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18 марта, 12:00

The Square review – an archly-entertaining swipe at the art world

A satire on the contemporary art world sits edgily alongside a skewering of male privilege and middle-class altruism in Ruben Östlund’s surreal Palme d’Or winnerThe publicity for Swedish writer-director Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or winner The Square features Terry Notary as performance artist Oleg, stripped to the waist, mounting a table at an upmarket dinner and glowering with animalistic rage. It’s an arresting tableau – baffling and intriguing, promising anarchic action and titilatory spectacle. The fact that this in-your-face image only partly represents the film itself seems entirely appropriate, since one of the key themes of Östlund’s surreally cerebral and increasingly weird art-world satire is “the difference between art and marketing”.“The Square is a sanctuary of trust and caring,” reads the rubric for the art installation of the title: a floor-level, illuminated outline of a space in which altruistic behaviour is compulsory. “Within its bounds we all share equal rights and obligations.” Such aspirations are noble but hardly headline-grabbing – until two youthful PR creatives conjure up a shockingly offensive promo video (think Wag the Dog meets Michael Bay) that promptly goes viral. Meanwhile, suave museum director Christian (Claes Bang) is too distracted by the whereabouts of his stolen wallet and mobile phone (ringtones constantly interrupt the drama) to pay proper attention to his job, or the people with whom he works. Continue reading...

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17 марта, 21:00

Book clinic: what titles might help children deal with grief?

The Bookseller’s children’s and YA previews editor selects three titles offering a variety of perspectives on bereavementQ: What books do you recommend for children aged four and up to prepare for, and deal with, a death in the family? What are the best kids’ books on grief?Postdoctoral student, two book-loving kids (four and eight) and a terminally ill, much beloved relativeA: Fiona Noble, children’s and young adult previews editor for the Bookseller and member of 2017 Costa book awards judging panelTalking about death can be overwhelming for adults; where to start with a child? Books are an invaluable way to open dialogue. Rebecca Cobb’s Missing Mummy is a straightforward but warm, tender look at the loss of a parent through the eyes of a small boy. Cobb excels at capturing a child’s perspective and a whole spectrum of emotions: anger and guilt, sadness and confusion. The child finds solace in being part of a loving family and cherishing memories of his mother. Continue reading...

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17 марта, 07:24

Titus Levi on *Black Panther*

Titus emails to me: I had an atypical reaction: I left the theatre feeling very, very sad. First, for the reasons enumerated here. Second, because everything good and noble turned out to be incredibly fragile. All it took was an alternate vision of how to use power and Paradise degenerated into civil conflict. Mind you, […] The post Titus Levi on *Black Panther* appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

17 марта, 05:05

Syrian War For Dummies - Three Versions

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As the Ghouta campaign continues to unfold, we should expect that both politicians and mainstream media will give us - in the words of philosopher and theologian Reinhold Niebuhr - "necessary illusion and emotionally potent oversimplifications" intended to shape our perceptions of events. It goes without saying that such "emotionally potent oversimplifications" on Syria have formed the dominant paradigm through which the American public has received its information over the past seven years of war. From the State Department officials to think tank "experts" to the Graham/McCain axis to CNN panelists to the neocon twitterati and all the usual interventionistas who cast everything in terms of Manichean good vs. evil, darkness vs. light, bloodthirsty tyrants vs. noble populace - we've had to endure and fight seven years of a constant stream of propaganda on Syria. Image source: Thierry Ehrmann via FlickrThis worldview is what BBC filmmaker Adam Curtis accurately characterized as a 'goodies and baddies' dualistic vision of global events which keeps the Western public under the illusion that its own political leaders are perpetually driven by concern over human rights, defending the weak and oppressed, and spreading democracy over and against the unenlightened megalomaniac dictators of the world who are simply bent on brutalizing their own people. The BBC's Curtis concluded of the "humanitarian" wars that followed in the wake of the so-called 'Arab Spring' (especially Libya and Syria) : The question at the heart of this whole story is - Who was the ventriloquist? And who was the dummy? Maybe we were the dummy? By allowing perception management with its simplifications, falsehoods and exaggerations to create a simplified vision of the world - we fell into a fake universe of certainty when really we were just watching a pantomime.  And now as the Arab Spring unfolds and reveals the true chaos and messiness of the real world - above all the horror of what is happening in Syria - we find ourselves completely unable to understand it or even know what to do. So those stories get ignored while we follow others with clearer and more simplified dramas which have what seem to be obvious goodies and baddies - thank god for Iran, North Korea and Jimmy Savile. Although the Syrian war is almost over, many Americans still don't understand what transpired over the last seven years, because the mainstream narrative has been an embarrassing mix of propaganda, half-truths and lies. Below are three versions of the conflict as presented by Chris Kanthan via Sott.net.  Disney Version Once upon a time, a country called Syria was ruled by a ruthless dictator named Bashar Al-Assad. He was a cruel man who gassed his own people. His actions caused a civil war in Syria. America and Europe tried their best to stop the devastating civil war, and even generously accepted many Syrian refugees. Eventually America went to Syria, defeated ISIS, and is now trying to restore stability. This above version is quite popular among many Americans and Europeans and the Western mainstream media. * * * High School Version Oppressed by Assad's brutal regime, the Syrian people longed for freedom and democracy. One day, people started protesting in a small city. In response, Assad killed many peaceful protesters. However, this backfired and the entire country was engulfed in protests. Soon a civil war broke out, which led to millions of refugees fleeing Syria. America was appalled and, for humanitarian reasons, decided to help the Syrians who were fighting Assad. When Assad gassed his own people, America intervened and removed all his chemical weapons. Unfortunately, Assad managed to gas innocent civilians again after a few years. Then, America went to Syria, defeated ISIS, and is now trying to restore stability. The above version is presented in most of the global mainstream media. * * * College Version Simply put, the Syrian "civil war" is an illegal, proxy war waged against Syria. In defiance of international laws, many countries have been sending weapons and terrorist mercenaries into Syria for the last seven years (to gain a deeper understanding of who wants to topple Assad and why, please read: Chaos in Syria: Part 1 - Three Motives and Seven Countries). 2011 In early 2011, US/UK special forces used Jordan's military base to assist protests against Assad in a border town called Daraa. With the Muslim Brotherhood's organizational skills and Saudi Arabia's deep pockets, violent protests spread thru Syria. Soon, an organized and armed militia known as Free Syrian Army (FSA) was created by the outsiders. After the fall of Gaddafi in late 2011, the US State Department and US intelligence agencies organized the shipment of tons of deadly weapons such as Stinger missiles and Sarin gas from destroyed Libya to Syria, via Turkey. Even with all this help, the American proxy force known as the FSA couldn't win the war. At this point, NATO and Neocons wanted to bomb Syria, but Russia and China vetoed the motion in the UN, so the imperial war by deception moved on to the next phase. 2012 In early 2012, someone dialed Al Qaeda (referred to as AQ or AQI in government documents). Zawahiri, AQ's top leader, called for help and experienced Islamic terrorists from all over the world rushed into Syria by way of Saudi Arabia's international jihadist recruitment agency. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, received an email from her chief adviser, saying that "Al Qaeda is on our side" . Al Qaeda rebranded itself as Al Nusra, and fearsome weapons such as grenade launchers, mortars, tanks and anti-tank missiles started pouring into Syria via Turkey and Jordan. The CIA spent $100,000 to train each rebel. Billions of US taxpayers dollars were wasted once again on supporting the same terrorist groups that attacked the USA on 9/11 . Watching the western media, the average person had no idea that we were supporting Al Qaeda or how heavily armed these "rebels" were. Western media and politicians also stuck to their talking points and referred to all these fighters as "moderate rebels." However, many of them are ruthless Islamists who use suicide bombers, behead even children, and commit unspeakable atrocities. They are also religious fanatics who seek out and kill Christians and Shiites. This is described in detail in the book, Deconstructing the Syrian War. A Pentagon memo warned against this reckless policy and precisely predicted the rise of groups such as ISIS. Obviously the memo was ignored (or even happily accepted) by the White House and other officials. 2012 was also the year when the refugee crisis became a serious international problem. By the end of the year, almost 200,000 people had fled Syria. In the coming years, it would swell to five million. 2013 When FSA and AQ failed to oust Assad, the "powers that be" started recruiting Sunni extremists in Iraq. In April 2013, ISIS was officially established out of the AQI insurgency. In the next year, these barbaric mercenaries would capture much of eastern Syria. This was also the year when Obama's red-line was crossed - the use of chemical weapons by Assad. UN experts who went to the site soon found that it was actually the rebels who had likely used the chemical weapons. The report was quickly drowned by the western propaganda machine. 2014-2016 The next two years were just repetitions of the daily brutality of war, with ISIS making huge gains in the east. Whenever the rebels started to lose, either more weapons would flow in, or Israel would fly into Syria and bomb the Syrian army. In late 2015, the Syrian government sought Russia's help. Within a month, the Russian air force weakened ISIS by destroying most of the oil tankers that ISIS was using to transport oil to Turkey. By the end of 2016, the Syrian government had the upper hand - Aleppo was liberated from Al Qaeda, and ISIS was running out of cash and morale. 2017 2017 was turning out to be a great year for Assad. By March, ISIS had lost over three hundred towns to the Syrian army. Al Qaeda was facing a similar demise, losing one big city after another. Furthermore, Trump had stopped arming the rebels in February. In late March, Trump and Tillerson dropped the slogan "Assad must go". Finally, Assad was getting ready for an EU-UN peace conference on April 4-5. This was the moment (when events had turned in favor of the Syrian government) that the alleged chemical attack occurred in an area controlled by the rebels in Idlib province. Plus it happened on the very day that the peace conference began. Without any investigation, within an hour after the pictures and videos came out, Western warmongers declared that Assad was responsible. No independent doctors or experts were sent to the site. Anyone who took the time to critically analyze the situation could see that the chemical attack was likely either a hoax or a false flag attack. 2018 After Russia had effectively defeated ISIS, the US didn't just leave Syria, since the real goal is to Balkanize Syria and prepare for a war against Iran. Thus the West is now trying to use Kurds as a proxy tool in this effort. It's likely that the US will have military bases in Syria for a long time. As long as the US government can keep borrowing money, such wild adventures will continue. In their quest for hegemonic geopolitical goals, the elites are sowing more chaos around the world and irreparably damaging the western moral compass. The global mafia's rule seems to be this: if you play by our rules, we will be nice to you. If you don't... Those are the three versions of the Syrian civil war. Which one will Americans choose to believe? * * * P.S. Here are some links to read if you would like to gain a Ph.D. version of the Syrian conflict: a. 1956: CIA plot to overthrow the Syrian government b. 1983: CIA document on plans to obliterate Syria to enable an oil pipeline c. 1986: CIA document on how to use Muslim Brotherhood to fuel a sectarian (Sunni v. Shiite) civil war in Syria d. 2001: Wesley Clark told that USA will take out 7 countries in 5 years (Libya, Syria etc.) e. 2005: CNN Interview. Christiane Amanpour tells Assad that the western governments are plotting a regime change in Syria f. 2006: State Dept cable: Detailed discussion of various strategies to enable regime change in Syria g. 2009: State Dept Email: Saudi Arabia is worried that a Shiite crescent is turning into a full moon (referring to a possible Iran-Iraq-Syria-Lebanon coalition) h. 2009: State Dept Cable: Saudi Arabia is the #1 source of funding of terrorism worldwide i. 2012 State Dept Email: Conquest of Syria means a weakened Iran and this is important for Israel j. 2012: State Dept Email: Use Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey to arm/train rebels k. 2014: Hillary Clinton admits in an email that Saudi Arabia and Qatar fund ISIS l. 2015: Joe Biden says Saudi Arabia and Qatar arming/funding Al Qaeda in Syria m. 2016: John Kerry in a leaked audio recording explains how the US trained/armed the opposition and was hoping to use ISIS to force Assad into negotiation n. Israel's Mossad chief admits helping Al Qaeda and says that it's because Al Qaeda never attacks Israel

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15 марта, 13:30

Crimean Bridge Nears Completion AHEAD of Schedule - It Will be Open for Summer

The Crimean Bridge could be open for cars ahead of schedule, just in time for summer, said Vladimir Putin today during his visit to the colossal construction site on the Black Sea. It was only one of several destinations he intends to visit in Crimea.

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14 марта, 20:33

Team of Sycophants

Tillerson’s dismissal leaves the White House more than ever the conniving and dishonest court of an erratic, ill-informed, and willful monarch.

14 марта, 20:33

Team of Sycophants

Tillerson’s dismissal leaves the White House more than ever the conniving and dishonest court of an erratic, ill-informed, and willful monarch.

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13 марта, 20:20

National Geographic: for decades, our coverage was racist

Historian says past editions reinforced notion that non-white people were exotic and savageNational Geographic has acknowledged that its coverage of black and minority ethnic people in America and the wider world has been historically racist, frequently promoting caricatures of the “noble savage” and barely featuring the US’s minority ethnic population. An internal investigation last year showed that until the 1970s, National Geographic in effect ignored minority ethnic Americans who were not labourers or domestic workers, and portrayed non-white people around the world as “exotics, famously and frequently unclothed, happy hunters, noble savages – every type of cliche.” Continue reading...

13 марта, 20:15

Read the State Department's Account of Tillerson's Ousting

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Under Secretary Steve Goldstein was reportedly fired for issuing the statement.

13 марта, 19:45

Trump Fires Tillerson's Top Deputy Steve Goldstein Amid State Department Purge

Just hours after news broke that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was let go on Wednesday morning, the White House also fired his top deputy, Under Secretary Steve Goldstein - who earlier disputed the terms of Tillerson's firing - amid what appears to be an unprecedented State Department purge. According to CBS, the White House called Goldstein to tell him he is no longer needed. Goldstein was then called up to Tillerson's office for a meeting. Tillerson spent the morning at home - after flying in from Africa early Wednesday morning - but he is now at the department. It is unclear if Tillerson will talk to the press today or not. Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public AffairsGoldstein had largely fallen into the role as Tillerson's spokesperson, and was unanimously confirmed by the senate last year. He has been on the job for less than three months and is known for being loyal to Tillerson according to CBS. He did attend many meetings at the White House, and consistently said Tillerson was going to bring foreign policy decision-making back to the State Department. "The Secretary had every intention of staying because of the critical progress made in national security," Goldstein said in a statement before his own dismissal and after President Trump tweeted that Tillerson was being replaced as Secretary of State by Mike Pompeo, who had been serving as CIA director. "He will miss his colleagues at the Department of State and the foreign ministers he has worked with throughout the world. The Secretary did not speak to the President and is unaware of the reason, but he is grateful for the opportunity to serve, and still believes strongly that public service is a noble calling." Goldstein was informed of the move shortly after he released the above statement which disputed the official narrative for Tillerson's termination, which said that the former Exxon CEO was “unaware of the reason” for his termination. Goldstein had also told reporters that Tillerson learned of his firing Tuesday morning from Trump’s tweet announcing he was nominating CIA chief Mike Pompeo to lead the State Department, while the White House claimed that John Kelly had notified Tillerson on Friday evening.

13 марта, 19:14

Rising Star Pompeo Defrocks Tillerson as Secretary of State

Curt Mills Politics, North America In the Trump White House, nationalism is ascendant. Something remarkable can be said of Tuesday morning’s news that Rex Tillerson has finally been ousted as secretary of State in favor of Mike Pompeo: it didn’t leak ahead of time. Indeed, all early indications are the decision may have been made in the last twenty-four hours, if not a shorter time period. At the very least, the timing stunned the State Department, or so it says. “The Secretary did not speak to the President this morning and is unaware of the reason, but he is grateful for the opportunity to serve, and still believes strongly that public service is a noble calling and not to be regretted,” says State spokesman Steve Goldstein. A host of signs point to Rex Tillerson learning of his firing from the president’s tweet announcing the move. “Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!” Donald Trump tweeted just before 9 AM eastern time Tuesday. A source familiar with the matter notes that Tillerson had just returned from Africa Tuesday morning. State Spokeswoman Heather Nauert, the former Fox News star handpicked by Tillerson, is in Israel. Her Twitter activity in recent days—vociferously bashing the Assad regime and weighing on a host of global issues—is not of someone whose departure seemed imminent. Other outlets, including Fox News, say Tillerson was told Friday, but not by the president himself. Regardless, the firing is most similar to the announcement of Chief of Staff Reince Priebus’ ouster last August, when the president suddenly tweeted on a late Friday afternoon that the ex-RNC chief was out, and former Gen. John Kelly was in. That news also did not leak ahead of time. Otherwise, this has been the most porous White House in history. A comment from Tillerson from last October now seems prescient: "The president is a very unconventional person, as we all know, in terms of how he communicates, how he likes to create action-forcing events. And so the president often takes steps to force an action when he feels things are just not moving." Notably, Tillerson contradicted the White House on Monday on Russia. Read full article

13 марта, 15:20

Franklin Delano Roosevelt: First Inaugural Address

**Franklin Delano Roosevelt** (March 4, 1933): I am certain that my fellow Americans expect that on my induction into the Presidency I will address them with a candor and a decision which the present situation of our Nation impels... >...This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. >So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days. >In such a spirit on my part and on yours we face our common difficulties. They concern, thank God, only material things. Values have shrunken to fantastic levels; taxes have risen; our ability to pay has fallen; government of all kinds...

12 марта, 17:43

These Are the Most Loved Retailers in America

Americans love shopping at these stores.

12 марта, 17:07

YouTube Extremism and the Long Tail

Unlimited selection is revealing ugly truths about what some Americans want in their politics.

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10 марта, 20:22

West Ham chaos as pitch invaders and crowd trouble mars Burnley’s win

West Ham United are facing an investigation by the Football Association after their defeat by Burnley was marred by ugly scenes on and off the pitch as stewards at the London Stadium failed to stop supporters from mounting furious protests against the board.A match that was supposed to be remembered for the 25th anniversary of Bobby Moore’s death turned into one of chaos and farce as the London Stadium’s security failings were exposed again by hundreds of fans gathering in front of the directors’ box after Burnley took the lead in the second half. A female steward was knocked to the ground in the crush, Mark Noble, West Ham’s captain, threw one of several pitch invaders to the turf and the Metropolitan police received two allegations of assault. Continue reading...

10 марта, 03:35

Trump lawyer's payment to porn star draws comparisons to John Edwards case

Porn actress Stephanie Clifford’s lawsuit against President Donald Trump over a hush-money deal struck days before the 2016 election is drawing comparisons to another legal fight involving a politician who had an affair: John Edwards.Edwards saw his reputation savaged when his affair with videographer Rielle Hunter was revealed during the 2008 presidential campaign, after Edwards’ wife had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the fallout wasn’t just political: Edwards was eventually indicted on six felonies after wealthy donors spent $1 million to cover travel, hotel, medical and housing expenses incurred by Hunter, who was pregnant with Edwards’ child. The travel included secretive charter flights arranged to hide the pregnancy. Now, Trump’s alleged dalliance with a porn actress has moved beyond tabloid fodder, too, as questions mount about his involvement in a payoff just weeks before Election Day 2016. With Clifford’s claim now in court, Trump and his associates could be forced to answer questions under oath and turn over documents about his involvement in the arrangement and what his role was in the $130,000 longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen arranged to pay to the adult film star in October 2016.The key legal question is whether the $130,000 was intended to advance Trump’s chances in the election. If it was, it should not have been routed through a corporation and might amount to an illegally large campaign contribution. If Trump paid the money in connection with his campaign, it should have been reported on his campaign finance reports.“I do think this is moving closer and closer to the territory where Edwards was subject to criminal prosecution,” said Hampton Dellinger, a former North Carolina deputy attorney general who closely followed the case against the former Democratic presidential hopeful. Edwards was charged in 2011 with conspiracy, accepting illegal campaign contributions and making false statements. A jury acquitted Edwards on one charge and couldn’t reach verdicts on the others, although jurors said the vote tallies leaned in favor of acquittal on those counts as well. The suit Clifford filed this week argues that Trump must have been involved in directing Cohen to bottle up Clifford’s potentially damaging story as well as text messages and photos that may have embarrassed the then-candidate, just as he was dealing with fallout from an old “Access Hollywood” recording in which he bragged about groping women. “It strains credibility to conclude that Mr. Cohen is acting on his own accord without the express approval and knowledge of his client Mr. Trump,” Clifford’s lawsuit states.The payment would only need to have been included in campaign finance reports if it was related to Trump’s candidacy, not if it was for personal reasons. “I think the timing of this payment in relation to the campaign and some of the other statements that were supposedly made by Cohen make it a somewhat stronger case that this was not personal, but was campaign related,” said University of California law professor Rick Hasen. “It’s by no means a sure thing.”Cohen said in a statement Friday that Clifford’s lawyer, Michael Avenatti, “has clearly allowed his 15 minutes of fame to affect his ludicrous conclusions. The earth-shattering uncovered email between myself and the bank corroborates all my previous statements; which is I transferred money from one account at that bank into my LLC and then wired said funds to Ms. Clifford’s attorney in Beverly Hills, California.”Cohen added that he drew on a home-equity line of credit to make the payment. In a statement last month he said he used “personal funds to facilitate a payment of $130,000 to Clifford.” The payment was made through a limited liability corporation in connection with a non-disclosure agreement aimed at silencing Clifford about her involvement with Trump starting in 2006. “The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone,” Cohen said in his earlier statement. Through spokespeople, Trump has insisted there was no affair with Clifford. Cohen has not been clear in his public statements about whether Trump knew about or directed the payment. “The president has denied the allegations against him,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Wednesday. “This case has already been won in arbitration,” she added, apparently referring to a confidential, private proceeding aimed at enforcing the non-disclosure agreement Clifford and Cohen signed using pseudonyms. Watchdog groups like Common Cause have urged the Justice Department and the Federal Election Commission to investigate the pre-election payment. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington issued a new call Thursday for probes into the issue in the wake of press reports that Cohen complained to friends that Trump had not reimbursed him for the money sent to Daniels. CREW said that if Trump owed Cohen the money, Trump should have reported the debt on his financial disclosure form, which does not list any liability to the attorney. A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to say whether the Justice Department is investigating the payment or to identify who in the department would handle such a review.“It is longstanding policy of the Department of Justice not to comment on requests to confirm or deny the existence of investigations, regardless of whether there is or isn’t one,” DOJ spokeswoman Nicole Navas Oxman said. A trial lawyer and friend of Edwards who testified at the ex-senator’s 2012 trial, John Moylan, said it wouldn’t be a surprise if federal prosecutors were already figuring out how to investigate Cohen’s payment to Clifford. “Someone, somewhere in the world of the Justice Department, I would think....is noodling over that as we speak,” Moylan said. “That would be the factual question to resolve: why was it done?....Given the timing, it is a little hard to think the campaign was not a significant motivating factor.”One factor that would weigh strongly against any prosecution over the payment to Clifford is that prosecutors never managed to prove their case against Edwards, who was not retried after his acquittal. Moylan said he doesn’t think the failure of the Edwards prosecution means the episode involving Cohen and Clifford couldn’t be prosecuted, but said he thinks the outcome of that trial would be a factor. “I am sure they will look at the facts that mattered in the Edwards case and compare them to the evidence put together here and make a decision about whether to go forward,” Moylan said. One open question is who at Justice would conduct such an investigation. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from all matters related to the 2016 election. That would presumably include the payment to Clifford, although officials declined to confirm that Friday. “We don’t discuss specific issues in the scope of a recusal,” DOJ spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said. The issue would probably fall to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, lawyers said. He could potentially assign the issue to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is already exploring several subjects related to the 2016 campaign. Rosenstein could also leave the issue to the prosecutors who typically handle campaign-related matters, the Public Integrity Section’s Election Crimes Branch, since any expansion of Mueller’s probe seems certain to infuriate Trump. “It’s not like this can just now die down,” said Lawrence Noble of the Campaign Legal Center. “This now has a life of its own....Pressure is mounting the more that comes out about it.”