Friday sleaze report

TRUMP AND THE MODEL, YES, AGAIN

mcdougallPlayboy model Karen McDougall tells of her affair with Trump
This story is one long compilation of sleazy people doing sleazy things in the disgusting underbelly of American celebrity. You may feel the urge to shower and brush your teeth after reading it.
McDougall ain’t too bright. On her first date with Trump she reports being “into his intelligence + charm. Such a polite man!”
Intelligence and charm?
The story descends from there into the bowels of the National Enquirer and its efforts to help Trump capture the White House, by purchasing and suppressing McDougall’s story.
The New Yorker

EPA top dude Pruitt flies first class
to protect himself from “profanities” of critics 

POLITICO
pruitt“We’ve reached the point where there’s not much civility in the marketplace and it’s created, you know, it’s created some issues and the [security] detail, the level of protection is determined by the level of threat.”
— Scott Pruitt

Florida running out of sand?
Reuters
Getting enough of it, for the right price and in time for the peak tourist season, has become much harder after a violent storm year that brought Irma, the most powerful hurricane to hit the state in over a decade, and saddled Florida with more than $50 billion in damage.
Costs of so-called beach renourishments are a fraction of the total, measured in hundreds of millions of dollars, but the effort is crucial for Florida’s $67 billion tourism industry. And while sand needs are surging, there is not enough to go around.
Condemned homes along the heavily eroded shoreline at Vilando Beach in Florida

US Admiral: Prepare for war with China.
BBC
The navy admiral nominated to be the next US ambassador to Australia has told Congress America must prepare for the possibility of war with China, and said it would rely on Australia to help uphold the international rules-based system in the Asia-Pacific.
Rules-based in this case means continued US dominance, I guess.

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