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Trump’s trade hypocrisy exposed, again: Trump tower in New Jersey funded by Chinese investors

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has endured some criticism from his Republican opponents for his hypocritical trashing of Chinese trade policies while simultaneously using Chinese labor for his clothing lines. Well, now there’s another challenge to Trump’s anti-China rhetoric. According to Bloomberg News, Trump used a “Sopranos”-themed promotional video with Chinese subtitles aimed at attracting Chinese investors for a New Jersey Trump branded tower.

The video puts the viewer behind the wheel as it drives through Jersey City where Trump’s tower would stand. While images of the building from different vantage points play across the screen, “Woke Up This Morning” the theme song from “The Sopranos” blares.

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Trump has also been critical of immigrant visas that he counts on for projects like this. In August, he released his immigration blueprint and said that visas for skilled workers were part of the “disastrous” immigration policies that “destroyed our middle class.” Trump even went so far as to blame China on the campaign trail saying, “They’ve taken our jobs, they’ve taken our money, they’ve taken everything.”

Yet, Thursday during the Fox News Republican debate, Trump was singing a different tune claiming he changed his mind in the last six months on the visa program. Perhaps due to the millions of dollars Trump was able to raise through the controversial EB-5 visa program that offers an expedited visa to foreign investors, an overwhelming number of which come from China.

New York developers claim the program is essential for creating U.S. jobs and that the capital doesn’t come at the expense of the U.S. government but Congress as well as Homeland Security have raised concerns because applications are rushed and sometimes cleared in less than a month providing less scrutiny.

According to the Bloomberg report, the US Immigration Fund said another of Trump’s buildings in Toronto raised $50 million for development and roughly 25 percent of it came from foreign investment loans through the EB-5 program.

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Trump approves of North Korea missile tests: ‘I have no problem’ because they’re just ‘short-range missiles’

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On Thursday, in conversation with reporters, President Donald Trump said that he had 'no problem' with North Korea's new round of missile tests.

"Short-range missiles, we never made an agreement on that," said Trump. "I have no problem, we'll see what happens, but these are short-range missiles. They're very standard."

The thought that short-range missiles would still be capable of hitting our allies in the region, like South Korea and Japan, does not seem to have occurred to him.

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Trump says he has "no problem" with North Korea testing missiles because they are just "short-range missiles" that are "very standard." pic.twitter.com/fdKtQ6yrBE

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Russian Twitter propaganda predicted 2016 US election polls

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When Robert Mueller completed his long-awaited investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, he left many questions unanswered.

But one conclusion was unequivocal: Russia unleashed an extensive campaign of fake news and disinformation on social media with the aim of distorting U.S. public opinion, sowing discord and swinging the election in favor of the Republican candidate Donald Trump.

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Beto O’Rourke calls for a ‘war tax’ in release of health care plan for veterans

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The Democratic presidential candidate uses his eighth policy announcement to focus on an area that he prioritized in Congress.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Monday morning released a plan to improve the lives of veterans, returning to an area of priority during his time in the U.S. House for his latest 2020 policy rollout.

In keeping with measures he supported in Congress, the plan calls for a "responsible end" to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — reinvesting $1 out of every $2 saved in veterans programs — and the creation of a Veterans Health Care Trust Fund for each future war. The fund would be paid for by a "war tax" on households without service members or veterans.

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