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American taxpayers have spent a mind-boggling amount of money on Trump’s golf tab: report

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A new report reveals that President Donald Trump has stuck American taxpayers with a $102 million tab as he tees off on his various golf courses.

This article was originally published at Salon

Since taking office, Trump has forced taxpayers to spend $81 million on his trips to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, according to HuffPost. The revelation about Trump’s expensive golfing habits are noteworthy, given how the current commander-in-chief frequently lambasted his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, over his own golfing hobby.

Trump has also stuck taxpayers with a $17 million tab for his trips to the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey; at least $3 million for his two days in Scotland last summer, $1.3 million of which was for rental cars for his entourage; and $1 million so he could visit his Trump club in Los Angeles.

Thus far, the amount of taxpayer money Trump has spent on his golf totals equals 255 times the presidential salary that he promised not to take, as well as three times the cost of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. And the president has given no indication he intends to slow down.

This is not the first time Trump’s golf habit has been the source of controversy since the former business mogul assumed the presidency. In addition to draining taxpayer dollars, it also represents a potential conflict of interest as the president’s personal business empire gains at the taxpayer’s expense. The trips to his golf courses also are a source of free publicity for his businesses.

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“His top priority with these trips is not the business of the American people — it’s the business of the Trump Organization,” Jordan Libowitz of the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington told HuffPost. “The American presidency has become another tool to advertise his golf properties.”

At least one of Trump’s golf clubs also experienced a controversy involving the hiring of undocumented immigrants. Earlier this year, roughly a dozen employees were fired from Trump National Golf Club in Briarcliff Manor, New York, due to their immigration status. All of those employees were from Latin America, and their terminations roughly coincided with a story revealing that undocumented immigrants had been employed at Trump’s Bedminster golf club. As one housekeeping employee explained to the Washington Post, the club had either been extremely negligent in managing employees’ records — or had known about their immigration status and looked the other way until the issue surfaced in the media.

“They said absolutely nothing. They never said, ‘Your Social Security number is bad’ or ‘Something is wrong.’ Nothing. Nothing. Until right now,” the former employee told the Washington Post.

In spite of his frequent golf trips, Trump has not apologized for his comments about Obama’s golfing. These comments included saying in 2014 that “we pay for Obama’s travel, so he can fundraise millions so Democrats can run on lies. Then we pay for his golf.” Later that year, he also tweeted, “Obama has admitted that he spends his mornings watching ESPN. Then he plays golf, fundraises & grants amnesty to illegals.”

During the 2016 presidential election he tweeted, “While our wonderful president was out playing golf all day, the TSA is falling apart, just like our government! Airports a total disaster!” Later he also tweeted, “President Obama should have gone to Louisiana days ago, instead of golfing. Too little, too late!”

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Prosecutors want hearing on revoking Roger Stone’s bail after he posted right-wing propaganda despite gag order

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Roger Stone may have violated his gag order with Instagram postings and federal prosecutors want a hearing for a judge to consider modifying the conditions of his release from jail pending trial.

"On or about June 18 and 19, 2019, the defendant posted to Instagram and Facebook, commenting about this case and inviting news organizations to cover the issue," prosecutors said in a filing the day after the most recent posting.

Stone is a longtime political advisor to Donald Trump.

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Prosecutors debunk right-wing conspiracy theory in new legal smackdown of Roger Stone

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Federal prosecutors debunked a conspiracy theory pushed by the far-right in a new legal brief filed on Thursday.

Longtine Donald Trump political advisor Roger Stone had argued federal investigators relied upon a report from the cyber research firm Crowdstrike to conclude that Russia had hacked the Democratic National Committee.

That contention, according to federal prosecutors, is "incorrect."

"While the prosecutors did not go into detail, they noted that the investigators gathered evidence of the Russians’ involvement independently, which led to the indictment last year of 12 Russian military officials in connection with the DNC hack," Politico reported.

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‘Call the mall cops!’ Roy Moore roasted after saying he’ll make ‘more personal contact with people’ in Senate run

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Roy Moore, the far-right politician who infamously lost an Alabama Senate race in 2017 after allegations emerged about him molesting teenage girls, announced on Thursday that he was going to once again run for office in 2020.

While touting his potential rematch with Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL), Moore was asked by a reporter what he will do differently this time around.

"I would like to make more personal contact with people," Moore responded.

Given that Moore's history of "personal contact" with underage women was what cost him the 2017 Senate race -- and even allegedly got him banned from a shopping mall that grew weary of his regular efforts to pick up teen girls -- Moore was quickly buried in ridicule on Twitter.

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