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Trump allies furious at president for ‘wasting their time’ and then caving on Census immigration question: report

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According to a report at Axios, conservative proponents of Donald Trump’s citizenship question on the Census are privately furious after they spent weeks helping the president promote it — only to watch the president wave the white flag and surrender to the courts.

During an announcement on Thursday, the president conceded that the proposed question about citizenship status would not be included on the 2020 Census after its legality was questioned by the Supreme Court.

According to Axios, one anonymous supporter of Trump called the president’s betrayal a “punch in the gut,” despite the president insisting that he is still “fighting” for it — or at least some alternative way to gather the data.

Noting that “Federalist Society stalwarts were shocked and floored by how weak the decision was,” Axios spoke with one supporter who was disgusted by the cave by Trump.

“What was the dance … all about if this was going to be the end result?” one conservative leader complained.

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Another added that Trump may lose support for other initiatives because he can’t be trusted to see them through.

“A total waste of everyone’s time. … It’s certainly going to give people pause the next time one has to decide how far to stick one’s neck out,” was the complaint.

Officials in the White House are also upset after the Justice Department worked on it, failed, then saw the president try and override them — only to then turn around and abandon the whole project.

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“What’s sad is the President has been right on this since Day 1, but he’s being told it’s too hard and too long a road legally,” a senior White House official confided. “Washington lawyers too often bow to the courts and treat them like a higher branch, when this is ripe for a fight, with American people in full support.”

You can read the whole report here.


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How Jeffrey Epstein was moving ‘a lot of dough’ in an investment fund run by an ex-girlfriend’s husband

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In a bizarre twist in the ongoing questions about where Jeffrey Epstein got his billions, Vanity Fair has details about a very close relationship he holds with the family of an ex-girlfriend.

Epstein once dated a former Miss Sweden for years, before she ultimately met her husband and had a family. Eva Andersson-Dubin, who is now a doctor, married billionaire founder of Highbridge Capital Management, Glenn Dubin. It's thought that's how Epstein was able to connect with Dubin's investments.

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Rudy Giuliani is running a backchannel with Ukraine to take down Mueller and Trump’s critics: report

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A new report reveals that Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor currently working as President Donald Trump's lawyer, has established a backchannel with the Ukrainian government in order to dig up dirt on potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.

Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, a pair of political operatives who have helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Republican candidates, are instrumental players in Giuliani's scheme, according to a new report by BuzzFeed News. They have repeatedly met with top political officials in Ukraine and then set up meetings with Giuliani so that the information they obtained could be potentially utilized against Democratic presidential contenders.

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Trump’s bizarre claim of being a Kashmir ‘mediator’ is quickly denied by India: ‘No such request has been made’

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India's official government spokesperson contradicted President Donald Trump's suggestion that he would "meditate" the conflict in the Kashmir region.

At a press conference with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday, Trump said that India Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him to be a mediator between the two countries.

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