Struggle for control – staying in power 2020

Democrats open investigation into Trump’s replacement of acting Transportation Department inspector general Ian Duncan and Michael Laris Washington Post May 19, 2020

Trump removes State Dept. Inspector General Michael D. Shear and Maggie Haberman New York Times May 16, 2020
A top Democrat in Congress described the move as “an outrageous act,” and said that the inspector general, Steve Linick, had opened an investigation into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Young leader vowed change in El Salvador but wields same heavy hand Natalie Kitroeff New York Times May 5, 2020
Elected as a transformative leader who would propel the country forward, Nayib Bukele is now reminding critics of the country’s past autocrats, with his reliance on the military.

Health department official says doubts on hydroxychloroquine led to his ouster Michael D. Shear and Maggie Haberman New York Times April 22, 2020
Rick Bright was abruptly dismissed this week as the director of the Department of Health and Human Services’ Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority. The official who led the federal agency involved in developing a coronavirus vaccine said on Wednesday that he was removed from his post after he pressed for rigorous vetting of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug embraced by President Trump as a coronavirus treatment, and that the administration had put “politics and cronyism ahead of science.”

New study says Trump has ‘dangerously undermined truth’ with attacks on news media Paul Farhi Washington Post April 16, 2010
See full report from the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Trump to Governors: I’d like you to do us a favor, though Michelle Goldberg New York Times March 30, 2020 (opinion)
Once again, the president is using aid to extort re-election help.

Compromised encryption machines gave CIA window into major human rights abuses in South America Greg Miller and Peter F. Mueller Washington Post February 17, 2020
Argentina: Un ex militar admitió que tiraron vivas al mar a más de 4 mil personas Spanish Revolution June 3, 2019 (Argentina: ex-military admits that they threw [from planes] more than 4,000 persons alive into the ocean)

Trump seeks to bend the executive branch as part of impeachment vendetta Philip Rucker, Robert Costa and Josh Dawsey Washington Post February 12, 2020

These three firms own corporate America: BlackRock, Vanguard and State Street Jan Fichtner,  Eelke Heemskerk and Javier Garcia-Bernardo Ponderwall Together, these three firm are the largest single shareholder in almost 90% of S&P 500 firms and 40% of publicly listed firms in the United States. Their growth has occurred because of the rise in index funds, where these companies are by far the largest providers. While technically, the firms do not own the shares, the individuals purchasing the fund shares do, the firms do vote the shares and consult with the companies. See the original article published in Cambridge Business &Politics: Hidden power of the Big Three? Passive index funds, re-concentration of corporate ownership, and new financial risk.

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