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Berlusconi Goes on Vacation, Gets COVID-19

September 4, 2020
Berlusconi Goes on Vacation, Gets COVID-19

Berlusconi in Sardinia

Billionaire octagenarian, former football team ownerBunga-Bunga Party host, one-time cruise ship crooner, Trump-before-Trump, and disgraced 3-time former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi went to Sardinia with all the other oligarchs and contracted Coronavirus.

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“Silvio Berlusconi admitted to hospital with coronavirus,” Angela Giuffrida, The Guardian

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The Falwell Legacy at Liberty University

September 2, 2020

The Falwell Legacy at Liberty University

Trump-backing, pistol packing attorney Jerry Falwell Jr., President of Liberty University by grace of God being fathered by university founder Jerry Falwell Sr., has stepped down as head of LU, the world’s largest evangelical Christian diploma mill. His exit last month followed revelation of sexual scandal involving Falwell Jr., his wife, and a hotel pool boy. Liberty University’s code of honor holds that sex outside of “biblically-ordained marriage” is a ticket to Hell, and students who practice it are automatically expelled. Mr. Falwell Jr. slinks away in disgrace with a mere $10.5 million separation package. 

An early endorser of Donald Trump in the 2016 campaign, Jerry Falwell Jr. forgave him for his adultery and other transgressions. “We’re all sinners, every one of us,” he said. “We’ve all done things we wish we hadn’t.”

Under Junior’s leadership, LU prospered through shady real estate deals, low-quality online courses, and untold hundreds of millions in federal student loans. The university board has started an independent investigation of business operations under Falwell Jr.’s tenure.

More:

“Business partner of Falwells says affair with evangelical power couple spanned seven years,” Aram Rosten, Reuters

“‘She was the aggressor’: Former Liberty student alleges sexual encounter with Becki Falwell,” Brandon Ambrosino, Politico

“Jerry Falwell Jr., Trump’s early and effusive evangelical champion, lifted a president before his own fall,” Eugene Scott, Washington Post

“Liberty University investigating fallen president Jerry Falwell Jr.’s entire tenure,” Theresa Braine, NY Daily News

“My Final Farewell to the Falwells,” Larry Flynt, Daily Beast

Updates:

“Liberty tells staff to refrain from interacting with Falwell,” AP via WTOP News

“The Falwells, the pool attendant and the double life that brought them all down,” By Michael E. Miller and Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Washington Post

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GOP’s Kanye Spoiler Campaign May Backfire

August 13, 2020

GOP's Kanye Spoiler Campaign May Backfire

Republicans have been supporting the 2020 presidential campaign of rapper Kanye West in an attempt to split the Black vote, to the disadvantage of the Democratic ticket. There are reports of a meeting between Trump’s Secretary of Everything and son-in-law Jared Kushner and Yeezy, and the two are said to be frequent chat buddies. At least two people involved in Kanye’s campaign are Republican operatives.

Mr. West’s campaign seems to have little traction with Black voters, and may actually harm the Trump campaign by siphoning off the votes of the mentally ill.

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“Kanye West Indicates That His Spoiler Campaign Is Indeed Designed to Hurt Biden,” Randall Lane, Forbes

“Kanye West, who is pursuing a spot on the 2020 ballot, met with Jared Kushner.” Maggie Haberman and Danny Hakim, New York Times

“Here’s How Republicans Are Boosting Kanye West’s Presidential Campaign,” Barbara Sprunt, NPR News

“Kanye West’s presidential bid bolstered by Republican operatives in at least five states,” Rosalind S. Helderman and Josh Dawsey, New York Times

“Kanye flops among Black voters,” Maya King and Alex Isenstadt, Politico

“Kanye West ‘speaks daily’ to Jared Kushner amid fears of ‘mental health exploitation,'” James Brinsford, The Mirror

Updates:

“Judge orders Kanye West off Virginia ballot,” Laura Vozzella, Washington Post

“Kanye West Wisconsin Ballot Lawsuit Linked To Firm Of Former RNC Chief Counsel,” Zoë Richards, TalkingPointsMemo 

 

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Ivanka Trump, Employment Counselor

July 21, 2020

Ivanka Trump, Employment Counselor

Presidential Advisorsweatshop shmata merchant, and former runway model Ivanka Trump is also an hôtelièr, earning millions by renting out rooms in a publicly-owned building her Dad’s company leases in Washington. But wait; now she’s an employment counselor, urging the 30 million Americans who have lost jobs during the pandemic to “Find Something New.” Maybe their rich daddies can find them something.

“Find Something New” is a great slogan. Remember it when you vote in November.

More:

“Ivanka’s Tone-Deaf Advice to Millions of Unemployed Americans: Find Something New,” Mother Jones

“Unemployed Should ‘Find Something New,’ Urge Heirs to Fred Trump’s Fortune,” Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

“Ivanka Trump: Let The Jobless Eat Cake,” Stephen Robinson, Wonkette

“Ivanka Trump’s Find Something New career campaign is more hype than help,” Michelle Singletary, Washington Post

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Happy Birthday Frida Kahlo

July 6, 2020

Happy Birthday Frida Kahlo

Mexican painter and activist Frida Kahlo de Rivera  was born on July 6, 1907 in Coyoacán, Mexico. The National Museum of Women in the Arts is celebrating with a virtual Happy Hour today, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM Eastern. Reserve your spot and mix up a cocktail. ¡Salud!

Related:

Frida Kahlo at MoMA

Frida Kahlo: The Complete Works, Frida-Kahlo-Foundation.org

“Frida Kahlo Was a Painter, a Brand Builder, a Survivor. And So Much More.” Rebecca Kleinman, New York Times

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AU Grad Student Lands Government Job

November 21, 2019

AU Grad Student Lands Government Job

Former American University graduate student Maria Butina, following a post-grad stint in U.S. federal prison and deported back to her native Siberia, may have a new job with the Russian government. The former NRA and GOP sweetheart has been offered a berth at the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russia Federation. Perhaps she will focus on Russians imprisoned abroad for gun crimes.

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Back to School With Tiffant Trump

September 12, 2019

Tiffany Trump is back for her 3rd and last year at Georgetown Law School. Maybe she can join the bazillion of personal attorneys keeping her daddy out of prison. I wouldn’t count on getting a selfie with him, though.

3L Law at Georgetown. And to think, just 8 years ago Tiffany was going to be a pop star.

Update:

“Tiffany Trump and boyfriend adopt cat from DC rescue shelter,” Jessica Campisi, The Hill

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The Mueller Report in Under 6 Minutes

July 17, 2019

The 448-page Mueller Report, explained by Rob Reiner, Sophia Bush, Stephen King, Jonathan Van Ness, Robert De Niro, Laurence Fishburne, Kendrick Sampson, Chrsitine Lahti, Martin Sheen, Rosie Perez, and George Takei.

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Berlusconi’s Back. Europe Shrugs.

July 5, 2019

Berlusconi's Back. Europe Shrugs.

Billionaire octagenarian, former football team ownerBunga-Bunga Party host, one-time cruise ship crooner and disgraced 3-time former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, forced out of the Italian Senate over his 2013 tax-fraud conviction, has started serving as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP). Madonna Mia!

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“Forget the tax fraud and sex scandals. Italy’s Berlusconi is back.” Kevin Sullivan, Washington Post

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Ivanka Trump Earns Millions From a Rented Government Building

June 18, 2019

Ivanka Trump Earns Millions From a Rented Government Building

Presidential Advisor, sweatshop shmata merchant, and former runway model Ivanka Trump is also an hôtelièr, renting out rooms in a publicly-owned building her Dad’s company leases in Washington. Last year Ms. Trump earned $4 million from her hotel side-hustle.

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“Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner made as much as $135m last year,” Bernard Condon, AP, via The Guardian

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