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Trump gets a new ‘executive time’ toy — a $50,000 state-of-the-art golf simulator

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Leaked schedules have shown President Donald Trump often spends more than half of his days in unstructured “executive time” in which he watches cable news shows and talks with friends on the phone.

Now the Washington Post reports that the president has a new toy that he can enjoy during “executive time”: A $50,000 state-of-the-art golf simulator that will let him virtually play 18 holes without ever having to go outdoors.

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The Post’s sources describe the simulator as “room-sized,” and they say the president paid for it out of his own pocketbook. The simulator has been installed in the president’s private residence in the White House.

However, one White House official insists to the Post that Trump has yet to make use of the simulator, even during lengthy periods of “executive time.”

Even so, the Post writes that the golf simulator was installed at around the same time the president was presiding over the longest federal government shutdown in American history.

“Trump stayed off the golf course for about 69 days [during the shutdown], the longest such period of his presidency,” the Post reports. “Trump broke the streak on February 2, playing with golf legends Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus at Trump’s course in Jupiter, Florida. Trump complained to friends during the shutdown that he missed Mar-a-Lago and being at his Florida golf course.”

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‘A coward and a commander’: New Lincoln Project ad contrasts Trump with James Mattis

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On Friday, the conservative anti-Trump group The Lincoln Project released a new attack ad against President Donald Trump — this time using the criticism of his former Defense Secretary James Mattis, and comparing and contrasting their leadership ability.

"This is the story of a coward and a commander," said the ad's narrator. "The coward Trump dodged the draft. Jim Mattis led American troops for forty years. While a frightened Trump hides from protesters in a deep bunker firing off tweets, Jim Mattis does what he's always done: Leads. While Donald Trump angrily attacks, General Mattis' words deserve to be heard by every American."

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NFL Commissioner Goodell apologizes for league’s indifference to players’ protests against racism

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On Friday, CNN reported that National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell is acknowledging his organization turned a blind eye when his athletes took a knee to protest racism and police violence, and issued a formal apology.

"We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest," Goodell said in a newly released Instagram video. "It has been a difficult time for our country. In particular, black people in our country. First, my condolences to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and all the families who have endured police brutality."

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Maxine Waters calls for Trump’s Cabinet initiate the 25th Amendment ‘before this would-be dictator takes us all down’

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Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) called for Donald Trump to be removed from office on Friday.

"Is there one brave member of Trump’s cabinet who would move to initiate the 25th Amendment to remove him from office?" Waters asked on the president's favorite social networking platform.

The 25th Amendment would allow Vice President Mike Pence to ascend to the presidency if a majority of Trump's cabinet declares "the president is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office."

"Now is the time to save our country before this would-be dictator takes us all down!" Waters warned.

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