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BUSTED: Interior Secretary Zinke spent $14,000 in taxpayer money to take helicopter rides to events near DC

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Instead of taking a commercial airline flight or a regular car, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke spent $14,000 in taxpayer dollars to use government helicopters.

According to travel logs obtained by Politico under a Freedom of Information Act request, Zinke used helicopters over the summer to fly himself to and from events near Washington, D.C. The excuse is that he wanted to attend the swearing-in ceremony for his replacement, Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT), in the U.S. Congress. The second was so that he could go on a horseback ride with Vice President Mike Pence.

The first flight was to and from Shepherdstown, West Virginia, costing taxpayers $8,000. Zinke’s staff claimed “official business” prevented the Secretary from making the two-hour drive to witness an emergency management exercise.

“Driving to [the West Virginia event] would not enable him to be on time and fully participate as scheduled,” a staffer told Politico.

Zinke has already been caught using government funded planes and military aircraft to take him to and from events instead of using commercial flights. One trip from Las Vegas to Whitefish, Montana cost taxpayers $12,375 because Zinke used a Beechcraft King Air 200. He spoke at an event for the city’s new professional hockey team after an announcement earlier in the day about public lands.

He’s became the fourth senior official in President Donald Trump’s cabinet caught using private jets to travel instead of commercial flights. The other cabinet members include EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who has taken multiple trips back and forth to Oklahoma. Most notably, however, is former Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, who was caught spending $1 million so far on private jets and the use of military planes.

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Zinke has refused to provide any information about his travel. He’s now under investigation for using a government trip to fundraise for politics.

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Trump’s 2020 campaign strategy is familiar: Troll the libs!

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Late on Tuesday, I got an email from an unusual source. A reporter for the conservative publication the Washington Examiner asked if I'd be interested in sharing thoughts on Joe Biden's history of joking "about 'locking up your daughters'" and on "Biden's view of women and gender relations." This was in light of my previous criticisms of Biden's apparent condescension towards girls and women, and his pockmarked history on gender relations in general.

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Cory Booker rips Biden for praising racist senators: ‘You don’t joke about calling black men boys’

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Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) blasted Joe Biden for praising two segregationist senators he'd served with as a lawmaker.

The former vice president and current Democratic presidential frontrunner reminisced about his relationship with Mississippi Democrat James Eastland and Georgia Democrat Herman Talmadge, two notoriously racist senators during the Civil Rights era, reported The Hill.

“At least there was some civility, we got things done," Biden said, recalling that Eastland had never called him "boy." "We didn't agree on much of anything. We got things done, we got it finished."

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Most Republican voters admit to feeling ‘embarrassed’ and ‘exhausted’ by Trump’s comments

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Some diehard supporters of President Donald Trump have asserted that they admire the fact that he is so unapologetic about his rhetoric and his actions. But according to a new Pew Research survey, most Republican or Republican-leaning voters admit that they sometimes feel “embarrassed” or “concerned” about things that Trump says.

According to Pew, 53% of Republican or Republican-leaning voters say they sometimes feel “embarrassed” by Trump’s comments — while 59% are sometimes “concerned” by them. Some of the adjectives Pew ran by GOP or GOP-leaning voters were even stronger, including “angry,” “exhausted” and “frightened.”

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