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GOP Missions in Eastern Europe Were Paid for by Butina-Linked Christian Group and Ukraine Ally

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Reps. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.),  Tim Walberg, John Moolenaar, and Louie Gohmert (R-Texas). (Images: Win McNamee/Getty Images; walberg.house.gov; C-SPAN screengrab via moolenaar.house.gov; Alex Wong/Getty Images.)    By Jonathan Larsen with additional reporting by Ken Klippenstein At least four Republican members of Congress have traveled to eastern Europe and bolstered proponents there of policies that may help achieve Russia’s goal that those …

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Democrat Who Got $16,500 from Private Prisons Joins GOP in Vote Supporting ICE

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Rep. Henry Cuellar (R-Texas) speaking in support of Immigration and Customs Enforcement on the House floor Wednesday. (Image: Screengrab from video posted on Cuellar’s website.) By Alex Kotch On Wednesday afternoon, 18 House Democrats joined all but one Republican in voting for a GOP resolution in support of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a deportation force created in 2003 as …

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Prayer Group in Russia Case Had Envoy to Eastern Europe in GOP Congressman

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Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), “The Apprentice” producer Mark Burnett, and Pres. Trump at the 2017 National Prayer Breakfast. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images. By Ken Klippenstein A secretive Christian political group alluded to in Monday’s criminal complaint against an alleged Russian agent sent a conservative Christian congressman on multiple trips to eastern European nations friendly with Russia, federal records show. …

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Big Pharma Beneficiaries Delete Storehouse of Medical Guidelines

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HHS Secretary Alex Azar, President Trump, and Vice President Pence in the White House Jan. 29, 2018. (Image: White House photo/Joyce Boghosian.) By Jonathan Larsen America’s federal database of medical treatment guidelines—a resource for doctors, hospitals, and patients for more than two decades—will be dead on Tuesday. The National Guideline Clearinghouse website at Guidelines.gov was shut down by the Agency …

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Trump, GOP Delete Decades of Medical Guidelines

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Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Kentucky) speaking at the 2016 National Rx Drug Abuse Summit. (Image: House.gov) By Jonathan Larsen A decades-old federal storehouse of treatment and prescription guidelines for the medical profession will be gone as of Monday. And a powerful congressman who led the charge against it scooped up shares last year in stocks of companies that stand to benefit, …

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Analysis: FEMA Report on Puerto Rico Response Calls for More Private Contractors

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Selection from the cover of new FEMA report urging more private-sector disaster response. (Source: FEMA.gov) By Jonathan Larsen The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) report released late Thursday is making headlines by taking responsibility for how the agency failed Puerto Rico in its response to Hurricane Maria. The 2017 after-action report on the 2017 hurricane season concludes that FEMA failed …

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Gianforte Bought Private Prison Stock as Trump Immigration Policy Boosted Its Profits

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Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-Montana) in a police photo at his booking last year on assault charges. (Image: Gallatin County Justice Court.) By Alex Kotch The second-richest member of Congress made a six-figure purchase earlier this year of stock in a major private prison company that’s profiting handsomely from increased immigrant detention under Trump administration policy, federal records show. Rep. Greg …