Mystery Monday


Steve Bannon, the brains behind Donald Trump’s upset election victory, saw the danger posed by the cash cravings of the First Family. In Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff chronicled Bannon drawing a direct line between purported dark doings at Deutsche Bank and Jared Kushner’s brushes with the Mueller investigation: “This is all about money laundering … It goes through Deutsche Bank and all the Kushner shit.”

But that’s only half the story. Late last year, a federal appeals court sustained subpoenas issued by congressional committees to the German bank for Trump’s financial records. Come June, the supreme court will probably rule on the enforceability of those demands together with other cases concerning Trump’s tax returns – just in time for political convention season. In other words, Deutsche remains relevant to the 2020 elections.

In Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an Epic Trail of Destruction, David Enrich delivers a master class in financial sleuthing. The New York Times’ financial editor follows the money, plows through paper and talks to dozens of people in the bank’s ecosystem. There are names, places and computer files. This is a first-rate read.

Lloyd Green @ THE GUARDIAN

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20 Responses to Mystery Monday

  1. Micki says:

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that last month was the hottest January ever recorded

    The Guardian reported that Brazilian scientists logged a new record-breaking temperature of 20.75°C, or 69.35°F, at Seymour Island in Antarctica on Feb. 9.


  2. Micki says:

    Hey Carol!

    Did you notice that The Week is rolling out an edition specifically for the 8-14 YO age cohort? Spring 2020.

    It’s called The Week Junior US.

    I don’t recall Nicholas’s age, but even if he isn’t 8-YO yet, he’s undoubtedly advanced beyond his years!

    <a href="“>”>THE WEEK JUNIOR


    • Micki says:

      Well, I messed that up…but itl takes you to the site. 😉


      • ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶arol says:

        Oh, my GOD! No, I didn’t know about that. I got my credit card out and ordered that for Nick. It’s perfect! World things, not just math, math, math. He loves to read. He’s interested in all kinds of things. The only things he shows no interest in is things like Batman and Superman, or Matchbox cars, which his dad loved when HE was a kid. I’m betting he’ll like that magazine. I’ll let you know down the road how it went over. I can’t wait to see an issue myself.

        THANKS, Micki! You made my day, rather my evening since it’s almost 8:00 p.m.


      • ٩(-̮̮̃-̃)۶arol says:

        Forgot to tell you he is 9, he’ll be 10 March 22.


  3. Micki says:

    What does the near future hold?

    Hey, Jim and Den, you guys live in a gambling state…do you have a crystal ball?

    It’s amazing to me how many friends/acquaintances are asking me who I *think* has the best chance to beat Trump? They ask me, “do you think Bloomberg will do well on Super Tuesday?”

    Super Tuesday — March 3, 2020. Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Democrats Abroad, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia.

    Here in Washington, our primary is March 10. Glad we don’t have a stupid caucus this year!


    • Den says:

      Right now the polls are packed with voters, who they voting for?

      Good question, stay tuned.


      • Micki says:

        Oh, really?

        A collective sigh of relief. Haha!

        Ole Joe’s campaign manager, prognosticating. “I think the Democratic Party will sigh a collective sigh of relief when we finish second or better in Nevada.”

        Nothing like aiming for second place as a win.


    • °¿º arol says:

      I don’t know anyone who wants Bloomberg. I certainly don’t. Maybe everyone else forgets, but not me He was a republican before he switched sides to become mayor of NYC. Then there was that little matter of him leaning on the NYC council and getting a 3rd term. Lots of things he’s said are coming out. Also, who needs another billionaire and THIS one is trying to buy the nomination.

      Just got a phone call poll, asking who I was for in the primary. Glad I answered, almost let it go to the answering machine because most calls are the scammers. I have to remember to answer the phone as the months go by, I LOVE polls.


  4. David B. Benson says:

    BBC News has a powerful story about the Naples Mafia and the associations in England.

    Elsewhere there are pictures of cars in Wales washing downriver. Impressive flooding.


  5. °¿º arol says:

    Doc, you said you saw a priest, or a friar in green. Vestments are a different color depending on the holy day. Green is for normal days, nothing important going on. During lent they wear purple.


    • David B. Benson says:

      Carol, at the St Thomas More chapel he is a friar. So far I have noticed white and red overgarments as well as the two different green ones.


  6. David B. Benson says:

    We have red, green an now baby blue Subaru outbacks in the neighborhood. The stich in my right side seems to have slowed me; 16 minutes to the north door of the Hillside Cafe. Again but few here; I suppose many vacated for the long weekend.


  7. Micki says:


    From The Atlantic, written by a former navy pilot…


  8. Den says:

    A waste of good paint:


  9. David B. Benson says:

    Testing emoji:


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