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How the Trump Children Are Scoring Big — While Accusing Hunter Biden of the Same

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Tuesday morning Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter appeared on ABC News to say that everything he did for Ukraine was above board. Meanwhile, the children of President Donald Trump are using the power of their father’s office to score big international wins for the Trump Organization.

According to a New York Times reporter, the president is in a glass house when it comes to going after a political leader’s son. When Trump was campaigning in 2016, he made a litany of promises about pulling away from his businesses, putting everything into a so-called “blind trust” and working to ensure nothing seems particularly “swampy.” None of those promises have come to fruition as Trump and his children utilize new international connections to build a more profitable Trump Organization.

Times reporter Eric Lipton explained that over the past several years, the Trump children have been traveling around the world promoting projects for the Trump Organization.

“Both Eric and Don Jr. Have been quite active in the last several years,” Lipton began. “Don Jr. was in India promoting three different projects that the Trump Organization has and is marketing the sale of luxury condos in cities in India. And then Don Jr. was also in Indonesia in August, promoting a project there that’s being built. Two hotel resorts and golf clubs. For example, the project in Indonesia, one of them includes a highway being built that allows that project to go ahead. That’s the state government supporting that highway project that will benefit the sales of condos and other assets there. So these are international deals that the Trump sons are involved with. And they’re actively working on them.”

He went on to say that there there’s no evidence that the Trump children have met with officials overseas to ask for favoritism. That said, he explained that it’s unclear what entities do without being asked to look more favorable in the eyes of Trump.

“…for the children of the politically powerful, personal businesses and public dealings can often be indistinguishable, especially when private projects depend on foreign governments that are looking to bolster ties with Washington,” The New York Times reported Tuesday.

Lipton explained that some countries can take steps without being asked so they’ll be looked on more favorably.

When asked about it Tuesday morning, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) dismissed the idea that the Trump children, Rudy Giuliani’s son and Bill Barr’s son-in-law were doing anything wrong, because they weren’t making enough money. In the case of Giuliani’s son, he’s making under $100,000 a year in taxpayer dollars, so Paul said it wasn’t important.

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Dozens of House Republicans Refusing to Wear Masks March to Senate Side for ‘Taste of Freedom’

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After falsely blaming Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the newly-announced mask mandate on the House side of Congress, dozens of Republicans Thursday afternoon engaged in a performative protest, not against the coronavirus but against efforts to end the pandemic. What appeared to be 50 or so House GOP  lawmakers marched over to the Senate side of the Capitol Hill building for what one called a “taste of freedom.”

The Attending Physician of the United States Congress, following updated CDC guidance this week ordered anyone on the House side of the Capitol to wear a mask if in a group, regardless of vaccination status, but did not make the same order for the Senate side.

While Dr. Brian Monahan did not explain why the rules were different, at last cxount only about half of the Republicans on the House side have said they are vaccinated. Almost every Republican on the Senate side is. All Democrats on both sides are fully vaccinated. Dr. Monahan’s office announced fines and possible removal for repeat offenders.

Among those in the maskless pack making their way to the Senate side were Reps. Madison Cawthorn, Lauren Boebert, Louie Gohmert, Paul Gosar, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Chip Roy.

Roll Call’s Chris Cioffi and The Hill’s Scott Wong posted video:

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Watch Live: Day One of the Historic January 6 House Select Committee Hearing

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It’s been 202 days since Donald Trump, then the President, incited the attack on the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to overturn a free and fair election. The January 6 insurrection, an act of domestic terrorism, an attempted coup, is one of the darkest days in American history.

At 9:30 AM Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) will gavel in day one of the United States House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, a bipartisan investigation into that dark day.

You can watch live below. The proceedings will also be carried and streamed on most major networks, including ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, and CNN. Fox News is expected to have a degree of coverage.

Today’s hearing will feature testimony from four officers who defended members of Congress and the Capitol on January 6, or, as Chairman Thompson said, “frontline heroes who put their lives on the line to protect our democracy.”

Here are several feeds for you to watch live:

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‘It’s What Stupid People Do’: MSNBC’s Morning Joe Burns Kevin McCarthy for ‘Childish’ Games

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough ripped House minority leader Kevin McCarthy for making up “stupid” nicknames for a pair of Republicans who refuse to go along with Donald Trump’s election lies.

Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) were among 10 GOP lawmakers who voted to impeach Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection, and they will sit on the House panel investigating that assault on democracy — and McCarthy mocked them as “Pelosi Republicans.”

“It’s what stupid people do,” Scarborough said. “If you look at the facts, which Kevin McCarthy doesn’t ever do, Liz Cheney has like a 95 percent [American Conservative Union] rating, 95 percent conservative rating over the course of her career, which is actually my conservative rating, but what I found out a long time ago and Liz certainly has known for some time now, obviously, by saying what’s going on, this Republican Party, Donald Trump’s Republican Party doesn’t care about ideas, doesn’t care about ideology, doesn’t care about conservatism, it is disconnected from conservatism.”

“It’s all tribal,” he continued, “it’s all about voodoo in medicine, violence on Jan. 6, it’s all about covering up actually what Donald Trump is doing, and so Kevin McCarthy resorts to childish name calling for, again, I don’t know what Adam’s lifetime conservative rating is, but Liz’s is 95 percent, one of the more conservative members in the United States Congress, by the way, and so, that’s what they resort to. Why? Because that’s all they have. They don’t have the facts on their side, they don’t have history on their side, so all he can do is act like act like a 3-year-old, or Donald Trump, same thing, and just throw names around. So lots of luck with that.”

“It’s not going to change the fact that four police officers are going to talk about how they were brutalized and almost killed by Donald Trump supporters on Jan. 6, as they were trying to actually overthrow the government and commit sedition against the United States of America and stop the voting, which is constitutionally mandated, of the Electoral College voting,” Scarborough concluded. “But that’s the party that Kevin McCarthy will always be associated with. Lots of luck with that, buddy, lots of luck with that.”

 

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