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Palm Beach may slap Mar-a-Lago with big tax to pay for ‘devastating’ cost of Trump’s weekend trips

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President Donald Trump’s weekend excursions to his private Mar-a-Lago resort cost American taxpayers more than $3 million per trip, but the club’s home city of Palm Beach, Fla. is feeling the weight of paying for them even more acutely.

The Palm Beach Post reports that Palm Beach County Commissioner Dave Kerner is looking into classifying Mar-a-Lago as a “municipal service benefit unit,” which would give the county power to slap the club with additional taxes to help it pay for the cost of the president’s weekly trips.

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The county is considering taking this measure because the federal government so far has been slow to reimburse the country for the costs associated with handling the president’s trips. According to county estimates, the president’s weekend trips have cost the county $570,000 so far, which is putting a strain on its other budget priorities.

Kerner tells the Palm Beach Post that Trump’s trips have been particularly trying for the local airport, which faces major disruptions every time the president comes to town.

“The Lantana airport will be shut down any time the president is in town,” Kerner said. “We’ve bent over backwards. I get it. The president’s safety is paramount.”

That said, Kerner notes that the costs associated with keeping Trump safe have “been devastating” so far.

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Trump refusing to pay for New Mexico security and barricades — while trying to change the state from blue to red

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President Donald Trump thinks he will win New Mexico. He's repeated the factoid multiple times, including to a group of oil and gas workers and executives Wednesday at a conference in Pittsburgh, PA. But he also made two significant mistakes to put that support in jeopardy.

First, the president indicated he was building his "wall" on the border of Colorado, which is north of New Mexico. It would mean that New Mexico was now part of Mexico.

Second, it was reported by the Albuquerque Journal that their city is yet another one Trump's campaign is refusing to pay for security costs.

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Intel Committee has ‘recent evidence’ Ukraine witnesses are working together to ‘coordinate’ their stories

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House investigators have "recent evidence" of witnesses working to coordinate their testimony before Congress, a Democratic congressman revealed on MSNBC on Wednesday.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), who sits on the Intelligence and Judicial committees, was interviewed by MSNBC Chris Hayes.

"Final question, what is the timeline here?" Hayes asked. "There is some transparency argument that at some point this can’t be behind closed doors, the American people, all of us, Republicans, Democrats, citizens and journalists have to hear what’s happening."

"You’re absolutely right and there will be a public phase," Swalwell replied.

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Rudy Giuliani is looking for a lawyer — after saying he didn’t need one: report

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On Wednesday, CNN reported that President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani is looking for a defense attorney to represent him.

This report comes after Giuliani said last week that he would not seek legal representation unless he believed he needed it.

Giuliani is currently under criminal investigation for the scheme he apparently helped facilitate in the Ukraine, where Trump withheld military aid in the fight against Russia while demanding their leaders investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and the Democratic National Committee.

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