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  1. The Michael Flynn Scandal Descends on Trump's DC Hotel

    05.25 / 10:58 motherjones.com Motherjones.com - Politics
    Ekim Alptekin, a well-connected Turkish businessman at the center of one of the many scandals swirling around President Donald Trump and his White House, stood before a crowd of several hundred people in downtown Washington and sought to clear up a few things. "There's been a lot of media attention on it," he later told a reporter, "so I just wanted to address the issue." The "issue" in question was no small matter. Last year, Alptekin paid $530,000 to retired Lt. General Michael Flynn…
  2. Montana Republican Candidate Allegedly "Bodyslammed" Guardian Reporter on Eve of Election

    05.25 / 03:44 motherjones.com Motherjones.com - Politics
    Montana Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte allegedly assaulted a reporter at a campaign event in Bozeman on Wednesday evening, one day before voters go to the polls to fill the seat vacated in March by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. The reporter, Ben Jacobs of the Guardian, had previously broken a major story about Gianforte's investments in Russian companies. Greg Gianforte just body slammed me and broke my glasses — Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) May 24,…
  3. Montana Republican Candidate Allegedly "Bodyslammed" Guardian Reporter on Eve of Election

    05.25 / 01:28 motherjones.com Motherjones.com - Politics
    Montana Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte allegedly assaulted a reporter at a campaign event in Bozeman on Wednesday evening, one day before voters go to the polls to fill the seat vacated in March by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. The reporter, Ben Jacobs of the Guardian, had previously broken a major story about Gianforte's investments in Russian companies. Greg Gianforte just body slammed me and broke my glasses — Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) May 24,…
  4. Watch Betsy DeVos Dodge Questions About How She’d Deal With Private Schools That Discriminate

    05.24 / 22:59 motherjones.com Motherjones.com - Politics
    In her first appearance before Congress since her contentious confirmation hearing in January, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos refused to say whether she would step in to withhold federal funding from private schools that discriminate against LGBT students. Speaking before the House appropriations subcommittee Wednesday to defend the administration's proposal to cut $10.6 billion from the education department's budget, DeVos pushed her familiar school choice message, arguing that…
  5. The US Lost Track of a Billion Dollars Worth of Weapons in Iraq—Again

    05.24 / 22:59 motherjones.com Motherjones.com - Politics
    In June 2014, Iraqi forces dropped their weapons, shed their uniforms, and abandoned their posts as ISIS militants stormed into and captured Mosul. More than a year later, the United States began funneling $1.6 billion worth of new weaponry and other support to the beleaguered Iraqi army. The arsenal included tens of thousands of assault rifles, hundreds of armored vehicles, hundreds of mortar rounds, nearly 200 sniper rifles, and other gear. What happened to much of it is now a…
  6. 23 Million More Uninsured: Read the CBO's Report on the GOP Health Care Bill

    05.24 / 21:52 motherjones.com Motherjones.com - Politics
    We now know roughly how many people will have health insurance under the bill to repeal Obamacare that House Republicans passed earlier this month. Late Wednesday afternoon, the Congressional Budget Office released its report analyzing the effects of the GOP's bill. It estimated that by 2026, 23 million fewer people would have insurance under the Republican plan than under current law. The CBO had scored an earlier version of the Republican bill back in March. At the time, it projected…
  7. Trump Isn't Enforcing His Plan to Avoid Violating the Emoluments Clause

    05.24 / 19:51 motherjones.com Motherjones.com - Politics
    In January, Donald Trump's lawyer said that the Trump Organization would donate any profits earned at Trump hotels from a foreign government to the US Treasury. The move was supposedly an attempt to stay on the right side of the Constitution's Emoluments Clause, which prohibits US government officials from taking gifts or benefiting from foreign governments. Ethics experts noted that the pledge, issued by attorney Sheri Dillon, did not truly address this violation of the Constitution.…
  8. House Dems Investigating Trump Loans for Russian Connections

    05.24 / 18:52 motherjones.com Motherjones.com - Politics
    Since Donald Trump became a presidential candidate, journalists and investigators looking at his business holdings have wondered if there are any Russian connections to the complicated and opaque finances of his real estate empire. So far, no solid evidence of a Moscow link has emerged. But on Wednesday a group of House Democrats took a significant step on this front. They sent a letter to German banking giant Deutsche Bank asking for information regarding the four large loans Trump has…