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Good Trump. This time Donald delivers on a promise

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The best promises President Donald Trump has delivered on to date relate to his personal finances. He has made a few good donations of his salary as president, to a Civil War battlefield and to the Department of Education to fund a STEM camp. The president promised a few weeks ago to personally give $1 million to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, and he has quickly delivered on that promise.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that the Red Cross and Salvation Army received $300,000 apiece, with Samaritan’s Purse and Reach Out America–both Christian relief organizations–received $100,000 each. The remaining $200,000 was divided equally among the ASPCA, Catholic Charities, Direct Relief, Habitat for Humanity, the Houston Humane Society, Operation Blessing, Portlight Inclusive Disaster Strategies and Team Rubicon, according to The Hill.

Fact checkers including The Washington Post’s David Fahrenthold, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his research on Trump’s charitable giving, were able to substantiate most of Trump’s donations.

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Final thoughts

It’s good that so many news organizations are able to hold the president accountable for his personal giving. It’s not so good that they all believed they might get the scoop on how Trump didn’t follow through quickly like happened with his $6 million veterans organization promise.

It’s very good that Trump seems to have learned his lesson, that private businesspeople can get away with things out of the public eye, that politicians and presidents cannot. One thing I cannot help but admit is that Trump’s heart is in the right place. Perhaps it’s always been in the right place, but the businessman/huckster side of Trump’s personality tends to overshadow his better angels.

Either way, good Trump: The money is needed.

Managing Editor of NOQ Report. Serial entrepreneur. Faith, family, federal republic. One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

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Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe has agreed to resign. Update: He didn’t.

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Zimbabwes Robert Mugabe has agreed to resign source

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Once again, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has defied calls for his resignation, allowing a deadline set by his party to pass without a word.

Zimbabwe crisis: Deadline passes for Mugabe to quit as party leader

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-42048412Members of Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party are preparing to meet to discuss the possible impeachment of President Robert Mugabe, after a deadline for his resignation came and went on Monday.

The deadline was set by Mr Mugabe’s own party, Zanu-PF.

The embattled leader surprised Zimbabweans on Sunday, declaring on TV that he planned to remain as president.

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Reports came in yesterday that Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe would be stepping down instead of going through impeachment, but in a speech on state-run television he did not step down. Now, a new report is coming in that he has agreed to step down, having drafted a resignation letter.

As has been the case for nearly four decades with the tyrannical strongman, reports about him are subject to change. ZANU-PF, the party that he led until yesterday afternoon when they removed him, have given him until noon today (5am EST) to resign or they will request impeachment. The parliament does not meet on Mondays, so if he doesn’t step down he likely won’t be tried until the next day.

Based upon information from a CNN source, the leader has reached an agreement that would give him full immunity and allow him to keep his possessions.

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Source: Zimbabwe’s Mugabe agrees to terms of resignation

http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/20/africa/zimbabwe-mugabe/index.htmlAn official source with direct knowledge of negotiations says that Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe has agreed to the terms of his resignation and a letter has been drafted.

The source said generals had given into many of Mugabe’s demands including full immunity for himself and his wife Grace, and also that he would keep his private properties.

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe has until noon to stand down or face impeachment | Reuters

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-zimbabwe-politics/zimbabwes-mugabe-has-until-noon-to-stand-down-or-face-impeachment-idUSKBN1DK0H1?il=0Zimbabwe’s liberation war veterans, who have been among the most vocal in calling for Mugabe’s resignation, will hold a media briefing at 9.30 a.m.

Moments after Mugabe’s address, war veterans leader Chris Mutsvangwa told Reuters they would lead public protests in the streets of Harare, cranking up the pressure on Zimbabwe’s ruler of the last 37 years.

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Charles Manson is dead

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Charles Manson is dead

The satanic ringleader behind several gruesome murders in California in 1969, Charles Manson, has died of natural causes Sunday, one week after his birthday. He was 83.

Over a five-week period in the summer of 1969, Manson’s minions carried out nine murders attached to his orders. Even after his incarceration, as many as 35 murders were committed by members of his cult. Though Manson did not participate directly in the murders, his leadership of the cult that killed on his orders earned him the death penalty. His sentence was commuted to nine life sentences when California annulled death sentences issued before 1972. He was sentenced in 1971 and spent 46 years in jail, costing tax-payers millions of dollars.

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Charles Manson, mastermind of 1969 murders, dies at 83

http://beta.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-charles-manson-20171119-story.htmlManson did not commit the murders himself; instead he persuaded his group of followers to carry out the killings. The crimes received frenzied news coverage, because so many lurid and sensational elements coalesced at the time — Hollywood celebrity, cult behavior, group sex, drugs and savage murders that concluded with the killers scrawling words with their victims’ blood.

Los Angeles residents were terrified by the crimes. Before the killers were apprehended, gun sales and guard dog purchases skyrocketed and locksmiths had weeks-long waiting lists. Numerous off-duty police officers were hired to guard homes in affluent neighborhoods and security firms tripled in size.

Charles Manson is rotting in hell | New York Post

https://nypost.com/2017/11/20/mass-murderer-charles-manson-dead-at-83/Manson — who infamously wore a swastika tattoo between his eyebrows — had spent more than 45 years in prison after being convicted of directing his “Manson Family” clan of troubled, mostly female, followers to kill seven people in California in the summer of 1969. The dead included actress Sharon Tate, the pregnant wife of director Roman Polanski, who was stabbed 16 times.

“I am crime,” Manson proudly proclaimed during a collect call to The Post from prison in the mid-2000s.

Obituary: Charles Manson

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-36091052When his mother was paroled in 1942 she lived with her eight-year-old son in a series of dilapidated rooms before unsuccessfully applying to a court to have him fostered. Instead he was placed in a Catholic boys’ home from which he ran away after just 10 months.

Manson’s robbery of an off-licence marked the beginning of a series of crimes, including armed robbery, and subsequent incarcerations in a number of institutions.

Manson Family Murders Fast Facts

http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/30/us/manson-family-murders-fast-facts/index.htmlReportedly, during his childhood, Manson’s mother sold him for a pitcher of beer to a woman who wanted to have children. His uncle had to find the woman so that he could get his nephew back.

He later took his stepfather William Manson’s last name.

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As border patrol agent dies, President renews call for the wall

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As border patrol agent dies President renews call for the wall

Two border patrol agents were injured on duty in Culberson County, Texas. One, Rogelio Martinez, has died from his injuries. His partner is still in the hospital in serious condition.

No word on what caused the injuries they sustained while on patrol. They were responding to a call of activity 120 miles outside of El Paso.

President Trump took to Twitter to renew calls for the wall along the southern border.

As more information comes available, this story will be updated.

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Trump renews call for border wall after patrol officer dies in Texas

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/361145-trump-renews-call-for-border-wall-after-patrol-officer-dies-fromHis comments come after a border patrol agent died after being injured while on patrol, according to multiple reports.

The agent who died was identified as Rogelio Martinez, according to USA Today.

His partner is in the hospital in serious condition, the news outlet reported. The incident reportedly occurred when the two men were responding to activity about 120 miles outside El Paso.

Border Patrol Agent from Big Bend Sector killed while on patrol Sunday morning

http://www.kvia.com/news/top-stories/border-patrol-agent-from-big-bend-sector-killed-while-on-patrol-sunday-morning/658898797The Border Patrol’s Special Operations Group and agents from CBP’s Air and Marine Operations are searching the area for potential suspects or witnesses.

The Culberson County Sheriff’s Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Office of Inspector General, and CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility are assisting in the investigation.

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