Donald Trump declared last year in his populist presidential nomination acceptance speech that he's "not able to look the other way" when the nation's political system "has sold out to some corporate lobbyist for cash."
But behind the scenes, several major corporations and trade groups secretly bankrolled a plush hideaway for lawmakers at the same Republican National Convention in Cleveland where Trump gave the speech, records obtained by the Center for Public Integrity show.
Comcast Corp., Microsoft, Koch Companies Public Sector, the National Retail Federation, Health Care Service Corp., the American Petroleum Institute, Chevron and AT&T are among the companies, associations and lobbying powerhouses that funded a limited liability company called "Friends of the House 2016 LLC," according to bank records.
Earl Granville remembers someone from Outside Magazine taking the picture after he'd finished a 60-hour, 70-plus mile Spartan Race Photo. There's Earl, his prosthetic leg in frame, decked in a black-and-white shirt that reads "Agoge."
That's the name of the grueling, two-and-a-half-day endurance test he'd just finished. It's a race so rigorous, even for those without a prosthesis to worry about, that "Every man dies, but not every man lives" is its tagline.
Granville lived, and he's been in the news plenty since that race. This past April, he made national headlines when he slung his race guide, Andi Piscopo, over his shoulder and carried her across the finish line of the Boston Marathon. ABC News even wrote it up: "Veteran Who Lost Leg in Afghanistan Carries Friend Across Boston Marathon Finish Line." read more
double murder trial had a "severe case" of a degenerative brain disease. Aaron Hernandez, 27, suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a condition associated with head injury, his family lawyer said. ... Researchers at Boston University, which studies the progressive degenerative disease that is found in people with a history of repetitive head trauma, found Hernandez's brain to be at "an advanced stage" of CTE, according to Mr Baez. "It was the most severe case they had ever seen," he told reporters in Boston on Thursday.
Federal investigators believe Facebook's servers contain a wealth of hard data that could shed light on the central question of American politics in 2017: Did Donald Trump's campaign collude with the Russian government? But Facebook told The Daily Beast on Wednesday that "we aren't well placed to know if something like coordination occurred" between the Trump campaign and Russia. The social media giant then declined to commit to releasing information about Russian government-backed Facebook posts, groups, and paid advertisements to the users who encountered them.
To get a better perspective on the problem, I reached out to Madison Faupel, who interned for my wife this summer. Instead of perspective, I got a first-hand testimonial.
She's the president of the University of Minnesota's College Republican chapter. Her group sparked controversy last fall when it reserved space and painted a mural on the Washington Avenue Bridge to promote their student group.
Her group settled on three slogans: "College Republicans, The Best Party on Campus," "Trump Pence 2016," and "Build the Wall."
Within an hour, the panels had been vandalized, and protesters had surrounded the panels. Some of the vandalism included the following statements: "STOP WHITE SUPREMACY NOW" and "Hate Speech is not Free Speech."