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Major Trump sugar daddy pulls back on personally funding politics: report

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Robert Mercer, the right-wing billionaire who has been a major funder for conservative political causes and one of President Donald Trump’s biggest boosters in the 2016 presidential election, seems to be pulling back on his personal political donations.

The Daily Beast reports that neither Mercer nor his daughter, Rebekah Mercer, personally contributed a single dollar to their family foundation in 2017, which suggests that they are retreating from directly funding right-wing causes.

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“The Mercer Family Foundation’s latest annual tax filing, which covers calendar year 2017, lends credence to reporting that Robert Mercer has decided to step back from his status as a leading political financier,” writes reporter Lachlan Markay. “The foundation did bring in more than $9 million in 2017, the tax form indicates, but nearly all of that income came from selling off shares in the Medallion Fund, a famous hedge fund run by Renaissance Technologies, the firm that Mercer led until late 2017, and a newer RenTec fund called the Renaissance Institutional Diversified Alpha (RIDA) fund.”

The foundation itself nonetheless spent millions of dollars in 2017 funding right-wing institutions such as the Media Research Center, the Heartland Institute and the Federalist Society.

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No way Pence didn’t know what Trump was up to in Ukraine after aide’s revelations: CNN panel

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A CNN panel discussion on testimony given by a top aide to Vice President Mike Pence said her revelations about what she knew about President Donald Trump's Ukraine dealings can only mean Pence knew and is lying.

Speaking with New Day hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, contributor Kaitlan Collins stated Jennifer Williams' description of Trump's Ukraine phone call was expected to set Trump off, which it did when the president raged at her on Sunday as a "Never Trumper."

"We kind of saw this coming, that they anticipated the president could be frustrated by her testimony," Collins explained. "Because in the weeks before, when she was going to testify behind closed doors, we saw them distancing themselves from her. Yes, she works in our office, but she's the State Department employee detailed to our office."

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Trump blames Mike Pompeo for devastating testimony in impeachment inquiry: ‘Rein your people in!’

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President Donald Trump unloaded recently on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, whom he blames for devastating testimony against him the House impeachment inquiry.

The president confronted Pompeo, who has been his closest ally, during an Oct. 29 lunch at the White House, according to four current former senior administration officials who spoke to NBC News.

"(Trump) just felt like, ‘rein your people in,’” said one senior administration official.

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Trump is going through a mental health crisis that makes his judgment even more impulsive and ‘catastrophic’: psychologist

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The first week of public impeachment hearings against Donald Trump in the House of Representatives has concluded. Despite the obsessive efforts of Trump’s Republican Party minions, his personal spokespeople and the right-wing disinformation media, the facts are clear: Multiple witnesses independently report that Donald Trump abused the power of the presidency for personal gain in an effort to bribe and extort the president of Ukraine into aiding his re-election campaign.

This article first appeared in Salon.As documented by Robert Mueller's report, the Ukraine scandal is part of a long pattern by Donald Trump and his supplicants to seek out foreign assistance to subvert American democracy, with the goal of first installing Trump in power and then keeping him there.

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