DC pubs opening early for Comey viewing parties

Jun 7, 2017 57

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Bars across Washington, D.C. are readying to open early Thursday, all to serve patrons thirsty for some political bloodsport — that is former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Some invites have popped up on Facebook, like Shaw Tavern’s “Comey Hearing Covfefe,” for which doors will open at 9 a.m. That particular event has garnered more than 460 RSVPs.

Shaw’s is offering an “FBI Special” — that is, French toast, Bacon and Ice cream, as well as a sampling of Russian vodkas to soothe some thirsty for an as-yet-unproven link to President Trump’s electoral defeat of Hillary Clinton and Mother Russia.

Another establishment, The Partisan, is offering “The Last Word” and “Drop The Bomb” cocktails to get folks in the spirit for normally dry congressional testimony.

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Report: Eric Trump funneled cancer charity money to his business

Jun 7, 2017 74

John Lamparski/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Eric Trump is slamming a Forbes report that alleges his charity, the Eric Trump Foundation, has been funneling donations — from donors who believed the money was going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital — to the Trump Organization by paying high sums for use of Trump properties during fundraisers and re-donating some funds to charities friendly with Trump interests.

Forbes reported Tuesday that the Eric Trump Foundation paid the Trump family business hundreds of thousands of dollars over the last seven years for use of one of the organization’s golf courses, funds which he claimed were being donated nearly in full to the children’s cancer charity.

“We were able to come up with this concept of raising a lot of money with really no expense and it’s because we were incurring the expenses at the assets we were taking on the expenses as Trump. We were using our own facilities,” Eric told donors in a promotional video.

According to IRS filings, the Eric Trump Foundation in 2012 spent $59,085 on its annual Golf Invitational fundraiser held at the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County, New York — money that skimmed from donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Those expenses ballooned to $230,080 in 2013 and to $242,294 in 2014, according to the filings. It is unclear from these tax forms how much of those payments went to the Trump Organization.

Forbes reported that in 2011, costs for Eric Trump’s golf tournament fundraiser tripled because his father realized that the organization had not been charging for the event and there were no bills to prove it. The Foundation declined to provide Forbes with an itemized list of expenses for the tournament.

Charity experts told Forbes that the amount paid to the Trump Organization for a golf tournament fundraiser for St. Jude’s “defy any reasonable cost.”

The increased costs for the tournament coincided with changes to the Foundation’s board in 2010, when it changed from being made up of mostly Eric’s personal friends to those closely connected with the financial interests of the Trump Organization, according to Forbes.

The tax filings also show that the Eric Trump Foundation made a 2014 payment of $87,665 to another Trump property, the Trump National Golf Club in Washington, D.C. for fundraising events.

In addition, the Forbes report claims that Eric Trump’s charity redirected some donations. More than $500,000 was given by the Eric Trump Foundation to other charities, “many of which were connected to Trump family members or interests,” according to Forbes.

In a statement released Tuesday, a spokesman for the president’s son defended the Eric Trump Foundation.

“During the past decade, the Eric Trump Foundation has raised over $16.3 million for St. Jude Children’s Research hospital while maintaining an expense ratio of just 12.3 percent,” the statement reads. “The Eric Trump Foundation was also responsible for building a $20 million dollar ICU which treats the sickest children anywhere in the world suffering from the most catastrophic terminal illnesses.”

The statement continues, “Contrary to recent reports, at no time did the Trump Organization profit in any way from the foundation or any of its activities. While people can disagree on political issues, to infer malicious intent on a charity that has changed so many lives, is not only shameful but is truly disgusting. At the end of the day the only people who lose are the children of St. Jude and other incredibly worthy causes.”

And as Forbes points out in its report, “Altruism as a business-development strategy isn’t necessarily illegal. But a situation in which outside donor money is redeployed away from the core mission in ways that seem to ultimately benefit the family that pays the majority of the board is — at best — an appearance problem.”

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US stocks finish lower as investors await Comey’s testimony, UK election

Jun 6, 2017 55

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — U.S. stocks spent another day in the red as investors anxiously await testimony from ousted FBI Director James Comey and the U.K. election.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 47.81 (-0.23 percent) to finish at 21,136.23.

The Nasdaq gave up 20.63 (-0.33 percent) to close at 6,275.06, while the S&P 500 finished at 2,429.33, down 6.77 (-0.28 percent) from its open.

Crude oil was about 2 percent lower with prices at $48 per barrel.

Winners and Losers:
  Lands’ End’s stock sunk 10 percent after the American retailer reported a sales miss in the first-quarter.

Donna Karan manufacturer, G-III Apparel Group, posted a better-than-expected loss in its quarterly report, despite what CEO Morris Goldfarb called “a difficult market environment” for retail. Shares were 15 percent higher.

Albany Molecular Research has agreed to be acquired by the Carlyle Group and GTCR, with stockholders receiving $21.75 for each share. The research organization’s stock jumped 9 percent.

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Emotional support dog attacks passenger on flight

Jun 6, 2017 54

iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — A man was severely injured on a Delta Air Lines flight after officials say he was attacked by another passenger’s emotional support dog just prior to takeoff Sunday.

According to an incident report, a passenger identified as “Mr. Mundy,” a current military service member, had an emotional support dog with him while boarding his flight from Atlanta to San Diego.

When Mundy and his 4-year-old chocolate lab-pointer mix took their seat next to another passenger identified as “Mr. Jackson,” the dog allegedly attacked Jackson.

Jackson suffered multiple bites and was transported to the hospital in stable condition with severe injuries to his face, according to the report. The dog has been vaccinated for rabies.

In a statement, the airline confirmed the incident. “Prior to pushback of flight 1430, ATL-SAN, a passenger sustained a bite from another passenger’s emotional support dog. The customer who was bitten was removed from the flight to receive medical attention.”

Passenger Bridget Maddox-Peoples told Fox affiliate WAGA-TV, “There was a call for help, you could hear a dog growling and a bark and someone scream, ‘I need help, there’s a medical emergency!'”

Maddox-Peoples added that the man’s face and shirt was covered in blood.

Delta later re-accommodated Mundy on another flight, but this time with the dog in a kennel, according to the airline.

It’s unclear if Mundy is facing any charges. ABC News’ attempts to reach Mundy and Jackson on Tuesday were unsuccessful.

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Emotional support dog attacks passenger on flight

Jun 6, 2017 51

iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — A man was severely injured on a Delta Air Lines flight after officials say he was attacked by another passenger’s emotional support dog just prior to takeoff Sunday.

According to an incident report, a passenger identified as “Mr. Mundy,” a current military service member, had an emotional support dog with him while boarding his flight from Atlanta to San Diego.

When Mundy and his 4-year-old chocolate lab-pointer mix took their seat next to another passenger identified as “Mr. Jackson,” the dog allegedly attacked Jackson.

Jackson suffered multiple bites and was transported to the hospital in stable condition with severe injuries to his face, according to the report. The dog has been vaccinated for rabies.

In a statement, the airline confirmed the incident. “Prior to pushback of flight 1430, ATL-SAN, a passenger sustained a bite from another passenger’s emotional support dog. The customer who was bitten was removed from the flight to receive medical attention.”

Passenger Bridget Maddox-Peoples told Fox affiliate WAGA-TV, “There was a call for help, you could hear a dog growling and a bark and someone scream, ‘I need help, there’s a medical emergency!'”

Maddox-Peoples added that the man’s face and shirt was covered in blood.

Delta later re-accommodated Mundy on another flight, but this time with the dog in a kennel, according to the airline.

It’s unclear if Mundy is facing any charges. ABC News’ attempts to reach Mundy and Jackson on Tuesday were unsuccessful.

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Emotional support dog attacks passenger on flight

Jun 6, 2017 44

iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — A man was severely injured on a Delta Air Lines flight after officials say he was attacked by another passenger’s emotional support dog just prior to takeoff Sunday.

According to an incident report, a passenger identified as “Mr. Mundy,” a current military service member, had an emotional support dog with him while boarding his flight from Atlanta to San Diego.

When Mundy and his 4-year-old chocolate lab-pointer mix took their seat next to another passenger identified as “Mr. Jackson,” the dog allegedly attacked Jackson.

Jackson suffered multiple bites and was transported to the hospital in stable condition with severe injuries to his face, according to the report. The dog has been vaccinated for rabies.

In a statement, the airline confirmed the incident. “Prior to pushback of flight 1430, ATL-SAN, a passenger sustained a bite from another passenger’s emotional support dog. The customer who was bitten was removed from the flight to receive medical attention.”

Passenger Bridget Maddox-Peoples told Fox affiliate WAGA-TV, “There was a call for help, you could hear a dog growling and a bark and someone scream, ‘I need help, there’s a medical emergency!'”

Maddox-Peoples added that the man’s face and shirt was covered in blood.

Delta later re-accommodated Mundy on another flight, but this time with the dog in a kennel, according to the airline.

It’s unclear if Mundy is facing any charges. ABC News’ attempts to reach Mundy and Jackson on Tuesday were unsuccessful.

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Emotional support dog attacks passenger on flight

Jun 6, 2017 52

iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) — A man was severely injured on a Delta Air Lines flight after officials say he was attacked by another passenger’s emotional support dog just prior to takeoff Sunday.

According to an incident report, a passenger identified as “Mr. Mundy,” a current military service member, had an emotional support dog with him while boarding his flight from Atlanta to San Diego.

When Mundy and his 4-year-old chocolate lab-pointer mix took their seat next to another passenger identified as “Mr. Jackson,” the dog allegedly attacked Jackson.

Jackson suffered multiple bites and was transported to the hospital in stable condition with severe injuries to his face, according to the report. The dog has been vaccinated for rabies.

In a statement, the airline confirmed the incident. “Prior to pushback of flight 1430, ATL-SAN, a passenger sustained a bite from another passenger’s emotional support dog. The customer who was bitten was removed from the flight to receive medical attention.”

Passenger Bridget Maddox-Peoples told Fox affiliate WAGA-TV, “There was a call for help, you could hear a dog growling and a bark and someone scream, ‘I need help, there’s a medical emergency!'”

Maddox-Peoples added that the man’s face and shirt was covered in blood.

Delta later re-accommodated Mundy on another flight, but this time with the dog in a kennel, according to the airline.

It’s unclear if Mundy is facing any charges. ABC News’ attempts to reach Mundy and Jackson on Tuesday were unsuccessful.

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Trump International Hotel received $270,000 from Saudi Arabia

Jun 6, 2017 59

PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Trump International Hotel received $270,000 from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, according to filings disclosed by the Department of Justice.

A spokesperson for the Trump organization told ABC News that the money would be donated at the end of the year.

“In accordance with our foreign patronage policy, we intend to donate the profits of this transaction at the end of the calendar year,” the spokesperson said.

Still, the transaction is likely to renew the debate over Trump’s family businesses, which were turned over to his sons and a longtime company executive to manage earlier this year.

Saudi Arabia is currently fighting to rollback a 2016 law that allows U.S. terror victims to sue them, and is seeking Trump’s support in that effort.

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Trump sons’ expansion of hotel chain ‘has nothing to do with politics’

Jun 6, 2017 58

Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Trump Organization has announced plans to expand its signature hotel chain with mid-market properties it’s calling the American Idea.

Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump — who took over management of the Trump Organization from their father, President Trump — announced the move at an event for industry executives at Trump Tower on Monday.

Prior to the announcement, in an exclusive interview with ABC News Chief National Correspondent Tom Llamas, the brothers credited the expansion to their experience traveling the country with their father’s campaign.

“I mean, trust me, between Eric [and] myself, we stayed in every one of these hotels in every little market in the country,” Donald Trump Jr. said. “And we just saw there, there was a void missing. And I think we’re excited to try to fill it.”

The Trump Organization has Trump-branded hotels in major cities across the country and parts of world. But neither of the two new hotels the brothers announced in New York Monday will have “Trump” in their name.

The company revealed the location of its first upper-tier Scion hotel, which will be in Cleveland, Mississippi. The hotel will feature “approximately 100 rooms, suites and extended-stay accommodations, a 6,000-square-foot spa and fitness center, a 5,000-square-foot event hall” and other amenities, according to a press release from the organization.

“This is real America,” Eric Trump said. “And to be able to go in there and cater to them as well; I think that’s a beautiful thing.”

The brothers dismissed the idea that the hotel chain expansion could put a further spotlight on their father’s continued influence in the business, and whether it amounts to making money from politics. The announcement of the expansion comes as the two brothers deepen their involvement with the Republican National Committee before the 2018 midterm elections, and continue to support their father’s already up-and-running 2020 re-election campaign.

Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and his wife Lara huddled with GOP leaders at the RNC in Washington D.C., in late May to discuss strategy, and Donald Jr. has even campaigned for candidates in special election races including Montana’s Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte. The headquarters of Trump’s re-election campaign are stationed in Trump Tower just floors below the son’s Trump Organization offices.

“It has nothing to do with politics,” Donald Trump Jr. said of the new hotel line. “We’re trying to make money off of a hotel brand that we feel there’s an underserved market to. I think more companies could probably do better by being a little bit more patriotic.”

In a Forbes interview earlier this year, Eric Trump said he would update his father with profit reports from the company “probably quarterly,” though when asked by ABC News, he defended the move as appropriate despite President Trump’s pledge to not talk business with his sons while in office.

“We don’t talk about the activities of the business. We don’t talk about what we’re doing in the business,” Eric Trump said. “It doesn’t blur the lines. You’re allowed to show that. And remember, the president of the United States has zero conflicts of interest. Zero.”

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US stocks close slightly lower after last week’s records

Jun 5, 2017 57

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Wall Street closed slightly lower Monday after reaching new records last week.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average gave up 22.25 (-0.10 percent) to finish at 21,184.04.

The Nasdaq slid 10.11 (-0.16 percent) to close at 6,295.68, while the S&P 500 finished at 2,436.10, down 2.97 (-0.12 percent) from its open.

Crude oil was about 1 percent lower with prices at $47 per barrel.

Winners and Losers: Shares of Apple Inc. sunk 1 percent after its stock was downgraded by Pacific Crest, despite announcing new products for its Worldwide Developers Conference.

Strong results for its cancer drug trial helped boost shares of Loxo Oncology Inc. 43 percent.

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