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Here’s how the Mueller investigation could end up being ‘free’ for taxpayers

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Donald Trump has regularly complained about how much special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation costs — but it may have just paid for itself with its latest catch.

According to the Washington Post, the government seized $16 million in bank accounts, $4.5 million in life insurance policies and $22 million worth of property from former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort forfeited in his plea deal with Mueller.

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Trump, the Post‘s Phillip Bump wrote, has twice cited multi-million dollar figures on Twitter in reference to the cost of the Mueller probe.

“The government’s seizures from Manafort could be worth about $42 million, including the upper estimates of just the properties, Federal Savings Bank loan and insurance policies,” Bump wrote, adding that the figure “doesn’t include the other accounts, which might contain some portion of the $30 million” in “ill-gotten gains” identified by the government.

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“What was seized could also be, and probably is, a much smaller amount,” the writer added, noting that Manafort claimed to be worth $28 million when he was first indicted — before he “spent months defending himself in court.”

“That claim, though, is worth taking with a grain of salt,” Bump concluded. “We know that Manafort’s past assertions have proved to be inaccurate, to put it mildly.”

The Post estimated that Mueller’s probe has cost $25.9 million since it began in 2017 based on a projection of Justice Department costs, which noted in late May that the investigation cost $16.7 million in its first year.

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Why you should sell your house now — and not wait for the climate to change

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Cities across the United States are already seeing the impacts of climate change. Sea levels are on the rise in Miami, Florida, where ocean waters creep into the streets, even when it isn't raining. Massive wildfires have taken out whole neighborhoods in California and in Alaska, about 2.5 million acres have burned since July 3. Wildfires there are getting worse, according to experts.

The problem of climate change has reached a dangerous level for some homeowners in areas that are no longer insurable. In Miami, for example, the "street-level" is now considered the basement and insurers are dropping coverage for basements. According to the Daily Beast, at least 340,000 California homeowners lost their property insurance coverage between 2015 and 2018 because the wildfires are getting worse and companies don't want to pay out when homes are destroyed.

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GOP lawmakers working behind the scenes with Democrats to curb Trump’s tariff madness

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According to a report from Wall Street Journal, Republican lawmakers are working behind the scenes to rein in Donald Trump's penchant for declaring tariffs willy-nilly depending on how he feels about other countries and their leaders at any given time.

As the president trade war rages on -- impacting manufacturers, farmers and consumers alike -- Republicans looking at the 2020 election are desperate to turn around a U.S. economy that looks headed for a recession.

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Beto O’Rourke doubles down on gun buybacks

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Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, a Texas Democrat who is running for president in 2020, told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that he believes assault weapons are "instruments of terror" and the government should implement a mandatory buyback policy.

I was asked about @SenToomey saying mandatory buybacks are "awful."

I said the priorities in D.C. are screwed up.

What's awful is a 17 month-old baby shot in the face with an AR-15 in Odessa. What's awful is 22 people killed in a Walmart buying school supplies in El Paso. pic.twitter.com/JAN1xfrQYS

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