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PBS affiliate will return $3.5 million donation after ties to hedge fund manager questioned

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A key Public Broadcasting Systems affiliate will return a $3.5 million donation from a billionaire anti-pension activist that was being used to broadcast a show seemingly hewing to his pro-business beliefs.

The New York Times reported on Friday that WNET-TV will refund the contribution from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation.

As Pando Daily reported on Wednesday, the PBS affiliate apparently pitched the series, Pension Peril, to the foundation and listed the group online as the sole donor, without mentioning its activities during the show. The group, founded by former Enron trader John Arnold, has dedicated itself to lobbying for public employee pensions to be cut across the country.

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The series will reportedly go on hiatus, while WNET reaffirmed its plans to continue reporting on the sustainability of pensions for public employees. In a joint statement released with PBS, the channel said it was returning the Arnolds’ donation “in order to eliminate any perception on the part of the public, our viewers, and donors that the foundation’s interests influenced the editorial integrity of the reporting for this program.”

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the foundation told the Times that Arnold’s organization “never sought, nor did we receive, any editorial control or access to the programming.” But Pando’s report mentioned that the terms of the original donation allowed the group to withdraw its funding “in the event of extraordinary circumstances,” and that early episodes already showed signs of obscuring facts that could run counter to anti-pension arguments.

[Image: ‘Sherlock’ star Benedict Cumberbatch and ‘Sesame Street’ characters, via PBS official Facebook page]

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New testimony adds 2 stunning — and previously unknown — details about the Ukraine extortion

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New testimony released Monday from the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of the Ukraine scandal included at least two new stunning details about the quid pro quo scheme at the heart of the matter.

Overall, the transcripts for depositions of Catherine Croft and Christopher Anderson, who were advisers to U.S. envoy Kurt Volker, built on the story of that we already know: that President Donald Trump pushed a shadow foreign policy to pressure Ukraine into investigating his political opponents, a scheme that involved using his office and military aid as leverage over the country in opposition to the official policy.

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Trump blasted for his ‘Endorsement of Doom’ after Sean Spicer loses on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

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Team Trump had gone all in urging supporters to vote for former White House press secretary Sean Spicer on the game show "Dancing with the Stars."

Votes had been urged by RNC officials and Trump himself had urged his 66 million Twitter followers to vote for Spicer.

Despite the full heft of the Trump campaign, Spicer lost on Monday's show.

Trump deleted his failed tweet urging votes for Spicer -- and instead said it was a "great try" by his former advisor.

Looks like this endorsement was as successful as your last one!

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‘He’s misunderstood’: Nikki Haley tells Fox News how Trump is actually a really good listener

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Former Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley defended President Donald Trump during a Monday appearance with Fox News personality Sean Hannity.

Hannity asked the former South Carolina governor if Trump was "misunderstood."

"I do think he’s misunderstood," Haley replied.

"I can tell you, from the first day to the last day that I worked for the president, he always listened, he was always conscious of hearing other voices, allowing people to debate out the issues, and then he made his decision," Haley claimed.

She argued that, "I saw a president that was very thoughtful, looked at all of the issues, made decisions, and it was a pleasure and honor to work with him."

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