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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.

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.

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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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Lara Trump snarls at critics of ‘send her back’ for pushing a ‘biased, racially-charged narrative’

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Lara Trump, the wife of President Donald Trump's son Eric, has accused CNN anchor Anderson Cooper of pushing a "biased, racially-charged narrative" after he criticized her recent defense of the Trump administration over the "send her back" scandal.

This article first appeared on Salon.

"Anyone insinuating that there was some premeditated plan to orchestrate the “send her back” chant is obviously desperate to continue pushing a biased, racially-charged narrative. #FakeNews," Trump posted to her Twitter account on Saturday. She included a link to the Washington Examiner, a right-leaning newspaper which included a quote from Cooper blasting Trump for supposedly "lying" about her role in whipping up a crowd to chant "send her back" about Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.

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Trump’s trade war with China has led to foreign investments in the US drying up: report

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Not only are U.S. manufacturers and farmers feeling the devastating brunt of Donald Trump's ongoing trade war with China -- among other countries -- now the New York Times reports that foreign investors no longer see America as a safe bet to park their money.

According to the report, "the once steady flow of Chinese cash into America, with Chinese investment plummeting by nearly 90 percent since President Trump took office."

With the report stating, the drop-off "stems from tougher regulatory scrutiny in the United States and a less hospitable climate toward Chinese investment, as well Beijing’s tightened limits on foreign spending," one analyst blamed the increasingly hostile trade relationship between the two countries.

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Marvel reveals next star-studded superhero films at Comic-Con

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Marvel unveiled its bumper slate of new superhero movies Saturday, wheeling out a who's who of Hollywood stars and prompting a collective meltdown at Comic-Con as it ended frenzied speculation over the most lucrative franchise in film history.

Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek and Rachel Weisz were brought on stage in San Diego to join Marvel film stalwarts such as Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman in the upcoming -- and sure to be multi-billion-grossing -- movies.

"I can spend 90 minutes talking about what we've done or I can spend some time talking about what we're about to do," said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, drawing rapturous screams from thousands packed into the world's largest pop-culture fan convention.

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