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Biden Re-Nominates Trump Pick and GOP Donor Jennifer Rearden as a Federal Judge

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President Joe Biden yesterday nominated a slate of judges, including a controversial selection in Jennifer Rearden, who was first nominated for the federal bench by former President Donald Trump.  Rearden, a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP with the firm’s litigation and crisis management practices group, was nominated by Biden to serve as a […]

From Sludge
On January 20, 2022
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Leading Congressional Stock Trading Ban Bill Has Spouse Loophole

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Dozens of members of Congress, both Democrats and Republicans, have signed onto bills that would ban members of Congress from trading stocks, something that more than two-thirds of Americans want, according to a bipartisan poll recently conducted by the Campaign Legal Center. But most of those lawmakers have gotten behind a bill that would keep […]

From Sludge
On December 30, 2021
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The Bank-Funded Dems That Spiked Omarova’s Nomination

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Biden’s pick for leading the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Saule Omarova, withdrew from the nominating process this week. Omarova, who was raised in the Soviet Union, was repeatedly attacked by Banking Committee Republicans as a communist, but that’s not why she was forced to withdraw.  Omarova had to withdraw because several bank-funded […]

From Sludge
On December 8, 2021
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News Sites Are Renting Your Inbox to Spammy Political Groups

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Have you found solicitations in your inbox from scammy-seeming political groups that you never signed up for? There are many ways these groups may have gotten your email—campaign finance data shows dozens of obscure data brokerage companies like Fluent LLC and Preferred Communications that get paid millions to rent lists to political campaigns and PACs. […]

From Sludge
On November 11, 2021
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Josh Mandel’s Bitcoin

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Republican Ohio Senate candidate Josh Mandel posted a tweet over the weekend engaging in the identity politics around values like self-reliance and family.  We’ll have to take his word on his meat, gun, and baby, but we can check his financial holdings, and according to his candidate financial disclosure filed with the Senate on August […]

From Sludge
On October 28, 2021
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Rocket Men

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“I’ve heard about space for a long time now,” the actor William Shatner announced last week on the blog of Blue Origin, the space exploration company founded by Amazon’s Jeff Bezos. “I’m taking the opportunity to see it for myself. What a miracle.”

From Popula
On October 11, 2021
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Oil and Gas Groups Use Facebook to Fight Climate Measures

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Oil and gas lobbying groups are reaching new highs in their Facebook ad spending as they organize people across the country to lobby their senators and representatives against climate and tax provisions in the Democrats’ reconciliation bill.  Since August 11, when the Senate passed a resolution authorizing itself to fast-track a reconciliation bill, the American […]

From Sludge
On September 30, 2021
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House to Vote on the Largest Defense Budget in History

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House progressives have again introduced amendments to significantly reduce the massive Pentagon budget of at least $768 billion.

From Sludge
On September 23, 2021
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Manchin Removes Ethics Provisions From Democratic Reform Bill

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The For the People Act passed by the U.S. House in March, filibustered in the Senate in June, contains over a hundred pages of ethics legislation, along with changes to campaign finance laws and election access. All of the government ethics provisions have now been stripped out of the Senate Democrats’ compromise version, the Freedom […]

From Sludge
On September 20, 2021
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AT&T Is the Top Corporate Donor to the Texas Abortion Ban Co-Authors

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This week, a Texas bill took effect that bans physicians from performing or inducing an abortion if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, something that typically occurs about six weeks after conception. There is an exception for medical emergencies, but no exceptions for women who have been raped or are victims of incest.  Most women […]

From Sludge
On September 2, 2021
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General Electric Gets Billions in Defense Contracts While Reps Hold Its Stock

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Texas Republican Michael McCaul owned up to $6 million in G.E. shares as he sits on the Foreign Affairs and Homeland Security Committees.

From Sludge
On August 25, 2021
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Cattle Rancher Cynthia Lummis Wants to Deregulate Meat Inspection

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Earlier this year, Sen. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) became an original co-sponsor on a bill to declare that meat and poultry from all state-inspected slaughterhouses can be shipped throughout the country to be sold by grocery stores. Under current law, only meat and poultry from federally-inspected plants and facilities in a handful of states whose inspection […]

From Sludge
On August 24, 2021
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Despite Claiming to Divest, Ro Khanna’s Wife Held Onto Some Defense Stocks

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In December 2020, Ritu Khanna, the wife of Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), divested from several weapons companies after Sludge published an article revealing that her fortune included defense contractor stocks worth as much as $376,000. The stock sales were celebrated by the anti-war group Code Pink, which had run a campaign calling on Khanna to […]

From Sludge
On August 19, 2021
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