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Trump’s DC hotel has already lost over $1 million since opening: report

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According to a letter issued by Democratic members of the House Oversight Committee, President Donald Trump’s newly opened Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. has lost more than $1 million in net income in its first two months of operation.

The financial figures are contained in a letter from Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the ranking member on the committee, which also notes that reported revenues are $2 million less than estimates provided to the General Services Administration by the Trump Organization when they took over the property.

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According to the DCist, Trump International, located in the Old Post Office, has been a major object of concern for Democrats as a conflict of interest for the new president who agreed to the lease in 2012, well before he ran for president.

In the letter, the Democrats once again expressed dismay that Trump has not severed his organization from the hotel which may place him in violation of the Emoluments Clause in the U.S. Constitution.

“Our hope has always been that President Trump would resolve these breach-of-lease and conflict of interest issues prior to being sworn in as President on January 20,” the letter said. “Unfortunately, President Trump has refused to address these concerns, and taxpayer dollars may now be squandered as career public servants are forced to take remedial action to cure this breach.”

Trump International opened to great fanfare, with then candidate Trump hosting a press conference at the hotel that he quickly turned into a ad for it.

Last week, newly anointed White House Press Secretary once again promoted the hotel in his official capacity as Trump’s spokesperson.

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The ‘War on Christmas’ was started more than 500 years ago — by Christians

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If it feels like the “War on Christmas” is getting really old, it is. Almost 15 years have passed since Bill O’Reilly first opened December with a segment called, “Christmas Under Siege”—ten long years in which his cadences and refrains and echoing chorus have become as familiar to most Americans as Handel’s Messiah. More familiar, in fact.

Not that O’Reilly invented the idea. During the 1920’s, Henry Ford’s newspaper published a series of anti-Semitic articles titled, “The International Jew: The World’s Foremost Problem.” Among the complaints:

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Surprise! IG report finds anti-Clinton bias at the FBI

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The Justice Department inspector general's report debunked President Donald Trump’s repeated claims that the FBI’s Russia probe was launched out of anti-Trump bias by FBI leaders. Conversely, it did find anti-Hillary Clinton bias among FBI agents.

Trump claimed for years that the FBI investigation was opened because of anti-Trump bias by FBI leaders, citing text messages sent between former top FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page that criticized him during the 2016 campaign. Inspector General Michael Horowitz concluded that neither Strzok nor Page were in a position to start an investigation into Trump’s campaign and concluded that the FBI probe was justified, refuting claims that the probe was opened because of bias by the FBI’s top officials.

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Here are 5 huge lies Republicans are telling about the new report on the Russia probe

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Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz's new report on the origins of Crossfire Hurricane, commonly called the Russia investigation, blew up many of the right wing's favorite talking points and conspiracy theories about the FBI. At the same time, it exposed real failures of procedures meant to protect American citizens against undue surveillance and exposed the need for serious law enforcement reforms.

But most Republicans seem unfazed that the report undercuts President Donald Trump's repeated accusations of "treason" and a "witch hunt," and they show no genuine interest in pushing policy to generally make law enforcement more responsible. Instead, they're trying to pin the blame on the Obama administration and bias against Trump, even though these claims actually distract from the genuine problems uncovered.

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