Category Archives: National

Senate GOP recklessly flouts ethics practices for Trump nominees

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky)

Our Constitution gives the Senate the power to decide whether to confirm presidential appointees. Carrying out this responsibility requires that senators know about the nominee’s records and whether he or she has ethical conflicts. That information should be available before confirmation hearings so that senators can ask the nominee about issue positions and ethical concerns. […]

FBI and Homeland Security publish technical details of Russian hack meant to help Trump

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As Donald Trump continues to downplay Russian cyberwarfare against the United States designed to help him win the presidential election, technical details are emerging. The press gave a lot of attention to the sanctions against Russia announced yesterday. Republicans, including Senator Lindsay Graham and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, reacted by saying these could […]

Trump hiring of white supremacist and threat to free speech should lead Collins and King to respond

Last weekend brought two incredible moments for American democracy, and not in a good way. 1. Trump picked Stephen Bannon, a white nationalist who ran Breitbart News as a top White House advisor. According to Ben Shapiro, who used to work for Breitbart, “Under Bannon’s leadership, Breitbart openly embraced the white supremacist alt-right.” Shapiro also […]

The historically ironic reason why President Trump cannot escape a flood of lawsuits

Donald Trump speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on February 10, 2011. Photo credit: Gage Skidmore (Creative Commons)

Back in 1997, the Supreme Court decided a president couldn’t claim he was too busy to deal with a civil lawsuit lodged against him for actions a litigant claimed he did before becoming president. In Clinton v Jones, President Bill Clinton tried to put off a sexual harassment case filed by Paula Jones that dated back […]