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Manafort Reportedly Tried to Get Banker Who Loaned Him Millions Secretary of the Army Job

3yrs ago from The Week
On Tuesday, Rick Gates testified that Paul Manafort recommended President Trump nominate a banker who allegedly loaned him money under false pretenses as Secretary of the Army. Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, is on trial, accused of bank and tax fraud, and Gates, who pleaded guilty in February to lying to the FBI, is now cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Gates testified that Manafort suggested Stephen Calk as Army secretary two weeks after Trump was elected, when Gates was working on the transition team. Manafort and Gates were longtime business associates, and prosecutors showed the jury an email Manafort sent Gates on Nov. 24, 2016, which read, "We need to discuss Steve Calk for Sec of Army." Two days before Christmas, Manafort sent Gates another email, which included a list of people he wanted to go to Trump's inauguration, including Calk and his son. Prosecutors say that Calk, a retired Army officer, allegedly had his bank, Federal Savings Bank, extend a mortgage to Manafort in 2016 based on fake financials. Calk was named to Trump's Economic Advisory Council in August 2016, but never received a position in his administration. Catherine Garcia
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EDITORIAL: Smoking Marijuana Has Unhappy Consequences

3yrs ago from Washington Times
It’s good to be smart. Nearly everybody craves the company of the brainy and bright. Smart people usually surround themselves with the intelligent gadgetry of modernity — smart phones, smart cars, smart watches, smart TVs, even smart fridges that can recite recipes and stream video on demand. It is true, of course, that gadgets can be become addictive. Then acquiring the latest expensive iFrill is not so smart.
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Manafort’s Defense Attorney Grills Rick Gates About His 'Secret Life'

3yrs ago from The Week
While testifying in the federal trial against Paul Manafort on Tuesday, Rick Gates admitted he had an extramarital affair while in London, but said he couldn't remember if he paid for his apartment using money he embezzled from Manafort. Manafort is President Trump's former campaign manager, and Gates is his former associate. Manafort is accused of bank and tax fraud, and while testifying on Monday, Gates revealed the pair had 15 foreign bank accounts that were not reported to the federal government, with Manafort directing they not put the accounts on legal documents. Gates is the prosecution's star witness, and on Tuesday, Manafort's lawyer Kevin Downing brought up "the secret life of Rick Gates," asking him if he had an apartment in London and had an affair while there. "I admitted to a previous relationship," Gates said, and revealed he had the apartment for about two months. The Washington Post reports the affair took place more than 10 years ago. On Monday, Gates testified that he had doctored expense reports in order to embezzle money from Manafort. Downing asked him Tuesday if he had "a scheme" developed to embezzle, and Gates said no, he "just added numbers to the reports." Gates also said he met with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office 20 times to prepare for the trial, and has "a bad memory." Catherine Garcia
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CNN Panel Breaks Out into Hysterics After Wondering If Trump Bothered Googling Paul Manafort Before Hiring Him

3yrs ago from Raw Story
On Tuesday, more details—including brazen financial scams and Rick Gates’ extramarital affair—emerged in the Manafort hearing. In a CNN panel that afternoon, legal experts tried to suss out what the revelations might mean for President Donald Trump and his associates—and if the fraud and tax evasion on display could tie Trump or members of his campaign to Russian President Vladimir Putin. As Jen Psaki, former White House Communications Director under Obama, pointed out, Manafort’s shady …
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Ex-Marine Turned ISIS Sympathizer Sentenced to 15 Years for Plotting San Francisco Terror Attack

3yrs ago from The Blaze
A California judge has sentenced a 27-year-old California man to 15 years in federal prison for attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State and plotting a terrorist attack at Pier 39 in San Francisco, KPIX-TV reported. U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill handed down the sentence to Everitt Aaron Jameson of Modesto on Monday as part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors. In June, the former U.S. Marine pleaded guilty to voicing his support for and aiding a terrorist organization last year between September and December. What happened? The FBI began watching Jameson after he "liked" or "loved" Facebook posts about terrorist attacks and the Islamic State, according to court documents, CNN reported. He also expressed support for the New York City terrorist attack on Oct. 31, 2017. Undercover FBI agents, who posed as ISIS supporters, made contact with Jameson and interacted with him. In later communications, Jameson expressed his readiness to …
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There’s a Right Way and a Wrong Way to Implement a Carbon Tax

Praise be and Hallelujah. Michael Mann, a leading climate scientist, is now halfway to understanding climate change. It’s a pity it’s taken him this long, and he is still only halfway, but this is indeed an advance insofar as he’s caught up with what every economist on the planet has been shouting…
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