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REVEALED: Six Trump cabinet members charged you for 71 chartered and military flights

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In the wake of revelations that former Health and Human Services Secretary took chartered and military flights totaling over $1 million, journalists have revealed that he is far from the only Trump cabinet member to do so.

An investigation by the Washington Post shows that in the nearly nine months since President Donald Trump took office, his cabinet members have taken 71 military or chartered flights.

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Along with Price,Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and EPA administrator Scott Pruitt have all used government planes for work travel.

As the Post‘s maps show, the secretaries have traveled extensively on the taxpayer’s dime. The practice, as the Treasury’s inspector general’s office determined yesterday, is not illegal, but is nevertheless problematic given that it can easily be avoided.

“Just because something’s legal doesn’t make it right,” Treasury inspector general counsel Rich Delmar said in his departments’ report on Mnuchin’s travel. “With few exceptions, the commercial air system used by millions of Americans every day is appropriate, even for very senior officials.”

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Though it’s currently unclear what the total cost of the cabinet members’ travel is, at least $1.8 million was spent on Price and Mnuchin’s travel alone.


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GOP’s Joni Ernst may have inadvertently boosted Joe Biden in Iowa: ex-White House official

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On CNN's "New Day," regular contributor and former White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart almost rolled his eyes at a clip of Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst rushing to the cameras to gush about attacks on Joe Biden, saying she may have ended up helping the former vice president in her own state.

Speaking with hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota after watching the clip of the Iowa Republican blurting, "The Iowa caucuses are this next Monday evening, and I'm really interested to see how this discussion today informs and influences the Iowa caucus voters, those Democratic goers. Will they be supporting VP Biden at this point?" Lockhart seemed in disbelief that she may have handed Biden a boost.

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‘Sit this one out’: Ivanka Trump’s complaint about ‘elites’ hilariously backfires

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Ivanka Trump complained about coastal elites to defend her father -- and was swiftly met with furious mockery.

The White House adviser and eldest daughter of President Donald Trump shared a video clip of former Republican strategist Rick Wilson ridiculing the president's "credulous boomer rube" supporters, and complained the attack was derogatory and unfair.

"You consistently make fun of half the country and then complain that it is divided," Ivanka Trump tweeted. "The arrogance, mocking accents and smug ridicule of this nation’s ‘Real Elites’ is disgusting."

You consistently make fun of half the country and then complain that it is divided.

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Republicans are being ‘torn and squeezed’ after Bolton’s book disrupts their anti-impeachment efforts: columnist

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On Tuesday, conservative columnist Matt Lewis wrote for The Daily Beast that former National Security Adviser John Bolton's book is a "game changer" that "puts the squeeze" on Senate Republicans who were hoping to dispose of the impeachment trial quickly.

"If you don’t think the bombshell revelation that John Bolton’s book will say Donald Trump wanted to withhold Ukraine aid until their government agreed to investigate Democrats has the potential to move the needle, consider the developments that ensued in its wake," wrote Lewis. "Susan Collins suggested she would vote for witnesses, and Mitt Romney said it’s 'increasingly likely' other Republicans would join them. Meanwhile, Sen. Lindsey Graham abruptly canceled a press conference (later, he left open the possibility that he would subpoena Bolton’s manuscript, even as he remained opposed to having Bolton testify), and Pat Toomey proposed a 'one-for-one' witness swap. By the end of the day Monday, Independent Sen. Angus King of Maine told NPR that he expects as many as 10 Republicans to vote for witnesses."

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