Confluence | Oct 4, 2019 | 0
3 Stories You Should Read 10/22/2019: Kaleb James Cole, Emoluments Clause, Harvey Weinstein
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In the category of: Follow the money???
The tabloid is accused of covering up stories. Its reach and connections say a lot about power in America.
In the age of targeted Facebook ads, it can seem almost quaint to care about the influence of a print magazine — especially one like the National Enquirer that harkens back to a bygone era when people got their gossip from the checkout lines in supermarkets. But what the story of AMI shows, according to reporting by Farrow and others, is how eager a group of well-networked men were to protect one another from the stories of women to advance their common interest: power.
The 2010s have been an age of conspiracy theories, many of them false and damaging. But one conspiracy turns out to be real: A lot of the richest, most influential men in the world are friends with each other, and more and more evidence suggests that some of them have helped one another cover up terrible abuse committed against those less powerful than they are. The story of the National Enquirer and AMI appears to be an example of one such cover-up. If, in fact, it is over, another secret network has probably already sprung up to take its place.
In the category of: Profiting from the Presidency
The “phony” clause, of course, is actually a provision enshrined in the constitution.
The Trump administration reversed course on its decision to host next year’s G7 summit at President Donald Trump‘s Miami hotel over the weekend, following a wave of criticism over the seemingly blatant attempt by Trump to profit off his own presidency. Unsurprisingly, the president doesn’t seem to be taking the change well. Trump—who was reportedly genuinely surprised that people weren’t thrilled with the G7 decision—railed against the move to reporters Monday, claiming that had the summit gone forward at his foundering Doral resort, “It would’ve been the greatest G7 ever.” And rather than admit any potential wrongdoing on his part, the president instead managed to blame his political rivals for the U.S. Constitution and its pesky checks on his power. “You people with this phony Emoluments Clause,” Trump told reporters.
In the category of: But of course…
Law enforcement officials seized a cache of weapons from an admitted leader of one of the deadliest white supremacist groups in America, who informed state authorities that he was prepping for a “race war.” Canadian authorities had already banned the gun-carrying white supremacist from entering the country because he was involved in a terrorist organization. But when the acclaimed racist admitted his leadership position in a group that publicly called for racial terrorism, authorities decided to take swift action…
By doing nothing at all.
On Sept. 26, Seattle Police obtained an “Extreme Risk Protection Order” against 25-year-old Kaleb James Cole. Later that day, police seized five rifles, a shotgun, three semiautomatic handguns and parts that could be used to make untraceable firearms, the Daily Beast reports. Washington state’s recently-passed “red flag law” allows police and family members to petition a judge in order to temporarily prevent someone from owning firearms if they believe that person may commit an act of violence.
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