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NRA under investigation for raiding $206 million from charitable foundation for political use: report

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On Tuesday, The New York Times revealed a new bombshell allegation against the National Rifle Association: since 2010, the group has reportedly transferred $206 million from its charitable foundation, to stave off increasingly serious financial losses.

The transfers are now under investigation by New York Attorney General Letitia James, who has sent letters to both the NRA and its foundation ordering them to preserve documents as part of the probe.

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Both organizations deny they have done anything improper. But the revelations come on top of a long string of bad news for the powerful gun rights group.

In addition to declining membership and revenue under President Donald Trump, the NRA has faced a host of other accusations of self-enrichment, with several executives reportedly double-dipping and arranging personally beneficial vendor contracts with the organization’s now-estranged advertising firm, Ackerman McQueen.

CEO Wayne LaPierre has also reportedly billed the NRA for $267,000 in personal expenses, including international flights, limousine rides, an Italian lake resort, and an intern’s rent. This was detailed in documents allegedly leaked by former President Oliver North, who was ousted at the NRA’s Indianapolis convention earlier this month.

Meanwhile, the group’s legal woes are costing a fortune as well. The NRA is allegedly charging an outside counsel $97,000 a day as it fights a bevy of other investigations, as well as legal action by New York State against its “Carry Guard” gun owners’ liability insurance plan. Last year, the NRA suggested in a lawsuit against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo that this battle posed an existential threat to the organization.

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The latest allegations against the NRA’s use of charitable donations could potentially threaten its tax-exempt status in the state of New York.


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New testimony adds 2 stunning — and previously unknown — details about the Ukraine extortion

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New testimony released Monday from the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of the Ukraine scandal included at least two new stunning details about the quid pro quo scheme at the heart of the matter.

Overall, the transcripts for depositions of Catherine Croft and Christopher Anderson, who were advisers to U.S. envoy Kurt Volker, built on the story of that we already know: that President Donald Trump pushed a shadow foreign policy to pressure Ukraine into investigating his political opponents, a scheme that involved using his office and military aid as leverage over the country in opposition to the official policy.

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Trump blasted for his ‘Endorsement of Doom’ after Sean Spicer loses on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

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Team Trump had gone all in urging supporters to vote for former White House press secretary Sean Spicer on the game show "Dancing with the Stars."

Votes had been urged by RNC officials and Trump himself had urged his 66 million Twitter followers to vote for Spicer.

Despite the full heft of the Trump campaign, Spicer lost on Monday's show.

Trump deleted his failed tweet urging votes for Spicer -- and instead said it was a "great try" by his former advisor.

Looks like this endorsement was as successful as your last one!

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‘He’s misunderstood’: Nikki Haley tells Fox News how Trump is actually a really good listener

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Former Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley defended President Donald Trump during a Monday appearance with Fox News personality Sean Hannity.

Hannity asked the former South Carolina governor if Trump was "misunderstood."

"I do think he’s misunderstood," Haley replied.

"I can tell you, from the first day to the last day that I worked for the president, he always listened, he was always conscious of hearing other voices, allowing people to debate out the issues, and then he made his decision," Haley claimed.

She argued that, "I saw a president that was very thoughtful, looked at all of the issues, made decisions, and it was a pleasure and honor to work with him."

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