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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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Pennsylvania Republican senator arrested and charged with possession of child pornography

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According to a release from Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Republican state Sen. Michael Folmer has been arrested and charged with possession of child pornography.

The release said that the investigation began as the result of a CyberTip about Tumblr discovering that a user had uploaded child pornography onto their site. It ultimately led to the home of Folmer in Lebanon, PA. A search warrant yielded images on Folmer's phone.

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Netanyahu refuses to concede after he falls short — blames media instead

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Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, refused to concede after being down in the election night polls. Like the last election, Netanyahu is claiming his own personal victory and blaming the media for all of his woes.

Senior Diplomatic correspondent Barak Ravid, at Channel 13 News in Tel-Aviv, was live-tweeting the election results late Tuesday night.

https://twitter.com/barakravid/status/1174116674225758209?s=21

"Netanyahu says Israel needs a Zionist government that is committed for Israel as a Jewish state. No government can be based on support from Arab parties," Ravid said.

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Mitch McConnell crony running for Kentucky AG is ineligible for office: lawsuit

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On Tuesday, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported that a new lawsuit seeks to remove Daniel Cameron from the ballot as the Kentucky GOP's nominee for state attorney general.

According to the lawsuit, filed by retired union worker and "concerned citizen" Joseph Leon Jackson Sr. in Jefferson Circuit Court, Cameron does not meet the office requirement of having practiced law for eight years — because although he was admitted by the Kentucky Bar Association in 2011, he spent two of the following years clerking for U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove.

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