Author: Russ Choma

Who Poured $1 Billion Into Trump’s Media Empire? We Might Never Know.

Former president Donald Trump’s media company scored a coup over the weekend, announcing it had landed $1 billion in investment. But the public might never know who has funded Trump’s media dreams, creating a potential conflict of interest on a colossal scale. And even before the deal was announced, the company, which has already missed […]

Trump’s Irish Golf Course Lost More Money Than Ever Before

The global COVID-19 pandemic dealt former president Donald Trump’s golf course in Doonbeg, Ireland a heavy blow last year, with the resort, which has never been profitable, doubling its losses in 2020. According to a local news report based on required Irish annual corporate filings that are not yet available electronically, the complex lost just over […]

Why GOP Leaders Can’t Keep Paul Gosar in Line

For decades, if members of Congress got carried away—if their rhetoric or votes started straying too far from the party line—they were usually quick to retreat under pressure. While there were always party factions or caucuses pursuing their own interests, party leadership expected members to cooperate. Unnecessary controversy and self-serving provocations weren’t in the playbook—go […]

Trump Faces New Legal Threats on Both Sides of the Atlantic

An array of legal investigations into the business run by former President Donald Trump picked up new steam in the last two weeks. From Scotland to the tony New York City suburbs, Trump’s sprawling empire is facing new threats on at least three fronts. Stateside, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance called a second grand jury […]

The FBI Received Highly Specific Tips About Violence Set for Jan. 6—but Declined to Act

A sprawling new investigation by the Washington Post into the events leading up to the Capitol insurrection has revealed that the Federal Bureau of Investigations received numerous and highly-detailed tips on the potential for serious violence by followers of then-president Donald Trump on January 6. And, despite the specificity and volume of reports, the FBI […]

Did Trump’s Media Company Really Just Trademark the Term “Truthing”?

Donald Trump announced Wednesday night that he is launching a conservative social media and technology company—an end-run around the bans many major tech platforms imposed on him earlier this year after his post-election lies and incitement. The former president claims his new endeavor will be devoted to a particularly lofty ideal: the truth. Of course, […]

Reports: Senator Joe Manchin Wants the “Most Important Climate Policy” Out of Biden’s Budget

Congressional Democrats need just two more votes to push through President Joe Biden’s sweeping infrastructure bill, but thanks to Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), one of the most consequential pieces of climate change policy probably won’t be included. On Friday night, several news outlets reported that the White House is looking to scale back a plan […]

Big GOP Donors Poured Money Into Kyrsten Sinema’s Campaign in September

Arizona Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema has spent the last six weeks under increasing pressure from progressives to stop obstructing President Joe Biden’s agenda. Along with fellow Democratic moderate Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), Sinema has all but halted the passage of Biden’s budget complaining about the price-tag  for the wide-ranging piece of legislation publicly. And, according to reports, […]