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Oligarch with ties to Trump and Putin threatened violence over bad seats at inauguration: report

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A Ukrainian oligarch with ties to both President Donald Trump and Russian dictator Vladimir Putin threatened violence over his poor seats at Trump’s inauguration, reports Al Jazeera.

Pavel Fuchs is a Ukrainian oligarch of Russian origin who has previously negotiated with Trump and has business ties to Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani. He now “stands accused of making a threat of violence against a US-based businessman” over seats for the inauguration.

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The billionaire oligarch paid $200,000 and was “furious” to be behind a Ukrainian member of parliament.

If Fuchs did not get his money back from the seller, he said he would “tear him apart.”

Fuchs is one of the Ukrainians and Russians who is reportedly being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller and later had his visa to travel to the U.S. revoked.

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REVEALED: Trump’s citizenship director founded group that called immigrants ‘invaders’ who spread diseases

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On Saturday, CNN's Andrew Kaczynski reported that Ken Cuccinelli, President Donald Trump's acting Director of Citizenship and Immigration Services, helped found a virulently anti-immigrant group called "State Legislators for Legal Immigration" in 2007.

The principle claim of State Legislators for Legal Immigration was that undocumented immigrants effectively were the same thing as an act of war by a foreign country, and should be responded to as such. The group blasted such immigrants as "invaders" responsible for "serious infectious diseases, drug running, gang violence, human trafficking, [and] terrorism."

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Trump’s close alliance with Israel has Jewish leaders panicked the public will turn on them: ‘It is very dangerous’

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According to a deep dive in the New York Times into how the American Jewish community feels about Donald Trump's close relationship with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu, some rabbis expressed extreme misgivings about the country being linked to the increasingly unpopular president.

News that Trump and Netanyahu appear to have combined forces to block Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D -MI) from visiting the West Bank -- although Netanyahu relented on Tlaib so she could visit her grandmother -- has dismayed many American Jews and opened a divide over how to deal with it.

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Trump unlikely to ask Democrats for help with recession, says analyst: ‘I’d also like a unicorn for my birthday’

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On Saturday, The New York Times examined what it might look like if President Donald Trump has to deal with a recession in 2020.

One of the grim takeaways was that Trump would likely be incapable of digging America out of the hole he had created — because he would be unable to overcome political rivalries to do so.

"You could get a widespread fiscal response to a recession," said Harvard Kennedy School senior fellow Megan Greene. "That would be really nice, but I'd also like a unicorn for my birthday."

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