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Oct 25, 2018

This Week: How Trump Puts His Deputies To Work Pushing Politically Useful Lies

A New York Judge on Thursday told lawyers for President Donald Trump that allegations from New York’s attorney general — that Trump illegally used his foundation as a piggy bank — “are what they are,” and that “until you deny them, I accept them.” Judge Saliann Scarpulla acknowledged that Summer Zervos’ case would impact the foundation case inasmuch as it determines whether a sitting president can be sued. If the appeals court in Zervos’ case “says that Clinton versus Jones is still good law, then this case will continue,” despite the Trump camp’s motion to dismiss, Scarpulla said. The White House rejected four Veterans Affairs administrative judge applicants after asking about their party affiliation, The Washington Post reported Tuesday, in what appeared to be an unprecedented politicization of the process. Three Democrats and one independent applicant were rejected; three Republicans and one Republican-voting unaffiliated judge were approved. On Oct. 12, Ben Carson made a surprising announcement to Housing and Urban Development…

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