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DONALD TRUMP’S RADIO ALLIES

“Blind eye: Pope Francis has done little to combat priest sex abuse.” That’s the headline in the latest issue of Ms. Magazine penned by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael D’Antonio. “Nearly all of the recent action taken by the church has been spurred by whistleblowers, victims and advocates outside the church speaking out,” he writes, citing the KC Bishop Robert Finn case as an example. (Finn hails from our town.)
JEB BUSH BELIEVES PEOPLE SHOULD WORK LONGER HOURS. The 2016 candidate for prez believes extending the work day will boost economic growth (AlterNet). Meanwhile, three of his fundraising consultants are out due to “personality conflicts.”
IN ONE DAY ON RADIO you can hear nary a word of displeasure with Donald Trump from Limbaugh, Hannity, Ingraham and Savage.

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SUPREME COURT JUDGE CLARENCE THOMAS CRIBBING

Justice Clarence Thomas once served as assistant attorney general under Jack Danforth, as an attorney with Monsanto and later joined the Civil Rights Commission under President Reagan. He has weathered strong allegations by Anita Hill and now he’s getting a critique of cribbing for his opinions.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/28/us/justice-clarence-thomas-rulings-studies.html

LEON RUSSELL PERFORMS

Perk up old timers! Leon Russell will play at the Ready Room on Oct. 17. And tonight (Friday), at the Focal Point in Maplewood, the cleverly-named Foggy Memory Boys (a play on the old “Foggy Bottom Boys” of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs fame).

JACK DANFORTH CONTRIBUTES TO PETER KINDER’S CAMPAIGN

Former U.S. Senator John “Jack” Danforth, who delivered a blistering homily at Tom Schweich’s funeral following the auditor’s shocking suicide, wrote a check for $10k to Friends of Peter Kinder. In the race for MO. governor, Lt. Gov. Kinder is challenging former House Speaker Catherine Hanaway, Sen. Bob Dixon and businessman John Brunner, who is expected to announce his candidacy in the coming months, according to Missouri Times.
  

FRANK SCALISE RETIRING FROM KSDK

That’s Frank Scalise wrapping up 43 years of pounding St. Louis pavement to get stories for KSDK. Frank is well-known to St. Louis newsmakers, peering at them through his camera lens. He’s met presidents, congress members, governors, mayors and criminals (sometimes the same people) in his decades covering our town. He’s better known than most of the young reporters he works with now. His work ethic was unmatched and he was the go to guy for the big stories here. Frank’s career spanned the period when he first used film to shoot stories, to using video tape and now using digits on computer discs. He’ll be missed by those he worked with. Frank plans on spending time on Florida beaches.

MISSOURI RISING TAKING SHOTS AT DEMS

The conservative group, Missouri Rising, is poised to run digital ads attacking four DemocratIc party members on Facebook and Google in time for Sunday’s Truman dinner in our town. The ads call out Gov. Jay Nixon, Sen. Claire McCaskill, Secretary of State Jason Kander (running for Senate), A.G. Chris Koster (running for governor) – all for ethical lapses.

ASSISTANCE FOR HOMEOWNERSHIP

Mayor Francis Slay and Treasurer Tishaura Jones will join Wells Fargo,NeighborWorks America, and Beyond Housing will announce on Monday a $4.75 million program to increase home ownership. Eligible homebuyers will be able to apply for $15k down payment assistance grants through Wells Fargo’s HomeLIFT program – an initiative effort to help revitalize neighborhoods through sustainable homeownership.

DONALD TRUMP BIOGRAPHY

It’s promised not to be a love letter. Due to hit the bookstores in October, “Never Enough: Donald Trump & The Pursuit of Success,” written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael D’Antonio via St. Martin’s. D’Antonio spent 10 hours of taping with the presidential candidate, children, ex-wives and his high school military academy colonel – among others.


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