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Trump’s campaign has been stiffing local cops — and owes hundreds of thousand dollars in unpaid security bills

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President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign has been stiffing local police forces out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, a new report from The Center for Public Integrity reveals.

According to the report, ten city governments from across the country say they still haven’t received reimbursement from the Trump campaign for the costs they incurred when local police officers were used to provide security for Trump campaign events.

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Amy Brewer, the mayor of Lebanon, Ohio, tells the Center for Public Integrity that the Trump campaign is still on the hook for over $16,000 after the president held a campaign rally in her city last October.

“There’s a lot of benefit when a president comes here: economic benefits, more visibility for our community,” she explained. “But I would hope and believe the Trump campaign would pay its bills. It’s our taxpayer dollars.”

In total, the Center found that the Trump campaign has racked up $841,219 in unpaid police detail bills across the country — and some of the bills are three years old.

Richard Myers, a former police chief who serves as the executive director of the Major Cities Chiefs Association, tells the Center that these unpaid bills can do real harm to city governments.

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“The fiscal impact on local governments, especially during campaign seasons in critical vote states or communities, can be significant,” he said. “When one considers how much money campaigns raise and spend, it does not seem unreasonable to expect some degree of reimbursement for such demands for service.”

Read the whole report here.

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New Republican impeachment strategy goes down in flames before first witness is called

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Republicans this week released a set of talking points on Ukraine that have already been refuted although the first impeachment hearing isn't until Wednesday.

According to Bloomberg, the talking points were distributed by Republican staffers on the House Intelligence Committee.

The July 25 summary of the call between Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy “shows no conditionality or evidence of pressure.”Both Zelenskiy and Trump have said there was no pressure on the call.The Ukraine government was not aware of a hold on U.S. security assistance at the time of the July 25 call.Trump met with Zelenskiy, although not in the Oval Office, and U.S. security assistance flowed to Ukraine in September 2019 -- both of which occurred without Ukraine investigating Trump’s political rivals.

Democrats contend that the call record shows that President Donald Trump did ask Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky for a quid pro quo when he suggested that military aid would flow after Ukraine did a "favor" by investigating former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.

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Inside the extreme right-wing’s plan to take over campus conservatism

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President Donald Trump's eldest son found himself caught in the middle of an alt-right takeover of a libertarian group with close ties to mainstream conservatism, and video of the encounter provided an embarrassing start to his book tour.

Right-wing activists led by white nationalist Nick Fuentes have been turning up at campus events sponsored by Turning Point USA and other conservative groups to boost their racist, anti-LGBT and anti-Semitic messages, reported The Daily Beast.

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Career diplomats fear ‘retaliation’ for defying Trump — here’s why they’re doing it anyway

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In an article for the Washington Post on Tuesday, reporter Lisa Rein analyzed the dire choice facing many career civil servants in the Ukraine scandal — by coming forward, they risk reprisal and public abuse from President Donald Trump.

Nevertheless, many, like Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, diplomat William Taylor, and National Security Council official Fiona Hill, are doing so. And Rein broke down how significant this is.

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