Trump walkied into Trump Tower in New York City with his son Eric Trump last week to sign a reported $4 billion deal with a Saudi Arabian real estate company to build a mammoth project in Oman.
This particular deal puts him directly into murky waters. According to The New York Times, the project isn’t just some random real estate deal—it’s a deal with the government of Oman itself. Conflict of interest much?
Kathleen Clark, a law professor at Washington University in St. Louis, tells the Times, “This is yet another example of Trump getting a personal financial benefit in exchange for past or future political power. … The Saudis and Oman government may believe that giving Trump this licensing deal will benefit them in the future, should Trump become president again. This deal could be a way to ensure that they will be in Trump’s good graces.”
The behemoth AIDA project is led by the Saudi-based Dar-Al Arkan and is in conjunction with the government of Oman, which the Times reports owns the land. The concept includes 3,500 high-end villas, two hotels with around 450 rooms, a golf course (of course), and retail shops and restaurants.
Will the QOP Have the Nerve to Change to Proportional Awarding of Delegates?
Since Trump still has many, many supporters in the grass roots of the G.O.P., the only way for non-maga Republicans to consign him to history is for them to unite against him, perhaps subordinating their individual interests and ambitions. As the event in Las Vegas demonstrated, that’s a tricky proposition—especially with Trump already running.
In theory, the 2024 primaries could serve as a moment when the Party would line up behind someone other than Trump. But the 2016 primary had the opposite effect: a scrambled field of more than a dozen candidates helped Trump to steamroller everyone else. Will that happen again? Quite possibly. One of the keys to Trump’s victory in 2016 was that many states used a winner-takes-all system, or something roughly equivalent, which enabled Trump to rack up delegates in the early states with a plurality of the vote. In South Carolina, he received all fifty delegates despite getting just 32.5 per cent of the vote. Marco Rubio, who attracted 22.5 per cent, got no delegates.
The most striking detail in the recent investigation by The New York Times into another potential Supreme Court breach is not the evidence that Justice Samuel Alito or his wife may have leaked information to conservative friends in 2014 about the outcome of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, which extended “religious liberty” to the actions of family-owned corporations.
No, the most striking detail is the extent to which a number of Republican justices, Alito included, appear to have been the targets of a sophisticated and well-funded influence operation designed to notch as many legal and constitutional victories for moneyed and conservative interests as the justices were willing to give.
The Most Dangerous Person in the World is ... WHO?
In an interview with Semafor, Mike Pompeo, who is thought to be eyeing a potential 2024 White House bid, said that
education is one of the central issues that Republicans should focus on, noting his criticism of Weingarten and the current teaching curriculum in U.S. school systems.
“I tell the story often — I get asked ‘Who’s the most dangerous person in the world? Is it Chairman Kim, is it Xi Jinping?’ The most dangerous person in the world is Randi Weingarten,” Pompeo said.
“It’s not a close call. If you ask, ‘Who’s the most likely to take this republic down?’ It would be the teacher’s unions, and the filth that they’re teaching our kids, and the fact that they don’t know math and reading or writing,” the former top U.S. diplomat added.
“These are the things that candidates should speak to in a way that says, ‘Here’s the problem. Here’s a proposal for how to solve it. And if given the opportunity, these are the things I will go work on to try and deliver that outcome that fixes that problem,'” Pompeo concluded. “Pretty straightforward stuff.”
Clearly, If Your Party is Based on Ignorant People, Education is the Biggest Threat
Another MAGA Republican just put a bullseye on the back of an innocent American citizen; this time, it is Randi Weingarten, the President of the American Federation of Teachers. Mike Pompeo, the former Secretary of State under Donald Trump, accused the teacher of being more dangerous than Kim Il Jong, XI, and even Putin, who is actively committing genocide in Ukraine and threatening nuclear warheads to be used in Europe.
In the first poll of the Georgia runoff on December 6, Democrat incumbent Raphael Warnock is up 51-47, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports:
The poll, commissioned by the AARP, pegged Warnock at 51% and Walker at 47% — within the margin of error of 4.4 percentage points.
Conducted by the bipartisan team of Fabrizio Ward & Impact Research, it’s the first major public poll since the Nov. 8 election ended with neither rival securing the majority vote needed for an outright victory.
Is Warnock in the Lead or Is It a Statistical Dead Heat, Because It is Within the Margin of Error?
Four years ago, Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre joined forces with a Florida neuroscientist to promote an experimental drug — a nasal spray designed to quickly treat brain injuries from a concussion.
Favre, a major investor in the company, touted the substance on podcasts, radio interviews and national television, including on NBC. And he did more than evangelize, court records show — he successfully lobbied Mississippi state officials who granted the company $2.1 million in federal welfare money that was intended to help poor families.
The payment was illegal, state officials allege in a lawsuit — part of a huge Mississippi welfare misspending scandal that has tarnished Favre’s reputation.
But beyond that, experts say, it was a bad investment by the nation’s poorest state. Concussions are a huge problem in youth, college and professional sports, but as of today there is no evidence the experimental drug Favre promoted does anything to treat them in humans, according to a review of claims by the company.
The company that is now trying to bring the drug to market, Odyssey Health, appears to be on shaky financial ground, according to public filings. Experts in neuroscience and drug development say its promise to conduct human trials of the drug in Mississippi — supposedly an economic development benefit — appears unlikely to ever be fulfilled.
“You’re better off buying a lottery ticket,” said David Maris, a New Jersey-based financial analyst who specializes in pharmaceuticals and who examined financial statements for NBC News. “It’s destined to be a zero.”
Budweiser will throw a celebration for whichever country wins the FIFA World Cup with the company's massive stockpile of beer Qatar restricted it from selling inside stadiums at the soccer championship.
Qatar, which is hosting the soccer tournament, last week reversed its policy surrounding the sale of alcohol at the games. Budweiser initially planned to sell the drinks at fan zones as well as at stadiums during the tournament.
But Qatar said last week that alcohol sales for most fans would be banned at stadiums.
The move has been met with scorn from fans—some of whom traveled from around the world to Qatar, where alcohol is generally restricted, to watch the championship—as well as from the beer company, which has a $76 million sponsorship deal with FIFA.
As the company is left with a large stockpile of beer unable to be sold during the tournament, it is now set to offer whichever country wins the soccer tournament a "celebration" with the leftover product.
"Where there is a celebration, there is always a Budweiser. In that spirit, Budweiser wants to bring this celebration from the FIFA World Cup stadiums to the winning country's fans," a Budweiser spokesperson wrote in a statement to Newsweek.
Get Ready For TucKKKer to Lose It. The Special Counsel is Married to a Sane Person, Which Is More Than You Can Say For Clarence Thomas
Newly appointed Special Counsel Jack Smith is married to a documentary filmmaker who worked on a 2020 film about former first lady Michelle Obama and donated to President Joe Biden's 2020 campaign.
Katy Chevigny worked as a producer on Becoming, according to IMDb, while publicly available records from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) show her previous campaign donations.
Chevigny and Smith were married in 2011 and their wedding was reported in the "Class Notes" section of the winter 2012 Harvard Law Bulletin. Smith received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1994.
The New York Times also noted on November 19 that Smith was married to "a documentary filmmaker" and that they have a daughter.
Smith is a career prosecutor who has been appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland to weigh potential criminal charges against former President Donald Trump.
The documentary Becoming focused on the former first lady's 2019 tour promoting her book of the same name. It was described as "an intimate documentary looking at her life, hopes and connection with others."
One of the production companies that worked on Becoming was Big Mouth Productions, where Chevigny works as a director and producer.
FEC filings also show that Chevigny donated in support of President's Biden campaign twice in the 2020 election cycle.
She donated $1,000 to Biden for president on September 20, 2020, and another $1,000 to the Biden Victory Fund on the same day. In both cases, her employer was listed as Big Mouth Productions.