*Trump Used Charity Funds to Settle Legal Problems:
Donald Trump spent $258,000 from his charitable foundation to settle lawsuits that involved the billionaire’s for-profit businesses, The Washington Post reported Tuesday morning. In one case, Trump faced $120,000 in unpaid fines in a disputeover the height of a flagpole at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida. As part of the settlement, Palm Beach agreed to waive the fines if Trump donated $100,000 to a specific veterans charity. As the Post revealed, he sent a check from the Donald J. Trump Foundation, his charitable organization funded almost entirely by outside contributions. In another case, Trump settled a lawsuit by agreeing to donate $158,000 to a charity of the plaintiff’s choosing; and, again, he cut a check from his charitable foundation. According to the Post, such use of his charity’s funds may have violated laws against “self-dealing”—a term to describe a nonprofit leader’s use of charity money to benefit themselves.
*Rahami’s Dad to Cops in 2014: My Son’s a Terrorist:
Suspected NYC bomber Ahmad Khan Rahami’s father reportedly told New Jersey police in 2014 that he believed his son was a terrorist, after Rahami was accused of stabbing his brother during a domestic dispute. Senior law-enforcement officials toldNew York Times reporters that a review by federal agents followed Rahami’s father’s tip. When Rahami was arrested on Monday after a shootout with cops in New Jersey, he was also allegedly carrying a notebook with writing about “killing the kuffar,” or unbeliever. A Joint Terrorism Task Force with the FBI interviewed Rahami’s father, who eventually recanted and said he’d been angry at his son over the domestic incident when he first reported him. It wasn’t clear if the FBI ever interviewed Rahami directly about the terrorism allegations. His father, Mohammad Rahami, said this week that he knows his son isn’t a terrorist, adding of the FBI: “They know that.”
*Angelina Jolie Files for Divorce From Brad Pitt:
Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt, citing irreconcilable differences in their marriage, TMZ reported Tuesday. Jolie and Pitt—or “Brangelina,” as they’ve become popularly known—have been married since August 2014, and were a couple before that since 2004. Jolie’s filing asks for sole physical custody of the family’s six children. She reportedly does not ask for spousal support.
*Tulsa Cop ‘Felt Threatened’ by Terence Crutcher:
The white Tulsa police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man Friday claims she felt “threatened” in the moments leading up to her gunfire. Both dashcam and helicopter footage of the incident show Officer Betty Shelby firing at unarmed 40-year-old motorist Terence Crutcher while he had his hands in the air, but there are at least two minutes of the encounter that were not captured on tape. According to Shelby’s lawyer, Scott Wood, the officer claims Crutcher was unresponsive and not following her orders. Wood additionally alleged that Shelby thought Crutcher might have been under the influence of PCP, and that he kept reaching toward his pockets, indicating to her that he might be armed. (Police ultimately found no weapon in his possession or in his vehicle.) “He has his hands up and is facing the car and looks at Shelby, and his left hand goes through the car window, and that’s when she fired her shot,” Wood claimed to Tulsa World. Shelby was placed on administrative leave following the incident, and both the Oklahoma state attorney and the U.S. Department of Justice have opened investigations into the shooting.
*George H.W. Bush to Vote for Hillary:
Former President George H.W. Bush said he plans to vote for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the upcoming presidential election, according to Kathleen Hartington Kennedy Townsend, the daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy. Townsend, a former Maryland lieutenant governor, posted a picture on Facebook late Monday with the former Republican president, along with the caption: “The president told me he’s voting for Hillary!” Townsend confirmed to Politico that Bush told her during a meeting in Maine on Monday that he’d be voting for Clinton. “That’s what he said,” she said. A spokesman for Bush played it coy, saying that “the vote President Bush will cast as a private citizen in some 50 days will be just that: a private vote cast in some 50 days. He is not commenting on the presidential race in the interim.” George H.W. Bush has stayed out of the limelight during the presidential campaign so far, though he was notably absent at the Republican National Convention where Trump accepted the party’s nomination.
*Soros Will Give $500 Million to Refugee, Migrant Businesses:
Billionaire George Soros will donate $500 million to migrant and refugee businesses, he announced Tuesday in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. Soros highlighted the “power of the private sector” in his piece, noting that he hopes other investors will follow suit. “Our collective failure to develop and implement effective policies to handle the increased flow has contributed greatly to human misery and political instability—both in countries people are fleeing and in the countries that host them, willingly or not,” Soros wrote. “Migrants are often forced into lives of idle despair, while host countries fail to reap the proven benefit that greater integration could bring.” He added, “Although my main concern is to help migrants and refugees arriving in Europe, I will be looking for good investment ideas that will benefit migrants all over the world.”
*Bringing Peace to the World through Laughter? 9 Million – And Counting – Think So:
The Laugh Factory Funniest Person in the World biennial competition – inaugurated to seek diplomatic alternatives to war and aggression – will be held from December 4th through the 10th 2016 in Finland, and it is already outpacing its previous incarnation in number of entrants and in number of participating viewers. Within the first week of voting, the competition has already garnered over 9 million views from all over the world. “This astonishing number highlights the hunger that people all over the globe have for the alternatives to aggression,” says Jamie Masada, the Founding Owner of the Hollywood based franchise, “and it further shows that laughter and our ability to poke fun at difference can be more powerful than tanks or missiles when discussing avenues to peace.”
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*Acclaimed Lawyer, Konrad Trope Discusses The Severity Of Cyberstalking In Recent Case:
, cyberstalking has been a problem for many years. State legislatures have been slow to recognize the threat to internet activity because of cyberstalking. In today’s society, the danger of cyberstalking has become too serious to take lightly. An Oregon man was charged in federal court with cyberstalking and other offenses for making numerous threats to his co-workers and law enforcement officials. The man in question, Michael Hager, 46 was charged on one count of cyberstalking and two counts of interstate threatening communication. Prosecutors allege Hager sent numerous threatening emails to at least 7 former co-workers at Eaton and Goodyear in 2015 and 2016, as well as threatening emails to law enforcement officials in Oregon. Trope states, “under Federal Law, there are a number of statutes that make such conduct a felony with stiff prison terms.”
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