Left Politics
A reporter says a Republican candidate “body slammed” him after asking about the GOP health care bill
25 May 2017 | 2:50 am CEST
Here’s the audio. Greg Gianforte, a Republican running for the open House seat in Montana, reportedly “body slammed” a journalist the day before…
Montana Republican Candidate Allegedly "Bodyslammed" Guardian Reporter on Eve of Election
25 May 2017 | 2:40 am CEST
Montana Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte allegedly assaulted a reporter at a campaign event in Bozeman on Wednesday evening, one day…
As advertisers begin to flee, Hannity brags about his smears of murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich
25 May 2017 | 2:23 am CEST
Sarah Wasko / Media Matters Fox News host Sean Hannity bragged about his continued promotion of a baseless Seth Rich murder conspiracy and fringe-so…
Vox Sentences: CBOh that's another very bad health care score
25 May 2017 | 2:00 am CEST
Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what's happening in the world, curated by Dylan Matthews and Dara Lind. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newslette…
CBS Evening News: Sean Hannity was "a driving force behind" the smearing of slain DNC staffer
25 May 2017 | 1:16 am CEST
SCOTT PELLEY (HOST): Yesterday the Fox News Channel retracted a story that said a Democratic National Committee staffer may have leaked sensitive ema…
A Top Mar-A-Lago Employee Is Quietly Doing Government Work For Trumps Foreign Trip
25 May 2017 | 1:13 am CEST
I suspose this story is too mundane, given all the news today. damn https://img.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeed-static/static/2017-05/24/18/asset/buzzfeed-pr…
MSNBC’s Elise Jordan faceplants while trying to find a silver lining in CBO’s new Trumpcare score
25 May 2017 | 1:07 am CEST
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released another estimate of the budgetary and insurance market impacts likely to stem from the American Health…
Uninsured ranks still to grow by tens of millions under latest House health-care bill, CBO says
25 May 2017 | 1:05 am CEST
Agent feared leak of Trump tax returns could affect election
25 May 2017 | 1:04 am CEST
Video appears to show Texas officer striking teenage girl
25 May 2017 | 12:58 am CEST
Republican candidate 'body-slams' Guardian reporter in Montana
25 May 2017 | 12:36 am CEST
The most devastating paragraph in the CBO report
25 May 2017 | 12:30 am CEST
This is the web version of VoxCare, a daily newsletter from Vox on the latest twists and turns in America’s health care debate. Like what you’re r…
Trump lawyer in Russia probes has Russian ties of his own
25 May 2017 | 12:22 am CEST
Source: [b]CNN[/b] (CNN)The prominent New York lawyer expected to represent President Donald Trump in the widening Russia probes has profes…
CBO: final House bill would still leave 23 million more Americans uninsured
25 May 2017 | 12:08 am CEST
Now we know what the House health care bill does. The American Health Care Act — the health care legislation that the House passed at the beginning…
Trump promised to protect the sick and the poor. He lied.
24 May 2017 | 11:58 pm CEST
Trump’s health care plan and budget show the scandal hiding in plain sight. Donald Trump’s budget, alongside the Congressional Budget Office’s a…
Eric Bolling gets shut down after attempting to use Manchester attack to push for refugee ban
24 May 2017 | 11:53 pm CEST
ERIC BOLLING (CO-HOST): Can we point something out though? And Ari, correct me if I'm wrong, President Obama was looking to substantially increase…
Trump debuts in Europe as Obama returns to stir nostalgia for the old days
24 May 2017 | 11:49 pm CEST
oh my. This will be interesting to see how the news covers these two tomorrow. https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/c28a3b2a40a81af8e65c21c78f8ef015f9419…
The US Lost Track of a Billion Dollars Worth of Weapons in Iraq—Again
24 May 2017 | 11:40 pm CEST
In June 2014, Iraqi forces dropped their weapons, shed their uniforms, and abandoned their posts as ISIS militants stormed into and captured Mosul. Mo…
Watch Betsy DeVos Dodge Questions About How She’d Deal With Private Schools That Discriminate
24 May 2017 | 11:33 pm CEST
In her first appearance before Congress since her contentious confirmation hearing in January, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos refused to say whether…
Theresa May to tackle Donald Trump over Manchester bombing evidence
24 May 2017 | 11:32 pm CEST
I really don't understand the big deal; it's not like he revealed the location of nuclear submarines......
CBO: Republican health care bill raises premiums for older, poor Americans by as much as 850%
24 May 2017 | 11:30 pm CEST
The American Health Care Act would make a low-income 64-year-old in the individual market pay more than half his income for health insurance. Republic…
Paul Ryan Says the GOP Health Bill Will Lower Premiums. That's Very Misleading.
24 May 2017 | 11:26 pm CEST
The Congressional Budget Office delivered brutal news to House Republicans on Wednesday. Their health care bill will cost 23 million people their heal…
Trump: My bill protects people with preexisting conditions. CBO: No, it doesn’t.
24 May 2017 | 11:20 pm CEST
Before they voted to pass the American Health Care Act, House Republicans repeatedly promised the bill would not hurt Americans with preexisting healt…
How a "10-Hour Film" About Race and Police Violence Made It On Network Television
24 May 2017 | 11:18 pm CEST
Fox's limited event series, Shots Fired, ends its 10-episode season tonight. The show, which stars Stephan James, Sanaa Lathan, and my father, Richard…
Fox guest: "People use food stamps to buy marijuana," "cocaine," and "whatever the hell else people use to get high"
24 May 2017 | 11:16 pm CEST
NEIL CAVUTO (HOST): They are calling it heartless cuts and an attack, a cleaver on the middle class. You say what? KEN LANGONE: I say let's take a pro…
Time's Michael Grunwald on Trump's proposed budget: "In terms of making the numbers add up, it just doesn't work
24 May 2017 | 11:07 pm CEST
ALI VELSHI (HOST): Making a budget on the assumption of getting to three [percent growth], which is very difficult to do, is unfair because you’re g…
British Officials Angered by US Leaks of Manchester Intelligence to Media
24 May 2017 | 10:55 pm CEST
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Single-Payer Health Care Is Less Expensive—Deal With It
24 May 2017 | 10:53 pm CEST
Practically everyone (except Kevin Drum at Mother Jones) believes single-payer would cut health care costs. It's the heart of the whole debate. The po…
Four facts reporters should include in stories about Texas’ pending attack on the transgender community
24 May 2017 | 10:52 pm CEST
The Texas legislature is currently debating bathroom ban legislation which could potentially target transgender youth in public schools or the entir…
23 Million More Uninsured: Read the CBO's Report on the GOP Health Care Bill
24 May 2017 | 10:40 pm CEST
We now know roughly how many people will have health insurance under the bill to repeal Obamacare that House Republicans passed earlier this month. La…
HHS Secretary Tom Price: CBO Score On Health Care Bill Is 'Wrong Again'
24 May 2017 | 10:32 pm CEST
Why the 25th Amendment Won't Save America From Trump
24 May 2017 | 10:25 pm CEST
With an approval rating hovering in the 30s and a four-month tenure marked by incessant scandal, Donald Trump has inspired America's latest favor…
Experts point out Trump’s budget “just doesn’t add up”
24 May 2017 | 10:22 pm CEST
Experts and journalists have pointed out that President Donald Trump’s budget numbers for the 2018 fiscal year do not add up, as they rely on unreal…
How the murder of a DNC staffer turned into a right-wing conspiracy
24 May 2017 | 10:15 pm CEST
Sarah Wasko / Media Matters It started with a late night walk on July 10, 2016. Seth Rich was talking with his girlfriend while walking through the Bl…
Calling Ivanka and Melania Trump Handmaids is a popular joke. It’s also a bad one.
24 May 2017 | 9:50 pm CEST
On left-leaning Twitter right now, a reliable way to rack up some retweets is to call Ivanka Trump “Ofjared,” or Melania Trump “Ofdonald.” (Or…
Here’s everything we know about Salman Abedi, the Manchester bomber
24 May 2017 | 9:40 pm CEST
"Salman showed me a face of hate." Salman Abedi was short-tempered. He was a lonely child. He was respectful of elders. He was quiet. He was devout. A…
Alex Jones on Manchester attack: "The pop singer ... invited all of this"
24 May 2017 | 9:37 pm CEST
ALEX JONES: You notice that Don Henley song, "Inside Job." It is an inside job. The western governments are bringing in radical Islamicists, allowin…
I read Trump's budget with an expert. His take: it's based on phony assumptions.
24 May 2017 | 9:30 pm CEST
There are some decent ideas here, but the numbers don’t add up. Donald Trump’s first comprehensive budget proposal has eight “pillars of reform,…
Trump Isn't Enforcing His Plan to Avoid Violating the Emoluments Clause
24 May 2017 | 9:17 pm CEST
In January, Donald Trump's lawyer said that the Trump Organization would donate any profits earned at Trump hotels from a foreign government to the US…
John Lewis Hammers Steve Mnuchin over Trump's Sadistic Budget Cuts
24 May 2017 | 8:52 pm CEST
"This budget is not respecting the American people." Before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight Wednesday, Treasury Secreta…
Deficit Scare Tactics Are What Citizens Should Really Be Afraid Of
24 May 2017 | 8:21 pm CEST
Folks like Maya MacGuineas have pushed austerity policies in the United States and around the world for the last decade. These policies have prevented…
2:00PM Water Cooler 5/24/2017
24 May 2017 | 8:00 pm CEST
Today's Water Cooler: TPP, NAFTA, Trump budget, Pellegrino/DesMarais, Quist, urban warfare, architectural billings, Google credit data, trust…
The Art of the Steal: Has Trump Finally Found Someone to Buy the Brooklyn Bridge?
24 May 2017 | 7:59 pm CEST
Click here for reuse options! Our infrastructure crumbles while the president's family gets rich. At last, Trump has set the…
House Dems Investigating Trump Loans for Russian Connections
24 May 2017 | 7:43 pm CEST
Since Donald Trump became a presidential candidate, journalists and investigators looking at his business holdings have wondered if there are any Russ…
Around The Empire – Episode 21: Impeach Trump, Get President Pence? Hell No.
24 May 2017 | 6:51 pm CEST
Doug Henwood discusses the anti-Trump faction's endgame, the force applied by the unelected permanent government and the prospect of a President Pence…
Team Pope to Team Trump: Please Just Stay in the Paris Climate Deal
24 May 2017 | 5:59 pm CEST
Pope Francis used the opportunity of President Donald Trump's Vatican visit on Wednesday to urge the United States to stay in the landmark Paris clima…
British Officials Angered by US Leaks of Manchester Intelligence to Media
24 May 2017 | 5:00 pm CEST
High-ranking British officials, including Home Secretary Amber Rudd, are speaking out against the United States, after a number of confidential detail…
Confronting Europe’s Illiberals
24 May 2017 | 4:59 pm CEST
The European Union's credibility already suffers when its leaders hold ambiguous attitudes toward Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Russian Pre…
Iran’s Long Economic Journey
24 May 2017 | 4:19 pm CEST
The landslide re-election of Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, reflects the by now familiar pattern of continuity and change that has characterized…
An Open Letter to President Trump Upon His Arrival in Rome
24 May 2017 | 4:04 pm CEST
St. Francis of Assisi is the Pope’s symbol. Yours is President Jackson. The first time I saw the painting of Andrew Jackson beside your desk i…
Debt Relief or a Fourth Financial Assistance Program for Greece?
24 May 2017 | 3:55 pm CEST
Greece continues to be broken on the rack of austerity. How far might the IMF's insistence on reducing the pain level actually get?
The TPP’s Second Act
24 May 2017 | 3:49 pm CEST
India and Japan are demonstrating that Asia’s major powers can frustrate Chinese ambitions without the US. To see this dynamic at work, look no furt…
Read the Embarrassing Note Donald Trump Left at the Holocaust Memorial in Israel
24 May 2017 | 3:48 pm CEST
Then read the message Barack Obama wrote after his visit to Yad Vashem in 2008. After visiting Yad Vashem, a Holocaust memorial in Israel, it is t…
China’s Imperial Overreach
24 May 2017 | 3:19 pm CEST
According to a Chinese proverb, “To feed the ambition in your heart is like carrying a tiger under your arm.” The further Xi carries China’s “…
'Morning Joe' Predicts Trump Will Spell Electoral Disaster for the GOP
24 May 2017 | 2:38 pm CEST
"I speak for America when I say, we’re exhausted.” MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said voters might not punish Republicans for defending Presid…
Maintaining Growth in a Fast-Aging Asia
24 May 2017 | 2:29 pm CEST
In past decades, Asian countries reaped a demographic dividend from a young, expanding workforce and strong growth policies. But the region is aging r…
Al Franken Spells Out Why He Simply Can't Stand Ted Cruz
24 May 2017 | 2:15 pm CEST
The Minnesota senator calls him "singularly dishonest" and "exceptionally smarmy." Senator Al Franken is said to return to his roo…
Stephen Colbert Describes the Incredible Cruelty of Trump's New Budget Proposal in No Uncertain Terms
24 May 2017 | 2:15 pm CEST
“I know this is an unpopular position these days, but I believe children should go to the doctor and eat." With its multibillion-dollar…
Awakening from the Trump Nightmare
24 May 2017 | 1:41 pm CEST
The American people can escape from the ordeal of Donald Trump’s presidency in one of three ways. But if and when they do is an irreducibly politica…
Links 5/24/17
24 May 2017 | 12:55 pm CEST
CalPERS Keeps Board in the Dark About How Private Equity “Subscription Line Financing” Gooses Staff and General Partner Pay and Systemic Risk
24 May 2017 | 9:29 am CEST
CalPERS is asleep at the switch yet again.
Saudi Finance Minister: “I Wouldn’t Care If The Oil Price Is Zero”
24 May 2017 | 6:26 am CEST
The Saudi government has developed plans for root and branch economic change. But how can they cope if (when) it falls short?
Government Austerity Demands That We Die Within Our Means
24 May 2017 | 6:09 am CEST
Theresa May's plans to intensify austerity are costing her votes. About time.
Reminder: NYC Meetup With Lambert Next Wed, May 31
24 May 2017 | 6:01 am CEST
More details about our NYC meetup next week.
NYPD Sued For Refusing To Confirm Or Deny Existence Of Counterintelligence Activities Against Activists
24 May 2017 | 12:52 am CEST
The NYCLU and Millions March NYC sued the NYPD after the department refused to confirm or deny the existence of records on Black Lives Matter activist…
The 15 Most Heartless Proposals in Trump's Budget
24 May 2017 | 12:37 am CEST
Click here for reuse options! Budget Director Mick Mulvaney’s remarks show they aren’t operating in the real world. Not even clos…
‘What Bail Does Is Coerce Guilty Pleas’
23 May 2017 | 11:55 pm CEST
Arissa Hall: "Black folks are very familiar with...communal gathering of resources for liberation, as it goes back to during slavery, when black folks…
Trump Is Hollowing out Our Democracy, Leaving Us Vulnerable to a True Authoritarian
23 May 2017 | 11:21 pm CEST
History tells us a disastrous presidency can make a strongman seem like a reasonable alternative. Well before the Russia scandal became a national…
Robert Reich: Trump’s Budget Is Cruel and Deviant
23 May 2017 | 11:10 pm CEST
We are a better nation than this. For years, conservatives warned that liberals were “defining deviancy downward.” They said that by toleratin…
Rolling Stone at 50: From Nixon to Trump, Talking to Power
23 May 2017 | 9:36 pm CEST
In November 1993, Rolling Stone had just wrapped up its first interview with a sitting U.S. president when a last-minute question from National Affair…
2:00PM Water Cooler 5/23/2017
23 May 2017 | 8:00 pm CEST
Today's Water Cooler: NAFTA, 2018, DNC and Florida Dem debacles, chemical activity, household income, Maine lobsters, Piketty, Instagram…
‘It’s the Most Misogynist, Gender-Segregated Country in the World’
23 May 2017 | 5:26 pm CEST
"The Saudis could not do their devastating bombing campaign in Yemen were it not for the US.... It could simply pull out, stop the weapons sales, stop…
President Trump Calls Manchester Arena Terrorists 'Evil Losers'
23 May 2017 | 4:04 pm CEST
In Bethlehem, Israel, President Donald Trump addressed the the Ariana Grande concert bombing in Manchester, England. "So many…
Tomgram: Mattea Kramer, Hit Him Where It Hurts
23 May 2017 | 1:43 pm CEST
In normal times, Dee from New York would have ordered her copy of The Handmaid’s Tale from Amazon, but these are not normal times...
The Six-Day War at 50
23 May 2017 | 1:38 pm CEST
The world is about to mark the 50th anniversary of the June 1967 war between Israel and Egypt, Jordan, and Syria – a conflict that continues to stan…
Links 5/23/17
23 May 2017 | 12:55 pm CEST
Understanding Today’s Stagnation
23 May 2017 | 12:49 pm CEST
One explanation for today’s stagnation focuses on growing angst about new technologies that could eventually replace many or most of our jobs, fueli…
Bill Black: FBI Investigations Are Conducted at the Discretion of its Director
23 May 2017 | 12:25 pm CEST
Bill Black discusses the history and dynamics of FBI investigations, which are neither as unstoppable nor as unimpeachable as is sometimes claimed.
What NATO Needs from Trump
23 May 2017 | 11:00 am CEST
As Donald Trump’s first foreign trip as president proceeds, the turmoil generated by his firing of FBI Director James Comey and the ongoing inquiry…
How Macron Can Unite Europe
23 May 2017 | 10:29 am CEST
Pushing for the creation of a fiscal union without a political union could forever block the road to European unification, and set the people of Europ…
Progressive Organizations Back Letter Condemning Trevor FitzGibbon’s Return To Public Relations
23 May 2017 | 1:09 am CEST
Several progressive groups signed a letter strongly condemning the founder of a PR firm which closed after he was accused of sexual misconduct. The po…
Arms Deal Stories Omit War Crimes Arms Will Be Used For
22 May 2017 | 11:35 pm CEST
The vast majority of the reports on the Trump/Saudi arms deal omitted a rather key piece of context—namely, whom the weapons will be used to kill.
Trump's Abortion Policy Isn't About Morality – It's Coercion
22 May 2017 | 9:50 pm CEST
Amid all the presidential scandals of the past week, it was easy to miss that the Trump administration vastly expanded the anti-abortion policy k…
How a Small Town Is Standing Up to Fracking
22 May 2017 | 5:35 pm CEST
On October 24th, 2012, several agents from Pennsylvania General Energy, an oil-and-gas exploration company, met privately with local officials from th…
Best of TomDispatch: Graduation Day With Howard Zinn
21 May 2017 | 11:00 pm CEST
I am deeply honored to be invited back to Spelman after forty-two years...
‘Unauthorized Disclosure’ Weekly Podcast: Episode 18
21 May 2017 | 1:26 pm CEST
On this week’s episode of the “Unauthorized Disclosure” podcast, hosts Rania Khalek and Kevin Gosztola discuss President Donald Trum…
At CNN, Imagining an Absurd Iranian/ISIS Alliance
19 May 2017 | 11:24 pm CEST
The suggestion that Iran might be sharing intelligence with ISIS is absurd. ISIS’s stance toward Shia Islam, the kind practiced by most Iranians, is…
Statement On False Claim That Shadowproof Outed Person With Disability
19 May 2017 | 8:14 pm CEST
A senior media specialist for the National Education Association, Robyn Swirling, posted to Facebook and Twitter the false claim that Shadowproof oute…
Chelsea Manning Is Free–but Whistleblowers Still Face Prison
19 May 2017 | 8:06 pm CEST
As Chelsea Manning walks free after seven years and 120 days (or "just seven years," as USA Today had it), sometimes in solitary confinement, it's wor…
‘Puerto Rico Is Emblematic of the Excesses of These Financial Systems’
19 May 2017 | 7:32 pm CEST
"Even the IMF, in several reports issued over the years, have said themselves that austerity does not help economies rebound from debt crises like the…
Medea Benjamin on Saudi Arabia, Arissa Hall on Mama’s Bail Out Day
19 May 2017 | 5:27 pm CEST
AP quotes the Saudi king saying he and Donald Trump will "'forge a new partnership' in the war against extremism." Medea Benjamin brings the skepticis…
Sweden Drops Rape Investigation into Julian Assange
19 May 2017 | 5:09 pm CEST
Swedish prosecutors announced Friday that they have dropped their rape investigation against Julian Assange. An arrest warrant for Assange was also re…
Sanctuary Communities And The Fallacy Of ‘Good Immigrants’ Vs. ‘Bad Immigrants’
19 May 2017 | 1:51 am CEST
There are four sanctuary states in the United States, and over 200 sanctuary cities and counties, as of March 20. President Donald Trump’s admin…
Marijuana Adult-Use Legislation Reaches Vermont Governor's Desk
18 May 2017 | 11:18 pm CEST
UPDATE: Governor Phil Scott has vetoed S. 22, sending it back to the legislature for further consideration.On Thursday, S. 22, a bill to legalize cann…
Joe Lieberman Would Be an Awful Pick for FBI Director
18 May 2017 | 10:47 pm CEST
Joe Lieberman – Trump's reported top pick to head the FBI – is a terrible candidate for the job.There are at least three reasons wh…
Kamala Harris Hits Jeff Sessions for 'Dark Ages' Drug Sentencing
18 May 2017 | 9:14 pm CEST
California Sen. Kamala Harris – who served as a prosecutor, district attorney and state attorney general before winning her seat in Congress &#…
Roger Ailes: No One Did More to Debase US Politics
18 May 2017 | 8:36 pm CEST
I can’t think of a single individual who’s had more impact on our country’s politics over the last 20 years. There would have been no Trump pres…
Roger Ailes Was One of the Worst Americans Ever
18 May 2017 | 8:13 pm CEST
On the Internet today you will find thousands, perhaps even millions, of people gloating about the death of elephantine Fox News founder Roger Ailes.
The Federal Government Is Trying To Imprison These Six Water Protectors
18 May 2017 | 6:47 pm CEST
The cases likely mark the first time that U.S. authorities have pursued felonies against people involved in demonstrations against fossil fuel infrast…
Is The United States Militarizing Space?
18 May 2017 | 6:11 pm CEST
Even if the X-37 somehow is a completely benign scientific pursuit, its existence is triggering other countries to develop space-based military hardwa…
Tomgram: Peter Van Buren, The Human Price of Trump's Wars
18 May 2017 | 1:55 pm CEST
“My guilt will never go away,” former Marine Matthew Hoh explained to me...
Jezebel Story On Trevor FitzGibbon Largely Affirms What Shadowproof Reported
18 May 2017 | 4:52 am CEST
Despite outrage from former staff of FitzGibbon Media, Jezebel story recognizes news value of Shadowproof's report on Trevor FitzGibbon. The post Jeze…
Media to Trump: Don’t Cozy Up to Dictators–Unless They’re the Right Dictators
17 May 2017 | 8:55 pm CEST
Nice words to the wrong dictators unleash a torrent of outrage from our pundit class. Nice words to the right dictators—along with billions in milit…
Tomgram: David Vine, Trumping Democracy in America's Empire of Bases
16 May 2017 | 2:26 pm CEST
Much outrage has been expressed in recent weeks over President Donald Trump’s invitation for a White House visit to Rodrigo Duterte, p…
Tomgram: Engelhardt, The Globalization of Misery
14 May 2017 | 10:08 pm CEST
The closest I ever got to Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, was 1,720.7 miles away -- or so the Internet assures me...
Tomgram: Danny Sjursen, America's Wars and the "More" Strategy
11 May 2017 | 12:06 pm CEST
More, more, more...
Tomgram: William Hartung, Ignoring the Costs of War
9 May 2017 | 1:22 pm CEST
When Donald Trump wanted to “do something” about the use of chemical weapons on civilians in Syria, he had the U.S. Navy lob 59 cruise mis…
Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, What Obsessing About You-Know-Who Causes Us To Miss
7 May 2017 | 9:50 pm CEST
Donald Trump's election has elicited impassioned affirmations of a renewed commitment to unvarnished truth-telling from the prestige media...
Tomgram: John Dower, Terror Is in the Eye of the Beholder
4 May 2017 | 1:49 pm CEST
Some years ago, a newspaper article credited a European visitor with the wry observation that Americans are charming because they have such short memo…
Tomgram: Nomi Prins, All in the Family Trump
2 May 2017 | 1:53 pm CEST
President Trump, his children and their spouses, aren’t just using the Oval Office to augment their political legacy or secure future riches...