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Poll: More than half think Trump acted unethically or illegally in business conflicts

Poll: More than half think Trump acted unethically or illegally in business conflicts

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WASHINGTON More than half of voters believe Donald Trump has done something illegal or unethical as he faces potential conflicts of interest by continuing to own his businesses while serving as president, according to a new McClatchy-Marist Poll. Even more voters – nearly six in 10 – say Trump’s conduct as president makes them feel embarrassed, according to the poll. Those who think Trump has done something illegal, unethical or embarrassing include large numbers of independent voters. Matt Boyer, 40, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, who does research for a large think tank, said he believes Trump is engaged in unethical behavior because he continues to profit from his businesses. “He is generating benefit to his enterprise,” he said. “The rest of the executive branch can’t
Anti-fascist protesters descend on white nationalist conference in Washington, DC

Anti-fascist protesters descend on white nationalist conference in Washington, DC

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Anti-fascist demonstrators descended upon the Ronald Reagan Building in downtown Washington, D.C. on Saturday to protest a conference held by the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist think tank headed by supremacist Richard Spencer. Spencer and other prominent far-right activists, including British-born paleoconservative Peter Brimelow and anti-Semitic retired professor Kevin MacDonald, were joined by hundreds of attendees. Outside, dozens of demonstrators chanted "we don't want a white state, we say no to racist hate" and "go home Nazi scum." Police detained at least two people after one of the white supremacist activists emerged and began filming and taunting the protesters, leading to a fight. (more…)
Ringside With Steve Bannon at Trump Tower as the President-Elect’s Strategist Plots “An Entirely New Political Movement” (Exclusive)

Ringside With Steve Bannon at Trump Tower as the President-Elect’s Strategist Plots “An Entirely New Political Movement” (Exclusive)

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"I'm not a white nationalist, I'm a nationalist. I'm an economic nationalist," Bannon tells THR media columnist Michael Wolff as the controversial Breitbart News chief turned White House advisor unleashes on Hillary Clinton, Fox News and his critics. In late summer when I went up to see Steve Bannon, then recently named CEO of the Donald Trump presidential campaign, in his office at Trump Tower in New York, he outlined a preposterous-sounding scenario. Trump, he said, would do surprisingly well among women, Hispanics and African-Americans, in addition to working men, and hence take Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan — and therefore the election. On Nov. 15, when I went back to Trump Tower, Bannon, promoted by the president-elect to chief strategist for the incoming administration,
Obama declares parts of Arctic off-limits for oil drilling

Obama declares parts of Arctic off-limits for oil drilling

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US President Barack Obama on Friday declared portions of the Arctic off-limits for oil exploration for the next five years, dealing a blow to Republican efforts to expand fossil fuel extraction. The decision means new oil and gas exploration leasing in the Chukchi Sea and Beaufort Sea will not be considered until after 2022. "Given the unique and challenging Arctic environment and industry's declining interest in the area, forgoing lease sales in the Arctic is the right path forward," Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said in a statement. The US government made a similar announcement in March, when it removed the Atlantic Ocean from the five-year road map. Environmental groups hailed Friday's decision as historic and coming at a key moment, as President-elect Donald Trump has...
40,000 Definitely Real People Have Applied for Jobs on Donald Trump’s Broken Website

40,000 Definitely Real People Have Applied for Jobs on Donald Trump’s Broken Website

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Photo: GettySpeaking to Fox News on Thursday, RNC Chief Strategist Sean Spicer boasted that “almost 50,000" people have submitted resumes to join the Donald Trump administration through his website. Whether all of those people are real, however, is far from certain. In order to fill some 4,000 presidential appointee positions, the President-elect’s transition team set up an online application form at apply.ptt.gov this week. But as Daily Dot writer Gavia Baker-Whitelaw notes, the website has no email or address verification system, “so you can ‘apply’ for a job in about 30 seconds.”   In Gizmodo’s own tests, we found that the application accepted just about any input for the required fields, including the email addresses “kornfan311@dubstep.gov,” “animeluvr1488@pe