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political career on virtual life support, some wonder how long (MO governor) Greitens can hang on

http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/political-career-virtual-life-support-some-wonder-how-long-greitens-can-hang#stream/0

Members of the Missouri House delivered a big blow to Gov. Eric Greitens this month when they released a startling report on the GOP chief executive’s conduct. The details prompted some on both sides of the aisle to call on Greitens to resign, a demand the governor resisted.

Then came the following week, which featured a full collapse of Greitens’ political support and darkening cloud of legal developments.



Questions about The Mission Continues fundraising list. An unprecedented call from the General Assembly’s legislative leaders to resign. A judge’s decision not to throw out his felony invasion of privacy case. And finally on Friday afternoon, another felony charge from St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner.

Members of the Missouri House delivered a big blow to Gov. Eric Greitens this month when they released a startling report on the GOP chief executive’s conduct. The details prompted some on both sides of the aisle to call on Greitens to resign, a demand the governor resisted.

Then came the following week, which featured a full collapse of Greitens’ political support and darkening cloud of legal developments.



Questions about The Mission Continues fundraising list. An unprecedented call from the General Assembly’s legislative leaders to resign. A judge’s decision not to throw out his felony invasion of privacy case. And finally on Friday afternoon, another felony charge from St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner.

http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/political-career-virtual-life-support-some-wonder-how-long-greitens-can-hang#stream/0

Black Panther just keeps smashing box office records

It’s now grossed more than Iron Man, Thor, and the first Captain America combined.


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And now it’s en route to another huge milestone. On Thursday, the movie topped $676 million in the US, a number that surpasses the total theatrical grosses of Iron Man ($318 million), Thor ($181 million), and the first Captain America ($177 million) film — combined.

Of course, box office is only a measure of commercial success, and it can be dangerous to equate box office haul with cinematic greatness. But in the case of Black Panther, it’s well earned. It’s a terrific film, one that shatters stereotypes about race and gender in tentpole blockbusters, explores important ideas about black culture and Afrofuturism, and is a genuinely fun, well-made movie to boot.

The movie’s been out for nine weeks, which means it’s likely slowing down. But T’Challa and co. are part of the force that will likely propel next week’s Avengers: Infinity War into the box office stratosphere and their popularity with moviegoers means they’re not going away any time soon. At this rate, Wakanda will, indeed, be with us forever.

https://www.vox.com/culture/2018/4/20/17261614/black-panther-box-office-records-gross-iron-man-thor-captain-america-avengers

The consumer bureau is playing nice with payday lenders under the leadership of Mick Mulvaney.

The CFPB’s lawsuit had been winding its way through the courts until Mulvaney took over the bureau. One of the lead attorneys defending the payday lenders was Steven Engel, who is now assistant attorney general at the US Justice Department, and who was listed as an active attorney in the case until November 14, the day after he was sworn into office.

In February, the agency dismissed charges against six defendants in the case, according to federal court records. The reason for the dismissal was not explained in the court motion, and the CFPB declined to answer Vox’s questions about the case.

Now the CFPB is “terminating sanctions” against the remaining defendants, according to the agency’s latest report to Congress. A federal judge had sanctioned the uncooperative defendants in March by entering a default judgment against them, which held them liable for the charges of unfair and deceptive business practices. The next step was to figure out how much they would pay in damages to consumers and attorney’s fees — a step that the CFPB suggests it won’t be taking anymore.

The CFPB’s dismantling of the case against NDG is the latest example of the bureau backing off of payday loan companies accused of defrauding consumers — an industry that donated more than $60,000 to Mulvaney’s past congressional campaigns.

https://www.vox.com/2018/4/20/17225564/mick-mulvaney-cfpb-payday-loan-cases

Trump pressed Sessions to fire 2 FBI officials who sent anti-Trump text messages

President Donald Trump sharply questioned Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray during a White House meeting on January 22 about why two senior FBI officials — Peter Strzok and Lisa Page — were still in their jobs despite allegations made by allies of the president that they had been disloyal to him and had unfairly targeted him and his administration, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

The president also pressed his attorney general and FBI director to work more aggressively to uncover derogatory information within the FBI’s files to turn over to congressional Republicans working to discredit the two FBI officials, according to the same sources.

The very next day, Trump met Sessions again, this time without Wray present, and even more aggressively advocated that Strzok and Page be fired, the sources said.

Trump’s efforts to discredit Strzok and Page came after Trump was advised last summer by his then-criminal defense attorney John Dowd that Page was a likely witness against him in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether Trump obstructed justice, according to two senior administration officials. That Trump knew that Page might be a potential witness against him has not been previously reported or publicly known.


https://www.vox.com/2018/4/20/17258230/trump-sessions-fire-fbi-officials-strzok-page-text-messages

watch trump repeat fox news talking points

http://money.cnn.com/2018/04/22/media/president-trump-fox-news/index.html

Remarks Trump made last week -- railing against the Russia investigations and attacking his enemies -- were juxtaposed with previous clips of Fox personalities saying almost exactly the same things.

Trump cashed a 13 cent check sent as social experiment on richest people

One of President Donald Trump's most frequent habits is boasting about his immense wealth. But he's not above cashing a check for 13 cents.

Back in 1990, a New York-based monthly called Spy magazine decided to run a little social experiment. So it sent out letters to 58 of the richest people in the city that contained checks for $1.11 for "services that you were overcharged for."

Remarkably, 26 people cashed them, so Spy magazine kept sending the checks but cut the amount, this time to 64 cents.

When 13 of those 26 cashed them, the magazine sent those 13 respondents a 13- cent check. Only two people cashed them this time: one was a Saudi arms dealer, and the other was Donald Trump.

https://patch.com/district-columbia/washingtondc/donald-trump-once-cashed-13-cent-check-incredible-true-stories

another Theta Tau video emerges - mimed sexual assault of disabled to great laughter

http://dailyorange.com/2018/04/syverud-responds-d-o-s-publication-second-theta-tau-video/


Syracuse University announced on Saturday that it has permanently expelled a fraternity over an offensive video that members say was intended as satire.

The controversy continued, however, with the emergence of more video showing a simulated sexual assault of a disabled person.

Chancellor Kent Syverud called the original Theta Tau video “racist, antisemitic, homophobic, ableist and sexist”, in a video posted on the university’s website. He said disciplinary actions against the individual students involved could include suspension or expulsion.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/apr/22/syracuse-university-expels-fraternity-over-racist-video
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The video showed a group of men laughing uproariously at performances punctuated by racist language against blacks, Jews and Hispanics and simulated sex acts. Some students contend the video illustrates larger issues of racism and sexism at the university.



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Campus newspaper The Daily Orange posted the latest video Saturday, shortly after Theta Tau's expulsion. The clip appears to stem from the same event as the earlier video, which showed men laughing uproariously at performances punctuated by pantomimed sex acts and racist language about blacks, Jews and Hispanics.

Some students contended that video illustrated larger issues of racism and sexism at the university, and the clip prompted a protest march and a three-hour "community dialogue" gathering Wednesday.

Still more videos are under investigation, Syverud said Sunday.

The chancellor has said that disciplinary actions against the individual students involved could include suspension or expulsion, and that university officials "have begun a top-to-bottom review of our entire Greek system."

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-syracuse-fraternity-racist-video-20180422-story.html

lawn jockey eating watermelon: "In no way, shape, or form should anybody think that its racist"

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An Ohio man apparently decided his collection of lawn jockey ornaments wasn’t racist enough, so he placed afro wigs on them and set them among his Confederate flag displays.

Louie Jones Jr. lives in the Lindale home with his father, and he said the display has been up for years without complaint, reported WXIX-TV.

The lawn jockeys are joined by a black-faced figurine eating a slice of watermelon and a dark-skinned mannequin with an afro wig and large, garishly painted red lips.

https://twitter.com/MaytalLeviWXIX/status/987133860386365440
https://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/watch-ohio-racist-malfunction-when-reporter-asks-which-side-won-civil-war


WATCH: TV reporter breaks Ohio racist’s brain by asking who won the Civil War

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/04/watch-tv-reporter-breaks-ohio-racists-brain-asking-won-civil-war/


“In no way, shape, or form should anybody think that it’s racist,” Jones insisted.

The homeowner’s friend Tammy helped him explain the demonstration, which she told Fox 19 reporter Maytal Levi had started with the Confederate flags and had grown to include the racist caricatures.

“They went up, a few of them at one time, and then a couple more were added, but the flags have always flown,” Tammy said. “That’s for our country.”

http://www.fox19.com/story/38000132/clermont-county-display-with-confederate-flags-figures-with-wigs-spurs-controversy

Pro-Trump groups spending big at Trump properties - unprecedented

Political groups supporting President Donald Trump are doubling as big-spending customers for the business empire he has not divested from.

Trump’s reelection campaign has spent $670,000 at Trump properties since he was elected president, and $125,000 during the first three months of this year alone, recent disclosures show.


But Trump’s campaign is not the only group paying Trump’s companies for events, catering and sometimes even rent: The Republican National Committee has also paid $1.1 million to Trump properties since the election. Outside PACs supporting Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have also been two of the biggest political spenders at Trump properties during that time.

Because Trump has maintained his financial interest in his vast business while president — and, unlike previous presidents, filed for reelection soon after taking office — the relationship between pro-Trump political groups and the Trump businesses has no precedent. While congressional campaigns for Republican lawmakers have also spent money at Trump properties, much of the spending at Trump properties from outside political groups appears to come from those linked closely to the president.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/04/21/trump-properties-spending-political-groups-544905

The spending has led some watchdogs to call for a ban on such spending.

“There are two serious problems with allowing campaign money to be spent on personal properties owned by the candidate. When the campaign money comes from the candidate, the candidate is using donor money for self-enrichment," said Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist at the watchdog group Public Citizen. “When the campaign money spent on a candidate’s personal properties comes from others – say, special interest groups or even other officeholders – it is often done so as a means to buy access and endear the candidate as an influence-peddling tool.”

Trump is breaking the environment beyond repair

HUMPTY DUMPTY famously cannot be “put back together” again. For those who care about the environment, every day since Donald Trump took office is a Humpty Dumpty day —with something being broken beyond repair.

The federal government has started selling off parcels of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments to anyone who hammers four poles into the ground and pays a $212 fee. The Trump administration has also slapped a 30 percent tariff on imported solar panels — making it more expensive for Americans to go solar and crippling the domestic solar panel installation industry. Additionally, the administration suspended the “Waters of the United States” rule, a key Obama-era regulation designed to reduce pollution in 60 percent of the nation’s lakes, rivers, and streams. The president’s 2019 spending plan would gut the Department of Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, and especially NOAA — where his budget would force the agency to stop protecting coastal estuaries, Pacific salmon, and marine mammals.

Conventional wisdom is that this president has a feeble grasp of the mechanics of government. But when it comes to the environment, nothing could be further from the truth. In his first 12 months, the president has mastered the full array of government rule-making, executive orders, budget cuts, and administrative and regulatory tools to launch a concerted roll-back of environmental protections.

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The president is not just tilting in favor of the oil and gas industry — he is waging a full-throttle campaign to dismantle existing agreements on pollution, conservation, climate change, and biodiversity.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2018/02/20/trump-breaking-environment-beyond-repair/sc8Kg39ehzrMCh7jBKNtlJ/story.html?p1=Article_Recommended_ReadMore_Pos2
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