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President Donald Trump seems determined to use the Presidency to turn a profit while in office.

Just weeks after national outcry forced him to withdraw his efforts to hold the massive 2020 G7 Summit of world leaders at his own Trump Doral Resort in Miami, Trump will soon address the Republican National Committee there for its winter meeting.

And the prices just went up.

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It's long been a Republican talking point that Democrats are less patriotic than their colleagues on the other side of the aisle.

Republican National Committee Chairwoman, Ronna McDaniel, seized upon this inaccurate perception to chastise Democratic members of Congress by sending them American flags, a copy of the Flag Code from the United States Code, and a letter with more pettiness on the page than ink.

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 01: U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a meeting with leaders of the steel industry at the White House March 1, 2018 in Washington, DC. Trump announced planned tariffs on imported steel and aluminum during the meeting, with details to be released at a later date. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The Republican National Convention isn't until August of next year but President Donald Trump's racist rhetoric is already leaving a sour impression on the event's host city.

In the wake of the president's racist tweets to four Democratic congresswomen, the city council of Charlotte, North Carolina voted 9-2 to rebuke Trump for his divisive language in a proposal featuring a litany of Trump's racist and xenophobic remarks from the past three years to as recently as last week.

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Donald Trump’s campaign faces an enormous financial challenge. According to electoral filings from the Federal Election Commission (FEC), Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has outraised Donald Trump’s campaign 9-1, and Clinton entered the month of June with far more cash on hand. Clinton’s campaign has over $42 million in the bank as of May 31. Trump’s has $1.3 million.

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If there were any doubts about where the Republican Party officially stands on the question of LGBT rights, its recent action settles it. On August 14, the Republican National Committee (RNC) passed a resolution supporting strongly anti-LGBT legislation. The First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) was designed specifically to prevent the federal government from taking any “adverse action” against individuals or organizations for discriminating against LGBT individuals on the basis of religious belief. “Adverse action” is given an uncommonly broad definition in the bill, covering everything from imposing tax penalties to refusing contracts, grant awards or employment.

The bill, which also allows individuals and organizations that have discriminated against LGBT individuals to sue the federal government for monetary damages, was introduced specifically in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, the widely celebrated civil rights decision that legalized same-sex marriage in all fifty states.

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