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Republicans Are Fundraising Off America's Healthcare Misery

Steve Scalise
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To the outside observer, it may look as if the Republican Party can't decide what to do about repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). After voting to repeal the ACA more than 60 times in the House of Representatives, Republicans now hold both houses of Congress as well the presidency.

Repeal is in their grasp, and yet they seem paralyzed.

But that's only true if you believe that a political party's mission is to govern. If raising money is the GOP's true goal, their paralysis suddenly begins to make more sense. Read the rest of this item here.

Lawsuit Filed Against Trump Nominee Scott Pruitt for Polluter Emails

Scott Pruitt
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CMD Alleges Pruitt Violated OK Open Records Law, Failed to Release 3,000 Emails for Over Two Years; Asks Court to Block Destruction of Emails

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.— Days before the full Senate votes on Scott Pruitt's nomination to head the Environmental Protection Agency, the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), a national investigative watchdog group, alleges in a new lawsuit that as Oklahoma Attorney General Pruitt has violated the Oklahoma Open Records Act for failing to provide public access to official emails and other documents for more than two years. The lawsuit also asks for an injunction to prevent the Oklahoma Attorney General from destroying any documents relevant to the group's open records requests.

Alongside the petition, counsel is requesting an emergency hearing due to the impending Senate vote on Pruitt's nomination. Read the rest of this item here.

Coal Power Play at DOJ Poses Conflicts for Sessions

In the wake of Donald Trump's firing of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates for refusing to defend his unlawful immigration ban, Senator Jeff Sessions faces renewed questions about whether he is too close to Trump to serve independently in the post.

Peppered with numerous questions from Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sessions refused to say he would step aside from any matters involving alleged wrongdoing by the President or his family, despite Department of Justice rules requiring recusal. Read the rest of this item here.

When It Comes to Jeff Sessions, D.C. Stands for "Dodge City"

Jeff Sessions
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President Trump arrived in Washington, D.C. last week with enough conflicts of interest to fill a cattle car. And if Senator Jeff Sessions gets confirmed as Attorney General, he's going to have to deal with many of them.

During his confirmation hearing and in written follow-up questions, Senators on the Judiciary Committee pressed Sessions for answers on whether he would recuse himself from wrestling with a whole herd of Trump's conflicts, given his role as a Trump's political advisor and confidante. Sessions studiously sidestepped them all.

Apparently Sessions thinks D.C. stands for "Dodge City." Read the rest of this item here.

DeVos Design Flaw: Math and Reading Scores in Michigan are Tanking

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In the wake of Betsy DeVos' widely panned performance in her January 17 confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (HELP), and committee chair Lamar Alexander's decision to postpone her confirmation vote until January 31, education expert Diane Ravitch posted an open letter to Alexander, calling on him to "do the right thing" and vote against Donald Trump's Education Secretary nominee.

From 1991 to 1993, Ravitch worked for then-Secretary of Education Alexander in the George H.W. Bush administration as an Assistant Secretary. In her open letter on Huffington Post, Ravitch writes that DeVos is "unprepared, unqualified and unfit" for the office, and "would be the first Secretary of Education in our history to be hostile to public education." Read the rest of this item here.

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Trump Picks a Fight with the Facts on His First Full Day

For those who hoped the Trump administration would become more "presidential" after the pomp and ceremony of the swearing-in, the Trump team cleared up any confusion by peddling outright lies from the White House podium.

On January 21, the day after his swearing in, Trump traveled to Langley, Virginia.

The mission? To mend fences with the CIA. A secondary mission? To give the press something else to report on than the millions of women in pink "pussyhats" gathering in cities and towns across America. Read the rest of this item here.

Breaking Good News: Truth-Telling Gets an Oscar Nod

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has nominated Ava DuVernay's film "The 13th" for an Oscar.

Her film is a magnificent, heart-wrenching, shocking, and inspiring meditation on the American criminal justice system and racial discrimination from the Civil War to the modern day.

And it includes CMD's research. Read the rest of this item here.

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Scott Pruitt Withholds Thousands of Emails Likely Concealing Ties to Fossil Fuel Corporations

Faced with a February 16 court hearing on the Center for Media and Democracy's (CMD) lawsuit to force Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to turn over records of his communications with fossil fuel giants and other polluters, Pruitt's office finally responded to the first of CMD's nine outstanding Open Records Act requests. After analyzing the response, however, CMD has determined that the AG's office provided just 411 of the more than 3,000 emails they earlier said they had located, withholding thousands of emails relevant to the request.

CMD, represented by Robert Nelon, of Hall Estill, and the ACLU of Oklahoma, has filed a status report with the judge detailing the scope of missing documents, including 27 emails that were previously turned over to the New York Times in 2014. Pruitt's office has yet to respond to CMD's eight other outstanding record requests. Read the rest of this item here.

ALEC Embraces Trumpism

Just in time for Valentine's Day, love is in the air as the American Legislative Exchange Council cozies up to the Real Donald.

ALEC and Trump are unlikely lovers. One gets excited about slamming borders shut, raising tariffs on imports, and promising massive infrastructure spending ($1 trillion in borrowed money says Steve Bannon), the other has never seen a free trade agreement it hasn't embraced and objects to spending programs that might actually grow jobs.

But ALEC is casting doubts aside and is ready to guide Trump to mutual fulfillment. Read the rest of this item here.

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Mike Pompeo

CIA Director Mike Pompeo
Michael Richard Pompeo is the director of the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and former Representative of Kansas's 4th Congressional District, where the global headquarters of Koch Industries is located. While serving as a Congressman, the Huffington Post described the Tea Party Republican as "the Koch brothers' point man in the House."[1] Koch Industries and its employees was Pompeo's largest contributor in each of his campaigns.

Pompeo was tapped by President Donald Trump to be the Director of the CIA on November 18, 2016. He was confirmed by the Senate 66-32 on January 23, 2017 and sworn in that night.[2]

Koch Industries Is Pompeo's Top Campaign Contributor

Representative Pompeo's largest contributor in his each of his Congressional campaign's was Koch Industries and its employees, totaling $375,100 since 2010.

Read the entire SourceWatch page on Mike Pompeo.


  1. Elliot Negin, The Koch Brothers Are Still Trying to Break Wind, Huffington Post, December 9, 2013.
  2. Matt Flegenheimer, Mike Pompeo is Confirmed to Lead C.I.A., as Rex Tillerson Advances, New York Times, January 23, 2017.

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Don't Let Them Smear Us as "Fake News"

Last Friday night, ALEC posted an op-ed trying to smear the Center for Media and Democracy as "fake news," a bogus attack from the Koch-backed corporate bill mill.

The truth? CMD has written hundreds of stories documenting ALEC's pay-to-play operation--where corporations secretly vote as equals with legislators on "model" bills to change our rights. Our research has helped fuel thousands of stories about ALEC in news outlets across the country and the globe, like the New York Times, the Guardian, the BBC, the Washington Post, PBS, and many more.

ALEC's "fake news" smear is designed to minimize the impact of our investigations.

Don't let them get away with it. Read the rest of this item here.

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ALEC and Criminal Justice Reform; RAGA and Oil Companies

October 3, 2016 - Democracy Now!
Amy Goodman talks with Lisa Graves, the executive director of the Center for Media and Democracy, about the role of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in the expansion of the U.S. prison system. ALEC has worked with states to write legislation promoting the privatization of prisons in addition to pushing for harsher, longer sentences. Amy also asks Graves about the connection between oil and gas companies and the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA).

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