'The grift that keeps on grifting': Jared Kushner mocked over report he plans to 'leave politics' to launch investment firm
Former president Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, reportedly plans to "leave politics" to launch an investment firm.
"Kushner, the former chief executive of Kushner Companies, who served as the Republican president's senior adviser in the White House, is in the final stages of launching an investment firm called Affinity Partners that will be headquartered in Miami," Reuters reported Wednesday. "Kushner, who is married to Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, is also looking to open an office in Israel to pursue regional investments to connect Israel's economy and India, North Africa and the Gulf, said two people briefed on the plan, who spoke on condition of anonymity."
Kushner remains close with Trump, and he and his family are spending the summer as the former president's next-door neighbor at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., according to the report. Before that, Kushner spent several months in Miami working on a book about his White House experiences to be published early next year.
Here's how Twitter greeted the news.
But he was so good at politics … 🤮 https://t.co/6RqLEZo1bQ— Jail Bill Barr (@Jail Bill Barr) 1627488548.0
“Leave politics” — he’d have to enter politics first. 🤣🤣🤣 — #JaredKushner was NEVER in politics!! https://t.co/bTqiYh7vm2— 🧚 STINA LYNN 🧚 (@🧚 STINA LYNN 🧚) 1627488272.0
@jacobkornbluh So he thinks he can avoid prosecution by hiding out in Israel?— Vicki Polin (@Vicki Polin) 1627482614.0
I was so disappointed the last two words weren't 'himself into space' https://t.co/cjF4YDfaAo— My son is also named Bort (@My son is also named Bort) 1627491225.0
@HeathaT @aidnmclaughlin @steveholland1 @Yahoo Alternate title: Florida Man starts up money laundering racket, pyramid scheme— Lagerwhat? (@Lagerwhat?) 1627487215.0
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate negotiators to a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill have reached agreement on the major components of the measure, Republican Senator Rob Portman told reporters on Wednesday.
That could clear the way for the legislation to begin moving through the Senate following months of talks. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said a procedural vote on a bipartisan bill was possible as soon as Wednesday night.
"Senators continue to make good progress," Democrat Schumer said in a speech on the Senate floor.
Republican Senator Susan Collins, however, cautioned that some details were still being finalized.
Another Republican senator, Lisa Murkowski, told reporters, "I think that there is a strong, solid number of folks on both sides of the aisle that want to get on to an infrastructure package."
She added that senators will be briefed on the measure being negotiated "in these next hours."
The procedural vote would simply limit debate on whether the Senate should begin considering a bipartisan infrastructure investment bill that is thought to be in the range of $1.2 trillion.
On July 21, Republicans blocked such a move, complaining that a bill had not yet been written.
Democrats are hoping to pass this month or early next month whatever measure is agreed upon in the bipartisan negotiations.
That could help clear the way for Democrats to begin pushing another large spending bill totaling around $3.5 trillion that Republicans are vowing to oppose.
(Reporting by Richard Cowan; editing by Jonathan Oatis and Diane Craft)
Donald Trump has hinted that he might choose Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as his running mate if he enters the 2024 race, but he might have to move again first.
The twice-impeached one-term president changed his residence to Florida in late 2019, while still living in the White House, but a rarely invoked constitutional provision in the 12th Amendment may force him to pull up stakes again if he wants the GOP governor on the ticket, reported the Tampa Bay Times.
"The Electors shall meet in their respective states and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves," reads the provision.
In other words, Florida electors cannot vote for both a president and vice president who come from their state, and constitutional experts agree the provision is clear, if possibly outdated.
"Whether or not the requirement that you vote for someone other than someone from your state makes sense today, and it probably doesn't, the text is clear," said Vikram Amar, dean of the University of Illinois College of Law and a professor of constitutional law. "It's pretty anachronistic, but there it is, part of the text."
The amendment, which is rooted in the framers' concerns about handing too much power to individual states, would permit Trump and DeSantis to run on the same ticket, but would require one of them -- most likely DeSantis -- to give up Florida's 30 Electoral College votes, potentially turning his election over to a hyper-partisan U.S. Congress.
"It would be an impediment unless they took some action to deal with it," said Robert William Bennett, a Northwestern University law professor and expert on the Electoral College. "One action would be that Trump could give up whatever his place in Florida is. He certainly has credentials for being a resident of the state of New York, if not other places."
Dick Cheney moved to Wyoming in 2000, as George W. Bush picked him as running mate, and a legal challenge to Cheney's claim to Texas' electoral votes failed after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene, and legal experts expect a similar outcome if Trump changes his address before Nov. 5, 2024.
"People are allowed to move," said Akhil Reed Amar, a professor at Yale Law School. "If Trump wants to move, he can move. He has plenty of time to move, but it should be a real move. They shouldn't thumb their nose at the Constitution."
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