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Mueller’s Office Takes Action On Manafort, Cohen

December 10, 2018 – Robert Mueller’s office said on Friday that Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, lied to federal investigators about his contacts with Trump administration officials and his interactions with a Russian citizen linked to Moscow’s intelligence services. According to a partly redacted court filing, he also lied about a $125,000 payment made through a political action committee to cover a debt he owed. Prosecutors also claimed he misled investigators pursuing a case unrelated to Mueller’s investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential race. Manafort faces at least 10 years in prison as a result of two prosecutions for charges ranging from bank fraud to conspiracy to obstruct justice and is expected to be sentenced early next year.

Mueller’s office also filed a recommendation on Friday for the sentencing of Michael D. Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer. In the filing recommending a prison term for Cohen, prosecutors linked Trump to the crimes Cohen had committed in connection with the 2016 presidential campaign. The court filings describe an August 2014 meeting between Trump, Cohen, and the head of a national tabloid in which they discussed buying the stories of any women who might come forward to describe sexual relationships with Trump, so the rights to those stories “could be purchased and ‘killed.’ ” The unidentified head of the tabloid, identified as “Chairman 1,” is reportedly David Pecker of the National Enquirer. Cohen also admitted, according to the court papers, to previously undisclosed attempts to forge a political relationship with Russia during the election — though, in those instances, the efforts do not appear to have come to fruition. Cohen’s sentencing is scheduled for Wednesday.

Prosecutors have reportedly continued to scrutinize what other executives in the president’s family business may have known about those crimes, which involved hush-money payments to two women who had said they had affairs with Trump. After Cohen pleaded guilty in August to breaking campaign finance laws and other crimes, the federal prosecutors in Manhattan reportedly shifted their attention to what role, if any, Trump Organization executives played in the campaign finance violations.
New York Times. Washington Post.



the Campus

City College Student Newspaper, December 9, 2019

Special Report: The Adjunct Crisis



Asian American / Asian Research Institute Congratulates the 2018 winners, Honorable Mentions

By Gregg W. Morris, December 7, 2018
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Russian Film Week in New York City, December 8-14


December 4, 2018
A showcase of independent and commercial films representing the dynamic landscape of Russian filmmaking today. At the SVA Theatre, 333 W 23rd Street.
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INVISIBLE HANDS Film review

By Sangenda Alin, November 29, 2018
This documentary by Shraysi Tandon shines a klieg light on the predatory child labor practices and child trafficking that provides big American corporations the kind of slave labor they need to produce products as inexpensively as they can so that they can make lots of $$$.


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More Trump Administration Skullduggery – November 23, 2018

‘Our Government Added This Question to Chill Immigrants’ Participation’



The Editor of this Publication Supports the New York State Healthy Workplace Bill – November 23, 2018



Thanksgiving (Best of Luck), November 22, 2018

Race Inquiry Digest (November 22) – Important Current Stories On Race In America



Rodney Sieh – November 21, 2019

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DOC NYC Movie Snippet: COOKED: SURVIVAL BY ZIP CODE

November 17, 2018
By Gregg W. Morris
From the DOC NYC screening, a taste of the the evocative power of Director Judith Helfand’s latest documentary movie, adapted from Eric Klinenberg’s book, “Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago”: 700 Chicagoans, mostly People of Color and poor, died in a heat wave that lasted seven days in July, 1995. They were cursed because of their zip code?

Review is in the works.

Left to right, Author Eric Klinenberg; unidentified DOC NYC moderator; and Director Judith Helfand. Picture by Gregg W. Morris



The Watergate Blueprint For Impeaching Donald Trump – The Intercept, November 17, 2018

By Elizabeth Holtzman, Writing in The Intercept
Elizabeth Holtzman is an American politician and former member of the United States House of Representatives. She was the first woman to hold office as the New York City Comptroller and the District Attorney of Kings County, New York.



Fresh Food Box @ Hunter

November 11, 2018
By Gregg W. Morris
Video snippet about a sustainable food project taking place at Hunter College:

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The Intercept

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Other Fascinating Articles: How Donald Trump Saved the Democratic Party From Itself; House Committee Leadership Is About to Get a Lot Less White, What That Means Remains to Be Seen.
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America More Divided Than Ever? Or the Real America Now Easily More Seen?

November 8, 2018

Race Inquiry Digest (November 8) – Important Current Stories On Race In America




Editor-in-Chief, Karen J. Greenberg, Center on National Security, Fordham Law School

November 8, Thursday, 2018

Jeff Sessions Forced Out as Attorney General, Matthew Whitaker Takes Over as Acting Attorney General
Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned Wednesday at the request of President Trump, ending a turbulent tenure that began with Sessions as one of Trump’s closest associates and ended with him facing repeated attacks from the president over the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Sessions was out of the building before the end of the day yesterday. It was reportedly White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, not Trump, who called Sessions and sought the resignation letter.

The move follows months of Trump expressing his displeasure with Sessions in critical and sometimes harsh tweets. The president’s anger at Sessions stemmed from the attorney general’s decision to recuse himself from the Mueller investigation because of his own prominent role in the Trump campaign. Even so, the rapidity of the move, coming just hours after polls closed in the midterm elections, suggested how eager Trump was for Sessions to depart.

Sessions made it clear in his resignation letter to Trump letter that the president had asked him to step down, saying he was submitting his resignation “at your request.” Trump announced the move with a tweet saying that Matthew Whitaker, Sessions’s chief of staff, would take over as Acting Attorney General. Whitaker, a former federal prosecutor and conservative legal advocate, can serve in an acting capacity for 210 days. Trump is reportedly not expected to keep him on as a permanent successor.

The DOJ confirmed Wednesday that Whitaker plans to take over oversight of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. “The Acting Attorney General is in charge of all matters under the purview of the Department of Justice,” DOJ spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said. In a column for CNN last year, Whitaker wrote that Mueller would be going too far if he examined the Trump family’s finances. “This would raise serious concerns that the special counsel’s investigation was a mere witch hunt,” Whitaker wrote, echoing the president’s description of the investigation. The move means that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will no longer oversee the federal Russia investigation, which he has looked over since Sessions recused himself early last year due to his work on Trump’s campaign.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) both called for Whitaker to recuse himself from any involvement in Mueller’s Russia probe. Installing Whitaker could clear the way for Trump to force out Mueller. To dismiss a special counsel, the president has to order the Attorney General or, in the case of a recusal, the Deputy Attorney General, to carry it out. Rosenstein has said that he sees no justification to dismiss Mueller. Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Hill, New York Times

Related:
Washington Post: Sessions’s Law Enforcement Legacy Overshadowed by Trump’s Fury
The Hill: Read Jeff Sessions’s Resignation Letter
New York Times: How Sessions’s Firing Could Affect the Russia Investigation



Error in Article?

By Gregg W. Morris, November 6, 2018
Johan Matton, Founder of Nordic International Film Festival says Linnea Larsdotter, Founder and Creative Director of the festival, was misidentified as Festival Coordinator in an article.
Uh oh.
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From the ACLU: Vote Today, November 6, 2018

From the WORD: Vote Like Your Life Depends on It


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HOLIDAY Film Review
Screened at the Nordic International Film Festival 2018
Part 1

Ambassador Anne Dorte Riggelsen, Consulate General, Denmark, Ingrid Rudefors, Festival Manager, former European Film Commissioner; Linnea Larsdotter, Founder & Creative Director); Johan Matton, Founder & Festival Director: They are warning the audience that what they are about to see contains a scene that is beyond belief.

By Gregg W. Morris, November 4, 2018
Thought the review should begin with succinct comments of praise for the film, such as the following, before I cut to the chase: “A love triangle featuring the trophy girlfriend of a petty drug lord, caught up in a web of luxury and violence in a a modern dark gangster tale set in the beautiful port city of Bodrum on the Turkish Riviera” – IMDB
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Kinetically Charged Red Carpet @ 2018 Nordic International Film Festival

By Gregg W. Morris, November 3, 2018


The video is a tease. Click here for the full monty.



Charleston to Tree of Life: White Nationalism Is a Threat to All

Race Inquiry Digest (November 1) – Important Current Stories On Race In America



Election Reminders, November 1, 2018
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Verify Voter Registration Status, November 1, 2018

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Absentee ballot

November 1, 2018



Register To Vote, October 31, 2018

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American Horror Story: Georgia Voter Suppression
Robert Greenwald, Brave New Films

October 31, 2018



Information Students Should Know About the Midterm Elections

By Addison Gettenberg, October 30, 2018

Undergraduate and graduate students can learn about voter registration and even about making $$$ working at a polling place.
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A Scoop on the Midterm Elections: A Resource Guide for Students

By Bressni Neary, October 30, 2018

“Regardless of one’s political affiliation, voting November 6 should be considered a civic duty and an important opportunity to let elected government representatives know how you feel about the state of the United States,” writes Senior Writer WORD Bressni Neary.
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October 29, 2018

Race Inquiry Digest (October 29) – Important Current Stories On Race In America



Attention Students: This Article Can Help You Navigate the Blizzard of Information & Make Wiser Decisions About the Midterm Elections
October 28, 2018

By Alonso Espinoza

Students accessing this information may need to use their NetIDs for some of the links. If there are problems, they can contact the Hunter Library via its Ask a Hunter Librarian.
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October 28, 2018



October 27, 2018


– Please join JVPers tomorrow, Sunday October 28th at 12pmPST/3pmEST for a virtual grief ritual with Rabbi Margaret Holub of the JVP Rabbinical Council. We will hold space to grieve and mourn and rage together.

– Register now: Mourning and Healing in the Times of White Supremacy and Antisemitism with Rabbi Margaret Holub.

 



The Rat-Tat-Tat of News Reporting About the Midterms Has Snared the Attention of WORD Reporters

October 27, 2018

By Bressni Neary
So, what are student journalists writing and opining about November 6? Several Googling attempts failed to reveal answers to that question and similar ones. Nevertheless, several staffers of the WORD were interviewed for their views, and their responses pretty much reflect the discourse and attitudes of many students on this New York City urban campus. The interviews took place in the journalism lab of the Department of Film and Media Studies.
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THE DARK Returns!!!

By Gregg W. Morris, October 26, 2018
At the Cinema Village Cinema, 22 E 12th St, NYC, 11 p.m. tonight, one night only.
The New York Times said in a recent review, “In ‘The Dark,’ a Traumatized Teenager Becomes a Zombie.” Hogwash! See this great movie and decided for yourself. It’s so conceptually powerful and imaginative that it deserves its own movie genre slot.

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