JCF Capital ULC, the closely held U.S. firm that owns the Trump International Hotel & Tower in the city's downtown business district, reached a buyout deal to exit the contracts with the Trump Organization's hotel unit, the companies said Tuesday in a statement. While no breakup fee was disclosed, the amount was at least $6 million, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. Signage may be removed from the 65-story tower as soon as Aug. 1, said the person, who asked not to be identified discussing confidential details. read more
The US has a home grown terrorist problem and it is coming from the right wing white supremacists. read more
North Korea has detained a U.S. citizen, officials said Sunday, bringing the number of Americans being held there to three. Tony Kim, who also goes by his Korean name Kim Sang-duk, was detained on Saturday, according to Park Chan-mo, the chancellor of the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology. Park said Kim, who is in his 50s, taught accounting at the university for about a month. He said Kim was detained by officials as he was trying to leave the country from Pyongyang's international airport. read more
The Trump administration has sent the American Bar Association into exile, ending the group's semiofficial role in evaluating candidates for the federal bench. In a statement on Friday announcing the development, Linda A. Klein, the group's president, said it had provided pre-nomination evaluations of potential judicial candidates to every administration since that of Dwight D. Eisenhower, with the sole exception of that of George W. Bush. ... In her statement, Klein said the ABA had conducted "an objective, nonpartisan review of the professional competence, integrity and judicial temperament of those who would have lifetime appointments to our federal courts." read more
Truth from a conservative.
In the aftermath of the GOP health-care debacle came a revealing act of candor. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan admitted that his party, which controls the House, Senate and White House, is not yet a "governing party" because it could not "get 216 people to agree with each other on how we do things."