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Arrested Chinese national was on her way to event by massage parlor owner who allegedly sold access to Trump: report

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On Saturday, a Chinese national was arrested by the Secret Service at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in South Florida, while the president was there. Prosecutors say she was allegedly carrying four cellphones and computer equipment including a flash drive containing malware, and briefly gained admission by lying to federal agents about being on the membership list.

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But the story gets even stranger from there. According to the Miami Herald, although the woman, Yujing Zhang, told officials she was there for a “United Nations Friendship Event,” her actual purpose there was likely to attend an event associated with a familiar, controversial figure in the president’s orbit: massage parlor owner Li “Cindy” Yang.

One event, a “Safari Night” held to benefit a local youth charity, was canceled after the Miami Herald revealed that Yang — a former owner of the massage parlor where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was charged with soliciting prostitution — had taken photographs with Trump and other Republican leaders and used them to advertise her ability to get Chinese clients into events with the president.

On the website for her consulting business, Yang also advertised a March 30 “International Leaders Elite Forum,” calling it a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” and the first event at Mar-a-Lago with “the Chinese as the protagonist.” That event also did not take place.

In addition to the allegations of making a business out of selling access to the president, Yang owned a Florida spa that has been accused of selling sex to clients as part of a multi-agency human trafficking investigation.


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Trump’s lies and deception are catching up to all of us as the stock market posts ‘worst point drop ever on record’

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In a muddled, dishonest, rambling news conference from the White House press briefing room, President Donald Trump for over an hour talked to reporters Wednesday evening about coronavirus in an attempt to stave off three days of market near-collapse. He lied. He twisted the truth. He displayed little grasp of basic facts. He didn’t let the experts run the show.

He instilled no confidence Wednesday night. In fact, the DOW futures dropped as Trump began speaking:

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‘People’s lives will be lost’: Psychiatrist warns ‘sociopath’ Trump is ‘getting worse’ — and failing in coronavirus response

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President Donald Trump's psychological problems are getting worse and could be consequential as America faces a potential COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell on Thursday interviewed Dr. Lance Dodes, a former assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

"As you pointed out, Lawrence, this man is about himself. He really is not about the country, he's not about public health," Dr. Dodes said of Trump.

"Although he has already severely damaged the country by being a psychopath or sociopath -- in many ways, he's damaged democracy -- I think people's lives will be lost now," he warned. "Individual lives will be lost because of the way he's mishandling the coronavirus issue."

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‘Something really rotten’: Here’s the evidence of extensive voter suppression in Georgia’s notorious 2018 election

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As the 2020 presidential campaign cycle grinds on, there’s renewed concern about the 21st century’s newest form of warfare: cyber-sabotage of government systems, including elections and online disinformation intended to incite unrest. But as Suppressed: The Fight to Vote, a documentary from Brave New Films, makes clear, partisan voter suppression tactics with 20th-century roots remain and can thwart multitudes of voters from changing their state’s political leaders.

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