Kushners Give Up Control of Manhattan Tower to Save Themselves

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The Kushners have found their out — and it comes at a price. The family firm of presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner will be relieved of the biggest drag on its real estate empire, will no longer face a $1.2 billion debt payment due in months, will be rid of having to overhaul an aging property. […]

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Kushners Unload 666 Fifth Ave. to Brookfield in 99-Year Lease

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The Kushner family’s real estate company has secured a crucial investment in its over-leveraged New York skyscraper, reaching a deal to lease the building’s office space for 99 years to a Canadian asset manager. The arrangement with disclosed. The Kushner family’s years-long hunt for a partner has at times drawn intense public scrutiny, as talks […]

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Trump, Juncker Tout Deal Pulling Back From U.S.-EU Trade War

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President Donald Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker agreed to suspend new tariffs while negotiating over trade, pulling the U.S. and Europe back from the edge of a transatlantic trade war. The leaders pledged to expand European imports of U.S. liquefied natural gas and soybeans and both vowed to lower industrial tariffs, excluding autos. […]

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Putins Soccer Ball for Trump Had Transmitter Chip, Logo Indicates

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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s gift of a soccer ball to U.S. President tweeted, “I’d check the soccer ball for listening devices and never allow it in the White House.” It turns out they weren’t entirely wrong. Markings on the ball indicate that it contained a chip with a tiny antenna that transmits to nearby phones. […]

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Dont Despair, Democrats. Just Vote.

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It's no surprise. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is an elderly man. He was bound to retire sooner or later, and when you're 81, sooner usually wins.   To replace Kennedy, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell won't have to sledgehammer equity, comity and decades of democratic norms, as he did in 2016 when he blockaded […]

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Ex-White House Press Secretaries Agree: Sarah Huckabee Sanders Lies Hurt America

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A consensus is developing this week in Washington and beyond that Sarah Huckabee Sandersmetaphorically anyhowreally does burn facts and use the ashes to create a perfect smoky eye. And while Wolfs joke five weeks ago atthe Mike Murphy said, reflecting the near-unanimous view of several former White House press secretaries reached on Wednesday by The […]

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The Defeat of Reason and Muellers `Person A

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The weekend is here! Pour yourself a mug of Seattle’s Best coffee, grab a seat by the pool and get ready for our longer-form weekend reads: Inside the chaos of Donald Trump’s trade wars (Stat) Merkel on EU reform: a decryption (Boston Review) Charles Kushner, unfiltered: The Kushner Cos. boss gets candid about 666 Fifth, federal investigations, tenant-harassment allegations and […]

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EPA Chiefs $50-a-Night Rental Raises White House Angst

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Pruitt apartment questions follow first-class flight reports Washington lease is compared to an Airbnb-style arrangement Related: Bumped? EPA Chief Signals He Will Be Flying Coach After Backlash The disclosure follows revelations about Pruitt’s reliance on visit by Pruitt and agency staff to Italy that cost $120,249. EPA officials have defended Pruitt’s use of first-class flights on […]

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Gary Cohn to Resign as Trump Adviser After Dispute Over Tariffs

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Gary Cohn is resigning as President Wilbur Ross, who had recommended the tariffs to the president, privately argued over the issue just hours before it was announced. The tariffs appeared to mark a tipping point for Cohn, 57, a registered Democrat who made clear that he saw his job in the administration to be an […]

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Trump Says Bannon Lost His Mind After Leaving White House

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President Donald Trump denounced his former top strategist, Steve Bannon, on Wednesday in a dramatic break from the man considered an architect of Trump’s populist campaign. “When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind,” Trump said in a statement issued after the publication of excerpts of a new book […]

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