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The Art of the Deal: How the CEO of the National Enquirer Suppressed Allegations of Donald Trump’s Misogyny

Only two weeks after Donald Trump began his presidential campaign, a former hedge fund manager informed the Trump Organization that he might publish sexually suggestive photographs of Trump online—which would have early on raised the issue of Trump’s misogyny and treatment of women that has only belatedly come into focus. To suppress the photographs, Trump and his attorney turned to a close friend and political supporter, David Pecker, the CEO of the National Enquirer. Over a period of weeks, the hedge fund manager, Jeremy Frommer, sought out contracts with the National Enquirer worth hundreds of thousands, or even millions of dollars, and lesser favors from Trump personally, according to contemporaneous records, including emails, text messages, and internal company documents. Some National Enquirer executives privately worried that had they followed through, they would be using corporate funds to pay hush money to assist Trump’s presidential campaign, a potential violation of federal campaign finance laws. Continue reading

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New IBT story: Obama Administration Allegedly Not Protecting Incarcerated and Institionalized Children

From my new IBT story: WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is failing to sanction states that house excessive numbers of teenagers and children in adult jails and prisons, placing them at greater risk for violent attacks, sexual assaults and suicide, … Continue reading

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My new Boston Globe story: Romney Denied Birth Certificates to Children of Same Sex Parents

From my new story in the Boston Globe: By Murray WaasGlobe Correspondent  October 25, 2012 It seemed like a minor adjustment. To comply with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling that legalized gay marriage in 2003, the state Registry of … Continue reading

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Exclusive: DOJ Negotiates with JP Morgan

Have a new story up today at International Business Times (IBT) on DOJ’s negotiations with JP Morgan to end DOJ’s probe of the bank for its work on behalf of Bernard Madoff.  The top of my story: Federal prosecutors in … Continue reading

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Will Wendy Davis run for governor of Texas?

Wendy Davis’ conundrum:  Her heightened profile because of her pro-choice filibuster makes her a credible possibility as the Democratic party’s next gubernatorial appointee to run against Rick Perry.  But if she runs, she is likely to lose the race and … Continue reading

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Ecuador: Edward Snowden’s new home censors, jails reporters; closes newspapers

From an old story on Global Post on Ecuador granting Julian Assange assylum: [A]ccording to numerous international and Ecuadorean human rights and press freedom groups, that is exactly the scenario now unfolding in the tiny South American nation whose support … Continue reading

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Just How Good is Ben Revere?

Just how good is Ben Revere?  If you don’t already know, watch this: watch?v=L4Wt9xwbRno The Phillies have had a tradition of strong defense up the middle and especially in center field that has been the core of their success.  They … Continue reading

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Video for my recent Boston Globe story

Uploaded on this post is video for my recent Boston Globe story: It seemed like a minor adjustment. To comply with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling that legalized gay marriage in 2003, the state Registry of Vital Records and … Continue reading

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Unspeakably Sad…

From the NYT: “Anthony Shadid, a gifted foreign correspondent whose graceful dispatches for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and The Associated Press covered nearly two decades of Middle East conflict and turmoil, died, apparently of … Continue reading

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New Reuters Story: Obama, Politicians Refuse to Give Back Allen Stanford donations

Have a new story out on Reuters: (Reuters) – National fundraising committees for the Democratic and Republican parties, President Barack Obama, and other major politicians have declined to return campaign donations totaling $1.8 million from Houston financier R. Allen Stanford, … Continue reading

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