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Trump v. Mueller?

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After a relatively quiet summer, September has seen a flurry of media reports that suggest special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian-interference investigation is heating up.

Whether it's the FBI raid on former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort's home, Mueller's demand for White House correspondence concerning Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey and other controversial actions, or Mueller's search warrant for Facebook accounts tied to Russian operatives, the investigation appears to be homing in on President Trump and his inner circle.

That makes Tuesday's Senate hearing on two bipartisan bills to protect Mueller from being fired by Trump all the more important. One bill, introduced by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Cory Booker (D-NJ), would require that a three-judge federal court panel find misconduct or "other good cause" before a special counsel could be dismissed. Read the rest of this item here.

ALEC’s Corporate Board Leads…in Federal Violations

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The federal government has slapped eight of the American Legislative Exchange Council's (ALEC) known corporate board leaders with more than $6.2 billion in federal fines and penalties for misconduct or corporate crimes since 2000.

The leading ALEC scofflaws include pharmaceutical giant Pfizer ($4.350 billion), Exxon Mobil ($715 million), Koch Industries ($657 million), AT&T ($421 million), United Parcel Service ($35 million), alcohol multinational Diageo ($17 million), Peabody Energy ($16 million), and Altria (owner of Phillip Morris, the largest U.S. cigarette manufacturer) ($7 million).

The extensive violations data is accessible for the first time thanks to "Violation Tracker," an expanded database of federal regulatory actions created by Good Jobs First. Read the rest of this item here.