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Trump tried unsuccessfully to open Moscow Trump Tower complex during 2016 election

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Even as he campaigned for president, Donald Trump and his business associates were trying to open a Moscow Trump Tower, but they were unsuccessful, said The Washington Post on Sunday night.

In late 2015 and 2016, Trump was pursuing a plan to open a “massive Trump Tower” in Russia’s capital city, said business associates and others familiar with documents currently being reviewed by Trump Foundation lawyers.

Russian-born oligarch — and purported high-ranking figure in Russia’s criminal underworld — Felix Sater strongly encouraged Trump to visit Moscow to help push the proposal with local investors.

Sater — who recently confided to friends and family that he believes that he and Trump will both end up behind bars — promised Trump that he could get Russian President Vladimir Putin to say “great things” about Trump in support of the development project.

Sater made grandiose predictions in a November 2015 email to Trump, saying that both he and the Trump organization would soon be having great reason to celebrate “both one of the biggest residential projects in real estate history and Donald Trump’s election as president, according to two of the people with knowledge of the exchange,” wrote the Post’s Carol D. Leonnig, Tom Hamburger and Rosalind S. Helderman.

Trump never made the trip to Moscow and although he, Sater and investors signed a letter of intent, the project never broke ground.

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“Nevertheless,” the Post said, “the details of the deal, which have not previously been disclosed, provide evidence that Trump’s business was actively pursuing significant commercial interests in Russia at the same time he was campaigning to be president — and in a position to determine U.S.-Russia relations.”

Discussions about the development deal had trailed off by the time Trump’s connections to Russia became a campaign issue, but the new emails point to the likelihood that Trump has concealed other contacts and business inquiries from federal investigators and watchdog groups.

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Progressive reformer claims victory in fiercely-contested Queens DA race

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Progressive reformer Tiffany Cabán has declared victory in her campaign versus Melinda Katz in the Queens District Attorney race.

With 99% of precincts reporting, Cabán held a lead of 1,090 votes, The New York Times reports.

Cabán was backed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Katz was backed by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), who chairs the Queens Democratic Party, and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY)

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New 2020 poll shows Trump trailing all Democrats — some by double-digits

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President Donald Trump trails all of his Democratic rivals in hypothetical matchups of the 2020 presidential race, according to the result of a new poll released Tuesday.

This article originally appeared on Salon.

The survey, conducted by Emerson Polling, found that the president lags behind former vice president Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., by 10 points nationally — 45 percent to 55 percent. He also trails Sen. Elizabeth Warren by six points — 47 percent to 53 percent —and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg by four points — 48 percent to 52 percent.

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Beto O’Rourke’s ‘war tax’ policy proposal is straight out of ‘Starship Troopers’

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Amid an overcrowded Democratic presidential candidate field, it's hard to distinguish yourself from the pack if you don't slot easily into the scale that runs from "pro-corporate centrist" to "left-populist." If you're former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke —  who falls somewhere in the middle, politically, and somewhere towards the top, looks-wise — you pull a militaristic policy proposal out of your hat that recalls some of the most campy pseudo-fascist sci-fi ever written.

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