Pompeo’s elite taxpayer-funded dinners raise new concerns

The secretary of state’s exclusive “Madison Dinners” have featured guest lists heavy on influencers but light on diplomatic invitees.


-NBC News; 5/19/2020

Trump’s New COVID-19 Czar Holds $10 Million In Vaccine Company Stock Options

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has slammed COVID-19 vaccine czar Moncef Slaoui’s “huge conflict of interest” after required federal filings revealed he holds $10 million in stock options in one of the companies working to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.


-Huffington Post; 5/17/2020

Firms That Left U.S. to Cut Taxes Could Qualify for Fed Aid

American companies that moved their official headquarters offshore to avoid U.S. taxes could qualify for coronavirus aid from the Federal Reserve, tax lawyers say, raising new questions about which firms should get access to public money.


-Bloomberg; 5/15/2020

Oil and mining businesses had best success in getting pandemic loans, says survey

Almost 75% of small businesses in a survey applied for help from a federal loan program designed to keep workers employed during the coronavirus pandemic, but only 38% of small businesses received any money, according to survey results the U.S. Census Bureau released Thursday.


-PBS; 5/14/2020