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Trump used $258,000 from his charity to settle legal problems

Trump used charity to pay lawsuit debtsDonald Trump spent more than a quarter-million dollars from his charitable foundation to settle lawsuits that involved the billionaire’s for-profit businesses, according to interviews and a review of legal documents.

Those cases, which together used $258,000 from Trump’s charity, were among four newly documented expenditures in which Trump may have violated laws against “self-dealing” — which prohibit nonprofit leaders from using charity money to benefit themselves or their businesses.


Trump Jr. likens Syrian refugees to Skittles

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Washington (CNN)Donald Trump Jr., the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's son, tweeted a graphic on Tuesday that likened Syrian refugees to Skittles, which was swiftly met with criticism.

"This image says it all. Let's end the politically correct agenda that doesn't put America first. #trump2016," he tweeted, with a graphic that said: "If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you. Would you take a handful? That's our Syrian refugee problem."
The graphic had an official Trump logo that the Republican nominee shares with his running mate, Mike Pence.

Team Trump Spooked by Charity Probe

Trump foundation investigatedThose in Donald Trump’s orbit appear to be nervous about the swirling scandal around the Trump Foundation—and they should be: The stakes are incredibly high.

The allegations of a quid pro quo between Trump and Florida Attorney General, improper use of the charity for personal benefit, and employment of the charity for political purposes have serious penalties beyond mere campaign optics—the possible consequences range from hefty fines to jail time.


Past national security officials to Trump: Disclose foreign interests

Trump business dealingsA group of former national security officials and experts are calling on Donald Trump to disclose his overseas business dealings, questioning whether the Republican nominee has conflicts of interest with US foreign policy.

More than 50 past officials signed the letter released Monday, a mix of Democratic and Republican national security leaders.

The letter notes that Trump's business dealings overseas could pose "unprecedented" and "significant conflicts of interest" if he guided US foreign policy. It demands Trump disclose in full what his foreign business interests are, and to promise to divest himself of them if he wins in November.


U.S. Says for First Time That Christie Knew of Bridge Plot

Anne KellyNew Jersey Governor Chris Christie was told about politically motivated traffic jams near the George Washington Bridge as they crippled a town whose mayor refused to back his re-election, a U.S. prosecutor said for the first time since the scandal became public.

The assertion came at the start of a trial of Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni, who are accused of shutting bridge access lanes to paralyze traffic in Fort Lee, New Jersey, during the first week of school in September 2013. Prosecutors say they sought to punish Mayor Mark Sokolich, a Democrat who didn’t back Christie, a Republican.


Reporter arrested at Trump event released

Reporter released after Trump rally arrestA Vice News reporter who was arrested trying to gain access to a Donald Trump event was released from jail Sunday.

Alex Thompson was arrested for trespassing Saturday night at a Trump campaign stop in Houston, Texas.

The news outlet said that Thompson was asked to leave by hotel's staff and then by a manager as he waited for clarification about his press credentials. A few minutes later, the manager returned and told a police officer to arrest Thompson.


Trump has diplomats abandoning vows of silence

Trump There's a longstanding custom among the world's diplomats: You don't trash-talk candidates running for office in a foreign country.

Donald Trump is close to destroying that tradition.

As thousands of diplomats gather for the U.N. General Assembly here this week, many are struggling to hold their tongues about the brash billionaire running for the White House, a man who has managed to tick off much of the planet.


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