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Trump Hotel paid millions in fines shortly after the inauguration for stiffing contractors: report

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Just prior to his inauguration, President Donald Trump personally intervened to resolve over $3 million in construction liens against his Washington D.C. hotel property, the Daily Beast is reporting.

According to the report, Joseph J. Magnolia, Inc., a family-owned D.C.-based company had filed a lien for $2.98 million on Dec. 21, 2016, for “the unpaid balance for work done” on the hotel, dating back to Sept. 9, 2014, for “plumbing, mechanical, and HVAC work, along with the site sewer, water, storm, and water services” per the filing.

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While it was known that liens had been filed, the dollar amount had not previously been known, nor was it public knowledge that Trump stepped in at a time when his children were supposedly running the company as he assumed the presidency.

With regard to the Trump International in D.C., Magnolia’s attorney, Michael P. Darrow, said in an email to the Beast that “Trump actually called my client the day before the inauguration and they reached an agreement over the phone. So I was instructed to close out. I never was privy to the exact terms but JJM I believe got most of their $$$.”

Pressed to clarify that the “Trump” mentioned in the mail was the president, Darrow declined to comment, referring questions to John D. Magnolia, saying, “He may well be willing to chat with you, cause it’s a fascinating story.”

Magnolia, who supported Trump for president, refused to comment after inquiries from the Beast.

You can read the whole report here.

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More than 20 million people face eviction by the end of September as GOP threatens to cut aid: study

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One in five Americans who live in rentals could face eviction by the end of September as Congressional Republicans move to cut off unemployment assistance and other coronavirus relief, according to an analysis by the Aspen Institute.

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Blake Neff, the lead writer of The Tucker Carlson Show on FOX News, resigned on Friday after CNN uncovered a trove of disgustingly racist, homophobic and misogynist social media posts that Blake published under the handle “CharlesXII” on AutoAdmit (aka. XOXOhth), a largely unmoderated message board used by lawyers and law school students.

Among Neff’s most telling posts are a reference to “foodie faggots,” a comment stating, “Black doods staying inside playing Call of Duty is probably one of the biggest factors keeping crime down,” and another comment stating that Democratic U.S. House Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib, all women of color, want to “MAKE YOUR COUNTRY A DUMPING GROUND FOR PEOPLE FROM THIRD WORLD SHITHOLES.”

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In her column for Politico, Kimberly Wehle of the University of Baltimore School of Law, wrote that "Congress emerged with more clarity about its oversight powers, and how to enforce them, than it had before the Supreme Court weighed in," in its 7/2 decision.

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