36 thoughts on “A health care crisis?”

  1. NYTimes:

    The New York attorney general’s office late on Monday issued subpoenas to Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank for records relating to the financing of four major Trump Organization projects and a failed effort to buy the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League in 2014, according to a person briefed on the subpoenas.

    The inquiry opens a new front in the scrutiny of Deutsche Bank, one of the few lenders willing to do business with Donald J. Trump in recent years. The bank is already the subject of two congressional investigations and was examined last year by New York banking regulators, who took no action.

    The new inquiry, by the office of the attorney general, Letitia James, was prompted by the congressional testimony last month of Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, the person briefed on the subpoenas said. Mr. Cohen testified under oath that Mr. Trump had inflated his assets in financial statements, and Mr. Cohen provided copies of statements he said had been submitted to Deutsche Bank.

    The inquiry by Ms. James’s office is a civil investigation, not a criminal one, although its focus and scope were unclear. The attorney general has broad authority under state law to investigate fraud and can fine — or in extreme cases, go to court to try to dissolve — a business that is found to have engaged in repeated illegality.

    The request to Deutsche Bank sought loan applications, mortgages, lines of credit and other financing transactions in connection with the Trump International Hotel in Washington; the Trump National Doral outside Miami; and the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago, the person said.

    Investigators also requested records connected to an unsuccessful effort to buy the Bills, the person said. Mr. Trump gave Deutsche Bank bare-bones personal financial statements in 2014 when he planned to make a bid for the team, The New York Times has reported. The deal fell through when the team was sold to a rival bidder for $1.4 billion.

    Mr. Trump worked with a small United States-based unit of Deutsche Bank that serves ultra-wealthy people. The unit lent Mr. Trump more than $100 million in 2012 to pay for the Doral golf resort and $170 million in 2015 to transform the Old Post Office Building in Washington into a luxury hotel.

    New Jersey-based Investors Bank was subpoenaed for records relating to Trump Park Avenue, a project it had backed. [continues]

  2. to jail or not to jail?  tune in Thursday.   


    Attorneys for Roger Stone apologized Monday for misrepresenting to a federal judge plans about his new book criticizing special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, but they said their mistake was unintentional and does not mean the court will be unable to seat an impartial jury in Stone’s criminal trial.


    In a seven-page filing and 120 pages of emails and documents submitted at the request of U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson of Washington, attorneys for the Republican operative and longtime friend of President Trump acknowledge that the gaffe could land Stone in jail if the judge finds he violated a gag order in his case barring him from feeding prejudicial pretrial publicity.



    On March 6, she ordered Stone’s defense to explain by Monday how he planned to come into compliance. A previously scheduled status hearing on his case is set for Thursday.


    In response to Jackson’s requests, Stone turned over a Dec. 17 contract with his book’s publisher and emails about its release, including ones since the gag order was in place.

    In one email, from Feb. 15, Stone wrote his publisher: “Recognize that the judge may issue a gag order any day now and while we will appeal it that could take a while.”


    On Feb. 21, after the order was entered, attorney Grant Smith wrote Rogow that the book “will be published march 1. See date below. Need to see if this breaks the order.”


    Smith followed up with Tony Lyons at Skyhorse Publishing on Feb. 26. “The mere publication of the new portions of the book could land Roger in jail for contempt of the judge’s order.”


    Emails show that Stone was worried about book sales, compensation and the number of copies planned, writing, “There is GLUT of books like this.” He altered the publisher’s proposed subtitle, “The Inside Story of How I REALLY Helped Trump Win,” replying in January, “I could live with — The Myth of Russian Collusion: The Inside Story of How Donald Trump really won,” explaining, “I can’t be seen taking credit for HIS victory.”

  3. Anti-vax is a self-curing disorder.

    XR, I wish I’d said that. ?
    Mrs. P’s kid from her first marriage is an anti-vaxer along with her mooch of a husband. And they don’t trust organizations like CDC and WHO, so their ears are sealed against data based arguments about vaccine safety and health risks associated with avoiding vaccinations. Not a single parent or grandparent can get through their self-imposed ignorance. Their idea is that since the mooch and she home school them they are relatively safe from exposure to the common childhood illnesses. I hope they’re right but I know that they’re just naive. 

  4. Christina Wilkie, White House reporter for CNBC.com, talks with Rachel Maddow about her reporting on how a Paul Manafort lie led to the discovery of an apparent kickback scheme in the Donald Trump campaign’s largest PAC, and the new questions that have followed.

  5. beautiful photo, craig.  


    re Rachel vid, skip the first 5 minutes to get to the nut meat. 

  6. Luckily…  all our nieces and nephew think anti-vaxers are nuts…  therefore our great nieces and nephew have all been immunized for whatever ails people nowadays.  It’s ironic that many liberals will tout that science knows best when it comes to climate change…  yet these same liberals can’t stand the AMA and think the doctors are all lying to them.

    Craig…  really nice property.

  7. One of the fun things I get to do  is explore the Mid-Atlantic states.  I am also learning how to vlog as I rebuild my boats.  On my YouTube channel, Buena Ventura Life, I am starting to post videos.  Starting from out right amateur to okay amateur, the most current is my tour of Ft. Nonsense in Mathew, Virginia.  All are a learning experience from the digital photographic and video world to the software necessary to edit and post the completed vlogs.  At least many of the skills I had fifty years ago still work in this modern era.

  8. I almost peed myself laughing when I read this from Dana Mibank’s oped today.

    Britain’s Guardian newspaper dubbed him “Trumpadamus” for prescient tweets before he came into office saying “the world is laughing at us” and the president makes Putin “look like the genius of all geniuses.”
    Similarly, he retweeted a 2013 message saying “our president has ruined our country,” adding, “not totally, yet!” And he tweeted, in 2014, a cartoon of the Framers saying “I think we should include something in the Constitution in case the people elect a f—ing moron.”
    Trump wasn’t wrong. He was prophetic.

  9. I think making measles an issue is a very bad idea.   People who believe in vaccinations aren’t going to vote on this issue and it will turn the anti-vaxxers into a concrete voting block.  2020 is already going to be a field day for special interests groups looking to get things on the ballot.

  10. craig, was it an accident shooting the light rays of not only the columns but the sky too or did you photoshop it?  couldn’t be more perfect curb appeal for your official listing.

  11. annocement by us doj District of Massachusetts

    Investigations of College Admissions and Testing Bribery Scheme


    Dozens of individuals involved in a nationwide conspiracy that facilitated cheating on college entrance exams and the admission of students to elite universities as purported athletic recruits were arrested by federal agents in multiple states and charged in documents unsealed on March 12, 2019, in federal court in Boston. Athletic coaches from Yale, Stanford, USC, Wake Forest and Georgetown, among others, are implicated, as well as parents and exam administrators. 

    Individuals who have questions or inquries about this case may send an email to the following address: USAMA.VictimAssistance@usdoj.gov
    Below is a list of the defendants. The charging documents are attached at the bottom of this page.

    [continues listing each person and the charges]

  12. had to post above marlette cartoon in conjunction with this in the hill:

    The head of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Tuesday criticized President Trump for promoting a movement urging Jews to leave the Democratic Party over alleged anti-Semitism.

    Responding to Trump’s tweet touting the so-called “Jexodus” movement, ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said the Jewish community is harmed and the country grows more divided when anti-Semitism is “repeatedly politicized.”

    “At a time when #antiSemitism is rising, we need leaders to lead and fight #hate rather than point fingers and cast blame. Enough,” wrote Greenblatt, who worked in the Obama administration.


    But Trump has also received blowback from Jewish Democrats, who accuse the president of hypocrisy because of his past controversial statements about Jews and white supremacists.

    Democrats have repeatedly brought up Trump’s August 2017 statement that there were “very fine people on both sides” at a rally in Charlottesville, Va., where a white supremacist killed a counterprotester and marchers displayed Nazi banners and chanted “Jews will not replace us.”

  13. Oh my goodness, Chateau Crawford has face.
    After seeing the big columns covering the carriage drive, and that golden ‘welcome’ glow in the windows, I kept going through the pix looking for the old slave quarters. I guess the big house isn’t ante THAT bellum. 
    It’s absolutely gorgeous. Hope for an insane bidding war.

  14. Craig – the first, and only, thing I see is that the pricing there is so much different than here.  By many levels. 
    Is SFB off his rocker?  No doubts.  So….why are the media making him normal and actually capable of decisions?

  15. SFB is just th culmination of all the things the Goopers have been doing for years.   They all must go!

  16. Ugh the college entrance scandal is horrible.    I think if I found out that my parents cheated to get me into the college of my choice and then it became public  I’d be transferring.   
    I went to the same school as my father so I already had extra help …also my brother, a couple of cousins and some more distantly related.

  17. I am a Gopher, son and brother of Gophers, nephew of Gophers, cousin of Gophers, uncle of Gophers, great uncle of Gophers and in-law of Gophers. Family reunion looks like a prairie dog town.

  18. I went to my dad’s school (Roll Tide!) My sis did too. Her 3 kids did too. There might be something to this legacy thing. 
    XR,  no, it wasn’t a jeweled Gutenberg velum. It was a CVS paperback bought by the repugnant on the way to the love in. It’s Lee fucking CountyAL-my maternal homestead. I attended a HUGE family reunion at a dairy farm down there when I was too young to say no to my parents. Ain’t no Gutenbergs in Lee County. 

  19. Mr Pogo,
    I was figuring that he brought the value of a $100M!LL!ION book to $325.oo. As Rick Wilson says, everything trump touches dies.

  20. Apparently a lot of parents and grandparents want their dopes and grand-truants to attend decent schools. 
    It’s the crazy left in action, dumbing Yale and Stanford down to the level of liberty and trump universities. I mean, I’m a leveler, but that’s pretty extreme even for me. snicker

  21. Well,XR, it’s Lee County. And it’s a book bought & sold by SFB supporters – 1 a cynical opportunist and the other a spendthrift moron. 

  22. Mr Pogo,
    It astounds me that he autographed the bible. A million years from now some archaeologist is gonna dig that up and see that signature. The headline :
    “God’s Autograph Found in Alabama Holy Book !” 

  23. says something about where their values ego-wise lay, instead of paying piles of $$ to singer to cheat they could have just given the dough directly to the college to build and name a soccer field/sports stadium/library/scholarship to make sure baby girl is accepted.   isn’t that the traditional way? 

  24. in re the signed bibles, goobers are gonna wake up some morning and see that signature as the sign of satan, a veritable  cloven hoof burnt 666  (no, not the Kushner bldg address – the “number of the beast” in revelations 13)

  25. Well, SFB probably signed thousands of copies of Art of the Deal, and he didn’t do any more to write that than he did to write the Bible. They only thing that surprised me is that the Bibles he signed didn’t burst into flame while he was signing them.

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