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Trump is planning a $100,000-per-couple anniversary party at Mar-A-Lago a day after the government is slated to shut down

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Donald Trump stands before his luxurious Florida compound, Mar-a-Lago, where he has spent many weekends of his young presidency (AFP Photo/Don EMMERT)

As the prospect of a government shutdown hangs over Washington, Donald Trump will travel to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on Friday, where he plans to host a one-year anniversary of his inauguration that costs $100,000 for a pair of tickets.

As Bloomberg’s Jennifer Jacobs reports, Trump wanted to throw a year anniversary of his victory last November, but was instead on trip to Asia.

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Trump is expected to arrive in Florida on Friday afternoon, just hours before a government shutdown will be triggered if Congress fails to pass a spending bill. Meanwhile, the White House doesn’t even have a full-time director running the agency responsible for coordinating a government shutdown.

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Even in deep red South Carolina, Biden has become shockingly competitive: analysis

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While North Carolina is a swing state that has a Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, and went for President Barack Obama in 2008, South Carolina has been a deep red state. Pundits have consistently described North Carolina as being in play for former Vice President Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election, but they haven't been saying that about South Carolina — until now. A Quinnipiac poll finds President Donald Trump ahead of Biden by only 1% in South Carolina. And this comes at a time when South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is facing the toughest reelection fight of his career.

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Controversial religious group quietly scrubs Trump’s Supreme Court nominee from their website: report

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On Thursday, the Associated Press reported that People of Praise, the controversial faith group linked to Trump's Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, have quietly scrubbed references to her from their website.

"An analysis by The Associated Press shows that People of Praise erased numerous records from its website during the summer of 2017 that referred to Barrett and included photos of her and her family. At the time, Barrett was on Trump’s short list for the high court seat that eventually went to Justice Brett Kavanaugh," said the report. "Last week, when Barrett again emerged as a front-runner for the court, more articles, blog posts and photos disappeared. After an AP reporter emailed the group’s spokesman Wednesday about members of Jesse Barrett’s family, his mother’s name was deleted from the primary contact for the South Bend, Indiana, branch. All issues of the organization’s magazine, 'Vine and Branches,' were also removed."

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Here’s why real tax reform never had a chance under Trump

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In the wake of the New York Times’ revelation that Donald Trump paid no federal income taxes in 10 of the previous 15 years, some of his staunch supporters are saying, “Well, wasn’t he just doing what our tax laws allow?”

We may never entirely know whether he followed or broke the law because Republicans in Congress have so thoroughly gutted the IRS that the agency seems incapable of catching up with wealthy investors like Trump.

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