New study finds 4.5 million UK children living in poverty

New measure by Social Metrics Commission aims to focus political attention on the issue What is the new UK poverty measure – and why is it needed? More than 14 million people, including 4.5 million children, are living below the breadline, with more than half trapped in poverty for years, according to a new measure aimed at providing the most sophisticated analysis yet of material disadvantage in the UK.

Source: New study finds 4.5 million UK children living in poverty

NYT columnist: ‘More outright white nationalists than black people’ in Trump administration


It’s no longer debatable. The President of the United States is a white supremacist:

Responding to reports that yet another appointee in Donald Trump’s administration is a white nationalist, New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg made an only-slightly-hyperbolic reference to the White House’s diversity problem.

In mid-August, former Trump aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman revealed that when she left the White House, she was the only black person “at the table” — and that no African Americans have been hired in her stead.

FBI, Citibank probing Sergei Kislyak allegedly suspicious 2016 payment

Kislyak and Trump picture

Examiners at Citibank and investigators from the FBI are reportedly probing a suspiciously large December 2016 transaction from the Russian embassy to ambassador Sergei Kislyak, Buzzfeed News reported on Wednesday.

Investigators are apparently examining a check from the Russian embassy marked “payroll” for $120,000, believed to be Kislyak’s lump-sum 2016 salary, deposited in November 2016 shortly after President Donald Trump won the presidential election, according to Buzzfeed.

The $120,000 payment is more than two times the amount of Kislyak’s annual salary in the previous two years, according to financial documents reviewed by Buzzfeed. The branch manager at the Citi location Kislyak used reportedly said the payment was a salary, a claim Citibank financial examiners were unable to independently verify.

Source: FBI, Citibank probing Sergei Kislyak allegedly suspicious 2016 payment – Business Insider

After weeks of uncertainty, Papadopoulos decides to accept plea deal with Mueller

George Papadopoulos, a former foreign policy adviser to President Donald Trump’s campaign, has decided to stick with his plea agreement with special counsel Robert Mueller, his wife told ABC News on Wednesday.

The decision puts to rest weeks of public hand-wringing by his wife, Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos, who has been acting as an informal spokeswoman for her husband. She said in an interview with ABC News earlier this month that her husband was strongly considering backing away from the agreement he struck with Mueller that led him to plead guilty to lying to the FBI.

Source: After weeks of uncertainty, Papadopoulos decides to accept plea deal with Mueller – ABC News

Trump’s Downfall: A Neuroscientist Explains What Happens When a Narcissist Starts to Lose Power

It would be worse than Nixon in his final days. This man will do anything to save his ’empire.’

While the exaggerator-in-chief is well known for his habitual lying, the most common psychological diagnosis he’s been given by experts in the field is narcissistic personality disorder. While any diagnosis should require a full mental examination before accepted as clinical truth, the mountains of behavioral evidence for Trump’s narcissism arguably provides more justification for the label than any standard clinical test. At this point, the claim can hardly be debated, and even staunch supporters would admit that Trump thinks he’s the greatest thing since sliced bread. It takes a special kind of narcissist to shamelessly compare their book to The Bible in front an audience full of conservatives. His narcissism knows few limits, and it’s hard to imagine even the man himself denying such an obvious fact.

Republicans Have List of Trump Scandals They’re Covering Up

It’s all going to come out after January when the Democrats take control of the House:

Axios has obtained a list of Trump administration scandals. The list hints at the overflowing sewer of Trumpian corruption and incompetence, and the refusal of congressional Republicans to investigate any of it. Oddly enough, this list is being circulated by Republicans in Congress. The list, composed of Democratic requests for hearings that Republicans have blocked, is meant to warn of what Congress would look into if Democrats win the midterms. Axios reports that Republican “stomachs are churning” at the mere thought that any of the items on the list could receive a public hearing.