David Dayen

David Dayen is a contributor to The Intercept, and also writes for Salon, the Fiscal Times, the New Republic, The Nation, and more.

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The impact of the Trump kleptocracy is wide-ranging across American business and its allies in Washington. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP Photo) Views
Friday, May 10, 2019
Trump's Most Nakedly Corrupt Tweet Yet
It used to be that I was concerned that the media was paying too much attention to Donald Trump’s tweets; now I’m concerned that they’re not paying enough. This week a random tweet from the president sunk a congressional bill destined for passage, all to please a friend and lobbyist whose clients...
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Facing mass public opposition, Amazon canceled its New York City headquarters project. (Photo: Holger Hollemann/picture alliance via Getty Images)   Views
Friday, February 15, 2019
Amazon’s Decision To Pull Out of NYC Is a Massive Blow To Corporate Welfare
Amazon announced Thursday the company has canceled its bid to acquire nearly $3 billion in public dollars to locate a facility in New York City—the most substantial setback for corporate welfare in recent memory. Significantly, Amazon states in its announcement of the decision that it will continue...
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Sunday, February 10, 2019
Meet the Militant Flight Attendant Leader Who Threatened a Strike—And Helped Stop Trump's Shutdown
The government shutdown introduced America to an audacious new voice in the labor movement: Sara Nelson. While receiving the MLK Drum Major for Justice Lifetime Achievement Award from the AFL-CIO on January 20, Nelson, the International President of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, called...
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Saturday, February 09, 2019
Amazon Threatens to Cancel New York City Headquarters If It Doesn’t Receive $3 Billion in Subsidies
Fearful of losing nearly $3 billion in subsidies for its expansion in New York City, Amazon has moved to a new strategy, one involving threats. The Washington Post (owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos) reported on Friday that the company is “reconsidering” its plan to place an office facility for up to...
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Mnuchin’s special blend of incompetence and ill intent leaves the field wide open for rampant Wall Street deregulation. (Photo: Wikipedia/cc) Views
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Steve Mnuchin’s Path of Destruction Leads From Wall Street to Trump’s Treasury
The following is an adapted excerpt from the new book Fat Cat: The Steve Mnuchin Story by Rebecca Burns and David Dayen (Strong Arm Press, 2018), available for purchase from Amazon and IndieBound : In February, two months after the Trump administration pulled off one of the biggest wealth transfers...
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We shouldn’t be too optimistic about the NAFTA renegotiation actually helping workers. (Getty Images)   Views
Friday, August 31, 2018
The Good and the (Potentially Very) Bad in Trump’s NAFTA Renegotiation
With the United States and Mexico having both signed off on a reworked North American Free Trade Agreement (or whatever President Trump wants to call it), negotiators are now attempting to secure a last-minute agreement with Canada by a Friday deadline . The Trump administration has threatened auto...
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Saturday, March 10, 2018
One Thing Democrats and Republicans Apparently Agree On: Deregulating Wall Street
Next week marks the 10 th anniversary of the run on Bear Stearns, the investment bank that collapsed under the weight of toxic subprime mortgages. Although JPMorgan Chase snapped up Bear Stearns for pennies on the dollar, this maneuver failed to stop the bleeding from the mortgage meltdown, leading...
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Tuesday, March 07, 2017
The Republican Health-Care Bill is the Worst of So Many Worlds
W ith the release of the American Health Care Act, House Republicans have pulled off an impressive feat: managing to alienate virtually everybody with a stake in health care. If you liked the Affordable Care Act, you will, unsurprisingly, hate this bill. We’ll get into the details later (the bill...
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Thursday, February 04, 2016
Eric Holder Makes Ads for Hillary Clinton While Making Deals for Corporate Clients
Former Obama administration attorney general Eric Holder is prominently featured in a Hillary Clinton campaign ad running in South Carolina. “If you want to make sure Republicans don’t take us backward, help Hillary move us forward,” Holder says. Meanwhile, in his post-public service life as a...
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Big Bank Punishments Don't Fit Their Crimes
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