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Trump Discloses Cohen Payment, Raising Questions About Previous Omission

The president’s company has also been stymied by some of the new ethics restrictions it voluntarily adopted after the election.

As part of a voluntary ethics plan, the Trump Organization has not pursued new deals in foreign countries, cutting off an important stream of business that was projected to provide much of its future revenue. The Trump Organization is also subjecting all new domestic projects to vetting from an outside ethics adviser, which appears to have had a chilling effect on certain potential deals: The company has yet to open a new hotel in the United States since Mr. Trump took office.

The Trumps also had a wave of cancellations at the Mar-a-Lago club amid a backlash over the president’s comments about the violence over the summer in Charlottesville, Va.

Faced with these challenges, the company has decided to focus primarily on its existing properties, which consist of 16 golf courses, a winery, seven stand-alone hotels, Mar-a-Lago and a portfolio of commercial and residential real estate properties. While the Trump Organization owns many of those properties, it shifted in recent years to branding and managing properties, rather than owning them outright.

In at least one case, the Trumps began quietly managing a hotel property in Livingston, N.J., which is owned by the family of Jared Kushner, Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and adviser. Mr. Trump reported $20,000 in fees on that deal.

And despite rolling out two new and more affordable hotel lines — Scion, a four-star-chain, and American Idea, a budget-friendly brand — the Trump Organization has only announced one such endeavor, a deal in the Mississippi Delta

The filing showed that Mr. Trump has received $26,667 in management fees related to the project.

The head of the company’s hotel division, Eric Danziger, said in March that the pipeline of current deals was “still very active,” and that he was continuing to line up new Scion and American Idea hotels.

The Latest: Investigators give more details in stabbing case

The Latest on the search for an Oklahoma woman who police say stabbed one child and fled with another (all times local):

5:58 p.m.

Investigators say a woman who allegedly bound and gagged her three daughters, stabbed the eldest repeatedly and set their house on fire told them she had become upset after observing two of her children reading a book.

Authorities say 39-year-old Taheerah Ahmad was arrested Tuesday in downtown Tulsa. Ahmad’s 7-year-old daughter who had been reported missing was found safe.

Ahmad told investigators during interviews Tuesday afternoon that she became upset after observing her children reading a book, although it was not known what book they were reading.

Police say the 11-year-old girl is in “very severe condition” in a Tulsa hospital after being repeatedly stabbed.

Ahmad was booked into the Tulsa County Jail on complaints of assault and battery with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, child abuse and first-degree arson.

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12:45 p.m.

Tulsa police say they’ve taken into custody a woman who bound and gagged her three daughters, stabbed the eldest repeatedly, and set their house on fire.

Police said Tuesday that a 7-year-old girl who was reported missing has been found safe.

Authorities say a patrol officer located 39-year-old Taheerah Ahmad in her vehicle in downtown Tulsa, and she was taken into custody without incident.

Authorities had been searching for Ahmad since Monday night, when officers found her house on fire and her 11-year-old daughter suffering from multiple stab wounds.

Police say the 11-year-old girl is in “very severe condition” in a Tulsa hospital.

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12:10 p.m.

Tulsa police say an 11-year-old girl who was found bound and stabbed in a burning home is in “very severe condition.”

Tulsa police say the girl’s mother stabbed her Monday night before setting the house on fire and fleeing with a younger sibling, who’s still missing.

Police said Tuesday that the 11-year-old is unconscious and is breathing with the help of a tube.

The mother, identified by Tulsa police as 39-year-old Taheerah Ahmad, has not been located.

An Amber Alert says Ahmad may be driving a black Lexus RX300 SUV with paper tags, a 2011 Ford Escape or a navy blue Ford sedan.

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6:30 a.m.

Police in Oklahoma are searching for a woman who they say bound and gagged her three daughters, stabbed the eldest repeatedly, and set their house on fire.

A 7-year-old girl is missing along with the mother, identified by Tulsa police as 39-year-old Taheerah Ahmad.

Tulsa Police Officer Jeanne MacKenzie says the 7-year-old girl, Hafsa Hayle, helped her 9-year-old sister escape, and the 9-year-old ran to a nearby house for help. MacKenzie tells the Tulsa World that when authorities arrived, they found an 11-year-old girl in critical condition with stab wounds and the house on fire.

Police believe Ahmad fled with the youngest girl.

An Amber Alert says Ahmad may be driving a black Lexus RX300 SUV with paper tags, a 2011 Ford Escape or a navy blue Ford sedan.

Severe storms to wallop zone from Frederick to Baltimore through 8 pm

* Severe thunderstorm watch until 11 p.m., except Southern Maryland | Flash flood watch until 1 a.m. Wednesday, except southern areas *

Estimated arrival of storms around Beltway and the District: 8:30-9:30 p.m.

Wednesday’s forecast: More rain likely

7:25 p.m. update: Large hail, heavy rain pounding Frederick

The storm hitting Frederick is intense and is unleashing marble-sized hail (or dime to quarter size).

One Twitter follower, Kevin Quinlan, reported almost an inch of rain in less than 30 minute and “crazy lightning.”

All across northern Maryland the storms are producing a ton of lightning, very heavy rain and, likely, some very strong wind gusts.

When do we expect these storms to reach the Beltway? The storms seem to be slowing down as they push south and the latest models suggest maybe closer to 9 or 9:30 p.m. rather than 8 or 8:30 p.m. We’ll keep you posted on their progress.

7:00 p.m. update: Storms rapidly expanding south into northern Maryland; Warning from Frederick to Baltimore

The southern part of the line of the storms which less than an hour ago was confined to Pennsylvania has rapidly expanded south and southwest and is now bearing down Frederick, Maryland and much of northern Maryland east to Baltimore.

The National Weather Service has issued an expansive severe thunderstorm warning from Frederick to east of Baltimore, including northern Howard County and northern Montgomery County through 8 p.m.

Storms along this line, pressing south at 20 mph, could pack pockets of 60 mph gusts and hail, in addition to torrential rain and lightning. Head inside.

6:13 p.m. update: Severe thunderstorm watch issued

Because of all of the atmospheric fuel available for storms (see the 4:10 p.m. update), the National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the D.C. and Baltimore regions through 11 p.m.

“Thunderstorms are sagging southward across Pennsylvania and into northern Maryland, while other storms form to the west,” the watch says. “Conditions are favorable for locally gusty/damaging wind gusts and hail in the strongest cells.”

In the most severe storms, which should be isolated, wind gusts could reach as high as 70 mph and hail two inches across cannot be ruled out.


Area under severe thunderstorm watch. (National Weather Service)

Remember that a severe thunderstorm watch means conditions are favorable for severe storms, but they may or may not actually form. On the other hand, if a severe thunderstorm warning is issued, it means severe weather is imminent or happening, and you should seek shelter in a strong building, away from windows.

We think, for the immediate metro area near the Beltway and the District, the window for the most intense storms would be between about 8 and 9 p.m. or so; somewhat earlier to the west and north, and later to the southeast.

Storms are already moving into northern Frederick County, where there is a severe thunderstorm warning through 6:45 p.m.. To the southwest, the area from around Front Royal area to western Fauquier County is also under a severe thunderstorm warning which expires at 7:00 p.m.

Per our earlier updates, once storms move in, they may stick around for a while and track over some of the same areas repeatedly while unloading torrential rain – hence the flash flood watch.

Our next update will be around 6:45 or 7:00 p.m.

5:40 p.m. update: Will storms to our southwest and north connect?

In short, probably.

A wide view of weather radar shows an intense squall line from south central Pennsylvania through eastern New England, and a second broken line of storms bubbling up to our southwest along Interstate 81 in Central Virginia. Model indicate they will try to connect between 6 and 8 p.m. in the northern and western parts of our region. The Virginia line will grow to the northeast while the Pennsylvania line expands to the southwest.


5:30 p.m. radar snapshot. (National Weather Service)

By 8 or 9 p.m., storms should be numerous in the immediate area.

4:10 p.m. update: Atmosphere is juiced for storms

Temperatures have soared into the upper 80s in Washington and it is very humid (dew points in the low 70s). This signifies a very moist atmosphere that storms moving into later will be to draw from. While our greatest concern is the potential for heavy rain and flooding, there is more than enough atmospheric instability not to rule out a damaging wind threat, especially for storms that arrive before sundown.


Map shows convective available energy which is essentially fuel for storms. Anything above 2,000 is high for this region. This afternoon’s value is around 4,000. (National Weather Service)

Short-term models show the line of storms that begin in south central Pennsylvania and continue into New England expanding southeast toward our region between 6 and 8 p.m.

Original post from 2:15 p.m.

For the fifth time in six days, the Washington region faces the likelihood of thunderstorms late Tuesday, mostly between about 6 p.m. and midnight. A few storms could be strong to severe, but damaging winds and hail should be less widespread compared with Monday.

Flash flooding is the biggest concern. Washington and many surrounding areas have received over two inches of rain in the past few days, and soil is becoming saturated.


Radar-estimated rainfall over the past week. (National Weather Service)

On Tuesday evening, storm cells may pass repeatedly over some of the same locations. This could cause the levels of creeks to rise rapidly and standing water on roads. If you encounter a flooded road when driving, it is unsafe to attempt to drive across as it is difficult to judge the water depth. Turn around, don’t drown.

While we can’t pinpoint where the heaviest will fall, one to three inches of new rainfall is possible this evening within a county radius of the District and to the north. The heavy rain potential has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood watch from 3 p.m. Tuesday until 1 a.m. Wednesday for this area.

Rain and storms could make getting to and leaving the Washington Capitals playoff game a nuisance (allow extra time) and result in postponement of the National-Yankees showdown.

While a few pop-up storms could develop in the late afternoon, we expect the bulk of the rain to occur between 6 p.m. and midnight, arriving first in our northern and northwest areas.


Storm dashboard

  • Approximate arrival time for storms
    • 5 to 7 p.m.: Northern Maryland
    • 6 to 8 p.m.: Montgomery, Loudoun and Howard counties
    • 7 to 9 p.m.: Rest of the metro region, excluding far-southern suburbs
    • 8 to 10 p.m.: Far-southern suburbs, including Southern Maryland
  • Storm duration: Up to several hours
  • Chance of measurable rainfall in any location: 50 to 90 percent from south to north
  • Storm motion: Northwest to southeast
  • Likely storm effects: Downpours, lightning, areas of flooding
  • Possible storm effects: Strong winds, small- to medium-size hail
  • Very small chance of: Damaging winds, large hail
  • Rainfall potential:
    • Average of one inch along Interstate 66 and Route 50 north. Locally up to three inches or more.
    • Decreasing amounts to the south, 0.1 to 0.75 inches.


Rainfall forecast from high-resolution Canadian model. This is just a model to show a general idea. Actual amounts will vary.


Discussion

Our region’s atmosphere is recovering from Monday and early Tuesday morning’s thunderstorm activity. A large pool of cooler downdraft air (called an outflow) has been left behind areawide, which has temporarily stabilized the atmosphere. However, warm air arriving on southerly winds and strong sun under largely cloud-free skies will rapidly destabilize the atmosphere this afternoon. Computer models suggest we will reach low 90s in spots, with high humidity.

There is some evidence that Monday’s frontal boundary, which served as the focus for storms, has retreated into central Pennsylvania. Forecast models suggest that the front will shift back south through the afternoon, crossing through the District this evening, stalling south of the region Wednesday morning. With this front returning and plowing into an unstable air mass, we are again set for evening thunderstorms.


Front forecast Tuesday evening. (National Weather Service)

The amount of buoyant energy available to fuel thunderstorms areawide is expected to become significant later today, reaching a level at which a few strong to severe storms are possible. The front is likely to organize these storms into a broken line, oriented WSW-ENE and sagging southward across the Mason-Dixon Line during early evening. Additionally, a cluster or two of storms may crop up across the greater D.C. region (south of the line) in the very unstable air mass, triggered by air converging along Monday’s remnant outflow boundaries.


HRRR model simulation of radar between 4 p.m. Tuesday and 2 a.m. Wednesday.

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center (SPC) suggests that the area of greatest severe threat (Enhanced Risk, Level 3 out of 5) will lie far to our northeast in the vicinity of a wave of low pressure. The environment northeast of us also contains stronger wind shear (winds increasing with altitude). We are in a more marginal risk zone for severe storms.


Severe storm risk levels for Tuesday. (National Weather Service)

The threat of severe storms will increase from south to north, from Northern Virginia and the District toward Pennsylvania. Regionally, the widespread risk is probably greatest along the Mason-Dixon Line.

By the time the possible line of storms works south toward the District during the evening, the atmosphere will probably stabilize, reducing storm severity. Any scattered storms that erupt ahead of this line in the late afternoon and early evening hours may reach strong to potentially severe levels. Here, the degree of instability and wind shear will be ideal for organized, multicell storms.

SPC suggests a 5 to 15 percent risk of damaging wind from south to north in our region (much less than Monday’s 45 percent chance) and 5 percent chance of large hail.

As mentioned, the hazard of greatest concern is heavy rain and flooding as westerly winds blow parallel to the front oriented west to east over the area, causing what’s known as training — when storm cells track over the same areas repeatedly.


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