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How Silicon Valley Lobbyists Secretly Pushed Texas Regulators to Rewrite the Rules of the Gig Economy
Documents show that lobbyists for dictated a rule to the Texas Workforce Commission that would give legal shelter to gig economy companies who don’t want to treat workers like employees.
TX-needs-improvement  corruption  taxes-corporate  jobs  silicon-valley  tech-giants  corporate-powwr 
12 weeks ago by Peony43
Scott Pruitt’s Wish List: Private Jets, Fancy Furniture, 24-Hour Security - The New York Times
Here are some of the big-ticket items Scott Pruitt wanted:
-- $100,000-a-month charter aircraft membership
-- $70,000 to replace 2 desks, one with a bulletproof model
-- Bulletproof SUV with so-called run flat tires
-- Flashing lights and sirens with his motorcade
-- An office security booth. In the end it cost almost $43,000.
Pruitt  EPA  trump-cabinet$$  corruption 
april 2018 by Peony43
Trump NLRB Appointee Finds a Way Around Conflict of… — ProPublica
William Emanuel has recused himself from ruling on disputes involving his former law firm’s clients — but then used unrelated cases as vehicles to help Republican colleagues accomplish the same thing.
swamp  trump-appointments  corruption 
january 2018 by Peony43
The Daily 202: Trump’s embrace of earmarks underscores the peril of a president who doesn’t know history - The Washington Post
-- It’s not clear that the first family even thinks history matters. A senior European diplomat complained to Politico last week that Jared Kushner, the presidential son-in-law who had been given an expansive international portfolio that includes shepherding Middle East peace talks, has been “very dismissive” about the role of international institutions and alliances. The diplomat said that Kushner has also been uninterested in hearing Europeans recount how closely the United States has partnered with Western Europe since World War II. “He told me, ‘I’m a businessman, and I don’t care about the past. Old allies can be enemies, or enemies can be friends.’ So, the past doesn’t count,” the diplomat told Susan Glasser. “I was taken aback. It was frightening.”

-- That mentality has manifested itself in a myriad ways over the past year. To wit:

Without an American security guarantee, the freedom-loving people of the Baltic States — Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania — would almost certainly be gobbled up by the authoritarian Russians. These Eastern European countries were occupied by the Soviets until the end of the Cold War, and they’ve lived in fear of Russian invasions since Peter the Great. To guard against their annexation, they were invited to join NATO in 2004.

In a chilling story that posted overnight, two former administration officials tell the Daily Beast that a senior National Security Council official proposed withdrawing some U.S. military forces from Eastern Europe as an overture to Vladimir Putin during the early days of the Trump presidency. “While the proposal was ultimately not adopted, it is the first known case of senior aides to [Trump] seeking to reposition U.S. military forces to please Putin — something that smelled, to a colleague, like a return on Russia’s election-time investment,” Spencer Ackerman reports.

Kevin Harrington, who pushed the idea, remains the NSC’s senior official for strategic planning. He came to the White House with neither military experience nor significant government experience. He got the job because he worked for Trump donor Peter Thiel’s hedge fund. “The ex-colleague considered the idea dangerously naïve,” Ackerman reports. “A second former senior Trump administration official [said] that Harrington had enthusiastically discussed this proposal with several senior staffers…” 
trump-doesn't-understand-stuff  trump-admin-ingorant  history  Congress  corruption 
january 2018 by Peony43

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