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Trump's Waco rally leaves El Paso officials seething

When former President Donald Trump rallies today in Waco, Texas, under a cloud of legal scandal, he'll do so after his campaign reportedly paid the central Texas city's government more than $60,000 to cover various municipal services, such as public safety costs.

But across the state, in El Paso, city officials there tell Raw Story that they're still waiting for Trump's campaign committee to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of bills stemming from the former president's February 2019 visit to their border town.

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Here's how much Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has lost investing in Trump’s Truth Social venture

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) made a personal bet on Donald Trump’s Truth Social platform — and is losing bigly.

The value of Greene’s class A stock in Digital World Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, that’s supposed to merge with Truth Social, had cratered in recent weeks amid significant corporate turmoil.

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Check thief hits pay dirt at expense of nation's oldest business PAC

The Business Industry Political Action Committee — the nation's oldest federal business PAC and friends with some of the biggest names in corporate America — just became the latest political committee to fall victim to thieves.

In all, BIPAC on Feb. 27 lost $14,156.89 to "an individual not associated with" the committee, according to new documents filed with the Federal Election Commission and reviewed by Raw Story.

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Marco Rubio rushes to change the subject after being asked about Trump's infamous nickname

WASHINGTON — During the 2016 presidential campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump infamously branded rival Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) as "Little Marco" on his way to the Republican Party nomination for the presidency.

Raw Story caught up with Rubio on Wednesday and asked him if there were anything he'd do differently if he ran for president again in comparison to 2016 when "you let Trump define you as 'Little Marco.'"

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‘Our best face’: How Trump-backing Jan. 6 ‘marshals’ ditched their pink vests and staged an insurrection

Former President Donald Trump’s tweet on Dec. 19, 2020 — it summoned his supporters to “be there” for Congress’ Jan. 6 certification of the electoral vote and promised that it would be “wild” — electrified far-right militants.

One person who answered the call was Joseph Pavlik, a 65-year-old retired firefighter from Chicago.

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‘Our best face’: Jan. 6 rally organizers coordinated with White House and militant Trump backers

As the Women for America First bus tour wound across the country as Donald Trump refused to concede the 2020 election, chairperson Amy Kremer oversaw the operation from the road, while her daughter, Kylie Jane Kremer, worked from Washington, D.C.

Soon, the culmination of their effort to keep the president in power would be afoot: a massive rally scheduled for Jan. 6 at the Ellipse, just south of the White House. Trump himself would be the guest of greatest honor.

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Fox News is indeed a news organization: Federal Election Commission

In a legal opinion from December made public Friday, the Federal Election Commission rejected an allegation that Fox News should be regulated as a political organization — and confirmed that, for the purposes of election law, Fox News is a media company engaged in journalism.

The complaint, filed in part against now-Sen. J.D. Vance (R-OH) and his campaign treasurer Lisa Lisker, alleged that Fox News made an illegal in-kind contribution to the Vance campaign.

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New PFAS guidelines – a water quality scientist explains technology and investment needed to get forever chemicals out of US drinking water

Harmful chemicals known as PFAS can be found in everything from children’s clothes to soil to drinking water, and regulating these chemicals has been a goal of public and environmental health researchers for years. On March 14, 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed what would be the first set of federal guidelines regulating levels of PFAS in drinking water. The guidelines will be open to public comment for 60 days before being finalized.

Joe Charbonnet is an environmental engineer at Iowa State University who develops techniques to remove contaminants like PFAS from water. He explains what the proposed guidelines would require, how water utilities could meet these requirements and how much it might cost to get these so-called forever chemicals out of U.S. drinking water.

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Time's up: Election officials order Trump to stop stalling and file his financial disclosures

Former President Donald Trump is violating a federal financial disclosure law, and the Federal Election Commission is telling him to comply immediately — or face financial penalties, according to a letter obtained by Raw Story.

Trump had previously applied for, and received, two extensions on the filing deadline as he runs for president ahead of the 2024 election. Then, in a letter dated March 15, Trump lawyer Derek H. Ross asked for an additional 30-day extension for Trump, citing "complexities of his financial holdings."

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Sen. Sherrod Brown blasts conservatives lobbying for loose train regulations: 'They're to blame for East Palestine'

WASHINGTON — Sen. Sherrod Brown (R-OH) wasn't shocked to hear that FreedomWorks was spotted on Capitol Hill this week lobbying against train regulations.

The conservative Washington Examiner reported the pushback on the bipartisan bill from Brown and Republican Sen. J.D. Vance (OH). In a letter to lawmakers sent Monday, the group said that all the bill does is give more power to the Department of Transportation.

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GOP senators shrug off Trump-linked group buying up Capitol Hill real estate

WASHINGTON — Republican senators were short on specifics when asked about the Donald Trump-affiliated group run by Mark Meadows called the Conservative Partnership Institute (CPI).

A recent report from Grid revealed that the group is buying up real estate all over Capitol Hill, which is notoriously expensive. One building, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) told Raw Story, sits behind the Library of Congress. One 2,000-square-foot home behind the Library of Congress is going for $2.5 million. An 1885 townhouse nearby is going for $2.01 million and is 3,000 square feet.

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From Marjorie Taylor Greene to Ro Khanna: Several members of Congress could personally profit from Biden-backed fossil fuel drilling project in Alaska

ConocoPhillips is the big corporate winner after the Biden administration this week approved the massive Willow oil and gas project.

The project will open massive amounts of public land in Alaska’s North Slope to new drilling by the Houston-based petroleum company.

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GOP's Ron Johnson refuses to comment on Trump's World War III rant — insists he never heard the widely-reported remarks

WASHINGTON — Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) dodged when asked about Donald Trump's recent comments that he could prevent a third world war.

Speaking Tuesday in Davenport, Iowa, Trump told a packed crowd his skills make him the "only" 2024 candidate who can "prevent World War III."

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