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Trump defended Saudi journalist’s murder to distract from Ivanka’s ‘disturbing’ emails: Bolton book

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John Bolton’s new book claims President Donald Trump defended Saudi Arabia’s grisly murder of a journalist to distract from daughter Ivanka Trump’s wrongdoing.

Ivanka Trump, a White House adviser, conducted government business from a private email account, according to public records obtained in 2017, but they’re getting fresh new attention after excerpts of Bolton’s book were reported in the media, reported the Huffington Post.

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Walter Shaub, former head of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, highlighted two messages obtained through the Freedom of Information Act showing Ivanka Trump conducting government business with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos weeks before she had an official government role.

In another conversation, one month before joining her father’s administration, with White House officials Linda McMahon, Julie Radford and Dina Powell, Ivanka Trump referred to White House official Anne Bradfield as her own chief of staff.

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The president made private email use for government business a centerpiece of his 2016 campaign against Hillary Clinton, whom Trump’s supporters still chant “lock her up” at the mention of her name at rallies.

Trump released a puzzling statement in November 2018 defending Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

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“The world is a very dangerous place!” Trump said in the statement. “Maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!”

Bolton, the former national security adviser, said the president issued the statement to draw attention away from reports about his daughter’s use of personal emails for government business.

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“This will divert from Ivanka,” Trump reportedly said. “If I read the statement in person, that will take over the Ivanka thing.”


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Church pastor apologizes for superspreader event that left 60 with COVID — but excludes part of his congregation

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Brooks Pentecostal Church Pastor Matthew Shaw apologized to the Waldo County community in Maine for a COVID-19 outbreak at his church that has now been linked to at least 60 cases -- with one caveat: anyone wishing to see his apology as a means to "further your cause and your agenda," he noted.

"We want to say today that we regret what has happened. We ask your forgiveness," Shaw said in the video. "We apologize that the sickness came to our church. And we apologize for the consequences that maybe the community is feeling, the fear that is settling into the hearts of men and women," Shaw said. "Those of you that might've been inconvenienced by the limitations that are put in place after a virus breaks out and certainly those today that even might have physically been affected by the virus. We are encouraged that those that went into the hospital after we had stated there were no hospitalizations—we are receiving reports from the family that they are progressing and we're believing for a full recovery."

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Trump-owned Mar-a-Lago billed taxpayers $3 — for a glass of water

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How much have President Donald Trump's businesses been nickel-and-diming American taxpayers?

So much that his Mar-a-Lago resort sent a bill in which they asked to be reimbursed $3 for every glass of water they served during a bilateral summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The Washington Post reports that the $3-per-glass-of-water bill was part of a larger bill in which Mar-a-Lago asked the government to pay "$13,700 for guest rooms, $16,500 for food and wine and $6,000 for the roses and other floral arrangements" while hosting Abe.

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Conservative lays out 3 possible Biden victory scenarios — including a Herbert Hoover-like ‘repudiation’ of Trump

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With the 2020 presidential election only a week away, President Donald Trump is still hoping to pull off a narrow Electoral College victory if he can perform well in enough swing states — and Florida and Pennsylvania are at the top of his list. But conservative journalist William Kristol, one of Trump's most blistering critics on the right, is hoping that Trump loses badly. And Kristol lays out three possible scenarios for a Trump loss in an October 27 article for The Bulwark.

In his article, Kristol argues that a Trump loss and a victory for former Vice President Joe Biden could be Scenario #1: Retirement, Scenario #2: Rejection or Scenario #3: Repudiation.

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