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DC mayor says city’s security fund bankrupt in letter to Trump, blames July 4th parade: report

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Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser wrote a scathing letter to President Trump on Tuesday, asking the federal government to fully reimburse the city for his Fourth of July military celebration.

in the letter, obtained by WTOP, Bowser said the additional $1.7 million cost of the festivities has interfered with her ability to keep the city safe and provide the necessary security measures to prevent a potential disaster.

She waited until the end of the letter to cite Trump’s “Salute to America” parade and wrote that she is also concerned about funding for the next presidential inauguration in 2021.

“Considering this accruing deficit, our projections indicate that the EPSF (Emergency Planning and Security Fund) will be depleted following your additional July 4th holiday activities and subsequent first amendment demonstrations,” she wrote.

‘MORNING JOE’ GUEST HITS TRUMP FOR PLANNING ‘OBSCENE’ FOURTH OF JULY MILITARY PARADE

TRUMP SINGS PRAISES OF AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM IN ELABORATE JULY 4 SALUTE

“The accrued amount for the July 4th holiday totals approximately $1.7 million. It is critical that the EPSF is fully reimbursed for these funds to ensure the District can uphold proper security and support during the remainder of the fiscal year without incurring a deficit for federal activities.”

Bowser also stated general concerns about the fiscal budget for 2021 and said the emergency security fund for the city will be insolvent before the end of 2019. She claimed the fund is $6 million in the red and also blamed increased security for political officials, the 2017 presidential inauguration and the funeral for former President George H.W. Bush for the shortfall.

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Fox News reached out to the White House and the mayor’s office for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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Attorneys General Shocked At Court’s Decision To Allow Donald Trump To ‘Brazenly’ Profit From Presidency

This is how you fight corruption, unless you’re (not you literally) “OK” with “business as usual” establishment politics.

Nothing will change without a major shift of how the majority of our citizens are not being represented.

I can’t help but think Trump will let the Mueller Report be his playbook in 2020, and what will be our plan “B” then? Do we prep now, or just allow the status quo to keep oppressing people till it’s too late?

At some point people need to really look at our political system and know it’s rigged on all sides (except for the common working person), it’s that the symptom of Trump is the reason we are finally seeing the cause of how our politicians have been playing us as fools for at least a century.

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Acosta Defends His Role in Brokering Jeffrey Epstein Plea Deal

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WASHINGTON — Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta on Wednesday publicly defended his role in overseeing the prosecution of Jeffrey Epstein on sex crimes charges in Florida over a decade ago, bucking a growing chorus of Democratic calls for his resignation.

Mr. Acosta said he had faced a tough choice between accepting a plea deal that was not as tough as he wished and going to trial with witnesses who were scared to testify, in what he described as “a roll of the dice” that might not have resulted in a conviction and prison term.

“I wanted to help them,” Mr. Acosta said of the victims during a nationally televised news conference at the Labor Department headquarters. “That is why we intervened. And that’s what the prosecutors of my office did — they insisted that he go to jail and put the world on notice that he was and is a sexual predator.”

Mr. Acosta’s appearance before cameras was seen as a crucial test of whether he will keep his job, with an audience of one as President Trump watched and weighed a decision. Mr. Acosta said he had spoken with Mr. Trump and believed he had his backing.

“My relationship with the president is outstanding,” he said. “He has very publicly made clear that I’ve got his support.”

Mr. Acosta also denied that Mick Mulvaney, the White House chief of staff, had suggested he be forced out.

But while expressing empathy for the victims and applauding the new prosecution in New York, Mr. Acosta declined an opportunity to apologize or offer regrets for the decision he made back then.

“Look, no regrets is a very hard question,” he said. “You always look back and you say, ‘What if?’” He added: “We did what we did because we wanted to see Epstein go to jail. He needed to go to jail. He needed to go to jail. And that was the focus.”

Mr. Acosta was serving as the United States attorney for the southern district of Florida when he brokered a sentence that resulted in Mr. Epstein serving 13 months in jail after being accused of sexually abusing dozens of young women and girls.

In February, the Justice Department opened an investigation into the handling of that case, and Mr. Epstein was indicted on Monday by the United States attorney in Manhattan, Geoffrey S. Berman, on child sex trafficking charges.

In recent days, Mr. Acosta has weathered calls for his resignation from Democratic leaders, even as Mr. Trump has defended him. On Tuesday, Mr. Trump told reporters gathered at the White House that he felt “badly” for Mr. Acosta, but added that his administration would look into the handling of the matter “very carefully.”

Behind the scenes, Mr. Trump has been closely following the news coverage surrounding the Epstein case, and he has faced new scrutiny over his own personal relationship with Mr. Epstein, also a Palm Beach fixture.

The latest charges, along with the discovery of hundreds of nude images of young women or girls at Mr. Epstein’s New York residence, have created an angry public debate that has severely called into question Mr. Acosta’s past work to broker an initial plea deal.

The Miami Herald, which revealed the details of the plea deal in February and has called for Mr. Acosta to resign, persuaded several women who were abused as girls or young women to talk.

At his news conference on Wednesday, Mr. Acosta said he decided to intervene in what had been a state case because Mr. Epstein was going to get away without any time behind bars. He said some of the victims were traumatized and refused to testify, and that others actually exonerated Mr. Epstein.

“These cases, as I’ve said, are hard. They require a prosecutor to ask whether a plea that guarantees jail time and guarantees registration, to ask whether that plea versus going to trial,” Mr. Acosta said, mentioning Mr. Epstein’s registration as a sex offender. “How do you weigh those two if going to trial is viewed as a roll of the dice? The goal here was straightforward — put Epstein behind bars, ensure that he registers as a sexual offender.”

He explained the late notification of the victims by saying that it was unclear that Mr. Epstein would abide by the agreement and that prosecutors feared defense attorneys would use an effort by victims to recover restitution to undermine their credibility.

Mr. Acosta said that times have changed, and that juries today are more understanding of victims in such cases. “Today our judges do not allow victim shaming by defense attorneys,” he said, and added that outrage by the victims was “entirely appropriate.”

“The point I’m trying to make is everything that the victims have gone through in these cases is horrific, and their response is entirely justified,” Mr. Acosta said. “At the same time, I think it’s important to stand up for the prosecutors of my former office and make clear that what they were trying to do was help these victims.”

Mr. Acosta has privately reached out to allies for help handling the public relations debacle and inquired about potential post-government work should he be forced out, according to two people familiar with the matter.

In the end, Mr. Trump — who has dealt with harsh criticism engulfing several of his cabinet aides before — signaled that it was up to Mr. Acosta to defend himself, according to several White House officials familiar with that discussion.

In a sign that congressional Democrats are seeking to increase pressure on Mr. Acosta, Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the chair of the Oversight and Reform Committee, sent a letter to the labor secretary Wednesday afternoon, requesting that he testify before the committee later this month about his decision to authorize a nonprosecution agreement for Mr. Epstein.

“Your testimony is even more critical now that federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York unsealed a new indictment earlier this week outlining a host of additional charges against Mr. Epstein,” Mr. Cummings said in the letter, “including luring dozens of teenage girls to his homes in New York City and Palm Beach, Florida, and paying them to engage in sexual activity with him.”

A handful of Mr. Trump’s allies are not so sure that he will remain supportive of Mr. Acosta as the news coverage continues. Chris Ruddy, the chief executive of Newsmax and a confidant of the president’s, said in a CNN interview on Tuesday evening that administration officials who have encountered the sort of coverage that Mr. Acosta has attracted generally do not last long.

“My experience with Donald Trump is if he sees somebody is a bad apple,” Mr. Ruddy said, “he will stay as far away from that person as possible.”

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Ed Henry and his sister, Colleen, both recovering and making ‘good progress’ after liver donation surgeries

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Fox News chief national correspondent Ed Henry and his sister, Colleen, are making good progress in their recoveries after liver donation surgeries, their family said Wednesday.

Both siblings are “awake, chatty, and visiting with family,” and incredibly, Ed was even able to walk down the hall on Wednesday to see his younger sister for the first time since the surgery.

Ed’s family said doctors have been encouraged by how well both surgeries went and how their old and new livers have been performing so far.

Ed and Colleen have remained in the ICU, where doctors said they’ll continue recovering.

ED HENRY: I’M BECOMING A LIVER DONOR FOR THE SISTER I LOVE, SO SHE CAN LIVE A LONG AND HEALTHY LIFE

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GOFUNDME PAGE FOR COLLEEN HENRY’S RECOVERY

The Fox News correspondent also wanted to thank everyone for the outpouring of love, support and prayers that have been shared since Henry emotionally revealed last weekend he was donating part of his liver to save his sister’s life.

In a piece for FoxNews.com, Henry wrote: “My goal is much simpler: I am determined to do whatever I can to give my sister the greatest gift of all, which quite simply is life.”

He added, “The fact is that the risk of mortality for me is extremely low – less than 1 percent, according to the doctors. I will gladly take on the small risk of what the paperwork I signed at the hospital last week calls a “large midline incision” for the gigantic reward of having my sister around for a very long time.”

Speaking about the decision on “Fox & Friends,” he said the people around him at his job and in his life have helped him bear the burden of taking on the unknown to help save his baby sister.

TRANSPLANT SPECIALIST BREAKS DOWN WHAT ED HENRY CAN EXPECT AFTER LIVER DONATION TO HIS SISTER

“Now that I’ve caught my breath, my parents have been great, my wife’s been great, my kids are strong beyond their years,” he said.

“I can’t forget to say that Suzanne Scott, our C.E.O., you know, it’s funny, you feel a burden and then you feel like it’s lifted when people around you help you. Jay Wallace our president, Lauren Petterson as well, one of our great executives — they were asking me to do all kinds of things like go to the debates in Miami and do these things… but you’re running out to the hospital, taking another blood test. I finally just said, Suzanne, I can’t do this, and she was like, go help your sister. Everybody at Fox — and they are amazing… we’re family.”

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GoFundMe page has been taking donations for Colleen Henry’s recovery.

Fox News’ Sam Dorman contributed to this report.

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Conspiracy theory about slain DNC staffer was planted by Russian intelligence, report finds

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Man Plunges Off Niagara Falls’ Largest Waterfall And Survives

Authorities say a man has survived being swept over Niagara Falls’ largest 167-foot waterfall, making him one of only a few people to have survived the fall.

The unidentified man, described as being “in crisis,” was seen climbing over a retaining wall surrounding Horseshoe Falls around 4 a.m. Tuesday before entering the water and plunging over the edge, Niagara Parks Police said. 

A search of the water below later found him sitting on some rocks. He was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said. 

The man’s identity has not been released and it’s not clear whether he was wearing any kind of safety protection.

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SOPA Images via Getty Images A man rescued from the rocks below Niagara Falls’ largest Horseshoe Falls plunged over the falls’ edge around 4 a.m. Tuesday, authorities said.

Surviving such a fall is extremely rare, with only a handful of people known to have survived it without any protection.

The first person known to have survived such a fall was Kirk Jones in an apparent suicide attempt in 2003. Four years later Jones attempted the jump again ― this time in an apparent stunt in which he may have been inside an inflatable ball ― and died.

At least two other people who have since plunged over the edge without a safety device have survived, according to The Associated Press.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Tourists look over the brink of the Horseshoe Falls at Niagara Falls, Ontario, near where a man plunged over the falls and survived in 2009.

The Buffalo News reported that high water levels may have contributed to the latest man’s survival.

“I know firsthand the lake levels are at all-time high levels. When Lake Erie is higher and flowing more robustly to Lake Ontario, there is a better chance of missing the massive boulders under the Horseshoe Falls,” Jim Diodati, mayor of Niagara Falls, Ontario, told the paper. “The only way you would ever have a chance to survive that kind of a fall was to overshoot the large rocks below.”

Each year an estimated 25 people end their lives by going over the falls, The Buffalo News reported.

If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can also text HOME to 741-741 for free, 24-hour support from the Crisis Text Line. Outside of the U.S., please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of resources.

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Volkswagen marks the end of Beetle production in Mexico

Volkswagen on Wednesday celebrated the coming end of production of its most iconic model, the Beetle.

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An event was held at the automaker’s Puebla, Mexico, factory as a denim blue Final Edition coupe rolled down the assembly line that is slated to be put on display at the company’s nearby museum.

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However, a Volkswagen spokesperson said that production of the third-generation Beetle will continue into next week, before the facility is retooled to replace it with a subcompact SUV aimed at the North American market.

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The Beetle was first built in Wolfsburg, Germany, but the car was manufactured in more than a dozen locations around the world over the years before production was consolidated in Puebla, Mexico.

It’s the second time the facility has hosted a grand farewell for the beloved Bug. The last of the 21.5 million original Type 1 cars was manufactured there in 2003, ending a run that stretched back to 1938 when it debuted in Germany under the Nazi regime.

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Puebla also produced the retro-modern New Beetle from 1998 to 2010, but it and the latest version were niche products compared to their mass-market predecessor, with a combined total of fewer than 2 million produced.

This will mark the first time since Beetle production was restarted in 1945 at the end of World War 2 that the nameplate won’t be in the company’s portfolio, and there are no plans to resurrect it in the foreseeable future.

Instead, VW will soon be launching an all-electric reboot of the classic Microbus minivan called the I.D. Buzz as its flagship heritage model, while a battery-powered dune buggy is under consideration.

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Bernie Sanders unveils list of ‘anti-endorsements,’ including Disney CEO and Home Depot co-founder

Bernie Sanders unveiled a list of 13 “anti-endorsements” on Wednesday, saying he is “proud” to be opposed by “modern-day oligarchs” including Disney CEO Bob Iger, billionaire Haim Saban, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and Home Depot co-founder Kenneth Langone.

Others on the list were former Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam (who was called Sanders’ views “contemptible”), former General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt and former Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein (who has implied that Sanders’ efforts could be “dangerous”).

Conspicuously absent from the list was Rahm Emanuel, the former Chicago mayor, whom Sanders condemned during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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“I want to thank Rahm Emanuel for not endorsing me,” Sanders wrote at the time. “I don’t want the endorsement of a mayor shutting down schools and firing teachers.”

Sanders’ anti-endorsements were posted to his campaign website, and they  began with a headlining quote from President Franklin D. Roosevelt: “I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.”

In an accompanying statement, Sanders threw in some fiery rhetoric of his own.

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“You can tell who is truly fighting for working families by the enemies they make, and we’ve made a lot of enemies,” Sanders said.  “We understand that nothing will fundamentally change for working Americans unless we have the guts to take on the most powerful corporate interests in this country. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that corporate CEOs and billionaires have united against our movement. These people have a vested interest in preserving the status quo so they can keep their grip on power and continue to exploit working people across America. We welcome their hatred.”

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Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger was named to Sanders’ anti-endorsement list. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles)

“While Kenneth Langone has a net worth of $3.7 billion, Home Depot pays wages so low that many of its workers are forced to rely on food stamps, Medicaid and public housing subsidized by U.S. taxpayers,” read one blurb on the anti-endorsement list. “Today, cashiers at Home Depot make as little as $9 an hour — the very definition of a starvation wage.”

The blurb was accompanied by a sarcastic remark in which Langone, the Home Depot co-founder, referred to Sanders as “the antichrist.”

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Sanders, briefly the Democrat presidential frontrunner, has trailed former Vice President Joe Biden in fundraising and polling since Biden’s entrance into the race.

In a related bit of business, Sander, Independent senator from Vermont, on Tuesday criticized liberal megadonor Tom Steyer’s decision to throw his hat in the ring for the 2020 presidential election.

“I like Tom personally,” Sanders told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “But I do have to say as somebody who in this campaign has received two million campaign contributions, averaging I believe $19 a person, I am a bit tired of seeing billionaires trying to buy political power.”

Earlier this year, Sanders sparred with progressive activist groups that pointed out that he has since largely dropped his criticisms of “millionaires and billionaires,” opting instead to single out “billionaires” only — ever since Sanders himself became a millionaire.

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Sanders has released tax returns showing that he and his wife paid a 26 percent effective tax rate on $561,293 in income, and made more than $1 million in both 2016 and 2017. Sanders donated only $10,600 to charity in 2016 and $36,300 in 2017, the records showed, followed by nearly $19,000 in 2018.

Those relatively minimal charitable contributions led critics in both parties to accuse Sanders of hypocrisy.

“People like Sanders … would have more credibility if they didn’t engage in such hypocritical practices, condemning the big, bad rich people whose greed they want to harness for their own allegedly benevolent bidding,” Liz Wolfe wrote in The Federalist.

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Former Puerto Rico education secretary and five others arrested in corruption probe

Six people, including Puerto Rico‘s former education secretary, were arrested in a sweeping corruption probe in which it’s alleged that they steered federal funds to unqualified, politically connected contractors, federal officials said Wednesday.

The FBI arrested former education secretary Julia Keleher, former Puerto Rico Health Insurance Administration head Ángela Ávila-Marrero; businessmen Fernando Scherrer-Caillet and Alberto Velázquez-Piñol, and education contractors Glenda E. Ponce-Mendoza and Mayra Ponce-Mendoza, who are sisters, on fraud and related charges.

“It was alleged that the defendants engaged in a public corruption campaign and profited at the expense of the Puerto Rican citizens and students,” Neil Sanchez, the special agent in charge of the U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General’s Southern Region, said in a Wednesday news conference. “This type of corruption is particularly egregious because it not only victimizes taxpayers, it victimizes those citizens and students that are in need of educational assistance.”

FBI AGENTS RAID SAN JUAN GOVERNMENT OFFICES AS PART OF INVESTIGATION INTO FRAUD, CORRUPTION

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Federal agents escort former Puerto Rico Health Insurance Administration head Ángela Ávila-Marrero, who was arrested in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

The alleged fraud involved $15.5 million in federal money spent between 2017 and 2019. Keleher’s education department spent around $13 million during her two years as secretary. Another $2.5 million was spent by the insurance administration when Ávila-Marrero led the agency.

Officials said Velázques Piñol illegally used federal money to pay for lobbying, and improperly used contacts in the education and health insurance agencies to win contracts. Ponce-Mendoza worked as Keleher’s assistant; both her and her sister were friends with the former secretary.

Keleher is accused of steering contracts toward her friends without going through regular procedures.

PUERTO RICANS ACCUSED OF MISUSING $8M IN FUNDS

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FBI agents escort businessman Fernando Scherrer-Caillet. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

“It’s a shame because there is a lot to do for Puerto Rico and the people accused here profited from this, they sought to benefit their own personal interests and did not think they could help or that they were in a position to help Puerto Rico,” said Rosa Emilia Rodriguez, the U.S. attorney for Puerto Rico. “It’s embarrassing.”

Officials said there was no evidence that Keleher or Ávila-Marrero profited from the scheme. Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello was not involved in the investigation.

He was returning from vacation in Europe to meet with lawmakers about the investigation.

In a tweet, he said the “allegations against the people arrested today are a shame.”

Keleher’s tenure as the island territory’s education secretary was marred by criticism over her proposed expansion of charter schools and the closing of hundreds of schools after Hurricane Maria.

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The island has been plagued by allegations of corrupt officials misusing funds in recent years.

“It’s a shame that we see this type of scheme, one after another,” Rodríguez said. “There’s much work to be done in Puerto Rico. … This is the type of case that’s been seen so much, involving federal funds, and it’s shameful.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Bride shamed for $165G wedding paid for by parents: ‘I lost my job a month after getting engaged’

A bride is getting dragged for having an elaborate wedding that set her back a whopping $165,000. Though the outrage didn’t stem from the bride’s expensive tastes — it was from who was footing the bill.

Emily, 29, from Phoenix, Ariz., shared details of her wedding on Refinery29’s article “10 Women Share Who Paid For What at Their Wedding.”

Emily, who did not give a last name, shared that her wedding cost $165k — including marriage prep, church-related costs, ceremony and reception with fireworks.

Though the expense was massive, those who commented on Emily’s story were outraged by the fact that Emily did not pay for any of it.

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“My parents paid for basically everything. I paid for a few little ‘extras,’ like my bridesmaids’ gifts, but I lost my job a month after getting engaged, so I didn’t have an income for about half of the time I was wedding planning. I would have liked to contribute more, but it just wasn’t in the cards, and my parents were very generous,” she wrote in Refinery29’s questionnaire.

Emily added that her husband paid for the engagement ring and engagement trip to Canada, as well as his groom expenses, and his parents paid for the rehearsal dinner and gave the couple $5,000 toward the honeymoon.

My husband and I are aggressively paying back his six-figure student debt, so a lavish 200+ person wedding would not have been in the cards.

— Emily

The 29-year-old goes on to explain that her parents’ generosity was just “understood.”

“It was just always understood that my parents would be paying, but I still often felt guilty about how much everything cost. But my parents, my husband, and I all agreed very early on that we wanted a big, fun wedding, and that’s just expensive,” she wrote.

“Since I wasn’t working, I would have had to forgo a lot of that stuff in the moment, and they made it possible for me to just enjoy it and not worry about the cost,” she continued, adding that she is “incredibly grateful” to her parents.

Emily went on to explain the couple would have had a wedding that looked “a lot different” if her parents didn’t pitch in.

“My husband and I are aggressively paying back his six-figure student debt, so a lavish 200+ person wedding would not have been in the cards,” she wrote.

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Though the expense was massive, those who commented on Emily’s story were outraged by the fact that Emily did not pay for any of her wedding. (iStock)

Though Emily claimed she doesn’t think anyone “should go into debt” for a wedding, she is happy she was able to have the wedding of her dreams.

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“It’s the marriage that is important, not the wedding. (I know, I know, easy for me to say, I got both.)” Emily read.

Those on Refinery29’s Facebook page were quick to respond, shaming the bride’s budget.

“That’s just immature and irresponsible. Wow,” one person wrote.

“You can have an amazing wedding day for less than $165k and it is definitely not a parent’s job to pay for a wedding,” another person commented.

“My parents paid for my wedding. About $30k 20 years ago. They saved my whole life to do this for me. It was such a blessing! I will do the same for my daughter. $165k however is over the top. And I would never ask for that, and I’m raising my daughter to now be outlandish too!” one person shared.

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Those on Refinery29’s Facebook page were quick to respond, shaming the bride’s budget. (iStock)

“’My husband and I are aggressively paying back his six-figure student debt, so a lavish 200+ person wedding would not have been in the cards… …If you can’t afford a big party, don’t have one.’ Girl. YOU couldn’t afford it, your parents could,” another person wrote, referencing the bride’s husband’s debt.

“Geez, you could buy a house (or at least an awesome down payment) for that!” one shared.

“That’s a waste of money, your parents could use that money for retirement. Spoiled much,” another wrote.

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Not everyone was against the bride, though.

“Why shame someone else on what they spent on their wedding? If her parents were happy to pay for it, that’s their business,” a commenter wrote.

“I’m tryna have coins like this. I’d love to be able to really afford my son’s wedding. Or honeymoon. It’s goals for me,” one commented.

“This a good way to distribute wealth. ~ If the parents of the bride can afford it, more power to them. this wedding kept a number of people employed.  It is a whole lot better than handing it out,” another in favor of the bride wrote.

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