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FBI executes search warrants at GOP consulting firm with lobbying ties to casino industry

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FBI agents on Thursday conducted an investigation at the offices of the Republican campaign consulting firm Strategic Campaign Group, the Baltimore Sun reports.

According to its website, the Strategic Campaign Group is an Annapolis-based firm that “provides political campaign consulting for Republican candidates.”

Kelly Rogers, the firm’s president, told the Sun the raid was related to work the company performed during the 2013 Virginia gubernatorial campaign. FBI spokeswoman Lindsay Ram confirmed the FBI Washington D.C. field office is conducting the investigation, but would not confirm the focus of the probe.

It’s unclear what the scope of the FBI’s investigation is; the Strategic Campaign Group has been sued before by the Virginia attorney general for fraud after allegedly running a “malicious ‘Scam PAC’ operation.” There’s no word yet whether the FBI’s raid is related the FBI’s ongoing investigation into Donald Trump’s campaign.

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In 2012, president of Strategic Campaign Group Kelly Rogers registered as a lobbyist for Prince George’s Racing Ventures (Penn National), which sought to build a casino in the Maryland county. As Beth Brigham noted, Penn National own Argosy Gaming, which was headed by Jim Perry, the CEO of Trump Entertainment Resorts.

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Former FBI Director James Comey outlines the burning questions he’d ask Robert Mueller

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Former FBI Director James Comey has written a lengthy post at the Lawfare blog outlining the most important questions that Democrats need to ask of former special counsel Robert Mueller.

Although many of the questions outlined by Comey are simply asking Mueller to rehash the findings of his final report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, he does ask some questions designed to get Mueller to offer up his own analysis of President Donald Trump's actions, such as, "Did you find substantial evidence that the president had committed obstruction of justice crimes?" and "Did you reach a judgment as to whether the president had committed obstruction of justice crimes?"

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Republican running against Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had lavished praise on her great leadership

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Only one year after her historic victory over Rep. Joe Crowley, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez might face a challenger.

The New York Daily News reports that a Queens Republican who used to support AOC is mounting an election bid to unseat Ocasio-Cortez.

Scherie Murray is a Jamaican immigrant who lives in Queens. She runs an advertising company and identifies as a Republican, the News reports. Murray, in announcing her challenge, accused Ocasio-Cortez of seeking fame at the expense of her constituents.

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Ivanka bashed by CNN guest for jumping into Trump’s racism scandal late and trying to make herself look good

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Appearing on CNN, the author of a piece in The Atlantic on Ivanka Trump's disappearing act whenever her father, President Donald Trump, does something offensive, said the first daughter likes to pick her spots when she can be "part of the show."

Speaking with CNN host Ana Cabrera, journalist Elaina Plott said Ivanka's influence on her father has been overstated since the beginning of his presidency and she moves into the public eye when it benefits her.

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