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Meet the shady fundraisers for Trump — including one guy who bribed NYC pension with $1 million

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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow shed some light on Tuesday on some of the men the Republican National Committee (RNC) has chosen to raise funds for Donald Trump — a fact that she said in and of itself changes his campaign.

“They are starting the effort of shoveling money to him,” Maddow said, adding that after months of boasting about running a self-financed campaign, “he just raises money from rich people like all the other candidates do.”

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Heading the effort, she explained, was Steve Mnuchin, who she described last month as a “cartoon vulture villain” who was targeted by protesters over his business practices.

Mnuchen, Maddow said, was part of a group that “bought the scraps of a bank that had gone bust in the financial collapse, had taxpayers bail them out to the tune of $13 billion, and then themselves profited handsomely as they threw 35,000 California families out of their homes by foreclosing on the mortgages that these billionaire guys had bought for pennies on the dollar.”

But other members of the RNC’s “victory” team had their own questionable pasts, Maddow said, including venture capitalist Elliott Broidy, who admitted in 2009 that he gave New York state pension fund officials almost $1 million in gifts, including $75,000 that went toward a trip to Jerusalem by former state comptroller Alan Hevesi.

But despite pleading guilty to bribery, he never served any jail time, because he worked with prosecutors to implicate the officials who took the bribes.

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“Nice work if you can get it,” Maddow quipped. “And that guy was just named the vice chair of the Donald Trump ‘Victory Fund’ for the Republican National Committee. Where do they find these guys?”

Watch Maddow’s commentary, as aired on Tuesday, below.

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Japan wants to dump Fukushima radioactive water into ocean

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Japan's top government spokesman slapped down the environment minister on Tuesday after he said there was "no other option" but to release radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant into the ocean.

"It is not true that we have decided on the disposal method," Chief Cabinet Minister Yoshihide Suga told reporters after Environment Minister Yoshiaki Harada's comments earlier in the day.

The operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), is storing more than one million tonnes of contaminated water in tanks at the site of Fukushima Daiichi Plant that was wrecked by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown.

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Here’s one big reason why Trump is having a white-hot meltdown over the Fed not dropping interest rates

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President Donald Trump has a personal conflict-of-interest that may be impacting his decisions in his public feud with Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell.

"President Trump stands to save millions of dollars annually in interest on outstanding loans on his hotels and resorts if the Federal Reserve lowers rates as he has been demanding, according to public filings and financial experts," The Washington Post reported Saturday.

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Trump approves of North Korea missile tests: ‘I have no problem’ because they’re just ‘short-range missiles’

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On Thursday, in conversation with reporters, President Donald Trump said that he had 'no problem' with North Korea's new round of missile tests.

"Short-range missiles, we never made an agreement on that," said Trump. "I have no problem, we'll see what happens, but these are short-range missiles. They're very standard."

The thought that short-range missiles would still be capable of hitting our allies in the region, like South Korea and Japan, does not seem to have occurred to him.

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Trump says he has "no problem" with North Korea testing missiles because they are just "short-range missiles" that are "very standard." pic.twitter.com/fdKtQ6yrBE

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