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(David Bythewood) #181

WikiLeaks: Assange will be expelled from Ecuadorian Embassy within ‘hours to days’

All indications are the U.K. will then arrest him.


#182

MOSCOW (AP) — A small Russian bank owned by former U.S. congressman Charles Taylor was stripped of its license Friday after allegedly breaking anti-money laundering rules.

Russia’s central bank said that Commercial Bank of Ivanovo committed “numerous” breaches of anti-money laundering regulations — including by providing “incomplete and unreliable information” about transactions — and inflated the value of its assets.

The central bank has appointed administrators and says more than 70 percent of CBI’s lending was “low-quality loans.”

Taylor, a Republican widely considered a hard-line conservative, was a congressman from North Carolina between 1991 and 2007.

Central bank records show Taylor owns more than 80 percent of CBI, a regional lender based in the textile-manufacturing city of Ivanovo, just over 150 miles (245 kilometers) north-east of Moscow. …

Taylor bought CBI in 2003 alongside his business partner Boris Bolshakov, a former KGB agent and Supreme Soviet deputy who is listed as the bank’s second-largest shareholder.

Russians laundering money into the U.S. aided by a wealthy Republican politician? Who ever imagined such a thing could happen? I’m shocked!

Here’s a more detailed article from a regional paper:


#183

This is how I want all news to be reported lol.


#184

So like, Bernie has a podcast now. I don’t know how I feel about this… Is it just me or is that just an hour long political advertisement?

Fuck it we need those votes.
Podcasts for everyone.


#185

Watch is exchange - dumbfounding accusations towards former Sen Kerry on his credentials to discuss Climate Change

How low can we go? Apparently this low.


#186

WTF


#187

Follow thread about recent election in Madagascar and how the Russians swooped in to supply money and influence voters to support certain candidates…


#188

Mayor Pete’s team is so incredibly savvy, they put together a public design tool kit! This is how you turn fans into brand ambassadors.


#189

:thinking:

The 10-year agreement would make Braidy Rusal’s biggest customer and give Rusal a significant presence in the U.S. rolled-aluminum market, where it has no mills of its own. Rusal would own a 40% stake in the Braidy subsidiary operating the mill.

“We think this type of partnership is something we could replicate around the world,” said Gregory Barker, chairman of Rusal parent company En+ Group PLC and Britain’s former minister for energy and climate change.

The deal still needs to be approved by board members at Braidy and En+.

The investment in Braidy is the first by Rusal and En+ in the U.S. since the federal government imposed sanctions against the company in April 2018 in retribution for Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The sanctions were lifted in January after Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska agreed to surrender his majority ownership of En+ and the board was revamped, with Mr. Barker as chairman.


#190

Mayor Pete on the fire at Notre Dame. Click for video and translation :point_down:


#191

He is SO thoughtful, smart and never with attitude. And kind, and so human…
Wow…


#192

The Pulitzer Prizes recognize the superior news reporting of the year…Here are a few of the winners…Dogged reporting…and speaking ‘truth to power.’ - so impressive.

PUBLIC SERVICE

The South Florida Sun Sentinel

The Sun Sentinel’s sweeping coverage of the causes and consequences of the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., shaped the national gun safety debate and prompted changes in local policies. The paper addressed a culture of leniency at Broward County schools, blunders by the sheriff’s office in responding to the attack and attempts by officials to mask their failures.

Finalists ProPublica, The Washington Post

BREAKING NEWS REPORTING

Staff of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“I don’t think there’s a single person on the staff who didn’t contribute” to covering the shooting deaths of 11 worshipers at the Tree of Life synagogue, said Keith Burris, the paper’s executive editor. A visceral account of the attack began with the first words of the Mourners’ Kaddish, a Jewish prayer for the dead, rendered in Hebrew. Other articles examined the victims’ lives, the harrowing experiences of survivors and the quick reactions of 911 center workers.

Finalists The Chico Enterprise-Record; South Florida Sun Sentinel

NATIONAL REPORTING

Staff of The Wall Street Journal

EXPLANATORY REPORTING

David Barstow, Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner

of The New York Times

The 18-month investigation of President Trump’s finances debunked his claims of self-made wealth and revealed a business empire “riddled with tax dodges,” the Pulitzer committee said. The series led city and state officials in New York to open investigations into whether Mr. Trump and his family had underpaid taxes on his father’s real estate empire and participated in fraudulent tax schemes. This is the fourth Pulitzer for Mr. Barstow; Ms. Craig, 51, and Mr. Buettner, 57, have been finalists.

Finalists Kyra Gurney, Nicholas Nehamas, Jay Weaver and Jim Wyss of The Miami Herald; Aaron Glanz and Emmanuel Martinez of Reveal/The Center for Investigative Reporting; Staff of The Washington Post

The Wall Street Journal won the national reporting prize for its articles on hush money payments made to two women who claimed during the 2016 presidential campaign that they had sexual encounters with Donald J. Trump. “To see the story unfold the way it did and reach the president was just incredible,” said Michael Rothfeld, one of The Journal reporters who contributed to the coverage. “For me, it’s just the story of a lifetime.”

In honoring The Sun Sentinel, The Post-Gazette and The Capital Gazette, the Pulitzer board underlined the importance of local journalism at a moment when regional papers are struggling to survive. First given in 1917, the Pulitzer Prizes are presented annually by Columbia University for excellence in journalism and letters.

Invoking the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, The Washington Post columnist killed in Turkey by Saudi assassins, Ms. Canedy praised this year’s honorees for a willingness to speak truth to power.

The Times’s examination of Mr. Trump’s family finances, by the journalists David Barstow, Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner, drew on tens of thousands of pages of confidential records and previously undisclosed tax returns.


#193

And what a coincidence that this would affect Kentucky so positively with Sen McConnell being up for re-election in 2020

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, opposed the effort to block the sanctions relief on the Russian companies, the New York Times reported in January.

A spokesman for McConnell did not immediately respond on Monday when asked if the Braidy Industries investment played a role in McConnell’s stance on the sanctions.

Braidy Industries is looking for more help from the Trump administration to make the aluminum mill a reality: It is seeking $800 million in below-market financing from a U.S. Department of Energy program aimed at helping produce efficient vehicles.