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Publisher of National Enquirer Subpoenaed in Michael Cohen Probe

Source: Wall Street Journal

Federal authorities have subpoenaed the publisher of the National Enquirer for records related to its $150,000 payment to a former Playboy model for the rights to her story alleging an affair with Donald Trump, according to people familiar with the matter.

Investigators are probing any potential efforts by Cohen to suppress damaging information about Trump during the presidential campaign, including whether he coordinated with American Media to pay McDougal and then not publish her account, other people familiar with the matter said.

Prosecutors are examining whether the payment violated campaign-finance or other laws, the people said. American Media hasn’t been accused of wrongdoing, and the company has denied paying McDougal to suppress her story.

Ms. McDougal has said publicly that she had a nearly yearlong affair with Mr. Trump beginning in 2006. The tactic of paying for a story but not publishing it is known in the tabloid world as “catch and kill,” The Wall Street Journal previously reported.

Read more: https://www.wsj.com/articles/publisher-of-national-enquirer-subpoenaed-in-michael-cohen-probe-1529529151?mod=mktw

The article also says that if investigators find evidence that Mr. Cohen coordinated with American Media to buy Ms. McDougal’s story to protect Trump’s campaign, prosecutors could bring charges against Cohen and/or the company, since that is providing "something of value" for the campaign.

Trump and the head of the company, Pecker (if you can believe that name) are long time friends. He was known by employees in the company as a FOP (Friend of Pecker). The employees called him that because they weren't allowed to turn in articles that painted Trump in a bad light...because he was a FOP.

Michael Bloomberg a potential Presidential candidate?

There is speculation...Chuck Todd's afternoon show. John Meachum guest.

Bloomberg has made some big donation, and when asked if he runs for President (which he hasn't said he'd do but hasn't ruled it out, apparently), which party he'd run as? He said the Democratic Party.

I like him, to the extent I know him and his policies.

Independents and a lot of people from center left & center right would consider him, I'd guess. Not sure what other groups would. Is he pro-union? Pro-gay rights? Pro-fair pay for women? Does he want to keep Social Security and Medicare? I think he describes himself as socially liberal, fiscally conservative.

Trump's personal attorney is 'willing to give info' about the President

Source: CNN

Washington (CNN)Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen has signaled to friends that he is "willing to give" investigators information on the President if that's what they are looking for, and is planning on hiring a new lawyer to handle a possible indictment from federal prosecutors.

"He knows a lot of things about the President and he's not averse to talking in the right situation," one of Cohen's New York friends who is in touch with him told CNN. "If they want information on Trump, he's willing to give it."

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/19/politics/michael-cohen-criminal-lawyer-guy-petrillo/index.html

He also wants Trump to pay his legal bills.

So much for the guy who "would take a bullet" for Trump. Bullets are one thing. Legal bills and prison are other things, apparently, to the #1 fan of Trump.

I'm guessing the govt has lost track of where, and who, all these immigrants' children are.

I betcha. Knowing how incompetent this administration is. So many kids, so many immigrants. One agency assigning numbers to the children. Different agencies & depts not recording those same numbers. Matching the numbers to the children. I bet that in a lot of cases they have no idea where a particular person's child is.

How did the country handle the illegal immigrants up to now?

What did the U S do with the children of illegal immigrants picked up at the border? The adults were taken to court, I guess? Or an ICE processing center? Then what?

I heard that the U S DID pick up children and put them in holding areas, if they were unaccompanied by parents. For their own safety. Beyond that, I don't know. Anyone know?

Happy Father's Day?


Heartbreaking...a father and young son hugging each other.

Father Martin is a Priest, who I think was recently in a CNN story recently about Catholic leaders speaking out about the family separation.


MSNBC to start its own streaming service

This may have been posted before, but I didn't see it.

It's being reported that MSNBC is planning on launching a standalone streaming service this year.

Recently Fox News announced plans to launch a standalone streaming service for cord cutters. Now it looks like MSNBC will follow Fox News’s lead by launching their own cord cutting service.

According to a report from Variety, MSNBC is hiring staff to help create the new streaming service. This new service will be made up of original programs created specifically for the new streaming service. While some hosts from MSNBC News will be on the network, don’t look for live streams of your favorite MSNBC programs.


I was excited about this until I read that it won't have my favorite MSNBC programs. Here's what the article says about that:

So why is Fox News and MSNBC just not offering a live feed of their current cable networks? Sources say that both Fox and NBC don’t want to upset cable networks who are paying big dollars to carry the news networks. It looks like Fox and NBC both see original content as a way to reach cord cutters without endangering their lucrative deals with cable companies. So if you still want access to MSNBC’s cable feed you will still need a service like Sling TV.

Still, this could be interesting. I'll be watching for it, since I'm a cordcutter.

Catholic Bishops: Trump's immigration policies are immoral

Leading US Catholic bishops have escalated their criticism of the Trump administration's immigration policies, calling new asylum-limiting rules "immoral" and rhetorically comparing the crackdown to abortion by saying it is a "a right to life" issue.

One bishop from the US-Mexico border region reportedly suggested "canonical penalties" - which could refer to withholding the sacrament of Communion - for Catholics involved in implementing the Trump policies.

The comments came as the US Conference of Catholic Bishops - the organising body of bishops - gathered for a biannual meeting in Fort Lauderdale. The topics of migration and asylum have long been a focus for the US church; more than 50 per cent of US Catholics under the age of 30 are Latinos.



Conservative religious leaders who have long preached about the sanctity of the family are now issuing sharp rebukes of the Trump administration for immigration policies that tear families apart or leave them in danger.

The criticism came after recent moves by the administration to separate children from their parents at the border, and to deny asylum on a routine basis to victims of domestic abuse and gang violence.

Some of the religious leaders are the same evangelicals and Roman Catholics who helped President Trump to build his base and who have otherwise applauded his moves to limit abortion and champion the rights of religious believers.

The Rev. Franklin Graham, a son of the famed evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham and an outspoken defender of President Trump, said in an interview on Tuesday on the Christian Broadcasting Network, “I think it’s disgraceful, it’s terrible to see families ripped apart and I don’t support that one bit.”


Supporters of Trump's admin. on immigration seem to be narrowing down. Maybe this is a good sign, that some are beginning to say no, this is immoral, this is disgraceful.

So when is Trump going to pardon Manafort?

He'll need to pardon Manafort before Manafort panics and flips. I read that it's possible, now, that Manafort will spend the rest of his life in jail, since he's not out on bail, anymore.

But if he pardons him NOW, he can only pardon him for witness tampering. Not for the main issues that will be prosecuted.

So...can Trump pardon him AGAIN, if he's found guilty for money laundering or the myriad other legal issues he has?

Trump doesn't care about people. So his only interest in pardoning Manafort is to prevent him from flipping. But now that he's incarcerated before the main event, this could be tricky.

Manafort's in the Slammer!

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