We've gotten to know the Trump kids over the past couple of years. But how much are they worth? And how do they stay rich?
Businesswoman, designer, and advisor to the President, Ivanka Trump's clothes collection is full of high-end couture and affordable everyday pieces.
Judicial Watch Director of Investigations Chris Farrell on Special Counsel Robert Mueller looking into Jared Kushner’s conversations with foreign leaders.
Authored by Chuck Ross via The Daily Caller, The co-founder of the opposition research firm behind the Trump dossier testified to Congress earlier this month that he believed Russian operatives have infiltrated the National Rifle Association. Glenn Simpson, a founding partner of Fusion GPS, casually suggested in an interview with the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that the gun rights group had been breached, a source familiar with the matter told The Daily Caller. Fox News first reported about Simpson’s testimony on Tuesday night. TheDC’s source said that Simpson suggested the NRA-Russia connection in response to a line of questions from committee Democrats who asked whether any conservative groups have been infiltrated by Kremlin agents. No evidence has been made public supporting Simpson’s allegations, and it was not clear from Simpson’s testimony what links he believes there are between the NRA and Russian agents. The dossier, which was funded by the Clinton campaign and DNC, makes no mention of the NRA or any other conservative groups. The document, written by former British spy Christopher Steele, alleges that the Trump campaign cooperated with the Russian government in order to help Trump win the election. News articles attempting to link Russians to the NRA have appeared with increased frequency over the past year. The articles have keyed in on Aleksander Torshin and Maria Butina, two Russian nationals who have developed a close relationship to the pro-Second Amendment group. The pair are lifetime members of the NRA and frequently attend the group’s events. In 2011, Butina founded a Russian gun rights group called The Right to Bear Arms. Some NRA officials have visited Russia to attend that group’s functions. It is not clear if Simpson was referring to Torshin, the deputy chairman of Russia’s central bank, and Butina during his House committee interview. Torshin and Butina entered the news again last week after the Senate Judiciary Committee cited an email sent to the Trump campaign offering a “Russian backdoor overture and dinner meeting” with Donald Trump. The email, sent from a Christian values advocate named Rick Clay to Rick Dearborn, a Trump campaign official, suggested that Torshin sought face time with Trump on the sidelines of the NRA annual meeting held in Louisvillve in May 2016. The email made its way to Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, who shot down the idea. Despite that, the email was reported in the press as an attempt either by the Trump campaign to collude with Russia or as an effort by Torshin to gain access to the Trump orbit. Torshin’s initial contact in the U.S., a man named Johnny Yenason, said that he — and not Torshin — suggested a meeting with Trump. Yenason told TheDC in exclusive interviews this week that he met Torshin and Butina at a National Prayer Breakfast function in Moscow in March 2016. He contacted the pair two months later in hopes that they would attend a veterans group fundraiser that he was putting together on the sidelines of the NRA convention. Yenason, who provided emails to back up his claim, then got in touch with Clay with the idea of asking the Trump campaign whether the Republican would be interested in attending the event and meeting Torshin.
On Thanksgiving Eve, President Trump blasted LaVar Ball in a series of tweets, calling him an “ungrateful fool.”
По данным газеты The Wall Street Journal, следователей, в частности, интересует, какую роль Джаред Кушнер играл в поддержании связей между помощниками президента США и израильскими чиновниками
Спецпрокурор США по делу о российском «вмешательстве» Роберт Мюллер расследует контакты советника американского президента Дональда Трампа, его зятя Джареда Кушнера, с главами других государств.
Special Counsel Mueller Now Probing Kushner's Contacts With Israeli Officials During Transition, WSJ
In a startling illustration of just how expansive Mueller's investigation of the Trump administration has become, the Wall Street Journal now reports that the Special Counsel's team is looking into meetings that Jared Kushner may have conducted with Israeli officials in the days leading up to an important U.N. vote on the construction of settlements in disputed territories on December 23, 2016. Robert Mueller’s investigators are asking questions about Jared Kushner’s interactions with foreign leaders during the presidential transition, including his involvement in a dispute at the United Nations in December, in a sign of the expansive nature of the special counsel’s probe of Russia’s meddling in the election, according to people familiar with the matter. The investigators have asked witnesses questions about the involvement of Mr. Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and a senior White House adviser, in a controversy over a U.N. resolution passed Dec. 23 that condemned Israel’s construction of settlements in disputed territories, these people said. Israeli officials had asked the incoming Trump administration to intervene to help block it. Mr. Trump posted a Facebook message the day before the U.N. vote—after he had been elected but before he had assumed office—saying the resolution put the Israelis in a difficult position and should be vetoed. Mr. Trump also held a phone conversation with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, whose government had written a draft of the resolution. Egypt proceeded to call for the vote to be delayed, but the resolution passed the following day, with the Obama administration declining to block it. Investigators have also asked witnesses about Mr. Kushner’s role in arranging meetings or communication with foreign leaders during the transition, the people said. The special counsel’s mandate gives Mr. Mueller a broad directive to examine any matters arising from the Russia investigation. These revelations raise new questions over whether Special Counsel Mueller may attempt to use the 1799 Logan Act to apply pressure on Kushner. A 1799 law called the Logan Act also bars Americans from communicating with a foreign government to influence the government’s actions related to a dispute with the U.S., but no one has ever been successfully prosecuted under the law. In a statement that Mr. Kushner gave to congressional committees in July, he wrote that at his father-in-law’s request, he served as the main point of contact for foreign countries at a time when it was clear Mr. Trump would be the Republican nominee. Of course, Kushner is under investigation for a litany of other allegations of wrongdoing ranging from his meeting with a Russian lawyer to inaccuracies on his financial disclosure forms to his role in Comey's dismissal. Why do we get the sneaking suspicion that Mueller isn't going to stop pursuing new angles on Kushner until something sticks?
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators are asking questions about White House senior adviser Jared Kushner’s interactions with foreign leaders during the presidential transition and what role he may have played in firing former FBI Director James Comey.
Long before Mayor Bill de Blasio started to define New York City as the nexus of anti-Donald Trump sentiment, the mayor and other senior officials in his administration maintained friendly relations with the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his daughter, Ivanka Trump, emails obtained through a Freedom of Information request show. The emails, spanning from de Blasio’s first year in office in 2014 through the spring of 2017, show de Blasio’s occasionally fawning overtures to Kushner and others in the Trump Organization in the weeks after the 2016 election. They also show Kushner’s intense involvement in local and state politics, before his father-in-law’s surprise election catapulted him to becoming one of the most powerful political figures in the United States. De Blasio had been a fervent critic of Trump during the 2016 campaign, calling him “dangerous” and comparing him to a “third-world dictator,” but he harbored no such sentiment for his son-in-law. After the election, and after a meeting with Trump at Trump Tower, where de Blasio said he told the president-elect about how New Yorkers were “fearful” of his policies, de Blasio reached out to Kushner in a personal email. “Jared, I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and a little break from the swirl of activity these last few weeks have brought,” the mayor wrote on Nov. 26, 2016. While de Blasio had spoken with Trump about New Yorkers’ fears, he reached out to Kushner with a different, and very specific, request. “As we discussed, I encourage the President‐elect to meet with a bi‐partisan leadership group from the US Conference of Mayors sometime in December,” de Blasio wrote. The mayor has assiduously courted the favor of other mayors around the country, and is said to be eyeing a larger role within the U.S. Conference of Mayors at some point in the future.“One [of] the organization's central concerns in infrastructure, and this would certainly be the #1 agenda item for the meeting. The current USCM president is Mick Cornett, Republican of Oklahoma City. With your assent, I'd like to connect him by email to you or whoever you indicate,” de Blasio wrote to Kushner.He added: “Finally, whenever you have a moment for a drink or a cup of coffee, I'd love to spend a little time with you. I can only imagine how tough your schedule has become, and I'm happy to accommodate whatever time and place works for you. Much appreciated — Bill.” Kushner replied with equal politeness: “We had a great holiday — I hope you did as well. Can you please connect me with Mick and I will make this happen? Would be a pleasure to get together. Is there someone I should work with to schedule?” Kushner said. The meeting between Trump and the U.S. Conference of Mayors did end up happening in December of 2016. A few weeks later, de Blasio publicly praised Kushner to reporters.“About the person of Jared Kushner — I respect him a lot,” he said in early January. "I’ve known him for years and find him to be a very reasonable person," de Blasio said of the young real estate developer and former owner of the New York Observer. “He’s certainly someone I’ve been talking to over these last weeks. He’s someone I intend to stay in touch with on behalf of the people of New York City. He’s someone who really cares about New York City and is someone that would be very helpful to us. So I’m certainly pleased he’ll be in that role,” de Blasio said. “And I can say clearly compared to many other people who've been named to other positions, I find him to be a lot more reasonable and a lot more moderate.”The mayor's anti-Trump rhetoric has ratcheted up over the last year, however — just Tuesday, he led an anti-Trump rally outside of Trump Tower — and the last time de Blasio appears to have spoken with Kushner was in March of 2017, his schedules show. A de Blasio spokesman said the mayor had an obligation to both lobby on behalf of the city and to protest federal policies he believes would be harmful to his constituents. "Protesting with the people impacted and lobbying behind the scenes are not mutually exclusive," de Blasio spokesman Austin Finan said Tuesday in an email to POLITICO. "So far, we’ve seen the president lobby for a myriad of policies that would directly harm New Yorkers. It’s the mayor’s job to give voice to New Yorkers and he’s a strident believer that protest is one of the most effective ways to create change." The relationship between the de Blasio administration and Kushner extended back for years. Kushner was invited to — but couldn’t attend — a July 2016 going-away party for the mayor’s former counsel Maya Wiley at a restaurant near City Hall, the same month de Blasio ripped his father-in-law at the Democratic National Convention, calling him a "little man" who was "born rich." Kushner was personally invited to attend the mayor’s 2016 State of the City address, and to a 2015 event on broadband adoption in low-income communities. Both Kushner and now-Treasury Secretary Wilbur Ross were invited to an event at Gracie Mansion celebrating Jewish heritage. The invitations in some cases went beyond the merely formal. “The Mayor and First Lady asked that I personally make sure you had the information for the upcoming Fashion Week Kick Off Reception at Gracie Mansion,” the director of the mayor’s Office of Special Projects and Community Events wrote in an invitation to Ivanka Trump in an August 2014 email. Ivanka Trump wrote back that she would have “loved to join” but couldn’t attend because of a conflicting event at her daughter’s nursery school. “Thank you for thinking of me. I hope it is a wonderful night,” she wrote back.And Kushner, whose emails were punctuated with exclamation marks, smiley faces and general sunniness, was a relatively frequent correspondent with de Blasio’s deputy mayor of Housing and Economic Development, Alicia Glen. He met with her to discuss real estate matters, but also corresponded over ongoing legislative battles in Albany and, in one exchange, the joys of jury duty. He sought her intervention on behalf of a friend who was struggling to negotiate a community board matter involving the Collegiate School in February of 2015.“Dear Alicia, the below is why I called you earlier,” Kushner wrote. “I don’t have a horse in this race but my friend Sandeep is involved and passionate about this. I wouldn’t call for a just anyone — but he is someone I really respect and has his heart in the right place. I believe he called into you to try and help find a solution and a win-win for the school/city," Kushner wrote. "Perhaps this is something your office can get involved with to help satisfy all of the stakeholders and be the glue to bring everything together! As my editors tell me all the time, the city works the way it does but the people running it get involved to trouble shoot when the systems fail. I am happy to get involved and be helpful if need be.”Glen promised her immediate attention. “Jared — I was not aware that you had called me so I will check on the disconnect,” she replied. “On the substance this issue had been addressed to Tony Shorris (I guess bc he went to Collegiate), so I was only recently made aware of it bc it is in my domain. That said, I now have been briefed on the issue and am happy to assist in driving to a solution that will make sure the City gets the benefit of the bargain and allows the school to move forward.” The matter was resolved to Kushner’s satisfaction, and he praised Glen for her assistance. “First off — thank you so much for getting involved in the issue with my friend Sandeep. He said you did a masterful job helping to create a true win win win for everyone involved!!! He was super appreciative and complimentary of you,” Kushner wrote. In 2015, Kushner asked Glen to be the keynote speaker at an event the Observer was hosting for its annual “Power 100” issue. “I think you would make a great speaker and certainly are relevant to all of the people who will be in the room! No need for a long speech, unless you have more to say!” Kushner wrote. She agreed to keynote the speech. “Thank you for coming by last night. You spoke really well and I thought your message to the crowd was spot on,” Kushner wrote. “I’m glad that we were able to add some civic messaging along with the self-congratulatory nature of the evening. Overall though, great fun and great for the publication.” That spring, Glen asked Kushner to sign on to a letter with other real estate officials and business leaders calling on Albany to reach a deal on a new 421-a program. Kushner went one better. His newspaper, the New York Observer, wrote an editorial calling out Albany’s dysfunction in not reaching a compromise on the legislation. “I think this was more effective than a letter :))” Kushner wrote to Glen, as he forwarded an email from a real estate industry official praising the editorial. “I saw.” Glen wrote in response. “Great piece.”“Hope it helps!” Kushner wrote about the editorial, offering praise of the city’s positioning on the issue. “I think you guys did a really good job trying to thread the needle on this one and put something thoughtful together that accomplishes a lot of objectives.”At the time, in the spring of 2015, Glen and Kushner were corresponding about trying to set up a meeting, but were having difficulty finding time because Kushner had jury duty. “I am actually in grand jury duty for next 2 weeks. Some crazy stuff but very interesting to experience …” Kushner wrote to Glen. “Thank you for your citizenship! I actually enjoyed jury duty last year!” Glen wrote back. “We are lucky to live in an amazing democracy!” Kushner replied.
For a president who delights in being a showman, ordering up a pardon was the perfect segue for his thinking on policies.In remarks at the ceremony, President Donald Trump delighted in poking some fun at his predecessor — as well as himself and his penchant for executive orders — during the annual pardoning of the National Thanksgiving Turkey.Trump joked that he had conferred with the White House counsel on whether he could overturn former President Barack Obama’s turkey pardons — including those for last year’s birds, Tater and Tot — much as he has for other executive actions.However, the White House’s lawyers found that the prior pardons could “not be, under any circumstances, revoked,” Trump said. “So we're not going to revoke them. So, Tater and Tot, you can rest easy.”The president gave the official pardon to Drumstick, a turkey raised in Minnesota, sparing him the Thanksgiving dinner table. Drumstick was chosen for the honor over the alternate, Wishbone, by 60 percent of respondents in an online White House poll. Both birds, however, will avoid the carving knife: They will be spend the rest of their days at the turkey sanctuary Gobbler’s Rest at Virginia Tech University.“Drumstick has a very, very bright future ahead of him,” Trump, flanked by first lady Melania Trump and their son Barron, told the crowd in the Rose Garden. His daughter Ivanka was also present with her husband, Jared Kushner, and their two children. Ray Starling, special assistant to the president for agriculture, trade and food assistance, was also in attendance with his daughter.The approximately 15-minute ceremony Tuesday afternoon was largely uneventful, although one reporter shouted, “Are you going to pardon any people?” as Trump officially moved to spare the bird.Trump also wished American troops and their families a happy Thanksgiving.“We are forever grateful for the incredible job and the incredible sacrifice that you and your families make in the name of our freedom,” the president said.He also expressed thanks for Americans who give back to their communities, raise their children well and respect the rule of law. The holiday is a time to “renew our bonds of trust, love and affection to our fellow citizen,” he said. Presidents have been presented with a turkey from the National Turkey Federation since 1947, when the first bird was given to President Harry Truman, although at the time, those birds ended up on the dinner table. President George H.W. Bush started the tradition of granting a pardon in 1989.Drumstick and Wishbone were raised by the federation's chairman, Carl Wittenburg, in Douglass County, Minnesota, with the help of five local 4-H members, who were present for the pardoning. The birds arrived in Washington, D.C., on Monday and spent the night in Willard Intercontinental Hotel. NTF also donated two other turkeys to Martha’s Table, a local soup kitchen, as part of the event.
Сын президента США Дональд Трамп-младший в мае прошлого года пообщался с заместителем председателя Банка России...
Министерство юстиции Соединенных Штатов намерено запретить покупку телекоммуникационным гигантом AT&T американского конгломерата Time Warner, в состав которого входят такие бренды, как кинокомпания Warner Bros., издатель журналов Time Inc., телеканалы CNN и HBO, сообщил CNN. По сведениям источников телеканала, минюст США в течение суток намерен через суд заблокировать сделку, за этим может последовать продолжительное судебное разбирательство, передает ТАСС. Тем временем Bloomberg сообщил, что министерство юстиции США подало судебный иск с целью заблокировать приобретение конгломерата Time Warner американской телекоммуникационной компанией AT&T. Из искового заявления следует, что, по мнению антимонопольного подразделения минюста США, сделка «серьезно повредит американским потребителям», так как приведет к «увеличению размера ежемесячных счетов за телевидение», а также уменьшит выбор, имеющийся у аудитории. Компания AT&T, которая является крупнейшим поставщиком телефонной связи в США, а также одним из крупнейших американских интернет-провайдеров, собиралась купить Time Warner примерно за 85 млрд долларов. Ранее СМИ сообщали, что минюст США якобы предложил Time Warner продать CNN в качестве возможного условия одобрения американскими властями сделки по слиянию с телекоммуникационным гигантом AT&T. Кроме того, зять и советник американского президента Джаред Кушнер, по сообщениям СМИ, якобы предлагал высшему должностному лицу корпорации Time Warner уволить 20% сотрудников телеканала CNN за характер освещения выборов в США.
Last week, special counsel Robert Muller and his team subpoenaed the Trump campaign asking campaign officials to handover Russian-related documents. The subpoena was first reported by the WSJ on Thursday, which the source said, the campaign has already turned over 20,000 documents, and was not clear why the subpoena was issued. Mueller and his team of investigators are probing for any collusion between President Trump and ‘the Russians’ during the 2016 presidential election. Then hours later, President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner was thrust back into the spotlight of the Mueller probe, with the Senate Judiciary Committee claiming that he did not hand over all of the relevant documents needed as part of the investigation. All of which sets the background for what appears like yet another terrible 'optic' for the Trump administration. In a hilarious development, just days before Trump is set to arrive at his Florida resort, dubbed the "winter White House," for the Thanksgiving holiday, Putin’s ally and friend, Roman Abramovich, net worth of $9.5 billion, arrived at the Palm Beach Port , in the world’s largest yacht. Abramovich owns London’s Chelsea Football Club and is the largest shareholder of Russia's second largest steel company. The Eclipse, a 162.5m (length) by 22.4m (beam) monster yacht is valued at $400 million to $500 million, comes equipped with a pool, helipad, submarine and room for a crew of 92, according to my Palm Beach Post. Down the street from the moored Russian mega yacht is Trump’s Mar-a-Lago. According to The Hill, the FAA issued the “VIP Movement Notification” stating on Nov. 21 until Nov 26 indicating that the likelihood of President Trump being at the ‘winter White House’ is of a high probability. First daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, have met with Abramovich and his wife before. Bloomberg reported that Kushner disclosed his past meetings with Abramovich on his security clearance paperwork. The two have met multiple times at social events, and Ivanka Trump has been friends with Abramovich's wife for a decade. A source told the publication that Kushner and Abramovich have never met with each other one-on-one. But for Abramovich and his world’s largest private mega yacht, the timing of his arrival to Palm Beach is impeccable for collusion-hopefuls... Crew docked the ‘Eclipse’ at 1:15pm on Friday, taking the slip normally used for cruise ships. Latitude / Longitude of the moored vessel resides at 26.7703609° / -80.0524902°. Local residents appear to astonished by the size of the yacht - that it demanded a ‘selfie’... Eclipse yacht pic.twitter.com/w13KcfWW11 — April Elliott (@ALEKY) November 18, 2017 Another view of the yacht approaching Palm Beach Port... WOW! The 533-foot #EclipseYacht coming thru the Palm Beach Inlet yesterday, heading to @PortofPalmBeach;This #megayacht is valued between $400-500M and is said to be the second largest private #yacht in the world.Photo by Yosh of @simplelife_photography1: Kudos! #SingerIsland pic.twitter.com/2jmbGhWs9p — SingerIslandScenes (@SingerIslandFLA) November 18, 2017 Video from earlier this year gives you a perspective of the yacht’s size. The one question we ask: Who will be cutting the Turkey? Is it Roman Abramovich or President Trump?
President Trump’s lawyer thinks the special counsel will conclude his work shortly after Thanksgiving and clear the president.
Эбби Лоуэлл заявил, что комитет ложно обвиняет Джареда Кушнера в утаивании информации о контактах с россиянами и организацией WikiLeaks
ALABAMA newspaper chain calls for voters to REJECT Moore in front-page editorial -- BOSTON GLOBE goes to NEW ZEALAND to catch up with SCOTT BROWN -- PALM BEACH prepares for Trump -- SASSE in IOWA -- SUNDAY BEST
Happy Sunday. FRONT PAGE EDITORIAL -- BIRMINGHAM NEWS, HUNTSVILLE TIMES, PRESS-REGISTER (MOBILE) -- “STAND FOR DECENCY, REJECT ROY MOORE”: “This election is a turning point for women in Alabama. A chance to make their voices heard in a state that has silenced them for too long.“The accusations against Roy Moore have been horrifying, but not shocking. Every day new allegations arise that illustrate a pattern of a man in his 30s strutting through town like the cock of the walk, courting and preying on young women and girls. And though Roy Moore has denied the accusations of these women, his own platform and record is hostile to so many Alabamians. … Do not let this conversation be muddled. This election has become a referendum on whether we will accept this kind of behavior from our leaders.” http://bit.ly/2hJUl3Y … Birmingham News front page http://bit.ly/2zOd71p -- MARC SHORT to GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS on ABC’S “THIS WEEK”: “George, I think that the vice president as well has spoke out against this when the allegations came forward. The president has expressed his concern about this. As you noted, the president has not gone down to Alabama to campaign for Roy Moore since the primary concluded. We have serious concerns about the allegations that have been made but we also believe that all of this info is out there for the people of Alabama. Roy Moore has been a public servant for decades in Alabama. He has run multiple times. The people of Alabama know best and the right decision to make here.”-- CHRIS WALLACE talks with SEN. TIM SCOTT (R-S.C.) on “FOX NEWS SUNDAY” via Nolan D. McCaskill: Sen. Tim Scott said Sunday that it’s “in the best interest of the country” that Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore step aside, adding that there’s “a strong possibility” that a write-in candidate could retain the GOP Senate seat. http://politi.co/2AdpCnB BIG NYT PROFILE -- “For Roy Moore, a Long History of Combat and Controversy: The current furor surrounding the Senate candidate has played out like a concentrated version of his battle-filled career,” by Jess Bidgood, Richard Fausset and Campbell Robertson in Gadsden, Alabama: “‘It was a known fact: Roy Moore liked young girls,’ said Faye Gary, a retired Gadsden police officer. ‘It was treated like a joke. That’s just the way it was.’” http://nyti.ms/2AdzrSn WHAT AMERICA IS WAKING UP TO -- CONNECTICUT POST: “DELIBERATE ATTACK?: Educators say Republican tax bill unfairly targets colleges, universities” http://bit.ly/2j6Bn4n … PALM BEACH POST: “Trump returning for his second season: Area prepares for his Thanksgiving stay at Mar-a-Lago” http://bit.ly/2lwjdMc … WICHITA EAGLE: “Pastors, congregants promote packing heat” http://bit.ly/2hCTG0H BACK ON OFFENSE -- “Hillary Clinton: Trump ‘is obsessed’ with her,” by Nolan D. McCaskill: “‘Apparently, you know, my former opponent is obsessed with my speaking out,” [Hillary] Clinton said in an appearance alongside her husband, former President Bill Clinton, at a forum in Little Rock, Arkansas, commemorating the 25th anniversary of his election. ‘Apparently there was another, somebody told me, tweet today. Honestly, between tweeting and golfing, how does he get anything done? I don’t understand it. Maybe that’s the whole point.’ ...“Clinton said in her Little Rock speech she wouldn’t be silenced. ‘I’m gonna keep speaking out,’ she said. She dominated Saturday’s conversation, which was moderated by James Carville, a Bill Clinton campaign veteran and Hillary Clinton campaign adviser. She criticized the current administration for pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement, failing to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program and promoting what she called the ‘fairy tale’ that trickle-down economics will ‘make everything great.’“‘Yeah, we may be cutting Medicare and Medicaid and health care and make it more expensive to go to school and all the stuff that they’re trying to do in Washington, but it’s all gonna work out,’ she said sarcastically. ‘It’s such nonsense.’” http://politi.co/2hKZqsX WHY RON JOHNSON IS A NO ON TAX REFORM, by NYT’s Jim Tankersley: “On the eve of the House’s vote to pass a far-reaching $1.5 trillion tax cut, Speaker Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin placed a hasty phone call to his state’s senior senator, Ron Johnson, in hopes of resolving an unlikely conflict in his own back yard. ... “During the phone call on Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Ryan, who had campaigned heavily for Mr. Johnson in 2016, posed an essential question, according to the senator: ‘What are you going to need?’ What Mr. Johnson needs … is for the bill to treat more favorably small businesses and other so-called pass-through entities -- businesses whose profits are distributed to their owners and taxed at rates for individuals. Such entities, including Mr. Johnson’s family-run plastics manufacturing business, account for more than half of the nation’s business income, and the senator says the tax bill would give an unfair advantage to larger corporations. “‘I just have in my heart a real affinity for these owner-operated pass-throughs,’ he said. ‘We need to make American businesses competitive -- they’re not right now. But in making businesses competitive, we can’t leave behind the pass-throughs.’” http://nyti.ms/2ivsMsw -- IT’S WORTH NOTING: This is hardly the first time Johnson has clashed with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his GOP leadership team. He also fought with them over how the Obamacare repeal process played out. He is just the first Senate Republican out of the gate opposing the bill. Just because the House GOP tax overhaul was on the fast track and didn’t face many hiccups, don’t expect the same to be true in the Senate. FOR EXAMPLE… JAKE TAPPER talks with SEN. SUSAN COLLINS (R-MAINE) on CNN’S “STATE OF THE UNION: TAPPER: “You said this week that Republicans made a big mistake when they changed the tax bill to include this repeal of the Affordable Care Act individual mandate because that -- removing that could raise taxes or payment -- health care payments, premiums, for millions of Americans. If that provision stays in the tax bill, will that mean a ‘no’ vote from you?” COLLINS: “Well, first of all, I think we need to distinguish between taking away insurance from people who already have it, which is what the health care bill said we considered earlier this year would have done, versus removing a fine on people who choose not to have insurance. And that’s … disproportionately 80 percent on those who make under $50,000.“I don’t think that provision should be in the bill. I hope the Senate will follow the lead of the House and strike it. If not, I think we need to fix it by passing two bills, the Alexander-Murray Bill, which will help to stabilize markets and reduce premiums, and a bill I've introduced with Bill Nelson of Florida that would create high-risk pools that would protect people with pre-existing conditions and also help to reduce premiums by 20 percent.”FUN, FROM KRISTINA PETERSON in the WSJ: “‘Gucci’ Lobbyists From ‘86 Tax Revamp Are Gone. Now They Use Gchat” http://on.wsj.com/2zfTorD MORE TAX DRAMA IN THE STATES -- “In Democrat-led state capitals, GOP tax reform push could scramble fiscal plans,” by Laura Nahmias in New York, Katherine Landergan in New Jersey and Carla Marinucci in California: “The Republican tax reform push in Washington is setting off budgetary alarm bells in high-tax states like New York, California and New Jersey, in the latest political skirmish to pit national Republicans against Democratic state and big city leaders.“With Republicans intent on shrinking or repealing the state and local tax deduction, California officials are worried that the House-passed tax bill, and the emerging Senate measure, will force local governments to reduce taxes and make big cuts to schools and social services. In New York, where New York City and state revenues are heavily reliant on just a handful of wealthy tax filers, budget watchdogs fear federal tax changes could trigger the flight of those residents. And in New Jersey, plans for a new millionaire’s tax, one of incoming Gov. Phil Murphy’s biggest campaign promises, are already being reined in as the Democratic-led New Jersey Senate waits on the outcome of any federal tax plan.“‘We’re going to have to re-evaluate everything’ if a federal bill repealing the state and local tax deduction becomes law, New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney said Wednesday in Atlantic City. Just days before, Sweeney had said he would make passage of a millionaires tax his chief priority in the new administration. ‘I’m just saying that what's happening in Washington is concerning the hell out of me,’ he added.” http://politi.co/2zSdXtt TROUBLE FOR FRANKEN -- A1 of the STAR TRIBUNE -- “Sidelined by scandal, Sen. Al Franken faces questions about ability to do his job,” by Jennifer Brooks and Erin Golden: “Suddenly a senator whose statewide approval rating stood at 58 percent in the last Star Tribune Minnesota Poll is facing calls to resign — even from prominent Minnesota DFLers and deeply disappointed supporters. “As he faces an ethics investigation in the U.S. Senate, Franken’s future is up in the air in a seat that’s next on the ballot in 2020. … Asked Saturday whether Franken would resign, a spokesperson for the senator responded: ‘No.’ ‘He is spending time with his family in Washington, D.C., and will be through the Thanksgiving holiday,’ the staffer said by text, ‘and he’s doing a lot of reflecting.’ … ‘It’s hard. He’s a friend, he’s an ally and he’s very effective. But we cannot have a double standard when it comes to having safe places that do not allow for sexual harassment,’ said State Auditor Rebecca Otto, one of two DFL candidates for governor in 2018 to call for Franken to resign. The other was state Rep. Erin Murphy.” http://strib.mn/2jDzLTy … A1 PDF http://bit.ly/2AdyWrJ -- TOO CLOSE TO THE SUN?: STAR LEDGER FRONT PAGE: “Why this N.J. Republican keeps voting for things that could hurt Jersey” (print headline: “MacArthur is showing affinity for risk-taking: Representative’s tax stance could hurt N.J., his future”): “In just his third term in office, Rep. Tom MacArthur is helping to shape legislation in a way lawmakers who've been here a long time can only dream of.“But such a quick rise in Washington could come at a cost to his home state of New Jersey and perhaps his future in Congress. MacArthur was the only New Jersey lawmaker to vote for the House Republican tax cut bill that curtailed the federal deduction for state and local taxes, and was one of only two GOP lawmakers from the state backing the health care legislation that rolled back the state’s expansion of Medicaid.” http://bit.ly/2zSJR91 … A1 PDF http://bit.ly/2hEpLoU FOR YOUR RADAR -- “Zimbabwe ruling party fires Mugabe as chief; now impeachment,” by AP’s Christopher Torchia and Farai Mutsaka in Harare, Zimbabwe: “Clinging to his now virtually powerless post, longtime Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe was fired as ruling party chief to cheers Sunday, and was set to discuss his expected exit with the army commander who put the world’s oldest head of state under house arrest days ago.” http://bit.ly/2zh5hxE-- “U.S. pursues quiet troop buildup in Somalia,” by Wesley Morgan: “The number of U.S. military forces in Somalia has more than doubled this year to over 500 people as the Pentagon has quietly posted hundreds of additional special operations personnel to advise local forces in pockets of Islamic militants around the country, according to current and former senior military officials. It is the largest American military contingent in the war-torn nation since the infamous 1993 ‘Black Hawk Down’ battle when 18 U.S. soldiers died. It is also the latest example of how the Pentagon’s operations in Africa have expanded with greater authority provided to field commanders.” http://politi.co/2zPVuhyJARED MIDEAST PEACE BEAT -- “Eyeing Detailed Peace Plan, Trump Team Could Invest Years in Effort,” by Jerusalem Post’s Michael Wilner: “Deadlines are not a part of President Donald Trump’s peace effort, led by Jared Kushner ... and Jason Greenblatt, the U.S. special representative for international negotiations. These two refuse to bind themselves in timetables as they prepare what they describe as an ‘architecture’ for their upcoming initiative. It is a notable break in strategy from those of past diplomats who have tried, and failed, to bring peace to the Middle East. ... When it is ready, the White House-based team will release what has been described to The Jerusalem Post as an intricately detailed plan – not a grand vision of peace from on high, but specific U.S. proposals to specific disagreements, formed based on months of listening to the parties.” http://bit.ly/2zhmCGQ--“Palestinians vow to suspend talks if U.S. closes PLO mission,” by AP’s Josh Lederman and Matt Lee: “The Palestinians threatened on Saturday to suspend all communication with the United States if the Trump administration follows through with plans to close their diplomatic office in Washington. The potential rupture in relations threatens to undermine President Donald Trump’s bid for Mideast peace — a mission he has handed his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said the U.S. decision was ‘very unfortunate and unacceptable,’ and accused Washington of bowing to pressure from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government ‘at a time when we are trying to cooperate to achieve the ultimate deal.’” http://bit.ly/2zSilbS FOGGY BOTTOM WATCH – NYT EDITORIAL: “The Trump Administration Is Making War on Diplomacy”: “Mr. Tillerson has asked some senior officials to do clerical tasks and left many ambassadorships unfilled. Stephen Akard, an associate of Vice President Mike Pence with only brief experience at the State Department, was nominated director general of the foreign service, a position that oversees diplomatic appointments and is usually reserved for a senior career diplomat with the power to block political interference. All in all, Mr. Tillerson is disrupting the smooth development of career State Department leaders from entry level to the senior ranks, which will create shortages of experienced diplomats down the road. Not surprisingly, morale has plummeted.” http://nyti.ms/2zT3n3t --“Frustrated foreign leaders bypass Washington in search of blue-state allies,” by WaPo’s Michael Birnbaum and Greg Jaffe: “Some nations are finding that even if they are frustrated by President Trump’s Washington, they can still prosper from robust relations with the California Republic and a constellation of like-minded U.S. cities, some of which are bigger than European countries. [Jerry] Brown’s 10-day trip to Europe, which ended Tuesday, was just the latest in a growing transatlantic back-and-forth that bypasses the Trump-era White House. ... Several European countries have stationed ambassadors in Silicon Valley to boost trade ties. Meanwhile, state and municipal governments are expanding or building new offices to help them manage the increased interest in Europe and Asia.” http://wapo.st/2yXnEU4 BUT, BUT, BUT -- EMILY HOLDEN in Bonn, Germany: “The White House goaded activists at the international climate talks by pushing coal and other fossil fuels. But behind closed doors, U.S. negotiators stuck to their Obama-era principles on the 2015 Paris deal — despite President Donald Trump’s disavowal of the pact. State Department negotiators at the U.N. conference that ended Saturday hewed to the United States’ long-established positions on the details of how to carry out the Paris agreement. And that's the U.S. role that most foreign political leaders sought to highlight, despite the low expectations inspired by Trump’s ‘America First’ agenda and his dismissal of human-caused climate change as a hoax.“‘You couldn’t have expected more,’ said German Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks, who described the U.S. delegation as constructive and neutral. ‘Its diplomats who are working here, they act professionally.’ White House energy adviser George David Banks portrayed the outcome in even more glowing terms, saying the U.S. had been ‘indispensable in thwarting efforts by some countries to get a free pass’ under the Paris agreement. The American negotiating team, Banks said, had ‘led across many issues, promoted U.S. national interests, and protected U.S. taxpayers and businesses.’” http://politi.co/2zQez3mSPICER AND BARNETT -- “Sean Spicer Is Resetting His Post-White House Career Strategy,” by BuzzFeed’s Steven Perlberg: “At first, Sean Spicer’s exit from the White House followed the blueprint for famous administration officials. Step one: Hire mega lawyer/agent Bob Barnett ... Now Spicer and Barnett, who seeks to uphold a reputation as the preeminent talent broker in Washington, are both distancing themselves from one another, according to sources familiar with the matter. Around Washington, Barnett has downplayed his relationship with Spicer ... Spicer, for his part, is leaning on another agent who has represented Trump world talent like Ivanka Trump, Corey Lewandowski, and David Bossie — Mel Berger from agency giant WME. ...“Some in DC media circles believe Barnett over-promised Spicer about what he could deliver, and that the duo underestimated the larger media industry’s contempt from the former press secretary. TV network sources say that Spicer and Barnett weren’t particularly strategic about rolling out a fresh image. The two clashed stylistically — Spicer needed a hands-on agent as opposed to a seasoned dealmaker. The former press secretary was also at times concerned Barnett was spending too much time involved with Hillary Clinton’s book project than working on his own future, according to one source familiar with the matter. (Another source disputed this, saying that Barnett is responsive to his clients.)” http://bzfd.it/2B2eqrk SUNDAY BEST -- -- ANDREA MITCHELL speaks to OMB DIRECTOR MICK MULVANEY on NBC’S “MEET THE PRESS”: MITCHELL: “Now we only have one year of tax returns because he has failed, refused, he’s the first president in modern history to not release his tax returns. We have the 2005 1040 from President Trump. Our independent NBC News analysis of that showed that he was, himself, he and Melania Trump would gain at least $22 million from this tax cut from the estate tax as well. His heirs would benefit $1.1 billion. So it’s not true that the president would not benefit from the tax cut?” MULVANEY: “Yeah, I can’t speak to the president’s taxes. I think that was sort of litigated by the American public during the election. I will say this, listen, the president’s going to pay much higher taxes on a lot of his properties, excuse me, because he has properties in high tax states. So I laugh every time I come on networks like this, they accuse us of cutting taxes on the rich. Every time I go on different networks, and you may understand who those are, they accuse us of raising taxes on the rich. So I think it depends on how you want to look at it.”-- CHRIS WALLACE with TREASURY SECRETARY STEVEN MNUCHIN on “FOX NEWS SUNDAY” about the photo with his wife posed with dollar bills: MNUCHIN: “I never thought I’d be quoted as looking like villains from the James Bond, I guess I should take that as a compliment. That I look like a villain in a great successful, James Bond movie. But let me just say I was very excited of having my signature on the money, it's obviously a great privilege and a great honor and something I’m very proud of being the Secretary and helping the American people.”THE JUICE … -- TONIGHT ON “KASIE D.C.”: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, Katty Kay, Ashley Parker, Jonathan Swan, Leigh Ann Caldwell, Ken Dilanian, Paul Kane, Paul Singer, Gen. Barry McCaffrey and Azmat Khan.SNL COLD OPEN – “WikiLeaks Cold Open”, taking place in a parking garage beneath the Ecuadorian Embassy in London – Don Jr. (played by Mikey Day): “Hello Mr. Assange, I presume.” Julian Assange (Kate McKinnon): “I appreciate you coming all the way to London to meet face to face. As secure and off the record as sliding into my Twitter DMs is, I thought this would be safer.” Don. Jr.: “My brother Eric is waiting in the car. Not to worry, I told him to honk the horn if he gets scared. Now Mr. Assange” [Eric honks repeatedly] “Excuse me for a moment.” ... Don leaves and returns: “Eric will be joining us. Eric, this is Mr. Assange.” Eric (Alex Moffat): “He looks like Draco Malfoy.” Don Jr.: “Eric, that was rude. What did we say about making fun of people’s appearances, bud?” Eric: “That’s Dad’s thing?” Don Jr.: “Yeah.” 5-min. video http://bit.ly/2AU1bIc JONATHAN WEISMAN in NYT Sunday Review, “When the Right Pushes Fake Jews”: “Bernie Bernstein pretty much fits the mold of a Jew — at least as the alt-right sees us. A strange Northeastern accent, somewhere between New York and Boston? Check. Tossing money, but not too much money, around to no good end (remember, we’re rich, but cheap)? Check. Pursuing the agenda of the liberal fake-news media? Check. Riling the worst instincts of the South’s conservative base? Check. But there was something a little too on the nose, forgive me please, about those robocalls in Alabama from a mythical Washington Post reporter named Bernstein seeking women to dish dirt on Roy Moore, something too ‘Jewy’ to be actually Jewish. And that’s where the rising anti-Semitism of the new white nationalists loses its punch.” http://nyti.ms/2zhyQPOGREAT STORY -- SCOTT BROWN IN NEW ZEALAND -- “Scott Brown’s pay is $155,000 per year. The benefits are priceless,” by the Boston Globe’s Joshua Miller in Wellington, New Zealand: “Of the waves that followed from Donald Trump’s 2016 tsunami, Brown’s ascension from the everyman-with-a-pickup who lost two U.S. Senate races in two years in two states to US ambassador to New Zealand ranks among the most unlikely. And, for him, the most fortunate.“The island nation is a paradisiacal land of jade hills dotted with grazing sheep, golden-sand beaches surrounded by Jurassic Park-like jungles, snow-capped peaks that rise steeply from azure fjords, and pastoral villages serving gourmet meals and world-class wine.“Brown spends his days as if he is campaigning across this terrain. He gladhands mayors and their constituents, bearing patriotic gifts: U.S.-New Zealand flag pins, and military challenge coins imprinted with Brown’s signature. He introduces himself to chambers of commerce, noting that he, too, was once a business owner. And he connects with Kiwis over rock music and rugby, trying to parry their considerable concerns about President Trump.” http://bit.ly/2AUbTOV 2020 WATCH -- “Don’t trust politicians to solve our problems, U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse tells Iowa crowd,” by the Des Moines Register’s Jason Noble: “Don’t look to politics to solve the pressing problems in American culture or address looming technological and economic changes that will rearrange American society, U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse told an Iowa audience Saturday. Politicians, he said, simply aren’t up to the task.“‘Friends, there is no politician who’s going to save America,’ Sasse told a crowd of about 500 Christian conservatives in Des Moines. ‘Friends, there is no election that’s going to transform your life to become so much better than it is right now.’“‘I think that the Republican Party doesn’t have clarity of any long-term vision that it communicates to the American people … That’s why in the 2016 presidential election you saw it ripe for a pretty fundamental attack on its platform. … ‘Those two sides of the Republican Party — you can call it a Wall Street-K Street continuum and a Bannonite populism — both of them are unpersuasive to moms and dads in Iowa and Nebraska who are thinking about what kind of country they want to give their kids in 10 and 20 years,’ Sasse said.” http://dmreg.co/2zRlkBj WHAT THE PENTAGON IS READING -- “U.S. nuclear general says would resist ‘illegal’ Trump strike order” – Reuters: “Air Force General John Hyten, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM), told an audience at the Halifax International Security Forum in Nova Scotia, Canada that he had given a lot of thought to what he would say if he received such an order. ... ‘And if it’s illegal, guess what’s going to happen? I‘m going to say, “Mr. President, that’s illegal.” And guess what he’s going to do? He’s going to say, “What would be legal?” And we’ll come up with options, of a mix of capabilities to respond to whatever the situation is, and that’s the way it works. It’s not that complicated.’ Hyten said running through scenarios of how to react in the event of an illegal order was standard practice, and added: ‘If you execute an unlawful order, you will go to jail. You could go to jail for the rest of your life.’” http://reut.rs/2zQJoEITRUMP INC. -- “Mar-a-Lago’s new winter season: The Red Cross Ball is out, the Trumpettes are in,” by WaPo’s David Fahrenthold, Lori Rozsa and Drew Harwell: “This week, Trump returns to Mar-a-Lago for the first time since April. He will confront a changed social scene. ... Once a retreat from the divisive business of politics, the Palm Beach landmark is now a place defined by those divisions — a dynamic the club is monetizing by booking events with Trump’s political allies. Mar-a-Lago is still hosting weddings and members for meals on the dining terrace. But the center of Palm Beach’s traditional social scene has shifted to the Breakers, a club that Trump once mocked for getting his ‘leftovers.’” http://wapo.st/2ivxoPo GOTHAM REPORT – BIG READ -- NYT A1, “How Politics and Bad Decisions Starved New York’s Subways: Disruptions and delays have roiled the system this year. But the crisis was long in the making, fueled by a litany of errors, a Times investigation shows,” by Brian M. Rosenthal, Emma G. Fitzsimmons and Michael LaForgia: “Subway workers now make an average of $170,000 annually in salary, overtime and benefits, according to a Times analysis of data compiled by the federal Department of Transportation. That is far more than in any other American transit system; the average in cities like Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington is about $100,000 in total compensation annually. The pay for managers is even more extraordinary. The nearly 2,500 people who work in New York subway administration make, on average, $280,000 in salary, overtime and benefits. The average elsewhere is $115,000.” http://nyti.ms/2ASRDgv SPORTS BLINK -- “Every six weeks for more than 36 years: When will sex abuse in Olympic sports end?” by WaPo’s Will Hobson and Steven Rich: “More than 290 coaches and officials associated with the United States’ Olympic sports organizations have been publicly accused of sexual misconduct since 1982, according to a Washington Post review of sport governing body banned lists, news clips and court records in several states. The figure spans parts of 15 sports and amounts to an average of eight adults connected to an Olympic organization accused of sexual misconduct every year — or about one every six weeks — for more than 36 years. The figure includes more than 175 officials convicted of sex crimes as well as those who never faced criminal charges and have denied claims.” http://wapo.st/2zQjPmW MEDIAWATCH -- NYT published a special Sunday episode of “The Daily” for kids. It’s on the same day as today’s edition of the Times has a new print section for children that the paper will publish every month starting in 2018. http://nyti.ms/2jFn3UhBONUS GREAT WEEKEND READS, curated by Daniel Lippman, filing from Middleburg, Virginia:--“Elon Musk: The Architect of Tomorrow,” by Neil Strauss in Rolling Stone: “Inside the inventor’s world-changing plans to inhabit outer space, revolutionize high-speed transportation, reinvent cars – and hopefully find love along the way.” http://rol.st/2zMJkWk --“In Search of Distraction,” by Matthew Bevis in Poetry Magazine: “The rewards of the tangential, the digressive, and the dreamy.” http://bit.ly/2zPCJKV --“The New Campus Censors,” by David Bromwich in the Chronicle of Higher Ed: “Students are leading the assault on free speech — and faculty members and administrators are enabling them.” http://bit.ly/2hyP4Zk --“Russia’s Gay Demons,” by Robert Cottrell in the N.Y. Review of Books, reviewing “The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia,” by Masha Gessen: “On one side is the historian explaining the rise of Putin as a logical reaction to the failings of Yeltsin. On the other is Masha’s mother, wondering how on earth that dull man she met while selling insurance in St. Petersburg a few years back is now the prime minister.” http://bit.ly/2hAiJ4i ... $18.01 on Amazon http://amzn.to/2zhMN08 --“The Road to Making America Great Again Runs Through Asia,” by Afshin Molavi in The Atlantic: “The secret to putting America First may lie in the continent’s rising middle class.” http://theatln.tc/2j4qcZZ --“When the pizza delivery guy is also ‘Nazi Bob,’” by Boston Globe’s Matt Viser in York, Pa.: http://bit.ly/2zOaeh5 --“In the Age of Sexual Misconduct, How Is Mike Pence a Problem?” by David French in National Review: “The ‘Pence rule’ and its variations reflect an accurate view of human nature.” http://bit.ly/2j5WOT3 --“Anatomy of a Fake News Scandal,” by Amanda Robb in Rolling Stone: “Inside the web of conspiracy theorists, Russian operatives, Trump campaigners and Twitter bots who manufactured the ‘news’ that Hillary Clinton ran a pizza-restaurant child-sex ring.” http://rol.st/2irJ7ym-- “The Odyssey and the Other,” by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein in December’s Atlantic: “What the epic can teach about encounters with strangers abroad and at home.” http://theatln.tc/2zOOTUk-- “Amazon’s Last Mile,” by Bryan Menegus in Gizmodo: “Who delivers Amazon orders? Increasingly, it’s plainclothes contractors with few labor protections, driving their own cars, competing for shifts on the company’s own Uber-like platform. Though it’s deployed in dozens of cities and associated with one of the world’s biggest companies, government agencies and customers alike are nearly oblivious to the program’s existence.” http://bit.ly/2hAZUy6-- “Bill Browder, Putin Enemy No. 1,” by Sean Flynn in GQ: “The harrowing tale of Bill Browder—how an American-born businessman became an enemy of the Russian state, how he has to live in constant fear, never knowing if the long arm of the Kremlin will snatch him, or kill him—is its own kind of daily terror. But what Browder’s story tells us about the way Vladimir Putin operates, and what he might want from this country, should scare us all.” http://bit.ly/2zNNA7S--“I still love Kierkegaard,” by Julian Baggini in Aeon – per ALDaily.com’s description: “Kierkegaard is a favorite of angsty adolescents. But it is adults, more than ever, who can most benefit from the ethical seriousness of his life and work.” http://bit.ly/2hBA3pS --“The Digital Ruins of a Forgotten Future,” by Leslie Jamison in December’s Atlantic: “Second Life was supposed to be the future of the internet, but then Facebook came along. Yet many people still spend hours each day inhabiting this virtual realm. Their stories—and the world they’ve built—illuminate the promise and limitations of online life.” http://theatln.tc/2mBlY11 --“Walking While Black,” by Topher Sanders, Kate Rabinowitz, and Benjamin Conarck in ProPublica: “Jacksonville’s enforcement of pedestrian violations raises concerns that it’s another example of racial profiling.” http://bit.ly/2zcjCLS (h/t Longform.org)--“Married Young: The Fight Over Child Marriage in America,” by Anjali Tsui on Frontline – per TheBrowser.com’s description: “Heather was pregnant at 14 when she married her 24-year-old boyfriend, hoping to save him from jail for statutory rape. She lost the baby, the marriage failed, and the boyfriend went to jail anyway. A sad story, but not an exceptional one. All US states allow minors to marry with parental consent. At least 200,000 — almost all girls — have done so in the past 15 years. ‘Children as young as 10, 11 and 12 years old were granted marriage licenses in Alaska, Louisiana, South Carolina and Tennessee.’” http://to.pbs.org/2zQYlEq SPOTTED: Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) at the Elton John concert in Bangor, Maine, last night. “She seemed to particularly enjoy his rendition of ‘Daniel,’” per our tipster.WEEKEND WEDDINGS – “Rebecca Kaplan, Adam Levy” – N.Y. Times: “The bride, 29, who will be keeping her name professionally, is an associate producer in Washington for the ‘CBS Evening News.’ She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, and she is on the board of The Daily Pennsylvanian ... The groom, 31, works in Washington as a supervising producer for CNN’s political unit, where he oversees the network’s political research operation. Until August he worked as a senior producer for ‘State of the Union with Jake Tapper.’ He graduated from the George Washington University. ... The couple met in 2015 in Washington through the dating app JSwipe.” With pic http://nyti.ms/2jAZE6m … Wedding pic of the couple with Wolf Blitzer and Dana Bash http://bit.ly/2j5HKVF --SPOTTED: Wolf Blitzer and Dana Bash cutting the challah, Spencer Garrett, David Chalian, Alex Moe and Derek Flowers, Joy Lin, Juana Summers, John Legittino, Lauren Pratapas, Polson Kanneth and Sandhya Kotha, Ben Kochman, Rob Yoon, Katie Hinman, Sean and Ashley Kennedy.OUT AND ABOUT -- SPOTTED at the So Others Might Eat Gala Saturday night at the National Building Museum: Tom Donohue, Suzanne Clark, Bill Conway, Jack Gerard, Matthew Say, Jim McCarthy, Wayne Berman and the winners of this year’s Humanitarians of the Year award, Jane and Steve Caldeira of the Consumer Specialty Products Association.-- SPOTTED at the “Wonder Woman”-themed birthday party for BBC’s Suzanne Kianpour at Lapis Saturday night: Andrew Rafferty, Neil Grace, Molly Weaver, Walt Cronkite Jr., Lauren French, Paul Kane, Lauren Culbertson, Anastasia Dellaccio, Nikki Schwab, Brendan Kownacki, Sophie Pyle, Chris Brown, Lindsay Walters, Sean Weppner and Richard Strauss. -- Bert Gomez threw a party celebrating wife Susie Santana’s birthday Saturday night on the W hotel rooftop where guests salsa danced till midnight and were treated to cupcakes and the “Susie Q” specialty cocktail, according to a tipster. SPOTTED: Estuardo Rodriguez, Lyndon Boozer, Maria Cardona, Angela Arboleda, Laurie Saroff, Cristina Antelo and Miguel Franco.BIRTHDAYS: Boston Globe’s Matt Viser (hat tip: Annie Linskey) … Matt Lloyd, HHS principal deputy assistant secretary for public affairs and a Pence alum (h/ts Nate Bult, Alleigh Marre and James Wegmann) ... Ann Curry … Meghan Burris, OMB press secretary ... former Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) is 78 … Tommy Thompson, former HHS Secretary and Wisconsin governor, is 78 … Larry King is 84 (h/t Tammy Haddad) … Jack Welch is 82 … Ted Turner is 79 … Time’s Sam Jacobs … Justin Hamilton is 42 … Allison Janney ... WaPo’s Dana Hedgpeth ... Jeff Mitchell, acting legislative affairs director at NPPD … Robert Marcus, EVP of Signal Group … Biden alum Annie Tomasini … Nicole Isaac, head of U.S. public policy at LinkedIn ... Michael Dale-Stein, Sen. Franken’s senior adviser for comms ... Trey Emerson Sprick of the U.S. Chamber … former Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell is 55 ... Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) is 7-0 ... former Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) is 75 ... Florida native Maya Hixson, senior comms manager at NARAL (h/t James Owens) ... former Rep. Jo Bonner (R-Ala.) is 58 … Adriana Lorenzo, senior booking producer at Cheddar ... Scott Garlick ... Sarah Hamilton, managing director at Kivvit ...... Brad Bauman … Jason Dumont … John Axelrod, MSNBC alum now at BerlinRosen, is 26 ... Lauren McCulloch of “Meet the Press” ... Obama DOJ alum Dena Iverson DeBonis … Chris Harlow ... Eric Finkbeiner ... Mike Deutsch, FAA attorney … Matt Allen ... Beth Mickelberg … Lynne Walton ... Patrick K. O’Donnell ... Andrew Sollinger, EVP of subscriptions at Business Insider... Cait Graf, VP of comms at The Nation ... Ivan Levingston ... Alexander Heffner is 28 ... Ellen Silva of NPR ... Shelley Hearne (h/ts Jon Haber) … Charlie Siguler ... Geoff Sokolowski ... Neil Bjorkman, VP of legislative affairs at the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum … Hannah McLeod … Michael Reynold … Amber Manko … Bush 43 W.H. alum Ivvete Diaz ... Bush 43 HHS alum Mary Kay Mantho, now director at GSK ... Ivette Diaz ... Shannon Vilmain ... Barb Leach ... Julie Cassidy … David O’Boyle ... Ricky Wilson.
19.11.2017 07:30 : Зампред Банка России Александр Торшин в мае прошлого года пытался организовать встречу Трампа с Путиным
Такую информацию получили американские сенаторы, изучающие данные о предполагаемом вмешательстве России в выборы в США. Как пишет газета The New York Times, Торшин направил предложение одному из членов окружения миллиардера. Тот сообщил о нем по электронной почте руководителям предвыборного штаба республиканца. Это письмо теперь передали сенаторам. В итоге зять Трампа Джаред Кушнер, игравший ключевую роль в штабе, отверг предложение о встрече. Газета подчеркивает, что несмотря на то, что эта история не получила развития, речь идет о еще одном примере попытки России оказать влияние на штаб Трампа, когда он приближался победе на праймериз.
Американцы начали отслеживать передвижение 533-футовой яхты Абрамовича Eclipse, которая за несколько дней до прибытия президент Трамп во Флориду на День благодарения зашла в порт Палм-бичОдна из самых дорогих в мире яхт Eclipse российского бизнесмена Романа Абрамовича зашла в порт города Палм-Бич (штат Флорида), где на следующей неделе президент США Дональд Трамп проведет День благодарения (23 ноября). Как отмечает газета The Palm Beach Post, судно, длина которого составляет 162,5 м, пришвартовалось в пятницу во второй половине дня. Яхта Eclipse, стоимость которой составляет от $400 до 500 млн, может остаться в порту до начала декабря.The Palm Beach Post указывает, что на яхте имеется даже своя подводная лодка.В августе агентство Bloomberg сообщило, что старший советник президента США Джаред Кушнер и его жена Иванка Трамп неоднократно в прошлом проводили дружеские встречи с Абрамовичем и его теперь уже бывшей супругой Дарьей Жуковой. По его сведениям, на данный момент нет ничего, что связывало бы эти четыре светские встречи с приписываемыми Москве попытками вмешательства в ход предвыборной кампании в США в 2016 году. Кушнер и его жена не скрывали этого и четко обозначили даты и участников встреч при заполнении бланков бумаг, необходимых для получения доступа к особо секретной государственной информации.Трамп намерен провести День благодарения в своем "зимнем Белом доме" - поместье Mar-a-Lago в Палм-Бич.По данным СМИ, Абрамовичу кроме Eclipse принадлежат яхты Luna и Sussoro. Он является владельцем широкофюзеляжного самолета Boeing 767.я добавлю, что мало кто (в последнее время) слышал, как Абрамович говорит /он вообще не говорит на публике)/
18.11.2017 22:04 : Зампред ЦБ Александр Торшин в мае 2016 года пытался организовать встречу Путина с Трампом
Зампред ЦБ Александр Торшин в мае 2016 года пытался организовать встречу Путина с Трампом, когда тот уже вступил в предвыборную гонку. Во всяком случае, так утверждает «Нью-Йорк таймс». По версии ее источников, электронное письмо Торшина с предложением о такой встрече поступило зятю будущего президента Джареду Кушнеру. Последний идею отверг. Издание пишет, что письмо, о котором идет речь, уже передано сенаторам, проводящим расследование предполагаемого вмешательства России в американские выборы. Ранее ряд СМИ утверждал, что между Торшиным и Трампом планировалась встреча до Национального молитвенного завтрака, но была отменена. Торшин в апреле заявил, что никогда не получал от Трампа предложений о встрече, а в феврале посещал молитвенный завтрак как частное лицо во время отпуска.
Ранее в СМИ ходили слухи о том, что Бэннон сам является сторонником концепции "превосходства белых". Бывший сотрудник Белого дома эти слухи не подтвердил, но и не опроверг, выразив вполне определенные опасения.
Р. Абрамович и Дарья Жукова своевременно объявили о разводе. Почему — своевременно? Я бы хотела вернуться к главной теме Международного экономического форума в Санкт-Петербурге, ознаменовавшегося в 2017 году небывало высокой явкой. Главной темой в кулуарах был один вопрос, и касался он совсем не увеличения потока инвестиций в экономику Российской Федерации.
Попытка унизить – или знак уважения? Востоковеды обсуждают, как именно воспринял Китай тот факт, что сенсационный удар ракетами «Томогавк» по Сирии США предприняли именно в тот момент, когда лидер КНР встречался с Дональдом Трампом. В чем они солидарны – это точно не было случайным совпадением. «Наш президент сообщил о происходящем китайскому лидеру в тот момент, когда удары наносились», – заявил журналистам в пятницу официальный представитель Белого дома, которого цитирует ТАСС. Трамп, принимающий председателя КНР Си Цзиньпина «на своем поле», за ужином просто сообщил китайскому гостю, что «предпринимается эта акция», и пояснил, «что ей предшествовало». Си оказался первым из мировых лидеров, которого Трамп поставил в известность о ракетной атаке на сирийскую базу Шайрат – причем сделал это лично. При этом позиция Пекина известна, и она не менялась. О ней в пятницу напомнил официальный представитель МИД Китая Хуа Чуньин: КНР уважает выбор сирийского народа, сделанный в пользу Башара Асада. Сами американо-китайские переговоры, начатые накануне в поместье Трампа «Мар-а-Лаго» во Флориде, президент США назвал «замечательными». Трамп заявил, что встреча с Си Цзиньпином позволила продвинуть вперед отношения Вашингтона и Пекина. С другой стороны, еще в конце марта Трамп анонсировал встречу с лидером КНР как очень сложную. А накануне прилета Си во Флориду США озвучили список жестких требований к Китаю – как экономических, так и политических. В частности, Вашингтон заранее дал понять, что не откажется от размещения ПРО в Южной Корее, что крайне нервирует Китай. Атака на Сирию, пришедшаяся на финал ужина Трампа и Си, оказалась как нельзя кстати. Демонстрация мощи и создание барьера «Трамп попытался показать, что США сохраняют свои позиции. Вопрос – специально ли к встрече с Си Цзиньпином приурочен этот удар, или были какие-либо иные причины. Это важный вопрос, ответ на который хотелось бы знать», – отметил в беседе с газетой ВЗГЛЯД директор Центра экономических и социальных исследований Китая, замдиректора Института Дальнего Востока РАН Андрей Островский. Трамп специально объявил об атаке именно в период визита Си Цзиньпина, – считает эксперт Центра анализа стратегий и технологий Василий Кашин, указывающий на это в публикации портала Defence.Ru. Президент США «дал понять Си Цзиньпину, кто в доме хозяин, и тем самым диктовать условия на переговорах», – полагает Островский. Таким образом, подчеркивает собеседник, новый американский лидер намерен создать барьер на пути претензий Пекина. Эксперт сравнивает поведение Трампа с поведением Гарри Трумэна – в 1945 году президент США сообщил Сталину о бомбе, сброшенной на Хиросиму. Советский же лидер сделал вид, что не понял, о чем идет речь. Китай, по мнению Кашина, воспримет атаку на Сирию в момент визита Си как преднамеренное унижение. Китайцы «сделают хорошую мину», а «потом отомстят». Такое демонстративное бравирование силой грозит похоронить наметившееся улучшение отношений с Китаем. Но существует мнение, согласно которому Трамп ведет более тонкую игру. Демонстрация уважения и создание безвыходной ситуации «Трамп показал свое уважение к Китаю, сообщив новость именно лидеру Китая, а не лидеру какой-либо из своих стран-союзниц», – полагает профессор факультета мировой экономики и мировой политики НИУ ВШЭ Алексей Маслов. Послание, связанное с бомбардировкой Сирии, связано с политикой Трампа в отношении Азии вообще, а не только по отношению к Ближнему Востоку, отметил востоковед в беседе с газетой ВЗГЛЯД. Маслов отмечает: если немного «отмотать назад», то можно обратить внимание, что буквально неделю назад в интервью газете Financial Times Трамп по сути дела поставил Китай в безвыходную ситуацию. «Он сказал буквально следующее: господин Си должен помочь нам с Северной Кореей, иначе наш ответ будет unilateral – «односторонним», – полагает эксперт. – Сначала был намек на то, что Китай должен сильнее нажать на КНДР. Китай не отреагировал на это более активным образом, как показалось Трампу», – отмечает Маслов. Бомбардировкой Сирии американцы показывают, что нечто подобное может произойти и в регионе Восточной Азии, считает собеседник. «Именно поэтому Трамп первым сообщил эту новость именно Си Цзиньпину», – делает вывод он. С точки зрения собеседника, речь идет сугубо о двусторонних отношениях Вашингтона и Пекина. В данном случае Трамп вообще не принимал во внимание позицию Москвы. Россия вне повестки? «Представление о том, что Трамп пытается вбить клин между Россией и Китаем или «притянуть» Китай к США – несколько упрощенный взгляд», – отмечает Маслов. Для Трампа сегодня российская повестка не очень важна, или как минимум не первостепенна, полагает собеседник. «Более важна сугубо китайская повестка», – считает он. Главный вопрос в отношениях с Китаем, по мнению Маслова, это разделение зон ответственности в мире. Это касается и военной сферы, и торговых отношений. Но, добавляет Маслов, Трамп сделал «несколько несуразных шагов» как во время предвыборной гонки, так и сразу после выборов. «Тогда он в основном озвучивал мнение ультраправых китаистов – своих советников. Они убеждали, что Китай является основной экономической и даже военной угрозой для США. В результате по сути это возвело непреодолимый барьер между Трампом и Си Цзиньпином», – поясняет собеседник. Так было в январе-феврале. Но потом, отмечает Маслов, президент США изменил саму систему подхода к Китаю. Два шага навстречу Китаю Во-первых, китаисты-фундаменталисты были отключены от принятия экспертных решений, указывает Маслов. В основном связи между китайской стороной и Трампом идут через зятя Трампа Джареда Кушнера и вообще семейных связей Трампа, указывает Маслов. По сведениям New York Times, именно Кушнер (который уже достаточно давно налаживает бизнес-контакты с деловыми кругами Китая) был инициатором встречи Трампа и Си во Флориде. Зять нового президента рассматривается в Пекине как прагматик и перспективный партнер. Во-вторых, Трамп, казалось бы, вынужденно, признал идею «одного Китая», отмечает Маслов. Ранее, в рамках демонстрации «жесткости» по отношению к Пекину, Трамп демонстрировал готовность более тесно сотрудничать с Тайванем. Но состоявшийся в феврале первый телефонный разговор лидеров КНР и США стал ходом Трампа навстречу Китаю. «Это был «кивок» в сторону Си Цзиньпина. Но был и показательный момент: после телефонного разговора в американском и китайском пресс-коммюнике имелись расхождения, – отмечает Маслов. – В американском коммюнике было сказано: господин Трамп согласился с политикой «одного Китая» по просьбе Си Цзиньпина. В китайском коммюнике слов «по просьбе» не было. США показали, что они пошли навстречу Китаю». Особых плюсов по итогам встречи Трампа и Си ждать не придется – учитывая реальное состояние отношений Вашингтона и Пекина, считает Андрей Островский. «По логике вещей они не должны договориться ни о чем, – предполагает эксперт. – Ни по корейскому вопросу, ни по Южно-Китайскому, ни по попыткам Трампа ограничить объем экспорта и объем китайских инвестиций в Америку». Но, вне зависимости от итогов встречи, Трамп уже продемонстрировал, «кто в доме хозяин». Впрочем, вряд ли Пекин считает Поднебесную и в целом восточноазиатский регион частью американского «дома». 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