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This is the shady Trump fundraiser that unleashed an avalanche of new legal trouble for his family

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President Donald Trump and his three eldest children broke the law by using their charitable foundation as a slush fund, according to a new lawsuit filed by the New York attorney general.

The investigation appears to have been prompted by reporting by the Washington Post‘s David Fahrenthold, who won a Pulitzer Prize for digging into alleged payouts by the Trump Organization.

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Specifically, state attorney general Barbara Underwood identified a Jan. 28, 2016, fundraiser Trump held in Des Moines, Iowa, while skipping a Republican primary debate.

Trump promised to donate $1 million to veterans organizations after the fundraiser, and Fahrenthold began looking into the charity after finding no evidence to show the payment was ever made.

Emails show the Trump campaign dictated donations by the charity despite a ban on political activity by non-profit organizations.

Underwood’s suit also claims the Trump Foundation improperly directed donations to personal and business ventures by the president and his family.

“These include a $100K payment to settle legal claims against Mr. Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort, $158K to settle legal claims against Trump National Golf Club, and $10K to purchase a painting of Mr. Trump displayed at the Trump National Doral,” the suit claims.

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The attorney general has asked the IRS an FEC to open investigations into possible violations of federal law by the president and his family.


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Trump wants Ric Grenell to keep his ambassador job while also overseeing every intelligence agency: report

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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump was reported to be planning to appoint U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell to serve as acting Director of National Intelligence — a position for which he has zero qualifications. The move raised immediate fears, given that Grenell is a hardline Trump loyalist.

But it doesn't stop there. Reports also suggest that the president intends for Grenell to keep serving as Ambassador to Germany at the same time as he is overseeing every U.S. intelligence agency.

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‘You lost me’: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez graciously defuses confrontational question

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In an appearance on ABC's popular daytime talk show "The View" Wednesday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spoke about what she called a "disconnect" between centrist, establishment members of the Democratic Party and progressive lawmakers who have been viewed as agitators in the party.

Co-host Whoopi Goldberg said that while she had applauded Ocasio-Cortez's surprise victory in her 2018 primary against Wall Street-backed former Rep. Joe Crowley, she has since cooled on the lawmaker due to what she views as a dismissal of baby boomers' past activism. Ocasio-Cortez has pushed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to back a Green New Deal, called on her fellow Democrats to support Medicare for All, and criticized Democrats who take big-money donations from the financial, for-profit healthcare, and fossil fuel sectors.

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Security experts sound the alarm on Russian interference in the 2020 election: Their campaign is ‘underway’

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Cybersecurity experts have been warning that it isn’t a question of whether or not the Russian government under President Vladimir Putin will try to interfere in the United States’ 2020 election — it’s a question of how successful they will be and the ways in which they will make an attempt. Three security experts (Alex Finley, John Sipher and Asha Rangappa) address this concern in a February 19 article for Just Security, warning that troubling vulnerabilities remain in the United States’ election system.

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