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Qatari’s are ‘genuinely afraid of Jared’ extortion scheme and fear ‘their sovereignty is under threat’: Kushner biographer

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Senior White House advisor Jared Kushner “may be extorting the nation of Qatar” — for one billion dollars — investigative journalist Vicky Ward reported on Friday.

Ward, the author of the New York Times best seller list book Kushner, Inc., appeared on the KrassenCast podcast on Friday.

Ward explained how the Kushner family patriarch, Charles Kushner, reportedly asked for $1 billion dollars to shore up the family’s 666 Fifth Avenue building.

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“What I have learned is that in the ensuing month [May 2017] before the US visit to Riyadh, Jared Kushner got on a plane and flew to Doha, the Qatari capital, and he reamed the Qatari ruling family, the al-Thanis, for not doing the deal with his father,” Ward revealed.

Following the trip, President Donald Trump raised eyebrows with his support of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates’ blockade of Qatar.

“What they interpreted this as, was Jared Kushner basically saying, if you don’t pay my father and pay off this building, look what’s going to happen. We’re going to, I’m going to, the Americans are going to sanction an invasion of your country,” Ward explained.

“I think they’re genuinely afraid of Jared Kushner, so they don’t want to be associated with getting the story out there,” Ward explained. “They think their sovereignty is under threat and Jared is behind it.”

Listen to Ward on the KrassenCast podcast:

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WATCH: Prince Harry explains why he and Meghan are leaving the royal family — but promises ‘a life of service’

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Prince Harry posted a video from an HIV/AIDS fundraiser his mother once supported, where he explained his methodology for leaving his profile role as a royal.

"I will continue to be the same man who holds his country dear," said Harry.

He went on to say that he doesn't intend to walk away and he certainly won't walk away from his causes and interests. "We intend to live a life of service."

In the speech, he thanked those who took him under their wing in the absence of his mother

"I hope you can understand that it's what it had come to," he said for why their family intends to step back.

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‘You cannot expect anything but fascism’: Pedagogy theorist on how Trump ‘legitimated a culture of lying, cruelty and a collapse of social responsibility’

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The impeachment of Donald Trump appears to be a crisis without a history, at least a history that illuminates, not just comparisons with other presidential impeachments, but a history that provides historical lessons regarding its relationship to a previous age of tyranny that ushered in horrors associated with a fascist politics in the 1930s.  In the age of Trump, history is now used to divert and elude the most serious questions to be raised about the impeachment crisis. The legacy of earlier presidential impeachments, which include Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, provide a comparative historical context for analysis and criticism. And while Trump’s impeachment is often defined as a more serious constitutional crisis given his attempt to use the power of the presidency to advance his personal political agenda, it is a crisis that willfully ignores the conditions that gave rise to Trump’s presidency along with its recurring pattern of authoritarian behavior, policies, and practices.  One result is that the impeachment process with its abundance of political theater and insipid media coverage treats Trump’s crimes as the endpoint of an abuse of power and an illegal act, rather than as a political action that is symptomatic of a long legacy of conditions that have led to the United States’ slide into the abyss of authoritarianism.

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2 police dead after shootout in Diamond Head, Hawaii

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Two police officers are dead as a Sunday morning shootout is prompting lockdowns and an active-shooter situation in Diamond Head, outside of Honolulu.

The shooter allegedly started multiple fires that are burning residents in the area, reported CNN.

There is currently no information available about the identity of the shooter or confirmation that the shooter has been killed.

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