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FBI counterintelligence officials are now investigating Ivanka Trump

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White House adviser and First Daughter Ivanka Trump is reportedly under investigation by FBI counterintelligence officials for her role in a brokering a deal for a Trump hotel in Canada.

Former and current US officials told CNN that the FBI is probing the Trump International Hotel and  Tower Vancouver “to determine whether any of those deals could leave them vulnerable to pressure from foreign agents, including China.”

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The Vancouver hotel, which features at trademarked Ivanka Trump spa, opened the month after President Donald Trump took office. Though the Trump Organization does not own the hotel itself, they did reportedly receive $5 million in royalties and $21,500 in fees from the hotel’s owner, Malaysian developer Joo Kim Tiah, who owns and operates developments in Canada under his Holborn Group company.

“It’s not clear why investigators are examining this particular deal,” CNN’s report noted. “The timing of the deal — as one of the few Trump-branded properties to open since Trump took office — could be of interest. The flow of foreign money, either from the developer or international condo buyers, could also be sparking scrutiny.”

Reports that the eldest Trump daughter is also under counterintelligence investigation comes the same week as a Washington Post exposé revealed that Jared Kushner, Ivanka’s husband and fellow senior White House adviser, held meetings inside the West Wing with bankers prior to receiving half a billion dollars in loans.

The Post also revealed that Kushner was considered an easy target for manipulation by at least four foreign governments due to a $1.2 billion debt his family business owns that will come due in January 2019.

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CNN’s Bakari Sellers schools Rick Santorum over claim Trump is not part of the ‘extreme hard right’

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During a panel discussion on CNN's State of the Union, contributor Bakari Sellers set fellow panelist Rick Santorum straight after he tried to claim that Donald Trump doesn't take far-right positions.

Following a discussion on Sen. Bernie Sanders' Nevada caucus win, Santorum tried to note the major differences between Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Responding to conservative commentator Linda Chavez who called both Sanders and Trump "two angry people," Santorum remarked, "I wanted to take issue with what Linda said: two angry folks representing the extremes, and I would agree with that, with Bernie Sanders, and he is representing, no question, the extreme of the Democratic Party and he says that he is a socialist and he is angry, I agree."

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GOP lawmakers melt down after Maryland AP history class teacher uses illustration to compare Trump to Nazis

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According to a report from the Washington Times, Maryland Republicans are up in arms after an AP history teacher at a local high school used a slide to illustrate similarities between Donald Trump's policies and those of the Nazis.

The report states, "A slide used in an Advanced Placement history class at Loch Raven High School in Towson shows a picture of Trump above pictures of a Nazi swastika and a flag of the Soviet Union. Two captions read 'wants to round up a group of people and build a giant wall' and 'oh, THAT is why it sounds so familiar!'"

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Stop praising anti-Trump evangelicals: Their embrace of authoritarianism is a big part of the problem

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At this critical moment for American democracy our media landscape is doing a poor job in its coverage of conservative white evangelicals. Coverage of this relatively large segment of the population is characterized by, on the one hand, effusive praise for the slightest milquetoast criticism of Donald Trump, and on the other, by a periodic parade of nearly interchangeable unfounded predictions about how evangelical youth are going to change America’s most radically right-wing demographic for the better—any day now. In the words of the great sage Bullwinkle J. Moose, “This time for sure!”

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