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Allegra Kirkland

Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.

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Facing scathing scrutiny after opening the 115th Congress with a secret midnight vote to gut the independent Office of Congressional Ethics, House Republicans on Tuesday abruptly withdrew the amendment before it could even go before the full chamber for a vote.

Bipartisan ethics watchdog groups led the charge, issuing blistering statements that attacked GOP lawmakers for undermining transparency and accountability in order to protect their own reputations.

“There has been such a backlash and so much tweeting and communication via public channels about this,” Viveca Novak of the Center for Responsive Politics told TPM. “They’re not just going to be able to ram it through with no repercussions.”

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Donald Trump announced in a surprise Christmas Eve statement that he plans to dissolve his scandal-plagued charitable organization to avoid any “possible conflict of interest.”

But doing so won’t be nearly as simple or as speedy as he may wish. Unfortunately for the President-elect, shuttering the Donald J. Trump Foundation will require cooperation from the charity’s chief antagonist, New York’s Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

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