Speaking of OPM: “Trump used $258,000 from his charity to settle legal problems”

David Fahrenthold deserves at least one Pulitzer. And if his excellent reporting saves our country from the horrors of a Trump presidency, possibly a Medal of Freedom as well.

From his latest Washington Post article:

Donald 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…

If the Internal Revenue Service were to find that Trump violated self-dealing rules, the agency could require him to pay penalty taxes or to reimburse the foundation for all the money it spent on his behalf. Trump is also facing scrutiny from the New York attorney general’s office, which is examining whether the foundation broke state charity laws.

More broadly, these cases­ also provide new evidence that Trump ran his charity in a way that may have violated U.S. tax law and gone against the moral conventions of philanthropy…

The four new cases of possible self-dealing were discovered in the Trump Foundation’s tax filings. While Trump has refused to release his personal tax returns, the foundation’s filings are required to be public…

By all means, read the whole thing. Of course it’s been clear since the beginning that Trump wouldn’t release his personal returns because they’d show just how much of a petty thief and two-bit chiseler he is, but now it looks more and more like an attempt to avoid legal repercussions.



Straight-Up Pathology Open Thread: “Other People’s Money”

Give the man this much credit: Anybody dumb enough to vote for him after this deserves exactly what they’d get from a Trump presidency.

The rest of us, not so much.

Let’s hope there’s someone around to carve “There’s nothing like doing things with other people’s money” on Trump’s (tacky, gilt-flashed) mausoleum, because he’ll never have a better epitaph.



Open Thread: Trump Crime Family Not Skittling Away from Ugly Meme

Some people say that Don Jr has gone beyond his old man’s Nazi-friendly working philosophy and become a full-scale Stormfront sympathizer. Me, I think he’s just jealous that Dad always like Electra, I mean Ivanka, best.


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Standard GOP “Terrorism” Claim — A Bully Incites the Pants-Wetters

He was a would-be terrorist and failed murderer, a dumb criminal captured by good police work. Per NYMag:

The man suspected of planting bombs in New York and New Jersey over the weekend was charged with five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer on Monday following a police chase and shoot out in Linden, New Jersey earlier in the day. His bail was set at $5.2 million and he is expected to face further charges.

Ahmad Khan Rahami – a 28-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen living in Elizabeth, New Jersey – was reportedly shot by law enforcement after firing on cops. Rahami was “conscious and awake” when taken away in an ambulance, though the extent of his injuries is unknown…
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Open Thread: The Balls on These Repub ‘Birtherists’ (Racists)



Open Thread: All the Worst People Stand Up for Their Donald!

… and it’s beginning to make the SERIOUS Republicans nervous…


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(Catty subnote: I don’t think I’ve ever heard MoDo’s voice before. Now I know why she’s not broken out of the print/Sunday talking heads market into more lucrative celebutainment venues.)



Late Night Racists & Their Enablers Open Thread: “Stroking the Head-Ferret” Is the Media Village Idiots’ New “Tire-Swinging at McCain’s BBQ”

Hat tip to Antipodean commentor The Mighty Trowel for the mot juste. To be fair, Jimmy Fallon is a professional entertainer, and should not be held to the same standards as the so-called journalists and pundits defending Trump’s indefensible positions. He should still be ashamed of himself, though, because “birtherism” — aka ‘racism rebranded for cowards’ — really isn’t a topic to joke about.

Or to defend, per “ambulatory cream cheese sculpture” (h/t BettyC) and primary debate moderator Hugh Hewitt, who thinks “the press” is being meeeeaaaan…

“Mad Bitcher” Chris Cilliza, at the Washington Post, just admires the balls on that guy:

Donald Trump is, at heart, a showman. He rose to national fame thanks to star turns on reality TV in which he played the tough-talking boss to a group of aspirants hoping to become as successful as he has been in business. His great gift is the ability to draw attention — and then use that attention for his own, usually commercial, purposes.

Trump may have outdone himself on Friday morning….

The networks eventually cut away from the generals, but then Trump was back at the mic — roughly 90 minutes after his event was originally slated to start. Meaning that he drew an hour and a half of live coverage for:

1. An empty podium.
2. A series of military endorsements/testimonials.
3. Three sentences from Trump himself — one that is totally false and two others that represent a total reversal from a position he held as recently as, well, Thursday night.
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