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‘Dollar, dollar bills, y’all!’: MSNBC panel explains how Trump is ‘running a criminal enterprise out of the White House’

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Tuesday’s “The Beat” with MSNBC’s Ari Melber featured a panel sharply criticizing President Donald Trump for using his public office for private gain.

“Donald Trump’s business was on his mind from the very start of his administration,” Melber noted.

Melber explained that Trump used a “classic ploy” to defend using his public office for private gain, “the double-conditional-word muddle, also known as lying.”

“New reports today, he hiked price for spending New Year’s Eve with Trump, he doubled fees at Mar-a-Lago as soon as he won the election and revenue there followed, spiking by $7 million,” Melber explained.

“It’s normal for Donald Trump, this is what he’s been doing since day one,” explained Richard Painter, who served as chief White House ethics lawyer during the George W. Bush administration. “What he’s doing here is he is making a lot of money off the presidency.”

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“The promotion is extraordinary,” Dr. Dean noted. “It is pretty clear he is shaking down foreign governments, or his staff are shaking down foreign governments, who have moved their events to his hotel in Washington at somebody’s bequest, in order to get favors.”

“You know this guy, I’ve said for a long time, I think he’s running a criminal enterprise out of the White House,” Dean explained.

“I think that’s what Bob Mueller is on the track of,” the former DNC Chair suggested. “He’s shaking down people.”

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Dr. Dean loudly complained about the process behind the tax cut bill.

“That’s crookedness, that’s crookedness, that can’t be legal,” Dean argued. “This system broken, the Republicans are the party of corruption.”

“The White House clearly has a very loose relationship with ethics, what they have a very close relationship with is money,” explained Harvard Professor Leah Wright Rigueur. “And to put it in terms that our audience can understand, the motto of the White House seems to be, ‘cash rules everything around me.'”

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“Dollar, dollar bills, y’all,” Melber interjected.

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House of Representatives votes for resolution condemning President Donald Trump’s racism

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President Donald Trump was condemned by the House of Representatives on Tuesday for his racist attacks on young women of color in Congress.

The resolution was passed with the support of every Democrat. The final vote was 240-187.

The text said "Trump’s racist comments have legitimized fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color."

The resolved that the body "strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color by saying that our fellow Americans who are immigrants, and those who may look to the President like immigrants, should “go back” to other countries, by referring to immigrants and asylum seekers as “invaders,” and by saying that Members of Congress who are immigrants (or those of our colleagues who are wrongly assumed to be immigrants) do not belong in Congress or in the United States of America."

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Kim Jong-un threatens to restart nuke tests as Trump’s efforts to talk to the regime fall apart again: report

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On Tuesday, CNN's Brian Todd reported that the North Korean regime is on the brink of rescinding what little they promised President Donald Trump, as the future of his efforts to continue talks appear uncertain.

"Kim Jong-un's regime is once again in negotiation by intimidation," said Todd. "Just two weeks after their historic meeting at the DMZ, and President Trump's short stroll into North Korea, North Korea's dictator Kim Jong-un appears to be threatening to start testing his nuclear weapons again. In a new statement, Kim's foreign ministry calls the joint U.S./South Korean military exercises planned for next month a breach of the main spirit of what President Trump and Kim agreed to in Singapore, and says, 'We are gradually losing our justifications to follow through on the commitments we made with the U.S."

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‘He’s ignorant — not stupid’: NYT columnist says Trump is trying to ‘bait’ Democrats because he wants to run against AOC

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President Donald Trump is not going to get the 2020 opponent he wants, so he's going to pretend that his actual opposition is being led by the four young women in Congress known as The Squad, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni wrote on Tuesday.

Trump has spent the last few days with racist attacks on the four first-term members, who are Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).

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