Sources – January 17, 2017


Summer Zervos with her lawyer, Gloria Allred, during a news conference on Tuesday announcing the filing of a lawsuit against President-elect Donald J. Trump. [NYT/ Credit Mike Blake/Reuters]

  • Ex-‘Apprentice’ contestant claiming groping, kissing by Trump sues him for defamation – POLITICO 011717
    A former contestant on President-elect Donald Trump’s TV show who claims he made unwanted sexual advances filed a defamation suit against him Tuesday for publicly denying her claims.
    “The Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos appeared alongside her attorney Gloria Allred in Los Angeles to announce the suit. In a brief statement, Zervos said she demanded in mid-November that Trump retract his public statements that she and more than a dozen other female accusers were fabricating allegations that he groped or kissed them.
  • Will President Obama pardon Edward Snowden? – POLITICO
    Josh Gerstein : Morison’s attire offers just one hint at his backstory. He sports a baseball cap commemorating his favorite ship: the U.S.S. Samuel Eliot Morison, a since-decommissioned frigate named for his grandfather, who’s widely regarded as the foremost Naval historian of all time. The elder Morison is depicted in a statue that sits on a grassy mall in Boston, just a few blocks from the city’s Public Gardens.
    The junior Morison is still cagey about the events that led to his arrest and indictment three decades ago, but is willing to acknowledge some error on his part.
  • For Trump, Three Decades of Chasing Deals in Russia – NYTimes.com
  • Barack Obama Belongs to the Ages | Vanity Fair
  • Trump Aide Partnered With Firm Run by Man With Alleged KGB Ties – Bloomberg 122316
    David Kocieniewski and Peter Robison: Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, partnered this year with a controversial technology company co-run by a man once convicted of trying to sell stolen biotech material to the Russian KGB espionage agency.
    Subu Kota, who pleaded guilty in 1996 to selling the material to an FBI agent posing as a Russian spy, is one of two board directors at the company, Boston-based Brainwave Science. During years of federal court proceedings, prosecutors presented evidence they said showed that between 1985 and 1990 Kota met repeatedly with a KGB agent and was part of a spy ring that made hundreds of thousands of dollars selling U.S. missile defense technology to Russian spies. Kota denied being part of a spy ring, reached a plea agreement in the biotech case and admitted to selling a sketch of a military helicopter to his co-defendant, who was later convicted of being a KGB operative.
    Flynn served more than three decades in the military and rose to become director of the Defense Intelligence Agency before he was fired by President Barack Obama in 2014 over policy disagreements. He formed a private consulting firm, Flynn Intel Group, which has sought business with an array of cyber security firms and defense contractors. He began collaborating with Brainwave Science last spring.
  • Lie Detectors, Russian Spies, and an Expert in Kung Fu | Slate 011717
    Daniel Engber: This would seem to be the perfect story for the Age of Trump, encapsulating as it does a sad mélange of foreign intelligence, questionable business deals, and suspect science. But a closer look at the Brainwave scandal suggests an even deeper resonance with our present, post-factual predicament. It’s a story, after all, that layers lies on top of lies about lies: whether lies can be detected in a person’s brain waves; whether people have been telling lies about that method of detecting lies; whether other people have been telling lies about the telling of those lies; and, finally, inevitably—insanely—whether it means anything to “lie” at all, since according to the neuroscientist at the center of this mess, each one of us has the mental power to bend reality to our will.
  • The Alt-Right Comes to Washington – POLITICO Magazine 011717
    Ben Schreckinger : Lounging at the back of his tour bus in a parking lot behind the Springhill Suites, Milo Yiannopoulos, the flamboyant right-wing British provocateur known for his bleach-blond frosted tips and relentless campaign against Islam, munched on a whole cucumber protruding from a paper bowl of raw vegetables and made plans for a party. He had just been asked to host “DeploraBall,” an unofficial celebration planned for the presidential inauguration weekend. Yiannopoulos described his vision for the event: As guests entered the National Press Club, shirtless Mexican laborers would be building a physical wall around them. Instead of doves, Yiannopoulos would release 500 live frogs in honor of Pepe, the cartoon mascot of pro-Donald Trump internet trolls. The room would be lined with oil portraits in gilt frames, each depicting a celebrity who had vowed to leave the country in the event of Trump’s election. At the end of the night, the portraits would be thrown into a bonfire and burned. Yiannopoulos would send a bill for the party to the Mexican Embassy. } The party is unlikely to proceed in exactly that way, or really anything like it. But the ball is real—a month ahead of the inauguration, the organizers had already booked the room and sold all 1,000 tickets—and it marks a kind of gala debut of a new clique in Washington. | Known until recently as the “alt-right,” it is a dispersed movement that encompasses a range of right-wing figures who are mostly young, mostly addicted to provocation and mostly have made their names on the internet. On the less extreme end, they include economic nationalists and “Western chauvinists” like Yiannopoulos, who wants to purge Islam from the United States and Europe; the movement also encompasses overt white nationalists, committed fascists and proponents of a host of other ideologies that were thought to have died out in American politics not long after World War II. Over the course of Trump’s campaign, these ideas came back to life in chat rooms, on Twitter and on the fringes of the internet—driven by supporters united by their loathing of progressives and their feeling of alienation from the free market Republican Party as it defined itself before Trump’s takeover.
  • Trump to Europe: Drop Dead – POLITICO Magazine
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  • The Roots of Trump’s Trade Rage – POLITICO Magazine
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