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Former President Trump addressing the NCGOP state convention in Greenville, North Carolina, earlier this month. Photo: Melissa Sue Gerrits/Getty Images

The Trump Organization filed a lawsuit against New York City Monday, alleging that the termination of its Bronx golf course contract following the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot was politically motivated.

Why it matters: The estimated cost of the decision by NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio to end all contracts between the city and former President Trump's family business is $17 million a year in revenue.

  • The Trump Organization alleges in the wrongful termination suit that the cancelation would cost the company $30 million.

What they're saying: "Mayor de Blasio had a pre-existing, politically-based predisposition to terminate Trump-related contracts, and the city used the events of January 6, 2021 as a pretext to do so," states the lawsuit, which was filed in the New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan.

The other side: Per the New York Times, Bill Neidhardt, a spokesperson for the mayor, said: "Donald Trump directly incited a deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. You do that, and you lose the privilege of doing business with the City of New York."

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Jun 21, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Scoop: Trump works refs ahead of book barrage

Graphic: Axios Visuals

Former President Trump has given at least 22 interviews for 17 different books since leaving office, with authors lining up at Mar-a-Lago as he labors to shape a coming tsunami of Trump tomes, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: Trump advisers see the coming book glut as proof that interest in "POTUS 45," as they call him, has never been higher. These advisers know that most of the books will paint a mixed picture, at best. But Trump is working the refs with charm, spin and dish.

Team Trump's Facebook ads circumvent ban

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Former President Trump may be banned from Facebook, but his political operation continues using it to raise money, records show.

Why it matters: A new round of ads purchased by a political group associated with him shows how the former president can continue tapping the world's largest social network even as Trump himself is barred from the platform.

Jun 21, 2021 - Axios Denver

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock digs in on support of airport nominee

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock in his office. Photo: Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Mayor Michael Hancock's office directly contradicted itself last week when it said its nominee to lead Denver International Airport was not named in any search warrants. Now, its strategy appears to be digging in its heels further.

State of play: Following our reporting that found Phillip Washington is in fact named in a criminal search warrant, Hancock's spokesperson Theresa Marchetta told the Denver Post that there was "absolutely nothing new or revelatory in these documents," and that there is "nothing here that contradicts any official statements from the Mayor's Office."

  • Neither claims are true.