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New York mayor to join pre-inauguration protest after heaping praise on Trump’s senior adviser

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Celebrities and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio are joining forces on the eve of President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration to hold a rally in New York in opposition to the new administration, the Associated Press reports.

Thousands of New Yorkers are expected to take the street on Thursday, Jan. 19 with activist Rev. Al Sharpton and celebrities such as Mark Ruffalo, Michael Moore and Rosie Perez. The rally was planned by various organizations, including Greenpeace and MoveOn.

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“We are sending a message to Washington that we will fight, at every step, discrimination and harmful policies, today, tomorrow, and every day,” said Ruffalo in a statement. He also noted that participants in the rally “are coming together to stand up for one another, as we will do every day, to protect the values we hold dear.”

Moore announced news of the rally on his Twitter account over the weekend. He added that actor Alec Baldwin — who has consistently gotten under Trump’s skin with his Saturday Night Live impressions — would be present at Thursday’s rally, which will be held outside the Trump International Hotel.

The New York mayor who has vowed to oppose the Trump administration will also be present. Though de Blasio will be joining celebrities and New Yorkers to rally against Trump before his inauguration on Jan. 20, his connections to the Kushner family raise some questions.

Just last week, de Blasio praised Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who was appointed to serve as an official senior adviser to the president-elect. At a news conference in Manhattan, the mayor told reporters, “About the person of Jared Kushner — I respect him a lot” and called Kushner “a very reasonable person.”

De Blasio called Kushner “a lot more reasonable and a lot more moderate.” New York Magazine argues instead that he is “more like his father-in-law than anyone imagines.”

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Kushner has been praised by top New York cops as a “law-and-order person” whose donations to the New York City Police Foundation contributed to overseas intelligence operations, New York Magazine reported.

Jared Kushner’s brother, Joshua, also donated the maximum in campaign contributions to de Blasio’s 2013 mayoral campaign. The New York City mayor will make an appearance at the rally, regardless.

Thursday’s rally will start at 6 p.m. ET at the Trump International Hotel in Manhattan.

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RNC blew nearly $100,000 to help put Trump Jr’s book on the bestseller list

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A new Federal Elections Commission filing unearthed by New York Times reporter Nick Confessore shows that the Republican National Committee blew nearly $100,000 to help promote Donald Trump Jr.'s book "Triggered."

According to the filing, the RNC made a $94,800 payment to bookseller Books-a-Million on October 29th this year, which was just days before Trump Jr.'s "Triggered" was released on November 5th.

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David Holmes blows up one of Trump’s key defenses in Ukraine extortion scheme

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David Holmes blew up one of the central arguments in the impeachment defense of President Donald Trump.

The president's Republican allies have argued that Ukraine was not aware that congressionally approved aid had been held up by the White House as Trump demanded an investigation of Joe Biden, but Holmes explained why that's wrong, reported the Washington Post.

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The GOP wanted Sondland to be Trump’s Ukraine ‘fall guy’ — then it blew up in their faces: NYT columnist

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According to New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg, Republican hopes that they could turn E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland into "fall guy" for Donald Trump's Ukraine scandal ended up being a disastrous miscalculation.

Following testimony given by the millionaire Trump appointee that was televised nationally where he clearly stated that the president was using foreign aid to get political dirt on possible 2020 presidential election foe Joe Biden, the NYT columnist claims the GOP now has a "Gordon problem."

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