By Chris Sommerfeldt | PUBLISHED: January 12, 2019 at 4:56 am | UPDATED: January 12, 2019 at 4:57 am She’s running. Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, the first American Samoan and Hindu member of Congress, announced Friday she’s throwing her hat in the ring to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020. “There are a lot of reasons for me to make this decision,” Gabbard told CNN’s Van Jones during a radio interview set to air in full Saturday night. “There are a lot of challenges that are facing the American people that I’m concerned about and that I want to help solve.” Gabbard said she’ll make a formal announcement within a week. The 37-year-old is the third high-profile Democrat to announce her 2020 run. Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro announced a presidential exploratory committee last month. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., followed suit and announced her own committee on New Year’s Eve in what is … [Read more...] about Tulsi Gabbard, first Hindu and American Samoan member of Congress, says she’ll run for president in 2020
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Updated 4:15 am CDT, Tuesday, October 16, 2018 FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2015, file photo, workers tend to oil pump jacks behind a natural gas flare near Watford City, N.D. Since Donald Trump took office, America’s exports of liquid natural gas and crude oil have surged, rivaling the likes of Saudi Arabia and Russia. To achieve “energy dominance,” the Trump administration has taken its cues from an unlikely source: the Obama administration. (AP photo/Eric Gay, File) less FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2015, file photo, workers tend to oil pump jacks behind a natural gas flare near Watford City, N.D. Since Donald Trump took office, America’s exports of liquid natural gas and crude ... more Photo: Eric Gay, AP FILE - In this April 4, 2007 file photo, work continues inside a tank at the Sempra liquefied natural gas plant under construction in Hackberry, La. Since Donald Trump took office, … [Read more...] about How DC unleashed fossil-fuel exports despite climate worries
President Donald Trump participated in dubious tax schemes during the 1990s, including instances of outright fraud, that greatly increased the fortune he received from his parents, an investigation by the New York Times has found. Trump won the presidency proclaiming himself a self-made billionaire, and he has long insisted that his father, legendary New York City builder Fred C. Trump, provided almost no financial help. But the Times’ investigation, based on a vast trove of confidential tax returns and financial records, reveals that Trump received the equivalent today of at least $413 million from his father’s real estate empire, starting when he was a toddler and continuing to this day. Much of this money came to Trump because he helped his parents dodge taxes. He and his siblings set up a sham corporation to disguise millions of dollars in gifts from their parents, records and interviews show. Records indicate that Trump helped his father take improper tax deductions … [Read more...] about New York Times: Trump engaged in suspect tax schemes, reaping riches from father
Inmate No. 15000-030 is released into the frigid January morning at 8:46, a gray custodial suit of sweatpants and long-sleeved thermal clinging to his immense frame, a bushy salt-and-pepper beard wrapping around his face, a guard escorting him with a high-powered rifle slung over his right shoulder. Most politicians would appear hopelessly—dangerously—misplaced in a federal prison. Kent Sorenson is not most politicians. Standing over six feet tall and weighing every bit of 270 pounds, with 11 tattoos and a cleanshaven head, Sorenson is probably the only state senator to have ever been mistaken for a member of the Aryan Brotherhood. That happened during his first stop on the penal turnpike, the Metropolitan Correctional Center (“The MCC”) in Chicago, an administrative facility with maximum-security lodging where the “fish” was viewed warily by fellow inmates. A white supremacist, they figured, sizing him up. It didn’t take long—as soon as … [Read more...] about Kent Sorenson Was a Tea Party Hero. Then He Lost Everything.
Donald Trump is president, but is he fit to run a bar? A Washington, D.C., liquor board will consider that question Wednesday after a group of city residents complained that the owner of the Trump International Hotel fails the “good character” test required of anyone who wants to sell wine, beer or spirits in the city.Story Continued Below In their grievance to the city’s Alcohol Beverage Control Board, the group presented a litany of what they say are Trump’s moral failures, calling him a liar, a fraudster and a racist who associates with criminals. The hotel, just blocks from the White House, opened in 2016 and has become a hangout for administration aides and Trump loyalists. The president himself, who does not drink, has appeared at major fundraisers there, and his campaign has spent thousands of dollars on events. Foreign governments, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, are frequent patrons, too. In 2017 and 2018, Kuwait’s ambassador to the U.S. … [Read more...] about Trump doesn’t drink booze. D.C. weighs whether to let him serve it.