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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 02: U.S. President Donald Trump (C) leads a meeting of his Cabinet, including acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt (L) and acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, in the Cabinet Room at the White House
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 02: U.S. President Donald Trump (C) leads a meeting of his Cabinet, including acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt (L) and acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, in the Cabinet Room at the White HouseChip Somodevilla / Getty Images

Embracing the Swamp: Trump Elevates Official Who Violated His Ethics Order

A recently submitted ethics complaint alleges that David Bernhardt, who has been tapped to lead the Interior Department, violated at least two sections of Trump’s “drain the swamp” executive order.

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Conservative Democrat Gets $100k from Oil & Gas PACs in Bid to Fend Off Surging Progressive

Attorney Jessica Cisneros is taking on the fossil fuel-friendly Democratic Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar in the 2020 primary.

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House Dems Try to Sneak Through Weak Financial Regulator Bill

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission is a critical derivatives regulator, and a House reauthorization fails to fortify it.

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🚨SLUDGE REPORT: Pay-to-Play Ambassadorships🚨

Your regular summary of the most shameful corruption in politics.