Author: Mary S Papenfuss

Democrats Introduce ‘Mar-A-Lago Act’ To Bare Secret Trump Meetings

THE HUFFINGTON POST Senate and House Democrats have introduced the “Mar-a-Lago Act” demanding that President Trump provide visitor logs to provide the names of people streaming to the pricey golf resort that he refers to as his “Winter White House.” The difference with the actual White House is that visitors’ logs are supposed to be maintained there so the public can track visits by and possible presidential meetings with people such as lobbyists, foreign representatives — including Russians — and corporate heads. The bill — awkwardly named the Make Access Records Available to Lead American Government Open Act so its...

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‘The Art Of The Fail’ : The Meme That Ate Donald Trump’s Book

THE HUFFINGTON POST President Donald Trump’s business boasts in his book The Art of the Deal returned to haunt him after the GOP failed to repeal Obamacare and replace it with his Trumpcare health plan Friday. And the irony was not lost on many social media users, who quickly turned the title into hilarious memes. To illustrate the GOP’s bill failure, memesters and commentators offered up new titles, such as “The Art of the Fail,” “The Art of the Bad Deal,” “The Art of the Ordeal,” “The Art of Repeal,” “The Fart of the Deal,” and even “The Shart of the Deal.” And that doesn’t begin...

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Trump Reportedly Miffed At Kushner For Skiing As Trumpcare Crashed

THE HUFFINGTON POST President Donald Trump is reportedly irritated that his top adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner took a family ski vacation to Colorado while the GOP’s Trumpcare health plan was going down in flames. Kushner and wife Ivanka Trump and their three kids were photographed hanging loose in Aspen this week as Trump and congressional Republican leaders worked in Washington to save their Obamacare replacement. The measure failed to gain enough support to pass the House and was withdrawn before a vote on Friday. CNN, citing an unnamed source close to the president, reported Trump was “upset that his...

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Toronto Cancels U.S. Class Trips Due To Trump Travel Ban Concerns

THE HUFFINGTON POST Canada’s largest school board has barred all future field trips to the United States because of concerns that some students could get caught up in President Donald Trump’s travel ban. And a girls chorus in California just became the latest U.S. institution to ditch an overseas trip for the same reason.  The Toronto District School Board wrote in a letter to principals Thursday that its decision was passed unanimously at a meeting held the previous night, amid concerns for protecting student safety and embracing values of equity and inclusion. Trustees also feared that border problems could scuttle trips...

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How Much Does Trump Actually Work At Mar-A-Lago? Maybe Not So Much

Donald Trump likes to call his Mar-a-Lago golf resort the “Winter White House” but there may be more presidential puttings than meetings occurring at the get-away destination. It’s difficult to know for certain because the private club can keep the president’s activities hidden from the public — and the media. This weekend in particular — the president’s fifth trip to Mar-a-Lago in eight weeks in the White House — Trump may have been more embroiled with his nine-iron than the troubles of the nation. He cancelled a touted meeting Friday night with “business leaders and doctors” to discuss veterans’ health care, and his aides were circumspect about how he spent his time Saturday. He spent over four hours on Saturday at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, where he was supposed to be “having meetings and phone calls,” according to his staff, CBS reported. Press pool at Trump Intl Golf Club told the president having meetings and phone calls there. This WH reluctant to report when he golfs. — Mark Knoller (@markknoller) March 18, 2017 But the president posed for a photo on Twitter (including with former Mitt Romney aide Peter Flaherty) in the clubhouse posted by pal Chris Ruddy, who runs the conservative news site Newsmax. Trump was wearing a golf glove. An aide, asked about the photo, then conceded that the president may have “hit...

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Twitter Bashes Incredibly Awkward 'Style' Shot Of Donald Trump Jr.

Donald Trump’s oldest son struck a forlorn, stiff pose for a photo accompanying a profile piece on him in the New York Times Style section Saturday that was decidedly … unstylish. But it sure got Twitter’s juices going. The photo was an apt illustration for the article, which made the point that Donald Trump Jr., 39, has felt out of place in Manhattan — and even in the public eye — and has yearned for the great outdoors (even though he took a lot of heat from the public for his Big Game hunting spree in Africa).  It has clearly been an awkward, if high-profile, time for Junior, who was blasted during the presidential campaign for comparing refugees to bad Skittles and said that women who can’t handle sexual harassment should get out of the workforce. “If I could miracle myself away, I’d live out West,” he told the Times. He still looks out of place in the woods, though. For the photo at pop’s estate in upstate New York, Trump dumped his usual suit and donned instead a red plaid flannel shirt and slightly faded jeans. But his trademark slicked-back hair was still there and he sported what appeared to be a brand-spanking-new pair of hiking boots. Then he arranged himself, awkwardly, in the woods on a tree stump (which some tweeters took as a metaphor for his dad’s vision...

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Watchdog Calls On New York Attorney General To Probe Foreign Funds In Trump Organization

  An ethics watchdog group has stepped up its campaign that calls on New York’s attorney general to investigate whether President Donald Trump’s business practices are violating the law. The nonprofit group Free Speech for People was to send a letter Friday to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who indicated last month that his office is discussing concerns about Trump and his business holdings. It’s part of a continued push from different fronts for an examination of Trump’s potential conflicts of interest as both president and business owner, and concerns about the emoluments clause of the Constitution, which prohibits a federal officer holder from accepting funds from foreign entities. A letter last month from Free Speech for People pointed out past illegal activities involving the president’s businesses, and called on Schneiderman to revoke a business charter that allows the Trump Organization to operate in New York. The latest letter highlights additional concerns to Schneiderman that dealings by the Trump Organization in Baku, Azerbaijan, “may have violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act” and U.S. sanctions against Iran, according to a draft provided to The Huffington Post. It is based on reporting that appeared in The New Yorker Monday, concerning the Trump International Hotel & Tower Baku that involved the powerful Mammadov family, which has links to companies tied to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps. The Trump Organization’s dealings with the Mammadovs may have “violated...

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Report: Preet Bharara Was Fired Amid Probe Into Fox News Sexual Harassment Settlements

  Preet Bharara was fired while his office was reaching out to witnesses in an investigation into one of President Donald Trump’s favorite news outlets, Fox News, New York Magazine reports. Bharara, the former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, was in charge of a probe to determine if Fox News had hidden from shareholders payments to settle sexual harassment complaints against ousted news chief Roger Ailes, CNN Money and The New York Daily News reported last month. Both Ailes and Fox owner Rupert Murdoch are close friends of Trump. Fox News told CNN then that investigators from Bharara’s office had been in touch, but Fox would not confirm that the company was the target of a probe. Sources have now told New York Magazine in a report Sunday that prosecutors in Bharara’s office were offering immunity to witnesses in the Fox probe in exchange for testifying before a federal grand jury that had already been impaneled. Investigators are probing not only possible mail and wire violations linked to shareholder information, but also whether Fox executives may have illegally obtained journalists’ phone records, according to the magazine’s sources. Attorney Judd Bernstein told the Daily News last month that one of his clients, who was suing Fox and Ailes, had received a subpoena to testify from Bharara’s office relating to “alleged violations of criminal law by Fox.” A...

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