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Major Trump inaugural funder faces second federal probe as investigation continues to heat up

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The Trump inaugural continues to cause trouble for the administration, as a second federal probe has been opened against inaugural donor Imaad Zuberi, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Zuberi was a Democratic donor but supported Trump in 2016. His gifts to the President’s inaugural totaled $1 million and he attended multiple inaugural events.

Federal legal teams in New York and Los Angeles are looking into Zuberi’s links to Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Qatar and Turkey.

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The two probes differ, the WSJ notes. One looks at communications between the Trump inaugural committee and Zuberi. The other has to do with whether foreign money illegally funded the Trump inaugural.

The controversies over improper funding of Trump’s inaugural and other Trump campaign and administration activities continue to rack up, even as the President claims the Barr memo cleared him of any wrongdoing. A redacted version of the Mueller report is expected to be released tomorrow.


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Longtime GOP strategist explains why his party is getting crushed in the war of ideas

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Republican strategist Stuart Stevens on Wednesday warned the GOP that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) might not be a pushover candidate against President Donald Trump in 2020.

Writing on Twitter, Stevens admitted that he had "no idea" if Warren would beat Trump next year, but he did say that "Trump and supporters are destroying [the] credibility of any center-right argument" thanks to Trump's "corrupt and unstable" governance.

When one of Stevens' followers said that Warren would not be able to fulfill her promises just by taxing the wealthy, he countered that this idea is still more popular than anything Republicans are championing.

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‘Just like Brett Kavanaugh’: GOP candidate who pleaded guilty to sexual battery claims he was the real victim

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A GOP congressional candidate in Utah is comparing himself to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh — favorably — to explain away his guilty plea to two counts of sexual battery, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.

Cory Green, an Army Reserve and Navy veteran and private security officer running for Utah's 1st Congressional District, was charged with forcible sexual abuse in 2010 after he allegedly brought two teenage masseuses to a Motel 6, performed a sex act with an escort in front of them, and then paid one of the teenage girls for sex. He insists that the girl lied about her age and that his victim extorted him.

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Here’s what really went down with Trump’s Taliban peace talks misadventure

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Donald Trump is not known for finessing foreign policy but for years prior to his election and during his campaign, he was mostly right about Afghanistan. He called it a “total disaster,” said it was “wasting our money” and that we should leave “immediately.”

It seemed that Trump understood the timeless – if sometimes historically inaccurate - tropes about Afghanistan being the “graveyard of empires” and home to “ungovernable” tribesmen who could outwit and humiliate the British, the Soviets – and us.

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