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Ted Cruz has been selling signed copies of the Dr. Seuss book 'Green Eggs and Ham,' and raised $125,000 in 24 hours
  • Senator Ted Cruz raised more than $125,000 selling signed copies of "Green Eggs and Ham."
  • Cruz said he was autographing the books to fight back against the "cancel culture mob."
  • "Lefties are losing their minds," he said on Twitter.
A donation site run by Ted Cruz was raising money by selling copies of "Green Eggs and Ham," which were signed by the senator.

"Lefties are losing their minds that I'm signing & sending copies of Green Eggs and Ham to anyone who donates $60 or more," the Texas senator said on Twitter late Friday. "We've raised $125k in just 24 hours!"

If all buyers gave the minimum $60 donation, Cruz would have to put his signature in more than 2,000 copies of the book. On Twitter, he said the "hand-wringing" of his political opponents likely led to high sales of the signed books. Cruz's team was positioning the sales as an effort to fight back against the "cancel culture mob."

A blurb on one of the senator's donation pages read: "Stand with Ted & Dr. Seuss against the cancel culture mob to claim your signed copy of Green Eggs and Ham." The books would take between six and eight weeks to arrive, according to the site.
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Lost recording of Trump pressuring a Georgia election official was uncovered in an investigator's spam folder, report says
  • A phone call between Trump and a Georgia election official was published by The Wall Street Journal.
  • It was previously believed that no recording of this phone call existed.
  • Officials, however, located the recording in an investigator's junk folder, The Post said.
A six-minute phone call between former President Donald Trump and a Georgian election official was published on Wednesday by The Wall Street Journal.

Trump used the December conversation to pressure Frances Watson, the investigations supervisor to the Georgia Secretary of State, to find nonexistent examples of voter fraud before "the very important date" of January 6, the paper reported.

It was previously believed that a recording of his phone call did not exist, The Washington Post reported in January.

Officials, however, recently located the recording in Watson's spam folder when responding to a public records request, an unnamed person familiar with the incident told The Post.

In the conversation between Trump and Watson, the former president asked her to look into the "dishonesty" at Fulton County. He also claimed that his campaign "won by hundreds of thousands of votes."

Fulton County, a heavily Democratic jurisdiction, voted for Biden in the 2020 election. There is no evidence of widespread fraud there.
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Trump's Twitter ban hurt him more than losing the election to Biden, his niece Mary says
  • Trump's Twitter ban and losing his golf tournament hurt him more than losing the election.
  • Mary Trump, a psychologist who wrote a highly critical book of Donald Trump, said he "didn't care about politics."
  • Twitter permanently banned Trump after the violent siege at the Capitol in January.
Donald Trump's Twitter ban will have upset him more than losing November's presidential election to Joe Biden, his niece Mary has told Insider.

Mary Trump, a clinical psychologist who wrote a highly critical book of Donald Trump and her family, told Insider that the former president "didn't care about politics" and would have instead been far more upset by Twitter's decision to permanently bar him from the site as well as the PGA's decision in January to pull its 2022 championship from his golf club in Bedminster, Jersey than losing the election.

"I think that being banned from Twitter and having the PGA take their tournament away from his golf courses are probably the worst things that have happened to him in the last four years," she told Insider on Thursday.

"How is he managing without Twitter? Because even he must realize that people really aren't paying attention to him in the same way," she said.

"Clearly, this stuff with the Republican party is helping him because imagine if he didn't have that. If he had become as irrelevant as every other person who loses an election becomes, then I think his mental state would be much different."
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Manhattan DA's probe ramps up, placing new scrutiny on Trump's debt-ridden New York properties
  • The Manhattan DA probe into former President Donald Trump is heating up, Insider reported on Friday.
  • The investigation is placing new scrutiny on Trump's commercial properties.
  • Banks have placed three of the former president's buildings on debt "watch lists," CBS News said.
As Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.'s probe into former President Donald Trump steps up a gear, four of Trump's New York properties have come under renewed scrutiny.

Trump Tower, Trump International Hotel and Tower, 40 Wall Street, and Trump Plaza have missed lenders' earning projections for five consecutive years, CBS News reported.

Banks have now placed three of the four real estate holdings on debt "watch lists," the media outlet said.

Mortgage-payment processors have flagged the loans tied to these three properties due to consistent financial underperformance, CBS said.

Wells Fargo and other banks have told investors that reduced incomes on these holdings, due partly to the COVID-19 pandemic, could result in the properties not generating enough money to cover their mortgage payments, CBS News reported.

In addition to presenting Trump with financial troubles, investigations into these properties could also pose legal challenges.

The Manhattan District Attorney's office has subpoenaed a New York property tax agency as part of the broad criminal probe, Reuters reported. Prosecutors are looking for signs of possible fraud, the media outlet said.

While Vance's sprawling probe's exact scope is not known, court filings suggest that he could be looking into whether Trump and the Trump Organization violated New York laws by manipulating the values of these commercial properties for tax and loan purposes.
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Michael Flynn could face thousands of dollars in penalties as the Army reviews a Pentagon watchdog report
  • The Army is reviewing a watchdog report on money Michael Flynn earned from foreign governments.
  • The report is from a delayed Department of Defense investigation which was launched in 2017.
  • The investigation was paused because of the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
In April 2017, the Pentagon launched an investigation into money Flynn received from Russian and Turkish interests after his retirement but before he joined former President Donald Trump's administration.

In December 2017, Flynn pleaded guilty to one count of lying to investigators as part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Flynn admitted that he misled investigators in a January 2017 interview about his communications with Russia's then-ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak.

He was initially cooperative with the FBI, but in 2019, he reversed course, fired his entire defense team, and hired Sidney Powell as his lawyer. In January 2020, Flynn tried to retract his guilty plea.

Trump pardoned Flynn last November.

CNN reported that then-special counsel Robert Mueller's probe investigation into the 2016 election had put the DoD's investigation into Flynn on hold.

... DoD spokeswoman Dwrena Allen told CNN that following Flynn's pardon, they were granted permission from the Department of Justice to resume the investigation, which was completed on January 27, 2021.

The investigation looked into whether or not Flynn violated the Constitution's emoluments clause, which stipulates that officials such as retired military members can't accept money or gifts from foreign governments.

The Post reported that the payments from Russia were from 2015, when Flynn was paid $45,000 for appearing next to Russian President Vladimir Putin at a gala dinner for the state-controlled outlet RT. His company, Flynn Intel Group, was also paid $530,000 by a Netherlands-based company, Inovo BV, in 2016. The company was founded by a Turkish businessman and lobbies on behalf of Turkey.

In 2017, the DoD said that Flynn did not seek permission to work as a foreign agent on behalf of Turkey.

The results of the report could mean, Flynn, who retired from the Army as a three-star general in 2014, could face tens of thousands of dollars in penalties.
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or Trump-ism

Trumpism refers to the nontraditional political philosophy and approach espoused by Donald Trump and his supporters. The term Trumpism can also be used to directly refer to an outrageous or idiosyncratic statement made by Donald Trump.

Trump, whom many observers consider an anomaly, left the White House by saying, “We will be back in some form.” His legacy is “Trumpism” – a wave of white nationalism.

Trumpisms are Bushisms on steroids.