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Taking A Hatchet To The Hatch Act

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WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2020 -- Photo taken on Aug. 25, 2020 shows screens displaying U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo giving a speech to the Republican National Convention (RNC) from Jerusalem. U.S. House Democrat Joaquin Castro on Tuesday announced that he had launched an investigation into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's speech to the RNC on Tuesday night. (photo by Liu Jie/Xinhua via Getty)
WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2020 -- Photo taken on Aug. 25, 2020 shows screens displaying U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo giving a speech to the Republican National Convention (RNC) from Jerusalem. U.S. House Democra... WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2020 -- Photo taken on Aug. 25, 2020 shows screens displaying U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo giving a speech to the Republican National Convention (RNC) from Jerusalem. U.S. House Democrat Joaquin Castro on Tuesday announced that he had launched an investigation into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's speech to the RNC on Tuesday night. (photo by Liu Jie/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/Liu Jie via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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August 27, 2020 6:40 p.m.

We’ve been writing a lot this week about the Hatch Act, the law that various Trump administration officials appear to have violated as part of the Republican National Convention. It doesn’t apply to the President or vice president — their violations are a different story — but it’s worth pointing out just how toothless this law has become in this administration.

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