Epstein in his townhouse in 2015. Photo: Christopher Anderson for New York Magazine Perhaps, at long last, a serial rapist and pedophile may be brought to justice, more than a dozen years after he was first charged with crimes that have brutalized countless girls and women. But what won’t change is this: the cesspool of elites, many of them in New York, who allowed Jeffrey Epstein to flourish with impunity. For decades, important, influential, “serious” people attended Epstein’s dinner parties, rode his private jet, and furthered the fiction that he was some kind of genius hedge-fund billionaire. How do we explain why they looked the other way, or flattered Epstein, even as they must have noticed he was often in the company of a young harem? Easy: They got something in exchange from him, whether it was a free ride on that airborne “Lolita Express,” some other form of monetary largesse, entrée into the extravagant celebrity soirées he … [Read more...] about Who Was Jeffrey Epstein Calling?
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Photo: Devin Yalkin For Rolling Stone Photo: Devin Yalkin For Rolling Stone Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: Devin Yalkin For Rolling Stone How to Survive Death Row 1 / 1 Back to Gallery On the morning of October 22nd, 1991, James Dennis awoke at his father’s house in Northwest Philadelphia. He mostly lived with his girlfriend, Helen, but every so often he stayed with his dad, and the two spent that morning discussing their shared passion: music. At barely five feet five and 130 pounds, Dennis, 21, was a small man compared with his father — the elder was Big Jim, the younger Lil Jimmy — but they both had large personalities. James Murray was a school-bus driver and gregarious session musician who also sang and played … [Read more...] about How to Survive Death Row
What’s a parent to do in a brave new digital world riddled with violent video games, online pornography and sexting? The answer, unfortunately, is not much. The top-selling video games for the first half of 2015 were “Mortal Combat X,” “Grand Theft Auto V” and “Battlefield Hardline.” Basically, you win by crashing cars and killing people. More by David Einstein By David EinsteinSmart devices not a smart choice for nowBiz & TechBy David EinsteinWhen it comes to our data, who’s minding the store?Biz & TechBy David EinsteinMid-priced smartphones are where specs still matter Porn is so prevalent on the Wild Wild Web that it’s even available on YouTube, and search engines serve as directories for adult entertainment, much of which is free. Sexting — text messages accompanied by photos usually featuring the sender partly or completely au naturel — apparently has really caught on with the younger crowd, as … [Read more...] about Hard for parents to control digital content for kids
To view past editions of The Hill's 12:30 Report, click here: http://bit.ly/1M1mIfwTo receive The Hill's 12:30 Report in your inbox, please sign up here: http://bit.ly/1Tt4hqN--> A midday take on what's happening in politics and how to have a sense of humor about it.**Ha. Haha. Hahah. Sniff. Haha. Sniff. Ha--breaks down crying hysterically.The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Johnson & Johnson — Day three of public impeachment hearings | Vindman defends witnesses from 'cowardly' attacks | Thanks father for bringing family to US | Army monitoring safety of Vindman family | Guide to this week's nine witnesses | Trump calls Pelosi 'crazy' before hearing | Bei Bei the panda leaves for China | Best sandwiches in DCHAPPENING THIS MORNINGToday in, ‘People Having A More Stressful Morning Than Most’:Lt. Col. Alexander VindmanAlexander VindmanDem senator says Zelensky was 'feeling the pressure' to probe Bidens The … [Read more...] about The Hill’s 12:30 Report — Presented by Johnson & Johnson — Vindman defends witnesses from ‘cowardly’ attacks at third day of hearings
Democrats need a presidential candidate who, like TV’s Kimmy Schmidt, is impervious to adversity. Photo: Eric Liebowitz/ Netflix While doing research for a different article, I made a discovery that shouldn’t have shocked me, but did: The first formal candidate debate in the Republican presidential nominating contest eventually won by Donald Trump was on August 6, 2015. If Democrats follow a similar pace in choosing their nominee from a wide-open field, their 2020 contest could become deadly serious in just over a year from now. And they are not even remotely ready for that, at all. Thanks to the national obsession with Trump’s antics, and the natural preoccupation among Democrats with making enough midterm gains to disrupt or destroy the GOP “trifecta” of control in Washington, talk about 2020 seems remote and almost theoretical. Lists of possible presidential candidates are enormous; one published last month by the Washington Post had 33 names. The … [Read more...] about Democrats Need an Unbreakable Presidential Candidate in 2020