A loan, a payment, a trail
32 min

The New York Times has continued its series based on nearly two decades of President Trump’s tax records. Late last week, the New York Times traced a $20 million payment that one of Trump’s companies received in 2016 from his joint hotel venture with Las Vegas casino magnate Phil Ruffin. Shortly before that payment, the hotel borrowed $30 million — and most of that loan was personally guaranteed by Ruffin. Shortly after that, Trump contributed an additional $10 million to his campaign, which, as you might remember was “self-funded” and also short on cash.

There are three really big issues with what this appears to illustrate, says Brendan Fischer, who joins Josh Barro and Ken White on this episode. First: Trump never disclosed that $30 million loan. Second: if that loan was for campaign purposes, the Federal Election Commission considers personal guarantees of loans to be election contributions, so that would mean Phil Ruffin made a $30 million contribution to the Trump campaign...which is way, way, WAY more than the $2,800 contribution limit. Third: it appears the Trump-controlled company that accepted this payment took a tax deduction for the $21 million that it transferred to Trump, which could mean that taxpayers helped subsidize Trump’s campaign in 2016.

Plus: Bill Barr says more indictments from the Durham investigation are unlikely before the election and President Trump is really not happy about that, Trump asks the Supreme Court for an emergency stay in the Vance case, strike one for the emoluments cases, and more.

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Political Gabfest
Slate Podcasts
COVID Tsunami
As part of our 15th anniversary celebration please share an original political cocktail recipe with us. Visit www.slate.com/cocktail to submit your recipe! Here are some notes and references from this week’s show: Emily Bazelon for The New York Times Magazine: “The Pandemic Election” Isaac Chotiner for The New Yorker: “How We Can Contain the Second Wave of the Coronavirus” Mike Pence for The Wall Street Journal: “There Isn’t a Coronavirus ‘Second Wave’” Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates Between the World and Me on HBO Ta-Nehisi Coates for The Atlantic: “The Case for Reparations” The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates Josie Duffy Rice for Vanity Fair: “The Abolition Movement” Barack Obama for The Atlantic: “I’m Not Yet Ready to Abandon the Possibility of America” Jed Sugerman for The Washington Post: “Trump’s Legal Challenges to the Election Will Help Democrats” Here are this week’s cocktail chatters:  Emily: Blood Runs Coal: The Yablonski Murders and the Battle for the United Mine Workers of America by Mark A. Bradley  John: John’s fundraising page for Covenant House's Virtual Sleep Out; Charlotte Regan’s short documentary, “No Ball Games: Life and Play Through the Eyes of Children Across the UK” David: Washington Post: “Fort Hood is named for a Confederate traitor. Is it time for ‘Fort Benavidez’?”   Listener chatter from Mike @rifenbury: Kanazawa Kenichi video  For this week’s Slate Plus bonus segment David and John discuss the holiday movies they’d like to see made. You can tweet suggestions, links, and questions to @SlateGabfest. Tweet us your cocktail chatter using #cocktailchatter. (Messages may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.)   The email address for the Political Gabfest is gabfest@slate.com. (Email may be quoted by name unless the writer stipulates otherwise.) Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research and show notes by Bridgette Dunlap. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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The New Abnormal with Molly Jong-Fast & Rick Wilson
The New Abnormal with Molly Jong-Fast & Rick Wilson
The Daily Beast
Ivanka’s BFF: Trump Gave Kids’ Friends Supermodel Nicknames
If you thought Ivanka Trump’s childhood best friend, Lysandra Ohrstrom, had enough to say about the First Daughter in her scathing Vanity Fair article, you’d be mistaken. Oh no, Lysandra isn’t finished yet. She came on the latest episode of The New Abnormal to talk about the president’s favorite kid and the offensive and crude things Ivanka and her dad would say or do when the two were growing up—and what finally made Lysandra become the “class traitor” many have been quick to call her on Twitter. “I have really been grappling with whether to do this for so long since Trump announced that he was running,” she told Molly Jong-Fast. In fact, “Ly” (as Ivanka called her) had been loyal to Ivanka over the last four years to the point where she forwarded her press requests as a heads up. But standing in line to vote early this fall, enough was enough. (“I just went home. I sat at my computer and I started writing a long essay about why her dad shouldn't be president. And it was very much pegged to my recollections of growing up with him.”) Some of the “recollections” include Trump calling out Lysandra’s looks and nicknaming Ivanka’s young friends after models like Cindy Crawford, behavior that she found “shocking as a kid.” (“Most dads didn't make comments about your weight. Most dads didn't kind of call all of my young friends after different models.”) She also addresses that necklace incident mentioned in the article, all of their friends who called to thank her for writing the article, and if Ivanka will ever be welcomed back in New York City. Plus! New York Times National Politics Reporter Astead Wesley joins to talk about an interesting call he had with AOC and the prediction about QAnon Queen and Congresswoman-elect Marjorie Taylor Greene that made Molly sick. And! Rick Wilson and Molly talk about “Coup-anon” and the ways Trump is basically “Kim Jong Un without the good hair.” Oh, and why Sidney Powell is “a complete whackadoodle,” in case it isn’t obvious. Want more? Become a Beast Inside member to enjoy a limited-run series of bonus interviews from The New Abnormal. Guests include Cory Booker, Jim Acosta, and more. Head to newabnormal.thedailybeast.com to join now.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
57 min
Politics War Room with James Carville & Al Hunt
Politics War Room with James Carville & Al Hunt
Politicon
62: Bill Kristol & Evan Osnos
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