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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.

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“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.”

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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The Lincoln Project seeks to peel wavering GOP voters away from Trump with $1 million ad blitz

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The anti-Trump PAC led by conservatives, The Lincoln Project, is gearing up to launch a million dollar digital ad campaign this Thursday, Yahoo News reports.

“We’ve ... been doing this with a purpose,” said Mike Madrid, a veteran GOP political operative who oversees LP’s political operations. “These ads have been running in limited runs as we check the analytics to see how the response is. And now, in the last 80, 90 days, it's all about execution. So we’re now putting the money and the firepower behind it in eight key States where we think it will make a difference by moving Republican votes.”

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Republicans embrace a new type of insanity as rabid right-wing Christians fade away

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Remember the "Left Behind" series, about how the Rapture would whisk away all devout right-wing Christians before Jesus Christ unleashed the apocalypse on the unbelievers? Purity rings? Jesus Camp? Breathless stories about "girls gone mild," giving up sex and tank tops for the Lord? A federal health official who believed that women who had premarital sex couldn't feel love? Jerry Falwell Sr. and Pat Robertson blaming 9/11 on the "pagans and the abortionists and the feminists and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way"?

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Election law expert walks through how Kanye West is probably breaking the law on his campaign

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Election law expert Richard Hasen addressed comments from legal scholars about Kanye West and Jared Kushner coordinating during the 2020 campaign for the presidency.

Wednesday the New York Times reported that West had met with Kushner in Colorado last week. Meanwhile, Trump allies and at least one Trump lawyer helped gather signatures at the last minute in an attempt to get West on the ballot in key swing states and places where Republican senators are desperately trying to hold onto their seats. Not only that, West is speaking "almost daily" to Kushner, who is working as a kind of informal campaign chair.

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