Brian Klaas at USA Today puts it about as well as it can be put: "Donald Trump's Business Ties Explain a Lot of His Dictator Worship." For example, we can assume Mr. Trump praises Mr. Duterte because he's got a Trump Tower in Manila, or that he stops slamming China because one of his businesses got a lucrative trademark deal there, or that he congratulates Turkey's President for "winning" a referendum that destroys democracy there because he's got two buildings in Istanbul. And that's before we get to his conflicts of interest in Saudi Arabia, of course.
Speaking of conflicts of interest, the Trump Administration now routinely grants waivers to employees so they can meet with the organizations they used to work for! And here you thought your government was supposed to serve the American people! David Dayen, bless him, serves up the conflicts you already know about first, and then dives deep into the one you haven't heard about (Andrew Olmem, once a lobbyist, now an assistant to Gary Cohn), one uniquely positioned to help a former bankster client avoid regulatory scrutiny. Because he "knows the issues," of course!
Joshua Cho at FAIR serves up a study whose results will disappoint you but not surprise you: the "liberal" media, in covering Trump cabinet appointees between Election Day and Inauguration Day, talked to Republicans more than Democrats by about a 5-2 ratio. Because they control all the branches of government, you see, and therefore their viewpoints "deserve" more airtime! Except that back when Democrats controlled our government in 2009, you may recall, Republicans still got disproportionate airtime during stimulus bill coverage, presumably because their "minority" viewpoints need to be heard! It's almost like they think you have no memory of anything that's ever happened.
House overwhelmingly passes bill making "sexting" between teenagers could get said teenagers 15 years in jail. No one approves of sexting, but imposing a mandatory minimum sentence that could equal the offender's entire lifetime up to that point is rather like taking a sledgehammer to a mosquito -- n.b. the story of how our government let a sexual abuser off the hook by trying to nail him on child porn charges. The bill's motto appears to be: when in doubt, punish someone who can't fight back, and punish them real, real hard. Pick on someone your own size, Congress.
Finally, there's so much to say about Vice President Pence's statement that "the left" is obsessed with climate change "for some reason," but let's just leave it at this: most people think our government should do more about climate change than it's currently doing, yet our government wants you to think it's only "the left" that wants it. This is what Our Glorious Elites always do: they take what's broadly popular and suggest it's actually an "extreme" position. Given that their favorite solution to every problem (i.e., cutting government spending that actually helps government's owners, the people) is itself an extreme position, Our Glorious Elites have a nasty pot-kettle-black problem.