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Trump Foundation lacks the certification required for charities that solicit money

Donald Trump’s charitable foundation — which has been sustained for years by donors outside the Trump family — has never obtained the certification that New York requires before charities can solicit money from the public, according to the state attorney general’s office.<p>Under the laws in New York, …

Fundraising

Michelle Obama Attacks Hillary 'If You Can't Run Your Own House, You Can't Run The White House!'

Hillary and the Rodeo Queens

The most read story on the <i>Washington</i> <i>Post</i> website Thursday was a little number called "Enabler or family defender? How Hillary Clinton responded to …

Conservative News

Celebrating 25 years of "Charlie Rose"

Charlie Rose

A principled option for U.S. president: Endorsing Gary Johnson, Libertarian

As Nov. 8 looms, a dismayed, disconsolate America waits and wonders: What is it about 2016?<p>How has our country fallen so inescapably into political and policy gridlock? How did pandering to aggrieved niche groups and seducing blocs of angry voters replace <i>working toward solutions</i> as the coin of our …

Libertarianism

Sunday on #CNNSOTU @BernieSanders joins @jaketapper to discuss the 2016 race! https://t.co/4rz48kEI4V

Trump Tweets About Sex Tape as Campaign Struggles to Regroup

With the urgency of a presidential election 38 days away, the Republican nominee is urging voters to check out a “sex tape.”<p>In a series of tweets …

Donald Trump

Clinton’s claim that the Bush tax cuts played ‘a large part’ in sparking 2008 recession

<i>“We had the worst financial crisis, the Great Recession, the worst since the 1930s. That was in large part because of tax policies that slashed taxes on the wealthy, failed to invest in the middle class, took their eyes off of Wall Street, and created a perfect storm.”</i><p><b>— Hillary Clinton, remarks in</b> …

Recession

Report: Trump violated law by doing business in Cuba

<b>Havana (CNN) —</b> A new report says Donald Trump sought to invest in Cuba in the late 1990s, raising the possibility that the GOP presidential nominee violated US law.<p>According to Newsweek, Trump Hotel executives visited the communist-run island in 1998 to meet with officials there about doing …

Donald Trump

Kaling, who wrote the script, and Emma Thompson are attached to star in the project.

In a competitive situation, Fox 2000 has nabbed Mindy Kaling's script that has her and Emma Thompson attached to star.<p>The story centers on Thompson's …

Emma Thompson

Black skin matters in the electrifying Marvel’s Luke Cage

The past year hasn’t exactly represented the halcyon days of black America, and yet it’s given rise to the zenith of blackness <i>in</i> America. The silver lining around our tempestuous zeitgeist is that the country is being forced to consider blackness as its own distinct phenomenon. Even as some would …

Luke Cage

Iranian Women’s Rights Activist Is Given 16-Year Sentence

TEHRAN — An Iranian appeals court has confirmed a 16-year sentence for one of Iran’s most prominent women’s rights activists, her lawyer said Wednesday.<p>The activist, Narges Mohammadi, 44, a human rights lawyer, has been in and out of jail over the past 15 years and has had several confrontations …

Activism

Trump is right: America’s airports are awful

FACT-CHECKERS had a field day with Donald Trump’s Monday night debate performance, finding fault with his claims on a wide array of subjects, from …

Donald Trump

Farewell USA Today! (I Hardly Knew Ye)

<b>The following is a news media commentary.</b><p>It was with great disappointment that I read that <i>USA Today</i> decided to take sides in a presidential race for …

Donald Trump

Huge cat draws visitors to N.H. hotel

The takes on Twitter tonight are just so very very hot https://t.co/GNY7SfDXBM

Just received "flash poll" email from Rubio Senate campaign. Excited to see the results!!!!!!!!!! https://t.co/IYmzBS4xqx