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Trump Casinos’ Tax Debt Was $30 Million. Then Christie Took Office.

By the time Chris Christie became governor of New Jersey, the state’s auditors and lawyers had been battling for several years to collect long-overdue taxes owed by the casinos founded by his friend Donald J. Trump.

The total, with interest, had grown to almost $30 million. The state had doggedly pursued the matter through two of the casinos’ bankruptcy cases and even accused the company led by Mr. Trump of filing false reports with state casino regulators about the amount of taxes it had paid.

But the year after Governor Christie, a Republican, took office, the tone of the litigation shifted. The state entertained settlement offers. And in December 2011, after six years in court, the state agreed to accept just $5 million, roughly 17 cents on the dollar of what auditors said the casinos owed.

Tax authorities sometimes settle for lesser amounts to avoid the costs and risks of further litigation, legal experts said, but the steep discount granted to the Trump casinos and the relationship between the two men raise inevitable questions about special treatment.

“You can’t tell whether there’s something problematic, but it’s pretty striking that this one was written down so much,” said David Skeel, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School who specializes in bankruptcy law and reviewed the case at the request of The New York Times.

The refusal by Mr. Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, to release his personal income tax returns has become a growing issue in the campaign. He has also boasted of his success in lowering his tax burden as a businessman, declaring last year in an interview on Fox News that only “a stupid person, a really stupid person, is paying a lot of taxes.”

Posted by liberal N proud | Wed Aug 17, 2016, 05:15 AM (16 replies)

How the odds have changed - Trump now stands a 11.3% chance

Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Aug 16, 2016, 09:44 AM (8 replies)

Trump tried to invite himself to Chelsea Clinton's wedding

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump tried to invite himself to Chelsea Clinton’s wedding in 2010, according to a new book on former President Bill Clinton

An except from “Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton,” which was released exclusively to Politico Playbook, tells of Trump’s futile efforts to attend Chelsea Clinton’s wedding.
“And finally there was Donald Trump, who had hosted a somewhat reluctant Bill and Hillary [Clinton] at his third wedding in 2005,” writes the book’s author, Joe Conason. “The real estate mogul was the sort of person who, though not an actual friend, still aspired to attend Chelsea’s wedding, which he clearly considered a prestigious event.”

When Trump didn’t receive an invitation, he reportedly called Doug Band, an adviser to the former president.

“I’m supposed to be at the wedding, Doug,” Trump said. “But I didn’t receive the invitation, and I need to know where to go.”


Posted by liberal N proud | Mon Aug 15, 2016, 05:39 AM (12 replies)

I was polled by Gallup tonight.

A lot of questions, political and non political.

Posted by liberal N proud | Fri Aug 12, 2016, 08:01 PM (9 replies)

Must we consider everything Trump says as sarcasm?

Nothing he says can be taken seriously or literally then. This is the guy who "says what he means" according to his surrogates and supporters.

So which is it Trump all sarcasm or all serious? The voters have a right to know. Oh and where are your tax returns?

Posted by liberal N proud | Fri Aug 12, 2016, 09:35 AM (5 replies)

Last fall when there were 17 clowns in the GOP circus car, did anyone image it would be this crazy?

No one ever thought the clown with the orange hair would be the last clown in the car.

Posted by liberal N proud | Fri Aug 12, 2016, 08:29 AM (3 replies)

A Writer In Berlin: Find Out What Germany Thinks Of Trump

I’ve spent the past 12 days in Germany. It’s been an eye opening experience. I’ve learned about pilsners, wurst and impeccable manners. I’ve learned that Germans have plenty to say about Donald Trump. They aren’t afraid to share, either.

Before we had even boarded our flight in Boston, we struck up a conversation with a couple at the gate. “What do you think of Trump?” they asked. “He is dangerous. To the whole world, yes? You agree?”

We agreed.

Over the course of the past two weeks, I’ve spoken to a young tour guide, two waiters, and the 18 year old son of our hosts. All of these young people have had the same opinion. Trump is ridiculous, unintelligent, loud and boorish. They use words like “idiot,” “assh*le,” and “insane.” These young, working class Germans seem to brush Trump off as a joke. Their distaste for him is clear.

We have spoken at greater length to our hosts, a middle aged couple who work for a Berlin bank. They are highly educated, very intelligent, prosperous. The husband grew up on a farm in West Germany. His wife grew up in East Berlin. She lived behind the Wall until her late teens.

They have expressed a deep level of disgust for Trump. Like many German we’ve met, they are acutely aware of good manners. They are offended by Trump’s crude language. His threats of violence shock them. His immature name calling horrifies them.

He scares them.

Katja remembers what it was like to live under Soviet control. She remembers the empty promises of prosperity, and the slogans extolling the greatness of the State. One evening she said:

“To say ‘America first’ is wrong. It is like me saying I will put my husband first and the children have to wait for food. This makes no sense for the modern world.”

“Why do people trust leaders who say they are saviors? Didn’t Americans learn from what happened here with Hitler?”

“Trump is just like Putin, Erdogan, Hitler and others who only think about themselves. They want power and more power. They are not true leaders.”

“Trump’s words sound like Hitler’s speeches.”


Posted by liberal N proud | Thu Aug 11, 2016, 11:28 AM (1 replies)

This is too funny - Donald Duck does Trump

Posted by liberal N proud | Thu Aug 11, 2016, 08:11 AM (4 replies)

Has anyone seen the obscene NRA anti-Hillary ad where they attack her for flying in private planes

Did they forget this:
Posted by liberal N proud | Wed Aug 10, 2016, 08:23 PM (1 replies)

Daily News: Trump must go: Hinting at assassination is too much, even for him



Posted by liberal N proud | Tue Aug 9, 2016, 09:44 PM (4 replies)
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