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Members are quitting Mar-a-Lago because it has become a 'sad' and 'dispirited' place since Trump moved in, author says
  • Trump's Mar-a-Lago golf resort has become a 'sad place' since he moved in, an expert on the resort told MSNBC.
  • Members are quitting and want nothing to do with Trump, Laurence Leamer told the cable channel.
  • Previous reports said that Trump's Florida neighbors have taken legal action to stop him from taking up residence.
Former President Donald Trump's return to his glitzy Florida golf resort — Mar-a-Lago - has reportedly not been met with fanfare by the club's wealthy members.

Mar-a-Lago's mood is "dispirited," and people are canceling their memberships,
the author of a book on the resort told MSNBC.

"I've talked to a bunch of people the last couple of days," Laurence Leamer told the cable channel. "A lot of people have quit Mar-a-Lago."

The author of "Mar-a-Lago: Inside the Gates of Power at Donald Trump's Presidential Palace" then remarked that members are leaving due to concerns that they might be featured in newspaper articles.

Leamer says Trump's declining popularity has also turned off members.

He told MSNBC: "They don't want anything to do with Donald Trump. Many of the members, they're not going there very often because it's a very dispirited place."

He continued: "It's a sad place for Trump to be hanging out. It's not what it was."

Leamer later added: "They're walking away from him. Even here, people don't like him."

The neighbors wrote a secret letter to Palm Beach authorities and the US Secret Service arguing that Trump has no legal right to live there full-time, The Post reported.

It said that authorities should notify Trump that he is not allowed to become a permanent resident to avoid an "embarrassing situation" whereby he would be evicted, the paper said.
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Trump to use threat of the new Patriot Party to pressure Republican senators not to convict him in an impeachment trial: Report
  • Trump is threatening to create a new political party, reported The Washington Post.
  • He plans to use the Patriot Party as leverage over GOP senators, so they don't convict him in his impeachment trial.
  • Unlike other former presidents, Trump has signaled that he will continue to play an active role in politics.
While most former presidents largely keep a low profile after leaving office, Trump has signaled that he could continue to play an active role in the battle for ascendancy among moderate and hardline factions of the GOP following his election defeat.

Trump's hold over the GOP grassroots means that senators face the prospects of losing their seats if Trump instructs supporters not to back them.

... McConnell, along with a small group of GOP senators, is open to convicting the former president. However, it is increasingly unlikely there will be enough GOP support to secure the 2/3 majority necessary for conviction.

Some lawmakers reportedly fear the prospect of reprisals from Trump supporters if they publicly oppose him.

But pressure on the GOP is now mounting from a new direction. One expert told Insider that Republicans who refuse to convict Trump could alienate wealthy corporate donors.
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Florida lawmakers say 'no' to renaming Palm Beach International after Trump
  • Trump has asked advisers about how to get an airport named after him, according to the Daily Beast.
  • A leading Florida Republican then suggested rebranding Florida's Palm Beach International as 'Trump International.'
  • The majority of commissioners in Palm Beach County have rejected the idea, the Sun Sentinel reported.
Local commissioners in Florida have preemptively turned down the opportunity to rename Palm Beach International airport after former president Donald Trump.

Five said they would vote against it and the remaining two commissioners did not respond to requests for comment, the paper reported.

This means that the idea is most likely dead in the water before it has even had the opportunity to go to a vote.
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Trump's niece, Mary, says she is 'prepared' to change her last name in a bid to distance herself from the former president
  • Mary Trump might change her last name to distance herself from her uncle, she told The Telegraph.
  • Former President Donald Trump's niece is concerned by the name's negative connotations.
  • She has long been critical of her uncle, having previously called him a "sociopath" and a "narcissist."
"I am prepared to change my name if need be," she told The Telegraph. She is worried her last name now comes with negative connotations, the clinical psychologist said.

Trump's niece has long sought to distance herself from the former president by publicly criticizing him.

In her interview with The Telegraph, her words were characteristically damning. She described her uncle as having done incalculable and potentially irreparable damage to the US.

She believes he is "incapable of change" and unable to "understand affection or intimacy,"
she told the paper.
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Thousands of members of the National Guard will remain stationed in DC during Trump's impeachment trial
  • About 5,000 members of the National Guard will remain stationed in DC through Trump's impeachment trial.
  • The trial is set to begin in early February, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said.
  • Members of the National Guard were stationed in DC after the insurrection at the US Capitol.
"As we continue to work to meet the final post-inauguration requirements, the National Guard has been requested to continue supporting federal law enforcement agencies with 7,000 members and will draw down to 5,000 through mid-March," the agency spokesperson said. "We are providing assistance such as security, communications, medical evacuation, logistics, and safety support to state, district, and federal agencies."
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Ominous threats against Congress ahead of Trump’s second impeachment trial
Federal law enforcement officials are examining a number of threats aimed at members of Congress as the second trial of former President Donald Trump nears, including ominous chatter about killing legislators or attacking them outside of the U.S. Capitol, a U.S. official told The Associated Press.

The threats, and concerns that armed protesters could return to sack the Capitol anew, have prompted the U.S. Capitol Police and other federal law enforcement to insist thousands of National Guard troops remain in Washington as the Senate moves forward with plans for Trump’s trial, the official said.
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Romney says that Trump impeachment trial is 'constitutional' and needed 'for accountability, truth, and justice'
  • Sen. Mitt Romney says that a Senate impeachment trial held after Trump's departure is constitutional.
  • The House impeached Trump for "incitement of insurrection" for his role in the Capitol riots.
  • Romney voted to convict Trump of abuse of power in the former president's first impeachment trial.
Sen. Mitt Romney did not reveal if he would vote to convict former President Donald Trump for "incitement of insurrection" in the upcoming Senate impeachment trial, but he feels as though the proceedings are constitutional.

... He then added: "If we're going to have unity in our country, I think it's important to recognize the need for accountability, for truth and justice."
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Rep. Madison Cawthorn, who sought to overturn Biden's win, admits that the election 'was not fraudulent' on CNN
  • GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn's longstanding claims of voter fraud collapsed on Saturday.
  • Cawthorn maintained that he contested the election "to hold up the Constitution."
  • When pressed by CNN's Pamela Brown to cite specific cases of fraud, Cawthorn was unable to do so.
By the end of the interview, Cawthorn's earlier claims of fraud disappeared into thin air.

"Yes, I think I would say the election was not fraudulent," he admitted to Brown.

He added: "The Constitution allowed for us to be able to push back as much as we could and I did that to the amount of the constitutional limits that I had at my disposal, so now I would say that Joseph R. Biden is our president."
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Biden will reportedly lift transgender military ban enacted under Trump administration
  • President Joe Biden is set to lift the ban on transgender people serving in the military, as part of his objective to expand nondiscrimination protections against LGBTQ individuals.
  • Biden was waiting to sign an executive order to lift the restrictions until after his pick for defense secretary was approved by the Senate, The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday.
  • Retired Army general Lloyd Austin expressed his support in repealing the restriction during his confirmation hearing last week.
Former President Donald Trump announced in 2017 that he was reversing an Obama era policy that allowed open military service to transgender people. The plan was implemented later in 2019 after a Supreme Court vote.

... During Austin's confirmation hearing, he expressed his support in repealing the ban on transgender military members in response to a question from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

"I truly believe … that if you're fit and you're qualified to serve and you can maintain the standards, you should be allowed to serve," Austin said. "And, you can expect that I will support that throughout."

After the Supreme Court the measure in 2019, the Department of Defense maintained that it was not a universal ban, saying that it applied to those with a history or diagnosis of gender dysphoria. It allowed transgender troops to serve, but required that they do so in their biological sex.

The policy also disqualified transgender people who had transitioned or required medical transition, citing "considerable scientific uncertainty" and blurred lines "that demarcate male and female standards," according to a memorandum released at the time.
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