Saturday, June 24, 2017

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There's a great story in the Wall Street Journal today -- "Fentanyl Billionaire Comes Under Fire as Death Toll Mounts From Prescription Opioids" -- about how employees of Insys Therapeutics reportedly "bribed doctors to prescribe the company's painkillers. Fentanyl, one of...
Attorney General Rudy Giuliani. Secretary of State Newt Gingrich. Secretary of Defense Mike Flynn. Secretary of Commerce Mike Huckabee. These are names that provoke fear and loathing, understandably. By contrast, everyone should be thrilled that Sarah Palin is being considered for...
There's really not much to say at the moment. At least I can't think of much after staring at my screen for the last few hours. The only positive outcome of this depressing election, other than the massive comeuppance to...
Hillary's liberal supporters and bedwetters have been outraged by reports that Donald Trump used money from his foundation on a portrait of himself, to settle legal problems and for other distinctly non-charitable uses. I don't blame them, it's pretty...
Well, a new poll is out that shows that the presidential race is basically tied and it appears Donald Trump has momentum heading into the final stretch. So it seems fair at this point to wonder if Hillary Clinton would...
OK, I'm going to level with you. My week kind of sucks and I'm working on a couple of big stories for Washington Babylon but I want to post an item. The good news(*) is this is a great story...
I have a story today in the New York Observer that looks at Freddy Balsera, a leading surrogate and fundraiser for Hillary Clinton who ran a business with an Argentine businessman, Carlos Molinari, who has been indicted for moneylaundering. The...
In August, we wrote about how Hillary Clinton used the Flint Water Crisis for political gain and how her “initiative” to help the victims was pure campaign circus. Now, the Podesta Emails confirm that Hillary's Flint appearance was about creating a "perception of...
Hillary Clinton is going to be the next president. Kenneth Bone wore a red sweater and became a celebrity. The Upper West Side thinks Donald Trump is embarrassing, which we already knew. In other words, the day could not be...
I know arms dealers are not generally seen as sympathetic, but you should be worried about the story of Marc Turi. He’s the guy who the Justice Department indicted in 2014 for legally sending weapons to Qatar and the...
One of the great mysteries of modern politics is why millennials have the lowest voter turnout rate of any age group. The U.S. system is vibrant and dynamic — just look at 68-year-old Hillary Clinton and 70-year-old Donald Trump...
I didn’t think much of the New York Times story on Donald Trump possibly not paying taxes for 18 years, as I noted here yesterday. The Times story rather obviously stretched its conclusions well beyond where its flimsy evidence...
The story of the campaign at the moment is that Donald Trump has possibly not paid taxes for almost two decades, as the New York Times reported Sunday. The Times based this on Trump’s partial 1995 return, which shows...
In the early morning hours Donald Trump, woke up ready to fight. Donald’s 3 a.m. tweet suggested that the former Miss Universe, Alicia Machado, has a sordid past and an alleged sex tape and that “Crooked Hillary” aided in...
I admit I’m baffled by all the praise being heaped on Senator Elizabeth Warren for her comments to Well Fargo criminal mastermind and CEO, John Stumpf. She “grilled” him, “ripped” him, “excoriated” him, and “eviscerated” him, ran the headlines....
In Rhode Island, a state known for cronyism and corruption, the 38 Studios scam may go down as one of the greatest ever. And the best part of it all is that it involves the political troglodyte and toxic gas bag...
Washington Babylon reported several times last month on disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner's continued sexting and said that if underage girls were involved, his conduct should draw a criminal investigation. I knew at the time that Weiner was sexting at...
The latest vapid uproar of campaign 2016 involves Donald Trump Jr. posting a tweet that "Compared Syrian Refugees to Poisoned Skittles," according to an AP headline. "If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three...
For weeks press accounts have talked excitedly about an imminent attack on Mosul, which ISIS captured two years ago and is where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared his “caliphate." Retaking Mosul would mark a major victory against ISIS and show that...
The release last Friday of a forensic audit of the Rhode Island public pension system's real estate portfolio reveals a dire situation for state Treasurer Seth Magaziner, son of longtime Clinton power player Ira Magaziner. The audit, prepared by Benchmark Financial Services,...
On Friday afternoon, Joe Conason removed his lips from Bill Clinton’s ass long enough to answer questions from his fans on Facebook about his newly released book, Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton. I pictured...
A hacker (or hackers) has recently released a new cache of material taken directly from the computer systems of the Democratic Party and the materials are simply amazing. There are sixteen individual sub-folders, each worthy of multiple news stories, and they...
Florida congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, you may recall, was forced to resign as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee when hacked documents showed she was rigging the primaries for Hillary Clinton. She was booed off the stage at the...
The Rhode Island Retired Teachers Association is one of the most innocuous-sounding organizations one could imagine, ranking up there with the Canadian ice growers lobby and the like. What scary political demands are likely to emanate from Sinatra fans whose most audacious...
Hillary Clinton was posed picture perfect yesterday for her feature in Humans of New York, in which she recounted a harrowing encounter while taking a law school entrance exam at Harvard in the 1960s. This story was meant to...
We all now by now that Donald Trump is pretty nuts, but is he literally crazy and technically a narcissist? If so, does that really matter? After all, we’ve had some deranged lunkhead presidents in the past and the...
Hillary Clinton campaigns Friday. Photo credit: Adrian Michael Servergate is admittedly sort of hard to follow. All we know for sure is that Hillary Clinton is a pathological liar and that the FBI disgracefully opted not to prosecute her for political...
I don’t know what’s funnier, watching Hillary plummet in the polls and soar in her unfavorable ratings, or watching her media sycophants frantically try to ride to her rescue. I’ll be honest with you here, I would love to...
Throughout the primary season, the polls were consistently off, sometimes significantly, in capturing the outcome of the primaries and caucuses.  This is important because the polls don’t just capture reality, in theory anyway, they help shape it. People want to...
I used to love the Monty Python Show when I was a young lad and I remember one segment that mocked those brain-dead Sunday TV shows during which bland, predictable journalists and “expert” panelists gather to discuss the week’s...
Not so long ago I wrote here about how male politicians involved in sex scandals tended to fare better than the women they were involved with, citing, among others, Louisiana Senator David Vitter. I mentioned that Vitter — who...
I'm hearing from multiple stories that major news outlets are finally embarrassed about their shameful pro-Hillary bias in the presidential campaign and are loading up stories on the Clintons that will be run imminently. One chief target is Doug Band,...
Long-time reporters in Washington will often tell you that journalists used to cover up the sexual peccadilloes of politicians but don't do it any more. These boring drones will invariably cite JFK's years in the White House and note that...
Both presidential candidates and their minions recently have begun urging friendly reporters to run dubious material about their opponent's rapidly deteriorating physical and mental health. There's so much shit being slung it's hard to separate fact from fiction. That both...
The other day I posted an interview with one of the globe’s leading experts who pretty much flatly said Hillary Clinton has the election sewn up. Now I’ve spoken to another of the globe’s leading experts and he disagrees...
Just when it seemed like things couldn't get any worse for Tom Brady, now new and unreported photographic evidence of the quarterback's ties to Adolf Hitler has emerged. For the New England Patriots, the evidence presents a dilemma: should they...
Writer/Research Assistant(s) for WashingtonBabylon.com Location: Washington D.C. (some flexibility there) Pay: Unpaid but plenty of opportunities for bylines and real journalism. Plus editor-in-chief periodically picks up drink tab Description: Exciting opportunity to work with me, an investigative journalist formerly with the Los Angeles...
So there are a lot of exciting developments here at Washington Babylon. We launched yesterday and Sydney Leather's delightful dismantling of Anthony Weiner was picked up by the New York Post (on the front page and Page Six), the Daily...
Launching a website or blog is like having a baby. You’re never ready. So I’m soft launching Washingtonbabylon.com now and hope to be fully up-and-running right after Labor Day. What is Washington Babylon? Basically it’s a political and gossip...