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Trump’s targeting of the Bidens could backfire big time — here’s why

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On Monday, writing for Mother Jones, David Corn and Russ Choma outlined how President Donald Trump’s attempt to close out the campaign by sowing suspicion about Hunter Biden could blow up in his face.

“It seems that Donald Trump’s closing message for his reelection campaign during a time of pandemic and economic crisis is this: Hunter Biden,” they wrote. “In recent days, he has jumped on a misleading New York Post story about the business dealings of Joe Biden’s son—an allegation promoted by Rudy Giuliani and linked to a Russian disinformation operation—and slammed the Bidens as a ‘corrupt family,’ claiming ‘Joe Biden personifies the selfish and corrupt globalists.'”

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“Stone, meet glass house,” they wrote. “For years, Trump and his family—including his three adult children, Donald Jr., Eric, and Ivanka—have been implicated in questionable endeavors that raise concerns regarding corruption and possible criminal conduct … Moreover, Trump has not explained many of his clan’s business actions that seem sketchy, shady, or worse.”

A few recent bombshell reports aside, reporters have frequently hit dead ends trying to investigate the Trump family’s shady business deals — and Trump is practically inviting them to take a crack at several of them.

Some of the issues that are fair game, wrote Corn and Choma, are the president’s remaining tax secrets; his family’s overseas deals including Ivanka’s trademarks in China; Trump’s dealings in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Azerbaijan; what appears to be a money-laundering pattern at his golf courses in Scotland and Ireland; the apparent emoluments violations through the D.C. Trump hotel and the Mar-a-Lago country club; the state of Trump’s hundreds of millions in personally-guaranteed loans; and Jared Kushner’s conflicts of interest and lack of financial disclosures.

“If Trump is going to insist that Joe Biden release information about his son’s business activity, then it’s only fair that Trump do the same about his and his family’s own wheeling-and-dealing,” they wrote.

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Ivanka Trump wants to be the ‘first female president’ — but there’s one major obstacle

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Ivanka Trump is harboring political ambitions after she leaves the White House after her father's election loss.

It's not clear where President Donald Trump's eldest daughter will live, along with her husband and fellow White House adviser Jared Kushner, but their former friends, colleagues and associates believe Ivanka Trump will try to build up her influence in the Republican Party, reported the Washington Post.

“I think she’d want to be the [first] female president,” said Marissa Velez Kraxberger, a film producer who worked for Ivanka for two years at her now-defunct company. “I don’t think she’s actually ever had any interest in fashion but everything was an angle to gain more power in whatever possible way.”

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GOP senator knows Trump lost but thinks it would be ‘political suicide’ to admit it: report

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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) is still spouting conspiracy theories about the election being "stolen" from President Donald Trump -- but according to one former Wisconsin Republican official, Johnson understands that Trump lost.

Mark Becker, the former Chairman of the Brown County Republican Party, writes at The Bulwark that he had a conversation with Johnson after the election in which the senator acknowledged Trump's defeat.

However, Johnson said that he was loath to admit it publicly because of the strong support the president had received from Wisconsin GOP voters, despite the fact that the president narrowly lost the state this year.

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‘Dumbest senator ever’: Morning Joe mocks Republican Ron Johnson

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough mocked Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) for demanding proof of something that doesn't exist.

Attorney General William Barr announced the Department of Justice had found no evidence of voter fraud, as President Donald Trump has claimed, and Johnson called on Barr to "show everybody" the proof that the election had not been stolen.

"The man Guinness Book of World Records has called the dumbest senator to ever be sworn in in this constitutional republic," Scarborough said. "I'm speaking, of course, of Ron Johnson, who said that William Barr must show his evidence that he has no evidence."

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