Government Oversight

Firms Belatedly Register as Foreign Agents for Manafort-Linked Lobbying
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Two lobbying firms said they were registering as agents of a foreign government in connection with lobbying that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort helped organize five years ago for the then-Ukrainian government.

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Hungary Law That Could Close George Soros’s University Faces Uncertainty
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Even as an E.U. official said that Central European University should operate “undisturbed,” Hungary’s government appeared to be having second thoughts.

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WaPo reveals identity of Trump aide monitored by FBI under FISA warrant
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The Washington Post reported that former Trump aide Carter Page was the subject of a FISA warrant granted to the FBI who suspected him of acting as a foreign agent. The report cited anonymous law enforcement and other U.S. official sources saying Page was being investigated as part of a probe into possible ties between […]

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CNN: Members of Congress refute Nunes’ accusations of surveillance on Trump
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CNN reported Tuesday that sources from Congress who reviewed the classified information that Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) took to President Trump are contradicting his conclusions and claims of inappropriate conduct by the Obama administration. Don Lemon aired Nunes’ statements about the information he received, where he said, “There’s some information in those documents that concern […]

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Trump to Lift Hiring Freeze
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The administration plans to lift the federal hiring freeze that has been in place for the past three months but will continue its push to restructure and downsize the federal government, seen as a central piece of President Donald Trump’s pledge to “drain the swamp.”

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North Korea says it’s ready for ‘any mode of war desired by the U.S.’
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North Korea has responded to the show of force from the United States Navy by saying that they are ready for “any mode of war desired by the U.S.” in a statement on Monday. The statement was in response to the news this weekend that the U.S. Navy strike group Carl Vinson was moving to the […]

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Secret A.T.F. Account Paid for $21,000 Nascar Suite and Las Vegas Trip
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The revelations highlight the lax oversight at the A.T.F. that allowed agents and informants to spend millions while avoiding the normal accounting process.

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