Trump’s corruption

Forbes magazine has done a deep dive into the President’s real estate holdings and discovered that he’s getting paid approximately 175 million bucks a year in rent from tenants like the government of China and major banks like UBS, Barclays, J P Morgan and Bank of America. Coincidentally (or was it?) In December, Trump tenants …

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So the author of the Trump book isn’t the most savory of journalists. So what?

All of Wolff’s excerpts from Fire & Fury so far (the book was rushed into stores today) read like jayvee fan fiction. They read like a pilot that Steve Bannon himself wrote, pitched to Hollywood, and had rejected 17 times over. They read, in short, like bullshit. And yet…Wolff has audio. He’s got hours upon …

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There are cronies and then there are crooks

But never fear, they’re all employable in the Trump Administration. EPA Director Scott Pruitt (spit!) has hired a buddy of his who once made him three mortgage loans: one for $81,000, another for $359,000, and a third for $533,000. The loans were used to buy a house in a tony section of Tulsa despite Pruitt’s …

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Whitefish!

Have you heard the story of this 2-person utility company from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s hometown which managed to get a $300M contract from Puerto Rico to repair the territory’s electrical grid? That seems a little bit crony-ish, does it not? Well, the contract has surfaced: Boom. Leaked copy of the Puerto Rico / Whitefish …

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The NCAA & the FBI

Not to diminish the assistant coaches named yesterday in this FB investigation of NCAA basketball bribery and corruption at some of its member schools, but if Louisville really does fire its 2-time NCAA Champion coach Rick Pitino he will be the biggest scalp the FBI’s gotten without even naming him yet. I’m inclined to think …

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Voter suppression is the civil rights issue of this era – The Washington Post

From today’s Washington Post: The events in Charlottesville and the president’s apologia for the right-wing extremists there should mobilize anyone passionate about civil rights. There would be no better target for their energies than the clear and present danger to the most fundamental right in any democracy: the vote. Absolutely correct. We need to start …

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When Congress serves industry

Table saw users, take note. There’s a way to keep your fingers from sudden amputation. It was invented 14 years ago. There was a big need for this invention. Every year more than 4,000 Americans suffer amputations — get their hands mangled using table saws. Upwards of 30,000 people wind up in emergency rooms with …

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Six months in office

Today is the six-month anniversary of Trump’s inauguration and already: Some of President Trump’s lawyers are exploring ways to limit or undercut special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation, building a case against what they allege are his conflicts of interest and discussing the president’s authority to grant pardons, according to people familiar with …

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