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HEADLINE – Thursday Aug. 23
DOUBLE TROUBLE. Since the Tuesday evening guilty bombshell of two associates of US president Donald Trump dropped, the news cycle has been spinning. Before Trump’s rally in Virginia on Tuesday night, Paul Manafort, the former Trump-Pence 2016 campaign chairman was found guilty of 8 on 18 counts. Trump’s one time personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign-finance violations and other charges. Trump granted an exclusive interview to Fox and Friends where he stated Cohen lied so he could get a better deal and that Attorney General Jeff Sessions never took control of the Justice Department. Meanwhile one of the jurors in the Manafort case a Trump supporter who “did not want Paul Manafort to be guilty,” but evidence presented was overwhelming talked to Fox news about the trial and shared that a lone juror prevented prosecutors from getting Manafort guilty on all counts. Manafort, though awaiting sentencing from this trial is headed for another trial in Washington on a second set of charges. Citing his TV viewing Trump noted that Cohen’s campaign violation admission was not a crime even though prosecutors and Cohen agreed they were…..Read more
• Does Trump have any business getting involved in the situation about farmers in South Africa? Trump tweeted early this morning that he instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to “closely study the South Africa land and farm seizure and large scale killing of farmers.” A tweet that might be due to a segment that aired on Fox the night before. Now for many unfamiliar with the situation until now, the issue is that many of the land in post apartheid SA is owned by white population and many of the black citizens are fighting to take back control. Earlier this year, Australia got involved in the land seizure mix and said those in SA could seek refuge in Australia. White South Africans, who make up around 8% of the country’s population, still own 73% of agricultural land. The ruling African National Congress has said it plans to change the constitution to explicitly allow the expropriation of land without compensation in an effort to overcome deep inequalities in land ownership the country.
• In Chicago news: The Eastman Egg company has closed all three of its Chicago restaurant locations. Eater reports the once beloved startup recently raised $1.5 million with plans for expansion. Their last Instagram post and tweet was on March 1. A Wilmette mom had DCFS called on her for letting her eight year old daughter walk their dog around the block. There were no charges filed against the mother. President Trump can’t seem to keep Chicago’s name out of his mouth and at his rally on Tuesday he mentioned Chicago’s crime rate and welcoming of immigrants. Mayor Emanuel responded Wednesday by saying “First of all, we’ll always be a welcoming city, because Chicago welcomed my grandfather, etc. But let me just say one thing, if I were Donald Trump, I’d spend my time figuring out which attorney I’m going to have.”
• A mother and her sister are dead after a knife attack in a Paris suburb that the group ISIS is claiming responsibility for. A third person was also wounded in the attack by a man described with “psychiatric problems.”
• Who is Forbes’ highest paid actor of 2018? That will be none other than George Clooney thanks to his Casamigos tequila brand which he co-founded to Diageo in June 2017. Clooney (Mr. Amal Clooney) hasn’t starred in a Hollywood movie since 2016 crime thriller “Money Monster,” but earned an estimated $239 million between June 2017-June 2018, marking the highest earnings of his 35-year career in film and television. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who came in at No.2 with an estimated $124 million.
• Ben Affleck has been getting some publicity as of late for his off screen escapades and now his estranged wife Jennifer Garner has had to stage an intervention due to a few things caught by the paps. So you’ll remember last week we mentioned he started seeing a much younger playboy model and media confirmed he split with GF of a year SNL producer Lindsay Shookus. Well he was spotted receiving a postdates type delivery presumably of alcohol and that must have been what made Garner intervene. She arrvied at his house with bible and lawyer in tow plus asked for some space from the paps. According to TMZ Ben knew he needed help and was driven to a Malibu recovery center but first they picked up Jack In The Box.
• Stacey Bendet, founder and creative director of the fashion brand Alice + Olivia announced its recent partnership with Booking.com for its upcoming NYFW presentation. According to the WWD report, guests on Sept. 11 will board a 74-foot yacht docked along Chelsea Piers and some might have the opportunity to book an overnight stay. Revolve will host the launch of the upcoming Karl Lagerfeld x Kaia Gerber collection at the Revolve Social Club on Aug. 30. The Karl Lagerfeld x Kaia capsule, which includes ready-to-wear, accessories, footwear, sunglasses and jewelry, will range in prices from $35 to $1,045.
“People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy.” ― Tony Robbins
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