Trump to Go "Quietly," And More Evidence of Obstruction - The Monday AM Quickie 4/3/23

Just let us see him in cuffs. We deserve this small joy. -Robert

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Trump to Turn Himself In; More Evidence of Obstruction in Mar-a-Lago Document Case

Trump is apparently going quietly in his arrest on charges related to hush-money payments to Stormy Daniels. The New York Times reports that Trump is expected to fly into New York tonight, spend the night in a barricaded Trump Tower, and surrender himself tomorrow afternoon to DA Alvin Bragg’s office. There he’ll be fingerprinted, get his mugshot taken, and maybe *fingers crossed* get cuffed before heading to his arraignment at the Lower Manhattan courthouse. When he arrives before the judge, the over 30 charges against the former president will finally be made public.

City officials and police are bracing for protests and counter-protests. The area surrounding the Lower Manhattan courthouse will be completely closed off to give Donny a clear path to and from his arraignment. Let’s hope he doesn’t get lost on the way.

Adding to Trump’s legal gamut, the Justice Department has more evidence of Trump’s obstruction in the seizure of classified documents stored at Mar-a-Lago, according to an exclusive from the Post:

[F]ederal investigators have gathered new and significant evidence that after the subpoena was delivered, Trump looked through the contents of some of the boxes of documents in his home, apparently out of a desire to keep certain things in his possession, the people familiar with the investigation said.

Investigators now suspect, based on witness statements, security camera footage, and other documentary evidence, that boxes including classified material were moved from a Mar-a-Lago storage area after the subpoena was served, and that Trump personally examined at least some of those boxes, these people said. While Trump’s team returned some documents with classified markings in response to the subpoena, a later FBI search found more than 100 additional classified items that had not been turned over.

Trump still faces additional potential indictments over his involvement in the January 6th insurrection and election meddling in Georgia.

Insurance Lobby Weakens Medicare Advantage Reform

The New York Times reports that the Biden administration weakened rules to cut down on private Medicare Advantage insurance overbilling after an intense lobbying effort from insurers. The rule will now phase in after three years. In the meantime, Medicare Advantage insurers are tacitly allowed to continue to fraudulently add diagnoses to their clients’ medical records to boost their payments from Medicare by the billions, threatening the solvency of the program. Insurers have spent huge sums lobbying legislators and scaring the public, including on a Super Bowl Ad that alleged this “cut” would raise user premiums and cut their benefits. Keep in mind, profits for Medicare Advantage insurers are double that of other health insurers.

Extreme Weather Continues to Pummel Much of the Country

Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes claimed at least 28 lives this week as storms ravaged the South, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic, coming just days after tornadoes in Mississippi killed 21 people. Frequent extreme weather events may be the new normal as temperatures rise, according to a review of recent research on climate-change induced extreme weather by the Washington Post. Supercells, the massive storms that produce severe tornadoes, are expected to become more frequent and severe, and may shift eastward, threatening larger population centers. More severe storms are expected for tomorrow, stretching from Texas to Illinois.


  • Former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson Running for President He is the only Republican contender to call for Trump to drop out of the race. Via the Washington Post.
  • Finland’s Millennial Prime Minister Sanna Marin Loses Re-election A center-right party will take control from Marin's social democrats. Via FT.
  • Israel Green Lights Terrorist Militia Far-right terrorist supporter and minister of national security Itamar Ben Gvir got his wish for a "national guard." The new force will likely be used to further repress Palestinians and Arab Israelis, but also anti-Netanyahu Jewish Israelis. Via NYT.
  • Blue Check-pocalypse Hasn’t Happened Despite Musk’s decree to end legacy blue check verification by April 1st, most legacy accounts still have theirs. Except for the New York Times, who Musk apparently singled out for the company’s stated refusal to pay for Twitter Blue. Via Politico and Fortune.



That’s just above what Saudi Arabia is about to cut in its oil output after an OPEC decision to decrease production in coordination with other OPEC countries, including Russia, to the Biden administration's chagrin.


4/3 Sam and Emma host writer Douglas Rushkoff to discuss his recent book Survival of the Richest: Escape Fantasies of the Tech Billionaires.


The Wisconsin Supreme Court Election Is WAY More Important Than You Think

If you live in Wisconsin, don’t forget to vote in the important Supreme Court election this week.

Mehdi Hasan Sparks Lightbulb For Israeli Journalist

For Palestinians, Israel’s government has always been a dictatorship.


"The whole thing about depression is, is that objectively, you may have won, but depression can absolutely convince you that you actually lost. And that's exactly what happened.

-- John Fetterman on his battle with depression after his historic Senate win in Pennsylvania. He gave an extended interview with CBS Sunday Morning prior to his discharge from Walter Reed, where he had undergone treatment for depression.

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