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The Trumps are trying to sell a Florida home for $49 million after buying it from the former president's sister for $18 million in 2018
  • The Trump family is looking to cash in on a beachfront home in Palm Beach, Florida.
  • Former President Trump's sister sold the house to an LLC controlled by Eric and Donald Trump Jr. for $18.25 million in 2018.
  • The new asking price is $49 million.
Eric Trump on Wednesday morning tweeted out a real estate listing for a luxurious beachfront home in Florida with an asking price of $49 million, nearly $31 million more than an LLC controlled by Eric and Donald Trump Jr. paid for the property in 2018, when it was purchased from President Donald Trump's sister, Maryanne Trump Barry.

Located next door to Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, the home is technically owned by 1125 South Ocean LLC, according to the Palm Beach Daily News.

Broker Lawrence Moens started advertising the property as an "exclusive" listing over the weekend, according to the Daily News.

With 194 feet of beachfront, the home is named "The Beachouse," sitting on six tenths of an acre. It has two stories and was built in 1956, modeled in the West Indies style.

Trump's name is nowhere to be found on the listing, but it does come with a Mar-a-Lago membership.

The listing says the property is a "well known and very important oceanfront estate."

Trump's sister bought the house for $11.5 million back in 2004. When she sold it for $18.25 million in 2018, it was purchased by 1125 South Ocean LLC.

The limited liability company is based in Delaware and led by Eric as president with Donald Trump Jr. as vice president, according to the Daily News.

While the house comes with a "gratis" Mar-a-Lago membership, residents of the Woodbridge Road neighborhood still have to pay monthly dues and other fees associated with Trump's club.
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Trump's final year in office was the worst for global democracy in a decade and a half, watchdog says
  • Global freedom hit its worst point in 15 years in 2020, according to a new Freedom House report.
  • Freedom House said Trump oversaw "unprecedented attacks" on US democracy.
  • The report warned that Trump provided "ample fodder" for authoritarians to downplay abuses.
The report paints a grim picture of the state of democracy in the US and worldwide. It excoriates former President Donald Trump over his efforts to overturn the 2020 election and the "unprecedented attacks on one of the world's most visible and influential democracies" during his final weeks in office.

"The parlous state of US democracy was conspicuous in the early days of 2021 as an insurrectionist mob, egged on by the words of outgoing president Donald Trump and his refusal to admit defeat in the November election, stormed the Capitol building and temporarily disrupted Congress's final certification of the vote," the report said.

"Only a serious and sustained reform effort can repair the damage done during the Trump era to the perception and reality of basic rights and freedoms in the United States," Freedom House said, adding that Trump "presided over an accelerating decline in US freedom scores" even before 2020.
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Watchdog says Elaine Chao, ex-transpo secretary and Mitch McConnell's wife, misused office including making staff edit her dad's Wikipedia page
  • Former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao was cited by the IG for misusing her office for personal tasks.
  • A report released Wednesday claims Chao used staff to do tasks for her father and her family's business.
  • Chao resigned from her position on January 7, one day after the insurrection at the US Capitol.
Late last year, the Transportation Department's inspector general requested the Justice Department and US Attorney's Office investigate "potential conflicts of interest and favoritism" involving Chao, but both departments declined to open an investigation, according to the report.

Investigators found that Chao had used her office's staff and resources to support her family's business, including helping with tasks for her father — such as editing his Wikipedia page and promoting his Chinese-language biography, "Fearless Against the Wind."

"For example, in August 2017, the Secretary directed two OST staffers to send a copy of 'Fearless Against the Wind' to a well-known CEO of a major US corporation (which is not regulated by DOT) along with a letter requesting that he write a foreword for the book and a sample foreword," the report detailed, adding that another staffer was tasked with editing the sample foreword.

Chao also directed her staff to purchase personal items for her using her personal credit card and tasked them with researching free shipping and coupon codes, according to the report.

Staff were also assigned to arrange a trip to China in November 2017 for her father James Chao and his "delegation," comprised of the former secretary's younger sister Angela Chao and Angela's husband. The trip was later canceled shortly before Elaine Chao's departure amid ethics concerns raised by news reports at the time.
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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.