Julian Assange | Michael Avenatti – What a day in news

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any better.

Julian Assange was picked up by London police and transported to face what the United States is calling justice for alleged hacks in 2010.

On the same day, Michael Avenatti, the porn star lawyer for Stormy Daniels, was indicted on 36 counts of embezzling tens of millions of dollars from clients.  Hmm.  Maybe Assange and Avenatti should switch places.

In other news, Rep. Omar put her foot in her big and looming mouth again by saying of the 9/11 terrorist attack: “…some people did something.”  Try saying that with a Somalian accent.   AOC, bless her heart, came to her rescue on Twitter.  You know, because all public policy starts on Twitter, right?

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Causey: Global Bankers Insurance Given Special Treatment Under Previous Commissioner | WFAE

Well, there’s a whole lot going on here. In case you haven’t been keeping up let me give you the rundown.

Robin Hayes was the chair of the North Carolina Republican Party. Mike Causey is the newly elected Republican Commissioner of insurance in North Carolina.

Hayes took money from a guy named Greg Lindberg who runs Global Bankers Insurance.  In a nutshell, Lindberg would put money into political action committees at the request of Hayes. Haynes would then distribute that money either to political candidates or to organizations that would provide consultants and/or media buys in North Carolina for Republican candidates.

The way it all came about was because Lindberg had the same arrangement with former Commissioner of Insurance, Wayne Goodwin. Lindberg just assumed that the same pay for play scenarios would apply regardless of the party affiliation.

Normally, he would’ve been right. Play for pay politics has been going on since long before the Jim Long administration. What makes it a little more complicated is that the Republicans took over the North Carolina Council of State.

Not to get too complicated, but that is where the real power in North Carolina politics lies. Yes, it does matter the party affiliation of the governor and that of the state Senate and House; the real power plays in Raleigh happen within the Council of State.

The Insurance Commissioner in North Carolina is part of that Council of State.

The Council of State enjoys the control of administrative law within the North Carolina government apparatus.

Through various PACs, fundraisers, paid consultants, etc. Lindberg was able to work his magic to the benefit of GBI as well as other entities under his control.

So, while it is true that GBI was treated differently, so were many others that were playing the same game under both Republican and Democratic control.

As George Carlin once said, “it’s the big club and were not in it.”

In essence, millions of dollars have floated from big money donors like GBI into political coffers while politicians presumably turned their head at where the money was coming from.

When Wayne Goodwin lost his election as Insurance Commissioner, he was elected chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party. For a very short time Goodwin was also employed by GBI, however briefly, in an effort to shore up his income.

Interestingly, the former chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party, Randy Voller, has been instrumental in bringing to light the shenanigans of Lindberg, as well as others, and at least a plausible attempt to weed out corruption within the party-political apparatus.

Source: Causey: Global Bankers Insurance Given Special Treatment Under Previous Commissioner | WFAE

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Trump foe Avenatti charged with trying to extort $20 million from Nike | Reuters

This is just icing on the cake for Donald Trump.

Attorney Michael Avenatti, who represented adult film star Stormy Daniels in her legal battles with U.S. President Donald Trump, was charged on Monday with what prosecutors said was an attempt to “shake down” Nike Inc for over $20 million.

Source: Trump foe Avenatti charged with trying to extort $20 million from Nike | Reuters

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Charlotte, North Carolina Housing Forecast: Prices Rising into 2020?

Source: Charlotte, North Carolina Housing Forecast: Prices Rising into 2020?

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Mueller report release: Special Counsel investigation report sent to William Barr, concluding FBI investigation into Russia interference in Trump Campaign and 2016 election 

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation has concluded, and he has now submitted his long-awaited report on the findings of that probe to Attorney General William Barr, as required by the special counsel law.

A senior Justice Department official has told CBS News that Mueller is not recommending any further indictments. The Justice Department also confirmed that the “principal conclusions” of the report will be made public.

Source: Mueller report release: Special Counsel investigation report sent to William Barr, concluding FBI investigation into Russia interference in Trump Campaign and 2016 election – live updates – CBS News

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Giving Parents Therapy Can Help Their Anxious Children – Tonic

Good morning friends:

I saw this and it seems to ring true.  Maybe, just maybe it’s not the kids we really need to focus upon.  Maybe it’s the parents.  Years ago I read Toxic Parents.  It was during the age of “heal your inner child.”

But, the focus was on how and why your parents raised you the way they did and how it affects your life in adulthood.   So, thinking a little outside the box, if we can reach kids much earlier than adulthood – when all the problems have matured – and focus on healthy parents.  Just maybe kids won’t be so f’ed up.

Source: Giving Parents Therapy Can Help Their Anxious Children – Tonic

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Queen Elizabeth, royal family to be evacuated if Brexit unrest breaks out in London, reports say | Fox News

The Mail on Sunday also reported on the plans for the “worst case” scenarios to move the Royals to safe locations outside of London.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, a Conservative lawmaker and Brexiteer, told the Mail that the revival of the plan was a “wartime fantasy,” adding that as senior royals had remained in London during the bombings of World War II.

“The over-excited officials who have dreamt up this nonsense are clearly more students of fantasy than of history,” he told the Mail.

Source: Queen Elizabeth, royal family to be evacuated if Brexit unrest breaks out in London, reports say | Fox News

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