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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Jimmy Margulies)

In other news, numerous sources who spoke to Forbes say Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has stolen at least $120 million from his former business partners and employees. Ross has reportedly settled cases claiming as much, including a recent case. His former associates also describe him as an unimaginable cheap-ass.

Two former WL Ross colleagues remember the commerce secretary taking handfuls of Sweet’N Low packets from a nearby restaurant, so he didn’t have to go out and buy some for himself. One says workers at his house in the Hamptons used to call the office, claiming Ross had not paid them for their work. Another two people said Ross once pledged $1 million to a charity, then never paid.

Meanwhile, Paul Manafort's former deputy Rick Gates testified in court that his boss was more or less broke in 2015 before their Russian contact Konstantin Kilimnik bailed him out with a check.

I still think we're going to learn Manafort didn't really work for Trump "for free." That already seems apparent.

Finally, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the family of a teenager killed by a border agent from the other side of the Mexican border can sue for civil damages.

Tuesday’s decision allows Araceli Rodriguez to sue the agent Lonnie Swartz over the Oct. 10, 2012 shooting of 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez.

The boy had been walking down a street in Nogales, Mexico when Swartz, then on duty and standing on an embankment on U.S. soil, fired through a border fence, striking him about 10 times.

The agent claimed that he was defending himself from rock throwers which would be absurd even if it were true. He shot the boy 10 times.

  • katanahamon

    I really don’t like the fact that this level and frequency of corruption is being, it really shows what greedy shtheads these ppl are who not only want to cheat, grift and legislate themselves all the wealth, but to make sure there’s no social programs or safety net for anyone else. Remove money from politics to the extent possible..or we are doomed.

  • Aynwrong

    I once worked in a butcher’s shop for about six months. It was apparently one of the best hunting seasons they’d ever seen. The overtime was constant. By the time hunting season had ended some of the employees had made more money than the owner of the shop. He wasn’t happy with that situation but he paid his employees, who he treated like family.

    The kind of cheapness that someone in Ross’s position shows towards people who work for him tell you who and what he is. It’s not impressive.