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Internet Outraged Trump Is Now Calling Mar-a-Lago the ‘Southern White House’

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91 years ago cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post completed construction on a Florida barrier island mansion she named Mar-a-Lago, “sea to lake,” in Spanish. Donald Trump bought the 126-room property in 1985. Post had dreamed of it becoming the “Winter White House,” and as President, Trump has tried to make that nickname stick.

Mar-a-Lago is Trump’s private business, but he has made clear he sees no wall between his businesses and his role as president.

He initially took to calling Mar-a-Lago the “Winter White House,” but increasingly is referring to it as the “Southern White House.” And many people are furious.

Unlike other presidential retreats, Camp David for instance, Trump owns Mar-a-Lago. And just like his other businesses, Trump uses his position as president to deliver free advertising for the property.

But as many have noticed, there’s something implicitly sinister and racist about referring to Mar-a-Lago as the “Southern White House.”

There is only one White House. The Founding Fathers had made New York City and Philadelphia the home of the federal government at various times. But they wisely then made Washington, D.C., a point somewhat in the center of what then was the U.S., the capital.

Trump today tweeted he was interrupting his golf game to go watch the funeral of former First Lady Barbara Bush, and declaring it a “beautiful day!”

On Twitter, many expressed outrage, with some focusing on the racist “dog whistle” aspect of calling Mar-a-Lago the Southern White House, and others commenting on his monetization of the presidency for personal gain.

 

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In Apparent Message, Trump Signs Surprise Pardon for Felon Convicted of Failing to Report Extortion and Bribery

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President Donald Trump Tuesday morning unexpectedly signed a full pardon for a man who was convicted of not reporting extortion, a $400,000 bribe he paid to the now-former governor of Louisiana.

Former San Francisco 49ers co-owner Edward DeBartolo, Jr. received the pardon from President trump, who appears once again to be using his power to pardon as a means of sending a message to those who might testify against him. Trump was impeached for extortion of Ukraine.

Voice of America News White House bureau chief Steve Herman breaks the news:

“After striking a deal to provide evidence against former Gov. Edwin W. Edwards of Louisiana,” The New York Times reported in 1998, “Edward J. DeBartolo Jr., the co-owner of the San Francisco 49ers, pleaded guilty today to concealing an alleged extortion plot by Mr. Edwards that involved the licensing of a riverboat casino.”

Trump signed the pardon today after meeting with former NFL greats, who spoke in favor of DeBartolo.

 

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CNN Anchor Destroys Trump Trade Advisor’s False Claims After Showing Viewers Obama’s Numbers Were Better Than Trump’s

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President Donald Trump’s Trade Advisor Peter Navarro had to take one for the team after delivering an especially partisan attack on the Obama economy because CNN anchor Poppy Harlow wasn’t having it.

Navarro repeatedly claimed the economy under President Barack Obama was “horrible,” even after Harlow posted numbers and charts that proved growth under the 44th president was far stronger than growth under Trump.

“It’s a great economy now. All I’m asking you is, wasn’t it a good economy then as well?” Harlow asked Navarro.

“No,” he insisted, launching in to a rant.

“Back in the Obama-Biden years it was horrible,” he claimed, all but ignoring the 2008 worldwide economic collapse that Obama inherited – while sneaking in the former vice president’s name in a particularly nasty partisan swipe, and possibly coming dangerously close to the crossing the line of the Hatch Act.

“It was a horrible economy during the Obama years,” he insisted, forcing Harlow to all but beg with him to listen to facts as she had the numbers put back up on the screen.

“Put your numbers up,” Navarro sneered.

“They’re not my numbers – these are from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Harlow told Navarro under Trump the economy has not seen one quarter with growth above 4%, but under Obama it happened four times. She also showed him that job growth under President Obama was 227,000 jobs per month on average for his last 36 months, but under President Trump’s first 36 months it’s just 191,000.

Navarro slammed Obama for having increased the debt. It’s increased far more under Trump.

Harlow reminded Navarro that Trump promised to eliminate the national debt if he was given two terms in office, yet the mosrt recent White House budget says that’s not going to happen.

“We still have five more years,” Navarro retorted.

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Federal Judge Association Calls Emergency Meeting to Address Barr Intervention Into Trump Ally Roger Stone’s Case

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An independent association of federal judges says it cannot wait for its annual conference and has called an emergency meeting to address Attorney General Bill Barr’s intervention into the case of Roger Stone, a top ally of President Donald Trump.

Tuesday’s meeting will “address growing concerns about the intervention of Justice Department officials and President Donald Trump in politically sensitive cases,” USA Today reports.

The head of the Federal Judges Association, says they nearly four-decades old organization “could not wait” for its Spring conference, given the gravity of the matter.

“There are plenty of issues that we are concerned about,” Rufe told USA TODAY. “We’ll talk all of this through.”

The Federal Judges Association has over 1000 members.

The emergency meeting being called comes as more than 2000 former Justice Dept. officials call for Attorney General Barr to resign. They say Barr has “openly and repeatedly flouted” the rule of law and must go.

“Although there are times when political leadership appropriately weighs in on individual prosecutions, it is unheard of for the department’s top leaders to overrule line prosecutors, who are following established policies, in order to give preferential treatment to a close associate of the president, as Attorney General Barr did in the Stone case,” the letter reads.

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