The “Greatest Turkey You’d Ever Have” News, 22 August 2018

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“The national supply of evens to can’t is expended.” Rick Wilson

“I’ve decided to stay out [of the Mueller investigation]. Now I don’t have to stay out, as you know. I can go in and I could…do whatever, I could run it if I want.” President Trump (Reuters, Jeff Mason )

“One semi-silver lining of POTUS’ unprecedented stripping of clearances is that they are now precedent. Given that he and most of his staff are completely unfit to hold clearances, the next POTUS can now remove all of them upon taking office. (I don’t think he has considered this)”. Asha Rangappa

“Every time people talk about Michael Cohen, he’s referred to as the president’s lawyer and FIXER, as if that is normal and everyone has one.” David Axelrod

“It’s such a crazy coincidence that all these criminals ended up in key positions around Donald Trump. It’s almost as if he fostered a culture in which unethical, illegal behavior was tolerated and, when useful, encouraged.” Ezra Klein 

“Every candidate violates the election laws when they run for president…here they’re trying to elevate this into an impeachable offense or a felony against the president.” Alan Dershowitz, speaking to Tucker Carlson (Fox News)

President “Trump, mid-rally [in West Virginia], goes off on a tangent on what a great turkey his mother made for Thanksgiving. Said it took eight hours to cook and was “the greatest turkey you’d ever have.” Unclear why he is talking about his mother’s turkey.” Josh Dawsey

“Fran called. She stepped in chewing gum in the Big Lots parking lot.” Myrna Tellingheusen 

Numbers

~6.07 – The conversion rate for Turkish lira to U.S. dollars is currently running about 6.07 lira to one U.S. dollar. (Live rates and bank rates have very slight variability.) In September of 2017, that conversion was 3.8671:1. 

7.3 – Grenada, Venezuela, and Trinidad and Tobago have all been affected by the 7.3 magnitude earthquake which occurred 21 August 2018. (The Guardian)

8 – Former presidential Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been found guilty on eight felony counts of financial crime and fraud. (CNN)

8 – Former personal attorney for Donald Trump, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty on eight counts of federal crimes relating to tax evasion, violations of campaign contribution laws, and falsification of information. (NPR)

94 – Of all the jobs created in the U.S. between 2005 and 2015, 94 percent of them were in alternative work arrangements (temporary, freelance, short-term contract, the gig economy). (Princeton, WBUR On Point)

652 – Facebook announced today that it has removed 652 disinformation accounts originating from Iran. It also said it has removed an unspecified number of Russian disinformation accounts from their service. (NPR)

1,400 – The United States Environmental Protection Agency openly admits in its proposal for new emission guidelines that the plan could lead to up 1,400 more premature deaths a year. (CBS)

~27 million – Approximately 27 million workers are expected to be added to the gig/alternative economy by 2020. (FreshBooks, Research Now, WBUR On Point)

Book Recommendations

(1) Wolf Hall (Hilary Mantel) (2) Jerusalem: The Biography (Simon Sebastian Montefiore) (3) Temp: How American Work, American Business, and the American Dream Became Temporary (Louis Hyman) (4) Cold Cereal (Adam Rex) (5) The Story of America: Essays on Origins (Jill Lepore)

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