Sarah Ellison and Paul Farhi, The Washington Post Published 8:12 am PDT, Wednesday, July 10, 2019 As Julie Brown watched the Senate hearings on Alexander Acosta's nomination to become secretary of labor in 2017, she couldn't help but talk to the television. "Why aren't they asking him this?" she asked. "Why aren't they asking him that?" Brown was frustrated by the limited questioning from senators about Acosta's role in an unusual secret plea deal that, as a U.S. attorney in Florida, he had struck with Jeffrey Epstein, the billionaire financier who had pleaded guilty in 2008 to a felony charge of soliciting prostitution from a minor, serving a mere 13-month sentence that allowed him to leave jail for 12 hours a day. "It seemed like the lawmakers didn't know the whole story," Brown said in an interview. So, after the Senate confirmed Acosta, Brown, an investigative reporter for the Miami Herald, went to her editor with a simple question: "I wonder what the women think … [Read more...] about Jeffrey Epstein’s case was covered in the media
Manuel Roig-Franzia, The Washington Post Published 11:10 am PST, Saturday, February 9, 2019 Both men have gobs of money. They didn't make it the old-fashioned way, with steel and brick, but instead with big, disruptive, life-changing ideas. After they got rich, after they'd achieved a titan status imaginable only in the digital age, that's when the tabloids came for them. And that's when they went to war. Theirs is a tale of two billionaires - Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com fame and Peter Thiel, who birthed PayPal. So different in style and temperament, the two men have each found their sex lives splashed in public against their wills in separate tabloid "gotchas." But they have tangled with the merchants of salacity in completely opposite ways. Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post, blasted his disdain into the maw of the internet, essentially delivering the equivalent of a lawyer's opening statement with the entire planet sitting in the jury box. Thiel operated in sotto … [Read more...] about What happens when billionaires battle gossipmongers? Prepare for explosions.
America’s foremost attorney for far-right extremists wanted “a little gravy,” then lied to cover it up. That’s just part of his twisted journey through a lax legal system. By Luke O'Brien 12/27/2018 03:09 pm ET Updated 2 minutes ago One morning this June, a group of lawyers filed into the office of the State Bar of Nevada and closed the door. It was summer in Las Vegas, the morning temperature already nearing 100 degrees, but inside the low-slung tan building, the lawyers had a chilly question to address: what to do about one of their own. Marc Randazza had been a problem for years. Randazza, who represents conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and many other far-right extremists, had long relied on lawyer buddies to pump his public image. By their telling and his own, Randazza was a First Amendment “badass.” But he was a combative badass, even vicious, and he’d left a trail of bad blood and trampled ethics behind him. Randazza had … [Read more...] about Alex Jones’ Lawyer Violated Legal Ethics By Soliciting Porn Bribes. Just How Dirty Is Marc Randazza?
LISA DENTON: Stand back, Barry. I'm about to start my vocal exercises for the "Messiah" Sing-Along coming up Sunday at First Seventh-day Adventist Church. BARRY COURTER: Wait, I know the lyrics to this one. It's one of the few where I can say that. At least the big moment. It's one of my favorites. So beautiful. And powerful. LISA: Powerful, yes. That's my favorite part. They offer it every year as a community service. It's possible I should not take part for the same reason. BARRY: Good point. We do a lot of good community service by not participating in things, don't we? I don't mean to jump on your wagon here, but LISA: There's also a Dance Santa Dance party Saturday night at The Signal. I thought maybe they had a bunch of musical animatronic dolls like you can find at Big Lots — you know, Santa playing sax or Santa swiveling his hips and crooning an Elvis song. But it's DJ Zerowe, DJ Chi and electronic music duo Warsaw at the tables. BARRY: Interesting you go there with that … [Read more...] about Off the Couch: Time to show off your vocal cords at ‘Messiah’ Sing-Along
By Fernando Ramirez Published 3:56 pm CST, Monday, November 12, 2018 Jefferson County Game Wardens near Port Arthur recently seized 109 flounder from two men, well over the bag limit of two. >>> See the record fish caught by Texans. Jefferson County Game Wardens near Port Arthur recently seized 109 flounder from two men, well over the bag limit of two. >>> See the record fish caught by Texans. Photo: Texas Game Wardens Tommy Metthe Tommy Metthe Photo: Tommy Metthe Where: Lake Alan Henry Fish: Alabama Bass Weight: 5.98 Length: 22.25 Date Caught: Jan. 9, 2016 *Record fish not pictured* Where: Lake Alan Henry Fish: Alabama Bass Weight: 5.98 Length: 22.25 Date Caught: Jan. 9, 2016 *Record fish not pictured* … [Read more...] about The ones that didn’t get away: Texas Game Wardens pinch poachers