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Massage madam Cindy Yang shook down employees for money — so she could pay $50K for photo with Trump: report

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The now-infamous autographed photo of South Florida massage parlor owner Li “Cindy” Yang and President Donald Trump came with a hefty price tag — one she reportedly paid with the help of her employees.

The New York Times reported Saturday that Yang paid $50,000 to the Republican National Committee for an autographed photo and two seats at a Mar-a-Lago reception with Trump last March.

There was one “hurdle” involved in getting it, however: “the invitation limited campaign contributions to $5,400 per person.”

“Over the weeks leading up to the event, at least nine people in Ms. Yang’s orbit, some of them with modest incomes, made donations at exactly $5,400,” the report noted. “She ended up at the dinner.”

Bingbing Peranio, a receptionist at a massage parlor owned by Yang’s husband who donated $5,400 who donated the maximum, told the Times the now-controversial businesswoman did not force her to make the donation. She also described herself as a fan of both Trump and Yang’s, and would not say whether she was reimbursed.

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“In addition to the spa workers, the federal records show three relatives of Ms. Yang — including her husband and her mother — and two business associates who donated $5,400,” the report added. “In total, the donations from Ms. Yang and the others came to at least $54,000.”

Read the entire report via the New York Times.

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Trump’s racism isn’t a grand plan to win in 2020 — he’s just a ‘blithering idiot’: GOP strategist

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President Donald Trump over the last week has made overtly racist attacks on four Democratic women of color, which has led to speculation that the president believes using racism is the key to winning reelection in 2020.

However, Republican strategist Stuart Stevens, who is currently working for Trump primary challenger Bill Weld, says it would be a mistake to confuse Trump's bigoted impulses with a well thought out battle plan.

"There is always this need to attribute this master plan to Trump because otherwise, you have to come to terms with the fact that he’s a blithering idiot," Stevens said in an interview with the Huffington Post.

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Here is why Nancy Pelosi allowed a House impeachment vote

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Admitting that he isn't privy to insider knowledge from the Democratic leadership, Bloomberg columnist Jonathan Bernstein suggested that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may be playing a much longer game on the possibility of impeachment hearings on Donald Trump than her detractors believe.

Wondering, "Is Nancy Pelosi closer to impeachment?' Bernstein writes, "Usually, when a regular bill or resolution has been introduced, it’s then referred to committee. If the majority party doesn’t want to consider the bill, it will die with no further action. Under House rules, however, any member can force an impeachment resolution onto the floor as pending business. That’s what [Rep. Al] Green (D-TX) did Wednesday."

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Trump falsely claims he stopped his supporters from chanting ‘Send her back!’

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On Wednesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally in Greenville, North Carolina, where he singled out Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), accusing her and the other Democratic congresswomen known as "the Squad" of not loving America.

In response, the crowd began to shout "Send her back!"

Trump allowed the crowd to continue the chant for a full 12 seconds before continuing his speech.

The next day, amidst criticism that he was riling up his fans to dangerous levels, Trump claimed that he had indeed shut down the chant, in direct contradiction to the video. New York Times journalist Peter Baker reported Trump's claim on Twitter.

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