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Derek Kravitz

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Past articles by Derek:

These Emails Show a Trump Official Helping Her Former Chemical Industry Colleagues –

“It’s highly inappropriate conduct,” said one ethics expert. → Read More

How Taxpayers Covered a $1,000 Liquor Bill for Trump Staffers (and More) at Trump’s Club –

A top-shelf, closed-door drinking session. $546-a-night hotel rooms. Taxpayers foot the costs—and the president profits. → Read More

Former Trump Officials Signed a Pledge to Avoid Lobbying. At Least 33 of Them Have Found a Way Around It. –

Ryan Zinke, for one, just joined lobbying firm Turnberry Solutions. → Read More

The Lobbying Swamp Is Flourishing in Trump’s Washington —

At least 33 former officials — including ex-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke — have found ways to sidestep the administration’s ethics pledge. Of those, at least 18 are now registered federal lobbyists and the rest work in jobs that closely resemble lobbying. → Read More

We Found 95 New, Undisclosed Trump Appointees —

Among the latest hires: a longtime DuPont manager who is now at an EPA position that is typically not a political appointment. → Read More

Your Medical Devices Are Not Keeping Your Health Data to Themselves

CPAP units, heart monitors, blood glucose meters and lifestyle apps generate information that can be used in ways patients don’t necessarily expect. It can be sold for advertising or even shared with insurers, who may use it to deny reimbursement. → Read More

We’ve Found $16.1 Million in Political and Taxpayer Spending at Trump Properties

Most came from political entities such as the Trump campaign, but government agencies chipped in, too. “I could offer clarity,” one federal employee explained, “but I choose not to.” → Read More

Trump Promised His Appointees Wouldn’t Become Lobbyists. Guess How That Turned Out. –

Draining that swamp. → Read More

Trump’s Appointees Pledged Not to Lobby After They Leave. Now They’re lobbying.

Despite agreeing to five-year bans, at least six former administration officials are registered lobbyists and others are doing similar work without registering. → Read More

The hidden hand of a casino company in Trump’s contact with Vietnam — “Trump, Inc.” podcast

Trump’s first call with the Vietnamese prime minister was arranged by Marc Kasowitz, a Trump personal lawyer who has another client with business interests in Vietnam, ProPublica reports in the "Trump, Inc." podcast. → Read More

How We Compiled Trump Town —

We assembled an authoritative database of the people appointed to government positions by the Trump administration. Here’s how we did it. → Read More

What We Found in Trump’s Drained Swamp: Hundreds of Ex-Lobbyists and D.C. Insiders

For the first time, political appointee and federal financial disclosure information is publicly searchable. → Read More

Trump Town

Tracking White House Staffers, Cabinet Members and Political Appointees Across the Government → Read More

Eric Trump Stands to Profit Bigly From Sweetheart Real Estate Deal With His Dad –

The middle Trump son bought two condos from the his father for half the listing price in 2016. → Read More

After a Sweet Deal With Dad, Eric Trump Assembles a Valuable Penthouse

The president’s son is combining three apartments overlooking Manhattan’s Central Park — one of them bought at a steep discount from his father — to create 2,400 square feet worth considerably more than he paid. → Read More

Brain Drain At the EPA —

Some 300 scientists and environmental protection specialists have departed the agency during the Trump administration. → Read More

U.S. Commerce Official Still Holds Stake in Company Linked to Putin Associates

Wendy Teramoto, the agency’s chief of staff, has maintained the investment in the wake of calls for an investigation. → Read More

The White House Says It Doesn’t Keep a List of Mar-a-Lago Visitors. Experts and Visitors Are Skeptical. —

Seven members and guests of Mar-a-Lago say the U.S. Secret Service checks names of visitors. → Read More

The Trumps Say They’re Opening Hotels in Dallas, Nashville and Austin. There’s No Evidence of Them. –

There are, however, false starts, fizzled-out partnerships and, often, no signs of deals at all. → Read More

The Trumps Say They’re Opening Hotels in Dallas, Nashville and Elsewhere. We Couldn’t Find Evidence of Them. —

What we found are false starts, fizzled-out partnerships and, often, no signs of deals at all. → Read More