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As noted previously, after Minneapolis U.S. attorney Tom Heffelfinger was purged, Kyle Sampson and Monica Goodling installed their good friend, 33-year old Rachel Paulose, in his place. Paulose’s intemperate conduct immediately produced a meltdown in the Minneapolis office, including the resignation of the four senior officers who ran the office. Paulose and her friends at main Justice set out to defend her by arguing that those who stepped down were spoilsports who had problems working with a young woman of color. The New York Times was suckered into this reporting in an embarrassing way. I deconstructed the egregious story that the Times ran here.
Yesterday the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that the four senior AUSAs had sent a letter to Paulose questioning her public statements and demanding that she retract them. It appears that Paulose spoke with a Minneapolis gossip columnist about the matter and that “unnamed sources” at Justice had been deployed to support her account.
The letter of the four AUSAs is reproduced here.
More from Scott Horton:
Conversation — August 5, 2016, 12:08 pm
Sidney Blumenthal on the origins of the Republican Party, the fallout from Clinton’s emails, and his new biography of Abraham Lincoln
Conversation — March 30, 2016, 3:44 pm
Joseph Hickman discusses his new book, The Burn Pits, which tells the story of thousands of U.S. soldiers who, after returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, have developed rare cancers and respiratory diseases.
Flor Arely Sánchez had been in bed with a fever and pains throughout her body for three days when a July thunderstorm broke over the mountainside. She got nervous when bolts of light flashed in the sky. Lightning strikes the San Julián region of western El Salvador several times a year, and her neighbors fear storms more than they fear the march of diseases — first dengue, then chikungunya, now Zika. Flor worried about a lot of things, since she was pregnant.
Late in the afternoon, when the pains had somewhat eased, Flor thought she might go to a dammed-up bit of the river near her house to bathe. She is thirty-five and has lived in the same place all her life, where wrinkled hills are planted with corn, beans, and fruit trees. She took a towel and soap and walked out into the rain. Halfway to the river, the pains returned and overcame her. The next thing Flor remembers, she was in a room she didn’t recognize, unable to move. As she soon discovered, she was in a hospital, her ankle cuffed to the bed, and she was being investigated for abortion.
Amount of laundry an average American family of four washes in a year (in tons):
A study of female Finnish twins found that relative preference for masculine faces is largely heritable.
It was reported that visits from Buddhist priests could be purchased through Amazon in Japan, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra began streaming performances through virtual-reality headsets.
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“Matt was happy enough to sustain himself on the detritus of a world he saw as careening toward self-destruction, and equally happy to scam a government he despised. 'I’m glad everyone’s so wasteful,' he told me. 'It supports my lifestyle.'”