Ben Brody writes about politics from Washington, D.C. He has written about government and business for CNNMoney, Ad Age, and Westchester Magazine. A native New Yorker, he graduated from CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in 2014 and Yale University in 2010.
President Donald Trump’s family business will estimate the profit its hotels earn from foreign governments in order to keep the president’s pledge to turn that income over to the U.S. Treasury, according to a pamphlet shared with members of Congress.
The hearing on the proposed border-adjustment tax that has split corporate America for months is finally happening, but the measure may be further than ever from reality.
The head of the federal ethics agency on Monday turned down a White House official’s request to suspend an inquiry into the number of ethics waivers granted to members of President Donald Trump’s administration.
Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn may have lied in his application for a security clearance by saying that his paid speech at a Moscow gala for a Russian TV network in 2015 had been “funded by U.S. companies,” a Democratic lawmaker said Monday, citing a Defense Department investigation.
U.S. lawmakers from both parties kept up the pressure on Donald Trump over the sudden firing of James Comey, demanding that recordings the president suggested he may have made of his meetings with the former FBI director be preserved and handed over to lawmakers.
The inspector general of the Federal Housing Finance Agency said the regulator should consider firing Fannie Mae Chief Executive Officer Timothy J. Mayopoulos for not properly disclosing he was dating a senior executive at a bank that does business with the mortgage-finance giant.
Republican senators plan to write a health-care bill that could be radically different from the one passed last week by the House, including keeping some of the benefits and safeguards currently enshrined within Obamacare.
Corey Lewandowski, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, is leaving Avenue Strategies amid a spate of negative publicity, saying he is concerned that he’s lost control over the lobbying and political consulting firm he co-founded after the 2016 election.
Jim DeMint resigned as president of the Heritage Foundation Tuesday at the unanimous request of the organization’s board, according to a statement posted on the conservative think tank’s website.
The U.S. is considering a range of options, from expanded economic sanctions to military operations, as it reaches out to allies in confronting North Korea’s latest provocations, according to a senior Trump administration official.
Vice President Mike Pence said he hopes Congress can pass legislation to replace Obamacare by the end of the year, a far longer timetable than President Donald Trump has envisioned.
The Defense Department told former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn in 2014 that he was prohibited from accepting payments from foreign governments after his retirement without approval, according to a letter released by the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee.
Ivanka Trump is in discussions with the World Bank about setting up a fund that would pool resources from G-20 countries to support female entrepreneurs, two people with knowledge of the matter said.
Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn may have violated U.S. law by failing to disclose his business dealings with Russia and Turkey, the leader of the House Oversight Committee said.
Following a week of events intended to show he’s delivering on his campaign promises to Americans, President Donald Trump plans to mark his 100th day in office with a rally in Pennsylvania’s capital city.
Three top U.S. retailers almost quadrupled their combined spending on lobbying in Washington during the first quarter of 2017, as they work to defeat a corporate-tax proposal that some have said threatens their industry.
Senior White House budget adviser Marcus Peacock is leaving President Donald Trump’s administration to become the second in command at a high-profile business lobby group in Washington that’s looking to increase its influence.
Donald Trump’s surprising election and his promise to overhaul the U.S. tax code set off celebrations across corporate America -- but some industries had barely applauded before they began gearing up for a fight.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’s confident that Congress will avoid a government shutdown at the end of April, and that the Senate will confirm Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick this week -- even as his Democratic counterpart said Neil Gorsuch doesn’t have 60 votes in favor.
Ivanka Trump said she will become an official unpaid federal employee after Democratic lawmakers said her previously unspecified role advising her father, President Donald Trump, raised questions about how she’d avoid conflicts of interest.
President Donald Trump’s Washington hotel isn’t violating the terms of a lease with the U.S. government that appeared to ban elected officials from participating, according to the federal agency that serves as the hotel’s landlord.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said he would “most likely” bring a health-care bill forward for a floor vote on Thursday, even as he seeks to increase tax credits to help older people buy insurance to tamp down concerns about moderate Republicans.
Former U.S. National Security Adviser Michael Flynn received more than $45,000 from RT, the Russian government-backed television network, for his participation at a December 2015 gala where he sat at President Vladimir Putin’s table, according to documents released Thursday by congressional Democrats.
Jamie Dimon is trying to transform what has long been seen as a sleepy Washington club for CEOs into a lobbying powerhouse.
Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Sunday said they still haven’t seen evidence to support President Donald Trump’s unverified claim that his predecessor tapped his phones, but they expect the facts will soon emerge.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, Democrat of Maryland, says that President Donald Trump in March 8 meeting "was enthusiastic" about a proposal to allow Medicare "to negotiate drug prices" as well as one to import drugs. Says on Friday morning Trump made a "lengthy" followup call "reiterating that he was going to do something about it, and then another call on Friday evening" Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, speaks on ABC’s "This Week With George Stephanopou
The federal government’s top ethics regulator said he’s concerned that the White House has opted not to discipline Kellyanne Conway over the presidential adviser’s on-air promotion of first daughter Ivanka Trump’s clothing line.
One sign of how entrenched the revolving door has become in Washington: Experienced people are forsaking chances to fill key posts in President Donald Trump’s administration partly because of his executive order forbidding federal employees from lobbying for five years after leaving government service.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer refused on Monday to explain President Donald Trump’s explosive allegation that his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, had ordered surveillance against him.
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said there was no wiretap activity directed against President Donald Trump or his campaign by the Obama administration, as Trump has claimed without evidence in calling for a Congressional investigation.
Former CIA Director John Brennan called for congressional committees looking into the possibility of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election to “pursue this investigation with vigor and with the appropriate amount of bipartisan support.”
Not long after House Speaker Paul Ryan offered a full-throated affirmation of his tax-overhaul plan, an influential conservative group announced a grassroots campaign against it and a Senate leader said a key part of the proposal is “on life support.”
The director of the federal ethics agency said there was “strong reason to believe” that White House aide Kellyanne Conway violated regulations when she urged people on national television to buy Ivanka Trump’s products.
White House policy adviser Stephen Miller said judges on a San Francisco-based appeals court who ruled against President Donald Trump’s travel ban took power that belongs “squarely in the hands of the president” in a “judicial usurpation.”
President Donald Trump, who has claimed that millions voted illegally in the November presidential election, said Vice President Mike Pence will head a commission to look into the matter.
Donald Trump’s statement that the U.S. is no more “innocent” than Vladimir Putin’s Russia drew howls from Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Sunday, while Vice President Mike Pence rejected the notion that Trump had been attempting to make a moral equivalence.
America’s founding fathers probably didn’t envision Donald Trump. They did, however, think to include a sentence in the U.S. Constitution that today strikes some critics as an appropriate check on the businessman-president. Chatter about the provision, known as the "emoluments clause," has intensified following Trump’s inauguration, his decision to keep his stakes in the Trump Organization, and a lawsuit by a government watchdog group. The first challenge may be determining what, exactly, the cl
The ethics pledge that President Donald Trump has ordered all his appointees to sign looks tough: When they leave the federal government, they’ll have a five-year ban on lobbying the agencies where they worked.
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said green-card holders from the predominantly Muslim Middle East countries covered by an executive order on travel won’t be stopped from returning to the U.S., as criticism mounted over President Donald Trump’s action.
After at least 12 years together, Alphabet Inc., the parent of Google, won’t be represented by one of Washington’s most prominent lobbying groups, a firm with long-standing ties to the Democratic party and Hillary Clinton.
President Donald Trump didn’t provide government ethics officials documentation to show he had carried out his plan to step away from his businesses, a Democratic lawmaker said, something every other president since 1978 had done prior to inauguration.
President Donald Trump’s Washington hotel lost almost $1.2 million during its first two months of operation, before he was elected president, according to a letter released Monday by four congressional Democrats who say the president is violating the hotel’s lease with the federal government.
A government watchdog group sued President Donald Trump in federal court Monday, alleging that his business dealings violate the U.S. Constitution’s ban on federal officials’ receiving payments from foreign governments.
President Barack Obama said that upon becoming president he was “surprised” at the severity of partisanship in Washington -- and that it continues to shock him even now.
President-elect Donald Trump appeared to suggest that outgoing CIA Director John Brennan may have been behind the publication last week of unverified and salacious intelligence connecting the president-elect to Russia.
Donald Trump will hold on to his multi-billion-dollar businesses from the White House, leaving him open to conflicts of interest that ethics specialists say could undermine his presidency.
In an unusually frank statement Wednesday, the top U.S. government ethics officer declared that President-elect Donald Trump’s plan to place his business in a trust without divesting doesn’t meet standards for the highest levels of public service in the U.S.
President-elect Donald Trump will leave his positions at the various companies of the Trump Organization, but he will not divest his ownership, raising questions about whether he has adequately addressed conflict-of-interest concerns.
President-elect Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, will serve as an unpaid senior White House adviser, making him part of the leadership trio in charge of carrying out Trump’s agenda.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen met Sunday in Houston with U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and Texas Governor Greg Abbott, potentially adding to tensions with China after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump broke diplomatic protocol by speaking on the phone with her.
Donald Trump’s incoming chief of staff said the president-elect accepts the findings of U.S. intelligence agencies, who concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a hacking and disinformation campaign to influence the U.S. election and preferred Trump to win.
President-elect Donald Trump criticized General Motors Co. for building a version of the Chevrolet Cruze compact in Mexico, saying the largest U.S. automaker should build the car at home or face a hefty tariff.
U.S. President Barack Obama phoned his successor, Donald Trump, after the Republican accused Obama of hobbling the transition to his administration in a tweet that alleged unspecified “inflammatory” statements and “roadblocks.”
President-elect Donald Trump might face a financial loss should he opt to sell his Washington hotel now, complicating the possibility of a clean break from the property, which has become a flash point for his conflicts of interest around the globe.
President-elect Donald Trump will be in violation of his lease for the Trump International Hotel in Washington when he takes office if he doesn’t divest all financial interests in it, according to Democratic lawmakers after exchanges with the agency in charge of government buildings.
President-elect Donald Trump’s plan to have two of his sons run his business during his administration wouldn’t satisfy U.S. conflict-of-interest laws, although the president is exempt from those restrictions, the head of the U.S. ethics office wrote Tuesday.
Exxon Mobil Corp. Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson will be nominated as President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of state, setting up a confirmation battle with U.S. lawmakers who have questioned the oilman’s relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
President-elect Donald Trump gave his first clues as to how he’ll step away from his businesses, saying he would put his two sons Don and Eric in charge by Inauguration Day Jan. 20 but offering no information about his own role.
Six days before Donald Trump is set to announce a plan to exit operations of his company, former Republican officials and a conservative author who targeted the Clintons -- and has close ties to a top Trump adviser -- signed a letter urging the president-elect to put his business enterprises into a blind trust in order to avoid any suggestions that his decisions benefit him, a watchdog group said.
An incoming U.S. president’s stock portfolio might normally be the focus of potential conflicts of interest. Donald Trump, of course, is no typical president. The Trump Organization’s global business interests raise almost limitless possibilities for conflicts, or at least the appearance thereof. Trump promised a plan to “take me completely out" of operations of his businesses, then postponed spelling out the details, then tweeted that he will put his sons in charge, then spelled out limits on n