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TYT/Investigates managing editor. -- Formerly Countdown w/ Olbermann, Anderson Cooper 360, Daily Show and EP of Up w/ Chris.
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May 11 18 tweets 8 min read
NEW: Wall Street is helping to drive inflation... like all-time-high gas prices... w/ swaps trading of commodities.

This is the story of how Trump let them do it.

And what Democrats can do about it.
tyt.com/stories/53PsQv… I know Wall Street can drive high gas prices, because they did it before. I even reported on it the last time gas went above $4/gallon.

The Obama White House and congressional Democrats got it, and they took action. Prices came down.
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Feb 24 9 tweets 4 min read
The anti-LGBTQ right-wing love affair with Russia didn't just happen.

TYT hasn't been alone on this, but I wanted to recap some of our reporting.

2018: @kenklippenstein and I reveal The Family and anti-LGBTQ allies trying to weaken Ukraine's EU ties.
legacy.tyt.com/2018/07/19/gop… Later we revealed The Family's role in Rep. Bob Aderholt's travel to Ukraine... where he met w/ lobbyists for oligarchs for the then-president, whose party was seen as a Russian ally.

legacy.tyt.com/2018/08/20/gro…
Jan 26 32 tweets 12 min read
NEW: In 2016, VP Joe Biden had hope for Guatemala.

Then their president killed the UN’s anti-corruption task force. Now corruption is rampant and LGBTQ rights are under assault.

This is how The Family secretly helped make it happen.
tyt.com/stories/5ujzRO… Not too long ago, there was hope for Guatemala.

A UN task force, CICIG, was taking down corruption, including even the president.

CICIG had bipartisan support in Congress.

The Washington Office on Latin America called CICIG's results "transcendental."
wola.org/analysis/wola-…
Nov 24, 2021 14 tweets 6 min read
NEW: The Washington DC host for Maria Butina and Alexander Torshin was a Chick-fil-A executive who’d been a National Prayer Breakfast insider for decades.

While everyone was looking at the NRA connection, no one investigated the anti-LGBTQ connection.

tyt.com/stories/SNZ5EQ… The NY Times, for instance, tracked Torshin's NRA connections back to as early as 2011.

But God came before guns.

nytimes.com/2018/08/04/us/…
Nov 17, 2021 13 tweets 6 min read
NEW: The National Prayer Breakfast has been accused of being used to build right-wing, anti-LGBTQ networks.

We just found out one of the top people making up the guest list for the breakfast is a longtime executive at Chick-fil-A.
tyt.com/stories/2cjThe… In a statement, Chick-fil-A confirmed that exec Tim Burchfield has been involved with the National Prayer Breakfast for more than 20 years.

But many of their claims, including about who he invites, are contradicted by what internal breakfast documents say about his guests. Image
Oct 21, 2021 14 tweets 6 min read
NEW: Charged with lying to the FBI, Rep. @JeffFortenberry made multiple misleading statements in his responses this week...

...that concealed the role played by The Family and a Christian charity deeply involved in illegal Fortenberry campaign donations.

tyt.com/stories/2uM29B… In his video, Fortenberry speaks as though the people involved in the campaign funding scheme were strangers.

But that's not true.
Oct 20, 2021 9 tweets 4 min read
NEW: Indicted Rep. @JeffFortenberry (R-NE) is a longtime insider of The Family, the secretive religious group behind the National Prayer Breakfast.

We have details in the newest installment of our @tytinvestigates series on The Family:

tyt.com/stories/I61ALL… Perhaps the biggest tell... Fortenberry's chief of staff had virtually no political experience... but his connections to The Family go back more than a decade, according to his LinkedIn profile. Image
Oct 12, 2021 10 tweets 5 min read
NEW: We found out who secretly bankrolls the National Prayer Breakfast, keeping the purportedly nonpartisan, ecumenical event in the black every year:

Franklin Graham.

tyt.com/stories/2ilAKs… Every year, a source told me, Graham funnels $100,000 to the Fellowship Foundation, the legal entity of The Family, which stages the breakfast...

...through his two nonprofits, Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Past tax filings reveal traces.
Sep 6, 2021 25 tweets 11 min read
In case you missed it, a quick recap of our exclusive story:

The Secret Origin of Mike Lindell: How the secretive group behind the National Prayer Breakfast radicalized TV's pillow pitchman.

tyt.com/stories/5v3O8b… As Lindell says, he went from apolitical, casual Christian...

...to leading Christian nationalist...

...after a series of otherwise-inexplicable events convinced him God had a plan for him.

Here's what really happened.
Sep 3, 2021 26 tweets 11 min read
NEW: Earlier this year, @TYTInvestigates obtained unprecedented internal documents from The Family, the secretive religious group behind the National Prayer Breakfast (NPB).

The docs ID scores of people working with and for The Family around the world.

tyt.com/stories/7K5fbf… We’ve been analyzing the info for months and today are launching a series on what we’re finding.

We’ve been told Congress runs the NPB, a bipartisan, ecumenical event.

None of that is true.

The Family runs it, and uses it for their own ends.
May 19, 2021 10 tweets 5 min read
NEW: The Supreme Court on Monday decided to consider the constitutionality of a Mississippi ban on abortions after 15 weeks.

Documents show that some of America's biggest corporations helped make it happen.

New story from me:
tyt.com/stories/7r32Ih… In 2018, @PeteMont reported that the right-wing had a plan to get abortion to SCOTUS: Get states to ban abortions after 15 weeks, baiting lawsuits.

Mississippi soon obliged. There was just one hitch...the state hadn't elected a GOP atty. gen. since 1878.

rightwingwatch.org/post/adf-plans…
Mar 4, 2021 11 tweets 5 min read
While Democrats are fighting to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour, @Sen_JoeManchin says he opposes it.

But he won't say whether he has a vested interest in doing so.

Turns out, he has a stake in at least one company that pays less than $15/hour.

tyt.com/stories/4vZLCH… Legal documents allege Manchin has a financial stake in at least two WV companies that pay less than $15/hour and would have to pay their workers more if Manchin (and @SenatorSynema) signed off.

Neither company appears in Manchin's ethics filing:

beta.documentcloud.org/documents/2049…
Jan 21, 2021 37 tweets 15 min read
Pete Buttigieg testifies today on his nomination to run the Dept. of Transportation.

I spent almost a year covering Buttigieg. He refused to speak with me, so I’m going to thread some of the things senators could ask him about today. In 2011, Jiha’d Vasquez, 16, was found dead, hanged, on a utility tower.

In 2012, Buttigieg became mayor and Jiha’d’s mother asked him for help with the case. Common Council records show Buttigieg was at the meetings where she spoke about her son.
Jan 20, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
For the law and order party, a thread on the Dept. of Justice guidelines for who should be considered for clemency.

Enough time is supposed to elapse between serving sentence and clemency for the recipient to have demonstrated good character.

Five years. FBI is supposed to do a background check to assess a clemency petitioner's reputation, involvement in the community and charitable activities.
Jan 20, 2021 5 tweets 1 min read
Love to see media telling us this is the last we'll hear of Trump.

As if they won't still cover him. Literally telling us we won't hear anymore from the man they're endlessly analyzing and focusing on as he leaves.
Jan 15, 2021 11 tweets 4 min read
NEW: The annual National Prayer Breakfast is next month.

A bipartisan event, it's traditionally attended by the U.S. president.

Last year, however, the breakfast’s leaders helped Trump convince millions the election was stolen.

My story: tyt.com/stories/4vZLCH… The breakfast is run by the secretive Christian group, The Family, which has been bankrolled by GOP billionaire Ron Cameron.

After Trump's loss, Cameron gave more than $100,000 to Sens. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) and David Perdue (R-GA) as they amplified Trump's lies.
Oct 30, 2020 14 tweets 5 min read
One year ago, a Wisconsin organic dairy farmer asked Trump USDA Secy. Sonny Perdue for help.

Perdue asked for details and said he'd get back to him.

This is the story of what happened next.

tyt.com/stories/4vZLCH… Farmer Paul Adams said he'd read about big farms that were somehow getting certified as organic -- flooding the market with organic milk, driving prices down and small farms out of business.

Their exchange was captured on video:

Oct 5, 2020 10 tweets 4 min read
BREAKING: The EPA has stripped Oklahoma's tribes of regulatory sovereignty over environmental matters and handed it to the state's governor.

This is a huge deal.

@tihuachang has the exclusive report for @tytinvestigates:
tyt.com/stories/4vZLCH… As Ti-Hua reports, Oklahoma's tribes would be powerless to prevent wholesale dumping on tribal lands or protect them from a vast array of toxic materials and pollutants.
Sep 18, 2020 14 tweets 5 min read
BOMBSHELL: The EPA set a deadline of MONDAY for Oklahoma tribes to respond to Gov. Kevin Stitt's request for the EPA to give HIM control over environmental regulations on tribal lands.

@tihuachang has details in his exclusive report:

tyt.com/stories/4vZLCH… Ti-Hua previously reported that Stitt had quietly made the request to the EPA after the Supreme Court gave the tribes sovereignty over eastern Oklahoma.

Now, we have Stitt's letter ... and it goes farther than anyone knew.
Sep 9, 2020 5 tweets 2 min read
Fascinating to see news of Trump saying something treated as a big deal when it's recorded on audiotape, privately, to one person...

...but when it's publicly to millions we have to both-sides it.

It's the implied intent to keep it secret that renders it "interesting". When Trump says something publicly, his good intent is assumed:

"He's playing down COVID-19 to reassure people."

He says the same thing privately and the assumption is:

"He played down COVID-19 for political reasons."

Media assumptions are bad in both cases.
Aug 30, 2020 8 tweets 4 min read
NEW: After the Supreme Court gave tribes sovereignty over half of Oklahoma…

…Gov. Kevin Stitt quietly moved to prevent the tribes from gaining environmental regulatory control, @TiHuaChang found out:

tyt.com/stories/4vZLCH… Publicly, Stitt and Sen. Jim Inhofe responded to the landmark ruling by pledging to work with Native American leaders to figure out the legal/regulatory implications of the Supreme Court’s seismic power shift.

Here are their press releases from July 20: