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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump made at least $82 million in outside income last year while serving i

Source: Washington Post

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, the president’s daughter and son-in-law, brought in at least $82 million in outside income while they served as senior White House advisers last year, according to new financial disclosure forms released Monday afternoon.

Among their income: Ivanka Trump earned $3.9 million from the Trump International Hotel in Washington and more than $2 million from severance from the Trump Organization in 2017, while Kushner reported over $5 million in income from Quail Ridge, a Kushner Cos. apartment complex acquired last year in Plainsboro, N.J.

The filings show how the couple is collecting immense sums from other enterprises while serving in the White House, an extraordinary income flow that ethics experts have warned could create potential conflicts of interests.
This is a developing story. It will be updated.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2018/06/11/jared-kushner-and-ivanka-trump-made-at-least-82-million-in-outside-income-last-year-while-serving-in-the-white-house-filings-show/?utm_term=.3ca5a57c728d

Posted by jayschool2013 | Mon Jun 11, 2018, 06:44 PM (10 replies)

Pain and Profit: A Dallas Morning News Investigation

From the reporter, David McSwane on his Facebook page:

"We spent a year investigating Texas’ privatized system for delivering healthcare to vulnerable Texas. We found insurance companies are boosting their profits by denying heath care to our most vulnerable — foster children, the elderly and the severely disabled — and the state government knows it."

Read the first two parts of his five-part series here.
Posted by jayschool2013 | Sun Jun 3, 2018, 01:47 PM (9 replies)


Share your story here. I'll give you one:

"That whole 'sic semper tyrannis' thing? That was the ambien talking." — John Wilkes Booth #ambienmademedoit

Posted by jayschool2013 | Wed May 30, 2018, 12:20 PM (3 replies)

This is . . .

I mean ... what the ... come on ... I can't ... Are you ... He did what ... Can you ... this is ... oh my ......
Posted by jayschool2013 | Fri Mar 16, 2018, 03:49 PM (5 replies)

Joe Arpaio Announces Bid for Senate

Source: NY Times

ALBUQUERQUE — Joe Arpaio, the polarizing 85-year-old immigration hard-liner pardoned by President Trump after a conviction of criminal contempt, announced on Tuesday that he is running in Arizona for the United States Senate.

The move by Mr. Arpaio, who just six months ago faced the prospect of a jail sentence prior to the pardon, upends the race to replace Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican who abandoned his 2018 re-election campaign after coming under criticism from Mr. Trump.

The contenders for the seat include Representative Kyrsten Sinema, a centrist Democrat, and Kelli Ward, a conservative Republican and former state senator who aligns herself with Mr. Trump. Mr. Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County, which include Phoenix, lost his own re-election bid for that post in 2016 to Paul Penzone, a Democrat and Phoenix police officer.

“Being a U.S. senator is a little different than being the sheriff, because you can do a lot of things in the U.S. Senate, and I have many plans, believe me,” Mr. Arpaio told the Washington Examiner in announcing his bid. “I have a lot to offer. I’m a big supporter of President Trump.”

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/09/us/joe-arpaio-senate-arizona.html?action=Click&contentCollection=BreakingNews&contentID=66338258&pgtype=Homepage

Posted by jayschool2013 | Tue Jan 9, 2018, 12:52 PM (9 replies)

Remember that time?

Do you remember that time when a snake-oil salesman and a Slovenian hooker moved into the White House?

I do too.

Posted by jayschool2013 | Fri Jan 5, 2018, 09:38 AM (3 replies)

ETS "offers" 27 percent pay cut to GRE raters (mostly adjuncts and grad students)

The Educational Testing Service — which administers the SAT, the GRE, Advanced Placement tests of various types and several state assessments — greeted some of its raters yesterday with an offer: take a 27 percent pay cut or quit your job effective Jan. 31, 2018.

Raters of the Graduate Record Exam were given a week to complete a "survey" that had only those two choices. The roster of GRE raters is made up primarily of the legion of already underpaid adjunct faculty (who often make less than $5,000 per class) and Ph.D. students (who scrape by on stipends of less than $20,000 per year).

The pay rate had been $20.60 per hour and had been that rate since 2008, when it was raised from $20 per hour. Of course, these are contract jobs with no benefits, and it is seasonal work, generally, as the heaviest GRE loads are in the autumn months as students around the world take the test in preparation for spring admissions decisions made by graduate faculty. Raters work shifts of either four or eight hours. In an eight-hour shift, a rater scores approximately 100 written responses.

In my busiest year, while I was adjunct teaching at Colorado State University, I logged close to 100 days of GRE scoring, which grossed about $16,000. Add that to teaching three courses per semester at $4,000 per course ($24,000), that's $40,000 working the equivalent of 1.5 jobs.

I'm lucky now that I have retired from the state of Colorado and collect my pension, and that I live in Iowa, where the cost of living is much less. But I imagine this came as quite a shock to those of us who need this money to get by. Given that we all have advanced degrees and untold experience in educational assessment, it could be demoralizing to see $15 per hour as the industry standard.

One last note: the ETS is a "nonprofit" corporation.

We found this email yesterday, sent at 11:49 a.m. CST, or 12:49 p.m. in Princeton, N.J., where ETS is located:

Dear GRE Rater,

We want to thank you for your commitment to the GRE program. It is through you that GREhas been able to achieve outstanding results and successfully support the academic advancement of so many students. Because you are a current Rater, we would like to make you aware of a change to Rater pay that will be implemented within our ETS Rater workforce.

Effective February 1, 2018 a new standardized pay rate of $15.00 an hour will be established for the GRE and TOEFL programs. This change is being made as part of an effort to bring Rater pay rates for ETS testing programs into closer alignment and to bring us into line with current industry standards.

GRE Raters have two options: you can elect to accept the new standard pay rate of $15.00 per hour and remain a GRE Rater, or you can elect to decline the pay reduction and resign your position as a GRE Rater.

We realize this adjustment will require some consideration on your part. However, we want you to know that we truly value the expertise you bring to scoring GRE responses and look forward to continuing to work with you in the future.

Please let us know which option you select by January 10, 2018 via the link below.

Posted by jayschool2013 | Thu Jan 4, 2018, 09:29 AM (8 replies)

Masturbation, sharing beds lead to homosexuality, according to leaked Mormon teachings

Source: Kansas City Star

A newly leaked Mormon church document from 1981 warns church leaders that masturbation can turn a person gay.

The document also reveals that Mormon missionaries were banned from sharing beds and dressing and bathing in front of each other to discourage homosexual behavior.

The handbook was leaked this week by MormonLeaks, a Las Vegas-based transparency group. The document, called “Homosexuality,” was created to guide church leaders working with homosexual church members.

“As we have previously stated, homosexuality is a sin in the same degree as adultery and fornication,” the guidebook states. “Powerful forces are seeking to establish this sinful practice as an acceptable way of life.”

Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/article190137759.html

Churches. Am I right?
Posted by jayschool2013 | Sat Dec 16, 2017, 09:03 AM (22 replies)

The GOP doesnt care if you like their tax plan. Heres why

Source: The Conversation

Congressional Republicans’ collective sigh of relief after passing tax legislation may seem confusing. Won’t voters hold them accountable in 2018 for passing such an historically unpopular bill? The answer is “no,” for several reasons.

First, the bill’s unpopularity may be somewhat overstated. A lot of the disapproval expressed in surveys is more about the bill’s sponsors than about the bill itself. In these polarized times, almost anything carrying the president’s endorsement is going to be a non-starter for more than half the population. If Trump were to designate ice cream the official White House dessert tonight, at least a third of us would stop “screaming for it” tomorrow.

This is not to say that this legislation should be more popular. But let’s face it, efforts to win over Blue America with fewer corporate tax cuts, fewer cuts for wealthy individuals, or fewer changes to popular tax breaks would have probably fallen on deaf ears in this environment.


More importantly, as University of Glasgow political scientist Christopher Jan Carman and I have found, Republicans in Congress simply don’t care as much about public opinion as Democrats do. The ideological convergence between voters and legislators is more than three times greater among Democratic legislators than among Republicans.

Read more: https://theconversation.com/the-gop-doesnt-care-if-you-like-their-tax-plan-heres-why-88467

Posted by jayschool2013 | Sat Dec 2, 2017, 10:03 AM (13 replies)

Wichita restaurant burns down in what owners believe was a hate crime

Source: Wichita Eagle

A 2:10 a.m. phone call was the alarm that woke up Ranya Taha and Bashar Mahanweh as their restaurant was overtaken by flames in a two-alarm fire — a fire that they believe may have been a hate crime.

“We were first asked if we had anyone who would want to hurt our business, and we said no,” Taha said. “There was a small incident on a window awhile ago with graffiti, but we just covered it up and moved on. It was three months ago, and we didn’t think bad of it.”

Now Taha is not so sure if the Nov. 1 fire was just an accident and if the graffiti was just a coincidence.

After the fire destroyed their Jordanian restaurant, Petra Mediterranean Restaurant, and left nothing but charred contents inside, they took a walk around their building.

Read more: http://www.kansas.com/news/local/article182191451.html

Posted by jayschool2013 | Thu Nov 2, 2017, 10:34 AM (1 replies)
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