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Suspended Georgia GOP official accused of funneling embezzled money into election campaign: report

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On Saturday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Georgia Insurance Commissioner Jim Beck raised most of his $1 million initial campaign fundraising haul from loans and self-funding — and that some of the self-funded portion came from what federal prosecutors describe as a $2 million scheme to embezzle money from his former employer.

According to the 38-count indictment released last week, Beck funneled money from the Georgia Underwriting Association, an entity that provides high-risk property insurance, through a separate company to the Georgia Christian Coalition, in order to steal it. Federal prosecutors at the time said that some of the money went into his campaign.

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But the new report details exactly how critical this self-dealing and borrowed money was to Beck’s campaign — indeed, he raised “almost all” of the money on his first financial report in this way, and “relatively little” of the money came from donor contributions at any point.

Beck, a Republican, spent 27 times as much as his Democratic opponent, Janice Laws, and went on to win the race by just 3 points.

As the prosecution proceeds, bipartisan calls are mounting for Beck to resign, and Gov. Brian Kemp has suspended Beck from office with pay.

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Trump may ‘undo his presidency’ — with Republicans backing impeachment: CNN’s conservative anchor

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President Donald Trump's presidency is in peril as Republican lawmakers condemn the administration for green-lighting Turkey's ethnic cleansing of Kurds in northern Syria.

"President Trump this week set fire to the emoluments clause by announcing his own resort would host the G-7 summit. His Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney, set fire to his boss’s innocence admitting on camera to the very thing Trump is being investigated for and possibly impeached over," CNN's S.E. Cupp said.

"Donald Trump has put the Republican Party through a lot. Most have gone willingly along with him -- kids in cages, a trade war, protecting Putin, honoring Kim Jong-Un, breaking the law, the lies, the insults, the fake news, the rape allegations. Defending the president over the indefensible has become something of a cottage industry for Republican lawmakers, few of whom have ever dared to call him out," she noted.

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Boris Johnson said he would rather be ‘dead in a ditch’ than delay Brexit — but just asked to extend deadline

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to write to Brussels seeking a Brexit deadline extension after MPs voted Saturday to demand he delay Britain's October 31 departure date.

In a phonecall with European Council President Donald Tusk after the vote, Johnson said he would send the letter mandated by MPs to seek more time, a EU source told AFP.

"The PM confirmed that the letter would be sent to Tusk today," the source said.

"Tusk will on that basis start consulting EU leaders on how to react. This may take a few days," he added.

Tusk said on Twitter that he was "waiting for the letter".

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Trump is ‘weakened on virtually every front’ as impeachment intensifies: Washington Post analysis

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President Donald Trump is in a "fragile state" and telegraphing weakness, according to a new analysis by Washington Post reporter Philip Rucker.

"President Trump, whose paramount concern long has been showing strength, has entered the most challenging stretch of his term, weakened on virtually every front and in danger of being forced from office as the impeachment inquiry intensifies," he wrote.

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