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February 14, 2020

If you want to attend President Trump's Saturday night fundraiser in Palm Beach, you'd better sell that old Renoir on the wall, quickly marry an oligarch, sell a kidney to a despot who really needs it, or ask Mike Bloomberg for a loan.

The $580,600-per-couple event will be held at the beachfront home of billionaire investor Nelson Peltz, and it's Trump's most expensive fundraising event since he took office, The Washington Post reports. The invitation promises dinner and a photo with Trump, the Post reports, and a Republican National Committee official said 30 or so guests are expected. This event will bring in more than $10 million for Trump's re-election efforts.

Since October 2017, Trump has attended at least 48 dinners and roundtable discussions with top Republican donors, the Post reports. Tickets to all of those events started at $50,000. Campaign officials told the Post that while the Secret Service does do background checks, the White House doesn't vet guests.

The Post points out that in 2016, Trump called out his fellow candidates for courting wealthy donors, saying: "Somebody gives them money — not anything wrong — just psychologically when they go to that person, they're going to do it. They owe them." RNC spokesman Mike Reed told the Post that Trump is "the most accessible president in history," and "these roundtables, which previous presidents attended as well, are an opportunity for our supporters to get an update on the campaign and his record as president, all things the president discusses publicly all the time." Catherine Garcia

July 8, 2019

Washington, D.C., is a swamp. Or maybe an entire pond.

Whatever body of water you decide to call it, it's clear that a torrential downpour and flash floods have turned the nation's capital into something other than land. The downpour flooded streets and Metro stations, and even caused a literal leak in the press room in the basement of the White House.

CNBC's Eamon Javers later tweeted to confirm that a vacuum was in placed to soak up the soppy carpet. Yet elsewhere underground, a literal waterfall had forced a Metro train to confine itself to a single track in the Virginia Square station.

Things didn't look too much better aboveground.

And DMV-area residents weren't even safe outside of the city, with this father reportedly having to abandon his car in Bethesda, Maryland, and carry his daughters to the curb. Kathryn Krawczyk

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