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New York law is clear: Trump must appear in court

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Typically, when someone is being sued they have to appear in court, but President Donald Trump’s upcoming trial in New York might not include the defendant-in-chief.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that New York law is clear when it comes to a defendant being subpoenaed for trial testimony. His attorneys are telling him to ignore it, however.

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Five Mexican protesters allege that as a candidate, Trump’s 2015 security team assaulted them. The defendants include Trump, his company and security director Keith Schiller. The protesters had gone to protest the president’s comments about Mexicans being “rapists” during his announcement speech.

According to court documents, two protesters were dressed in Ku Klux Klan-like costumes and they held signs reading, “Trump: make America racist again.”

As director of Trump Organization security, Schiller confronted the men, took the signs from them and the men struggled. Schiller then violently struck one of the men, who was sent to the hospital.

The lawsuit was brought three months after the president announced he was running and the legal team was quick to tell the court they were “rejecting” the subpoena.

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The protesters asked Bronx County Supreme Court Judge Fernando Tapia to demand Trump’s attendance for the trial scheduled March 6, The Post said.

“The law gives plaintiffs a right to the testimony of every defendant in the case. By our motion today, we have asked the court to secure that right and affirm the principle that no one, including defendant Trump, is above the law,” said the protester’s attorneys Roger Bernstein and Benjamin Dictor.

Trump’s attorneys argued that he had nothing to do with the incident, but the judge ruled in August “that a jury could find that Trump ‘authorized and condoned’ the guards’ conduct.” According to the judge, the decision was made based on the president’s previous statements during a rally.

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“Maybe he should have been roughed up because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing,” Trump said at a Nov. 2015 rally.

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Trump’s threat to ‘hereby’ force manufacturers to do his bidding stomped by legal analyst

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President Donald Trump is claiming extraordinary powers in his escalating trade war with China.

On Friday, Trump demanded that American companies look for alternatives to China.

"Our great American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing your companies home and making your products in the USA," Trump tweeted.

Of course, the president has no power to order such a thing.

Trump then announced massive tariffs on China, citing the Emergency Economic Powers Act of 1977.

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Creationist Ark Encounter museum accused of stiffing local schools by underpaying property taxes

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On Saturday, Friendly Atheist reported that the Grant County Board of Education is filing a lawsuit alleging the creationist "Ark Encounter" theme park in Williamstown, Kentucky, received a property valuation way lower than it should have for the purposes of tax assessment.

The museum, which is shaped like a giant replica of Noah's Ark and is full of exhibits explaining supposed historical details of the Flood — including models of cavemen fighting dinosaurs — was assessed at $46 million in 2017. But the Board of Education, combining Ark Encounter's capital investment disclosures, land value, and ticket sales, that the property is actually worth $130 million.

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Here’s one big reason why Trump is having a white-hot meltdown over the Fed not dropping interest rates

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President Donald Trump has a personal conflict-of-interest that may be impacting his decisions in his public feud with Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell.

"President Trump stands to save millions of dollars annually in interest on outstanding loans on his hotels and resorts if the Federal Reserve lowers rates as he has been demanding, according to public filings and financial experts," The Washington Post reported Saturday.

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