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WaPo: Donald Trump pays IRS penalty for Pam Bondi contribution

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Lost amid Hurricane Hermine coverage, the Washington Post reported Donald Trump ponied up a $2,500 penalty to the IRS after his charitable foundation broke the law by giving a contribution to one of Attorney General Pam Bondi‘s political fundraising panels. The Post last Thursday reported that the Republican presidential nominee “filed paperwork informing the IRS of the political gift and paid an excise tax equal to 10 percent of its value.” The news comes after Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a nonprofit watchdog, asked…

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Pam Bondi’s March evasion on Donald Trump contribution becomes June admission

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Attorney General Pam Bondi‘s admission this week that she personally solicited a political contribution from Donald Trump comes months after she evaded questions about it. That was in March, when — instead of directly answering — Bondi said she “hadn’t heard” about Trump’s representatives saying she asked for the money. The recent revelation came from Bondi’s spokesman to The Associated Press, according to a Monday story. Trump is now the GOP’s presumptive nominee for president, and Bondi has endorsed him. The question is whether there was…

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Ted Cruz picks up Jeff Duncan’s backing

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South Carolina U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan says he’s endorsing Sen. Ted Cruz for president because the Texas senator has “a history of following through” on his word. A Tea Party favorite like Cruz, Duncan is scheduled to appear alongside the Texas senator at a Tuesday evening rally in the state. Duncan represents one of the most conservative districts in South Carolina. His fellow South Carolina congressman, U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, has lined up with Marco Rubio, who also added South…

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Paris attacks: What would ‘President’ Ben Carson do?

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Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson told reporters if he had been president during the Paris terror attacks he’d offer support and seek a coalition to counter the Islamic State. He spoke after an appearance at the Sunshine Summit in Orlando Friday. But he said currently there’s no leadership in America to give our allies confidence we’d follow through toward a military response – suggesting Democratic President Barack Obama isn’t up to the task. Dozens were killed late Friday and early Saturday in shootings and explosions…

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Ted Cruz takes on Obama, federal government at Sunshine Summit

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Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, eschewing tie and lectern, strode onto the Sunshine Summit stage and launched into a talk show host-style monologue, joking about the next Democratic debate being held at “Leavenworth,” home of the famous federal penitentiary. But the junior U.S. senator from Texas quickly got serious, reciting a laundry list of conservative crowd-favorite actions he’ll take if he wins the Oval Office. Cruz first said he’ll rescind “every constitutional and illegal action taken by this president,” mentioning Barack Obama‘s saying that…

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Ben Carson backs off West Point scholarship claim

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Republican White House hopeful Ben Carson was not offered a formal scholarship to the United States Military Academy at West Point as he wrote in his autobiography, his campaign said Friday. Carson, a newcomer to national politics, has developed a passionate following based in part on an inspirational personal story and devotion to Christian values. The only African-American in the Republican 2016 class, Carson grew up in inner-city Detroit and often speaks about his brushes with violence and poverty during…

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No longer patient, Jeb Bush backers fret about sluggish campaign

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For months, Jeb Bush‘s campaign insisted it was too early. Too early to worry about the Republican presidential candidate’s sluggish poll numbers. Too early to fret over the rise of unorthodox candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson. Too early to question if the one-time front-runner is merely a pedestrian candidate. But with just over three months until primary voting gets underway in Iowa, and Bush still mired in the middle of the crowded GOP field, some supporters fear it could…

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