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The Founding Fathers never planned for the Trump International Hotel

David Fahrenthold on a government watchdog report questioning the constitutionality of Trump’s D.C. hotel lease. William Booth on Britain's many attempts to leave the European Union. Plus, the history of the border wall.
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‘Our government had just never contemplated a situation like that
Before he became president, Donald Trump was a businessman with many hotels. After he became president, that didn't change. One of the hotels he still owns is the Trump International in Washington. It’s housed in the old Post Office building -- a historic building owned by the federal government. A new report by the General Services Administration inspector general states that the GSA ignored concerns that the president’s lease might violate the Constitution. But this doesn’t really change anything.

David Fahrenthold covers the Trump Organization for The Post. He says whoever approved the lease just “didn’t want to care about things they weren’t supposed to care about.”

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Brexit: Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow
In a dramatic but mostly unsurprising turn of events, British Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal on Brexit has been shot down by Parliament. This is unchartered territory, with the deadline to leave the European Union at the end of the March but no deal in place. The Post’s London bureau chief, William Booth, tells Martine Powers how May and her government are trying to navigate the political crisis.

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The first border wall
The boundary between the United States and Mexico wasn’t just an imaginary line on a map. Long before a border wall became a partisan issue, it was a fence built prevent American cattle from contracting “Texas fever.”

Mike Rosenwald, host of the podcast Retropod, breaks down the history of the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Post Reports is the daily podcast from The Washington Post. Unparalleled reporting. Expert insight. Clear analysis. Everything you’ve come to expect from the newsroom of The Post -- for your ears.