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Trump Treasury staffer resigns after his mom pleads guilty to getting him through college with fraud

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An advance staffer who worked for Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has resigned after his mother pleaded guilty earlier this week with committing wire fraud to help him get through college.

Politico reports that ex-Treasury staffer James Littlefair stepped down after his mother, Karen Littlefair, paid a college admissions consultant $9,000 in exchange for one of his employees taking online classes on her son’s behalf at Georgetown University and Arizona State University.

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Sources tell Politico that Littlefair’s mother was caught up in the “Varsity Blues” college admissions scandal that also ensnared actress Felicity Huffman, actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli.

Littlefair’s stint at the Treasury Department was just the latest in a long line of jobs working on behalf of Trump. Littlefair worked on the national advance team on the Trump campaign in 2016, and then served as an event coordinator for the president’s Inaugural Committee.


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Kellyanne Conway is preparing to spread the ‘Big Lie’ designed to absolve Trump of screwing up coronavirus response: op-ed

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Writing in the Washington Post this Tuesday, Greg Sargent warns that President Trump's campaign is gearing up to disseminate a new "Big Lie" in a bid to ensure he's re-elected in the wake of his mishandling of the response to the coronavirus pandemic -- and Kellyanne Conway is leading the initial push.

According to the Big Lie, as relayed by Conway, the coronavirus was "unanticipated" and Trump will lead the country back to its former glory.

Sargent writes that in reality, "Trump vastly minimized the crisis in real time for weeks and weeks, at a time when his own health-care officials, as well as members of Congress and outside experts, were frantically doing the opposite, badly hampering the federal response."

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This researcher literally wrote the book on presidential failure — she’s never see anything like Trump’s

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“When presidents fail, they do so on a grand scale.”

That quote comes from “Why President Fail and How They Can Succeed Again,” a book by Elaine Kamarck, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government who worked in the White House under President Bill Clinton. The book was published in 2016, and in the shock of Donald Trump’s election to the presidency, I gave it a read. As it documented the way much more prepared presidents had floundered when they needed to shine, the book terrified me about the prospects for a President Trump.

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Trump pushing for approval of unproven Japanese drug for coronavirus treatment after speaking with country’s prime minister

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President Donald Trump spoke to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about the global coronavirus threat where the PM brought up the drug Avigan as a possible treatment for COVID-19. The White House is now fast-tracking regulators to approve the drug, even though it hasn't been proven to work on the virus.

Politico reported Tuesday that global regulators and U.S. researchers have expressed concerns about the risks the drug has for a long time. According to past tests, the drug can cause birth defects and research on it is insufficient.

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