Today is 8-14, and here are the stories I am watching.
1-Epstein guards suspected of falsifying logs
Guards at the New York City jail where Jeffrey Epstein is said to have killed himself are suspected of falsifying log entries to show they were checking on the alleged sex trafficker and other inmates with greater regularity than was the case, according to a Tuesday report. Surveillance video reviewed after Epstein’s death shows guards at the Metropolitan Correctional Center did not make some of the checks they claimed to have made in their logs, a source told the Associated Press. The federal jail workers claimed they were checking on inmates in Epstein’s unit every half-hour, but investigators now believe that was not the case. The Justice Department on Tuesday said two guards assigned to watch Epstein had been placed on administrative leave.
DML: Cover up. Cover over. Cover under. Cover, cover, cover….
2-Make Wall Street Happy Again
Asian shares were mostly higher Wednesday after U.S. stocks, especially shares of tech companies and bond yields rallied Tuesday following the Trump administration’s decision to delay tariffs on key Chinese imports. Early in Tuesday’s session, equities turned positive on a report that China’s commerce secretary agreed to conduct a phone call in two weeks with U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer, according to Reuters. Wall Street then learned that the White House was delaying until Dec. 15 additional tariffs on certain Chinese exports. The announcement was greeted with relief on Wall Street and by retailers who have grown fearful that the new tariffs would wreck holiday sales. Among the products that will benefit from the 3½-month reprieve are such popular consumer goods as cellphones, laptops, video game consoles, some toys, computer monitors, shoes and clothing.
DML: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas (sing it…) everywhere you go.
3-Portland braces for clash of Antifa, right-wing protests
Portland, Ore., is gearing up for a set of dueling rallies this weekend that is expected to bring an informal coalition of right-wing groups — some of which have been decried as white nationalists and white supremacists — and so-called anti-fascists, who have violently opposed these right-wing demonstrators. Portland’s so-called “Antifa” members have issued an online call to followers to turn out to “defend Portland from a far-Right attack.” Portland leaders are planning a major law enforcement presence on the heels of similar rallies in June and last summer that turned violent, and the recent hate-driven shooting in El Paso, Texas. None of the city’s nearly 1,000 police officers will have the day off, and Portland will get help from the Oregon State Police and the FBI.
DML: Will Fredo be there? I may hop on a plane if he is.
4- Speaking of Fredo, his pal Don Lemon accused of assault.
CNN primetime host Don Lemon is accused of a bizarre, sexually charged assault of a bartender in New York’s Hamptons in a civil suit filed earlier this week. In the lawsuit, Dustin Hice, of Florida, said he was living in the Hamptons and working at the Old Stove Pub in Sagaponack during the summer of 2018. On July 15, after closing, Hice claimed he left with the owner and co-workers to party at another bar, Murf’s Backstreet Tavern, in Sag Harbor, where they saw Lemon. Recognizing the newsman, Hice offered to buy him a vodka drink called a “lemon drop,” according to the suit. Lemon declined the offer, Hice claimed, but later approached him inside the establishment. That was when the alleged, sexually charged encounter occurred. CNN is standing by Lemon and has denied Hice’s account and he seems to bear animosity toward the cable news network.
DML: Apparently Lemon stuck his own hands down his own pants and rubbed his own “lemons”, and then put his hands on Hice’s face. Now, if you’ve seen Lemon’s behavior on CNN during the New Years Eve programs, you know this story is true. I wonder if Hannity will defend him like he did Fredo.
5-Made in China
Riot police swarmed into Hong Kong’s international airport last night and dispersed protesters who caused two days of chaos and cancellations at the world’s eighth busiest airport. China’s next move will be dangerous, no matter what. If China repeats Tiananmen Square, the world turns on the regime. If Xi Jinping holds back, he looks weak and worsens a political standing that has already been shaken by a slowing economy.
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