Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Mueller’s Collusion Case Comes into Focus: Annie Leibovitz Reflects on the Obama Years

The citizenship crisis that has convulsed the Turnbull government and forced Barnaby Joyce to a byelection may have claimed another high-profile Coalition MP. The president of the Senate, Liberal senator Stephen Parry, informed the government on Tuesday that he may be a dual citizen through descent citizen8?

The Tax Havens at the Heart of the Manafort Indictment  

If Paul Manafort had not been such a crummy and absentee Brooklyn neighbor, he might not be in such hot water. He would not have crossed an urbane housewife-turned-blogger who doesn't consider herself a journalist but smelled something fishy around an unsightly townhouse. There's no more improbable anecdote to Manafort's indictment for laundering millions of dollars than the saga of Katia Kelly, a German-born former aspiring fashion designer who stumbled upon the curious purchase history of a Brooklyn brownstone that's now evidence in the money laundering case against Manafort.  If ever there was a tale of all politics being local — and ramifications occasionally being national — this is it."I am not really a reporter," Kelly told me Tuesday as she helped her father close up his North Carolina beach house. She grew up in Germany and France and moved with the family at age 14 to Long Island, which she hated ("so dreadfully dull"). 

Meet the blogger who helped indict Paul Manafort

What does Paul Manafort's indictment mean for US tax reform?  

Today’s Not a Good Day to Be George Papadopoulos on Twitter Wired

Here’s why Ukraine paid Manafort insane amounts of money VICE

In our defence we didn’t think you were thick enough for this to work, says Russia Daily Mash

Russian Influence Reached 126 Million Through Facebook Alone

Annie Leibovitz Reflects on the Obama Years

The 2016 election spoiled her plans for a tidy ending, but in her new book, Leibovitz still finds meaning in a momentous and complicated decade...

Mueller’s Collusion Case Comes into Focus

A former Trump campaign adviser has pleaded guilty to lying to the F.B.I. And he’s cooperating

Just How Screwed Is Trump in Papadopoulos-gate?

Wherever this investigation goes—either into a fever that suddenly breaks or into genuine prosecutions of White House officials—one of the most troubling questions is over whether Trump will allow Mueller to do his work

On May 17, 2017, Robert S. Mueller III was appointed by acting Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein to serve as Special Counsel by the order below. Order 3915-2017

Related Court Documents and a selected overview of articles pertaining to the indictments:

U.S. v. Paul J. Manafort, Jr., and Richard W. Gates III (1:17-cr-201, District of Columbia)
Paul J. Manafort, Jr., of Alexandria, Va., and Richard W. Gates III, of Richmond, Va., have been indicted by a federal grand jury on Oct. 27, 2017, in the District of Columbia. The indictment contains 12 counts: conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money, unregistered agent of a foreign principal, false and misleading FARA statements, false statements, and seven counts of failure to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts. The case was unsealed on Oct. 30, 2017, after the defendants were permitted to surrender themselves to the custody of the FBI.
U.S. v. George Papadopoulos (1:17-cr-182, District of Columbia)
George Papadopoulos, of Chicago, Illinois, pleaded guilty on Oct. 5, 2017, to making false statements to FBI agents, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001. The case was unsealed on Oct. 30, 2017.
“Papadopoulos has to stay within US, surrendered passport and is prohibited from contacting certain US individuals, per court papers. $10 million bond, house arrest, ankle bracelet.”

Netflix Is Ending House of Cards, “Deeply Troubled” by Kevin Spacey Allegations

Where Music Meets Politics for Jason Isbell and St. Paul & the Broken Bones

Two Alabama natives, singer-songwriter Isbell and St. Paul & the Broken Bones frontman Paul Janeway, talk about the sound and soul of the South.

Hanged, Burned, Shot, Drowned, Beaten

In a region where symbols of the Confederacy are ubiquitous, an unprecedented memorial takes shape.