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    [–] Trump moved donated money to his own business, filing shows dingo8yobb 1250 points ago in politics

    Donald Trump moved more than $200,00 donated to his Make America Great Again PAC into his own private business accounts, according to an analysis of his federal filings.

    The money was moved in February, a month after Mr Trump left office. Money donated to PACs is meant to be spent solely on campaign efforts.

    Forbes reports that the former president also set up a “leadership PAC”, which is generally used to support other candidates. Mr Trump took $30m from his Make America Great Again PAC and moved it to the new PAC, called Save America.

    That PAC eventually grew to $90m, and Mr Trump took an additional $79,000 out of that PAC for his own uses.

    Mr Trump's business, the Trump Organization, regularly interacted with his campaign PACs. In one instance, the Trump Organization charged his campaign PAC $38,000 in rent via the Trump Tower Commercial LLC, in which Mr Trump has 100 per cent interest.

    During 2016, Mr Trump ran his campaign out of the skyscraper, but his 2020 campaign was partially run from Washington DC. Despite this, the Trump Organisation continued to collect rent for Trump Tower.

    In total, the Trump Organization collected $188,000 in rent between January and June, all paid for through Trump's campaign donations.

    Trump Restaurants LLC also collected rent from the PAC – even after the former president left office and during a time when tourists visiting Trump Tower were few due to the coronavirus pandemic – totalling $15,000, according to federal filings.

    Save America, the leadership PAC, paid the Trump Hotel Collection $79,000 in total after Mr Trump left office, according to the White House. Those expenses were largely for lodging and meals.

    The Trump Organization did not comment on the self-dealing payments, but the former president did issue a statement boasting that his affiliated committees have approximately $100m of cash ready for use.

    No surprise but still disgraceful…especially because there is no end in sight.

    [–] 3 GOP Congressmen face ethics complaints for failing to disclose $22 million in stock trades dingo8yobb 923 points ago in politics

    Reps. Tommy Tuberville, Pat Fallon and Blake Moore all reportedly failed to disclose dozens of trades worth up to $22 million within the 45 days mandated by a 2012 law called the STOCK Act, which was intended to fight conflicts of interest by lawmakers.

    "When members of Congress trade individual stocks and fail to disclose those trades, they break the law and diminish the public's trust in government," the complaints, filed by the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center, say. The organization also wrote that a recent spate of stock-related misconduct shows that the STOCK Act is not working as intended — indeed, fines for missing required filing deadlines are as low as $200 and more serious lapses are rarely forwarded to the Department of Justice or the Securities and Exchange Commission for criminal investigation.

    As Salon reported earlier this month, Fallon also dumped $250,000 worth of Microsoft stock just weeks before the company's high-profile cloud computing deal with the Pentagon, valued at up to $10 billion, was abruptly cancelled. He sits on the House Armed Services Committee's brand new Subcommittee on Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information Systems, which has oversight over the deal in question, known as the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract.

    "The recent prevalence of STOCK Act violations in the House shows that merely the threat of a fine is not deterring members of Congress from breaking the law; real accountability is necessary," the CLC wrote in its complaint.

    All three lawmakers told Insider that the trades were executed by financial advisors who buy and sell stocks on their behalf — though the STOCK Act states that each Congressperson is personally responsible for following the law.

    [–] Covid spreading twice as fast in Republican counties than Democrat ones, report says dingo8yobb 113 points ago in politics

    The Washington Post reported that there have been about 126 new cases per 100,000 residents of blue counties and 278 new cases per 100,000 residents of red ones.

    The newspaper says there have been about 237,000 new coronavirus cases recorded in counties that voted for Joe Biden last year while 388,000 for Donald Trump.

    Areas are seeing a localised rise in cases due to the more transmissible Delta variant, which now accounts for more than 80 per cent of US coronavirus cases.

    An Ipsos poll taken at the start of the vaccination rollout revealed that “Republicans, Black Americans, and those with a high school diploma or less” were more likely to be hesitant of the vaccine.

    The New York Times reported in April that vaccination rates were lower on average in counties of which the majority voted for Mr Trump in the 2020 election.

    [–] Drone Whistleblower Daniel Hale Sentenced to 45 Months in Prison 'For Exposing US War Crimes' dingo8yobb 20 points ago in politics

    "Whistleblower Daniel Hale has just been sentenced to 45 months in prison for exposing U.S. war crimes," said anti-war group CodePink. "While his sentencing isn't the 10 years we feared, it is 45 months too long."

    Hale's lawyers argued in court papers that his humanitarian motives, and the lack of harm resulting from his actions, warranted a lenient sentence.

    "He committed the offense to bring attention to what he believed to be immoral government conduct committed under the cloak of secrecy and contrary to public statements of then-President [Barack] Obama regarding the alleged precision of the United States military's drone program," wrote Defense attorneys Todd Richman and Cadence Mertz.

    Prosecutors, however, claimed Hale's leaks posed a greater risk to "national security" than those of Reality Winner, the former National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower released last month after serving four years of a 63-month sentence—the longest ever imposed for disclosing classified government information to the media. They sought a sentence "significantly longer" than Winner's.

    U.S. District Judge Liam O'Grady said the 45-month prison sentence he gave Hale was necessary to "deter others from disclosing government secrets," the Associated Press reported.

    Edward Snowden, the American whistleblower who has lived in Russia with asylum protections since leaking classified materials on U.S. government mass surveillance in 2013, was among those who denounced the judge's decision.

    "His crime was telling this truth: 90% of those killed by U.S. drones are bystanders, not the intended targets," said Snowden. "He should have been given a medal."

    [–] Elizabeth Warren takes aim at Jeff Bezos for shooting himself into space while half of the US scrapes by dingo8yobb 3 points ago in politics

    “The richest guy on Earth can launch himself into space while over half the country lives paycheck to paycheck, nearly 43 million are saddled with student debt, and child care costs force millions out of work,” the Massachusetts senator said in a tweet.

    “He can afford to pitch in so everyone else gets a chance,” she added.

    She later tweeted from her official Senate account: “Billionaires who can afford to take a 10-minute joyride to outer space can afford to pay a wealth tax here on Earth.”

    Mr Bezos, the founder and former CEO of Amazon, is believed to have a net worth of $209.2bn, according to one calculation by Forbes. The Independent has contacted Mr Bezos for comment.

    He successfully completed his first spaceflight on Tuesday on the rocket New Shepard, launching into space with three other passengers for three minutes of weightlessness in a total trip time of approximately 11 minutes.

    ProPublica reported in June that in at least two years between 2006 and 2018, Mr Bezos paid $0 in federal income taxes in the US.

    In 2019, Insider reported that Amazon also paid $0 in taxes in 2017 and 2018.

    Senator Warren also fired out a pointed tweet at the billionaire after his spaceflight saying: “Jeff Bezos forgot to thank all the hardworking Americans who actually paid taxes to keep this country running while he and Amazon paid nothing.”

    [–] Gave my mop a new lease on life with old socks that were destined for the bin! dingo8yobb 4 points ago in ZeroWaste

    Ahh didn’t realize I was using a vintage model lol.

    Did come across this which makes sense for the velcro. Happy mopping!:)

    [–] Gave my mop a new lease on life with old socks that were destined for the bin! dingo8yobb 8 points ago in ZeroWaste

    We had the same dilemma but then started using microfiber cleaning cloths instead of the pads. The square ones tuck nicely into the swiffer mop head.

    [–] Trump’s Save America PAC raised $75 million to fight election result but spent no money on ballot challenges dingo8yobb 12 points ago in politics

    Mr Trump started the PAC after the 2020 election and it managed to raise $31.5m before the end of the year but spent very little of it during the period until 1 January 2021, according to the disclosure report for that time.

    The former President has reportedly told aides that he wants to have a large war chest on hand to show strength ahead of 2024. While he’s telling staffers that he will probably make another run for the White House, some within his circle have suspicions that he’ll stay out of the race. Some aides have told him to save money for midterm travel in 2022 to rally voters in support of the candidates Mr Trump has endorsed.

    Trump biographer and persistent critic of the former president, Tim O’Brien, told The Washington Post that the fundraising “is probably the most lucrative thing he’s had in terms of cash flow since the Plaza casino in Atlantic City”.

    “This is just as lucrative. He has recognized because of what happened after the election, he can make money as a candidate,” he added.

    [–] FBI Admits It Got 4,500 Tips on Brett Kavanaugh—Then Punted Them to Trump Team dingo8yobb 487 points ago in politics

    On Wednesday, the Rhode Island lawmaker and six Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee fired back in response to Tyson’s revelation about the passed-off tips, demanding more information about the agency’s discussions with White House lawyers and questioning why the FBI declined to interview Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh.

    “Your letter confirms that the FBI’s tip line was a departure from past practice and that the FBI was politically constrained by the Trump White House,” the senators wrote on Wednesday. “It also belies the former president’s insistence that his administration did not limit the Bureau’s investigation of Justice Kavanaugh.”

    The sheer number of tips that appear to have been ignored corroborates claims by individuals and firms who said they had contacted the FBI with credible accounts relevant to the investigation “only to be ignored,” the senators said.

    [–] ‘They’re lying’: Biden hits back at Republicans for claiming he is anti-police dingo8yobb 60 points ago in politics

    Mr Biden said on Wednesday that he had “never” argued for defunding the police.

    “I don’t know any community, particularly the communities that are in the most need, and the poorest, and the most at risk, that don’t want police. They want police though, to look at them as equals,” Mr Biden told the audience in Cincinnati, Ohio.

    “They don’t want police abuses,” the president added.

    “If police aren’t doing their job, they should be held accountable. They should be fired for not doing their job,” Mr Biden said.

    “We’ve actually cut down on [the] number of police, unrelated to anybody asking for it.

    “The towns and cities aren’t spending as much money on it. There’s not as much federal money to hire police. And now, what’s happening is police are not wanting to be a cop,” the president added.

    “So, what we got to do is we’ve got to give them the help they need to be better at their job,” he said.

    [–] Anthony Fauci Once Again Forced to Basically Call Rand Paul a Sniveling Moron dingo8yobb 7088 points ago in politics

    Referring to his previous attempt to pin the origins of COVID-19 on Fauci, because the federal government had indirectly contributed funding to a Wuhan lab, Paul asked the veteran immunologist during a congressional hearing, “Dr. Fauci, knowing that it is a crime to lie to Congress, do you wish to retract your statement of May 11th, where you claimed that the NIH never funded gain-of-function research in Wuhan?” (“Gain-of-function“ is a type of medical research that alters a disease in a way that increases transmissibility.)

    Having apparently long since lost his patience with the troll from Kentucky, Fauci responded: “Senator Paul, I have never lied before the Congress and I do not retract that statement. This paper that you were referring to was judged by qualified staff up and down the chain as not being gain-of-function…. Senator Paul, you do not know what you are talking about, quite frankly, and I want to say that officially, you do not know what you are talking about…. I totally resent the lie that you are now propagating, Senator, because if you look at the viruses that were used in the experiments that were given in the annual reports that were published in the literature, it is molecularly impossible…. And you are implying that what we did was responsible for the deaths of individual. I totally resent that. If anybody is lying here, Senator, it is you.”

    [–] Getting pets from everyone in the office dingo8yobb 30 points ago in aww

    He’s so busy…even gets work requests when he is trying to take a break lol.

    [–] Happy dog dingo8yobb 2 points ago in pics

    Maybe adoption info. He seems to be in a shelter.