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Here are the top 7 most ridiculous expenses from the Trump inauguration

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The New York Times and ABC News reported Monday night that Donald Trump’s inaugural committee lavished money on makeup, room service and more.

Below are the seven most ridiculous expenditures.

1. $2.7 million for Sinatra and showgirls 

ABC News reported that the committee wrote a $2.7 million paycheck to a company that did a Broadway-style rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” — complete with ” Las Vegas show girls flown in by Trump pal Steve Wynn for a private event.”

2. Over $130,000 for custom seat cushions.

The ABC report on the inaugural committee also noted that the panel paid out $130,000 for custom seat cushions at two gala dinners for Trump.

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3. $10,000 on makeup — for servers

Both the Times and ABC noted that the committee paid $10,000 for makeup for aides. The Times reported that the makeup bill was for 20 servers, and ABC added that they were servers at a formal dinner.

4. $1.5 million to Trump’s DC hotel

ABC reported that the committee spent $1.5 million at the Trump International Hotel in DC — a site that’s regularly reported-on and investigated.

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5. $130,000 for Tiffany salad bowls

A source confirmed to ABC that a $130,000 check cut to Tiffany & Company was for salad bowls to inaugural guests.

6. $2.7 million to Brad Parscale, Trump’s now-campaign manager

ABC reported that the inaugural committee shelled out $2.7 million to a company owned by Brad Parscale — who has since become the Trump 2020 campaign manager — for digital operations.

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7. $450,000 for cybersecurity 

The digital operations payment was separate from a $450,000 total paid to Fortalice Solutions LLC, a company specializing in “cyber protection,” ABC noted.

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Rep. Ted Lieu asks special counsel to bring the hammer down on Jared Kushner for Hatch Act violations

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Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) have asked the Office of Special Counsel to open an investigation into Jared Kushner for alleged violations of the Hatch Act.

According to the congressmen, Kushner violated the law by "engaging in prohibited campaign fundraising activities."

Reports have suggested that Kushner has used his official role in the White House to aid President Donald Trump's reelection effort.

NEW: @RepDonBeyer & @RepTedLieu ask Office of Special Counsel to investigate whether WH senior advisor Jared Kushner has violated Hatch Act by “engaging in prohibited campaign fundraising activities,” citing news reports Kushner used his official office to aid Trump's campaign.

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‘Black students don’t tip’: Texas restaurant says forcing African-American kids to pay gratuity is not racist

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A restaurant in Cypress, Texas has come under fire after an employee allegedly said that black students "don't tip."

Brittany Blakney told KPRC that she and her friends went to Locatelli’s restaurant to celebrate graduating from Prairie View A&M University.

Blakney said that she was surprised to find out that the server had already added a 15% gratuity to her check.

“He said, 'Black students from Prairie View don’t tip,'” she recalled.

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Supreme Court rejects Virginia GOP’s last-ditch attempt to block fair legislative elections

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On Monday, the Supreme Court handed down their decision in Virginia House of Delegates v. Bethune-Hill, shutting down the Virginia GOP's last ditch effort to rig the upcoming state legislative election taking place this November.

In 5-4 decision, the justices held that the House of Delegates has no standing to appeal the decision made by the lower court. The vote broke along unusual lines, with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg writing for a majority with Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Clarence Thomas, and Neil Gorsuch, and Justice Samuel Alito writing a dissent joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Stephen Breyer and Brett Kavanaugh.

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