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Trump uses federal funds to bypass the shutdown and open federal property connected to his hotel

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While many federal employees are furloughed or out of work, one agency found funds to keep the Old Post Office Tower at the Trump International Hotel in DC open during the government shutdown.

E&E News reported Wednesday that the General Service Administration — an agency established to keep federal functions running — ponied up to fund National Park Service sites.

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The Old Post Office Tower, located on the same property as the controversial Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., will benefit from the GSA’s funding.

The Daily Mail noted that the GSA is the agency that granted Trump the lease at the property to operate the hotel.

According to the report, the Old Post Office Tower is set to reopen on Friday — and the clock bells in the tower will ring as the 116th Congress is sworn in on Thursday.


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‘DO NOT BOW DOWN TO THEM!’ Trump supporters erupt at Drew Brees for anthem protest apology

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees formally apologized on Thursday morning for saying that kneeling during the national anthem shows disrespect to the American military -- much to the consternation of many Trump supporters.

In an Instagram post, Brees said he shouldn’t have called the anthem protests disrespectful to the American military, and he acknowledged that they are actually about protesting the treatment black Americans receive at the hands of law enforcement officials.

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Golf courses, body armor and missile tubes buried in Pentagon’s COVID-19 budget: report

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The Pentagon plans to spend billions on vaccine development, medical supplies and other efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic -- but some of that spending has been questioned as inappropriate.

Critics say the Department of Defense has spent too slowly after President Donald Trump invoked wartime production powers to address the pandemic, and some have questioned whether money was spent on relevant materials, reported the Washington Post.

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees apologizes for anthem protests remarks: ‘Breaks my heart to know the pain I caused’

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees on Thursday issued a formal apology after he criticized fellow NFL players who protested police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem.

In an Instagram post, Brees said he shouldn't have called the anthem protests disrespectful to the American military, and he acknowledged that they are actually about protesting the treatment black Americans receive at the hands of law enforcement officials.

"In an attempt to talk about respect, unity, and solidarity centered around the American flag and the national anthem, I made comments that were insensitive and completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing right now as a country," Brees wrote. "They lacked awareness and any type of compassion or empathy."

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