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Deutsche Bank’s denial of Trump loans linked by MSNBC panel to son Eric boasting about Russian financing

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During a panel discussion on MSNBC’s AM Joy, host Joy Reid and two prosecutors made the case that investigators should look into a report that Donald Trump was unable to float a loan at Deutsche Bank in 2016, and tie it to his son, Eric, boasting the family received loans from Russian interests to purchase golf courses.

Speaking with former prosecutors Jill Wine-Banks and Cynthia Alksne, Reid pointed to a New York Times article that stated that the bank refused to loan Trump any more money while he was running for president.

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According to Alksne, the whole idea of that Deutsche Bank was staying away from Trump in 2016 was laughable because the bank is a known launderer of Russian money.

“Let me say, Deutsche Bank was worried about their reputation?” she smirked. “I mean, come on. Deutsche Bank’s reputation is in the gutter and they were worried about being associated with Donald Trump, that gave me a giggle.”

According to the former prosecutor, it would be hard to figure what was going on with the Trump Organization in 2016 without seeing the president’s tax returns which he has refused to release.

Connecting the dots, host Reid brought up an interview with Eric Trump who confessed to a golf magazine journalist that the family was able to purchase Turnberry Golf Course with Russian money.

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“In 2013 [Eric Trump] told him the company’s golf properties were funded by Russians,” Reid explained. “Eric Trump has since denied making the comment. But we know during the campaign Donald Trump borrowed money for golf properties. Deutsche Bank lent the Trump Organization more than $100 million to finance the 72-hole Doral Golf Resort.”

“The Wall Street Journal was reporting Trump’s 2016 financial disclosure showed 16 loans from Deutsche Bank, and a significant portion of debt came from 2012 mortgages, one valued at more than $50 million, another $5 million and $25 million for the Trump National Doral,” she continued. “If Trump needs that much money and has that much debt — as a prosecutor does that become part of the trail you follow to figure out if he was in collusion with Russia or conspiracy?”

“Of course,” Alksne replied. “Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) made it clear he thinks he needs to look into Deutsche Bank for the obvious reasons you have stated. ”

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UK travel giant Thomas Cook set to collapse: report

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Thomas Cook's 178-year existence was reported to be coming to an end on Monday after the British travel firm struggled to find private investment to keep it afloat, potentially affecting thousands of holidaymakers.

The operator has said it needs £200 million ($250 million) or else it will face administration, which could affect 600,000 holidaymakers and require Britain's largest peacetime repatriation.

A source close to the negotiations told AFP that the company had failed to find the cash from private investors and would collapse unless the government intervened.

But ministers are unlikely to step in due to worries about the pioneering operator's longer-term viability, the Times reported, leaving it on the brink.

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‘We are the people’: Watch Billy Porter get a standing ovation for his passionate speech at the Emmys

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In a powerful and passionate speech accepting his Emmy, "Pose" actor Billy Porter showered the audience with love and proudly reminded all of their right to belong and be loved.

"Oh, my God. God bless you all! The category is love, y'all, love!" Porter exclaimed.

The epic FX show "Pose" depicts Black and Latinos in the LGBTQ ballroom culture of New York City in the 1980s in the first season and the early 1990s in the second season.

"I am so overwhelmed and so overjoyed to have lived long enough to see this day," he said. "James Baldwin wrote, 'It took many years of vomiting up the filth I was taught about myself and half-believed, before I was able to walk on the earth as though I had a right to be here.' I have the right. You have the right. We all have the right."

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Paris show of King Tutankhamun artifacts set new record with 1.42 million visitors

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A blockbuster Tutankhamun show set a new all-time French record Sunday, with 1.42 million visitors flocking to see the exhibition in Paris, the organisers said.

The turnout beat the previous record set by another Tutankhamun show billed as the "exhibition of the century" in 1967, when 1.24 million queued to see "Tutankhamun and His Times" at the Petit Palais.

"Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh" -- which has been described as a "once in a generation" show -- will open in London in November.

The last time a show of comparable size about the boy king opened there in 1972 it sparked "Tutmania", with 1.6 million people thronging the British Museum.

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