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WaPo: 'What Happened to All That Money Trump Raised for the Veterans?


What ever happened to all that money Trump raised for the veterans?

By David A. Fahrenthold March 3 at 4:21 PM

In January, Donald Trump skipped a televised Republican debate in Iowa and held his own event instead — a rally to raise money for veterans. Trump said it was a huge success.

“One hour. Six million dollars,” Trump told a campaign rally in Iowa a few days later, boasting about the total raised. He listed more than 20 groups that would receive money. “These people that get these checks are amazing people, amazing people.”

More than a month later, about half of the money, roughly $3 million, has been donated to veterans’ charities, according to a summary released Thursday by the Trump campaign in response to inquiries from The Washington Post.

In recent days, after the campaign initially did not provide details of where the money had gone, The Post had undertaken its own accounting. After contacting each of the 24 charities that Trump had previously listed as his beneficiaries, The Post had accounted for less than half of the $6 million.

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Trump’s fundraiser highlighted the billionaire presidential candidate’s remarkable ability to draw people, attention and money to any cause he chooses. Trump enticed enormous gifts from wealthy friends, including Stewart Rahr, a colorful New York philanthropist who calls himself “Stewie Rah -Rah, the Number One King of All Fun.” Their money became life-altering gifts for some small charities, which received $50,000 or $100,000 each.

But the aftermath of that event showed another side of Trump’s campaign: its tendency to focus on front-end spectacle over back-end details. The rollout of contributions has raised questions about how long Trump would keep donated funds within the Donald J. Trump Foundation, a personal charity whose gifts can boost his political brand.


"If you're an American confusedly watching the darkest forces of your nation..."


Source: Associated Press / CBS Local

@BreakingNews: Bernie Sanders projected to win Minnesota Democratic caucuses - AP, NBC News https://t.co/NcZswOZwp3/s/CYDZ

Bernie Sanders Wins Minnesota’s Democratic Caucus

March 1, 2016 10:26 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — CBS News has projecting a win for Bernie Sanders in Minnesota’s Democratic Caucuses.

The Vermont Democrat beat Hillary Clinton to take the largest share of the state’s available delegates. Sanders had put a sharp focus on Minnesota’s contest, making several stops in the days before the Tuesday’s vote.

The DFL party chair said only a handful of precincts ran out of ballots and that, despite the very heavy turnout, voting was orderly.

The long lines curled into the 14 separate caucuses at St. Paul’s Central High School. Gov. Mark Dayton was among those who braved the lines, filling out his ballot for Clinton, on whose behalf he campaigned.

Anyone who was in line as of 8 p.m. was allowed to vote, so DFL officials say it could be awhile before all the ballots are counted.

Read more: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2016/03/01/bernie-sanders-wins-minnesotas-democratic-caucus/

Hunh. Didn't see that coming.


Tom The Dancing Bug on Twitter: "Boy, Just Wait Til Trump..."

"Boy, just wait til Trump researches the KKK and finds out what they've done. He's gonna be so furious."


"Trump has attacked Muslims, journalists, scientists, immigrants and Iowans, but needs to research the KKK before condemning them."

"America Doesn't Have a Gun Problem, It Has Several of Them..." (Vox)

TOM TOMORROW: Future Imperfect

DAILY KOS LINK: http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/2/22/1487951/-Cartoon-Future-imperfect

Swedish Lawyers Ask Court to Overturn Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

Source: Reuters / Independent

@Reuters: BREAKING NEWS: Swedish lawyers ask court to overturn Julian Assange's arrest warrant


Julian Assange: Swedish lawyers ask court to overturn arrest warrant against Wikileaks founder

Lawyers have made a formal request to a Swedish court to overturn Julian Assange's arrest warrant in a rape case.

The journalist has spent more than three years hiding in the Ecuadorian embassy in London after his appeal against extradition failed in the UK courts.

Thomas Olsson, one of Assange's lawyers, said in a statement: "We consider that there have arisen a number of new circumstances which mean there is reason to review the earlier decision".

Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/swedish-lawyers-ask-court-to-overturn-julian-assanges-arrest-warrant-a6889041.html

46% In and Hillary is leading by about 150.

Legitimate Question: Why in hell is she doing so bad?

Former First Lady.

Former Senator.

Former Secretary of State.

Another virtual tie.


ON EDIT: Since people were confused by the Guardian's (and the WaPo's) terminology: "Vote totals for the Nevada Democratic Party are county convention delegates won by each candidate."

Upon Harper Lee's Passing, Berkeley Breathed Shares Her Fan Letter to Him


Bloomers: Many, but not all of you, know that in the way that creative life can often surprise, Harper Lee was one of you. One of us. You might be as surprised as I am that she played a large role in my recent return to the streets of Bloom County-- streets inspired by those of Maycomb. When I retired Opus from the Sunday comics some years ago, Harper let me know her displeasure, with all the southern, gracious elegance we knew her for. See the letter below. I've waited until her passing to show it. We came to exchange many similar notes... including one in which she grudgingly forgives me for my retirement (irony alert). Imagine my 14 year-old self -- freshly savoring the first reading of Mockingbird and sending Miss Lee a fan letter in 1970 -- being told about another fan letter returning my way almost 40 years distant. Life is wonderful and strange and wistful and happy at the same time. And I'm happy to share this with all of you today.

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