By Raphael Satter WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The recently updated website for President Joe Biden's White House carried an invitation for tech specialists savvy enough to find it. Hidden in the HTML code on https://www.whitehouse.gov was an invitation to join the U.S. Digital Service, a technology unit within the White House. "If you're reading this, we need your help building back better," the message said. Former President Barack Obama launched the service in 2014 to recruit technologists to help revamp government services - for example by modernizing Medicare's payment system or reforming hirin...
Former president Donald Trump allegedly inflating the value of his company's assets is reminiscent of him bragging about his hand size during a 2016 debate, according to MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.
During a report on the New York attorney general's investigation into Trump's company, Maddow noted Wednesday night that the former president is accused of claiming that his triplex New York City apartment is 30,000 square feet, when it's only 10,996 square feet.
"He lied about the actual square footage of his hands — I mean his apartment," Maddow said. "And not a little bit. Not like he added an extra room. He said it was three times as big as it actually was."
"But the square footage is just the start," Maddow said, pointing to the fact that Trump allegedly claimed the apartment was worth $327 million.
Last year, the most expensive apartment in the U.S. was worth only $169 million, Maddow said.
"Trump said his apartment was worth almost double that," she said. "Year after year, on official financial statements, he said his apartment was worth nearly twice as much as the most expensive apartment in the country, and he said it was three times larger than it actually was, which is wild and flagrant and almost impressively dishonest, and it does make you think back to him bragging about his hand size at the debate. I mean, it's just too on the nose, right?"
"But according to the New York attorney general, it's not just an interesting, like, personality pathology," Maddow added. "It was part of a pattern of behavior by Donald Trump and his company that was potentially illegal."
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WATCH: Black player called 'gorilla' and mocked with monkey noises during high school basketball game
A video shows high school students in Washington state making ape noises and calling a Black basketball player from an opposing team a “gorilla" during a game last Friday.
The students from Capital High School in Olympia reportedly filmed the video themselves and later posted it online, even tagging the Black player.
The Black player's father, Quay Steplight, reposted the video on Facebook on Tuesday.
Steplight's son, Ahmari, plays basketball for River Ridge High School in Lacey, Washington.
"Please stand up and let your voice be heard," Steplight wrote above the video. "Blacks are not MONKEY’s, GORILLA’s, APE’s or N*GGER’s and whatever else they choose to call us. ... It’s time something be done!"
Steplight told KIRO Newsradio it wasn't an isolated incident.
“There’s this line drawn in the sand where it’s like, as soon as you walk into the Olympia School District, specifically at these sporting events, they have these fans and they get very ugly with their words, very racially driven,” Steplight said. “Some of the friends who are my age who went to that high school, a lot of them are saying, ‘Well, I left the high school because of this stuff, I didn’t do sports because of this.' So there’s a long history.”
KIRO Newsradio reported that it had received "a bevy of emails from parents with stories from Olympia high school sporting events."
"Parents of athletes of color reported similar incidents to last week’s game, with fans at Olympia School District high schools regularly yelling racist insults to members of rival teams," the station reported. "One mom said that when she tried to alert adults at the school during the game, she was brushed off. Others reported videos circulating with racist slurs, a student driving around with a Confederate flag hanging out of his car, and even a situation where Capital High School students chased down and ran a car of Black students from another school off the road after a game."
The Olympia School District issued a statement saying it "has no tolerance for racism," adding that the students involved in the video are being disciplined.
"For privacy, the district did not disclose the students’ identities, how many were involved, or what their punishment would be," the station reported.
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The House of Representatives last year made a criminal contempt referral against former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows -- and one legal expert now thinks the chances of him getting indicted are even greater.
Writing on Twitter, New York University School of Law professor Ryan Goodman argued that, in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision to end former President Donald Trump's attempts to block the National Archive from handing over key Capitol riot-related documents, Meadows is now in "extra legal jeopardy" over his refusal to cooperate with the investigation.
Specifically, Goodman notes that Meadows's "defense against contempt of Congress" charges was "based in part on executive privilege claim" made by Trump.
Now that the court has ruled that Trump can no longer assert executive privilege over these particular documents, Goodman argues that Meadows "may want to comply" with the committee's requests even though he's already received a criminal contempt referral.
Additionally, writes Goodman, the committee "can also now scrutinize whether Meadows failed to turn over records to National Archives," which he noted that the committee "has suggested potential violation of Presidential Records Act and potential Obstruction."