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Sunday, March 12, 2017

President Donald Trump relishes the comforts of his Mar-a-Lago estate for repeated weekends away from Washington, but former Secret Service and intelligence officials say the resort is a security nightmare vulnerable to both casual and professional spies. While Trump's private club in South Florida has been transformed into a fortress of armed guards, military-grade radar, bomb sniffing dogs and metal-detection checkpoints, there are still notable vulnerabilities, namely the stream of guests who can enter the property without a background check. ... "No one ever ran a residence that served as a hotel," said presidential historian Douglas Brinkley. "It's a security nightmare by having such a turnstile of folks coming and going."


The House plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would hit one group of voters especially hard: older, rural voters who were crucial to President Donald Trump in 2016. The House plan would offer tax credits based on income and age, but the net effect according to an analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation would be a drop in federal subsidies for those who are older, lower income and who live in high-premium areas. When you put those elements together, Trump's voters appear to take the biggest hits. Older voters were a big part of the Trump's winning 2016 coalition. He won 52% of the vote among all voters 45 or older.


House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and ranking member Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) have asked the White House to offer by Monday any evidence showing Trump Tower was wiretapped. A congressional aide confirmed to The Hill that Schiff and Nunes made the request in a letter to the White House. The letter was first reported by The Associated Press. Trump has kept his distance from the press since last weekend, when he accused former President Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower before the November election. Trump did not provide any evidence of the claim, and a spokesperson for Obama denied that he or any White House official called for the surveillance.


Richard Painter, President George W. Bush's former ethics lawyer, said late Friday he has major concerns over the Trump administration's ties to Russia. In an interview with CNN's Don Lemon, Painter spoke about reports that former national security advisor [Michael] Flynn was working for foreign agents while also working for the American government. "It makes no sense to run a government this way," Painter said. "This is a completely chaotic situation, and then Gen. Flynn lied about his contacts with the Russians, lied to the vice president, and we've had the attorney general in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee say he did not contact the Russians when he had contacts with the Russians. ... " read more


Canada's highest court is upholding a lower-court ruling in favor of investors who launched a lawsuit alleging they were misled by U.S. President Donald Trump and a real estate development firm. The Supreme Court of Canada said it will not hear a leave to appeal by the defendants in the legal saga -- which include the U.S. president, developer Talon International and its former executives. No reasons were given by the court for the dismissal. The plaintiffs -- Sarbjit Singh and Se Na Lee -- allege they were sold units in the hotel under false pretenses and misled to believe their investments would result in returns ranging from 7.74 percent to 20.90 percent. Instead, the two investors lost a combined $1.2 million, according to a decision by the Ontario Court of Appeal last year. The 65-story tower in Toronto's financial district is comprised of hotel rooms and private residences and is managed by the Trump Organization.


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On Thursday, after a 77-minute meltdown of a press conference, Trump's national security pick to replace Flynn, retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward, turned down the offer, reportedly calling it a "--- sandwich," according to CNN's Jake Tapper

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