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If you missed Wednesday's 6-hour House Intelligence Committee impeachment hearings against President Trump, apparently you didn't miss much.

Officer Brandon Tatum gives a quick recap of the hearings which began with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff denying he even knows who the whistleblower is. That's funny, because everyone knows who the whistleblower is.

Then Schiff refused to allow the whistleblower to testify. But isn't that their entire case against the President?

Yesterday, I was reminded that the Republicans also tried to impeach former President Barack Obama. I was asked if I forgot about those hearings held by the Republicans when Obama was in office? Yes, I forgot. Mainly because I wasn't paying attention.

I suspect that millions of Americans aren't paying attention to these impeachment hearings or the previous efforts to impeach Trump.

They will make their voices heard at the ballot box in November 2020. That's the American way.
 

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President Donald Trump is apparently unbothered by the first ever public impeachment hearings set to begin this morning on Capitol Hill. Trump will be busy hosting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House when the hearings get underway.

Witnesses are expected to testify that they heard or overheard reports of Trump asking a foreign leader to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden in a phone call earlier this year.

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Trump has denied any wrongdoing and he released a transcript of his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on July 25. "The transcript is perfect," Trump said.

Congress is reportedly furious that Trump is hosting the Turkish leader at the White House while the impeachment hearings are underway. The two men are expected to hold talks on subjects that include military aid and terrorism in the Middle East.

The Democrats, led by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, are desperate to remove Trump from office before the 2020 presidential elections when their candidates have virtually no chance of defeating him at the polls.

Schiff claims Trump is guilty of bribery, treason, high crimes or misdemeanors - the Constitutional standards by which Congress can impeach a sitting president.

According to Schiff, Trump threatened to withhold military aid to Ukraine if they didn't agree to investigate the Bidens, among other impeachable offenses.
 

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Whoopi Goldberg snapped at The View's audience members for booing during a guest appearance by Donald Trump, Jr. on Thursday. Don Jr. stopped by The View with his fiancée, former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle.

Goldberg and her co-hosts were uneasy after the mostly pro-Trump crowd began booing during the question and answer session.

According to The Hollywood Reporter journalist, who was invited to sit in the audience, Whoopi yelled, "The booing is fucking us up," during a commercial break.

"It's messing with everyone's mic. You can grimace and all that. All we hear is booing," she added.

THR reported that the front row was stocked with Trump supporters, including a man wearing a Trump hat who asked, "Who killed [Jeffrey] Epstein?" during a commercial break at the end of the show.

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Epstein, a billionaire financier and America's most prolific child molester, died of suicide by hanging in his jail cell earlier this year. He is pictured with President Trump in 1997.

Many believe Epstein was killed to protect high-profile pedophiles.
 

 

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President Donald Trump is looking ahead to the day he leaves office - whether he is impeached or he completes his 2nd term.

Feeling nostalgic, Trump recently bragged about his reality TV competition show Apprentice, saying the show was "the greatest thing reality television has ever seen," according to the Daily Beast blog.

Sources told the Daily Beast Trump wants to host another Apprentice series when he leaves office, and he has been in talks with producer Mark Burnett about a "politics-themed" reality TV show.

"There have been several discussions between Burnett and Trump about 'The Apprentice: White House,'" according to the Beast's sources. "It is something Burnett thinks could be a money-spinner and Trump is very keen on doing."

The Apprentice was one of America's most popular reality TV shows over its fifteen season run on NBC. Trump was the show's host for 14 seasons. The show, which was billed as "The Ultimate Job Interview", was featured in various formats including a Celebrity Apprentice.

Contestants on Celebrity Apprentice included Vivica A. Fox, Kenya Moore, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Terrell Owens, Porsha Williams, Lil Jon, Arsenio Hall, La Toya Jackson, and more.
 

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Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, left, has apparently lost the Kentucky governor's race to a Democrat in Tuesday's elections. Democratic state attorney general Andy Beshear led Bevin by a slim margin of 4,658 votes, but it was enough for the Democrats to declare an “earth shattering victory" over the Republican governor.

Bevin refused to concede the governor's race to Beshear, saying the race was "too close to call." He said, "We know for a fact there have been irregularities and the outcome will be determined by law."

In other races Virginia Democrats took control of both the state House and Senate for the first time in 26 years on Tuesday, according to Dailymail.com.

It is the third election in a row that Virginia Democrats have won significant legislative victories since President Donald Trump was elected in 2016. The legislative elections on Tuesday provided a test of President Trump's political influence in local elections.

Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez said Trump should be "terrified" of Beshear's "earth-shattering victory" in a state that Trump won by 30 points in 2016.

Brad Parscale, Trump's 2020 campaign manager, blamed Bevin for the apparent loss, saying five other Republican candidates won their races in the state.

Parscale said President Trump practically "dragged Gov. Matt Bevin across the finish line, helping him run stronger than expected in what turned into a very close race at the end."

President Trump took credit for the Republicans' 5 out of 6 election wins in Kentucky on Tuesday night.

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Donald Trump, Jr. defended his father against allegations the he's a racist. Trump Jr., 41, says his dad, the U.S. President, is not racist because he was allowed to hang out with the "King of Pop" Michael Jackson.

Black liberals insist President Trump is racist, citing what they consider to be racist remarks Trump has made in the past.

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In his new book, Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us, Trump Jr. says his dad gave him permission to hang out with Michael Jackson.

"Oh, and by the way, given all the things my father has been called, particularly a 'racist,' it sure sounds odd that he'd let his son vacation with a black man or hang out with Michael Jackson, doesn't it?'" Trump Jr. added, according to the Daily Beast blog, "If he's a racist, he's sure not very good at it."

Jackson and Trump Sr. were good friends. The pop singer often attended Trump's star-studded events including the Grand Opening of his Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City, NJ in 1990.

Jackson passed away at age 50 from a cardiac arrest induced by an IV anesthetic on June 25, 2009 in Los Angeles, CA.

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President Trump will be in Atlanta on Friday to rally the Black vote with a new African American coalition, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

According to WSBTV, the President will launch the Black Voices for Trump Coalition with a rally at the Georgia World Congress Center on Friday, Nov. 8.

Black conservatives are eager to attend the Black Voices for Trump Coalition on Friday, but Black leaders in Atlanta don't want Trump rallying the Black vote here.

Anti-Trump activist Isaac Hayes III, the son of R&B/Soul legend Isaac Hayes, tweeted "I honestly wanna attend this thing just to see which unfreed Georgia slaves show up for massa Trump!"


 

And anti-Trump Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, a Democrat, tweeted simply: "#MorningMotivation” with a link to the AJC.com story announcing Trump's rally.

Trump is polling higher among Black votes today than he did following the presidential election in 2016. The Black Voices for Trump Coalition rally is expected to be well-attended.

Trump will likely highlight the lower Black unemployment rate and encourage the business sector to invest in struggling Black areas in Atlanta.

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Washington Nationals fans expressed outraged after U.S. President Donald Trump embraced catcher Kurt Suzuki who wore a "Make America Great Again" baseball hat during a ceremony to welcome the 2019 World Series Champions at the White House in Washington, DC, on Nov. 4, 2019.

Hundreds of Washington Nationals fans gathered on the South Lawn of the White House on Monday to celebrate their team's World Series win over the Houston Astros in 7 games.

"I love you all, I love you all. Thank you," Suzuki said, as the crowd roared.

"I didn't know that was going to happen," Trump said after Suzuki put on the red cap that is considered a racist symbol of white nationalists.

One player, Sean Doolittle, declined the invite to attend the ceremony at the White House because his wife's parents are lesbians.

"There's a lot of things, policies that I disagree with, but at the end of the day, it has more to do with the divisive rhetoric and the enabling of conspiracy theories and widening the divide in this country," Doolittle told The Washington Post. A handful of other players also didn't attend.

President Trump was booed when he and his wife Melania Trump attended game 5 of the World Series in D.C. Those same fans took to Twitter to complain about young Suzuki's patriotism.

One fan tweeted: "Did Trump think Kurt Suzuki was someone else’s wife in this picture???"

Another Twitter user wrote: "People keep comparing that pic of Trump and Kurt Suzuki to Titanic, but his administration already hit the iceberg awhile ago."
 

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Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke quit the 2020 race on Friday, Nov. 1, as his campaign runs out of cash and his base support dwindles. The 47-year-old Texas Congressman thanked his remaining supporters on Twitter on Friday evening.

"Our campaign has always been about seeing clearly, speaking honestly, and acting decisively. In that spirit: I am announcing that my service to the country will not be as a candidate or as the nominee.

"Thank you for making this campaign possible, and for continuing to believe that we can turn this moment of great peril into a moment of great promise for America and the world."

President Trump was on Air Force One when O'Rourke dropped out of the race.

"Oh no, Beto just dropped out of race for President despite him saying he was "born for this," I don't think so!" he wrote in reference to O'Rourke's rock star cover story on Vanity Fair magazine.

When O'Rourke graced the April 2019 cover of Vanity Fair, he was considered the Democratic front runner for president.

"I want to be in it. Man, I'm just born to be in it," he said.

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Entertainment guru Oprah Winfrey practically begged Beto to run for president at an event in New York in February, Vanity Fair reports.

But, according to Dailymail.com, O'Rourke struggled to raise cash for his campaign and began dropping in the polls. He only raised $4.5 million in July, August and September.

O'Rourke offered to support the eventual nominee and help to defeat President Trump.

"We will work to ensure that the Democratic nominee is successful in defeating Donald Trump in 2020," he wrote in a post on Medium.com. "I can tell you firsthand from having the chance to know the candidates, we will be well served by any one of them, and I'm going to be proud to support whoever she or he is."

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President Donald Trump's impeachment inquiry has officially begun after a majority of Democrats voted to pass the House resolution for impeachment on Thursday, Oct. 31.

Every Republican and 2 Democrats voted against the House impeachment resolution.

After the vote on Thursday, Republican lawmakers rushed to the White House. An Instagram user posted this photo that shows lawmakers forming a prayer circle around Trump, whose presidency has been under attack by the Democrats since his landslide victory over Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Trump reacted immediately to the vote, calling the impeachment effort "The Greatest Witch Hunt In American History."

Trump then asked his spiritual advisor, televangelist Paula White to join his White House staff on Thursday.

White, who has known the deeply religious president since 2002, will work in the Office of Public Liaison, MSN reports. In addition to praying over Trump daily, her duties will include overseeing outreach to Trump's prayer warriors around the country.

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In advance of a possible forced retirement, Trump announced he and his family are leaving New York City for good. In a series of tweets on Thursday, Trump said he and his family are moving to Palm Beach, Florida permanently.

"I cherish New York, and the people of New York, and always will, but unfortunately, despite the fact that I pay millions of dollars in city, state and local taxes each year, I have been treated very badly by the political leaders of both the city and state. Few have been treated worse," Trump tweeted on Thursday.

The Democrats are anxious to remove Trump from office before the 2020 election. They will stop at nothing to impeach the president, who has survived all other challenges thrown at him since 2016.

Twitter founder Jack Dorsey gave the Dems a much needed boost by banning all political advertising on the social media platform until after 2020. The reason? Trump has raised more money in campaign donations than all 19 Democratic candidates combined.

Question: who is your choice for President if Trump is impeached?

1. Mike Pence
2. Nancy Pelosi
3. Hillary Clinton
4. Maxine Waters
5. None of the above
 

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Bargain website Vouchercloud broke down the Forbes 100 richest celebrities by their zodiac signs. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who is worth untold billions of dollars, is the highest-earning Capricorn.

Of the 100 richest celebrities, 13 are Capricorns, 10 are Cancers, and 10 are Taurus, according to London's Dailymail.com.

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Golfer Tiger Woods is a top-earning Capricorn; Taylor Swift is the highest-earning Sagittarius. She is followed by pop singer Ed Sheeran as the best-paid Aquarius.

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Kim Kardashian-West is the highest-earning Libra, and her half sister, Kylie Jenner is supposedly the best paid Leo sign.

Why do zodiac signs matter? They matter because studies have shown there are differences between people who are born under certain zodiac signs.

For instance, Capricorns (born between December 22 and January 19) tend to be highly intelligent, least narcissistic, and the richest (see how those attributes go together?).

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Famous Capricorns include actors Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson and Jane Fonda, NBA star LeBron James, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, conservative talk show hosts Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh, R&B singer Mary J. Blige, celebrity spawn Blue Ivy Carter, and dead notables Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Elvis Presley.

Geminis (May 22 - June 21) tend to be more successful, rich, and more narcissistic.

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Famous Geminis include U.S. President Donald Trump, rap producer-turned gospel singer Kanye West, rapper Busta Rhymes, actresses Angelina Jolie and Joan Collins, R&B singers Patti LaBelle and Gladys Knight, and dead superstars Tupac Shakur and Marilyn Monroe.

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The most romantic zodiac signs are Pisces (February 19 - March 20), Aries (March 21 - April 20) and Virgo (August 23 - September 22). Actress Lupita Nyong'o (pictured left with singer Janelle Monáe) is a famous Pisces. People born under the Pisces, Aries and Virgo star signs tend to stay married longer and take their relationships a bit more seriously.

Which zodiac sign ranks amongst the poorest celebrities?

Out of the top 100 richest celebrities, the Scorpios (October 23 - November 21) and Pisces (February 19 - March 20) are the least richest signs, with only 5 people each, according to Dailymail.com.

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Kamala Harris sparked outrage on social media when she implied that Black males wouldn't be shot by police if they had jobs.

The California senator made the controversial comment during the 2019 President Justice Forum at Benedict College on Saturday.

"Talking about violence: nothing stops a bullet like a job," she said.

Black and white Twitters were outraged.

"'Nothin' stops a bullet like a job.' Because if black people would just get jobs, they wouldn't get gunned down by cops," tweeted one irate user.

Another Twitter user attempted to defend Harris by noting the original source of the comment.

Harris was already on bad terms with the college after she withdrew from attending the Second Step Presidential Justice Forum because President Trump received an award at the same event last week.

But she changed her mind following the backlash on social media. Harris was scheduled to speak at the forum at the HBCU alongside her fellow 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls.

She claimed she was offended because only nine Benedict students were invited to see Trump accept the award.

"I won't be complicit in papering over Trump's record," Harris tweeted. "Once I heard Trump got an award at the Second Step Presidential Justice Forum and stopped HBCU students from attending, I decided to do my own criminal justice reform event tomorrow instead."

In his typical non-presidential confrontational style, Trump responded:

"Badly failing presidential candidate @KamalaHarris will not go to a very wonderful largely African American event today because yesterday I recieved [sic] a major award, at the same event, for being able to produce & sign into law major Criminal Justice Reform legislation..."

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President Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., is a big fan of Kanye West's new album Jesus Is King. Kanye's 9th studio album is predicted to move over 400,000 copies in first week sales, making it one of the biggest selling albums of the year.

If Trump Jr is a fan of Kanye's new music, his dad is probably a gospel fan, too. Visitors to the White House likely hear the strains Kanye's hip-hop gospel music from the private residence.

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Although the album has its critics, Trump Jr. was very impressed with what he heard. He took the time to praise the former rapper for being a pioneer and having the courage to blaze trails where few rappers dare to go.

"Kanye West is cracking the culture code. @kanyewest's new album #JesusIsKing is the epitome of fearless creativity and 'dangerous, unapproved' ideas. Leftists always try to silence those who are speaking truth. They're waging a war on our family and culture. Kanye is a pioneer."

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President Donald Trump was greeted by boos as he and his wife Melania Trump arrived to attend Game 5 of the 2019 World Series on Sunday. Thousands of Trump supporters cheered and waved red hats at Trump - while his haters waved their fingers.

The Trumps arrived at Nationals Park in DC just hours after Trump announced the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Syria.

Trump announced that Baghdadi was cornered in a tunnel as US Joint Special Operations Command's (JSOC) Delta Force conducted a raid in Syria.

As the 48-year-old terrorist was cornered by military canine soldiers, he detonated a vest bomb, killing himself and 3 of his children.

A DNA test was conducted immediately and Baghdadi's identity was confirmed. Trump celebrated the news on Twitter, saying the once fearsome ISIS leader blew himself up while "whimpering and crying."

Two dogs suffered minor injuries during the explosion but they have since returned to service.

It was all too much for the leftwing media. The Washington Post called Baghdadi an "austere religious scholar" before changing the headline after a fierce public backlash.

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Shocked news outlets remarked that The Washington Post's headline was "perhaps the most alarming headline" of all "the sympathetic obituary" headlines mourning Baghdadi's death.

"He beheaded thousands of innocent people, raped and murdered little girls, and the @washingtonpost calls him an "austere religious scholar," wrote The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion).

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CNN also mourned the terrorist leader. "Trump Kills Unarmed Father of Three" CNN reported during Don Lemon's Tonight with Don Lemon show.

The Democrats were similarly outraged that the Trump administration didn't give them a heads up before raiding Baghdadi's hideout.

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Angry House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanded to know why Trump notified Russia in advance about the raid but not the Democrats.

"Our military and allies deserve strong, smart and strategic leadership from Washington," she said on Monday. But President Trump said he declined to notify Pelosi and the others about the raid because "Washington leaks like I've never seen before".

Trump later said the killing of Baghdadi "was more significant than the 2011 operation ordered by his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden".

And Susan Rice, Obama's former national security adviser, slammed Trump for not informing Obama ahead of the planned raid. Rice said Trump advising Obama would have been "a matter of courtesy."

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About 20 angry Republican lawmakers stormed a secure room in the Capitol building basement where House Democrats were holding a secretive impeachment hearing.

The 20 conservative Republicans were given the green light to disrupt the meeting by their boss, the president of the United States, Donald Trump.

The meeting was being held in the U.S. Capitol basement on Wednesday, when 20 Republicans pushed past security guards and stormed into the room with cellphones - which are banned from restricted areas in the Capitol building.

The lawmakers refused to leave, prompting the Democrats to call the police to remove them.

A Pentagon official was giving testimony in the impeachment inquiry against President Trump when the GOP lawmakers barged in.

They staged a sit-in and ordered dozens of pizzas and Chick-fil-A delivered to the room. Disgusted Democrats streamed out of the room as the pizzas and Chick-fil-A sandwiches and cold beverages arrived on carts.

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The pizza was delivered by Washington D.C.'s popular We, The Pizza shop, owned by former Top Chef contestant Spike Mendelsohn, whose website crashed on Wednesday and was still offline on Thursday morning.

The GOP lawmakers complained about the lack of transparency in the Democrats' secretive meeting. They accused the Democrats of attempting an illegal coup to remove a sitting president from office.

The Democrats are anxious to impeach Trump ahead of the 2020 presidential elections.

Trump was pleased after viewing news footage of the lawmakers storming into the Democrats' secret meeting. He told reporters that he approved of their planned standoff, according to White Houses sources who spoke with Bloomberg.

But Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, who organized the unlawful disruption, denied speaking with Trump beforehand. "I led the effort and never discussed with POTUS," he tweeted on Wednesday.
 

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President Donald Trump sparked outrage when he compared lynching to the Democrats push to impeach him. Trump made the inflammatory remark in an early morning tweet on Tuesday.

"So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win the House, even by a tiny margin, they can impeach the President, without due process or fairness or any legal rights. All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here - a lynching. But we will WIN!"

The reaction was swift as outraged Democrats accused Trump of racializing the impeachment process.

"You think this impeachment is a LYNCHING? What the hell is wrong with you?" tweeted Congressman Bobby L. Rush, a Democrat Representative from Illinois.

Rush added: "Do you know how many people who look like me have been lynched, since the inception of this country, by people who look like you. Delete this tweet."

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Lynching is defined as a mob of people who kill someone for an alleged offense without a trial.

According to The Tuskegee Institute, 3,446 Black Americans were lynched between 1882 and 1968.

South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham agreed with Trump. Graham told reporters the Democrats are taking the law into their own hands.

"I think lynching is being seen as somebody taking the law in their own hands, and out to get somebody for no good reason," he said on Tuesday. "This is a lynching in every issue."

The Democrats are anxious to impeach Trump before the 2020 elections. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declined to hold a floor vote to officially authorize an impeachment inquiry.

Political pundits say Pelosi doesn't believe she has the votes to impeach Trump.

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President Donald Trump has reversed his decision to host the 2020 G-7 summit at his lavish Trump Doral resort near Miami.

The president will no longer consider his golf resort and hotel for the G-7 summit after media outlets and lawmakers accused him of violating the Constitution.

"We will no longer consider Trump National Doral, Miami, as the Host Site for the G-7 in 2020," Mr. Trump tweeted on Saturday. "We will begin the search for another site, including the possibility of Camp David, immediately."

Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, announced on Thursday that the 2020 Group of 7 summit would be held at President Trump's luxurious Doral resort near Miami at no cost to taxpayers since he owns it.

But the moment the venue was announced, critics complained loudly that Trump was violating the so-called foreign emoluments clause.

Democratic lawmakers, celebrities and reporters on Twitter got in their jabs as well.
They cited statistics that showed revenue falling off as much as 65% at Trump National Doral over the last 3 years.

"I thought I was doing something very good for our Country by using Trump National Doral, in Miami, for hosting the G-7 Leaders," Trump tweeted on Saturday.

"It is big, grand, on hundreds of acres, next to MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, has tremendous ballrooms & meeting rooms, and each delegation would have its own 50 to 70 unit building. Would set up better than other alternatives. I announced that I would be willing to do it at NO PROFIT or, if legally permissible, at ZERO COST to the USA. But, as usual, the Hostile Media & their Democrat Partners went CRAZY!"

By canceling the G-7 summit at his resort in Miami, the president will avoid violating the Constitution and he will host the G-7 at Camp David - where some say he intended to host it all along.

The last time the G-7 summit was held at Camp David in Maryland was in 2012 when President Obama was in office.

At the time, the news media complained that Camp David was too small and the cramped bus ride took over an hour to get there.

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They also complained about the unsavory food served by Obama at Camp David: chicken wings, cold cuts and turkey sandwiches.

If the G-7 was being held at Trump's resort in Florida, they would have feasted on lobster, steak, shrimp cocktails and caviar.

Now reporters will pack bag lunches for their hour-long bus ride to Camp David in 2020.

The media played right into Trump's hands by criticizing his decision to host the G-7 at his luxury resort in Miami.
 

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Rep. Elijah Cummings, who was a frequent target of President Trump, has died at age 68. The Democratic leader died early Thursday at a hospice facility in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland.

Cummings' staff said he battled "longstanding health issues" and he was taken to a hospice facility for "treatment". Hospice is for terminally ill patients who are nearing the end of life.

Cummings' health problems were not disclosed, but he was recently seen in a wheelchair in the halls of Congress.

Colleagues paid tribute to their fallen leader on Thursday.

"The news that our friend and colleague Elijah Cummings has passed away marks a sad day for the members of the United States Congress, the people of Baltimore, and the entire nation," said Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY).

"His loss will be felt across our country," said Rep. Chrissy Houlihan (D-PA).

Cummings was first elected to Congress in 1996. He rose to become the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee. He made headlines earlier this year when he objected to Trump referring to Baltimore as "rat- and rodent-infested.

Cummings, who represented Baltimore's majority-Black 7th Congressional District, attacked Trump for his administration's treatment of illegal immigrants arriving at the border.

Cummings was part of the House Democrats push to impeach Trump.

"We are going to uphold the rule of law," Cummings said in May after the White House attempted to stonewall the Mueller Russian collusion investigation.

"I'm begging the American people to pay attention to what is going on," Cummings said in a statement earlier this year. "Because if you want to have a democracy intact for your children, and your children's children, and generations yet unborn we've got to guard this moment. This is our watch."

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Cardi B and Chance the Rapper are convinced that President Donald Trump is heading for an easy re-election next year.

Cardi and Chance said during Tip "T.I." Harris's ExpediTIously podcast on Tuesday that President Trump has a big voter base that will give the U.S. leader an easy re-election.

The three rappers were promoting their Netflix competition reality TV series Rhythm + Flow.

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"You all can quote me on this a couple of years down the line," Chance the Rapper said. "I think Trump is going to win again at the next election because he's got the biggest base."

"He does. I believe it," said Cardi B, citing the passion of Trump supporters.

"I really hate to say it, but sometimes I do believe that Trump will be winning," Cardi added. The 27-year-old rapper noted that none of the Democratic candidates have achieved the level of support that Trump has among his loyal base.

"Just because due to the fact that every single time I don't see nobody saying they love a Democratic candidate," she said. "There's no candidate that people are saying like we love, we want them to win.

"A lot of people vote with feelings in America and a lot of their feelings is racism and religion," she added.

Cardi is a vocal supporter of independent Bernie Sanders who recently suffered a heart attack that may limit his appearances on the campaign trail.

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President Trump won a small victory on Tuesday when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced she will not hold a floor vote to authorize an official impeachment inquiry.

"There is no requirement that we have a vote and so at this time we will not be having a vote," Pelosi said in a press briefing following a meeting with House Democrats on Tuesday.

Trump came under fire by the Democrats for asking a foreign power to investigate corruption by presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, who is accused of using his father's position as vice president to accept millions of dollars from foreign powers. A practice known as "influence peddling."

Political analysts predicted the Democrats would not follow through with the impeachment inquiry into Trump, since it would cause a distraction for Joe Biden and the other Democratic candidates on the campaign trail.
 

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Shepard Smith stunned viewers and colleagues on Friday when he announced his resignation from Fox News after 23 years with the network. Smith, 55, addressed his departure at the end of his final show.

"Even in our currently polarized nation, it's my hope that the facts will win the day, that the truth will always matter, that journalism and journalist will thrive."

Smith's resignation hit social media like a mini tornado. The news was welcomed by his detractors who despised Smith's left-leaning bias.

Many on Twitter.com celebrated Smith's resignation, including President Trump.

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"I don't know. Is he leaving? That's a shame," Trump joked on the South Lawn of the White House on Friday.

"Is he leaving because of bad ratings?" Trump continued. "If he's leaving, I assume he's leaving because he had bad ratings."

Probably no one was happier to see Smith leave than Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

Smith lashed out at Carlson after Fox legal commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano got into it with Carlson and one of his guests during a live broadcast 2 weeks ago.

Smith thought Carlson should have defended the judge.

"Attacking our colleague who is here to offer legal assessments on our air, in our work home, is repugnant," Smith said during his show the next day.

Later that night, Carlson mocked Smith on the air, repeatedly calling Smith a "daytime host" and never addressing him by name. Carlson ended his rant by taking a jab at Smith's sinking ratings: "When you dress up partisanship as news coverage, people tune out."

While some believe Trump's constant criticism of Smith may have intimidated the anchor to leave, others say Smith was upset about the stinging personal attack by Carlson.

Smith reportedly asked Fox to accept his resignation after only 1 year into his $15 million-a-year contract.

Smith's fans wished him well on Twitter and praised him for keeping his boot on Trump's neck over the past two years. But others thought he was too hypercritical of the president.

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A federal appeals court has ordered President Donald Trump to turn over his tax returns to Congress.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Friday that President Trump's accountants must hand over his tax returns. But Trump could still take the case to the full appeals court or even the Supreme Court.

House Democrats, who are desperate to impeach Trump before the 2020 election, are ecstatic over the appeals order.

"Today's ruling is a fundamental and resounding victory for Congressional oversight, our Constitutional system of checks and balances, and the rule of law," Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), chairman of the oversight committee, said in a statement.

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform subpoenaed Trump's tax records from Trump's accounts, Mazars USA, in April. The subpoena include documents from 2011 to 2018 that the House wants for investigation into the president's potential conflicts of interest.

House Democrats are also attempting to impeach Trump over a complaint filed by a CIA whistleblower who asked to remain anonymous.

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Kanye West took his "Sunday Service" rolling gospel revival to Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday to preach to the unwashed masses ahead of the presidential election in 2020.

"Abraham Lincoln was the wig party, that's the Republican party that freed the slaves," he told the crowd of about 9,000 worshipers.

"People want to call me a coon because I chose my right - in America, we got the right, right? We got our own right to our opinions, right?

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"Somebody trying to tell me, because of my color, who I'm supposed to pick as the president. You Black so you can't like Trump," Kanye said, as the crowd booed.

Kanye continued, "I ain't never made a decision only based off my color! That's a form of slavery - mental slavery!"

West also slammed social media users, adding, "Do not read comments on the Internet. These people don't know you like that. Social media is designed to make you think slower... They want to slow you down and control you."

According to WENN.com, the controversial rap star also touched on American prison reform, adding, “There's one in three African-Americans in jail in this country."

But there was no mention of his long-awaited and oft-delayed Jesus Is King album, which was expected to drop on September 27.

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President Donald Trump credited Black people with building America during a speech at the Young Black Leadership Summit at the White House on Friday, Oct. 4.

"You know, you're just starting to get real credit for that, OK," Trump said. "I don't know if you know that, you're just starting to get — you built the nation. We all built it, but you were such a massive part of it. Bigger than you were given credit for. Does that make sense?"

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"You broke the sound barrier," Trump said, referring to the noise level as the young Black professionals stood and cheered. "I've never heard it quite like that, and I appreciate it. We love you," he told the crowd.

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The president praised conservative commentators Candace Owens and Terrence Williams and White House aide Ja'Ron Smith, inviting them to share the stage with him, Yahoo News reported.

He complimented Owens, saying she is a "star" who is not only "tough" but also "beautiful" - before he caught himself.

"Under the #MeToo generation, we're not allowed to say [beautiful]," Trump said. "So all of you young, brilliant guys, never, ever call a woman beautiful, please. You're not allowed to do it," he joked.

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Owens noted that, 2 years into their first term, every president looks older. "He seems to be the only president that's getting younger!" she said.

Trump took a jab at the Democrats who are desperate to impeach him before the 2020 election.

"While we are fighting every day to build up our nation, the far left only wants to wreck, ruin and destroy our nation,” he said. “And you know better than anybody, for the last three years, Democrat lawmakers, their deep-state cronies, the fake news media, they've been colluding in their effort to overturn the presidential election — 63 million people voted — and to nullify the votes of the American people and many African American people voted for Trump, even then. Now they like me more."

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Then Trump and Vice President Mike Pence bowed their heads, as a young Ethiopian woman prayed for him. Afterwards, the crowd chanted "USA!" and "four more years!"

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Ukraine's top prosecutor has reopened an investigation into the Burisma gas company that reportedly paid Joe Biden's son, Hunter, $3 million in salary and bonuses.

"We are now reviewing all the cases that were closed or split into several parts or were investigated before," said Ukraine's Prosecutor General Ruslan Ryaboshapka, according to DailyMail.com.

Ukraine's former prosecutor who launched a probe into Hunter Biden’s involvement with Burisma was reportedly fired under pressure from then-Vice President Joe Biden.

The investigation into possible corruption by Joe and Hunter was reopened hours after U.S. President Trump asked Ukraine for assistance investigating the Bidens, saying the country "should investigate" Joe and Hunter Biden.

Trump is on the hot seat for asking a foreign government to help investigate his political rival.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an official impeachment inquiry into Trump's phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which Trump asked Zelensky for information on the Bidens.

House Democrats are looking into whether Trump threatened to withhold military aid to Ukraine if the government didn't comply with his wishes.

Trump reportedly fired the U.S. ambassador to the Ukraine after Rudy Giuliani complained she would not launch an investigation into the Bidens.

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In an interview with The Associated Press, President Zelensky denied he was pressured by Trump to investigate Joe Biden and his son.

Asked by The Associated Press about Trump's comment Thursday that the U.S. has an "absolute right" to ask foreign leaders to investigate corruption cases, Zelensky said that Ukraine is "open" and that all the cases under investigation are "transparent."

The Bidens are accused of influence peddling by using Joe's position as Barack Obama's vice president to enrich himself and his son.

Hunter reportedly received $1.5 billion from the Chinese government, in addition to $3 million from Burisma gas company and untold millions from other foreign governments while Joe was VP.

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Kamala Harris is calling on Twitter bosses to suspend President Donald Trump's Twitter account, saying his sometimes brutal Twitter posts could put people in danger.

Trump is on the hot seat for asking the Ukraine president to investigate corruption by presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi officially declared an impeachment inquiry, which sent social media into a frenzy last week.

But the California senator, who is a long shot for the Democratic nomination, wants Trump silenced for good on the social media platform.

"The president's tweets and his behaviors about this are just further evidence of the fact that he uses his power in a way that is designed to beat people down instead of lift people up,' Harris told Anderson Cooper on CNN Monday night.

Harris pointed to one of Trump's tweets in which he demanded to meet with the CIA whistleblower who leaked the contents of his phone call with the Ukrainian president.

"Frankly, when you look at what he's been tweeting today directed at the whistle-blower, directed at so many people, you know, I, frankly, think that based on this and all we've seen him do before, including attacking members of Congress, that he, frankly, should be - his Twitter account should be suspended,' she added.

She followed up her interview by tweeting, "Look let's be honest, @realDonaldTrump's Twitter account should be suspended."

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Twitter users threw an impromptu party after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced an official impeachment inquiry into President Trump. Black Twitter also celebrated under the hashtag #ImpeachmentParty on Tuesday.

In a tweet on Tuesday Trump called the impeachment inquiry a "witch hunt."

"There has been no President in the history of our Country who has been treated so badly as I have. The Democrats are frozen with hatred and fear. They get nothing done. This should never be allowed to happen to another President. Witch Hunt!"

Twitter's hopes are high that the Senate will vote to impeach Trump who is under fire for allegedly asking the Ukrainian president to give him dirt on his political rival Joe Biden.

One Twitter user wrote: "I know this is just a first step, but damnit we've waited SO. LONG. for the start of *something* more tangible, lord knows we deserve an #ImpeachmentParty".

Others wondered why Pelosi took so long to begin the impeachment inquiry into Trump's alleged high crimes and misdemeanors.

Political pundits criticized the Democrats for attempting to impeach Trump with the election just one year away. They say the impeachment process will distract from the Democratic candidates and possibly backfire on the Democrats.

Trump's good friend, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee had the best response to the impeachment party celebrations.

"I'll release later today an unredacted transcript of phone call I had with @PapaJohns ordering a pepperoni pizza. Jerry Nadler has subpoenaed it and AOC demanded that the pepperoni be removed to save the planet. #ImpeachmentParty".

 

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Tuesday. Pelosi made the announcement after meeting with House Democrats in a closed door session on Tuesday.

"Today, I'm announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry," said Pelosi on Tuesday.

Trump is under fire for allegedly pressuring the Ukrainian president to give him dirt on former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.

At issue is a July phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which Trump allegedly pressured the Ukrainian government to reopen an investigation into presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son.

On Wednesday, the White House released the unredacted transcript of the phone call between the U.S president and the Ukrainian president.

Among the 5 pages is a section where Trump asks President Zelensky to do the United States a favor and find out what he knows about Hillary Clinton's email server.

"The server, they say Ukraine has it," Trump said.

Trump also asked Zelensky about the now closed investigation into Biden's son, Hunter Biden, who was allegedly paid millions of dollars to sit on the board of a Ukrainian energy company.

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Trump was interested in reports that Biden, while still vice president, forced out Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin who was investigating Hunter's business dealings with an energy company called Burisma Holdings.

"There's a lot of talk about Biden's son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that," said Trump. "So whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went about bragging that he stopped the prosecution, so if you can look into it... It sounds horrible to me."

The whistleblower who leaked the details of the phone call to the media has indicated through his or her attorney that they are willing to testify before Congress.

If Trump is impeached, he will join 2 other sitting presidents to be impeached in the modern era: Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon.

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The Democrats are all aboard the Impeach Trump train amid reports that President Trump threatened Ukrainian officials if they didn’t investigate Joe Biden and his son.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has resisted all efforts to impeach Trump, will hold a closed-door meeting with House Democrats today at 4pm to start formal impeachment proceedings.

At issue is whether President Trump threatened to withhold military aid money from Ukrainian officials if they didn't reopen their investigation into possible corruption by Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden.

Pelosi previously declined to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump unless the American people demanded it.

Americans remain divided on the decision to impeach Trump, according to multiple polls.

Trump is under fire for asking the Ukrainian president to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden's son, Hunter, who reportedly took $1.5 billion in payouts from China and was paid millions in lucrative business dealings with Ukrainian officials.

Trump was interested in reports that Biden, while still vice president, forced out Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin who was investigating Hunter's business dealings with an energy company called Burisma Holdings.

Trump called Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky in July to congratulate him on winning the election.

During the conservation Trump made an inquiry into reports that Hunter, who was not a public official, was paid millions of dollars as a board member of Ukraine's Burisma Holdings.

Speaking to reporters Monday at the United Nations, President Trump denied asking Ukraine officials to reopen their investigation into Biden and his son.

Questioning what law he'd broken, Trump said "it would probably, possibly have been O.K. if I did".

"But I didn't," Trump insisted. "I didn't put any pressure on them whatsoever."

Trump failed to explain why he placed a freeze on hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to the Ukraine just one week before the phone call with the Ukraine president.

Trump said he didn't threaten to withhold military aid money from Zelensky if he didn't reopen the investigation into Hunter Biden.

The president also hinted he may turn over a recording of the phone conversation.

Trump criticized the White House whistleblower who revealed the phone conversation, calling him or her "unpatriotic."

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Bette Midler took to Twitter.com to plead with Beyonce's faithful fanatics to mobilize and help defeat President Trump at the polls in 2020.

Midler is a very vocal critic of President Trump's immigration policies.

In a tweet on Thursday, the aging actress noted pop singer Beyonce's massive influence on Twitter. The 73-year-old Sagittarius also hoped a "regular bee hive" swarmed Trump and "fucked his shit up".

She wrote:

"#Beyoncé has 133 million Instagram followers. More than double the people who voted for Trump. Wouldn't it be amazing if the #BeyHive mobilized to defeat him? I also wouldn’t mind if a regular bee hive fucked his shit up."

While many praised Midler's tweet, others thought she was too old to harbor such hate and animosity.

Twitter was not supportive of the Diva's outburst.

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A Texas man who claimed he distracted a gunman to save the lives of shoppers at an El Paso Walmart was arrested on his way to a ceremony at the White House.

Chris Grant was shot twice as he shopped for snacks for his children on Aug. 3, when a gunman killed 22 people during a shooting rampage.

The 50-year-old spun a tale of heroism and bravery that captured the attention of social media, and even President Trump who invited him to the White House.

Grant was praised and hailed as a hero for trying to save those around him when the shooting began.

He made the rounds of cable news networks including CNN, where his story changed a little each time he told it.

"I saw him popping people off," Grant tearfully told CNN anchor Chris Cuomo. "To deter him, I just started chucking bottles. I just started throwing random bottles at him. I'm not a baseball player, so one went this way and on went that way."

Grant said his actions resulted in the gunman targeting him.

He later created a Gofundme page to raise money for his medical bills.

President Trump was impressed with Grant's courage in the face of death.

"Chris grabbed – listen to this – soda bottles and anything else in front of him, and began hurling them at the gunman, distracting him from the other shoppers and causing the shooter to turn toward Chris and fire at Chris, whereby Chris suffered two very serious gunshots,” Trump said.

But police say surveillance video tells a different story. The video shows Grant trying to protect himself - and no one else, police said.

"The video evidence of the scene does not support his assertions," El Paso Police Sgt. Enrique Carrillo told KFOX.

Grant was scheduled to join other "heroes" at a White House ceremony, but he and his family were met by the Secret Service when they arrived in D.C.

Grant was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant, Carillo said. He added that the "hero" was actually a "fugitive from justice."

In a statement the Secret Service also confirmed a "White House visitor with an arrest warrant was temporarily detained."