In July, 44 former state attorneys general, including a few Republicans, petitioned the Judiciary committees in both houses of Congress for an investigation into the prosecution and conviction of former Alabama Gov. Donald Siegelman. Siegelman, a Democrat, was convicted of bribery in a case that a GOP operative has sworn was orchestrated by Rove. … [Read more...] about Motormouth
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— Warren vs. Mulvaney. The Post's Renae Merle: "After months of letter writing and political one-liners, two of Washington’s most strident adversaries met Thursday to debate the future of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. On one side was Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who came up with the idea for the watchdog agency and has been among its most vocal supporters in Congress. On the other was Mick Mulvaney, who has spent years criticizing the CFPB as rogue agency that needed to be reined in before President Trump appointed him in November to be its temporary leader... At the hearing Thursday, Warren lashed out at Mulvaney... 'You’ve taken obvious joy in talking about how the agency will help banks a lot more than it will help consumers and how upset this must make me. But here’s what you don’t get, Mr. Mulvaney: This isn’t about me,' Warren said." … [Read more...] about The Finance 202: Trump’s flirtation with rejoining TPP is surprisingly serious
But the Federal Reserve’s current moves to gradually raise U.S. interest rates are being taken to ensure the economy does not overheat at a time when unemployment is at a 17-year low and the economic expansion is now the second longest in U.S. history. Previous administrations have usually been careful not to make public comments about Fed interest-rate policies to protect the Fed’s political independence. … [Read more...] about AP FACT CHECK: Trump distorts NKorea aim to ‘denuclearize’
But Kopp said Markey also failed to mention another assumption baked into the number, which is that researchers were factoring in a limited level of adaptation. The group included the sorts of things that people have done in the past to respond to heat or cold, for instance, but not novel approaches. If people are more creative and come up with better ways of adapting to climate change, that wouldn’t be reflected in the economic damages. … [Read more...] about Fact Check: How Much Will the ‘Green New Deal’ Cost?