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Trump hit with $2 million suit by contractor on D.C. hotel

Trump DC HotelAn electrical contractor is suing President Donald Trump’s Washington hotel for $2 million over what the contractor contends are unpaid bills for “nonstop” work performed to open the luxury lodging at the Old Post Office Building last year.

The suit filed in D.C. Superior Court by Laurel, Maryland-based AES Electrical, also known as Freestate Electrical, contends that the company was instructed to rush work on electrical and fire alarm systems at the hotel in advance of a visit then-candidate Trump made there for a “soft opening” in September and again for the “grand opening” of the hotel in October.

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Trump's company picks GOP lawyer, own attorney for ethics team

Bobby BurchfieldBobby Burchfield, a partner in the Washington office of King & Spalding who represented George W. Bush in the 2000 Florida recount, will be independent ethics adviser. He’ll be responsible for signing off on transactions that could raise ethics or conflicts of interest concerns.

Burchfield also challenged the McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance Law on behalf of the Republican National Committee and was general counsel to George H.W. Bush’s 1992 reelection campaign. Burchfield is chairman of Crossroads GPS, the secret-money Republican advocacy group started by Karl Rove.

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Trump revives lie that illegal ballots cost him popular vote

Trump lies and lies and liesDuring a White House meeting with congressional leaders from both parties Monday, President Trump reportedly told lawmakers he would have won the popular vote against Hillary Clinton if it weren't for voter fraud, reviving his unsubstantiated claim about illegal voting.

The Washington Post, who first reported the conversation, claims Trump spent 10 minutes of the meeting "rehashing the campaign," claiming that 3 to 5 million illegal votes on election night cost him the popular vote. The New York businessman won the Electoral College, but his Democratic rival won the popular vote in November by nearly 2.9 million votes.

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Trump says he'll announce Supreme Court nominee next week

Trump to name SC nominee next weeekPresident Donald Trump said Tuesday he will announce a candidate next week to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court.

Trump had said earlier this month he would choose a nominee within two weeks of his inauguration.

"We will pick a truly great Supreme Court justice," Trump told reporters who asked about the vacancy as the president signed paperwork to advance construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines. Both projects had been blocked under former President Barack Obama.

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Donald Trump Reinstates Ronald Reagan’s Abortion ‘Global Gag Rule’

Trump cuts funding for WHOIn one of his first acts as president, Donald Trump has reinstated a federal ban on U.S. funding for international health organizations that counsel women on family planning options that include abortion.

The Mexico City policy, also known as the global gag rule, was first put in place by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. It prohibits giving U.S. funding to nongovernmental organizations that offer or advise on a wide range of family planning and reproductive health options if they include abortion ― even if U.S. dollars are not specifically used for abortion-related services.

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Report: Michael Flynn Under Investigation for Russia Ties

Michel Flynn investigted for Russian tiesMichael Flynn, the National Security Adviser to President Trump, has been under investigation—and possibly still is—for what has been described as his “repeated contacts” with a Russian official,

The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday. Flynn’s communications have been under scrutiny by the FBI, CIA, National Security Agency, and the Treasury Department as part of a counterintelligence probe into ties between the Kremlin and Trump’s team, according to the report.

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CBS: Trump Brought Cheering Crowd to CIA Visit

Trump brought cheering squad to CIA meetingU.S. government sources tell CBS News that there is a sense of unease in the intelligence community after President Trump’s visit to CIA headquarters on Saturday.

An official said the visit “made relations with the intelligence community worse” and described the visit as “uncomfortable.”

Authorities are also pushing back against the perception that the CIA workforce was cheering for the president. They say the first three rows in front of the president were largely made up of supporters of Mr. Trump’s campaign.

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