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Why the voter fraud commission’s request was met with such harsh criticism

Last week, the voter fraud commission established by President Trump sent a letter to all 50 states asking for voting records, including birth dtes, social security numbers, and voting history, which includes party affiliation. Within days of this request, states were refusing it, citing privacy laws in their state. 

Here’s how President Trump transferred wealth to his son while avoiding the usual taxes (ProPublica)

This report from ProPublica shows how the President was able to sell two condos to his son while avoiding thousands of dollars in taxes.

President Trump Job Approval: Week of June 19

With a new week starting, here is a look at the President's Job approval right now.

BREAKING: 9th Circuit upholds District Court ruling on Travel Ban

In a ruling handed down on Monday afternoon, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has upheld in part a district court's ruling that the Executive Order signed by the President that instituted a travel ban from six Muslim-majority countries was unconstitutional, though they did overturn part of the initial ruling. 

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Attorney General Sessions to testify in front of Senate Intelligence Committee

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Saturday that he would take the stand to testify in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, in response to the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey, which implied that the bureau may have something on Sessions.

Secretary of State calls for end to Gulf diplomatic crisis

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday that the ongoing blockade of Qatar by other Gulf region countries is harming the U.S. effort to fight ISIS, according to a statement made in the early afternoon at the State Department.

White House Director of Social Media violated Hatch Act with tweet

Dan Scavino Jr., the Director of Social Media at the White House, has been reprimanded by the Office of Special Counsel for a violation of the Hatch Act, which prohibits most federal employees from engaging in political activity. Scavino Jr. violated the act with a tweet sent from his personal account where he called for the defeat of GOP Congressman Justin Amash of Michigan in a primary.  The tweet was later deleted.

House of Representatives votes to repeal Dodd-Frank Act

While Former FBI Director James Comey testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, the U.S. House of Representatives quietly voted Thursday to repeal the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 that put heavy regulations on banks designed to prevent another system collapse like the 2008 one. 

ANALYSIS: Where in the world is Sean Spicer?

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was absent from Monday's daily press briefing, and it was quickly noticed by reporters in the room.

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