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Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Tribune Publishing directors said Friday shareholders approved Alden Global Capitals offer to buy the company, heralding a new and uneasy era at the Chicago-based media company and turning aside pleas from its journalists and others who made opposition to the sale into a fight for the soul of journalism.
The company announced the result at a special board meeting without giving vote totals. Aldens $17.25-a-share acquisition will take the 174-year-old company private.
Alden is acquiring the roughly two-thirds of the company that it doesnt already own. Tribune Publishing owns the Chicago Tribune and eight other large dailies.
Alden is a New York-based hedge fund widely criticized for accumulating financially troubled newspapers and deeply cutting payroll and selling assets. It already owns about 200 newspapers through a separate company, MediaNews Group, and its Tribune Publishing deal would make it the nations second-largest publisher behind Gannett.
Read more: https://chicago.suntimes.com/business/2021/5/21/22446605/tribune-publishing-alden-shareholder-vote-takeover
The Trib's op/eds have always been very conservative but their reporting was top notch.
Alden's going to drain the blood out of it and sell the organs.
Mueller trying to hand off dealing with Trump to the House reminded me of an old Smothers Brothers routine.
The pro-Trump spin machine is out on the airwaves, touting that the just-completed Mueller Report recommends no new indictments.
For ten briefly-stated reasons, the Mueller action marks more of a beginning, than an end, to the search for wrongdoing in the Russia scandal.
First, there are very active continuing investigations. When special counsels complete their reports of their principal findings, that does not end the inquiries. Instead, the tasks for prosecutors and investigators are turned over to the continuing active investigations. In this instance, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York has brought prosecutions already, like Michael Cohens, to build on. Matters within that U.S. Attorneys broad jurisdiction will continue forward.
Second, it is pure spin to make the issue whether new indictments are in the report. Mueller may well think that the report should give an account of his findings. New indictments are not to be expected in a report on findings. Indictments come, when ready, from the grand jury, not in reports. Rather, indictments that are moving toward readiness would come out in the other investigations, like that of the SDNY.
To me, 'social democracy' seems like what we've got and what some countries, particularly in northern Europe, do a bit better while 'democratic socialism' seems like the slippery slope to communism that RWers freak about.
Just to keep things "interesting," Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez aligns herself with the Democratic Socialists of America which is "a left-wing organization of democratic socialist (!), social democratic (!!) and labor-oriented members in the United States."
Looking at the AG's order dissolving the Trump Foundation (https://ag.ny.gov/press-release/ag-underwood-announces-stipulation-dissolving-trump-foundation-under-judicial) I see no mention of Curetivity, formerly the Eric Trump Foundation also being shut down-- but it is under investigation for some very 'curious activity.'
Sarah Hucklebuck Sanders just lied about this at today's briefing. One lie among a pretty constant stream.
"Once again, this president believes employees owe him a personal duty of loyalty, when their duty of loyalty is to the institution," Katz told The Washington Post.
As Politico reported, Obama also didn't like leaks coming from the White House. However, he didn't use Trump's businessman's tactic of requiring NDAs in order to stop them.
Once I saw this guy on a bridge about to jump. I said, "Don't do it!"
He said, "Nobody loves me."
I said, "God loves you. Do you believe in God?"
He said, "Yes."
I said, "Are you a Christian or a Jew?"
He said, "A Christian."
I said, "Me, too! Protestant or Catholic?"
He said, "Protestant."
I said, "Me, too! What franchise?"
He said, "Baptist."
I said, "Me, too! Northern Baptist or Southern Baptist?"
He said, "Northern Baptist."
I said, "Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist or Northern Liberal Baptist?"
He said, "Northern Conservative Baptist."
I said, "Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region, or Northern Conservative Baptist Eastern Region?"
He said, "Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region."
I said, "Me, too!" Northern ConservativeBaptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1879, or Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912?"
He said, "Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912."
I said, "Die, heretic!" And I pushed him over.
Not that I'm a big Jerry Ford fan (though I'm sure they're legion) but I thought this was an interesting contrast to Trump's whatthefuckery at the Boy Scout Jamboree.
Remembering Gerald R. Ford, our only Eagle Scout president (so far)
On Presidents Day, lets remember Gerald R. Ford, our 38th president and, at least so far, the only Eagle Scout to ascend to the most powerful post in the country.
Ford, who earned the Eagle Scout award in 1927 as a member of Troop 15 in Grand Rapids, Mich., went on to receive the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award in 1970.
In December 1974, while president of the U.S., Ford spoke at the Boy Scouts Annual Awards Dinner. Thats where he offered this gem of a quote:
It has recently been said that I am too much of a Boy Scout in the way I have conducted myself as President, and so I reviewed the Boy Scout laws and Boy Scout oath.
They say that a Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. That is not bad for somebody who knew it 46 years ago.
And the Boy Scout oath is, On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country, to obey the Scout laws, to help other people at all times, to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.
Well, if these are not the goals of the people of the United States, what they want their President to live up to, then I must draw this conclusion: Either you have the wrong man or I have the wrong country, and I dont believe either is so.
When Ford died in December 2006, his family requested an honor guard of 200 Eagle Scouts. They knew how important Scouting was to the man throughout his life.
In fact, 400 Eagle Scouts age 15 to 85 showed up to line the road to his presidential museum in Grand Rapids.
A fitting memorial to the man who once said, One of the proudest moments of my life came in the court of honor when I was awarded the Eagle Scout badge. I still have that badge. It is a treasured possession.
It sounds like, for starters, the trumpledytes are conflating two different studies...
In an interview airing tonight on ABC News, President Trump also pointed to an actual Pew Research report about outdated voter rolls, but according to its own author, that report found no instances of voter fraud.
Now, Richmans study and the Pew Report are set to become the foundation of the Trump administrations newly promised investigation into potential voter fraudwhatever Richman says about their interpretation of his findings. The political exploitation of Richmans work is a blow against intellectual honesty and scientific integrity. Whats more, voting rights advocates fear the investigation its being used to prop up could lead to severe voting restrictions in the future.
A city sign shop crew pulled down the remaining two street signs on Wabash Avenue near Trump Tower at 8 a.m. Sunday, according to Chicago Department of Transportation spokesman Michael Claffey. A third Trump sign was stolen months ago
The City Council voted a week before the Nov. 8 presidential election to take down the signs, citing the "caricature" of Chicago that Trump presented during the campaign through his frequent mentions of the city as a place overrun with violent crime. Aldermen also knocked Trump's pledge to deport millions of immigrants in the country illegally in voting to take away the street sign honor.
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