Anthony Rendon is going to be appreciated by some team, soon

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Major League Baseball announced the winners of the “primary” round of All-Star Game balloting, narrowing down each position to the top three vote-getters, a new wrinkle devised this year to drum up more interest in the selection of starters for the midsummer classic.

Anthony Rendon was not among the top three at third base in the National League, with those honors going to Nolan Arenado, Kris Bryant and Josh Donaldson, two former MVPs and a perennial top-5 MVP finisher. Rendon placed fifth at third base, despite being arguably the third best hitter at any position in the NL:

But this is not new for Rendon, the quietly excellent third baseman for the Washington Nationals who should be used to going relatively unnoticed by now.

Rendon has never been an All-Star despite putting up four seasons of at least 3.9 Wins Above Replacement prior to 2019. This year Rendon is at 2.6 WAR, on pace for 5.7, well above his average of 4.2 WAR over the previous five seasons.

Since the start of 2016, Rendon ranks 13th in Wins Above Replacement (16.7) in the majors. Among the 22 players with at least 15 WAR during that time, only Rendon and Matt Chapman haven’t made an All-Star team.

It’s understandable why Rendon has flown under the recognition radar. For most of his career he has been on a team with two former first overall draft picks — Bryce Harper (2009) and Stephen Strasburg (2010) — while Rendon was only the sixth overall pick a year later. The Nationals also boast a three-time Cy Young Award winner in Max Scherzer, so with all that star power it’s easy for someone like Rendon to go unnoticed.

Also the Nationals have been terrible disappointments for two seasons running. A preseason favorite in 2018, Washington stumbled to a pitiful 82-win campaign. This year the expectations were to at least contend, but even that has been beyond the grasp of the Nationals, who enter the weekend under .500 at 36-38.

When most folks think baseball in the nation’s capital, a question like “Why are the Nationals such underachievers?” overshadows focusing on something actually good in Washington.

Rendon will get his due, eventually.

He might make the NL All-Star team as a reserve, which would be a first for the 29-year-old.

He might be traded to a contender, which would give Rendon another chance at a national stage. He made the postseason three times with Washington, but first-round exits in 2014, 2016 and 2017 limited his exposure, as did Rendon hitting .232/.317/.357 in his 14 playoff games.

Rendon could very well make it to October this season with the Nationals, who despite the poor start are still just 3½ games out of a Wild Card spot.

Whether Washington views itself as a contender is key here, since they would never trade Rendon if they thought they still had playoff hopes. But the third baseman will be a free agent after this season, and if made available will be the best bat on the trade market. It shouldn’t be hard for the Nationals, if they do decide to trade Rendon, to receive enough of a prospect haul to outweigh the potential draft pick gain they would get in 2020 should he leave as a free agent.

This winter might have to be when Rendon finally gets his due. After would-be free agents Arenado — eight years, $260 million — and Paul Goldschmidt — five years, $130 million — signed contract extensions over the offseason, that clears the way for Rendon as the premiere free agent position player on the market this coming winter.

The Nationals could take care of that before then if they were so inclined, and ink Rendon to a contract extension during this season. During a radio interview in late May, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo called Rendon “a guy that we drafted, developed, signed, and watched turn into a star in front of our eyes. He’s a guy that we would like to have long-term, we’re certainly going to be aggressive and try to make that happen, and hopefully it will.”

That description also fit Harper last year, who didn’t sign an extension with the Nationals and ultimately left as a free agent to the rival Phillies. Rendon’s career numbers are very comparable to Harper’s at the time of their free agency.

Rendon will be four years older than Harper so he likely won’t reach the $330 million that Harper got from the Phillies, but Rendon will be coming off a better launch year.

Either way, Rendon will be paid at some point soon. That’s one way to get appreciated.


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Felix Sater Wanted to Testify Publicly but Democrats Balked, Lawyer Says

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House Intelligence Committee Democrats rejected real estate developer Felix Sater’s request to testify publicly about his role in helping Donald Trump pursue a deal to put his name on a tower in Moscow, Sater’s lawyer said Friday. Instead, Democrats arranged for Sater to testify behind closed doors.

This account seems to support complaints by some Democrats and activists that senior House Democrats have been reluctant to hold high-profile hearings on Trump’s ties to Russia in the wake of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s completion of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign. While insisting publicly that they will not flinch in investigating Trump, Democrats in reality appear hesitant in the face of the president’s claims that they are seeking a “do-over” after Mueller said his team had not established that the Trump campaign illegally coordinated with Russia.

Sater’s attorney, Robert Wolf, spoke to Mother Jones after Sater did not appear for his scheduled closed-door testimony before the committee on Friday due to what Wolf, in a statement, said were “unexpected health reasons.” Sater’s no-show drew an announcement by the committee that they would subpoena him. Wolf called that decision “entirely unnecessary.” Sater told Politico that he had missed the interview because “he was feeling ill and slept through his alarm on Friday morning.”

“Mr. Sater previously testified voluntarily before the House Intelligence Committee in December, 2017 and agreed to their more recent requests to voluntarily appear on numerous other dates, including Chairman [Adam] Schiff’s [D-Calif.] request for public testimony on April 10, 2019, all of which were postponed by the committee,” Wolf said in a statement. He said that Sater had met in New York with committee staff to prepare for his public testimony.

Sater was expected to detail for the committee his role—alongside that of Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney—in helping Trump pursue the Moscow deal while running for president. Despite signing a letter of intent to pursue the deal, Trump lied about it in public remarks, claiming he had no business in Russia and that he had nothing to do with Sater.

Wolf told Mother Jones that Sater was disappointed when the panel postponed the April 10 hearing. “It was the most important day of his life,” Wolf said. “He was looking forward to it. He was proud to speak about his patriotism and his national security work. He was happy to answer any question they asked.” Wolf said had Sater had offered to appear in an open hearing on subsequent dates the committee offered and that he had also asked that Friday’s scheduled hearing be conducted in the open.

“I was always willing to testify publicly,” Sater told Mother Jones Thursday.

Patrick Boland, a spokesman for the committee, declined to comment on why Sater was not asked to testify in open session.

The committee initially postponed Sater’s public testimony amid aggressive pushback launched by Trump and his backers after Attorney General William Barr sent a letter to Congress on March 24 stating that Mueller’s investigation “did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.” Mueller outlined evidence that Trump obstructed justice in an effort to block the investigation, but the the special counsel did not explicitly allege that Trump had violated the law. In his letter, Barr said he had decided that Mueller’s evidence “is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense.” 

Barr’s summation of Mueller’s findings has since been substantially discredited. Mueller himself said it “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance” of the full report.” A redacted version of Mueller’s report released weeks after Barr’s letter detailed extensive contact by Trump campaign officials with Russian operatives and said the campaign “expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts.”

But it is not clear that Democrats have recovered their appetite for publicly exploring these issues.  

In remarks Wednesday at the National Press Club, Schiff said he wants to “present a fuller account of Trump Tower Moscow because that remains such a potentially compromising circumstance.”

“I think getting out as much information ultimately about the efforts to build that tower will be salutary by [shinning] a spotlight on it,” he said.

Sater is a flawed witness. He once went to jail for assault and became an FBI informant after he was caught in mafia-linked stock scam. He has been regularly described as prone to exaggerating his exploits. But if Schiff wants to put a spotlight on the Trump tower Moscow deal, Sater is the guy to help achieve that. It seems that for at least now, Democrat are reluctant to do so.


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“russia helping trump” – Google News: Felix Sater Wanted to Testify Publicly but Democrats Balked, Lawyer Says – Mother Jones

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Felix Sater Wanted to Testify Publicly but Democrats Balked, Lawyer Says  Mother Jones

House Intelligence Committee Democrats rejected real estate developer Felix Sater’s request to testify publicly about his role in helping Donald Trump pursue a …

“russia helping trump” – Google News


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VOA Newscasts

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NPR News: 06-21-2019 6PM ET

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Palmer Report: Donald Trump Jr reaches a whole new low

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Late last week while I was getting a haircut, I heard another customer say to his barber, “Let’s talk politics!” I cringed, fearing my ears were about to be flooded with some cultish, low-information nonsense. Sure enough, he said, “So, what do you think of Joe Biden? What’s his latest? He’s now going to cure cancer! What a moron! Sleepy Joe!” The customer and the barber shared a laugh as they high-fived each other, and that was the end of their entire political “discussion.”


The customer was referring to a comment Biden made at an Iowa rally earlier that week: “I’ve worked so hard in my career that I promise you, if I’m elected President, you’re going to see the single most important thing that changes America: We’re going to cure cancer.” I found it interesting that just as Trump’s admission to George Stephanopoulos that he would welcome foreign collusion and not necessarily report it to the FBI was grabbing headlines, this customer zeroed in on Biden’s cancer comment as the epitome of presidential disqualification.



Days after my haircut, Donald Trump Jr. took the stage Tuesday night at his father’s reelection campaign kickoff in Orlando, Florida. He decided to lambast Biden for that same cancer comment, shouting with faux outrage: “What was the good one last week, remember? Joe Biden comes out, ‘Well, if you elect me President, I’m going to cure cancer.’ Wow! Why the hell didn’t you do that over the last 50 years, Joe?”




Biden’s pursuit of a cancer cure is no political stunt. In 2015, he lost his son, Beau, to brain cancer, then spent the remainder of his term as Vice President running the White House Cancer Moonshot before launching the Biden Cancer Initiative Pulse on Progress in early 2017. Politicians often make promises in highly aspirational terms in an effort to convey confidence and leadership. You can argue that politicians who do this are making promises they know they can’t keep in a shameless attempt to win votes. So, you can criticize Biden for not having said something more along the lines of “We’re going to work tirelessly to cure cancer” instead of “We’re going to cure cancer.” Or you can take no issue with such statements, arguing that these candidates are well intentioned and their meaning is obvious.


But you can’t exactly do both. Shortly after Don Jr. condemned Biden for promising to cure cancer, Trump inadvertently thrust his son into an oddly embarrassing position. Outdoing Biden, Trump declared: “We will push onward with new medical frontiers. We will come up with the cures to many, many problems, to many, many diseases — including cancer and others, and we’re getting closer all the time. We will eradicate AIDS in America once and for all and we’re very close.” It is now hard to imagine Don Jr. bringing up Biden’s cancer comment again with any credibility. But I know a barber who will probably listen.



The post Donald Trump Jr reaches a whole new low appeared first on Palmer Report.

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Felix Sater Misses House Testimony, Says He Overslept

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from Can’t Make it Up: Ex-Trump Associate Felix Sater Says He Missed House Intel Testimony Because He Overslept – Mediaite.

A former President Donald Trump associate now faces a Congressional subpoena because he overslept and missed his scheduled testimony before the House Intelligence Committee.

Felix Sater, a former business associate of  Trump who negotiated the failed Trump Tower Moscow project, told Politico that he he was feeling sick and ended up sleeping through his alarm on Friday morning.

This caused him to miss his scheduled appearance before the committee chaired by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA).

Sater’s attorney said in a statement that Sater couldn’t attend Friday’s interview due to “unexpected health reasons.”

Schiff later told reporters that he would issue a subpoena “imminently.”

A source tells Politico’s Natasha Bertrand that “neither Sater nor his attorney advised the Committee of his unexpected absence until moments before the interview was set to begin.”

Bertrand also said the aide told her that Sater didn’t provide certain requested documents.

Sater told Politico that he was frustrated how the committee handled the situation.

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Damian Lillard is better than Marvin Bagley at basketball AND rap

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Nice try, Marvin Bagley.

The NBA offseason is by far the most entertaining of all professional sports. Thursday gave us one more reason why.

Amid the NBA Draft hype Thursday, Sacramento Kings power forward Marvin Bagley III declared himself the best rapper in the league while appearing on ESPN’s First Take. He then proceeded to challenge Portland Trailblazers point guard Damian Lillard to a rap battle. Host Max Kellerman hyped him up and Bagley ran with it.

Bagley dropped the first track of the rap battle — No Debate — soon after his appearance on First Take. “No Debate” echoes Bagley’s statement from ESPN hours before — he is the best freestyle rapper in the NBA. Though he didn’t mention Lillard’s name, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out what was going on here.

Lillard immediately dropped two tracks during and after the NBA Draft. He opened his first response with a rather condescending laugh, saying: “This boy done called my name/ Amateur bars man/ Grown man bars is something you gotta deal with.”

Then Lillard proceeds to tear Bagley to shreds, bar by bar.

Lines like “I never seen Floyd [Mayweather] spar with amateurs” in his first track, “MARVINNNNNN??? “This ain’t my style/ I just do music in peace” inBYE, BYE” shows Lillard almost thought a rap battle was beneath him and didn’t see the need to respond to Bagley.

“I promised not to give this issue no attention/ Recognize when people hype you on a bogus mission,” Lillard raps, but he clearly still feels the need to show Bagley this was his throne. He came out to make a statement.

My personal favorite lines in Lillard’s destruction of Bagley are, ”How a king come to battle knowing the kingdom worthless?” in “MARVINNNNNN???”, and “Little boys get excited and make a tragic exit” in “BYE, BYE”.

The cover art of Bagley’s second track, “Checkmate” — which dropped around 6 a.m. ET Friday, by the way — features a photoshopped picture of Lillard as a baby in Bagley’s arms. He starts the track saying: “Oh you dropped two tracks/ Lemme gon’ hard and burp this lil n—a.”

But given the way this rap battle has gone up until this point, it’s clear it has gone the other way around. Lillard even drops a line in “BYE, BYE” suggesting Bagley sent him a direct message asking for advice.

Bagley’s beats and flow are great and may even be astronomically better than his lyrics, but there’s no doubt Lillard owned the 20-year-old. It’s a good and entertaining rap battle that Lillard easily won, though Bagley held his own.

“I been a cold-blooded assassin/ I don’t just put the ball in the basket,” Bagley says in “Checkmate”. He may be right about his skills, but asserting that he was better than Lillard wasn’t the right way to go. I’m not sure he ever stood a chance.


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Trump isn’t going to be happy when he sees this poll about support for trans service personnel

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A new study has revealed a refreshing belief in light of the Trump Administration’s attacks on transgender people: a whopping 71% of the country approves of transgender people serving in the military.

The news comes on the heels of renewed comments by Trump defending his ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces after that B.S. policy he announced on Twitter last summer that went into effect this past April.

The survey, conducted by popular pollster Gallup, found that 88% of self-identified Democrats supported transgender troops, while 43% of Republicans offered their support.

The trends for support also continued among women (79%) men (64%) and younger Americans (66%). Most tellingly, perhaps, veterans also supported transgender service personnel with 56% coming out in favor.

The news comes not long after the House of Representatives blocked funding for Trump’s transgender troop ban in the military budget for the new year.

Related: Congress just rebuked Donald Trump over the trans military ban in a bipartisan vote


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Why each NFC East team will go over and under their Vegas win total in 2019

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Vegas win totals are set for the 2019 season. With teams through their offseason workout program, it’s time to consider where each team will land.

The true NFL offseason is officially upon us. Mandatory minicamp has come to a close and players from all 32 teams have gone their separate ways. Most players will get some vacation time in while continuing to work out in preparation for the return to training camp in late July. Once training camp arrives, the road to Super Bowl 54 begins in earnest.

Each year, sports bettors are able to wager on where they think each team will finish up in the win column. Sportsbooks release a number for a team’s win total and you can bet over or under that number. If you land on the number, it’s a push, or tie.

Below are win totals for the four teams in the NFC West. The number in parenthesis is the juice on the over and the under. For example, if you bet the over on 10 wins for the Eagles, the payout is +105 (you bet $100 to win $105). If you bet the under, the payout is -120 (you bet $120 to win $100). That means the under is the favorite.

Sportsbooks are not predicting each team will win the number of games on the win total. Rather, they are setting a number so that they can get a similar amount of money on both sides of the wager. They do not want an extensive liability on one side or the other since then they would be relying on a specific outcome. With even money on both sides of a wager, the house will profit more often than not.

Now that roster overhauls are mostly complete and teams have finished up spring workouts, we took a few minutes to chat with site managers from each SB Nation team blog. They offered reasons why their team could end up over the win total and why their team could end up under the win total. The sites pay close attention to their teams and have more insight than your average national reporter.

Philadelphia Eagles: 10 (+105, -120) — Bleeding Green Nation

Why over: The 2018 Super Bowl champions arguably have one of the best quarterback-head coach duos in the league with Carson Wentz and Doug Pederson. Wentz easily could’ve been NFL MVP in 2017 had he not torn his ACL late in the season. There’s reason to believe Wentz can have another great year now that he’ll have a full offseason to prepare for 2019. The addition of DeSean Jackson also gives Pederson’s offense a deep threat they’ve sorely lacked. Philly’s running back situation is significantly improved with Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders in the fold. An improved offense paired with an Eagles defense that features one of the league’s better pass rushing units should lead to success in 2019.

Why under: Wentz’s durability is an obvious concern. He played in all 16 games as a rookie but he tore his ACL in 2017 and then missed time due to a back fracture in 2018. If Wentz gets hurt again, the Eagles won’t have Nick Foles around to take over since he left for the Jaguars. Nate Sudfeld is currently projected to be Wentz’s backup. Sudfeld’s shown flashes of promise but he’s largely untested with only 25 career pass attempts.

Dallas Cowboys: 9 (Even, -120) — Blogging The Boys

Why over: A full season of Amari Cooper with a defensive line that added Robert Quinn, there’s all the reason in the world to believe that the Cowboys turn the second half of last season into the full thing in 2019.

Why under: The offense was and remains to be a question. A first-time offensive coordinator might not be the injection that pushes it over the edge. It’s all up to Dak Prescott.

Washington: 6.5 (+120, -140) — Hogs Haven

Why over: Derrius Guice returns from his torn ACL, and the backfield of Guice, Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson, and Bryce Love is a strong starting point — if the offensive line can hold up and improve from last year. They have questions at quarterback, but Dwayne Haskins comes with some intriguing upside. On defense, the loss of Reuben Foster stings, but even an overpaid Landon Collins is still a solid linebacker. Washington is not a playoff contender, but if a few things bounce their way, this is a team that can push for seven wins.

Why under: No Alex Smith, no Reuben Foster, and several notable free agent departures leave this team scrambling. They have struggled with injury woes, and Foster’s ACL/LCL tear has the year off to an inauspicious start. Dwayne Haskins will see playing time sooner rather than later this season, but the loss of Jamison Crowder hurts whomever is the starting signal caller. Haskins is intriguing over the long term, but for 2019, it could be a rough ride.

New York Giants: 6 (+110, -130) — Big Blue View

Why over: They are right about Eli Manning and the offense. If Manning can still play at a high enough level, the offensive line really is better and the receivers make enough plays the Giants will be able to play good offense. Also, if they improve on defense. The Giants spent a lot of their draft capital to upgrade a defense that needed the help.

Why under: If the Giants are wrong about Manning, and he cannot continue playing at a high enough level. Further, the offense takes a big step backwards following the loss of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. The Giants averaged 25.5 points in four games without Beckham last year, and they believe with an improved offensive line and enough weapons on offense they will be fine spreading the ball around. Finally, if they are unable to build a better defense. Shurmur and Dave Gettleman believe they could have won more than five games last year had they been able to make key stops.


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Kid leaves note on gay couple’s door thanking them for giving her the courage to come out

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A Texas couple found a note on their doorstep that has affirmed their belief in living out and proud.

Sal Stow and Meghan Stabler live in Williamson County, Texas, an area that attracted attention earlier this year for banning the Pride Flag outside county buildings.

On June 19, Stow went outside to collect some packages and found the note.

“Hello, you don’t know me but my name is [redacted],” it read. “We’re moving away today but I wanted to thank you. Seeing a pride flag waving so proudly outside your home every day has given me the courage to come out to my family and be more comfortable with who I am.”

The note also includes a scrawled picture of someone holding the Pride Flag and Trans Pride Flag.

Stow took to Facebook to share the news, while Stabler made a post on Twitter.

“This is why visibility is SO important,” Stow said in her post. “You never know who needs the support and to know it’s ok.”

“I hope this person is ok, their family is being supportive and they find a community to connect with that can help them through this brave process. Williamson County is extremely conservative and in fact the County Commissioners voted 4-0 to not allow the pride flag to be flown on the Round Rock county court buildings. I am proud of who I am and the person I love. I will continue to be visible in whatever way I can.”


Stabler echoed her sentiments, writing: “LGBTQ Visibility Matters: Read a beautiful note found on my doorstep. I proudly fly 2 rainbow flags at my home. You never know who needs the support, who is hiding and needs a lift up.”

This isn’t the first time Stabler has attracted attention as a prominent member of the community.

An out-transgender marketing executive for a software company, she also served eight years as a member of the National Board of Directors for the Human Rights Campaign and worked on President Obama’s National LGBT Policy Committee.

In 2014, she became the first ever transgender woman named “Mother of the Year” by Business Wire.

Related: Parents of Transgender Kids Are Criminals, And Other Right Wing Lunacies


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More lurid details emerge regarding that Jerry Falwell Jr. x-rated photos scandal

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Both the Miami Herald and The New York Times published reports this week with lurid new details regarding the Jerry Falwell Jr. x-rated photos scandal that broke earlier this year.

Quick backstory: In May, Reuters reported that the evangelical leader and antigay activist contacted Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney, for help regarding an “embarrassing personal matter” involving him, his wife, Becki Tilley, and their 20-something pool boy, Giancarlo Granda, in 2016.

Rumor had it, Granda had somehow gotten his hands on some scandalous photos of Falwell and was blackmailing him to the tune of $1.8 million, and Falwell needed Cohen’s assistance in navigating the situation.

Naturally, as soon as the story broke, Falwell denied the whole thing, telling Fox News, “There are no compromising or embarrassing photos of me,” and rushing out a statement saying he had never employed Michael Cohen to represent him in any legal matters.

Within a week or so, the story died. The end.

Related: Antigay activist Jerry Falwell Jr. embroiled in x-rated photos scandal

And then this week came the sequel!

On Wednesday the Miami Herald confirmed that the photos do, indeed, exist and that they feature Falwell’s wife “in various stages of undress.”

There are three photos total. Two of them were taken at the family’s farm in Virginia and the third was taken at a vacation lodge in Islamorada, Florida.

So when Falwell said, “There are no compromising or embarrassing photos of me,” he wasn’t really lying. The photos aren’t of him, they’re of his wife.

Now onto the pool boy.

Falwell and Granda

According to the Herald, the Falwells met Granda while vacationing at the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach, where he was working as a pool boy.

Talking Points Memo reports:

The couple was reportedly impressed with Granda’s ambition to get into Florida real estate, a friend told the Times. Soon Granda was embarking on hiking and skiing trips with the couple and flying on their private jet. At some point after their initial meeting, Granda traveled to the Cheeca Lodge with the Falwells, according to the Miami Herald, the same resort where Tilley is reportedly seen in at least one of the photographs.

As the relationship deepened, the Falwells agreed to lend Granda $4.7 million so he could purchase a youth hostel, which also included a restaurant and a liquor store, in the Miami area.

Because lending $4.7 million to some random young man you and your wife met at a hotel is a totally normal thing, right?

Anyway, Granda purchased the hostel and everything appeared to fine for a while. Granda upgraded the property and co-managed it with another business partner. But then something–it’s not clear what–happened, and his relationship with the Falwells soured.

Then, according the New York Times, someone–possibly (read: probably) Granda–got ahold of “personal” photos of Tilley and used them to try and blackmail Falwell, which is when Michael Cohen purportedly got involved.

Falwell hired him to make the whole thing go away.

According to the Times, in a recorded phone call between Cohen and comedian Tom Arnold, Cohen said: “There’s a bunch of photographs, personal photographs, that somehow the guy ended up getting–whether it was off of Jerry’s phone or somehow maybe it got AirDropped or whatever the hell the whole thing was.”

Cohen didn’t say who “the guy” was, but he did reference a “pool boy” later in the call.

He went on to tell Arnold he was going to pay “the guy” off but ultimately didn’t have to because he ended up just deleting them freely on his own.

For his part, Granda has denied knowing anything about anything, releasing a statement in May saying he had “no idea about the alleged ‘personal photographs’” of Falwell and that he definitely never tried blackmailing the evangelical leader.

Clearly, there are still a lot of missing pieces to this puzzle. But we’re sure it will all come together eventually.

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Related: Jerry Falwell Jr.’s former pool boy says he doesn’t know anything about those x-rated photos


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Science has found a bizarre link between cellphone batteries and gay sex

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A new study has made a shocking discovery: men are more likely to hookup using a dating app if the battery on their cellphone is low.

Researchers at the Department of Psychology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Canada completed the study, which appeared in the pages of Sexuality & Culture earlier this month.

The conclusion: “When individuals are faced with a low phone battery, a sense of urgency may be experienced.” This can “increase risk-taking behaviors to accommodate an impending phone ‘death.’”

The study involved 262 men who have sex with men, all of whom used at least one hookup app like Tinder or Grindr on at least a weekly basis.

Each was assigned a battery life group–5%, 20%, and 100%–and given a chat conversation to review. The results revealed that men in the 5% and 20% groups were more likely to agree to a hookup.

“We discovered that, relative to a full battery condition, participants were more likely to agree to a hookup in the lowest battery condition,” the researchers say in the study.

“Additionally, men who reported a greater likelihood of agreeing to a hookup also endorsed a greater propensity for sensation seeking, regardless of the battery condition.”

Though widely considered the first study on hookup behavior as it relates to battery life, the study found an interesting correlation with other apps. For example, Uber reports that riders are more likely to pay a premium rate if battery life is low. It appears the perceived time limit increases a sense of urgency.

“The results offer insight into how something apparently inconsequential,” the study concludes, “such as a cellphone battery, can impair decision-making about something of far greater consequence – in this case, the decision to engage in an online sexual encounter.”

Maybe it’s time to carry that spare battery charger?

Related: Global Grindr outage leaves whole world in a panic for approximately one hour


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Reading Time: 6 minutesFelix Sater, a business associate of President Donald Trump and a key figure in his efforts to build one of Trump’s signature towers in Moscow, is scheduled to appear before the House Intelligence Committee Friday. His testimony will be held behind closed doors —  which should suit Sater well.

WhoWhatWhy is one of the few news outlets that has shined a light on Sater, his shady associates, his Russia connections, and his role in the president’s business dealings.

Everything You Need to Know About Felix Sater

To learn more about Sater, you can listen to this podcast with WhoWhatWhy’s Editor-in-Chief Russ Baker and reporter Jonathan Larsen.

Behind-the-Scenes Interview on Exclusive Trump-Russia-FBI Story

Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team also looked at Sater as part of their investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, and possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and President Vladimir Putin’s regime.

Sater seems to have been engaged in all sorts of intrigues, one of which involved planning to stage-manage a friendly act involving both Trump and Putin in an effort to get Trump elected as president, as you will see from the excerpts of the report and the emails shown below.

“On November 3, 2015 the day after the Trump Organization transmitted the LOI [letter of intent], Sater emailed [Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen] suggesting that the Trump Moscow project could be used to increase candidate Trump’s chances at being elected, writing:

Buddy our boy can become President of the USA and we can engineer it. I will get all of Putins team to buy in on this, I will manage this process…. Michael, Putin gets on stage with Donald for a ribbon cutting for Trump Moscow, and Donald owns the republican nomination. And possibly beats Hillary and our boy is in…. We will manage this process better than anyone. You and I will get Donald and Vladimir on a stage together very shortly. That [will be] the game changer. [Emphasis added.]

Later that same day:

Donald doesn’t stare down, he negotiates and understands the economic issues and Putin only want to deal with a pragmatic leader, and a successful business man is a good candidate for someone who knows how to negotiate. “Business, politics, whatever it all is the same for someone who knows how to deal.”

I think I can get Putin to say that at the Trump Moscow press conference.

If he says it we own this election. Americas most difficult adversary agreeing that Donald is a good guy to negotiate…

We can own this election.

Michael my next steps are very sensitive with Putins very very close people, we can pull this off.

Michael lets go. 2 boys from Brooklyn getting a USA president elected. This is good really good. [Emphasis added.]”

It’s clear that Sater thought of himself as a player in the orbit of both Trump and Putin. But many questions remain. Here is a selection of just a few that we hope lawmakers will ask today:

Donald Trump, Trump TowerPhoto credit: James Hughes / NY Daily News via Getty Image

QUESTIONS FOR FELIX SATER

Relationship with Vladimir Putin:

    • What are the names of  “Putin’s very very close people” you mentioned in your email of November 3, 2015 to Michael Cohen?
    • And what were those “very sensitive” steps you referred to?
    • How often have you been in contact with any of them?
    • When was the last time you were in contact with any of them, and why?

Relationship with Donald Trump:

    • How close were you and Donald Trump? Was he being accurate when he claimed to barely know you?
    • When you were working on real estate deals with Trump through your firm, Bayrock, did Trump know you were a convicted felon?

Oleg Deripaska and associates

    • Was Trump aware of your relationship with Russian oligarch, Oleg Deripaska, who tried to broker a Ukrainian peace deal with the help of [his former campaign manager] Paul Manafort. Did Trump support the peace deal?
    • Did Viktor Boyarkin — the alleged GRU (Russian military intelligence) official who allegedly acted as an intermediary between Paul Manafort and Oleg Deripaska, have any contacts with Trump or the Trump organization?

Trump Soho, Bayrock, the Kazakh Connection

    • Describe your activities with regard to Bayrock, the investment firm you were involved with, which was a partner with Donald Trump in the Trump Soho hotel project.
    • Was the Trump organization aware that these monies came from illegal sources?
    • Did any Russian nationals or shell companies controlled by Russian nationals invest in Trump Soho? Please detail.
Donald Trump, Tevfik Arif, Felix SaterDonald Trump, Tevfik Arif and Felix Sater attend the Trump Soho Launch Party on September 19, 2007 in New York. Photo credit: Mark Von Holden / WireImage

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