Donald Trump's absolutely ridiculous response to The Post's Trump Foundation story - Washington Post

The Washington Post's David Fahrenthold explains the latest revelations about how Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump may have violated the IRS's rules regarding charitable funds. (Sarah Parnass/The Washington Post)

On Tuesday morning, The Washington Post published a story headlined: "Trump used $258,000 from his charity to settle legal problems." Written by David Fahrenthold, who has reportedextensively about the Trump Foundation, the piece details how Trump directed more than $250,000 of the charity's money to help pay fees related to his businesses. Those payments could qualify as "self-dealing" and violate laws governing how the leaders of nonprofit organizations can use the money they receive in donations.

On Tuesday night, Trump communications director Jason Miller issued a statement disputing Fahrenthold's reporting. Sort of. Actually, not really. Here's Miller's full statement:

In typical Washington Post fashion, theyve gotten their facts wrong. It is the Clinton Foundation that is set up to make sure the Clintons personally enrich themselves by selling access and trading political favors. The Trump Foundation has no paid board, no management fees, no rent or overhead, and no family members on its payroll.

There was not, and could not be, any intent or motive for the Trump Foundation to make improper payments. All contributions are reported to the IRS, and all Foundation donations are publicly disclosed. Mr. Trump is generous both with his money and with his time. He has provided millions of dollars to fund his Foundation and a multitude of other charitable causes.

The Posts reporting is peppered with inaccuracies and omissions from a biased reporter who is clearly intent on distracting attention away from the corrupt Clinton Foundation, a vehicle for the Clintons to peddle influence at the expense of the American people. Mr. Trump personally and the Trump Foundation, however, are staying focused on their charitable giving to veterans, the police, children and other deserving recipients.

Before I go through the various ways in which this statement elides and misleads, let me make the most obvious point ever: I work for The Washington Post. I have for the past decade. I know DavidFahrenthold and the editors who have worked on his stories. So, that's that.

But, even if I didn't work at The Post and I hated Dave, Miller's response to this latest story about Trump's use of the foundation wouldn't pass the smell test.

Miller starts off by dumping on The Post's journalism with zero evidence to back up his claim that we got our "facts wrong." When? Where? Who? He quickly segues into a bit of political sleight of handbyinsisting that the real story of this campaign is the Clinton Foundation and that the media is ignoring it. But the media isn't ignoring it. Not even close! A quick Google search of "Washington Post Clinton Foundation" produces a bevy of results, including an op-ed from The Post's editorial board on Aug.14 headlined: "A porous ethical wall between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department." It reads, in part:

Should Ms. Clinton win in November, she will bring to the Oval Office a web of connections and potential conflicts of interest, developed over decades in private, public and, in the case of her familys philanthropic work, quasi-public activities. As secretary, she pledged to keep her official world and her familys foundation separate, and she failed to keep them separate enough. Such sloppiness would not be acceptable in the White House.

That's not exactly taking it easy on Clinton and her family foundation.

In the second paragraph of his statement, Miller asserts that "there was not, and could not be, any intent or motive for the Trump Foundation to make improper payments." Okay. But that's not what The Post's article alleges. Fahrenthold knows better than to suggest intent or motive; he is simply noting that Trump diverted $258,000 -- money that wasn't his -- given to the foundation to pay for things tied to Trump's businesses. Those are facts. And they simply are not in dispute, not even by Miller. (More on that below.)

As for Miller's claim that Trump has "provided millions of dollars to fund his Foundation and a multitude of other charitable causes," it's important to remember that Fahrentholdhas been asking the Trump campaign and the foundation to document some -- any! -- of those personal donations for months now. They have refused, forcing him to call or email each charity one by one to try to track the donations. If Trump is as generous with his own money as Miller says he is, it would be the easiest thing in the world to release a list of the various charities Trump has given to and the dollar amounts associated with those donations. Right? (Note: Last year, Trump released a list of $102 million in charitable donations. But the campaign later acknowledged that not a single dollar of that money came from Trump's own pocket.)

Then we get to Miller's final paragraph. "The Posts reporting is peppered with inaccuracies and omissions from a biased reporter who is clearly intent on distracting attention away from the corrupt Clinton Foundation," he writes. The problem? Miller goes on to list a total of zero inaccuracies or omissions in either Fahrenthold's latest reportor any of his work on the Trump Foundation. If Fahrenthold's work is rife with these errors, why not note one or two just to bolster your point? I think I know the answer. You probably do, too.

And then there is the name-calling -- the assertion that Fahrenthold is a "biased reporter" who is intentionally misleading the public to distract from the problems with the Clinton Foundation. "Bias" is a nasty word tossed around all too often these days about reporters,almost always with too little and, by that I mean no, proof of the claim. A reporter isn't biased because you don't like the facts he or she has uncovered or because those facts don't comport with your broader vision of this race.

The attempt to disqualify reporters based on wholly unverified claims of "bias" is corrosive to our democracy. I get that attacking reporters has become a sound strategy for both parties. But they do so at the expense of one of the hallmarksof a healthy democracy.

Miller's statement is far from the only attempt in this campaign to discredit a reporter with a baseless set of charges. And it certainly won't be the last. But Fahrenthold deserves better for his dogged reporting aimed at informing voters about their choice in the coming election.


Technology companies like Microsoft welcome Trai's cloud computing paper - Economic Times

NEW DELHI: Indian arms of multinational technology companies have welcomed the paper on cloud computing put out by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on June 10.

"A strong technology infrastructure that harnesses the power of global technology innovations is crucial for India's growth," said a Microsoft India spokesperson. "In this spirit, the proposal set forth by Trai is progressive, as clear regulatory policies will enhance cloud adoption in India across sectors and directly contribute to the country's digital ambition."

The paper covers a broad spectrum of issues including defining policies for cloud computing, systems and processes for information governance framework in cloud from perspectives of lawful interception, more so if it is hosted in a different country, and also whether cloud service providers should be licensed. A clearly defined policy has been a long-standing demand of the industry, which has been asking for guidelines for cloud usage as software as a service models gain prevalence.

They have also asked for clarity on rules of data localisation, an issue addressed in the paper.

"India does not have a separate legislation that deals with cloud computing to combat legal issues pertaining to privacy and confidentiality as in countries like us, UK, Australia and Japan," industry body Internet and Mobile Association of India noted in a report titled 'Conducive policy & regulatory environment to incentivise data centre infrastructure'.

(With inputs from Jochelle Mendonca in Mumbai)

South Texas man set to die said he drank victim's blood

Michael Graczyk, Associated Press

Updated 1:54am, Wednesday, April 6, 2016 This undated handout photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Pablo Lucio Vasquez. The south Texas man who told police that voices convinced him to kill a 12-year-old boy and drink his blood is facing lethal injection Wednesday, April 6, 2016. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP) This undated handout photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Pablo Lucio Vasquez. The south Texas man who told police that voices convinced him to kill a 12-year-old boy and drink his blood is facing lethal injection Wednesday, April 6, 2016. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)

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This undated handout photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Pablo Lucio Vasquez. The south Texas man who told police that voices convinced him to kill a 12-year-old boy and drink his blood is facing lethal injection Wednesday, April 6, 2016. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP) less This undated handout photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Pablo Lucio Vasquez. The south Texas man who told police that voices convinced him to kill a 12-year-old boy and drink his ... more

South Texas man set to die said he drank victim's blood

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HUNSTVILLE, Texas (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to block the scheduled execution of a South Texas man for the 1998 slaying of a 12-year-old boy, whose blood the convicted killer said he drank.

Pablo Lucio Vasquez, 38, told police he was drunk and high when voices convinced him 18 years ago to kill David Cardenas by beating the seventh-grader with a pipe and then cutting his throat. He also told detectives in a videotaped statement that he lifted the boy's body, allowing the blood to drip on his face, and drank it.

Vasquez's lethal injection on Wednesday evening would be the 11th execution this year nationally and the sixth in Texas.

Vasquez's lawyer, James Keegan, appealed to the Supreme Court for a reprieve so the justices can review whether several potential jurors improperly were excused from Vasquez's capital murder trial because they either were opposed to the death penalty or not comfortable making such a judgment.

State lawyers opposed any delay, arguing the potential jurors' exclusion was legally proper and that the latest appeal was similar to an unsuccessful one 12 years ago and amounted to "nothing more than a meritless attempt to postpone his execution," Assistant Texas Attorney General Jeremy Greenwell told the high court in a filing Tuesday.

Earlier, unsuccessful appeals, including one rejected last month by a federal judge, focused on whether Vasquez was mentally ill and should be ineligible for the death penalty.

Court records show Vasquez, his 15-year-old cousin, Andres Rafael Chapa, and Cardenas, Chapa's friend, all attended a party in Donna, a Texas border town where Vasquez and Chapa lived. Cardenas was from nearby Alamo, also in the Rio Grande Valley, and was spending the weekend with Chapa.

The killing occurred April 18, 1998, after the three left the party. Vasquez told authorities as they reached a wooden shed, he started hearing voices telling him to kill Cardenas.

"Something just told me to drink," Vasquez said in the statement to police.

"You drink what?" a detective asked.

"His blood," Vasquez replied.

Police received an anonymous tip about the slaying that led them to Chapa and eventually to Vasquez, who was arrested in Conroe, a Houston suburb more than 325 miles north of Donna. Authorities found the body missing some limbs and nearly decapitated five days later under some scraps of aluminum in a vacant field.

"It was really horrendous," Joseph Orendain, the lead trial prosecutor, recalled last week.

Vasquez told detectives he took a ring and gold necklace from Cardenas and that Chapa, using a shovel, also participated in trying to decapitate the boy. "The devil was telling me to take (the head) away from him," Vasquez said, adding that "it couldn't come off."

Vasquez declined an interview request from The Associated Press as his execution date neared. His statement to police about the devil and drinking blood fueled speculation about satanism, but the subject never came up at Vasquez's trial or in appeals.

"Did he drink it? I don't know," Orendain said.

Chapa pleaded guilty to a murder charge is serving a 35-year prison term. Three other relatives of Chapa and Vasquez received probation and a small fine for helping cover up the slaying. One of them was deported to Guatemala.


Trendy Motorcycle Helmets, Getting Ready For The Summer Season

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Learn What You Need To Know Now About Buying The Best HVAC Equipment - HVAC Contractors In NJ

HVAC Contractors NJ will help you to get your house working hard just as before. Has the time come to replace your aging HVAC system? Do you want to upgrade the efficiency of your current set-up? Are you having issues with rooms which are uncomfortable to live in? Regardless of why you are here, this article has the tips and tricks you need to succeed.

Be sure to learn about all of the requirements your state has legislated regarding licencing and insurance if you must hire someone to help you out with your HVAC system. If they meet these requirements before you hire them, you need to be able to ask anyone you plan to hire.

Look for rebates and deals on the HVAC system you are having installed. Many ENERGY STAR units come with huge rebates either from your local utility company or the government itself. Investigate your options as it could save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars on the installation costs.

Get any agreement with an HVAC contractor in writing. Some contractors try to skip over this charge and step customers a fortune. They cannot go back and change this information if you have a certain price and warranty in writing. They could have a lawsuit on their hands if they do.

Be sure to check your evaporator coil drains frequently when your air conditioner is running. If this tube backs up, you can find water damage to your walls, ceilings and floors. If you end up with mold just use a solution of bleach and water to clean out the tube.

Don't get grass clippings on your outside unit. Turn your lawnmower in the opposite direction. This also applies to leaf blowing and any other yard work that results in debris.

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As well as cut down your overall power bill, install ceiling fans in commonly used warm season rooms, if you want to seriously extend the life of your HVAC system. Energy-star certified ceiling fans can sometimes cut your HVAC use in half. You won't physically notice a difference in temperature, however.

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Consider installing a programmable one if you currently have a manual thermostat. If anyone hvac is home, you can set your system for different temperatures depending on time of day and. Also, you can set upper and lower temperature settings to allow for a comfortable range of temperatures so that heating and cooling don't kick in when not needed.

Change your filter on a regular basis. This is one of the easiest HVAC tips that you can do yourself. It is also one of the least expensive things that you can do to ensure that your system is running efficiently. Clogged and dirty filters can make your unit work 5-10% harder.

To run your HVAC at full efficiency, you must have efficient doors and windows in place as well. Each of these should have an airtight seal on them. Ask a contractor to test them for you.

To reduce the air conditioning's energy cost, close drapes, shades and blinds that cover windows which face the sun. Also, white shades will reflect the heat away from the house, keeping it cooler and saving you money. It is also recommended that you close the vents in rooms that are not used often. This will ensure that you are not spending money cooling less-used rooms.

While price should be one of the considerations you make when you are hiring an HVAC contractor, do not allow it to cloud your judgement. In order to make a sound decision, there are other factors that need to be considered. Experience level, work ethic and positive reviews are a few things that should be considered as well.

If you can install an air conditioner on your current forced-air system without having to install new duct work, call in a contractor to find out. This can save you a ton of time and money, plus it takes up less space in your walls and rooms to boot.

If your outdoor compressor unit sits in the sun, consider building a shade over it. Air in the shade is about 5 degrees cooler than air in the sun. This can have a significant impact on your cooling bill. When done properly, you could see up to a 10 percent savings over the season.

Make sure to be specific about everything that is written in your contracts. It should detail the work that is being done, the materials being used and the amount of time it will take to complete the job. If something goes wrong, leaving anything out can give the contractor an exit.

You should focus on finding an HVAC contractor that can offer you a warranty on the work they are doing. This is a sign that they are confident in their ability to get the job done well. This will protect you in the event that is not done right and needs to be fixed.

Don't just hire the first contractor you meet or call. Before going ahead with one, be sure to compare multiple options. They should meet all of your requirements, be it offering a great guarantee to being able to come and do the work on your budget and within your timeline.

The biggest step to preventing problems in your air conditioner is getting a professional tune-up once a year. This is especially important before the summer. This is when your air conditioning system will be working its hardest. Getting regular tune-ups reduces the risk of malfunctions and will keep you cool all summer long.

Your home's HVAC system is critical to providing a comfortable environment in your home. Without maintenance, you may find yourself very uncomfortable. Don't allow these types of things to happen and use the advice here to help you be sure that your HVAC system will give you great service.


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