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Trump Accuses Amazon of Postal ‘Scam,’ Demands Washington Post Register as a ‘Lobbyist’

Trump slams Amazon and WaPoPresident Trump on Saturday embarked on his second attack on Amazon in two days, accusing the company of running a “Post Office scam” costing “billions of dollars” in potential revenue.

“While we are on the subject, it is reported that the U.S. Post Office will lose $1.50 on average for each package it delivers for Amazon,” he wrote on Twitter. “That amounts to billions of dollars,” he said. He went on to blast the company’s reported increase in lobbying staff, complaining that the “Fake Washington Post” is “used as a lobbyist” by Amazon and “should so register.”

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Jimmy Carter: 'Apparently' America wants a jerk for president

Jimmy  Carter

Jimmy Carter didn't hold back in his assessment of President Trump.

During a Friday appearance on "The Late Show," host Stephen Colbert asked the 93-year-old former president whether America wants "kind of a jerk as president."

"Apparently, from this recent election, yes," Carter quipped, drawing a wave of laughter.

At the same time, Carter – who was promoting a new book titled Faith: A Journey for All – acknowledged that he "prays" for the current president.

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Trump ally detained, served with Mueller subpoena at Boston airport

Ted Malloch detained at Logan airportA professor and author who once presented himself as a possible Trump administration ambassador to the European Union was detained and questioned by the FBI at Boston Logan airport and served a subpoena from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is probing possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.

Ted Malloch said in an emailed statement to NBC News that he was flying from his home in the U.K. via Boston to Cleveland, Ohio to celebrate Easter when he was stopped Wednesday, an incident first reported by the Guardian.

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Office that vets Trump appointees faces staff shortage, inexperience: report

WH appointees vetted by inexperienced, short staff

A White House office charged with vetting new appointees to the Trump administration suffers from staff shortages and inexperienced personnel, according to a Washington Post report.

An investigation from the newspaper found that the Presidential Personnel Office (PPO) is operating with about 30 staff members, about a third of the numbers utilized by previous administrations.

In addition, many of those staff members are friends and relatives of top officials, including one case examined by the Post where one senior official had four members of his family receive appointments to the office.

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Federal workers spill on life in Trump’s Washington

Fedeeral workers in Trump's gov'tOne Health and Human Services employee swore off online dating after potential suitors repeatedly got upset that he worked for the Trump administration. An Education Department fellow eagerly returned to teaching after listening to Betsy DeVos bash public schools. And one Environmental Protection Agency official said staffers are distraught at having to personally dismantle regulations they spent years crafting.

This is Donald Trump’s government 14 months into his presidency.

Interviews with nearly three dozen current and recently departed workers across the ideological spectrum and across the federal bureaucracy — from the State Department to the Interior Department — show that Trump’s presidency has fundamentally altered the lives of government workers in ways big and small.

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FBI looked into Trump plans to build hotel in Latvia with Putin supporter

Probe into Trump plans for building in Latvia

They wanted to build the Las Vegas of the Baltics.

In 2010, a small group of businessmen including a wealthy Russian supporter of Vladimir Putin began working on plans to build a glitzy hotel and entertainment complex with Donald Trump in Riga, the capital of Latvia.

A senior Trump executive visited the city to scout for locations. Trump and his daughter Ivanka spent hours at Trump Tower with the Russian, Igor Krutoy, who also knows compatriots involved in arranging a fateful meeting at the same building during the 2016 US election campaign.

Then the Latvian government’s anti-corruption bureau began asking questions.

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Mueller probing Russia contacts at Republican convention: sources

Mueller probing Russia contacts at Republican convention: sourcesInvestigators probing whether Donald Trump’s presidential campaign colluded with Russia have been questioning witnesses about events at the 2016 Republican National Convention, according to two sources familiar with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s inquiries.

Mueller’s team has been asking about a convention-related event attended by both Russia’s U.S. ambassador and Jeff Sessions, the first U.S. senator to support Trump and now his attorney general, said one source, who requested anonymity due to the ongoing investigation.

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