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

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Donald Trump (center) stands between his daughter Tiffany (left) and wife Melania (right) at the opening for Trump International Hotel in DC. Image via screengrab.

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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Trump hit with swift and brutal backlash for telling Fauci to ‘make better decisions’ in latest Twitter ‘tantrum’

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In the wake of recent news that President Trump trashed Dr. Anthony Fauci during a campaign call, the President took another swipe at the top infectious disease expert this Monday.

"Dr.Tony Fauci says we don’t allow him to do television, and yet I saw him last night on @60Minutes, and he seems to get more airtime than anybody since the late, great, Bob Hope. All I ask of Tony is that he make better decisions. He said 'no masks & let China in,'" Trump tweeted, adding, "Also, Bad arm!" in an apparent dig at Fauci's less-than-stellar first pitch at Major League Baseball's opening day. 

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CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin suspended for exposing himself on staff Zoom call

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CNN Chief Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended from the New Yorker for exposing himself during a staff Zoom call, Vice's Motherboard reported.

"He exposed himself during a Zoom call last week between members of the New Yorker and WNYC radio," uncited sources told Motherboard.

“I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera," Toobin told Motherboard in a statement. "I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers… I believed I was not visible on Zoom. I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me. I thought I had muted the Zoom video.”

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Former McCain aide says Trump has alienated Mormon voters in Arizona — and it’s hurting him badly

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No Democrat has won the state of Arizona since former President Bill Clinton, but President Donald Trump isn't doing well in the state and it seems he could even lose as the state is slowly growing more "purple."

In an interview with former senior adviser to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) Mark Salter, MSNBC's Ali Velshi noted that there has always been large communities of Mormons who would be solid Republican voters. But under Trump, that isn't necessarily the case.

"You were talking about changing demographics," Velshi said about a conversation he had with Salter yesterday. "There is a good conservative Christian population and a significant minority of Mormons who would have been solidly in the Republican column for the last many decades. There's a bit of a shift there that you were talking about, can you tell me about that?"

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