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Hedge funder who was fired for criticizing Trump sues Bannon-backing Mercers

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Billionaire hedge fund mogul and major Donald Trump funder Robert Mercer is being sued by a long time employee for criticizing President Trump.

For two decades, research scientist David Magerman worked at Mercer’s Renaissance Technologies LLC. His employment ended on April 29, in what he claims was a wrongful termination.

“The dispute started on Jan. 16 when Magerman called Mercer and asked to have a conversation about his support of Trump, according to the complaint,” Bloomberg reported. “During the chat, Mercer said the U.S. had started going in the wrong direction ‘after the passage of the Civil Rights Act in the 1960s,’ according to the complaint. Mercer also said that black Americans ‘were doing fine’ in the late 1950s and are the ‘only racist people remaining in the U.S.,’ according to the complaint.”

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Additionally, the complaint claims Mercer said racial segregation was not an important issue.

“Mercer, a major investor in Trump-friendly Breitbart News, advised the president to hire two of the Mercer family’s longtime political advisers, Stephen Bannon and Kellyanne Conway,” Bloomberg continued. “Mercer emerged as one of the most influential Republican donors in the 2016 election, giving at least $2 million to Make America Number 1, a political action committee that began backing Trump in July.”

Mercer’s daughter Rebekah chaired the Make America Number 1 PAC. Rebekah Mercer was a member of Trump’s transition and also features in the lawsuit. It’s alleged she confronted Magerman on April 20 at a celebrity poker in New York City, calling him, “pond scum” and saying Karma, “is a bitch.”

The lawsuit Magerman v. Mercer, 17-cv-02083 was filed in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia).

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West Virginia’s billionaire GOP governor busted for Trump-like business corruption while in office

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This article was produced in partnership between the Charleston Gazette-Mail and ProPublica. By Ken Ward, Jr.

Last fall, Gov. Jim Justice called reporters to his office in the West Virginia Capitol for a hastily arranged news conference.

Sitting behind a table and flanked by GOP lawmakers, the governor touted the latest budget surplus and announced a proposed pay raise for teachers and a plan to fix the state’s underfunded public employee health care plan.

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Trump may ‘undo his presidency’ — with Republicans backing impeachment: CNN’s conservative anchor

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President Donald Trump's presidency is in peril as Republican lawmakers condemn the administration for green-lighting Turkey's ethnic cleansing of Kurds in northern Syria.

"President Trump this week set fire to the emoluments clause by announcing his own resort would host the G-7 summit. His Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney, set fire to his boss’s innocence admitting on camera to the very thing Trump is being investigated for and possibly impeached over," CNN's S.E. Cupp said.

"Donald Trump has put the Republican Party through a lot. Most have gone willingly along with him -- kids in cages, a trade war, protecting Putin, honoring Kim Jong-Un, breaking the law, the lies, the insults, the fake news, the rape allegations. Defending the president over the indefensible has become something of a cottage industry for Republican lawmakers, few of whom have ever dared to call him out," she noted.

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Boris Johnson said he would rather be ‘dead in a ditch’ than delay Brexit — but just asked to extend deadline

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to write to Brussels seeking a Brexit deadline extension after MPs voted Saturday to demand he delay Britain's October 31 departure date.

In a phonecall with European Council President Donald Tusk after the vote, Johnson said he would send the letter mandated by MPs to seek more time, a EU source told AFP.

"The PM confirmed that the letter would be sent to Tusk today," the source said.

"Tusk will on that basis start consulting EU leaders on how to react. This may take a few days," he added.

Tusk said on Twitter that he was "waiting for the letter".

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