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    Re: A Chronicle of our Descent to Hades

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    Cartoonist Michael DeAdder was just fired from the newspaper for this cartoon.

    Quote Originally Posted by ponchi101 View Post
    Now. Tiny is constantly attacking journalism and journalists and we know what he has said. But if now the same newspapers are going to censor journalists and cartoonist with immediate termination (not even a warning letter?), where are journalists to go? Or what can they do?
    It is getting out of hand.

    Both the cartoonist and the paper he was fired from are in Canada.

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    If you need to laugh through the tears of this nonsense, do check out the #unwantedivanka hashtag trending on Twitter today.

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    Gov. Cuomo approves new law allowing release of Trump’s N.Y. state tax returns
    By Jeff Stein July 8 at 11:39 AM

    Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D-N.Y.) signed legislation Monday that allows Congress to review President Trump’s state tax returns, giving House Democrats another potential tool for accessing the president’s closely guarded financial records.

    Rep. Richard E. Neal (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, has suggested he will not pursue Trump’s state returns, saying he is focused on obtaining documents held by the Internal Revenue Service. Last week, Neal filed a lawsuit against the IRS and Treasury Department over their denial of his request for Trump’s tax returns.

    Some New York lawmakers have pushed the new law as a way to give Congress greater oversight over the president. It gives certain congressional bodies the authority to request the state returns, provided those requesting the returns cite a “specified and legitimate legislative purpose. "

    “This bill gives Congress the ability to fulfill its constitutional responsibilities, strengthen our democratic system and ensure that no one is above the law,” Cuomo said in a statement.

    New York’s legislation would not give House Democrats access to the six years of federal tax returns sought by Neal. But the state returns, if obtained, could provide an unprecedented look into Trump’s New York business dealings, his income and a range of other personal financial information, according to legal experts.

    “The New York state tax returns likely contain information that is similar to what is in the federal returns,” said Harry Sandick, former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, noting Trump’s business losses and income probably would be similar at the federal and state levels.

    Under the legislation, the state tax returns can only be released if requested by any of three committees: the House Ways and Means Committee; the Senate Finance Committee; or the Joint Committee on Taxation.

    In May, the New York Times published a report, based on data from 10 years of Trump’s federal tax returns, showing he took more than $1 billion in losses and lost more money than almost every other taxpayer in America from 1985 to 1994.

    But a spokesman for the House Ways and Means Committee said the state documents may not be relevant to the committee’s investigation, which has cited the need to conduct congressional oversight over how the IRS handles presidential audits. The records would have to be requested by the committee for them to be turned over. Their disclosure by state officials could also be challenged in court.

    “This request was in furtherance of an investigation into the mandatory presidential audit program at the IRS,” said Dan Rubin, a spokesman for Neal. “State returns would not help us evaluate this program and decide if legislative action is needed to codify this program into federal law. ”
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

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    Trump, who often boasts of his Wharton degree, says he was admitted to the ‘hardest school to get into.’ The college official who reviewed his application recalls it differently.

    By Michael Kranish July 8 at 11:00 AM

    PHILADELPHIA — James Nolan was working in the University of Pennsylvania’s admissions office in 1966 when he got a phone call from one of his closest friends, Fred Trump Jr. It was a plea to help Fred’s younger brother, Donald Trump, get into Penn’s Wharton School.

    “He called me and said, ‘You remember my brother Donald?’ Which I didn’t,” Nolan, 81, said in an interview with The Washington Post. “He said, ‘He’s at Fordham and he would like to transfer to Wharton. Will you interview him?’ I was happy to do that.”

    Soon, Donald Trump arrived at Penn for the interview, accompanied by his father, Fred Trump Sr., who sought to “ingratiate” himself, Nolan said.

    Nolan, who said he was the only admissions official to talk to Trump, was required to give Trump a rating, and he recalled, “It must have been decent enough to support his candidacy.”

    For decades, Trump has cited his attendance at what was then called the Wharton School of Finance as evidence of his intellect. He has said he went to “the hardest school to get into, the best school in the world,” calling it “super genius stuff,” and, as recently as last month, pointed to his studies there as he awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to conservative economist Arthur Laffer.

    But Trump, who questioned the academic standing of then-President Barack Obama, has never released records showing how he got into the school — or how he performed once he was there. And, until now, Nolan’s detailed account of Trump’s admission process has not been publicly disclosed.

    Nolan, who spoke to The Post recently at his apartment here, said that “I’m sure” the family hoped he could help get Trump into Wharton. The final decision rested with Nolan’s boss, who approved the application and is no longer living, according to Nolan.

    While Nolan can’t say whether his role was decisive, it was one of a string of circumstances in which Trump had a fortuitous connection, including the inheritance from his father that enabled him to build his real estate business, and a diagnosis of bone spurs that provided a medical exemption from the military by a doctor who, according to the New York Times, rented his office from Fred Trump Sr.

    At the time, Nolan said, more than half of applicants to Penn were accepted, and transfer students such as Trump had an even higher acceptance based on their college experience. A Penn official said the acceptance rate for 1966 was not available but noted that the school says on its website that the 1980 rate was “slightly greater than 40%.” Today, by comparison, the admissions rate for the incoming Penn class is 7.4 percent, the school recently announced.

    “It was not very difficult,” Nolan said of the time Trump applied in 1966, adding: “I certainly was not struck by any sense that I’m sitting before a genius. Certainly not a super genius.”

    The White House did not respond to requests for comment.

    Trump, as a young man looking ahead to a career in real estate, viewed entry into a top college as his ticket out of the outer boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn, where his father had built housing largely aimed at the working class. But the idea of going to Penn, as his father wished, was daunting.

    Indeed, Trump needed to look no further than his older brother’s experience to realize the potential difficulty. Fred Trump Jr. had hoped to go to Penn with his friend Nolan. Fred Trump Jr. and Nolan were best friends, having gone to high school together and spent many hours in the Trump family home in Queens. Nolan provided The Post with a picture that shows him next to Fred Trump Jr. around the time they applied to Penn.

    Nolan recalled that Trump’s father, Fred Trump Sr., never talked to him during this period, preferring the boys stay in the basement. But the plan for the boys to be roommates at Penn failed: Nolan got in, but Fred Trump Jr. was rejected. The two nonetheless remained close.

    Ten years later, in 1966, it was Donald Trump who applied to Penn’s Wharton School, having already attended two years at Fordham University in the Bronx., leading to the interview with Nolan. Nolan, who later became director of undergraduate admissions at Penn and now is an educational consultant, said he has not previously been quoted on the record about his role. A 2000 biography, “The Trumps,” by Gwenda Blair, cited a “friendly” admissions officer who was friends with Fred Trump Jr., without identifying or quoting him. Fred Trump Jr. died in 1981.

    It was common during this period for the children of wealthy and influential people to be accepted ahead of other applicants, especially if the parent made a substantial donation to the school. There is no evidence, however, of such donations in Trump’s case.

    Records in the University of Pennsylvania archives provided to The Post do not show any donation from Fred Trump Sr. or other family members to the school during the period that Donald Trump applied for admission or was a student. However, some of the donations from that period were made anonymously, so it is not possible to say conclusively whether any Trump family donation was made. The records show donations of $1,000 or more.

    The university declined to release records that would explain the decision to accept Trump, or to provide his grade transcripts, citing confidentiality restrictions.

    Legend born

    Trump graduated from Penn in 1968. Before long, a legend was born. A 1973 article in the New York Times said Trump graduated “first in his class” from the Wharton School and then quoted his father as saying, “Donald is the smartest person I know.”

    The claim that Trump was the top student was repeated in a more widely noticed 1976 profile in the Times, once again including his father’s quote about being the “smartest person.” The Times later published stories that questioned whether Trump was a top student at Penn, noting that transcripts are private.

    In fact, Trump’s name was not among top honorees at commencement. Nor was he on the dean’s list his senior year, meaning he was not among the top 56 students in his graduating class of 366. All that is known for certain is that Trump received at least a 2.0 average, or C, enabling him to graduate. A 4.0 is equivalent to an A.

    Penn officials said they are prohibited from releasing Trump’s grades unless he allows it.

    Trump himself has said that it is crucial to evaluate a candidate’s educational background to determine whether he or she is qualified to be president.

    For example, in addition to questioning whether Obama was born in the United States, Trump said in a 2011 interview with the Associated Press that he “heard” Obama was “a terrible student, terrible. How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard?”

    Then he challenged Obama to release his college transcripts. “I’m certainly looking into it. Let him show his records.”

    Trump has not applied his standard to himself. He has declined to release his own college transcripts, and during the campaign, his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, threatened colleges with lawsuits if his academic records were released.

    The idea that Trump was the top performer has persisted partly because the president has continued to let it stand despite the many times it has been debunked. Trump admitted as much last year, saying that he “heard I was first in my class at the Wharton School of Finance. And sometimes when you hear it, you don’t say anything. You just let it go.”

    Louis Calomaris, who spent considerable time with Trump during real estate classes, said in an interview that he headed a weekly study group. Trump had attended two or three of the study sessions when, one day in class, the professor announced that the most important thing was to attend his lectures.

    “Out of the corner of my eye, I see Trump close his book and he never came to another study group, but he never missed class,” Calomaris said.

    He recalled Trump standing in his three-piece suit and announcing that he planned to be one of the greatest real estate developers in New York City.

    Calomaris, who has worked as a business consultant and restaurateur and taught marketing at the University of Maryland, said that he thought Trump was “a bright guy” but that “he was always lazy — he wouldn’t read a book. I never considered him stupid, I considered him opportunistic. . . . He cared about making money, and he knew that the most prestigious school was Wharton, and that worked with his opportunistic nature.”

    In a 1985 biography about Trump, Jerome Tuccille wrote that Trump hardly viewed his attendance as a priority.

    “Donald agreed to attend Wharton for his father’s sake,” Tuccille wrote. “He showed up for classes and did what was required of him but he was clearly bored and spent a lot of time on outside business activities.”

    By the time Trump in 1987 released his autobiography, “The Art of the Deal,” he had embraced the idea of what he called “truthful hyperbole.” The key to promotion, he explained, “is bravado. I play to people’s fantasies. . . . People want to believe that something is the biggest and the greatest and the most spectacular.”

    Without addressing his class rank or the circumstances of his acceptance, Trump was blunt in his autobiography about the value he found in promoting his time at Wharton.

    “Perhaps the most important thing I learned at Wharton was not to be overly impressed by academic credentials,” Trump wrote. “In my opinion, that degree doesn’t prove very much, but a lot of people I do business with take it very seriously, and it’s considered very prestigious. So all things considered, I’m glad I went to Wharton.”

    As recently as June 19, Trump continued to cite his Wharton background, sometimes in misleading ways. Awarding the Medal of Freedom to Laffer, Trump claimed that “I’ve heard and studied the Laffer curve for many years in the Wharton School of Finance.”

    Trump graduated from Wharton in 1968, and Laffer didn’t outline his tax-cutting theory on the back of a napkin until 1974, according to Laffer’s account in a book he co-wrote called “The End of Prosperity.” Thus, studying the Laffer curve during Trump’s time at the school would have been impossible.
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

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    Seth Abramson

    Today's Nader stories *should* read, "Top Trump campaign adviser and Trump campaign intermediary to Saudi Arabia, Russia, and the United Arab Emirates George Nader was indicted on child pornography and child sex transportation charges today..."
    George Nader indicted on child porn, child sex transportation charges
    By Rachel Weiner July 19 at 1:09 PM

    A Trump associate and key witness in former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation of Russian election interference has been indicted on charges of transporting a 14-year-old boy for sexual activity.

    George Nader pleaded not guilty in Alexandria federal court on Friday; a trial is set for Sept. 30. Judge Leonie M. Brinkema declined to let him out on bail, citing “the nature of the charges and [his] extensive overseas connections.”

    According to three-count indictment, in February 2000 Nader brought a 14-year-old boy from Europe to the United States through Dulles International Airport and brought him to his home in Washington for sexual activity.

    In court, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Prabhu indicated that a witness in the case from the Czech Republic may testify at trial.

    Nader, 60, was arrested last month at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. In initial charges filed against him, authorities alleged he had carried child pornography when he arrived in the country from Dubai in January 2018.

    Attorneys for Nader declined to comment. But in a motion for bond filed Friday, they argued that the charges were overblown based largely on videos sent to Nader.

    “None of the text messages surrounding the videos at issue (all but two of which were allegedly sent to the iPhone in question) indicate that Mr. Nader in any way solicited this content,” they wrote. The new charge of transporting a minor, the defense attorneys say, is “factually unfounded” and outside the statute of limitations, which was only eliminated for child sex crimes in 2006.

    The explicit videos of minors were found on one of the phones Nader gave to FBI agents working for the special counsel. He came and went from the country several times while being interviewed by Mueller’s team about his contacts with Trump’s associates. But by the time he was charged under seal by prosecutors in Alexandria last April, he had left the country and did not return until over a year later, for treatment following heart surgery.

    Nader is arguing he should be released for further rehabilitation and physical therapy. Brinkema said she would consider the motion but indicated concern that his “incentive to flee is quite high.”

    An well-connected adviser to the United Arab Emirates, Nader was seen by Trump allies as an operator helpful at navigating politics in the Middle East. He attracted Mueller’s interest for helping arrange a meeting in the Seychelles in January 2017 between Erik Prince, a Trump supporter who founded the private security firm Blackwater, and a Russian official close to Russian President Vladi*mir Putin.

    Nader also visited the White House several times after the Seychelles encounter, meeting with senior adviser Stephen K. Bannon and Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, according to people familiar with his visits.

    Born in Lebanon, Nader came to the United States as a teen and later founded a magazine on Middle East affairs that put him in contact with leaders across the region.

    When he was convicted 28 years ago of transporting child pornography, he received a reduced sentence after influential figures argued privately to the court that he helped free U.S. hostages then held in Lebanon.

    Throughout his prominent career he has repeatedly been investigated for offenses related to underage boys.

    In 1985, he was indicted by a federal grand jury in Washington on two counts of mailing and importing child pornography. Those charges were dismissed after Nader’s lawyers successfully argued that authorities had illegally seized evidence in the case.

    During two instances in 1988, Nader received sexually explicit material via a post office box in Cleveland, according to court filings, but he was not charged until 1990, when he was caught at Dulles with explicit videos of young boys. He served about six months in federal custody in a facility on work release, court records show.

    In 2003, Nader was convicted in the Czech Republic of what his attorney Christopher Clark described in court as “contributing to the moral corruption of society” after “having a relationship with two young men two years under the age of consent.”
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

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    Re: A Chronicle of our Descent to Hades

    Warning: rage inducing detail left out of the WaPo article:

    From Law&Crime:

    According to prosecutors, Nader’s criminal case turned up as a result of his involvement in the Russia probe. Investigators found him at Dulles International Airport in January 2018 to talk to him about his work on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign; they seized Nader’s electronic devices. They said he allegedly possessed 12 videos showing minors in sex acts.

    They have gone on to say that videos depicted children as young as 3, and that some of the footage was sent from his phone to others. He was already fighting the allegation, and has pleaded not guilty to the new charges on Friday.

    Nader allegedly later fled the country to the United Arab Emirates, but was arrested after he returned to the United States — he claimed, for medical treatment. Nader was denied bond.
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

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