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‘Trump may have been laying in wait to blow up the infrastructure talks’: Fox News reporter

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Reporters and Washington insiders joke that every time it’s Infrastructure Week at the White House disasters are sure to follow. Such was the case Wednesday when Trump invited Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to the White House for another chat about infrastructure legislation. That meeting lasted three minutes before Trump walked out to a press conference he set up moments before.

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Fox News congressional reporter Chad Pergram cited sources on both sides of the aisle that Trump may have been “laying in wait for the Speaker — intending to blow up the infrastructure talks.

“Remember that Democrats just held their meeting about investigations, contempt and impeachment a couple of hours before the WH mtg,” tweeted Pergram. “It’s also notable that Pelosi, as she walked out of the investigations meeting, dodged a question about having such a meeting and discussing investigations of the President – and then going to meet with the President.”

But Pergram said that Trump was the winner Wednesday, because he made Democrats look “rabid when it comes to impeachment and probes.” The problem is that it’s Pelosi that is blocking impeachment proceedings until there are no other options.

Like many of Trump’s fumbles, he may have miscalculated how this appears to Americans desperate for results out of Washington. If Democrats continue to pass legislation while Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) continues to refuse to vote on it, the plan could backfire. Indeed, Trump announcing he’ll “take up the mantle” of the government shutdown, Trump is now agreeing to take responsibility for bringing Washington to a standstill.

It puts Democrats in a position to ask Trump how many bridges must collapse before he puts the issue ahead of his personal politics.

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DOJ closes insider trading investigations against three senators — but is still investigating Richard Burr: report

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On Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Justice Department officials are closing insider trading investigations into three senators — Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), and Jim Inhofe (R-OK).

However, a fourth probe, into insider trading allegations against Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), is reportedly ongoing.

"The Federal Bureau of Investigation began the investigations two months ago, as reports emerged that several members of Congress, their spouses or their investment advisers sold hundreds of thousands of dollars in stock after lawmakers attended closed-door briefings about the threat posed by the new coronavirus," reported Aruna Viswanatha. "Some of those trades spared lawmakers as much as hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses as stocks sank by mid-March."

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White House insider says Trump spent Memorial Day weekend ‘in a rage’ – and sees himself as COVID-19’s biggest victim

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An inside source speaking to Vanity Fair's Gabriel Sherman says President Trump spent his Memorial Day weekend "in a f*cking rage" over what he sees is his unfair treatment over his response to the coronavirus outbreak. Even as the death toll neared 100,000 and unemployment swelled to over 38 million, Trump still sees himself as the victim, Sherman writes.

"Trump’s outburst reflected his growing frustration that, at this stage of the race, he is losing to Joe Biden," writes Sherman. "According to a Republican briefed on the campaign’s internal polls, Trump is trailing Biden by double digits among women over 50 in six swing states. 'Trump knows the numbers are bad. It’s why he’s thrashing about,' the Republican said."

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Amy Cooper fired from investment firm after accusing Black man of ‘threatening’ her life in viral video

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Amy Cooper has been fired from her job at Franklin Templeton Investments after she was caught on video calling the police on a Black man who had confronted her for not having her dog on a leash in Central Park.

“Following our internal review of the incident in Central Park yesterday, we have made the decision to terminate the employee involved, effective immediately. We do not tolerate racism of any kind at Franklin Templeton,” the investment firm tweeted on Tuesday.

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