President Trump’s history of clumsy fraud.

How to Find Out if Your House Has (Political) Termites

How to Find Out if Your House Has (Political) Termites

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Jan. 25 2018 8:47 PM

He Got Trump’s Taxes

Reporter David Cay Johnston gave the public the first look at Donald Trump’s taxes. He thinks Robert Mueller will show us more.

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U.S. President Donald Trump at the World Economic Forum annual meeting on Thursday in Davos, Switzerland.

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From the annals of monkey research, how 10 primates were gassed in the service of a bad study.

Today on The Gist, investigative reporter David Cay Johnston, who has been reporting on President Trump long enough to simply call him Donald. Johnston has an appreciation for Donald’s trademark swindles: refusing payment, lying to vendors, abridging photocopies. He’s not surprised to see the same methods at work in the Trump administration. He likens the Trump administration to “political termites,” eating their way through the structures of the U.S. government, leaving holes throughout. Johnston is the author of It’s Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America.

In the Spiel, the trial, coverage, and sentencing of Larry Nassar.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.