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Indicted Missouri governor now under investigation for questionable practices at his veterans charity

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Republican Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is already under felony indictment for an alleged blackmail scheme and revenge porn, but now a fellow Republican is probing his charity too.

According to the Kansas City Star, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley has opened an investigation into The Mission Continues, a non-partisan, non-profit group designed to help veterans transition back to civilian life.

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“The Mission Continues empowers veterans who are adjusting to life at home to find purpose through community impact,” the website reads. “We deploy veterans on new missions in their communities, so that their actions will inspire future generations to serve.”

“The Attorney General’s Office has an open inquiry into the charitable activities of The Mission Continues, pursuant to the AGO’s enforcement responsibilities under the consumer protection and charitable registration and reporting laws,” said the attorney general’s spokesperson Loree Anne Paradise.

The investigation came just after the Democratic Party accused Hawley’s office of being easy on Greitens for political reasons. They cited a St. Louis Post-Dispatch report that alleges a staffer of Greitens’ emailed the charity’s donor list to his campaign in 2015. Democrats frequently have hinted at quid pro quo because Greitens’ campaign made a $50,000 in-kind donation to Hawley’s campaign when he was running for attorney general. The donation was in the form of a set of mailers that went out on Greitens’ behalf and listed other Republicans being endorsed.

“I guess that’s what happens when you receive $50,000 from the Governor — you put his political survival above your obligation to Missourians,” Democratic Party spokesperson Brooke Goren told The Star Wednesday.

Greitens has already admitted that his 2016 campaign for governor had the charity’s donor list, though it’s unclear how the campaign obtained it. Sharing it could violate federal law, campaign finance law and the charity could lose its non-profit status.

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Trump supporters lose their minds when church shows Nativity scene in immigrant cages

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MAGA supporters are losing their minds after a photo of the Nativity scene at Claremont United Methodist Church was posted to Facebook.

The scene depicts Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus separated and put in their own cages, a reference to the families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. Inside the church, the family is shown as reunited.

Senior minister Karen Clark Ristine shared the image on Facebook with the message hoping that everyone in the United States could see the photo and read the story for Christmas.

"The theological statement posted with the nativity: In a time in our country when refugee families seek asylum at our borders and are unwillingly separated from one another, we consider the most well-known refugee family in the world," she wrote. "Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, the Holy Family. Shortly after the birth of Jesus, Joseph and Mary were forced to flee with their young son from Nazareth to Egypt to escape King Herod, a tyrant. They feared persecution and death."

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Columnist nails Republicans for only caring about Hunter Biden now that his father is running for president

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One of the critical questions that must be answered by Republicans, according to one Washington Post columnist, is why they didn't care about Hunter Biden's position at Burisma for so many years.

In a Sunday piece, James Downie asked why Republicans didn't do anything about Hunter Biden five years ago when it was first revealed that vice president's son was on the board of a Ukraine energy company. The House and the Senate were being run by Republicans until this year. They haven't had problems with other partisan investigations against high-profile leaders. There were ten investigations into the Benghazi attacks, three hearings, 29 witnesses, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified for 11 hours. Yet, it was only after Joe Biden announced he was running against President Donald Trump that Republicans discovered an issue.

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Republican staffer caught spying on Democrats during Judiciary Committee meetings

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A Republican staffer from the Ways and Means committee was caught spying on Democrats during their work over the weekend.

According to a Judiciary Committee source, the female staffer was ultimately discovered and ran out of the committee room once it was discovered she was there, tweeted Olivia Beavers, a writer at "The Hill."

"A Judiciary source says the committee, which has been practicing for their Monday impeachment hearing this whole weekend, came across a female GOP Ways and Means staffer in the hearing room today, but that she ran out once discovered," she tweeted.

https://twitter.com/Olivia_Beavers/status/1203784487559213056

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