The problem average Americans have with the Special Counsel’s Russia investigation is understanding how the multifaceted bits of information publicly reported over the past two years all fit together like puzzle pieces that come together into a clear picture.
Two new efforts to connect the dots of the Russia investigation are now available.
Craig Unger, an investigative journalist and writer who was deputy editor of the New York Observer and was editor-in-chief of Boston Magazine and a contributor to Vanity Fair, and the author of previous books such as House of Bush, House of Saud: The Secret Relationship Between the World’s Two Most Powerful Dynasties (2004) and The Fall of the House of Bush: The Untold Story of How a Band of True Believers Seized the Executive Branch, Started the Iraq War, and Still Imperils America’s Future (2007), is out with a new book, House of Trump, House of Putin: The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia (2018).
Based on his own reporting and the investigative work of a former federal prosecutor, Unger posits that through Bayrock, Trump was “indirectly providing Putin with a regular flow of intelligence on what the oligarchs were doing with their money in the U.S.”
During a speech at the White House last November, 71-year-old Donald Trump awkwardly reached for a bottle of water. Then he used both hands to drink it. It looked as if Trump had a small episode of some kind.
“I found it worrisome,” wrote Omarosa Manigault Newman, an assistant who had known him for nearly 15 years. “I believe that Donald Trump is physically ill. His terrible health habits have caught up with him.”
He’s obese, doesn’t exercise, eats junk food, has daily tanning bed sessions and drinks up to 8 cans of Diet Coke a day. When she first met him on The Apprentice in 2003, he was svelte and weighed 30 pounds less.
She estimates that over the last 15 years he’s poured 43,800 cans of Diet Coke into his system. Omarosa thinks it gave him dementia, based on a Boston University study linking diet soda to brain damage.
This is just one of the stories she tells in Unhinged, her nasty, trashy tell-all book about her time in the presidential campaign and the White House. Progressives will enjoy 334 pages of satisying Schadenfreude written by a woman scorned.
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On the excellent podcast, The Ezra Klein Show, hosted by Mr. Klein, the editor-at-large of Vox Media, former reporter Sam Rosenfield gave some excellent recommendations for further reading for those who want to better understand America’s polarized politics. Sam himself is the author of “The Polarizers: Postwar Architects of Our Partisan Era”.
The discussion on the podcast is well worth a listen and the books Mr. Rosenfield recommends are an excellent backgrounder for how we got to today’s political moment. To see those recommendations follow the “continue reading” link…
Historically, walls separating nations do not work as well as intended over the long term. Photo of Gaza/Israel boundary courtesy of the New York Times.
Walls delineating boundaries between nations or barriers for defense have stood since the dawn of human history. Wall Street in Manhattan, for example, received its name because Dutch settlers erected a walled defense against the Native American tribes they had wronged with unprovoked genocidal type raids.
If one wants to visit Christopher Columbus’s house in Genoa Italy, not far from it is the old city walls of Genoa, which is now surrounded by modern buildings. Everyone has heard of the Great Wall of China, the walls of Jericho and Troy, and the Berlin Wall. All of these barriers were created for either defense, to keep people out, or to keep people in. What does history tell us about these walls?
It tells us that while walls may be necessary to preserve boundaries and prevent invasion, they are not foolproof and eventually doomed, thanks to human ingenuity, to failure.
I’ve noticed over the years that media coverage of books can be wildly at odds with my own impression, more so than media coverage of just about anything else.
There’s a logical explanation for that. It would be pretty much impossible to write a 300-page book and not get something wrong or include material that perhaps should have been left out.
The textbook case of this was the criticism of Jimmy Carter’s book, Palestine: Peace, Not Apartheid. Alan Dershowitz (yeah, the pseudo-liberal currently defending Trump) and others found a handful of items Carter had wrong. Carter actually admitted to getting a few things wrong. Reading that criticism, I lost interest in the book, as Carter’s view also clashed with my own beliefs at the time about Israel-Palestine. Eventually, however, I read it. For everything Carter got wrong and for which he was lambasted by the pro-Israel American media, he got about 50 things right. Ultimately, the book had a profound influence on my own views.
We’re seeing a repeat of this with the media reporting on Comey’s book, A Higher Loyalty. In this case, it’s not as much things Comey got wrong, but passages he included that the media have labeled spiteful or petty. When you read A Higher Loyalty, however, you see that Comey’s critics are the ones engaged in spite and pettiness. Continue reading →
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Sunday, September 23rd Pima County Interfaith Council: Arizona Election Issues 2018 10:30 am in the Community Center “The Pima County Interfaith Civic Education Organization works to educate the voters of Pima County on the central issues affecting their lives and … Continue reading →
Featured Speaker Nancy MacLean, author of “Democracy in Chains” Dr MacLean will illuminate the reactionary rights relentless and decades old campaign to suppress voting, defund education’ destroy unions, and ultimately rewrite the constitution to serve the ultra-rich. Dr. MacLean … Continue reading →
“We will cover selected modules focused on how to tell your personal story, persuasion conversations, voter turnout best practices, and digital organizing. Sharing your personal story helps volunteers get grounded in why they come to this work and how to … Continue reading →
“This evening of music, food, and fun aims to connect people with others who wish to create positive change through the ballot box. Join your neighbors at the Together We Win party to unite for positive change in Arizona in … Continue reading →
DGT President will present on the upcoming Prop. 463, to be voted on in the General Election on Nov. 6, 2018. “Pima County is asking voters to consider authorizing the sale of $430 million in general obligation bonds to fund … Continue reading →
“Nancy will be reading from and talking about her book and signing copies for those who are interested. Sponsored by Koch’s Off Campus! questions about the event: 520-576-7982 (Betts)”Share this:FacebookTwitterMoreEmailTumblrPrintPocketRedditLinkedInGooglePinterestLike this:Like Loading...
Citizens Clean Elections debate for Governor, televised live on “Arizona Horizon” (Arizona PBS Channel 8), moderated by Ted Simons. All Clean Elections debates will be posted online. The debates will be available on the Clean Elections website within 72 hours after … Continue reading →
Monday, September 24 – 7:30pm: “Gubernatorial Debate Watch Party.” Watch the Citizens Clean Elections Commission Gubernatorial debate at PCDP HQ (4639 E 1st St). Debating will be Republican Governor Doug Ducey (elected Nov. 2014), Democratic challenger ASU Professor Dr. David … Continue reading →
LD 2 Senate citizens clean elections debate: Senator Andrea Dalessandro (D) vs. Shelley Kais (R). This is a rematch from Nov. 2016, with Senator Dalessandro winning 13,911 to 10,778. LD 2 House debate between … Continue reading →
Monday, September 24 – 6:00pm to 8:00pm: TUSD School Board Candidate Forum. Presented by LD3 Democratic Committee at Pima County Housing Center (801 W Congress) Who’s running for TUSD Governing Board – two incumbents, three challengers: https://blogforarizona.net/whos-running-for-tusd-governing-board-in-2018/Share this:FacebookTwitterMoreEmailTumblrPrintPocketRedditLinkedInGooglePinterestLike this:Like Loading...
Monday, September 24, 2018 – 6:30pm to 8:00pm “Nancy MacLean, professor of history and public policy at Duke University, will lead a talk about her new book, “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for … Continue reading →
Save the Date for the 2018 National Voter Registration Day! Hosted by Arizona Disability Coalition – ADC https://www.facebook.com/events/1644286075653151/Share this:FacebookTwitterMoreEmailTumblrPrintPocketRedditLinkedInGooglePinterestLike this:Like Loading...
“Resolve your active warrants! Justice Court Customer Service Windows: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Tucson City Court Customer Service Windows: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Available Services: – Quash your warrant – Create a payment plan – Reinstate your driver’s … Continue reading →
Paper Tigers TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 at 6:00pm | FREE ADMISSION • DONATIONS ACCEPTED Donations RAISED WILL GO TOWARDS Youth on Their Own An opportunity to discuss your thoughts and reactions to the film will be offered by members of the AZTICN! Paper … Continue reading →
LD 10 clean elections debate for Senate between Democratic Senator David Bradley and Republican challenger Marilyn Wiles, political newcomer LD 10 debate between Democrats Rep. Kirsten Engel and Domingo DeGrazia, and Republican Rep. Todd … Continue reading →
Time: 7 p.m. Sept. 25 Incumbent Republican Gov. Doug Ducey will face Democratic challenger David Garcia for a live, televised debate from our studios in Tucson. Presented by AZPM in partnership with KJZZ and the Arizona Daily Star. … Continue reading →
Citizens Clean Elections debate for State Treasurer, televised live on “Arizona Horizon” (Arizona PBS Channel 8), moderated by Ted Simons. All Clean Elections debates will be posted online. The debates will be available on the Clean Elections websitewithin 72 hours after … Continue reading →
Citizens Clean Elections debate for Attorney General, televised live on “Arizona Horizon” (Arizona PBS Channel 8), moderated by Ted Simons. All Clean Elections debates will be posted online. The debates will be available on the Clean Elections websitewithin 72 hours after … Continue reading →
From Councilman Paul Durham: “Two subjects of conversation will be Propositions 407 and 463. 407 is, of course, Tucson’s parks bond. Pima County is proposing Proposition 463, a roadway improvement bond, on the same November election ballot. We’ll be talking … Continue reading →
“Do you have loved ones who are or have been incarcerated? How can the system change to improve the lives of the family members who bear so much of the burden of mass incarceration, both financially and emotionally? Please join … Continue reading →
“Please join us in celebrating our pride in a spiritually inclusive setting. We’re celebrating 10 years of affirmation, diversity, and love!” https://www.facebook.com/events/2017288798346374/Share this:FacebookTwitterMoreEmailTumblrPrintPocketRedditLinkedInGooglePinterestLike this:Like Loading...
“Please join us to hear from an amazing lineup of speakers addressing the Opioid Epidemic including: Keynote Speaker: Dr. Steven Defossez (Beverly Hospital, Beverly MA) Shana Malone (Trends and Trauma, AHCCCS) and more TBA… PLUS 3 incredible panels: Stages of … Continue reading →
Tucson Community Town Hall on Criminal Justice in Arizona When Friday, September 28, 2018 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM Location YWCA Conference Center, 525 N Bonita Ave, Tucson, AZ 85635 Registration Attending – $25.00 Tucson Community Town Hall “What … Continue reading →
“Come meet Angel Torres our Green Party Candidate for Governor! Angel has worked tirelessly as a labor (Teamsters) and Green Party organizer for decades. He has provided strong leadership as co-chair of the Arizona Green Party (AZGP), and now has … Continue reading →
“It’s LGBTQA2 Pride season in Tucson! And that includes the fun, festive and symbolic annual sashay down the avenue known as “Pride on Parade”, aka: the Tucson Pride Parade! And for the past 9 years AIDS Ribbon Tucson, Southern Arizona’s … Continue reading →
“Tucson’s annual “Pride in the Desert” is back on September 29, 2018! The goal of this community event is to offer a fun and safe space for all facets of the LGBTQIA+ family to gather and be themselves. This … Continue reading →
“Legislative District 9 has a dynamic and experienced Legislative team up for election on Nov. 6– House incumbents Reps. Randy Friese and Pamela Powers Hannley and former representative and current Senate candidate Victoria Steele. Between now and Nov. 6, we … Continue reading →
“This accountability session is a major public event for the U.S. Congress and state legislature where they are presented with questions about specific issues important to its member organizations; public education, health care, immigration, workforce development, food security, and ballot … Continue reading →
Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will speak on the Parks + Connections 2018 bond on the General Election ballot (Proposition 407): “The City of Tucson is asking voters to consider a $225 million Parks + Connections Bond to fund capital improvements at 100 … Continue reading →
Presented by Indivisible Arizona and Tucson Jews for Justice Why a Free Press is Essential to Democracy MONDAY, OCTOBER 1 AT 6:00PM | FREE ADMISSION Doors will open at 5:30, and Professor Bambauer’s presentation will begin promptly at 6pm. … Continue reading →
Hosted by Tucson Education Association “Tucson Unified School District is the second-largest school district in Arizona, and as TUSD goes, so goes Tucson. With five candidates vying for two seats on the Board, this is your opportunity to find out … Continue reading →
Hosted by YWCA Arizona – STAT-Stand Together Arizona Training & Advocacy and Restore Your Vote Arizona “Join the YWCA STAT and Restore Your Vote for a workshop on felony disenfranchisement and voting rights restoration in Arizona. During the midterm election … Continue reading →
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