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Trump surrounded himself with a dozen top ‘megadonors’ on the day of Comey’s testimony

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According to a Politico report, President Donald Trump hosted a group of “megadonors” in the White House on June 8, the day that former FBI Director James Comey testified before Congress, for a “briefing” on the president’s agenda.

The report states that “about a dozen top donors” came to the White House for a meeting meant to “rally support for Trump’s agenda.” It took place a few hours after Comey’s testimony ended, and could have been part of the full day planned by Trump aides to keep him off of Twitter while the former FBI director testified.

Among those in attendance was Rebekah Mercer, the daughter of hedge fund manager and billionaire Robert Mercer whose pro-Trump super-PAC reportedly ran attack ads on Comey. The president himself was said to have stopped by the meeting, as well as Vice President Mike Pence and adviser Kellyanne Conway.

The meeting, which sources familiar with the event said focused on various White House legislative goals, was led by Trump’s legislative director Marc Short. A few days prior to the June 8 meeting, Short told reporters that the investigation into potential Trump-Russia collusion harmed the president’s agenda and distracted “from what we’re trying to deliver for the American people.”

Though donor meetings in the White House are not uncommon, “the briefing was seen as notable in GOP finance circles partly because of the timing.”

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The media’s ‘Made in America’ problem: Trump creates racist controversy — and gets free campaign coverage

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Let’s presume, however depressing that notion may be, that mainstream news organizations will continue to fumble the ball when it comes to directly calling blatantly racist statements coming out of Donald Trump’s mouth what they are, which is racist.

Let’s also presume that in the fallout of such incidents like Trump’s racist tweets on Sunday, media organizations adopt predictable stances. Most struggle to maintain a sense of equanimity and fairness when it comes to calling out Trump’s racism. Fox amplifies it.

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Gay man’s family cut off his ear after he came out

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A teen man came out to his parents and in response his dad severely mutilated him, reports Gay Star News.

The 19-year-old was then locked in a closet, where he tried not to bleed to death.

The teen is from The Gambia and is trying to get asylum in The Netherlands.

“I was so afraid to tell my family about my sexuality,” he said.

“I thought, maybe, my family will accept me because I am their family. This is who I am.”

“That was the biggest mistake I ever made.”

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Longtime Trump loyalist warns the president that his racist tweets are about to permanently stain his image

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On Tuesday, former Trump administration official Anthony Scaramucci criticized President Trump for telling four freshman congresswomen to go back to their own countries. All four are American citizens.

Scaramucci accused the president of playing to his base, in a way that has dangerous manifestations: for the president and the country.

“He’s blowing very hard on a dog-whistle that every ethnic group that’s landed in the United States has had to hear,” Scaramucci told the BBC.

“I don’t think the president is a racist, but here’s the thing: if you continue to say and act in that manner, then we all have to look at him and say, ‘OK, well, maybe you weren’t a racist, but now you’re turning into one.'”

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