lobby on sanctions

By Laurie Bennett

January 11, 2017 at 2:05pm

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



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