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Philip Hackney: Trump and his foundation were just forced to admit their fraud. Now the IRS needs to act.


Posted: Fri-Dec-2019



New York forced Trump and his Trump Foundation to admit their charity fraud. Now the IRS needs to act.

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Sydney blanketed by orange skies as wildfires rage on
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A dense fog of smoke and flying ash has lingered over Sydney, Australia, for most of the past week, obscuring visibility and prompting commuters to wear breathing masks.

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White House tells Democrats it won't participate in Trump impeachment hearings
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The White House said on Friday it would refuse to take part in hearings in the U.S. House of Representatives set for next week that will consider what articles of impeachment to bring against President Donald Trump.

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'We would love some action,' Greta Thunberg says at climate summit in Madrid
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Greta Thunberg arrived in the Spanish capital on Friday to join thousands of other young people in a march to demand world leaders take real action against climate change.

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Saudi national suspected in shooting at Florida navy base that left four dead
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A member of the Saudi Air Force visiting the United States for military training was the suspect in a shooting attack at a U.S. navy base in Florida in which four people were killed and eight were injured on Friday, the state governor and other officials said.

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At least 15 killed in Baghdad square in ongoing Iraqi protests
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Iraqi officials say 15 people have been killed in Baghdad's Khilani Square as unknown assailants fired live ammunition from cars.

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Jury finds Elon Musk did not defame U.K. diver with 'pedo guy' tweet
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Elon Musk did not defame a British cave explorer when he called him "pedo guy" in an angry tweet, a Los Angeles jury found Friday.

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Regulators in Canada, Europe and U.S. probe diabetes drug metformin for carcinogen NDMA
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Health Canada and FDA aware some metformin diabetes medicines in other countries were reported to have low levels of NDMA, a cancer-causing chemical that prompted a recall of a commonly used heartburn medication this year.

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Harvey Weinstein accused of misusing ankle monitor; $5M bail sought
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Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was in court on Friday, when prosecutors accused him of intentionally misusing his ankle monitor. They seek to raise his bail from its current $1 million US, to $5 million US.

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Killed UPS driver's family questions police response to chase in Florida
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Relatives of a UPS driver killed after robbery suspects took him hostage and led police on a wild chase across South Florida questioned Friday why officers had to unleash a torrent of gunfire when the truck got stuck in rush hour traffic.

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British teen pleads guilty to throwing child from 10th-floor Tate Gallery balcony
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A British teenager pleaded guilty Friday to attempted murder for throwing a 6-year-old French boy from the 10th-floor viewing platform at London's Tate Modern art gallery.

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Police in India kill 4 men suspected of rape, murder
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Police in India shot dead four men on Friday who were suspected of raping and killing a 27-year-old veterinarian near Hyderabad city. The deaths of the men were applauded by her family and citizens outraged over sexual violence against women.

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Former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki to retire after Australian Open
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Former No. 1 and 2018 Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki will retire from professional tennis after competing in Melbourne next year.

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Angela Merkel pays 1st visit to Auschwitz as German chancellor
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced a feeling of "deep shame" on Friday during her first-ever visit to the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, where Adolf Hitler's regime murdered more than a million people.

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Transport chaos in France as strike against pension reforms enters Day 2
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France faced a second day of travel chaos, shuttered schools and understaffed hospitals as unions said there would be no let-up in a strike against Emmanuel Macron's pension reforms until the president backs down.

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'We're backsliding': Surge in measles cases reported globally
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Global data suggests 140,000 people died from measles last year, and health officials say they're alarmed by the rapid growth of the easily preventable disease.

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Pelosi to instruct U.S. House to draft articles of impeachment against Trump
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U.S. House Democrats have moved aggressively to draw up formal articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, with Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying he "leaves us no choice" but to act swiftly because he's likely to corrupt the system again unless removed before next year's election.

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Violence against health workers complicating measles outbreak in Ebola-ravaged Congo
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Violence against health workers in the Democratic Republic of Congo is complicating the response to a massive measles outbreak and accelerating the spread of the disease, which has claimed twice as many lives than an ongoing Ebola epidemic.

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4 dead after chase with stolen UPS truck ends with shootout in Florida
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Four people, including a UPS driver, were killed Thursday after robbers stole the driver's truck and led police on a chase that ended in gunfire at a busy Florida intersection during rush hour, the FBI said.

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Biden campaign uses video of Trudeau laughing at Trump in election ad
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A video of Justin Trudeau gossiping with other world leaders about Donald Trump is featured in an advertisement for the U.S. president's leading political rival.

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Uber received more than 3,000 reports of sexual assaults in U.S. in 2018
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Ride-hailing firm Uber Technologies Inc. on Thursday said it had received more than 3,000 reports of sexual assault, including rape, related to its trips in the United States in 2018, at a time when it operated roughly 1.3 billion rides.

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Mass Strike Over Pensions Causes Travel Chaos Across France
Unprepared tourists faced empty train stations and closed landmarks as Paris police prepared for a major demonstration through the capital. ... read more


Brits Can't Believe U.S. Health Care Costs In Viral Video: 'Shut The Fridge!'
“Man, so if you’re poor, you’re dead," one woman said after finding out how much an inhaler would cost. ... read more


U.S. House Approves Uighur Bill Demanding Sanctions On Senior Chinese Officials
The bill requires the U.S. president to condemn abuses against Muslims and call for the closure of mass detention camps in the northwestern region of Xinjiang. ... read more


Another Royal Just Apologized For Her Ties To Jeffrey Epstein
Prince Andrew stepped away from public life recently after his connection to the late sex offender began to affect his family's work. ... read more


Trump Blasts Macron For 'Very, Very Nasty' Comments On NATO
Relations between the U.S. and France are particularly strained after the U.S. proposed introducing tariffs on $2.4 billion in goods. ... read more


Trump Says He'll Stay Out Of UK Election – Then Immediately Backs Boris Johnson, Brexit
Speaking in London on the first day of a NATO summit, Trump also denied the U.S. is seeking to open up Britain’s NHS to American competition. ... read more


5 Key Moments From Prince Andrew Accuser Virginia Giuffre's BBC Panorama Interview
For the first time on British TV, Giuffre explains how she was trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein and forced to have sex with the royal in 2001. ... read more


Iran State TV Says ‘Rioters’ Shot And Killed Amid Protests
The acknowledgment came in a television package that criticized international Farsi-language channels for their reporting on the crisis, which began on Nov. 15. ... read more


North Korea Says It’s Up To U.S. To Choose ‘Christmas Gift’
North Korea continues to dial up pressure on Washington ahead of Kim Jong Un’s end-of-year deadline for the U.S. to offer mutually acceptable terms for a deal. ... read more


Prehistoric Puppy Found In Permafrost Still Has Its Fur And Whiskers
The estimated 18,000-year-old dog was discovered in Russia last year in frozen mud. ... read more


20 Million People Have Fled Their Homes Because Of 'Climate Chaos' Since 2008: Oxfam
Poor nations have been disproportionately impacted by climate change, a grim new report by the anti-poverty charity found. ... read more


Amazon Removes Auschwitz Christmas Ornaments, Bottle Openers After Outrage
The items, which also included Valentine's Day keychains, were deemed disturbing by the memorial that operates at the former concentration camp. ... read more


Convicted Murderer Helped Stop London Bridge Terror Attack
James Ford, who was among a group of men who ran after the terrorist, confessed to killing a woman in 2003. ... read more


Freed Taliban Prisoner Timothy Weeks Says Hope Helped Him Survive 3-Year Ordeal
The Australian academic said he believes U.S. Navy SEAL forces attempted to rescue him and fellow prisoner, U.S. citizen Kevin King, on at least one occasion. ... read more


Man Armed With Narwhal Tusk Among Those Who Battled London Bridge Attacker
Video shows an unknown man chasing the knife-wielding attacker with a makeshift spear alongside two other brave bystanders. ... read more


London Bridge Terror Suspect's Early Prison Release Under Scrutiny After Deadly Attack
British officials are asking why Usman Khan was let out of prison early after being convicted on terrorism charges in 2012. ... read more


London Bridge Knife Attack: 2 Victims, Suspect Dead In 'Terror' Incident
Two killed in a stabbing in a terror incident in central London. The suspect was wearing a hoax explosive device. ... read more


The Best Photos From The Climate Strikes Taking Over Black Friday Around The World
The global day of protest comes ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference that starts in Madrid, Spain, next week. ... read more


Iraqi Prime Minister Announces He'll Resign Amid Continuing Violence
Adel Abdul-Mahdi's statement comes a day after security forces killed more than 40 anti-government protesters in 24 hours. ... read more


Kim Jong Un Has 'Great Satisfaction' After North Korea's Thanksgiving Rocket Test
The projectile launch was largely seen as a Thanksgiving message reminding the United States of the year-end deadline to restart diplomatic talks. ... read more


France's Elodie Kulik trial: Willy Bardon jailed for 30 years
Willy Bardon is given 30 years for the abduction and rape of Elodie Kulik but cleared of murder. ... read more


Auschwitz visit: Angela Merkel says Germany must remember Nazi crimes
The chancellor expresses Germany's "deep shame" on her first trip to the Auschwitz death camp. ... read more


COP25: Thousands gather for change climate protests in Madrid
Organisers say 500,000 people have assembled in the city as the UN hosts key climate negotiations. ... read more


Macron pension reform: Strike continues for second day
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Zhukov case: Young symbol of Russian opposition avoids jail
Popular activist Yegor Zhukov condemned state "autocracy", in a passionate court speech. ... read more


Tate Modern balcony push: Teen admits attempted murder
Jonty Bravery admits attempted murder after pushing the six-year-old from a 10th floor platform. ... read more


Stars celebrate Avicii at emotional tribute concert
Rita Ora, Adam Lambert, David Guetta and Kygo play a show to memorialise the late Swedish DJ Avicii. ... read more


Evil Corp: US charges Russians over hacking attacks
They allegedly stole billions worldwide and conducted work for a Russian intelligence agency. ... read more


Briton Audrey Schoeman revived after six-hour cardiac arrest
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Hungry North Pole explorers Horn and Ousland near end of epic trek
The Norwegian-South African duo are tired and hungry after trekking hundreds of miles. ... read more


Ryrkaypiy: Far-north Russian village overrun by polar bears
All public activities in Ryrkaypiy have been cancelled until the polar bears leave. ... read more


Germany-Russia murder row raises tensions for Merkel
Germany wants progress with Russia on Ukraine and energy, but a Berlin murder has soured ties. ... read more


Ukraine conflict: Can peace plan in east finally bring peace?
A peace plan for Ukraine's separatist-held areas threatens to polarise the country. ... read more


In pictures: French workers strike over pension reforms
France grinds to a halt as workers take to the streets amid the largest nationwide strike in years. ... read more


German WWI wreck Scharnhorst discovered off Falklands
Armoured cruiser SMS Scharnhorst was sunk by the British in the 1914 Battle of the Falkland Islands. ... read more


Macron pension reform: Why are French workers on strike?
Hospital staff, police and transport employees join France's biggest strike in decades - but what for? ... read more


Spassky vs Fischer: How the chess battle became a theatre event
The drama of the renown 1972 chess championship and its complex characters comes to the stage. ... read more


Protests turn violent at France's pension strike
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'Zhukov is free!' - Fans cheer Russian blogger's release
Fans cheered Russian blogger Yegor Zhukov, convicted of "extremism" but freed from custody. ... read more


Spitfire pilots return to Goodwood after round-the-world trip
Steve Brooks and Matt Jones return back to Britain after a record 27,000-mile flight around the world. ... read more


White House rejects House Judiciary's invitation to participate in impeachment hearings
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Even Random House joined in on the thread by tweeting in response, "I'd rather be reading." ... read more


Uber riders and drivers share fears about safety after company releases assault numbers
Uber noted in its report that assaults happen in a small fraction of rides, but a criminologist called the data "alarming." ... read more


Nikki Haley defends comments about the Confederate flag
As governor of South Carolina, Haley had signed a measure removing the flag from flying over the Capitol. ... read more


Inclusive or hypocritical? Mixed reviews for Trump's LGBTQ merchandise
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Rep. Duncan Hunter says he will resign after the holidays following guilty plea
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Video contradicts border agency's account of death of ill migrant teen in its custody
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Former Ohio State wrestlers support Jeffrey Epstein accuser
The ex-wrestlers who say they were abused by Dr. Richard Strauss support Epstein accuser Maria Farmer. ... read more


Amid mounting pressure, Buttigieg calls on McKinsey consulting firm to release his past client list
The 2020 hopeful has faced growing calls to be more transparent about his time at the global consulting company. ... read more


Family of slain UPS driver in violent Miami car chase calls police response rushed and premature
“It could’ve been avoided,” UPS driver Frank Ordonez’s stepfather said. “Other tactics should have been applied and they weren’t applied.” ... read more


Former Ohio State wrestlers support Jeffrey Epstein accuser
The ex-wrestlers who say they were abused by Dr. Richard Strauss support Epstein accuser Maria Farmer. ... read more


Jillian Michaels says political correctness is glamorizing obesity
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New 'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' is still a treat — but with more sugar than substance
Other than a few wisecracks, "Mrs. Maisel" seems unwilling dig into heftier topics like race or sexuality. ... read more


Alleged ringleader in $400K GoFundMe scam pleads guilty
What began as a heartwarming story that went viral has led to charges and guilty pleas for the couple and the homeless man involved. ... read more


Wife of Papa John's founder John Schnatter files for divorce
Annette Cox, 59, called Schnatter a 57-year-old Louisville resident who "is not employed," according to the boilerplate, three-page petition. ... read more


Congress nearing deal on paid parental leave for government workers
If passed, it would mark the first time the federal government has guaranteed civilian employees access to paid parental leave. ... read more


Supreme Court keeps federal executions on hold
Attorney General William Barr announced during the summer that federal executions would resume using a single drug, pentobarbital, to put inmates to death. ... read more


Texas Republican drops out of race after racist remarks toward Asian opponents
“I have no idea who he is. He has not been around Republican channels at all, but he’s an Asian,” Miller said of challenger Leonard Chan. ... read more


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White House rejects House Judiciary's invitation to participate in impeachment hearings
In a brief letter to the committee chairman, the White House counsel sharply attacked the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. ... read more


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2 active shooters in one week prompt questions about military bases' ban on firearms
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'Satisfied?' Netflix gets other brands hot under the collar with racy Twitter meme
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Uber riders and drivers share fears about safety after company releases assault numbers
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Nikki Haley defends comments about the Confederate flag
As governor of South Carolina, Haley had signed a measure removing the flag from flying over the Capitol. ... read more


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Inclusive or hypocritical? Mixed reviews for Trump's LGBTQ merchandise
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Rep. Duncan Hunter says he will resign after the holidays following guilty plea
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Video contradicts border agency's account of death of ill migrant teen in its custody
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Former Ohio State wrestlers support Jeffrey Epstein accuser
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Amid mounting pressure, Buttigieg calls on McKinsey consulting firm to release his past client list
The 2020 hopeful has faced growing calls to be more transparent about his time at the global consulting company. ... read more


Family of slain UPS driver in violent Miami car chase calls police response rushed and premature
“It could’ve been avoided,” UPS driver Frank Ordonez’s stepfather said. “Other tactics should have been applied and they weren’t applied.” ... read more


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Former Ohio State wrestlers support Jeffrey Epstein accuser
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Jillian Michaels says political correctness is glamorizing obesity
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New 'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' is still a treat — but with more sugar than substance
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Wife of Papa John's founder John Schnatter files for divorce
Annette Cox, 59, called Schnatter a 57-year-old Louisville resident who "is not employed," according to the boilerplate, three-page petition. ... read more


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Congress nearing deal on paid parental leave for government workers
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Supreme Court keeps federal executions on hold
Attorney General William Barr announced during the summer that federal executions would resume using a single drug, pentobarbital, to put inmates to death. ... read more


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Texas Republican drops out of race after racist remarks toward Asian opponents
“I have no idea who he is. He has not been around Republican channels at all, but he’s an Asian,” Miller said of challenger Leonard Chan. ... read more


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