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Secret Service paid Trump's D.C. hotel more than $33,000 for lodging to guard treasury secretary

The Secret Service rented a room at President Trumpís Washington hotel for 137 consecutive nights in 2017 ó paying Trumpís company more than $33,000 ó so it could guard Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin while he lived in one of the hotelís luxury suites, according to federal documents and people familiar with the arrangement.

Mnuchin, a financier from New York, lived in the Trump International Hotel for several months before moving to a home in Washington. Mnuchin paid for his hotel suite himself, a Treasury Department spokesperson said.

But during his stay, the Secret Service also rented the room next door at taxpayer expense, to screen Mnuchinís visitors and packages, according to three people familiar with that arrangement who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

For that room, the Trump hotel charged the maximum rate that federal agencies were generally allowed to pay in 2017: $242 per night, according to the billing records. The Secret Service checked in Jan. 25, according to billing records obtained by The Washington Post, and didnít make its last payment until June 12.

The total bill was $33,154.


Multiple armed gunmen storm Michigan's State House, State police are protecting @GovWhitmer...

Multiple armed gunmen storm Michiganís State House, State police are protecting @GovWhitmer
and blocking the gunmen from gaining access to the house floor.

This is America in the age of Trump.


The fuck?!

Stop the Spread of the virus... and his lies

Organizers of today's protest order at the Michigan Capitol asked people not to bring Trump signs so

Organizers of today's protest order at the Michigan Capitol asked people not to bring Trump signs so it wouldn't look like a political rally. Not everyone got the message


Karen Pence is such a Karen, she's a Karen within a Karen. Karenception.


Nestle wins legal challenge to Michigan groundwater extraction

LANSING, MI ó A state administrative judge has upheld a permit that allows global food and beverage giant Nestle to boost the amount of Michigan groundwater it extracts for sale under the Ice Mountain bottled water brand.

In a decision dated April 24, Judge Dan Pulter ruled that Nestleís plans to withdrawal 576,000 gallons of groundwater per day from the headwaters of two cold water trout streams in Osceola County will not negatively impact the surrounding natural resources.

The ruling upholds a controversial and unpopular permit approval Nestle received just over two years ago from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) under former Gov. Rick Snyder.

The Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation (MCWC) and the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians filed a challenge to that permit approval in July 2018.


Watch Detroit practice social distancing.


Good lawd, I am dreading the Summer.

It is gloomy and rainy here today, but I do not want the heat!

Yesterday's mood (nice temp/sunshine):

Today's mood (and I usually like some dreary days for the tuck-in and read/watch factor):

40 years ago this week: Midwestern Republican congressman leaves party to launch independent...


President Trump meets Louisiana Gov Edwards in Oval with Drs Fauci and Birx

In Oval as reporters listen, Trump jokes heís a little jealous of Fauci and Birx being more famous than he is. And calls Jared Kushner brilliant.


First sentence: that isn't a joke, he is.

Second sentence: total joke.
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