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Trump family grift is getting worse: Eric and Donald Jr. resurface with a discount hotel scam. Even for the Trump family, two big grifting stories in one day is a little much.

Trump family grift is getting worse: Eric and Donald Jr. resurface with a discount hotel scam

But that is how it went for family failsons Eric Trump and Donald Trump Jr. on Tuesday. First, the two brothers who now run the Trump Organization were featured in a splashy New York Times piece and a “Good Morning America” segment describing their latest idea to suck money out of the real Americans who voted for their father last November. As the Times described it: [T]he Trump Organization announced plans for a new three-star hotel chain with a patriotic flair, echoing President Trump’s campaign slogan about putting America first and reflecting the organization’s promise to enter into new deals only in the United States . . .

Error loading player: No playable sources found On “Good Morning America” Eric said, “This is real America. Mississippi is the poorest state in the country. And that was just in the morning. Shortly before the spike in costs, the Donald J. Jared Kushner’s family needs $250 million to pay off Chinese investors — but US banks wary of lending. Family First: The Trials of Jared Kushner. © Courtesy Time Magazine If one thing emerged crystal clear from the muddy first months of his father-in-law's presidency, it's that Jared Kushner prefers the background.

Family First: The Trials of Jared Kushner

That's where the camera found him in pretty much every official setting--among the flags and the rhododendron, stock still and strangely unchanged from one photo to another: spread collar, thin tie and dimpled, inscrutable smile. The senior adviser to the President was also the cipher of the White House--never heard in public, a blank page on which an anxious public could write its hopes. To moderates, he was the son of a prominent Democratic family, relied upon to be, with his wife Ivanka Trump, a calming voice of reason in the ear of a churlish, impetuous President. Donald Trump loyalists understood him as the most loyal of all, guided by the two words that both men repeat: "Family first. " Naiveté is no crime, but Washington's punishment of perceived incompetence can be swift and brutal.

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Question Of The Day: Is Jared Kushner Just Stupid

</a> Joy Reid's panel this morning looked at the many angles of the story about Jared Kushner's meeting with Russian banker and alleged spy Sergey Gorkov. "If there's an innocent explanation for all of this, one wonders why the stories keep shifting," Joy Reid said. "So you now have -- the Tribune had a piece, there's discrepancy between what the Russians say was going on and the White House. The Russian side, VEB side said it was a business meeting. "This is after the election. "We can't," journalist Kurt Eichenwald said.

"Every answer they have is bad. Jared Kushner has never failed to choose blood over ideals. Aaron P.

Jared Kushner has never failed to choose blood over ideals.

Bernstein/Getty Images In 1924, Marianne Moore wrote a multistanza poem about Jared Kushner. Called “An Octopus,” its ostensible subject was a cephalopod-shaped glacier on Mount Rainer, “deceptively reserved,” “polite,” with a “ghostly pallor,” its arms “as with meditated stealth … seeming to approach from all directions.” The ice looks clean, pretty, and delicate. It is fringed by fir trees that remind Moore of “our American royal families.” Katy Waldman is a Slate staff writer. Kushner knows from immaculate polish, and his tentacles are stretching further by the day. It shouldn’t be surprising that POTUS has presented his senior adviser with such an expansive portfolio. The child of privilege turned young adult of privilege doesn’t cut an immediately impressive figure. Dominique A. The shot, featuring Kushner in a blazer over which he’d fastened a bulletproof vest and a dorky name tag, fed into his greenhorn aura. #FireKushner hashtag blows up Twitter as Trump’s base turns on his ‘little snake’ son-in-law.

Jared Kushner Omitted 'Dozens' of Meetings With Russian Officials on Security Clearance Forms. Trump's Golden Boy: The Mystery of Jared Kushner. Kushner Family, China's Anbang End Talks Over Manhattan Real Estate Deal. Negotiations to redevelop an office tower owned by the family of President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, at 666 5th Avenue in Manhattan have unraveled.

Kushner Family, China's Anbang End Talks Over Manhattan Real Estate Deal

Eric Baradat/AFP/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Eric Baradat/AFP/Getty Images. Jared Kushner Is Keeping Parts Of His Real Estate Empire Because Of Course He Is. The Story Behind Jared Kushner’s Curious Acceptance into Harvard. I would like to express my gratitude to Jared Kushner for reviving interest in my 2006 book, “The Price of Admission.”

The Story Behind Jared Kushner’s Curious Acceptance into Harvard

I have never met or spoken with him, and it’s rare in this life to find such a selfless benefactor. Of course, I doubt he became Donald Trump’s son-in-law and consigliere merely to boost my lagging sales, but still, I’m thankful. My book exposed a grubby secret of American higher education: that the rich buy their under-achieving children’s way into elite universities with massive, tax-deductible donations. It reported that New Jersey real estate developer Charles Kushner had pledged $2.5 million to Harvard University in 1998, not long before his son Jared was admitted to the prestigious Ivy League school.

At the time, Harvard accepted about one of every nine applicants. Trump Adviser Jared Kushner Didn’t Disclose Startup Stake - WSJ. In a Beijing ballroom, Kushner family flogs $500,000 ‘investor visa’ to wealthy Chinese. BEIJING — The Kushner family came to the United States as refugees, worked hard and made it big — and if you invest in Kushner properties, so can you.

In a Beijing ballroom, Kushner family flogs $500,000 ‘investor visa’ to wealthy Chinese

Reporters were not allowed to attend a Kushner Companies event promoting visas for investments. Reporters were prohibited from attending two publicly advertised events this weekend in China, that offered Chinese investors the chance to receive immigrant visas in exchange for putting money into a real estate project with ties to Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law, according to Reuters.

Reporters were not allowed to attend a Kushner Companies event promoting visas for investments

“Sorry, this is a private event,” a man preventing journalists from entering the event said at the Four Seasons Hotel in Shanghai on Sunday, according to Reuters. The project is a two-tower luxury apartment complex in New Jersey known as One Journal Square, which is being developed by KABR Group and Kushner Companies, formerly head by Kushner who now serves as a senior White House adviser. On Saturday, Kushner’s sister Nicole Kushner Meyer, to spoke at the event to room “full of wealthy Chinese investors in Beijing,” and said the project “means a lot to me and my entire family,” according to the New York Times. The New York Times reported: Kushner Companies apologizes for using Trump’s son-in-law to hawk visas to Chinese investors. Kushner Family Stands to Gain From Visa Rules in Trump’s First Major Law. Bipartisan critics in Washington say they want to revamp the visa program because it is often abused.

Kushner Family Stands to Gain From Visa Rules in Trump’s First Major Law

It supports high-end luxury projects, like the Kushner family deal, instead of promoting job creation in rural America or distressed urban areas, as it was intended. It has also been criticized by federal regulators for insufficient safeguards against illicit money coming into the United States; in the case of one applicant, they found potential financial ties to a string of Chinese brothels. There is no assertion that Mr. ‘That’s just rubbish!’: Bush-era ethics lawyer shames McEnany’s defense of Kushner’s China sales pitch. New Conflicts of Interest Uncovered for Trump's Son-In-Law Jared Kushner. TRNN's Shir Hever analyzes the financial ties that Jared Kushner has to the Steinmetz family, whose members have been accused of corruption in Africa biography Shir Hever is an Economist working at The Real News Network.

New Conflicts of Interest Uncovered for Trump's Son-In-Law Jared Kushner

His economic research focuses on Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territory; international aid to the Palestinians and to Israel; the effects of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories on the Israeli economy; and the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigns against Israel. Ivanka Trump, From First Daughter to First Female President? While the world remains distracted by the constant circus surrounding the Trump White House, I sense a different kind of power play, and potential American future, brewing beneath the surface at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: Ivanka Trump becoming the first female president of the United States. Whatever you think of the character and presidency of Donald Trump, it’s clear he adores his daughter Ivanka, and cherishes the totemic power of his name. And what better way to ensure his family’s legacy than by setting up his daughter, already installed in the West Wing, to assume the presidency? In our current topsy-turvy political era, stranger things have already happened.

Let’s take a look at a few potential Twilight Zone scenarios, which aren’t as unlikely as they once might have seemed. Nepotism is as much a boon as a barrier to high office in America. Ivanka’s path starts with the vice presidency. Ivanka lacks political experience, you say, especially of the elected kind. White House insiders say Jared Kushner urged Trump to ‘counterattack’ over special counsel. White House 'person of interest' in Trump-Russia investigation is Kushner. Earlier today the Washington Post broke the story that a senior adviser to Trump was among people investigators in the Trump-Russia case wanted to talk to.

Because this “person of interest” was a current member of the White House administration, it eliminated many of the usual suspects: Page, Manafort, and Flynn. Jared Kushner Allegedly Advised Trump to Fire James Comey. For your own reasons turn into your bosoms, As dogs upon their masters, worrying you. —Henry V, Act 2, Scene II Well, it turns out the princeling is hip deep in it all himself. What Jared Kushner still owns - Washington Post. Meet the beleaguered tenants of ‘Kushnerville’ Kushner keeps 90 percent of real estate holdings while offering close to zero percent transparency. Donald Trump’s son-in-law and powerful White House aide Jared Kushner has kept close to 90 percent of his real estate holdings even though he resigned earlier this year as CEO of his family's real estate development company, according to the Washington Post. Not only does that account for the lion's share of his wealth before stepping into his White House role, the potential conflicts of interest that reside inside the holdings are also extremely murky.

‘Basically a sh*thead’: Ex-Jared Kushner employee explains why he’s unqualified to hold any job. Jared Kushner's Role in Donald Trump's Presidential Campaign - What Will Jared Kushner's White House Role Be? Trump stood up to speak after Charles, and he floundered miserably. According to one guest, he "gave the most pathetic, lame, embarrassing speech I've heard in a long time. " People often talk about the Kushner brothers using similar adjectives: handsome, humble, diligent, polite, intelligent, and so forth. For Josh, however, unlike for Jared, there is no "but" hanging in the air, no comma before a caveat describing a barely perceptible undercurrent.

Part of the reason is almost certainly the luck of age: When his father went to prison, Josh was a freshman at Harvard, where the scandal scarcely registered. A high-stakes gamble: How Jared Kushner reacted to previous crises. NEW YORK — Jared Kushner had barely survived a fight to save his family’s real estate empire. Taking charge of the business after his father went to prison, Kushner, 25 at the time, paid $1.8 billion in 2007 for the nation’s most expensive office building. Exclusive: Trump son-in-law had undisclosed contacts with Russian envoy - sources. Jared Kushner’s life as a predatory capitalist. Dominique A. Jared Kushner is in deep trouble—and his White House enemies are feeling pretty good about that.

"NSA in Unprecedented Hunt for KremlinGate Evidence" The Trump regime has relentlessly attacked our Intelligence agencies in an effort to discredit them and obstruct any investigation into the regime’s love affair with Putin and other ruthless authoritarians. I’m not sure how they thought this was going to be a good idea, but it looks like the NSA has had enough. … now that the Justice Department has appointed Robert Mueller special counsel charged with running the Russia investigation, NSA is apparently pulling out all the stops to track down any additional evidence which might be relevant to the expanded inquiry into KremlinGate. Specifically, last week NSA is believed to have sent out an unprecedented order to the Directorate of Operations, the agency’s largest unit. I am confident that our intelligence agencies will uncover most of the treachery of the fascist regime. Is this why Jared Kushner keeps his mouth shut in the public eye?

Kushner explanations for meeting with Russian banker don’t hold up under scrutiny: WaPo. Jared Kushner, Senior Advisor to President Donald J. An ‘unethical’ shell game: Jared Kushner blasted for exploiting federal loophole in Jersey City real estate deal. An ‘unethical’ shell game: Jared Kushner blasted for exploiting federal loophole in Jersey City real estate deal.