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WATCH: Clinton advisor scorches MSNBC’s Chuck Todd for pushing right-wing theories about foundation

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Chuck Todd interviews Joel Benenson on Aug. 24, 2016. (MSNBC)

A senior advisor to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign lit into MSNBC host Chuck Todd on Wednesday, accusing him of peddling in right-wing conspiracy theories surrounding her charitable foundation.

“Nobody, Democrat or Republican, raised a question about Neal Bush, the second President Bush’s brother, remaining on the board of the Points of Light foundation because these foundations are charitable organizations that are helping people who aren’t getting help from other places. What is going on here?” Joel Benenson asked Todd. “We are so politicized that we’ll listen to fringe elements like Steve Bannon, and the stuff he’s peddling to Donald Trump.”

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Bannon, the former executive chairman of Breitbart News, became Trump’s campaign chief earlier this month. .

“Joel, it was Democrats — people working for President Obama — that were concerned of the optics,” Todd countered. “As Dick Lugar said, it’s not about the good intentions of President Clinton and Secretary Clinton. But the person giving the money may think it gives them something regardless, and that’s a bad thing.”

Lugar, a former GOP senator, has said that Clinton needs to make a “clean break” from the foundation if she wins the presidency. The Associated Press reported that the Clinton Foundation will no longer accept donations from foreign or corporate groups if she is elected president in November.

At one point in the interview, Benenson turned the question of transparency onto Trump.

“Let’s talk about transparency and openness and go down the block from your studio in New York, where Donald Trump owns a building a short walk from where I’m sitting,” he told Todd. “He’s in debt from banks in China, from Goldman Sachs. That is a clear conflict. This man is running for president and he’s saying he’ll just give the buildings to his kids.”

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Watch the interview, as aired on Wednesday, below.

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Rod Rosenstein secretly crippled the Mueller investigation: report

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According to a report from the New York Times, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had a hand in limiting the scope of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into ties between Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and the Russians by secretly curtailing an FBI counterintelligence probe.

The report from Michael Schmidt of the Times begins by stating, "The Justice Department secretly took steps in 2017 to narrow the investigation into Russian election interference and any links to the Trump campaign, according to former law enforcement officials," before adding, "But law enforcement officials never fully investigated Mr. Trump’s own relationship with Russia, even though some career F.B.I. counterintelligence investigators thought his ties posed such a national security threat that they took the extraordinary step of opening an inquiry into them."

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‘Meanest and most disrespectful’ senator: Trump lashes out at Kamala Harris in latest presser

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At Tuesday's White House press conference, President Donald Trump spent a considerable portion of the time attacking Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who was just announced to be former Vice President Joe Biden's running mate.

Harris, complained Trump, was the "meanest and most disrespectful person in the U.S. Senate." He particularly dwelled on her sharp interrogation of Brett Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court hearings.

Trump also added that she "lied" about a number of issues, claimed repeatedly she wants to raise taxes, said she is for "open borders and sanctuary cities ... which is also protecting a large number of criminals," and that she would destroy the Second Amendment.

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California bill to establish nation’s second public bank applauded as ‘historic challenge to Wall Street domination’

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"If California is serious about addressing racial and income inequities, we must create a banking system that centers people not profits."

In a move advocacy groups celebrated as a "historic challenge to Wall Street domination of municipal finances," a pair of California state lawmakers on Thursday unveiled legislation that would establish the nation's second publicly-owned bank and empower the institution to lend to businesses and local governments fighting to stay afloat amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

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