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Disgraced ex-Interior secretary takes $100,000-a-year job with gold mine that has business before the agency

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On Tuesday, CBS reported that Ryan Zinke, President Donald Trump’s disgraced former Secretary of the Interior, has taken a $100,000-a-year-job with the U.S. Gold Corp, a Nevada-based mining company that is pursuing federal projects that require approval from the Interior Department.

Zinke denies there is any conflict of interest, telling the Associated Press that his role at U.S. Gold will not involve lobbying. However, this conflicts with the CEO’s hiring announcement, which cited Zinke’s “excellent relationship” with the Interior Department and the Bureau of Land Management.

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Shares of U.S. Gold rose 3 percent on the news of the hire.

Zinke, a former congressman from Montana, experienced a turbulent tenure at the Interior Department, leaving office amid 18 federal investigations into his use of taxpayer money, potential abuses of power, financial conflicts, and retaliation against agency whistleblowers.

He has been replaced with former oil lobbyist David Bernhardt, who is now facing investigations himself.


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Wall Street is abandoning Trump as his re-election bid looks doomed: report

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President Donald Trump has been sinking in the polls for weeks, as a combination of a deadly pandemic, freefalling economy, and nationwide racial unrest has started to undermine even some of his steadfast supporters' confidence in his ability to lead the nation. But for a long time, the financial industry and betting markets at least were more bullish on the president's ability to pull off another win.

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‘As bad as it gets’: GOP consultants have a secret admission about Trump — and a have a word of warning to ‘Lincoln Project’ Republicans

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Fox News and AM talk radio are full of GOP strategists and consultants who are happy to go on the air and recite pro-Trump talking points, but it’s often the anonymous quotes in outlets outside the right-wing bubble that offer insights on what Republicans are really thinking about President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign. Never Trump conservative Tim Miller interviewed nine different GOP consultants for a Rolling Stone article published this week, and they candidly discussed Trump’s chances of winning a second term.

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CNN’s Anderson Cooper exposes Trump’s lies on COVID deaths: He ‘doesn’t want you to know the whole story’

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On CNN Tuesday, anchor Anderson Cooper laid into President Donald Trump for his false narratives about the coronavirus pandemic.

"New modeling from the University of Washington today forecasts 208,000 people in this country may be dead of COVID-19 by Election Day," said Cooper. "Which the president still does not seem to think is all that bad. Because he is still repeating the same falsehoods as ever about testing and mortality, which fell for a while, but is once again sadly, sickeningly, ticking up."

"We have more cases because we're doing more testing," said Trump in the clip. "We have more cases. If we did half the testing, we'd have far fewer cases but people don't view it that way. What they have to view, though, is if you look at the chart, and maybe Mike has it, but we looked at it before, if you look at the chart of deaths, deaths are way down. What we want to do is get our schools open. We want to get them open quickly, beautifully in the fall."

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