Mon. 3.5

After a night of lunacy on national TV,
ex-Trump aide Nunberg says he’ll
cooperate with Mueller probe after all
AP via Washington Examiner

Escort claims her recordings prove Russian meddling in US elections
NY Times
> BANGKOK — A Belarusian escort with close ties to a powerful Russian oligarch said from behind bars in Bangkok on Monday that she had more than 16 hours of audio recordings that could help shed light on Russian meddling in United States elections.
> The escort, Anastasia Vashukevich, said she would hand over the recordings if the United States granted her asylum. She faces criminal charges and deportation to Belarus after coming under suspicion of working in Thailand without a visa at a sex-training seminar in the city of Pattaya.

Alexander Kirillov, left, the organizer of a sex seminar in Thailand, and Anastasia Vashukevich, center, a Belarusian escort, spoke to journalists from a detention center in Bangkok. Ms. Vashukevich claims to have recordings that prove Russian meddling in the American election.

Russian deputy proposes death penalty
for foreigners who meddle in election
Moscow Times
> “We should give 25 years [for interference in Russian elections]. Or the death penalty, because it’s a [call to] change the constitutional order,” State Duma deputy Leonid Kalashnikov told the state-run RIA Novosti news agency on Monday.
> “That’s the worst crime that there is, other than rape and murder,” he added.

Speaking of the death penalty
Russian spy dosed with mystery substance in UK
Another victim of Vlad the Impaler?

US State Dep’t given $120M to fight Russian meddling.
It has spent $0.

NY Times

10 years after financial crisis
Senate prepares to weaken banking regulations
Congress’s appetite for pulling back bank regulations shows the renewed clout of the financial sector in Washington, not just in the GOP but also among Democrats. Eight years after nearly every Senate Democrat backed a sweeping set of new rules for financial firms large and small, the party is now split, with moderates, several of them facing tough midterm election contests, working with the opposing party.

Trump: Maybe no tariffs if NAFTA deal re-brokered
Not worth reading the details. He makes it up as he goes along, obviously, and Sarah Sanders will “explain” what he meant in a few hours.

>>> Bootlicker Ryan begs Trump to ditch tariff plan
The Hill
>>> Trump: ‘We’re not backing down.’

Making $85,000 in San Francisco?
You may end up living in a “dorm”
NY Times
> In search of reasonable rent, the middle-class backbone of San Francisco — maitre d’s, teachers, bookstore managers, lounge musicians, copywriters and merchandise planners — are engaging in an unusual experiment in communal living: They are moving into dorms.
> Shared bathrooms at the end of the hall and having no individual kitchen or living room is becoming less weird for some of the city’s workers thanks to Starcity, a new development company that is expressly creating dorms for many of the non-tech population.
> Starcity has already opened three properties with 36 units. It has nine more in development and a wait list of 8,000 people.

For $2,200 a month, Carla Shiver rents a Starcity room with a queen-size bed, a bedside table and a chair. Shiver, 38, moved to SF from Georgia after a divorce.

Facebook asks: Is it okay if we become a pedo platform?
Vice News
Facebook admitted Monday that asking users whether the platform should allow pedophiles to proposition 14-year-old girls for sexually explicit images was “a mistake.”
> The social network published the UK survey Sunday, posing two questions about underage teens being groomed by older men, part of the organization’s ongoing attempts to improve its battered reputation.

How to pretend you’ve seen all the Oscar films
Pithy and witty throwaway lines to make you seem like a culture vulture, even if you’ve decided attending the movies isn’t worth $12 per screening.

Italian votes signal warnings for EU
The Guardian
> Unlike British voters, Italians would not support an exit from Europe or a referendum on leaving the eurozone, but their backing of populist parties who have previously been open to a referendum on the euro – which would legally be exceedingly difficult to do – was an important barometer of the mood of the country.
> The vote on Sunday also appeared to mark the political ascendency of two relatively new political parties that had until recently been considered fringe: the anti-establishment Five Star Movement(M5S), which early results showed had 31% of the vote, and the anti-migrant and Eurosceptic League, formerly known as the Northern League, which performed far better than expected.

319 NYPD employees skated after bad conduct
> Many of the officers lied, cheated, stole, or assaulted New York City residents. At least fifty employees lied on official reports, under oath, or during an internal affairs investigation. Thirty-eight were found guilty by a police tribunal of excessive force, getting into a fight, or firing their gun unnecessarily. Fifty-seven were guilty of driving under the influence. Seventy-one were guilty of ticket-fixing. One officer, Jarrett Dill, threatened to kill someone. Another, Roberson Tunis, sexually harassed and inappropriately touched a fellow officer. Some were guilty of lesser offenses, like mouthing off to a supervisor.

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