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Jared Kushner’s relationship with Saudi Crown Prince ‘smells bad’ — and House Dems are investigating

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Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner’s close relationship with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is now coming under scrutiny from House Democrats.

Vanity Fair reports that Democratic lawmakers are examining why the Saudi royal court — and not the American embassy in Riyadh — handled scheduling and security for Kushner’s recent trip to the Middle East.

“I’m not only troubled—I am stunned by the friendship,” Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) tells Vanity Fair. “It looks bad. It smells bad. It is bad.”

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has in particular taken an interest in probing Kushner’s relationship with MBS.

“At the end of last month, Engel sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo requesting documents and records related to Kushner’s February trip to Saudi Arabia, including any ‘handwritten notes’ related to any meetings attended by Brian Hook, the sole State Department official included in Kushner’s delegation,” Vanity Fair writes. “The goal, a congressional staffer told me, is to glean any insight into what Kushner discussed with M.B.S. and other foreign officials.”

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Leaked intelligence reports from the Saudi government show that the Saudis have targeted Kushner as someone who could be used to achieve their ends by bypassing traditional diplomatic channels.

“[Trump’s] inner circle is predominantly deal makers who lack familiarity with political customs and deep institutions, and they support Jared Kushner,” a delegation of Saudi officials wrote in a leaked slide presentation about how to best work with the Trump White House.

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Gay man’s family cut off his ear after he came out

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A teen man came out to his parents and in response his dad severely mutilated him, reports Gay Star News.

The 19-year-old was then locked in a closet, where he tried not to bleed to death.

The teen is from The Gambia and is trying to get asylum in The Netherlands.

“I was so afraid to tell my family about my sexuality,” he said.

“I thought, maybe, my family will accept me because I am their family. This is who I am.”

“That was the biggest mistake I ever made.”

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Longtime Trump loyalist warns the president that his racist tweets are about to permanently stain his image

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On Tuesday, former Trump administration official Anthony Scaramucci criticized President Trump for telling four freshman congresswomen to go back to their own countries. All four are American citizens.

Scaramucci accused the president of playing to his base, in a way that has dangerous manifestations: for the president and the country.

“He’s blowing very hard on a dog-whistle that every ethnic group that’s landed in the United States has had to hear,” Scaramucci told the BBC.

“I don’t think the president is a racist, but here’s the thing: if you continue to say and act in that manner, then we all have to look at him and say, ‘OK, well, maybe you weren’t a racist, but now you’re turning into one.'”

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Ted Cruz defends Trump by comparing him to Twitter trolls who tell him to go back to Canada

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Tuesday issued an unusual defense of President Donald Trump's racist remarks against four Democratic congresswomen by comparing the president to an internet troll.

According to Politico reporter Burgess Everett, Cruz deflected criticism of Trump's racist tweets against Reps. Rashiba Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) by arguing that "lefties on Twitter every day" tell him to "go back" to Canada, where he was born in 1970.

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