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Trump used a congratulatory speech at a Mar-A-Lago wedding reception to complain about China, the border, and Biden
  • Trump covered some of his greatest hits — China, Iran, and the southern border — during a wedding speech on Saturday, TMZ learned.
  • Megan Noderer and John Arrigo, a longtime Trump friend and donor, were married at Mar-A-Lago.
  • Trump briefly mentioned the "beautiful couple" at the end of his two-minute monologue.
The only problem: The wedding speech was about, well, him.

Arrigo, who is the vice president of the Arrigo Auto Group in West Palm Beach, Florida, and Noderer, rescheduled their wedding twice before finally tying the knot on Saturday, according to their wedding photographer Mario Munoz.

In a video obtained by TMZ, Trump took to the mic and offered a now-familiar refrain on China, Iran, and the job that Joe Biden and his administration are doing.

"I get all these splash reports, and they're telling me about the border, they're telling me about China, they're telling me about Iran," he said. "We were ready to make a deal, they were ready to do anything, they would have done anything. And this guy [Biden] goes and drops the sanctions and then he says we'd like to negotiate now."

Trump went on to talk about the border ("The border's not good") and the number of votes he won in the election ("We did get 75 million votes, nobody's ever gotten that"), before dropping a signature Trump phrase: "Do you miss me yet?"

The quip was met with generous applause.

John's brother Jim was briefly mentioned in the speech when Trump noted that "Jim, he's the only one I know who would handle the border tougher than me."

Both Jim and John Arrigo are longtime associates of Trump and members of Mar-A-Lago and Trump International Golf Club. A BuzzFeed article mentions that along with their father Joe, they were among several campaign donors who were offered a tour of Air Force One in 2017.

Trump made mention of the Arrigos toward the end of the speech, saying, "you are a great and beautiful couple."
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A Trump appointee who drank vodka and had sex on the General Services Administration building's roof is back with a new political committee, documents show
  • Philip Brennan Hart III was at the center of a Trump administration sex scandal.
  • The former official admitted to having oral sex on the General Services Administration headquarters' roof.
  • Hart has kept a low profile since then, but he just launched a new political fundraising committee.
Phillip Brennan Hart III was a senior Trump appointee at the General Services Administration in the summer of 2017 when he had oral sex with a White House official on the rooftop of the agency's headquarters in downtown Washington.

Hart made national news headlines in 2019 when details of the GSA rooftop incident became public, but he's kept a low profile since then, working at the political consulting firm Three Rivers Solutions LLC.

Now Hart is back on the public political scene, having launched a new political action committee called the American Business Federation, according to paperwork filed Monday with the Federal Election Commission. Hart is the only official listed on the fundraising group's paperwork.

It's not clear from the filing what the committee's mission is, or which candidates it intends to support. PACs may raise cash to try to elect or defeat candidates, and they're required to register with the FEC.

... Hart wasn't supposed to be drinking vodka or having sex on the property. There's a ban on consuming alcohol in federal buildings unless the head of the agency puts an exemption in writing. And having sex in a federal office building is not an "authorized purpose" of the public space, the inspector general's report said.

GSA's then-Acting Administrator Timothy Horne drank alcohol with Hart sometime during the 4th of July weekend in 2017, he later told investigators.

Emily Murphy, who became Trump's GSA administrator in December 2017, said that she often allowed staff to drink alcohol in her office after work on Fridays. She also said she wasn't aware of the formal approval process required for drinking alcohol on federal property.
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How bad a president was Donald Trump?
A new Pew poll sheds some light on how Trump's presidency currently ranks -- and the returns are not great for the billionaire businessman. A total of 53% of those polled say that Trump was either a "terrible" (41%) or "poor" (12%) president, while 35% call him either "great" (18%) or "good" (17%).

As you might expect, how you feel about Trump's presidency is largely dependent on the party with which you identify. Almost 9 in 10 Democrats say Trump was a "terrible" (72%) or "poor" (17%) president. More than 6 in 10 Republicans call Trump a "great" (37%) or "good" (36%) president.

While it's a bit early to draw conclusions about Trump's legacy and how history will remember him, this poll is far from the only evidence that suggests that the 45th President may wind up toward the bottom of rankings of the 44 men who have held the office. (Grover Cleveland was both the 22nd and 24th president, and these rankings don't yet count President Joe Biden.)

... Now, it's worth noting that how you are perceived in the immediate aftermath of your presidency is not always how your legacy settles. (George H.W. Bush's time in office is far more favorably regarded now than it was when he lost to Bill Clinton in 1992, for example.)

The Point: Trump has long made clear that he is acutely interested in how he will be remembered. And he will not be happy with the early returns.
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The minimum wage would be $44 per hour if it had grown at the same rate as Wall Street bonuses
  • Wall Street bonuses have increased by 1,217% since 1985, according to New York comptroller data.
  • If the minimum wage had grown at that same rate, it would be $44 per hour.
  • That pay gap is also making the racial and gender pay gap worse because white men dominate finance.
The chaos that the pandemic unleashed on America's economy turned out to be a major boon for Wall Street traders, according to new data from the New York State comptroller's office.

Wall Street firms paid their New York City-based traders an average bonus of $184,000 last year, a 10% increase from 2019, New York comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said in a press release Friday.

But those paydays have been skyrocketing for decades. Since 1985, Wall Street traders' bonuses have grown 1,217% — and that's just a fraction of their overall pay, which was more than $406,000 in 2019, according to data from DiNapoli's office.

By comparison, the federal minimum wage has flatlined at $7.25 per hour — or $15,080 annually — for 12 consecutive years. When adjusted for inflation, it has actually decreased by 11% since 1985.

... "It's just another reminder that there's a total disconnect between what happens on Wall Street and what happens in people's everyday lives and in the real economy," Sarah Anderson, director of the global economy program at the Institute for Policy Studies, told Insider.
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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.