A Tale of a Tell

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In a meeting with Trump, Bill Gates says he was puzzled by the fact that the president referred to himself in the third person. #Trump #inners #BillGates
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5:58 PM – 17 May 2018

“When I walked in, his first sentence kind of threw me off,” Gates recalls. “He said, ‘Trump hears that you don’t like what Trump is doing.’ And I thought wow, but you’re Trump. I don’t know if the third-party form was what was expected. You know: Gates says, but Gates knows that you’re not doing things right.”

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A Treasury Department Cover Up?

The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow talks to an anonymous whistle blower who suspects the Treasury Department is spiking financial documents that are harmful to Trump lawyer Michael Cohen:

“I have never seen something pulled off the system,” the official said. “That system is a safeguard. … It’s a stockpile of information. When something’s not there that should be, I immediately became concerned. That’s why I came forward.”

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A Hero vs. The Coward

Wired’s Garrett Graff digs into Robert Mueller’s Vietnam combat experience. A fine read, especially when done with Donald Trump’s bogus bone-spur deferments in mind:

Today, the face-off between Special Counsel Robert Mueller and President Donald Trump stands out, amid the black comedy of Trump’s Washington, as an epic tale of diverging American elites: a story of two men—born just two years apart, raised in similar wealthy backgrounds in Northeastern cities, both deeply influenced by their fathers, both star prep school athletes, both Ivy League educated—who now find themselves playing very different roles in a riveting national drama about political corruption and Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. The two men have lived their lives in pursuit of almost diametrically opposed goals—Mueller a life of patrician public service, Trump a life of private profit.

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