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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.

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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Dr Birx proves that no amount of gushing compliments can compensate for even a little bit of honesty with Trump: op-ed

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One of President Trump's top infectious disease experts, Dr. Deborah Birx, is known for avoiding Trump's wrath, but that changed when she recently decided to speak frankly on the growing spread of coronavirus across the country. While Trump walked back his public criticism of her, the dust shows that no amount of "gushing compliments or massaging statistics can compensate for even a little bit of honesty with this man," the Washington Post's Molly Roberts writes.

While Birx appeared to be in control of the facts when she first emerged as a figure on the coronavirus task force, she soon became someone Democrats couldn't trust.

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‘Malignant’ GOP voters will keep backing ‘dumber and angrier’ candidates no matter what happens in November: Conservative

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Even if the Republican Party suffers crippling losses in November's election, that won't solve the problem of the "malignant Republican voter."

President Donald Trump's conservative opponents have been publicly debating whether the GOP deserves to survive, but The Week columnist Damon Linker says reducing the party to cinders and ash won't root out the party's rotten core.

"The head of the party is a corrupt and malicious imbecile," Linker wrote. "Republicans in Congress are a mix of Trump enablers, obstructionist-demagogues out to maximize the wealth of their donors, know-nothing conspiracist loons, and a few reformers experimenting with the most politically palatable way to blend nationalism with socialism. All of them are primarily motivated by the drive toward self-promotion within the right-wing media complex. And when we move further down the Republican hierarchy to the state and local level, things only get worse."

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‘Survival of organized human society’ at risk: New campaign rallies progressives to vote Trump out

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"As progressives and leftists, we are not going to minimize our disagreements with Joe Biden. But we're also clear-eyed about where things stand. We have a moral responsibility to defeat Trump."

With the goal of boosting progressive voter turnout in swing states that could play a decisive role in November, advocacy group RootsAction.org on Wednesday launched a grassroots campaign aiming to prevent another disastrous four years of President Donald Trump's "war on truth, on decency, on our planet, and on working people."

Organizers of the new "Vote Trump Out" initiative argue that while progressives have major substantive differences with Joe Biden on a number of key issues, "supporting the Democratic nominee in swing states is the only means we have to defeat Trump."

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