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Ivanka Trump Was In Contact With A Russian Who Offered A Trump-Putin Meeting

Source: Buzzfeed

Her contact, a Russian Olympic weightlifter, said a meeting between Trump and Putin could expedite a Trump tower in Moscow.

Amid intense scrutiny of contacts between Donald Trump's inner circle and representatives of Vladimir Putin, Ivanka Trump's name has barely come up. But during the campaign, she connected her father’s personal lawyer with a Russian athlete who offered to introduce Donald Trump to Putin to facilitate a 100-story Trump tower in Moscow, according to emails reviewed by BuzzFeed News and four sources with knowledge of the matter.

There is no evidence that Ivanka Trump’s contact with the athlete — the former Olympic weightlifter Dmitry Klokov — was illegal or that it had anything to do with the election. Nor is it clear that Klokov could even have introduced Trump to the Russian president. But congressional investigators have reviewed emails and questioned witnesses about the interaction, according to two of the sources, and so has special counsel Robert Mueller’s team, according to the other two.

Read more: https://www.buzzfeed.com/anthonycormier/ivanka-trump-putin-moscow-meeting-michael-cohen-tower?utm_term=.rpwv5M33xN#.nkQn7wPPrd

Mike Luckovich: Commencement


For posters who cannot open twitter

Scott Pruitt enlisted an EPA aide to help his wife find a job -- with Chick-fil-A

Source: Washington Post

Three months after Scott Pruitt was sworn in as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, his executive scheduler emailed Dan Cathy, chairman and president of the fast food company Chick-fil-A, with an unusual request: Would Cathy meet with Pruitt to discuss “a potential business opportunity”?

A call was arranged, then canceled, and Pruitt eventually spoke with someone from the company’s legal department. Only then did he reveal the “opportunity” on his mind was a job for his wife, Marlyn.

“The subject of that phone call was an expression of interest in his wife becoming a Chick-fil-A franchisee,” company representative Carrie Kurlander told The Washington Post via email.

Marlyn Pruitt never opened a restaurant. “Administrator Pruitt’s wife started, but did not complete, the Chick-fil-A franchisee application,” Kurlander said. But the revelation that Pruitt used his official position and EPA staff to try to line up work for his wife appears to open a new chapter in the ongoing saga of his questionable spending and management decisions, which so far have spawned a dozen federal probes.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/scott-pruitt-enlisted-an-epa-aide-to-help-his-wife-find-a-job--at-chick-fil-a/2018/06/05/b798e4e4-5eac-11e8-9ee3-49d6d4814c4c_story.html?utm_term=.04f2b505ff6d

Carnival Cruz does not know if trump can pardon himself


Mike Luckovich: Very picky


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Judge in libel suit rules BuzzFeed may have protection for report on Trump dossier

The lawsuit against Buzzfeed by a russian oligarch is bogus. This ruling makes me smile https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/04/buzzfeed-steele-dossier-libel-622811

BuzzFeed scored a significant legal victory on Monday with a judge’s ruling that the online outlet appears to have legal protection for its decision to publish the so-called dossier about President Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia.

Ruling in a libel suit brought by a Russian internet entrepreneur named in the document, U.S. District Court Judge Ursula Ungaro, based in Miami, ruled on Monday that BuzzFeed could claim the “fair report privilege” for its brief article and the accompanying release of the dossier online in January 2017.

Lawyers for the Russian businessman, Aleksej Gubarev, said there was no indication that any U.S. government activity relating to the dossier amounted to the kind of official proceeding that journalists are permitted to report on without legal liability for the information drawn from that proceeding.

Ungaro disagreed.

“The Court agrees with Defendants that the term ‘official proceeding’ should be broadly interpreted to apply to any official action,” the judge wrote in her 22-page decision. “A confidential briefing to the President and the President-elect by the four most senior intelligence directors in the country is official action taken by those empowered to do so. So too is an FBI investigation into the truth of the Dossier’s allegations.”

The Steele Dossier is a matter of public interest and so Buzzfeed should be protected by this privilege

BREAKING: Court Orders Resistant LePage To Expand Medicaid In Maine

Source: Talking Points Memo

A Superior Court in Maine has ruled that Gov. Paul LePage (R) must submit the paperwork necessary to move forward on expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act to cover about 70,000 more low-income people in the state.

In her ruling, Justice Michaela Murphy slammed LePage’s health department for unilaterally blocking the expansion’s implementation since voters overwhelmingly approved it by ballot initiative last November.

“The Court concludes that the Commissioner’s complete failure to act cannot be considered substantial compliance,” she wrote, ordering the governor to submit the necessary paperwork by June 11.

Maine’s state legislature has voted five times in the past five years to expand Medicaid, and LePage vetoed the effort five times. Having reached an impasse, health care advocates turned to the ballot box, gathering signatures to get the measure on the 2017 ballot and successfully campaigning for its passage. Nearly 60 percent of voters cast a ballot in favor — making the state the first in the nation to expand Medicaid by popular vote.

Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/breaking-court-orders-resistant-lepage-to-expand-medicaid-in-maine

Pictures of the Parkland graduation makes me smile




Trump's tiny hands may have been mocked by Kim Jong-un's over-sized letter

This is funny https://www.rawstory.com/2018/06/trumps-tiny-hands-may-mocked-kim-jong-uns-sized-letter/

President Donald Trump received a big letter from North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un on Friday — and describing the letter as “big” is, on this occasion, the literal truth.

Check out this revealing tweet from the White House Director of Social Media, Dan Scavino.
The comically large envelope was hand-delivered to Trump by senior North Korean official Kim Yong-chol on Friday, according to CNN. It reportedly contained a letter personally written by Kim Jong-un to Trump, and although its contents are unknown, the size of the packaging was in itself remarkable. Trump told reporters after his meeting with Kim Yong-chol that he had not yet read the letter, although the White House told reporters that he did so later. Either way, Trump announced that the previously cancelled June 12 summit with Kim Jong-un in Singapore has now been revived.
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