Another big scandal — and huge conflict of interest — has surfaced from the tax returns obtained by the New York Times.
A think tank that pushes the big Trump tax break accused us of omissions. Its statement has some curious omissions of its own.
👓 A reporter declined to reveal his source. Then police showed up at his front door with guns. | Washington Post
Bryan Carmody, a freelance reporter in San Francisco, awoke Friday to the sounds of someone trying to break into his house. About 10 officers from the San Francisco Police Department were bashing the front gate of his home in the Outer Richmond neighborhood with a sledgehammer, he said. It was just after 8 o’clock in the morning.
👓 How Taxpayers Covered a $1,000 Liquor Bill for Trump Staffers (and More) at Trump’s Club | ProPublica
A top-shelf, closed-door drinking session. $546-a-night hotel rooms. A special government credit card for Mar-a-Lago. Taxpayers foot the costs — and the president profits.
👓 William Barr is in deep trouble | CNN
Attorney General William Barr did two strange things between the time he received special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and when he released it to Congress and the public.
👓 On Thanksgiving Eve, Facebook Acknowledges Details of Times Investigation | New York Times
The company’s communications and policy chief took responsibility for hiring the lobbying company Definers Public Affairs.
👓 Why Latin American governments spend money badly | The Economist
Costa Rica, among others, is trying to change that
👓 Colombia’s biggest corruption scandal gets more complicated | The Economist
The magnate, the attorney-general and two strange deaths
👓 Hundreds of Researchers From Top Universities Were Published in Fake Academic Journals | Motherboard
How the World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology became a multimillion dollar organization promoting bullshit science through fake conferences and journals.
👓 U.S. Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution Stuns World Health Officials | New York Times
Trade sanctions. Withdrawal of military aid. The Trump administration used both to try to block a measure that was considered uncontroversial and embraced by countries around the world.
Nestle gave a half-assed response here. They can do far better. Now that their US headquarters has left Glendale, California for Virginia, I suspect their political stance will actually get worse on these issues.
A 2016 Lancet study found that universal breast-feeding would prevent 800,000 child deaths a year across the globe and yield $300 billion in savings from reduced health care costs and improved economic outcomes for those reared on breast milk. ❧
Pure corruption here. Protectionism to prop up profits of approximately 630 million versus major benefits and savings of 300 billion. Even if you look at the calculus of the entire industry of 70 billion it becomes a no brainer.
👓 Here’s More Evidence Broidy May Have Been Covering for Trump in Playmate Affair | Daily Intelligencer | NY Magazine
A bombshell AP report establishes that there was a highly suspicious meeting between the two men.
👓 Theory: Playboy Model Who Got $1.6 Million Had Affair With Trump, Not Broidy | Daily Intelligencer | New York Magazine
Michael Cohen arranged a $1.6 million payout to a model allegedly impregnated by GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy. But was Broidy covering for Trump?
It’s well reasoned and incredibly well laid out. Having read it, I can’t help but think that the logic is solid and the probabilities are far more in favor of the theory than they are of the previously reported stories holding water.
I literally can’t wait to see how this plays out…
👓 Here’s Why Congressman Blake Farenthold Resigned So Abruptly | Huffington Post
He was about to get some bad news.
👓 Facebook blocks Pulitzer-winning reporter over Malta government exposé | The Guardian
Temporary censorship of Matthew Caruana Galizia – who worked on the Panama Papers – raises concern over Facebook’s power to shape the news
I’d written about some ideas related to this in the recent past: The Indieweb and Journalism.
I’m happy to help any journalist who is interested in creating their own easily maintainable website that uses Indieweb principles.
The Netanyahu Investigations | The Atlantic
How the Israeli prime minister's scandal could spoil what should be his perfect political moment