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REVEALED: Trump gave Bondi massive discount for resort fundraiser after she quashed lawsuit

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Donald Trump hosted a fundraiser for Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s (R) re-election campaign less than a year after she decided not to investigate Trump University, the Huffington Post reported.

The March 2014 event at the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach cost the state Republican Party $4,855.65 — a far cry from the $140,000 Trump later charged his own presidential campaign for use of the facility. Tickets to the event cost $3,000 per person.

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Six months earlier, Bondi personally asked the real estate mogul for a campaign contribution around the same time that her office announced it was considering joining a multi-state lawsuit against the school. Around that time, Trump’s tax-exempt foundation gave $25,000 to a group supporting Bondi. Bondi would subsequently announce that she would not join the fraud lawsuit.

Trump recently paid the IRS a $2,500 fine because the foundation’s donation violated the rules governing non-profit groups. But the issue has also prompted supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to criticize news outlets, accusing them of ignoring that payment while holding Clinton to a tougher standard.

The Post noted that even as he accuses Clinton of engaging in “pay to play” through her own charitable foundation, Trump has bragged that he is able to wield influence with elected officials through his contributions.

“When I want something, I get it,” he said during a January event. “When I call, they kiss my ass. It’s true. They kiss my ass. It’s true.”


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We are witnessing the birth of a movement — and the downfall of a president

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They almost always begin to right wrongs: illegitimate wars; decades of discrimination on the grounds of gender or racial or sexual identity; killings of innocents by police or gun-toting lunatics; oppression by governments wielding unequal laws; the deeply embedded legacy of centuries of racism.

This article first appeared in Salon.

They are imperfect. Arising out of rage, they can be unfocused, inchoate, contradictory. Protesting violence, they often involve violence. Protesting oppression, they sometimes oppress by destroying public spaces, small businesses, even entire neighborhoods.

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Susan Collins skipped Trump’s visit to Maine after president threatened colleague Lisa Murkowski

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Protesters were expected to meet President Donald Trump on his Friday afternoon visit to Maine, but Senator Susan Collins, caught in the middle of a hotly contested re-election race this fall, did not.

This article first appeared in Salon.

Instead, the embattled Republican senator will be in Washington, where she has "several federal and non-federal events on her schedule," a Collins spokeswoman told NBC News.

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HBO’s Maher taunts Trump fans over president hiding in a bunker from protesters: ‘Is America great enough for you yet?’

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In his opening monologue on Friday night, HBO "Real Time" host Bill Maher both ridiculed Donald Trump and taunted his fans over reports the president was whisked away to an underground bunker to protect him from anti-police brutality protesters.

According to the HBO comedian, "As soon as some shit started outside the White House he went straight to the bunker, five floors below ground. He says he wasn't hiding, he said, I love this, it was more of an inspection -- and he didn't piss himself, he was watering his shoes."

"I tell you, deranged authoritarians and bunkers, always a winning combination," he added.

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