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Trump’s scandal-plagued foundation performed ‘literally no good works’: public policy expert

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The New York Attorney General’s office has accused President Donald Trump’s personal charity foundation of being an utter sham used by the Trump family for illegal self-dealing operations.

Harold Pollack, a professor at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, writes on Twitter that he’s not surprised by the New York AG’s allegations — but he is shocked at the total depravity of Trump’s grift.

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While he has no trouble believing that Trump funneled money from the Trump Foundation to pay off his own business’s lawsuits or to buy himself autographed Tim Tebow football helmets, he is shocked that the Trump Foundation still managed to perform “literally no good works,” even as cover for its other shady activities.

Pollack then draws on his own experience of trying to raise funds for assorted research projects from rich people — and he says that none of them has ever been as singularly self-interested as Trump.

“Every one of them has a genuine passion for something, even if that something seems pretty silly or frivolous to us,” he writes. “Maybe they’re passionate about liver cancer because their wonderful nanny suffered from it. Maybe they want to give $50 million to the Pollack cat leukemia center.”

In contrast, he writes, “President Trump doesn’t show any of that, any genuine interest in anything outside of himself.”

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This is not to say that other rich people are angels, Pollack insists, but that they at least have some part inside them that wants to be generous.

“Sure — you might use your foundation to skirt a few rules about estate taxes and corporate governance,” he explains. “But it’s a real thing. You’re proud of it. You enjoy it. You don’t use it to pay your kid’s $7 Boy Scout dues, or make your foundation an embarrassing joke.”

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Longtime GOP strategist explains why his party is getting crushed in the war of ideas

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Republican strategist Stuart Stevens on Wednesday warned the GOP that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) might not be a pushover candidate against President Donald Trump in 2020.

Writing on Twitter, Stevens admitted that he had "no idea" if Warren would beat Trump next year, but he did say that "Trump and supporters are destroying [the] credibility of any center-right argument" thanks to Trump's "corrupt and unstable" governance.

When one of Stevens' followers said that Warren would not be able to fulfill her promises just by taxing the wealthy, he countered that this idea is still more popular than anything Republicans are championing.

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Here’s what really went down with Trump’s Taliban peace talks misadventure

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