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The Daily BeastNov 26, 2022
Trumpworld Think Tank Is Barely Paying Its Bills
Photo Illustration by Erin O'Flynn/The Daily Beast/GettyA nonprofit think tank aligned with ex-President Donald Trump started 2021 with a bang, but ended up falling well short of its fundraising expectations, according to a new tax filing obtained by The Daily Beast.

The America First Policy Institute, a 501(c)(3) organization formed last year by a cadre of Trump administration officials and known informally as a "White House in waiting," initially announced a first-year operating budget of $20 million. But according to its 2021 tax statement, the group raised less than three-quarters of that amount, reporting about $14.9 million in total contributions.

That may sound like a decent haul, but more than $10 million of that amount came from 10 anonymous donors, with the largest single source giving $3 million. (AFPI is not required to make the names of its contributors public.) Trump donors accounted for $1 million, in the form of a transfer last June from his Save America leadership PAC. Weeks after Trump sent the money, AFPI officials joined him at a Mar-a-Lago press conference to announce his ultimately failed class-action lawsuit against social media companies. Both Trump and AFPI used that event to raise money.

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Yahoo PoliticsNov 26, 2022
Orlando Congressman-elect Maxwell Frost, 25, knows tough road ahead in GOP-led House

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Drudge ReportNov 26, 2022
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The Daily BeastNov 25, 2022
Democrats Are Ready for GOP to Make Hunter Biden the New Benghazi
Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post via GettyIt's not Hunter Biden's scalp they want. Rather, the House GOP caucus is poised to launch a two-year crusade to tarnish President Joe Biden's character—and lower his poll numbers—just like they did with Hillary Clinton and the Benghazi hearings prior to her 2016 candidacy.

But things are different this time around—Democrats aren't going to assume that voters can see through the partisan bluster, and are mounting a war room operation outside the White House. The Congressional Integrity Project (a pointed moniker, to be sure) will try to fend off the Republican barrage, and go on the offense in the information war.

The existence of the newly revamped group, first reported by Politico, is an effort to mount a 21st century war room with a response team that can "expose the political intentions behind the investigations targeting the White House," says Leslie Dach, a senior advisor to the CIP, who is working with founder Kyle Herrig and longtime political activist Brad Woodhouse. All three have deep Democratic Party ties.

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Democracy NowOct 27, 2022
Phyllis Bennis on Progressive Dems Retracting Letter Urging Diplomacy to End Ukraine War
A group of progressive Democrats in the House of Representatives this week sent, then retracted, a public letter urging the Biden Administration to engage in direct diplomacy with Russia to end the war in Ukraine while continuing to arm and support the government in Kyiv. The letter was signed by 30 lawmakers from the Congressional Progressive Caucus and saw an immediate and fierce backlash, as critics said it undermined Ukraine's position and downplayed Russian atrocities. Progressive Caucus chair Congressmember Pramilya Jayapal issued a retraction less than 24 hours after it was published, blaming her staff for improperly releasing it. Meanwhile, some signatories said they had signed the letter months earlier when the war was at a much different stage and that they were unaware it would be released now. Phyllis Bennis, fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, says ignoring diplomatic channels will only prolong the war. "The level of outrage that greeted this very careful sort of commonsense approach shows us how much work is still needed … to stop the kind of control that militarism seems to have on our assumptions about what foreign policy looks like," says Bennis.
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