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Trump Budget Ends Medicaid Expansion, Axes Affordable Housing Programs - truthout.org

Trump Budget Ends Medicaid Expansion, Axes Affordable Housing Programs - truthout.org | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

Trump has signaled his priorities but his proposals must get through Congress before they become a reality. Now is the time for Americans to let their representatives know what kind of budget they want to see.

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These 43 Republicans blew up the deficit with tax cuts. Now they say debt is a security threat. – ThinkProgress

These 43 Republicans blew up the deficit with tax cuts. Now they say debt is a security threat. – ThinkProgress | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

Every one of them previously voted to add an estimated $1 trillion to the deficit to cut taxes for the wealthy and corporations.

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Trump Budget Eliminates Funding for Tribal College Scholarships - 

Trump Budget Eliminates Funding for Tribal College Scholarships -  | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

For the second year in a row the Trump administration has proposed defunding a federal grant program that provides scholarships to Native American students.

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New York Democrats have their own plan to get Trump's tax returns - RawStory.com

New York Democrats have their own plan to get Trump's tax returns - RawStory.com | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

In Congress, the legal fight for President Donald Trump’s tax returns is about to kick into high gear, with the House Ways and Means Committee invoking a federal law to instruct the IRS to hand over six years of the president’s taxes.

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GOP Rep. Mark Walker entangled in federal corruption probe in North Carolina - Politico.com

GOP Rep. Mark Walker entangled in federal corruption probe in North Carolina - Politico.com | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it
A spokesman says the North Carolina lawmaker has not been charged and is fully cooperating with the probe.
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Ivanka busted for amending financial disclosure forms six times in one month: report - RawStory.com

Ivanka busted for amending financial disclosure forms six times in one month: report - RawStory.com | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

An ethics watchdog group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics obtained Jared Kushner’s and Ivanka Trump’s financial disclosures that revealed the couple has a “pattern of trouble with their filings.” The group received the certified disclosures from Office of Government Ethics. The forms show that they made multiple adjustments to their documents. BREAKING: CREW just obtained Jared Kushner’s and Ivanka Trump’s certified financial disclosures. Why did it take OGE so long to certify their disclosures? Why …

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Ted Cruz’s FEC lawsuit could give special interests more power in federal elections - OpenSecrets.org

Ted Cruz’s FEC lawsuit could give special interests more power in federal elections - OpenSecrets.org | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

A lawsuit by Ted Cruz seeks to scrap a section of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) intended to limit the influence of wealthy candidates. 

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In case you haven't noticed, Senator Ted Cruz is trying to reap big bucks for himself and the rest of the skinflints, cheapskates and misers in the GOP leadership.

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Trump Budget: Sucker Punch to Base - DailyKos.com 

Trump Budget: Sucker Punch to Base - DailyKos.com  | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

If you thought the tax cut screwed you, wait till you hear about President Trump’s proposed 2020 budget. The most vulnerable of our citizens, impoverished children, the elderly and students are targets for the president’s budget cuts.

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Shining a light on ‘dark money’ and online ad spending - OpenSecrets.org

Shining a light on ‘dark money’ and online ad spending - OpenSecrets.org | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

Secretive "dark money" groups have run free for decades without oversight, but they now face an unprecedented level of scrutiny as the 2020 election nears.

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Trump tells Fox News it's not his fault he can’t stop attacking John McCain - RawStory.com

Trump tells Fox News it's not his fault he can’t stop attacking John McCain - RawStory.com | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

President Donald Trump appears to have given himself a diagnosis of John McCain-Tourettes Syndrome — and a Fox News panelist agrees. During a Thursday panel discussion on “Your World With Neil Cavuto,” the group viewed a recent interview with Trump and Maria Bartiromo, who asked about the ongoing...

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German Politicians Call Trump's Ambassador a 'Brat' and 'Total Diplomatic Failure,' Demand Immediate Expulsion - Newsweek.com

German Politicians Call Trump's Ambassador a 'Brat' and 'Total Diplomatic Failure,' Demand Immediate Expulsion - Newsweek.com | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it
Richard Grenell was appointed by Trump in May of last year, and has drawn significant controversy in his relatively short tenure as ambassador. On Tuesday, Grenell openly criticized Germany’s defense spending, arguing it sent a “worrisome signal” to NATO allies. Those comments led to swift and severe backlash from several members of parliament.
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‘What are we going to do if they take everything?’: Why Texas landowners are fighting Trump’s border wall - The Independent

‘What are we going to do if they take everything?’: Why Texas landowners are fighting Trump’s border wall - The Independent | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

For five generations Yvette Gaytan’s family has lived on a piece of desert land that juts up against the US-Mexico border where Donald Trump now wants to build his border wall.


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Trump's Medicare-busting budget undercuts Republican healthcare messaging for 2020 - DailyKos.com 

Trump's Medicare-busting budget undercuts Republican healthcare messaging for 2020 - DailyKos.com  | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

The $846 billion in Medicare cuts creates a messaging problem for Republicans for 2020. It is going to be challenging for them to run on "socialist Democrats" trying to get Medicare for everybody when their president is proposing such drastic cuts...

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Trump committed a ‘confessed crime’ while president and Cohen's pay-off check proves it - MSNBC

Trump committed a ‘confessed crime’ while president and Cohen's pay-off check proves it - MSNBC | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

MSNBC’s Ari Melber said Tuesday that the date on Michel Cohen’s check to adult film star Stormy Daniels -Valentine’s Day- proves that Donald Trump committed a “confessed crime” while president. “I have it here,” said Melber holding up a photocopy of the check.

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Why is Tax Day so miserable? Because one obscure congressman works for H&R Block -- not for us - RawStory.com

Why is Tax Day so miserable? Because one obscure congressman works for H&R Block -- not for us - RawStory.com | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

Rep. Richard Neal chairs the House Ways and Means Committee, the most important tax writing committee in all of Congress. Last week, Neal’s committee, with his full support, advanced legislation that would prohibit the IRS from ever building its own electronic program as part of a bill called, believe it or not, the Taxpayer First Act.

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Congress Is About to Ban the Government From Offering Free Online Tax Filing. Thank TurboTax. — ProPublica.org

Congress Is About to Ban the Government From Offering Free Online Tax Filing. Thank TurboTax. — ProPublica.org | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

A bill supported by Democrats and Republicans would make permanent a program that bars the IRS from ever developing its own online tax filing service.

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The Congressman Who Turned the VA into a Lobbying Free-For-All - Politico.com

The Congressman Who Turned the VA into a Lobbying Free-For-All - Politico.com | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

Jeff Miller helped open up the VA to private contractors. Now he’s out of office and lobbying for those businesses.

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Tax firm ready to turn over 10 years of Trump's financial records: Rep. Elijah Cummings - RawStory.com

Tax firm ready to turn over 10 years of Trump's financial records: Rep. Elijah Cummings - RawStory.com | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

On Wednesday, the tax firm Mazars USA said they are ready to turn over 10 years of President Donald Trump’s tax returns, according to Politico. Mazars USA said they wanted the House Oversight and Reform Committee to issue a subpoena in order to make the process formal.

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Trump's ‘corporate death’: New York’s attorney general has the power to kill the president's businesses - RawStory.com

Trump's ‘corporate death’: New York’s attorney general has the power to kill the president's businesses - RawStory.com | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

New York’s attorney general has turned her sweeping investigative powers to focus on the Trump Organization — which she has the power to potentially dissolve. Attorney General Letitia James promised shortly after her November election to “use every area of the law” to investigate President Donald...

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Betsy DeVos Special Olympics funding cuts: Trump budget is under fire - Vox.com 

Betsy DeVos Special Olympics funding cuts: Trump budget is under fire - Vox.com  | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

The education secretary says it’s one of the "difficult decisions" the Trump administration had to make.

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Trump Budget Ends Medicaid Expansion, Axes Affordable Housing Programs - truthout.org

Trump Budget Ends Medicaid Expansion, Axes Affordable Housing Programs - truthout.org | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

Trump has signaled his priorities but his proposals must get through Congress before they become a reality. Now is the time for Americans to let their representatives know what kind of budget they want to see.

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'Pay your taxes': Seth Meyers smacks Trump for bragging about donating his salary back to the government - RawStory.com

'Pay your taxes': Seth Meyers smacks Trump for bragging about donating his salary back to the government - RawStory.com | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

On Friday, in his “Favorite Jokes of the Week” segment, comedian Seth Meyers mocked President Donald Trump for boasting about donating his salary. Trump tweeted that he was donating $100,000 to the Department of Homeland Security.

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Romania to Approve Easing of Controversial `Greed Tax' Next Week - Bloomberg

Romania to Approve Easing of Controversial `Greed Tax' Next Week - Bloomberg | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

Romania is set to soften a controversial ‘greed tax’ on banks next week, shortly before the first payment would kick in, according to the country’s finance minister.

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The Art of the (Self) Deal: Political and Taxpayer Spending at Trump’s Properties - CorporatePresidency.org

The Art of the (Self) Deal: Political and Taxpayer Spending at Trump’s Properties - CorporatePresidency.org | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

Public Citizen has compiled all known records of political and federal taxpayer spending at Trump properties and businesses in the U.S.  We found that President Trump’s U.S. businesses have raked in $15.1 million in revenue from political groups as well as federal agencies during his campaign and presidency. About 90 percent of the spending, or $13.2 million, came from Trump’s own campaign.

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This looks like a good reason to demand an audit of Donald Trump's tax records.

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Both Parties Are Addicted to Dark Money. Only One Is Trying to Quit. – MotherJones.com

Both Parties Are Addicted to Dark Money. Only One Is Trying to Quit. – MotherJones.com | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), like many other Republicans in Congress, has been aggressively bashing HR 1, the sweeping anti-corruption bill that Democrats passed in the House last week. McConnell has called the bill a “radical, half-baked socialist proposal” and a “political power grab” by Democrats, and has made it clear he won’t bring the measure up […]

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Obama: Companies that prioritize greed over good are heading for a reckoning - BusinessInsider.com

Obama: Companies that prioritize greed over good are heading for a reckoning - BusinessInsider.com | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

Obama is working on his foundation these days, where's he's focused on the leaders of tomorrow. And he's warning them to be good citizens.

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Carly Fiorina’s PAC is still spending money — on Uber rides, furniture and hair styling - OpenSecrets.org

Carly Fiorina’s PAC is still spending money — on Uber rides, furniture and hair styling - OpenSecrets.org | Agents of Behemoth | Scoop.it

Though it's been 3 years since Carly Fiorina was the shortest-lived VP candidate in history, a supportive PAC is still spending money on food and Uber.

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