Is Donald Trump's inauguration crowd going to be bad or the worst in modern American history? He's only been able to draw a handful of D.C.-area wedding DJs and a handful of county fair musical acts. A growing list of congressional representatives have pledged to boycott the event and a D.C. council member says they've only received 200 bus applications (versus 1,200 for the protest march the very next day.) read more
A multimillion-dollar expansion of Donald Trump's Scottish golf resort is proceeding despite a promise just days ago by his attorneys that "no new foreign deals will be made whatsoever" by the president-elect's businesses, in an effort to avoid conflicts of interest during his presidency. The Aberdeenshire Council has approved a second 18-hole golf course and more housing in the Trump International Golf Links Scotland operation. The expansion will substantially grow the complex and include a 450-room five-star hotel, timeshare complex and private housing estate, The Guardian reported Saturday. Changes are expected to significantly boost the value of the operation to the Trump Organization. read more
When Donald Trump announced at Wednesday's press conference that he was moving complete control of all his businesses to his sons, he pointed to a pile of folders as evidence of the preparations being made. Both he and his lawyer Sheri Dillion claimed that the bundled documents were just a part of the massive paperwork necessary to separate Trump from his business operations. Like her client, Dillon also pointed at pile. After the session, reporters tried to examine the folders and the documents inside, but Trump staffers would not let them look at any of them. read more
President Barack Obama surprised an emotional Joe Biden Thursday with a farewell tribute where he presented the vice president with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. "As one of his long-time colleagues in the senate who happened to be a Republican once said, 'if you can't admire Joe Biden as a person, you have got a problem.' He is as good a man as God ever created," Obama said. For the first time in his presidency he awarded the medal "with distinction" and noted that the last three presidents awarded this level to Pope John Paul II, Ronald Reagan and Colin Powell. read more
Republican President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday urged people to buy from outdoors retailer L.L. Bean -- even though many of its products are made in China -- as it faces calls for a boycott because of a company heiress' donations to his candidacy.
Trump, in tweeting the endorsement, garnered criticism from the nonpartisan money-in-politics watchdog Every Voice for "personally encouraging his supporters to boost the companies of his super (political action committee) donors." And the endorsement unwittingly steered customers to many products made overseas, something he'd railed against during his campaign. read more