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Trump Org. CFO will spill tax fraud to New York jury, prosecutors say

Source: yahoo.com

Erin Durkin Mon, October 31, 2022 at 3:30 PM·4 min read

NEW YORK — Convicted ex-Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg will give the "inside story" of how the company allegedly used years-long tax fraud scheme to boost executive pay, Manhattan prosecutors said Monday.

The teaser came during opening remarks in the firm's long-awaited New York Supreme Court criminal trial — one case in an increasingly complex web of legal woes for former President Donald Trump. The former president is not involved in the case, but the charges could lead to financial penalties for the Trump Organization if a jury finds it engaged in a 15-year scheme to pay Weisselberg off the books.

“This case is about greed and cheating, cheating on taxes,” Susan Hoffinger, the chief of investigations for Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, told the court on Monday. “The scheme was conducted, directed and authorized at the highest level of the accounting department." Weisselberg's testimony “will give you the inside story of how he conducted this tax scheme.”

In opening statements, Hoffinger detailed allegations that Trump personally paid private school tuition for Weisselberg's grandchildren and signed a lease for the top lieutenant’s Upper West Side apartment overlooking the Hudson River, because he wanted him to live in Manhattan rather than commuting from Long Island.

Trump Corp. attorney Susan Necheles, meanwhile, tried to insulate the former president and urged the jury not to let their opinions of Trump cloud their judgment.

“You must not consider this case to be a referendum on President Trump or his politics,” she said. "It started and it ended with Allen Weisselberg. Allen Weisselberg did this."

Weisselberg pleaded guilty in August to all 15 counts he faced, including tax fraud and larceny. Now he'll play star witness in the expected month-long trial, where prosecutors must convince a jury that Trump Org. units — the Trump Corporation and Trump Payroll Corporation — share responsibility for concealing $1.76 million in compensation.


Read more: https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-org-cfo-spill-tax-203049204.html

Well, guess I will be skeptical until I actually see charges against Trump himself.




Turtlenecks, shared showers and wetsuits for indoor pools: Europe grapples with energy crisis

Turtlenecks, shared showers and wetsuits for indoor pools: Europe grapples with energy crisis

By Jaweed Kaleem, Scott Johnson
Oct. 31, 2022 2 AM PT

For years, Antonio Scognamillo paid $1,200 a month to power La Smorfia, his cozy pizzeria offering dozens of styles of pies in this hilly, medieval tourist enclave by the Ligurian Sea.

That was before energy and food costs soared in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, threatening the future of his long-profitable business. Today, Scognamillo stares down at a $5,200 monthly power bill — on top of 40% increase in costs for mozzarella, grain and flour in a country where inflation is now at a 40-year high.

And it could soon get even worse. On Saturday, Russia said that it would pull out of a United Nations-brokered deal to allow grain exports from Ukraine, adding another layer to the toll of war that’s reached across the globe.

“It’s 50,000 [euros] I didn’t make this year,” Scognamillo, 45, recently said with exasperation in his Cinque Terre region shop where the toppings offered include prawns, prosciutto and Genoese pesto. “Everything is more expensive. But my salary is the same.”

Since Russia, long Europe’s biggest natural gas supplier, cut off much of the continent last spring in retaliation for supporting Ukraine, energy costs from London to Warsaw have soared to unprecedented levels. ...........................................

The sun sets behind a coal-fired power plant owned by the Uniper energy company in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Energy costs have soared in Europe since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
(Michael Sohn / Associated Press)'

'I expect another congressperson to be shot': Lawmaker sounds alarm as Trump continues to incite his

Source: raw story

'I expect another congressperson to be shot': Lawmaker sounds alarm as Trump continues to incite his fans

Tom Boggioni October 30, 2022

During an appearance on MSNBC on Sunday morning, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) drew a direct line between the rise of Donald Trump in the Republican Party to the attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband by a right-wing extremist on Friday morning that shocked the country.



"It's happened since Trump came in in 2017. There's been a rise in incidents reported to Capitol police about the threats against congresspeople," he began. "I had a threat against me in 2019, the same person called Rep. Emanuel Cleaver in 2021, he was sentenced to two and a half years in prison last year out of Springfield Missouri. He said he had a noose for me, was going to put it around my neck and drag me behind his truck because of some remarks I made concerning Trump."

"This man that attacked Pelosi, he was antisemitic, he didn't believe that the Jan. 6 commission was valid. He didn't believe that climate change -- he was a cultist," he later explained. "He got along with all the Trump lies, and he believed in Trump."

"This is what got him to go against Pelosi," he added. "Pelosi has had threats against her life, innumerable disparaging comments by Republicans. This has contributed to an atmosphere that I think will result in more violence. I've been saying this for quite a while. I suspect another congressperson to be shot, probably killed. I expect there to be multiple killings sometime in the future around the Capitol."

Read more: https://www.rawstory.com/donald-trump-2658570115/

I really fear that he is correct.


It reads "Kanye is right about the Jews"..........

I saw another tweet with a Different with the same message displayed from it but can not find it now. I will post if I find it.


It was displayed on outside of stadium at UF/UGA game in Jacksonville earlier tonight and now on outside of other Jacksonville buildings like this one.


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This appears to be a very coordinated and targeted effort over last couple days to spread these hateful messages all over Jacksonville, Florida during UF/UGA game weekend.



"Not a random act": Details emerge in attack on Nancy Pelosi's husband, Paul Pelosi

Source: cbsnews.com

By Christina Ruffini October 29, 2022 / 8:07 AM

Paul Pelosi, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, underwent surgery to repair a scull fracture after he was beaten with a hammer inside his San Francisco home Friday. Law enforcement sources told CBS News the intruder shouted "Where is Nancy?" and planned to detain Paul Pelosi until she got home.

Police wouldn't comment on a motive, but said this was "not a random act," and that it was targeted and "wrong."

With the attacker in the house, police say Paul Pelosi was able to make an open-line 911 call around 2 a.m. Friday. The dispatcher could hear what sounded like someone being threatened in the background, and sent a high priority alert to law enforcement, according to federal sources.

The dispatcher's actions "in my opinion resulted in both a higher priority dispatch and a faster police response," San Francisco Police Chief William Scott said on Friday. "I think this was life-saving."

When police arrived on the scene, they saw signs of forced entry, including broken glass.

"Our officers observed Mr. Pelosi and the suspect both holding a hammer," said Scott. "The suspect pulled the hammer away from Mr. Pelosi and violently assaulted him with it."....................

Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/paul-pelosi-nancy-husband-attack-not-a-random-act-details/


NEW: Days before midterms, the U.S. is warning of a “heightened threat” to the 2022 elections, fueled by a rise in domestic violent extremism and driven by ideological grievances & access to potential targets, according to a joint intelligence bulletin obtained by @CBSNews
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Barbra Streisand: "...Conspiracies and lies are what leads to attacks like these [violence P.Pelosi]

Barbra is not the first to speak out about how the Big Lie and conspiracies leads to attacks -violence!! But I am glad to see a high profile celebrity speak out.

Fox News anchor Jesse Watters said "a lot of people get attacked with hammers" and dismissed the break in at Speaker Nancy Pelosi's house as a "simple assault." Paul Pelosi is currently in the hospital undergoing brain surgery to repair a skull fracture.


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My heart goes out to my friends Speaker Pelosi and her dear husband Paul.Conspiracies and lies are what leads to attacks like these.
--Barbra Streisand

Simple assault is like getting slapped in the face when you are hosting an awards show. Hammers are higher up and fall on the murder scale.

A heron uses bread as bait to catch a fish.

Nature never stops amazing me.


"The Game Is Up: Disillusioned Trump Voters Tell Their Stories" is excellent. A deep dive into how

Not new but --Nice to hear good things.

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This documentary from Emmy-winning filmmaker @MelissaJPeltier
"The Game Is Up: Disillusioned Trump Voters Tell Their Stories" is excellent. A deep dive into how some MAGA saw the light and turned away from Trump



Caramel Swatches
6 days ago
The farmer was spot on when he said "They're all about tearing down; never about building up" (in describing Republicans)

In Wisconsin, voters shrug off GOP candidate's Jan. 6 tie (replacing Dem. Rep. Ron Kind)....

Dems need to be talking about how Repugs will cut SS.

In Wisconsin, voters shrug off GOP candidate’s Jan. 6 tie


By THOMAS BEAUMONTOctober 16, 2022

.................“I think it’s the No. 1 issue. It’s the underlying issue of this race,” Pfaff said in an interview. “Jan. 6 opened up the window into his soul. And what we saw there, is we saw something that is unfortunately very dark.”

Pfaff acknowledges he is trailing the Republican, who has a vast fundraising edge.

Van Orden’s campaign declined to make him available for an interview with The Associated Press.

Some voters in the 3rd Congressional District, a sprawling landscape of dairy farms, small manufacturing hubs and college towns, have sharply negative views of what happened Jan. 6. But that doesn’t mean they blame Van Orden......................

Dems Release Attack Ads In AZ, NC For Threats To Social Security

Source: Crooks and Liars

Hit 'em hard!

By Susie Madrak — October 28, 2022

The Democrats are rolling out new ads about Republican plans to go after Social Security and Medicare. Finally! But remember, typical voters have only just started paying attention. Via the Maddow Blog:

In the closing weeks of an election increasingly dominated by economic issues, the Senate Democrats’ top super PAC is focusing on Social Security in new ad buys worth at least $1 million each aimed at Republicans in Arizona and North Carolina. In the Arizona cut, the narrator asks what nominee Blake Masters’ plan is “while we’re struggling just to stay afloat.”

The commercial is unsubtle, and it makes use of the Republican candidate’s own rhetoric, including recent remarks in which he suggested privatizing Social Security.

The Senate Majority PAC, which has close ties to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, also began airing a related spot in North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race, targeting Republican Rep. Ted Budd...................................

Read more: https://crooksandliars.com/2022/10/dems-attack-gopers-az-nc-threats-social

So glad to see the Dems finally do this!

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