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Is this why Jared Kushner keeps his mouth shut in the public eye?

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Despite his heavily reported involvement in the Russia collusion case, there’s a curious element noticeably absent from nearly all coverage of Jared Kushner.

President Trump’s son-in-law received an outsize White House role, senior adviser to the president, after acting as a political strategist for Trump’s campaign. On camera, the 36-year-old real estate heir rarely discusses implications of policy, much like his wife, Ivanka. However, during an April 2016 panel discussion on residential development at the 92nd Street Y, Kushner casually hinted at what he thinks of the average American: He doesn’t.

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“It feels as though every new development is targeting either the high-end luxury tenants or affordable housing; what is being done for the middle class?” moderator David Kaufman asked the panel, which included Jeff Blau, CEO of Related; Abby Hamlin, founder and president of Hamlin Ventures; Steve Witkoff, founder of Witkoff Group; and Kushner, CEO of Kushner Properties.

Kushner volunteered. “I grew up in New Jersey,” he began. “And you know, I was talking to a friend the other day who’s looking to move out to New Jersey, and we’re talking about what he could afford, and what’s interesting is, like, if, you know, you spend a million dollars in New Jersey on a home, you’re buying a major, major mansion; if you spend a million dollars in New York, it doesn’t really get you much.”

Kushner admitted the analysis may have sounded “crazy,” and that “middle class” has some “elasticity”—both true. However, it’s nowhere near the million mark; even in New York, which just two years ago led the nation in income inequality.

The average annual household income in New York City is $85,636.

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Donald Trump sounds like a complete lunatic because he’s isolated himself in a far-right media bubble

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Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.

If you have an older relative who spends way too much time stewing in the conservative media, you may have experienced a moment when you not only disagreed with him, but you realized that you had no earthly clue what he was going on about. Perhaps it was when he started talking about the UN plot to eliminate golf courses and replace paved roads with bicycle paths. Maybe he stopped you in your tracks with a discourse on why flies were attracted to Barack Obama, or complained about the government insisting on referring to Christians as "Easter-worshippers" or expressed outrage over 9/11 hijackers being given leniency by Muslim jurists.

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Trump’s claim impeachment ‘nullifies’ 2016 election blown up in new House Judiciary Committee report

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READ IT: House Judiciary Committee releases report defining Trump impeachable offenses

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On Saturday, the House Judiciary Committee released a report outlining the impeachable acts committed by President Donald Trump.

"Our President holds the ultimate public trust," said the report, titled "Constitutional Grounds for Presidential Impeachment," in its introduction. "A President faithful only to himself—who will sell out democracy and national security for his own personal advantage—is a danger to every American. Indeed, he threatens America itself."

The report clarifies the procedures for impeachment, analyzes whether president can be "impeached for abuse of executive powers," and "whether it is preferable to await the next election when a President has sought to corrupt that very same election."

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