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Trump Tower in Chicago cuts amenities as profits plummet by 89%

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Business is slagging at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, which is likely a result of political backlash against President Trump, Axios reports.

Business records show that between 2015 and 2018, profits fell 89%, from $16.7 million to $1.8 million, according to Axios. As a result, the establishment is “leaving jobs open, rolling back amenities and purchasing cheaper supplies ” as a means to cut back on costs. In contrast, records show that other hotel establishments in Chicago without the Trump name are financially sound.

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The news comes in the wake of reports of numerous Trump properties experiencing financial difficulty since he became president.

As Axios points out, Trump is under increasing scrutiny for violating the emoluments clause by way of his properties, which stand to financially benefit by hosting White House-related events.

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UAE announces first Wuhan coronavirus case

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The United Arab Emirates announced Wednesday its first case of the new coronavirus, in a family from Wuhan, in what is thought to be the first confirmed case in the Middle East.

“The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention announced a case of the new coronavirus affecting people from one family coming from the city of Wuhan in China,” the state news agency WAM reported, without saying how many were infected.

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Mike Pompeo’s behavior is straight out of Nixon VP’s playbook: historians

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s expletive-laden dust-up with NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly is on message for the Trump-led Republican Party. Complaining that Kelly’s question about Ukraine was “another example of how unhinged the media has become in its quest to hurt President Trump and this Administration,” Pompeo has rallied the Republican base by slamming a journalist doing her job.

Whether he knows it or not, Pompeo is drawing from a playbook written a half century ago and perfected by a politician once voted the worst vice president in American history. Secretary Mike Pompeo, meet Vice President Spiro Agnew.

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‘Our chances of ever exiting the nightmare are shrinking’: Paul Krugman explains how the GOP is getting worse

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It is a great detriment to civil discourse that the divide between left and right in the United States is often depicted as being purely cultural — as if one’s politics were solely mediated by aesthetics, such as whether one prefers shooting guns or drinking lattes. This fabulist understanding of politics is harmful inasmuch as it masks the real social effects of the policy agendas pushed by left versus right. Seeing politics as aesthetic transforms what should be a quantitative debate — with statistics and numbers about taxation and public policy, questions of who benefits more or less from policy changes — and devolves it into a rhetorical debate over values.

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