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Maryland deputy secretary of state abruptly resigns from Trump ‘voter fraud’ panel

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Maryland deputy Secretary of State Luis E. Borunda on Monday resigned from Donald Trump’s 15-member panel investigating the president’s allegations of voter fraud, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Borunda was a member of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity until Monday, when he informed Gov. Larry Hogan (R-MD) he was removing himself from the panel.

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“He informed our office he has resigned from the commission,” Hogan spokesman Doug Mayer told the Sun. The spokesperson also noted the governor did not appoint Borunda to the commission.

Borunda’s resignation comes after the panel, led by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R-KA), drew widespread criticism after it asked every state to provide the commission with a decade’s worth of information on registered voters—including names, birthdays,  social security information and party affiliation.

Bipartisan leaders in a majority of U.S. states have signaled they will not comply with all or parts of the panel’s request, and several states have outright declared they will not provide any information to the commission. Kobach’s home state of Kansas happens to be one of those states—The Sunflower State is withholding voters’ social security information as that is “not publicly available.”

Trump contended the advisory committee to investigated his thus-far unsubstantiated claim that millions of illegal voters cost him the popular vote against former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

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Trump encourages China to take advantage of Jay Powell and Fed: They ‘don’t have a clue’

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President Donald Trump launched a new attack against his own Federal Reserve chairman in a pair of Monday morning tweets.

The president has been publicly pressuring Fed chairman Jerome Powell to lower interest rates in hopes of staving off a recession, but the Trump appointee has so far resisted his calls.

"Producer prices in China shrank most in 3 years due to China’s big devaluation of their currency, coupled with monetary stimulus," Trump tweeted. "Federal Reserve not watching? Will Fed ever get into the game? Dollar strongest EVER! Really bad for exports. No Inflation...Highest Interest Rates..."

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Internet pummels Trump for frantic demand to investigate Obama instead: ‘This is not the tweet of an innocent man’

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President Donald Trump jealously raged against Barack Obama's post-presidency business deals, which includes a production agreement with Netflix -- and other social media users ridiculed his apparent envy.

Trump questioned that deal and others in a pair of tweets complaining about an impeachment inquiry launched against him last week by the House Judiciary Committee, and he suggested Congress look at Obama's business since he left the White House.

....work that way. I have a better idea. Look at the Obama Book Deal, or the ridiculous Netflix deal. Then look at all the deals made by the Dems in Congress, the “Congressional Slush Fund,” and lastly the IG Reports. Take a look at them. Those investigations would be over FAST!

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Is the Trump administration squelching a whistleblower — and a major scandal?

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America's system of government has always worked on the honor system. With so few Senate-confirmed Cabinet and federal agency heads, and so many “acting” officials working in the Trump administration, people who are constantly forced to audition for permanent positions are now under tremendous pressure to protect a president hellbent on breaking every norm of good governance. Now a new possible political scandal could be brewing in the Trump administration that tests the loyalty of these “acting” officials — pitting their allegiance to the nation against their desire to impress their boss.

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