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Established 1914 -    See the Sun on the Jay Leno Tonight Show - click hereGive a Kid a Gig          Eden Vaning, a local string teacher, composer, writer of string instruction books and directer of the Highpoint YMCA Community Orchestra is booking small string ensembles for entertainment at local retirement centers, "ALF's, nursing homes and private functions. "Most of the money goes into orchestra support and education" she told Sun reporter Tiki Parrot. "But the kids get a feeling of professionalism knowing they are playing at a paying gig. We use adults from the community orchestra and advanced students so the sound is professional.             The adults and kids perform at venues and centers in cities and towns all overPinellas County                    Dissent is Patriotic       Colonel Clearwater, long time voice of the Sun has joined the American Civil Liberties Union. "I had to do it," he said. "In the impending dark era of the tRump administration, we all need to become freedom fighters. The cost for joining is flexible; you decide how much you want to pay." Current issues include protection of freedom of speech; defense of the right to protest; fighting back against the assault on reproductive freedom; and pursuing sanctions against those who commit xenophobia (defined as intense or irrational dislike or fear of people from other countries). {Disclosure: Colonel Clearwater is of Irish descent.} To join the ACLU click here    Premier Portfolio International Realty  Whether you're looking to buy, sell or invest, WE CAN HELP! We believe that  success in real estate depends on a time-honored truth - treat your clients fairly and with honesty! The best agents stick around, building trust with clients over decades.  Call us for a FREE No Obligation consultation today! 813-501-7772 Eduardo Soriano Herrea, Broker            Stop the Presses! Out-of-Town Paper FoldsCol. Clearwater Speaks Out        The Clearwater Gazette (once actually located in Clearwater) ceased publication after being sold to the Tampa Bay Times. The deal was part of an overall package including the purchase of the Tampa Tribune. The operations of the Gazette have been folded into the Tampa Bay Times (formerly the St. Pete Times).  The political viewpoint of the Gazette was slightly right of Atila the Hun. The Times  has a more liberal slant. *cite-link _______________________________________________________________________________________________________Carl Snyder's Dogs Return From the Big Easy   By Bike!!!    Carl's trip began near the Ocala National Forrest. The intrepid traveler aquirred an electric bike and bike trailer and headed to New Orleans. The trio managed to eke out 25 to 30 miles a day. Puppy, aged 4, is shown with her daughter, Runt, in the carriage their master pulled with a combination of leg and electric power.     The oddyssey took the trio through Tallahassee, Mobile, Biloxi and ended up in 'Nola before returning to Florida.  1,275 MILES ROUNDTRIP        The rig has an extra battery. Recharging is done by leg power. In addition to vittles & dog treats, Carl carrys a sleeping bag and air mattress. Despite the relatively warm climate, sleeping in the open air can be chilly. "No problem though" he said. "Never had to face a three dog night.                                                                                                   Click to See Carl Talk About His Long Doggie Bike Ride     ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Eatz Addz Korean Fare   EATZ Multi-CurtialIn addition to all the standard meals of years past the cafe is serving the finest dishes from the Asian peninsula.       Hours: M-Sat  8AM–8:30PM (Closes early on Sundays)Address: 1258 S Highland Ave, Clearwater, FL 33756  Home Invasion in Clearwater!! It's OK!!     A home in Clearwater was invaded by a serpent. The homeowner, a Sun advertiser, spared the animal a grizley death. "I don't subscribe to the 'The only good snake is a dead snake school of thought.' I knew it was a black snake. He was just interested instalking a lizard on the back porch."  The advertiser has asked that his name be withhled. "If word gets out, I'd have every snake in town coming here to crash.   Black snakes in the United States have no venom, unlike the Austrailian species, which are deadly poisonious.  The Sun advertiser and the editorial board of The Clearwater Sun concur in advising its readers, if you are not familiar with the type of snake you encounter, give it a wide berth.  It is better to err on the side of caution.   _______________ →Q: What is a snakes favorite dance? →A: The Mamba →Q: What do you call a snake who works for the government? →A: A civil serpent! →Q: What did the snake give to his →wife? A: A goodnight hiss! →Q: Why did the snake's wife file for divorce? →A: Ereptile Disfunction  __________________________________________________________________________________New York Times Offers Apology for Cartoon      India recently successfully installed a robotic probe, the Mangalyaan, into orbit around Mars. The total cost of the project was $74 million, small compared to the price-tag of the European satellite and three United States orbiters currently operating there.     The New York Times ran a cartoon which some say mocks India. The image shows a rural farmer with a cow, seeking entry into an exclusive gentleman’s club of nattily dressed space explorers.     The cartoon was the art accompanying the Time's article “India’s Budget Mission to Mars.”According to the BBC, the Time's editorial page editor, Andrew Rosenthal, reports that a “large number of readers” complained about the cartoon. The cartoon was said to be demeaning.     Mr. Rosenthal reports that the Times merely intended to illustrate that the era of big budget space travel was over.    The New York Times has a long record of embracing human rights and respect of racial sensitivity.___________________________________________________________________________________A New Way Insurers are Shifting Costs to the SickBy charging higher prices for generic drugs that treat certain illness, health insurers may be violating the spirit of the Affordable Care Act, which bans discrimination against those with pre-existing conditions.by Charles OrnsteinFrom Our Washington News Bureau, ProPublica, Sep. 17, 2014, 11 a.m.→ Health insurance companies are no longer allowed to turn away patients because of their pre-existing conditions or charge them more because of those conditions. But some health policy experts say insurers may be doing so in a more subtle way: byforcing people with a variety of illnesses - including Parkinson's disease, diabetes and epilepsy - to pay more for their drugs.     Insurers have long tried to steer their members away from more expensive brand name drugs, labeling them as "non-preferred" and charging higher co-payments. But according to an editorial published Wednesday in the American Journal of Managed Care, several prominent health plans have taken it a step further, applying that same concept even to generic drugs.     The Affordable Care Act bans insurance companies from discriminating against patients with health problems, but that hasn't stopped them from seeking new and creative ways to shift costs to consumers. In the process, the plans effectively may be rendering a variety of ailments "non-preferred,"  according to the editorial.     "It is sometimes argued that patients should have 'skin in the game' to motivate them to become more prudent consumers," the editorial says. "One must ask, however, what sort of consumer behavior is encouraged when all generic medicines for particular diseases are 'non-preferred' and subject to higher co-pays."     I recently wrote about the confusion I faced with my infant son's generic asthma and allergy medication, which switched cost tiers from one month to the next. Until then, I hadn't known that my plan charged two different prices for generic drugs. If your health insurer does not use such a structure, odds are that it will before long.     The editorial comes several months after two advocacy groups filed a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights of the United States Department of Health and Human Services claiming that several Florida health plans sold in the Affordable Care Act marketplace discriminated against H.I.V. patients by charging them more for drugs.     Specifically, the complaint contended that the plans placed all of their H.I.V. medications, including generics, in their highest of five cost tiers, meaning that patients had to pay 40 percent of the cost after paying a deductible. The complaint is pending. (click for more)________________________________________Proino Breakfast Club of Largo      My friend Lenny (84 years old) eats at all the restaurants in the Tampa Bay area. He raved about this restaurant in Largo, so I decided to check it out. Like the name says, it's a breakfast joint that lingers open through lunch. I ordered the three egg Number 9 from the menu. It looked so good I photographed it.     I was waited on by MacKenzie, a lovely lady who kept the coffee cup full and gave me lots of attention. I didn't even have to drop Lenny's name to get the VIP treatment. [Lenny has charmed the waitresses everywhere in the greater Clearwater area].     Now for the chow. Two generous links of saussage, two strips of bacon, two pieces of ham, eggs cooked right, slice of watermelon, a chunk of pineapple and a boatload of homefries.     The meal came to just under ten bucks, including the coffee and the meal. The service was so good I splurged on the tip.   Pic: Stan Kosharsky             Clean and shiney, full of joy and attractive aromas, the place just can't be beat.      The long and short of it is this restaurant gets 5 Suns, our highest rating. Story by Stan Kosharsky, Sun Food Critic    Address: 201 W Bay Dr, Largo, FL 33770Phone:(727) 444-0937  Hours: 6 to 3, 7-3 Sunday From Our Washington News Bureau______________________________________________________________________________________Campus Sexual Assault: What Are Colleges Doing Wrong?We’ve rounded up cases and coverage that show the persistence of sexual violence at colleges.by Abbie Nehring, ProPublica, July 29, 2014, 2:54 p.m.Update July 29: We have updated this article to include      the responses universities gave to the stories.       During their time at college, the Department of Justice estimates one in five women will be sexually assaulted, and as many as 95 percent of the cases go unreported.     So how are colleges failing to protect students from sexual assault? We sorted through the reporting to highlight a few cases that show the system's greatest shortcomings.When Football Goes on TrialLizzy Seeberg committed suicide ten days after reporting to Notre Dame campus police that she had been sexually assaulted by a Fighting Irish linebacker. As news of the allegations spread, Seeberg was threatened by the player's teammates. "Don't do anything you would regret," one texted her. "Messing with Notre Dame football is a bad idea." The campus authorities didn't interview the accused player until 15 days after receiving Seeberg's statement, five days after she committed suicide. The police declined to bring charges and Notre Dame declined to discuss the case when it was first reported. Since 2010, there have been investigations into rape and sexual assault by football players at the University of Missouri, Baylor College, the US Naval Academy, University of Texas, Vanderbilt, Appalachian State, and numerous others.      And officials have frequently faced scrutiny for their response. When a freshman at Florida State University reported that star quarterback Jameis Winston had raped her, the case was kept under wraps until TMZ broke the news. The New York Times later detailed how authorities failed to promptly investigate even though records show that the athletic department knew about it less than a month after the victim came forward.  The university declined to speak to the Times about the case, citing privacy laws.Click here for more.   Hidalgo In Clearwater         The Clearwater Sun is focusing on the surging development of local businesses owned locally. The first segment of the report deals with business proprietors from the State of Hidalgo in Mexico. Mexicans from Hidalgo constitute the vast majority of the population from south of the border who live here.      Andres "Andy" de Hildago owns a small grocery on N. Jefferson Street, just northeast of the intersection of Missouri Avenue and Gulf to Bay. His closest competitor is Save-A-Lot, a food store headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.     When asked about the sucess of his small bodega, Andy replied, "My wife and I can not have children, so I have the time to pour into the shop to make it the best for my customers. I stock the shelves with fresh vegtables, exotic beer, cowboy boots, and I keep long hours to accomodate those with cooking needs after the corporate stores have closed for the day.     "There is a big parking lot behind the shop and we have drive -through space in the front which allows quick in and out access."     A Sun study of the little shop of wonders compared Andy's place to the corporate stores, Save-a-Lot, Publix (Corporate offices in Lakeland, Atlanta, Miami and Jacksonville) and Wal-Mart, headquartered in Arizona. Andy's prices were often in excess of 300% lower than Publix. The waiting time compared to Wal--Mart was 3-15 times faster, depending on the time of day. Subjective analysis of the quality-to-value ratio of Andy's products to Save-a-Lot resulted in the determination that the food tastes better from Andy's shop.ZThe staff is fluent in English and Anglos are welcome. The bodega is located at 27 N. Jefferson. Be exotic! Buy local!! -Tiki Parrot_______________________________________________________________________________________________________THE SANDBOX    There are two Sandboxes of note. One is the local St. Petersburg College student online newspaper. The other is a news forum for American armed forces men and women (and their families and friends) in connection with duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Both are good reads.   To see the SPC student news, click here. The armed forces Sandbox is hosted by writer, director, actor, producer and Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Gary Trudeau.To see the military news blog, click here.  ________________________________________________________________________________________________RUSSIAN PIANIST PLAYS AT BON APPETIT AND HOUSE CONCERTA Moment of MagicConcert Review by Eden Vaning     It was an afternoon of Musical Magic as Kathy Roberts, (the well loved pianist from the Bon Appetit), opened her home to friends and music lovers for a special Soiree to honor a very special guest artist from Russia, concert pianist Andre Shumilov, who enthralled the attendees with a bouquet of musical gemstones including Etudes by Chopin and works by Debussy, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninoff.       Andre Shumilov exhibited amazing command of the piano keyboard, being equally at home with pyrotechnic runs, awesome leaps, and anything else the music demanded of him. He captured the hearts of his audience with his flawlessly beautiful lyrical, Romantic style. In a setting resplendent with a candelabra gracing the grand piano, one couldn’t help but sit back and just let his music “sing” to you!      Interaction between the audience and performer is what a Musical Soiree is all about. In such a personal setting, the audience was thrilled to hear the stories and inspirations behind the pieces as related by the performer.       Finally the audience was treated to a selection of Mr. Shumilov's compositions. You could hear his imagination pour forth as he contrasted “growling” lower piano sounds with feather-like, breath-taking higher moments, as the music spun out the stories of the melodies.     Attending an intimate musical event like this, a person realizes just how lucky one is to be “in the moment” of this experience. Indeed, it is magical. To be with an artist of this caliber, trained across the world in the Moscow Conservatory of Music, and to be able to experience the depth of humanity that is deep inside our souls, we are shown that we can, all of us, no matter who or where we are, share the beauty of aesthetics, and be lifted into a higher state.      Perhaps Classical music, which has survived for centuries despite all the strife, stress and pain rampant in this world, will again take its place to bring people together in peace and love.     _______________________________________________________________________________________________________Fanny Pack Mixup Unravels Massive Medicare Fraud SchemeTwo secretaries in a doctor’s office have pleaded guilty and a pharmacy owner faces charges in a scam that Medicare allowed to thrive for more than two years.                                                                                            by Charles Ornstein[From our Washington News Bureau:]ProPublica, July 11, 2014, 7:59 a.m.      The fraud scheme began to unravel last fall, with the discovery of a misdirected stack of bogus prescriptions — and a suspicious spike in Medicare drug spending tied to a doctor in Key Biscayne, Fla.     Now it's led to two guilty pleas, as well as an ongoing criminal case against a pharmacy owner.     Last year, ProPublica chronicled how lax oversight had led to rampant waste and fraud in Medicare's prescription drug program, known as Part D. As part of that series, we wrote about Dr. Carmen Ortiz-Butcher, a kidney specialist whose Part D prescriptions soared from $282,000 in 2010 to $4 million the following year. The value of her prescriptions rose to nearly $5 million in 2012, the most recent year available.       But no one in Medicare bothered to ask her about the seemingly huge change in her practice, Ortiz-Butcher's attorney said. She stumbled across a sign of trouble last September, after asking a staffer to mail a fanny pack to her brother. But instead of receiving the pack, he received a package of prescriptions purportedly signed by the doctor, lawyer Robert Mayer said last year. Ortiz-Butcher immediately alerted authorities.     Since then, investigators have uncovered a web of interrelated scams that, together, cost the federal government up to $7 million, documents show. (Go to Health Page) MARIA CHANG - MASSAGE THERAPIST5400 US Hwy 19 N, Clearwater 33763 (727)504-5437How Many Die From Medical Mistakes In U.S. Hospitals?From our Washington News Bureau, Propublica, Story By Marshall Allen, Photo Illustration by Tiki Parrot It seems that every time researchers estimate how often a medical mistake contributes to a hospital patient’s death, the numbers come out worse.  In 1999, the Institute of Medicine published the famous “To Err Is Human” report, which dropped a bombshell on the medical community by reporting that up to 98,000 people a year die because of mistakes in hospitals. The number was initially disputed, but is now widely accepted by doctors and hospital officials — and quoted ubiquitously in the media.  In 2010, the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services said that bad hospital care contributed to the deaths of 180,000 patients in Medicare alone in a given year.  Now comes a study in the current issue of the Journal of Patient Safety that says the numbers may be much higher — between 210,000 and 440,000 patients each year who go to the hospital for care suffer some type of preventable harm that contributes to their death, the study says. - Click Here For More_________________________________________________________________________________________________Kickbacks for DocsPropublica story - click here for more___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ FEATURED TATOOS The purpose of a tatoo is to send a message. Whether a message is effective or not depends on the interpretation. To the left is Tiffany, whose Zombie is ripping the skin apart in an effort to leave the beauty's body. The pale gentlemen to the right has an olio of tat art, which gives a multi-purpose communication, with straight forward purpose. Sun photographer Tiki Parrot captured both pictures. He created the humorous title art for the female tat, but drew a blank for the man.Phillie Feds Think Bumper Sticker Is Real Arrest Musician and Her Banjo     Emily Yates, who claims to have put her life on the line for her country in Iraq, is shown in a video with her banjo in the Independence Hall park. The clip shows a federal park policeman asking her words to the effect, "So you refuse to leave?" Ms. Yate's reply is to the effect, "Tell me why I have to go and I'll leave." This is followed by the banjo player being grabbed by the arresting officers. The instrument is banged hard against a park bench. As Ms. Yates protests her innocence, an officer tells her to "Stop Kicking." The instrument and Ms. Yates continue to chafe the bench top rail as she tries to pull her hand free. An officer is shown applying an offensive martial-arts move to the woman's left shoulder. Ms. Yates releases three screeching painful sounding screams for help as the officer re-administers the martial arts offensive pressure to the shoulder two more times.  Clearwater Sun publisher Charles Perry has claimed responsibility for the arrest."It's my fault. I had that bumper-sticker on my car for years. 'Play a banjo, go to jail.' I though everyone knew it was a joke. "In my opinion two things went wrong here," Mr. Perrry continued. "First, the feds over-reacted. It's like the federal beach on Cape Cod. Nude sunbathing is against the law. A woman gets caught sunbathing naked. They don't run her in. She gets a $75 ticket. "Second, Miss Yates, doesn't know the law. There is a crime in this country called 'Contempt of Cop.' - You won't find it on the books, but it exists. - She was grandstanding for the camera. The video starts with a lot of cops responding. Something happened earlier which you don't see.  Here three doses of pain were administered and an instrument was abused. "The point to remember in this age of video is reality T.V. is not to be used to bait the cops. In fact, I would debate that reality TV is not even an aesthetic art form." But don't use the camera in an effort to create a situation." - Link to  Video  - Kody Moe  DON'T THROW AWAY THAT JUNK MAIL!!!! NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is sending a survey to random families in Clearwater. Doesn't take long to answer. There're questions about the weather (that's a NOAA weather station orbiting the Earth in the photo to the left) and questions about how you experience the world's oceans. And if you're lucky enough to get one of the random surveys, you'll find TWO CRISP ONE DOLLAR BILLS inside. NOAA is the government agency made famous in a series of books by Clive Cussler in which a swashbuckling employee, Dirk Pitt, collects rare cars, planes and a bathtub. The author writes himself in the series as a minor character.  Mr. Cussler actually owns many of Dirk Pitt's rare autos, including this Maybach Zeppelin. Photo by Späth ChrJessica Montilla, a local occupational therapy student, was lucky enough to open the NOAA junk mail. "I could not believe the cash drifting onto the floor."  Asked what she was going to do with the Washingtons, Miss Montilla said, "My mom filled out the survey, so she kept the bucks." - Kody MoeThe Whistle Stop A Showcase For Musical Talent    The Whistle Stop outdoor cafe showcases a multitude of musical talent including Steve Grant, left, a guitar-player - singer whose song list features a rich mix of classic rock, alternating with great country sounds. The venue offers a broad range of talent including Crackerbarrel Billy, Greg West     Little Big Show    T.J. Weger    ShoeLess Soul, SG Wood   Wynn Taylor   Bodie Valdez, to name a few. Every Wednesday features an appearance by the house band, The Back Porch Players, a virtual incubator of local talent. Thursday night is open mike and provides a glimpse of the evolving musical talent from the Pinellas area. One recent act was Rebecca Zapen, a hot looking violinist who plays hot music to crowds enchanted by her magical charm. Rebecca's song "Colorado" was selected for The Alternate Root's 'Women Only' sampler. (Click here to listen to the sampler: Alternate Root's 'Women Only' Sampler).  Whistle Stop(727) 726-1956915 Main St, Safety Harbor,   LISA INSERRA TAPPED TO TEACHVIDEO PRODUCTION CLASS AT ST. PETE COLLEGE    Lisa Inserra, a video producer of top end videos for corporate executives for Cox Media (affiliated with Valuepak), is the new professor of digital media at the Seminole campus. The teacher, who has a masters degree in film and television production from an academy of art and design in Savannah, is known for requiring students to engage in hands-on production. In fact, her class produced a short news interview segment using three television cameras, and professional sound equipment.In addition to teaching Studio Production and Direction, she also teaches Survey of Digital Video. Tony Cerano, who transferred to St. Petersburg College from a local for profit arts school praised her teaching ability. "All we did was write essays about three point lighting. Professor Inserra had us do actually three point lighting in the school's television studio. It's nice being in a real video instruction program."by Kathy Baird and Tiki Parrot.  Professor Eric Hulsizer in SPC studio:__________________________________________________________________________________________________ Counterattack on the War on Poverty!?  Sorties From Faux News Rep. & Clearwater Lawmen      Tucker Carlson, son of an heir to Swanson Foods and an ambassador, graduate of Trinity College, and Fox News talent speaks out on the evils of “cheap student loans.” Mr. Carlson was raised in an affluent seaside community and is well familiar with the need for a labor market.     The quote was recently featured on the Doonesbury comic strip page of Slate E-zine in a segment entitled “Say What?”City Enforcing Don’t Sit-on-the-Curb Law      Clearwater’s criminalization of sitting on curbs and sidewalks, adopted by the City Council last year, is being enforced. The law applies to the beach area, the downtown and the “gateway” area, which extends from Cleveland Street along Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard to Highland Avenue.      The law bans bottoms on curbs adjacent to private property as well. The use of personal chairs is also a violation subject to charges. Local resident John Baltimore criticized the law:      “It’s just designed to cover up the problem, to hide the poor. Build them some housing instead!”_________________________________________________________________________________ACE Complete Auto Repair= John M. Everett IV - 1021 Park Street - Clearwater, FL 33756 - 727-441-8737"I was totally black in the back. These guys fixed my lights and did it quickly and reasonably." - Jessica MontillaAnimal shelter full: Adoption fees waived     Tiki Parrot, the Sun's ace photographer has been named new columnist for the Food to Drive For restaurant review. "If a place sucks, I'd never review it."      Managing editor Kathy Baird said "Mr. Parrot once nailed an overfried egg to the door of a greasy spoon as a warning to travelers. He's perfect for this job!" This review - Eatz, which has been endorsed by Philadelphia cyber-punk fiction writer Joe Cautilli. "The place is great! The food is fresh! I endorse it wholeheartedly!" Mr Cautilli is a Clearwater property owner who co-wrote a series of Zombies vs. Robots with his daughter Marisha.      The philosophy of Chef Rhonda and gestionnaire de salle Debbie is that there is a need for meals made from scratch. "Anybody can heat up a frozen meal made in another state or city, but it lacks freshness." Indeed the meals and sauces at Eatz far surpass the processed salt bombs and fat bombs prevelant in the chain food industry.( In fact one such meal from Denny's still had a frozen center in the beef stew-  brrrr.)  Tiki Parrot, the Sun's ace photographer has been named new columnist for the Food to Drive For restaurant review. "If a place sucks, I'd never review it."      Managing editor Kathy Baird said "Mr. Parrot once nailed an overfried egg to the door of a greasy spoon as a warning to travelers. He's perfect for this job!" This review - Eatz, which has been endorsed by Philadelphia cyber-punk fiction writer Joe Cautilli. "The place is great! The food is fresh! I endorse it wholeheartedly!" Mr Cautilli is a Clearwater property owner who co-wrote a series of Zombies vs. Robots with his daughter Marisha.        Tiki Parrot, the Sun's ace photographer has been named new columnist for the Food to Drive For restaurant review. "If a place sucks, I'd never review it."  "Great food. I'll be comingback a lot in the future." Local "Great food. I'll be comingRestaurant · 1.2 miAddress: 1258 S Highland Ave, Clearwater, FL 33756Phone:(727) 462-0033Planning is underway for a March 4 reunion of former Clearwater Sun employees, and the planning committee is attempting to contact anyone who ever worked in any department at the former newspaper. Anyone who is a former employee – or anyone who knows someone who may have worked there – is asked to provide email addresses for news and updates about the reunion plans. The email addresses will not be shared and will be utilized only for reunion news.Anyone who wants to be included or knows how to reach former Sun employees is asked to submit names and email addresses to Dorothy Smiljanich at dsmiljanich@gmail.com; Tom Keyser at tomkeyser17@gmail.com or Ron Stuart at flbbref@aol.com.Article published on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017As most of the world knows by now, Attorney General Jeff Sessions did not tell the truth when he was asked during his confirmation hearings about contacts with Russian officials.But Sessions isn’t the only one. At least four other cabinet members made statements during their nomination hearings that are contradicted by actual facts: EPA Chief Scott Pruitt, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. The statements were all made under oath, except those of DeVos. It is a crime to “knowingly” lie in testimony to Congress, but it’s rarely prosecuted.As most of the world knows by now, Attorney General Jeff Sessions did not tell the truth when he was asked during his confirmation hearings about contacts with Russian officials.But Sessions isn’t the only one. At least four other cabinet members made statements during their nomination hearings that are contradicted by actual facts: EPA Chief Scott Pruitt, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. The statements were all made under oath, except those of DeVos. It is a crime to “knowingly” lie in testimony to Congress, but it’s rarely prosecuted.n a remarkable Friday night news dump, the Trump administration made dozens of White House staffers’ financial disclosure forms available. But they did it with an extra dose of opacity.These are important disclosures from the people who have the president’s ear and shape national policy. They lay out all sorts of details, including information on ownership of stocks, real estate and companies, and make possible conflicts of interest public.But the White House required a separate request for each staffer’s disclosure. And they didn’t give the names of the staffers, leaving us to guess who had filed disclosures, a kind of Transparency Bingo.Since the White House wasn’t going to post the documents publicly, we did.We teamed up with The New York Times and The Associated Press, requested docs for every staffer we know and put them in this public Google Drive folder.We’re continuing to look through them. And we want your help: If you see anything that merits a closer look, comment on the thread below or fill out our Google Form.Among the things we’ve learned already:Steve Bannon, President Trump’s hand-picked chief strategist, earned more than $500,000 last year through businesses connected to Republican donors Robert Mercer and his daughter, Rebekah. The companies include the conservative website Breitbart News Network; the data-crunching firm Cambridge Analytica; the conservative nonprofit Government Accountability Institute; and the entertainment production company Glittering Steel. (Per an agreement with White House ethics attorneys, Bannon is selling his stakes in Cambridge Analytica and Glittering Steel. He made somewhere between $1.3 million and $2.3 million last year, according to the filings.)Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and a White House senior adviser, resigned his positions in 266 different business entities in order to comply with federal ethics rules, White House officials said Friday. He and his wife Ivanka’s financial disclosure shows the scale of their wealth, largely through the family-run Kushner Companies: real estate and investments worth as much as $741 million.And Kushner is holding onto more than 100 real-estate assets, including a Trump-branded rental building in Jersey City, New Jersey, which was financed with millions from wealthy Chinese investors through a visa program.As part of Kushner’s financial disclosure, Ivanka Trump, who recently took an official post in the White House, had to disclose her assets. Ivanka Trump’s branded companies, including her clothing and jewelry lines, brought in more than $5 million in 2016 and are valued at more than $50 million. Her stake in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., which opened in September, brought in income of between $1 million and $5 million. (She is putting her companies in a trust that she won’t manage while her father serves as president.)There are other tidbits, too. Gary Cohn, the former Goldman Sachs investment banker who now serves as director of the National Economic Council, has assets worth at least $253 million, including million-dollar or more stakes in several private companies. Omarosa Manigault, the reality-TV star who took a job as a White House communications staffer, has a 33 percent stake in a trust worth between $1 million and $5 million established by her late fiancée, the Oscar-nominated actor Michael Clarke Duncan, who died in 2012. Reed Cordish, a Trump family friend and Maryland real-estate developer who now oversees technology initiatives at the White House, reported assets of at least $197 million, including partnerships in Baltimore casinos.n a remarkable Friday night news dump, the Trump administration made dozens of White House staffers’ financial disclosure forms available. But they did it with an extra dose of opacity.These are important disclosures from the people who have the president’s ear and shape national policy. They lay out all sorts of details, including information on ownership of stocks, real estate and companies, and make possible conflicts of interest public.But the White House required a separate request for each staffer’s disclosure. And they didn’t give the names of the staffers, leaving us to guess who had filed disclosures, a kind of Transparency Bingo.Since the White House wasn’t going to post the documents publicly, we did.We teamed up with The New York Times and The Associated Press, requested docs for every staffer we know and put them in this public Google Drive folder.We’re continuing to look through them. And we want your help: If you see anything that merits a closer look, comment on the thread below or fill out our Google Form.Among the things we’ve learned already:Steve Bannon, President Trump’s hand-picked chief strategist, earned more than $500,000 last year through businesses connected to Republican donors Robert Mercer and his daughter, Rebekah. The companies include the conservative website Breitbart News Network; the data-crunching firm Cambridge Analytica; the conservative nonprofit Government Accountability Institute; and the entertainment production company Glittering Steel. (Per an agreement with White House ethics attorneys, Bannon is selling his stakes in Cambridge Analytica and Glittering Steel. He made somewhere between $1.3 million and $2.3 million last year, according to the filings.)Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and a White House senior adviser, resigned his positions in 266 different business entities in order to comply with federal ethics rules, White House officials said Friday. He and his wife Ivanka’s financial disclosure shows the scale of their wealth, largely through the family-run Kushner Companies: real estate and investments worth as much as $741 million.And Kushner is holding onto more than 100 real-estate assets, including a Trump-branded rental building in Jersey City, New Jersey, which was financed with millions from wealthy Chinese investors through a visa program.As part of Kushner’s financial disclosure, Ivanka Trump, who recently took an official post in the White House, had to disclose her assets. Ivanka Trump’s branded companies, including her clothing and jewelry lines, brought in more than $5 million in 2016 and are valued at more than $50 million. Her stake in the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., which opened in September, brought in income of between $1 million and $5 million. (She is putting her companies in a trust that she won’t manage while her father serves as president.)There are other tidbits, too. Gary Cohn, the former Goldman Sachs investment banker who now serves as director of the National Economic Council, has assets worth at least $253 million, including million-dollar or more stakes in several private companies. Omarosa Manigault, the reality-TV star who took a job as a White House communications staffer, has a 33 percent stake in a trust worth between $1 million and $5 million established by her late fiancée, the Oscar-nominated actor Michael Clarke Duncan, who died in 2012. Reed Cordish, a Trump family friend and Maryland real-estate developer who now oversees technology initiatives at the White House, reported assets of at least $197 million, including partnerships in Baltimore casinos. 
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