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With some conservatives urging the President to pardon Trump associates caught up in the Russia investigation, there’s a reason that option may simply fail the president. That’s because individuals like Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr., and Paul Manafort will need to think twice before accepting any offer of a pardon. Especially if their actions involved financial wrongdoing, these individuals must contemplate not only federal prosecutors coming after them, but also state attorneys-general ...
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The Domain Companies has sealed a $38 million financing package for its purchase of an industrial building in Gowanus, Brooklyn, according to an announcement from HFF, which arranged the financing. 420 Carroll Street in Gowanus Property records show that the largest share of the debt comes from CIT Bank, which contributed a $25 million floating-rate mortgage to the package. New York City-based Sherwood Equities chipped in a $13 million mezzanine loan, completing a debt package that r...
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Twitter quietly purged thousands of bots overnight—cutting several prominent pundits’ follower counts down to size. Conservatives were enraged last month when activist James O’Keefe published a series of undercover videos purporting to show Twitter engineers boasting of their ability to “shadow-ban” far-right users, or hide their tweets from appearing online. Those claims were quickly debunked, but fears that Twitter—an alleged bastion of Bay Area liberalism—is censoring conservative sp...
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My foundations of education class and I discussed the Parkland, Florida shooting a few days after the tragedy. My students tended to echo some of the most common and least credible arguments about the issue of mass shootings and gun violence. However, they were both willing to share and then eager to discuss and look at evidence. One student, for example, noted that he is a hunter and gun control makes him uncomfortable. Others mentioned mental illness and made analogies such as a...
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by on Yesterday, 10:22 pm
One of Wall Street's most powerful 
executives is seizing the 
#MeToo moment Krawcheck and her team are working to empower women through finance. Sallie Krawcheck figured the day before the 2016 presidential election would be the perfect time to launch her newest venture, Ellevest, an investment firm specifically tailored to serve female clients. “We were going to have a female president,” Krawcheck recalled thinking at the time. As it turns out, President Donald Trump’s surprise vi...
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Basic income is one of the hottest topics in Silicon Valley right now. With growing backlash against the tech industry and the specter of automation looming over millions of Americans, more and more tech titans are urging policymakers to consider guaranteeing every citizen a livable income in the form of direct cash welfare. Chris Hughes None of the tech industry's elite has given this more thought than Facebook Co-Founder Chris Hughes, who just published a new book on the topic, Fai...
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US Special Counsel Robert Mueller [official website] on Friday indicted [indictment, PDF] Attorney Alex van der Zwaan for false statements made during the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. Van der Zwaan was indicted for his answers regarding communication with Richard W. Gates III, a former aide to President Trump, who was also charged [JURIST report] with money laundering, conspiracy, and false statements, and with an undisclosed "Person A." Th...
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The Department of Housing and Urban Development's inspector general is looking into the role HUD Secretary Ben Carson's family has played at the agency, a spokesman told CNN. Carson called earlier this month for the inspector general to "review" the role his family has played at the department after The Washington Post reported that HUD officials expressed ethics concerns about their role. Carson's son and daughter-in-law helped organize a listening tour for the agency in Baltimore last s...
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by on February 20, 2018
Governor Andrew Cuomo has officially called a special election to fill 11 vacant seats in the Legislature — two in the Senate and nine in the Assembly — for April 24. Of these, four vacancies are located within the five boroughs of New York City. The short races are quickly heating up to replace three former city-based state legislators who have joined the City Council -- former Assembly members Francisco Moya and Mark Gjonaj and former Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. -- and another lawmaker, Brian Kavan...
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by on February 19, 2018
As special counsel Robert Mueller builds his case, relatives of Michael Flynn are among those pressing the president to use his unique legal power and 'put these defendants out of their misery.' Former national security adviser Michael Flynn and President Donald Trump are pictured during the presidential campaign in New Hampshire in September 2016. At least two Republican senators have urged Trump not to pardon him. After months of criticizing special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia ...
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by on February 19, 2018
A federal judge approved an emergency $300 million loan that will keep Puerto Rico’s troubled electric utility in operation, averting a threat of more power outages at a time when the island is trying to recover from last summer’s devastating hurricanes. The Central Palo Seco power station of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, or Prepa Judge Laura Taylor Swain of U.S. District Court in New York on Monday signed off on the loan from the island’s central government. Her decision c...
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by on February 19, 2018
Both parties have been too quick to propose restrictions that could have ramifications far beyond guns. President Obama calls for tougher gun-control laws at the Denver Policy Academy, in 2013. After the horrific shootings in Parkland, Florida, last week, President Donald Trump said very little about gun policy — but quite a bit about mental health. This has become a common move for many in the GOP, who hope to deflect a growing wave of pressure for stronger gun control laws. The ...
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