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Trump Hotel Paid Millions in Fines for Unpaid Work

Source: The Daily Beast

In the days around Donald Trump’s inauguration, the hotel bearing his name in downtown Washington, D.C., quietly settled two liens totaling more than $3 million for allegedly unpaid construction work. In one case, a contractor reached an agreement after receiving a phone call from someone his attorney identified as “Trump.”

The liens had both been previously reported. But their settlements had not. And the fact that they were handled right around the time when Trump took office—perhaps even at the behest of the then-president-elect himself—underscores just how politically sensitive the management of the Trump International Hotel was and is to the current White House occupant.

The largest payment was made to Joseph J. Magnolia, Inc. The family-owned D.C.-based company had filed a lien for $2.98 million on Dec. 21, 2016, for “the unpaid balance for work done” on the hotel, dating from that day back through Sept. 9, 2014, according to court filings. Joseph J. Magnolia, Inc. had done “plumbing, mechanical, and HVAC work, along with the site sewer, water, storm, and water services” per the notice. It also provided the labor and materials required to complete that work.

Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-hotel-paid-millions-in-fines-for-unpaid-work?ref=home

Featured: In Trumpworld, every day is yesterday

Source: Axios

When it comes to President Trump — and his trickle-down moods that drive the West Wing, his party, the nation — February 2018 is no different than February 2017: he’s still stuck on the exact same internal fights about trade, the same complaints about top staff, the same obsessive gripes about media coverage.

The big picture: The episodic drama is almost impossible to cover accurately, because the views reflected in the press often depend partly on which characters in the drama are most aggrieved at the moment, and which faction they belong to. Remember that President Trump thinks of each day as a new episode in a reality show, with him as the star, writer, producer and critic.

Here's a perfect example: West Wing aides privately admit they have no earthly idea what Trump will do about anything — whether it be guns, immigration, their own careers, or the fate of Chief of Staff John Kelly.

Some of his staff are convinced the general is on thin ice. A source close to the president told us: “The president is displeased — with a capital D — with how the White House is functioning right now."

But here's a scoop: First Lady Melania Trump genuinely supports Kelly and likes him a lot. Thinks he's a pro. And Kelly has been wise to cultivate her and to make sure he includes her, and factors her schedule into events.

Read more: https://www.axios.com/trump-west-wing-leaks-john-kelly-future-6a657eb4-1447-4a4b-953b-9b4d9d8c11d9.html

Ivanka Trump in South Korea Treated to Reception Fit for a Head of State

Source: Newsweek

Ivanka Trump arrived in South Korea on Friday to lead the U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympics closing ceremony

The first daughter and special advisor to President Donald Trump, who is set to announce new sanctions against North Korea, will dine at the presidential Blue House in the evening, where chefs prepared a Kosher, vegetarian menu, Yonhap news agency reported.

South Korean President Moon Jae-In usually reserves this treatment to foreign heads of state. Out of the numerous foreign dignitaries visiting South Korea during the Olympic Games, only Vice President Mike Pence and the North Korean delegations featuring the country’s nominal head of state Kim Yong Nam and Kim Yo Jong, the North Korean leader’s sister were treated to a meal with the president, local media noted.

Some conservative newspapers criticized the government for what they call “rolling out the red carpet” for the first daughter. “Seoul has no diplomatic obligation to roll out the red carpet for the child of a U.S. leader,” an article in the right-wing newspaper Chosun Ilbo this week read. “[President] Trump runs the White House like a private fiefdom and has levered both Ivanka and her husband Jarred [sic] Kushner into ill-defined foreign-policy roles,” it added, in a rare criticism of the Trump administration.

Read more: http://www.newsweek.com/ivanka-trump-south-korea-treated-reception-fit-head-state-817072

Australian leader touts country's strict gun laws ahead of Trump meeting

Source: The Hill


Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday touted his country's gun control laws ahead of a meeting with President Trump while declining to specifically weigh in on the intense gun control debate in the U.S.

"It’s not for me to get involved in a contentious domestic political debate here, but Australia’s experience in gun law reform, of course undertaken so courageously and effectively by John Howard more than 20 years ago, is a very powerful demonstration of the success of our policy," Turnbull said at a news conference in front of the White House.

"Of course, they’re often cited in the debate here, but we’ll leave the domestic political debate to the Americans," he added.

Turnbull's comments come ahead of his meeting with Trump at the White House on Friday.

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/international/375206-australian-leader-touts-countrys-strict-gun-laws-ahead-of-trump-meeting


GOP lawmaker calls for Ryan to bring up gun safety legislation

Source: The Hill

Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) is calling on Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to allow the chamber to immediately consider gun safety legislation, citing President Trump's professed support for such measures.

Curbelo tweeted that Ryan "should immediately allow the House to consider common sense gun safety proposals" that the Florida Republican has advocated, including raising the purchasing age of long guns to 21 and banning bump stocks, among other items.


Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/375216-gop-lawmaker-calls-for-ryan-to-bring-up-gun-safety-legislation

A wild young monkey is welcomed back by his family when he is released after 3 weeks of treatment...


Ari Berman: ...A reminder of the power young activists have

Ari Berman ‏Verified account @AriBerman

58 years ago this month, 4 North Carolina A&T students held first major sit-in of civil rights movement at Greensboro Woolworth. They were 18 & 19 at time. A reminder of the power young activists have

10:14 AM - 22 Feb 2018


Obama praises 'fearless' Florida shooting survivors: "We've got your backs'

Source: The Hill

Former President Barack Obama praised survivors of last week’s school shooting in Florida for speaking out in the wake of the attack, calling them “smart” and “fearless” and promising “we’ve got your backs.”

“Young people have helped lead all our great movements. How inspiring to see it again in so many smart, fearless students standing up for their right to be safe; marching and organizing to remake the world as it should be,” Obama tweeted Thursday.

“We've been waiting for you. And we've got your backs.”


Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/375061-obama-praises-fearless-florida-shooting-survivors-weve-got-your

Margaret Brennan Named Host of Face the Nation on CBS

Source: The New York Times

WASHINGTON — Margaret Brennan, the senior foreign affairs correspondent for CBS News, will be the next moderator of “Face the Nation,” the network’s prestige Sunday morning public affairs show and one of the most influential venues in American politics.

Her new role, announced by CBS on Thursday, makes Ms. Brennan, 37, the only woman to serve as a solo anchor of a major Sunday political affairs show. She succeeds John Dickerson, who left “Face the Nation” in January after less than three years to replace Charlie Rose on “CBS This Morning.”

Along with mainstays like NBC’s “Meet the Press” and ABC’s “This Week,” “Face the Nation” features interviews with prominent lawmakers and White House officials that often make news, and can forge Washington’s political agenda for the week ahead.

For decades, the hosts of these shows have primarily been men.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/22/business/media/margaret-brennan-face-the-nation.html

What, you thought it was fiction? It was preparation.

Jennifer Ansbach‏ @JenAnsbach

I’m not sure why people are so surprised that the students are rising up—we’ve been feeding them a steady diet of dystopian literature showing teens leading the charge for years. We have told teen girls they are empowered. What, you thought it was fiction? It was preparation.

7:42 PM - 18 Feb 2018

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