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Top Trump fundraiser now raising campaign cash for Parkland Democrat

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A top Florida lobbyist who was one of Trump’s key fundraisers has now moved to raise money for Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), known for representing Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Brian Ballard and other lobbyists at his firm are coming together at a Washington, D.C. steakhouse to raise funds for Deutch’s 2020 reelection bid, Politico reported Tuesday. He is one of five Republicans supporting Deutch. The others include Florida Trump campaign advisor Susie Wiles, ex-chief of staff Dan McFaul, who worked for former Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL), as well as Justin Sayfie; Syl Lukis; along with Ballard.

Politico noted that it’s rare for Republican lobbyists to hold events for Democrats, though it has happened before. Ballard, specifically, hosted a fundraiser in 2013 for former Rep. Gwen Graham (D-FL) when she first ran for Congress.

“Congressman Deutch is a reasonable, pragmatic, thoughtful representative,” former Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL) said in an interview about his colleague’s support. “He’s a loyal Democrat, but he takes great pride in reaching across the aisle whenever possible.”

Read the full report at Politico.

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Mass panic after shooting at Toronto parade

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Shots were fired at a parade for the Toronto Raptors NBA champions on Monday, causing a mass panic.

Toronto Police have located two victims with "serious but not life-threatening" injuries.

Two people are in custody and two firearms have been recovered.

An estimated 2 million people were attending the celebration.

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Alex Jones accused of sending child pornography to lawyers representing Sandy Hook victims

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Attorneys representing victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre who are suing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for defamation have accused the InfoWars host of sending them files containing child pornography.

The Connecticut Post reports that court documents filed on Monday show that the law firm representing the Sandy Hook victims claims that it discovered several inappropriate images involving children in a large stash of electronic files that Jones had been ordered to turn over.

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‘Art of the Deal’ ghostwriter Tony Schwartz: ‘I can’t say I’ve ever seen Trump running more scared’

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The ghostwriter for Donald Trump's "Art of the Deal" book observed on Monday that the president is "running more scared" than he has ever seen.

Tony Schwartz made the observation in a tweet that came after days of angry presidential tweets and interviews.

"I can't say I've ever seen Trump running more scared," Schwartz wrote. "The more worried he feels, the more lies he tells."

I can't say I've ever seen Trump running more scared. The more worried he feels, the more lies he tells.

— Tony Schwartz (@tonyschwartz) June 17, 2019

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