OjukwuRNApril 10, 2018


No more details yet, but NBC News says the heart of the search relates to the payment to Stormy Daniels — which could have led to all of those charges depending on where the hush money really came from.
Trump has now commented on the investigation, calling the raid “ridiculous” and “a whole new level of unfairness.”

When asked if he would now plan on firing Robert Mueller in response, he said:
“I think it’s a disgrace what’s going on. We’ll see what happens.”
On Monday, the FBI raided the office of Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen.
According to the New York Times, federal prosecutors obtained a search warrant after receiving a tip from special counsel Robert Mueller.
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The search does not appear to be directly related to Mueller’s investigation regarding possible Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
But of course if Mueller’s team happen to uncover crimes unrelated to their mandate, they’d have to report it to the proper authorities — which is apparently what happened in this case. Though what crimes is still unknown.
Cohen’s attorney Stephen Ryan confirmed the raid, saying:
“Today the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York executed a series of search warrants and seized the privileged communications between my client, Michael Cohen, and his clients… I have been advised by federal prosecutors that the New York action is, in part, a referral by the Office of Special Counsel, Robert Mueller.”
The seized records cover a variety of topics, including his communications with Trump (some of which may be protected under attorney-client privilege) AND the hush money Cohen has already admitted paying to adult actress Stormy Daniels for not talking about her alleged 2006 Lake Tahoe sexual encounter with the now-President.
Ryan says his client has cooperated with authorities and has handed over thousands of documents, including emails, tax docs, and business records.
As we reported in March, Daniels sued Cohen for defamation. On Monday her attorney once again filed a motion to depose Trump and Cohen. We’ll have to see if this new information changes things.

OjukwuRNApril 9, 2018


The combined effects of Donald Trump’s tax cuts and last month’s budget-busting spending bill is sending the US budget deficit toward the $1tn mark next year, according to a new analysis by the Congressional Budget Office.

The CBO report said the twin tax and spending bills will push the budget deficit to $804bn this year and just under $1tn for the upcoming budget year. Economic growth from the tax cuts will add 0.7% on average to the nation’s economic output over the coming decade, the analysis said, only partially offsetting the deficit cost of the tax cuts.

The Trump administration had promised the cuts would pay for themselves. The economic growth promises to drop the nationwide unemployment rate below 4%, the CBO predicted.

Donald Trump is making America’s deficits great again

The report paints an unrelentingly bleak picture of federal deficits, which would permanently breach $1tn in 2020 without action by Congress. The government would borrow about 19 cents of every dollar it spends this year. Deficits would grow to $1.5tn by 2028 – and could exceed $2tn if the tax cuts are fully extended and if Washington does not cut spending.

Republicans controlling Washington have largely lost interest in taking on the deficit. Trump has ruled out cuts to social security or Medicare and Republicans on Capitol Hill have failed to take steps against the deficit since Trump took office.

After conservatives complained about the $1.3tn catchall spending bill passed last month – which blew through previous budget limits by $300bn over this year and next – House GOP leaders have scheduled a vote this week on a proposed amendment to the constitution to require a balanced federal budget. The vote is sure to fall well short of the two-thirds majority required to pass.

The White House is also likely to propose rolling backing some of the domestic spending increases in the government-wide funding bill.

Many economists believe that if deficits continue to rise and the national debt grows, government borrowing will “crowd out” private lending and force up interest rates. If interest rates go up, the government would have to pay much more to finance the more than $14tn in treasury debt held by investors.

OjukwuRNApril 9, 2018


By the time Thomas Hodorowski made the connection between his marijuana habit and the bouts of pain and vomiting that left him incapacitated every few weeks, he had been to the emergency room dozens of times, tried anti-nausea drugs, anti-anxiety medications and antidepressants, endured an upper endoscopy procedure and two colonoscopies, seen a psychiatrist and had his appendix and gallbladder removed.

The only way to get relief for the nausea and pain was to take a hot shower.

He often stayed in the shower for hours at a time. When the hot water ran out, “the pain was unbearable, like somebody was wringing my stomach out like a washcloth”, said Hodorowski, 28, a production and shipping assistant who lives outside Chicago.