Corruption

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    Say no to the return of earmarks

    Mattie Duppler of the National Taxpayers Union explains at National Review Online why restoring congressional earmarks would be a bad idea. There is now discussion of reviving earmarks: the practice, banned in the House of Representatives since 2010, of inserting funding for lawmakers’ pet projects into bills to…
    Mitch Kokai, January 19, 2018
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    Trump and earmarks

    Jonathan Tobin explains at National Review Online why he’s more worried about President Trump’s commentary on congressional earmarks than about his much-criticized description of other countries. When the president suggested during the freewheeling televised exchange about immigration that congressional earmarks be revived, he may have set back government…
    Mitch Kokai, January 17, 2018
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    Mueller probe could extend into much of 2018

    Chuck Ross of the Daily Caller reports that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump administration will not end any time soon. Members of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team have told confidants that they expect the Russia investigation to last deep into 2018, according to a new…
    Mitch Kokai, December 20, 2017
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    A special counsel for the special counsel

    Anna Giaritelli of the Washington Examiner reports on one novel approach to concerns about special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference with American politics. President Trump is pushing for the creation of a new special counsel to oversee the work of the special counsel dealing with Russia’s…
    Mitch Kokai, December 13, 2017
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    A ‘stealth coup’ in D.C.

    Rowan Scarborough writes in the Washington Times about ongoing efforts to undermine the Trump administration. From the moment Donald Trump secured the Republican nomination and then the presidency, national security officials under President Obama have shown themselves to be intense adversaries in public and behind the scenes. In…
    Mitch Kokai, December 7, 2017
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    Mueller, Comey, and the politicization of the FBI

    Bill Gertz of the Washington Free Beacon highlights a disturbing shift in perception about the nation’s best-known law enforcement agency. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, once America’s storied crime fighting agency, is under fire for an increasing leftward politicization blamed on recent liberal directors and a bureaucracy operating…
    Mitch Kokai, December 7, 2017
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    Mueller team’s anti-Trump bias

    Chuck Ross of the Daily Caller sifts through the latest evidence that special counsel Robert Mueller’s legal team has an ax to grind in its pursuit of charges against President Trump. For nearly four months, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office, the Justice Department and the FBI have kept…
    Mitch Kokai, December 5, 2017
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    Term limits in the Western hemisphere

    John Fund of National Review Online analyzes the current state of term limits in North and South America. [S]everal other Latin American countries have seen their term-limit laws neutered or abolished by skullduggery. Of the 14 Latin American countries with term limits, four now allow leaders more than…
    Mitch Kokai, December 5, 2017