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DC police union faces internal revolt for holding holiday gala at Trump’s hotel

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A police union in Washington, D.C. is facing an internal revolt from some of its members over its decision to hold its annual holiday gala at President Donald Trump’s D.C. hotel.

The Washington Post reports that the D.C. Fraternal Order of Police lodge is facing some internal criticism for its upcoming patronage at the Trump International Hotel that’s scheduled for early December.

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Tickets for the gala at the Trump hotel cost $175 per couple, plus an additional $200 for guests who want to stay in a room overnight.

But even though the lodge is billing the event as “a night of celebration surrounded by elegance,” many members are not happy with the decision to use one of the president’s most prized properties.

Michael Shalton, chairman of the U.S. Park Police union, tells the Post that his members are still bitter at the president for last winter’s government shutdown, which left his workers without paychecks for weeks on end.

“We went six weeks without a paycheck because of this administration, and you want us to have a Christmas party there?” Shalton says. “Come on. There’s a lot of bad blood.”

Gus Papathanasiou, chairman of the union for U.S. Capitol Police Officers, similarly tells the Post that he wants no part of an event at the president’s hotel.

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“I’m pretty sure a lot of our officers probably aren’t going to go,” he said. “I’d be shocked if anybody goes.”

Read the whole report here.

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Facebook executive ‘helped quarterback’ his friend Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for the Supreme Court

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A new book reveals that Bret Kavanaugh had a lot of help for his seat on the Supreme Court thanks to Facebook.

According to the Daily Beast, a Facebook senior executive in charge of the company’s public-policy arm "helped quarterback" Kavanaugh's nomination. Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus authored a new book about the conformation of the disgraced justice.

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Billionaire Mike Bloomberg launches what ‘might be the biggest political ad buy of all time’: report

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So far, Bloomberg has purchased $19.4 million worth of ad reservations -- for just next week -- Politico reported Friday.

Politico interviewed Ben Taber of Advertising Analytics, which tracks television ad spending.

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Authorities thwart school shooting in Los Angeles — and seized assault-style rifle with 100 rounds of ammunition

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Authorities have thwarted another mass shooting. A 13-year-old boy was planning a mass shooting at his Los Angeles school but police were able to stop him and seize his weapons.

Among the items taken was an assault-style rifle with about 100 rounds of ammunition, according to CNN's Josh Campbell.

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According to NBC News, "the discovery was made in response to a call about a student who wanted to shoot other students and staff. He added that the suspect, who was not immediately identified, purchased parts on the internet to build a "ghost gun" — meaning it was assembled at home and had no serial numbers, a way for owners to avoid registering them."

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