Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Five news excerpts showing Obama pot calling Trump kettle black

Excerpt 1: 

"Michelle Obama hammers Trump over taxes, Twitter, PTSD
By Nolan D. McCaskill 
10/04/16 02:15 PM EDT …. 
"A president can't just pop off or lash out irrationally. And I think we can all agree that someone who’s roaming around at 3 a.m. tweeting should not have their fingers on the nuclear codes," [Michelle] Obama said, taking a shot at Trump's infamous wee-hour Twitter rant last Friday against former Miss Universe Alicia Machado.

"We need someone who's honest and plays by the rules, because not paying taxes for years and years while the rest of us pay our fair share doesn't make you smarter than the rest of us," she said, hitting back at the real estate mogul, who may have avoided paying personal income taxes for nearly two decades after losing $916 million, according to portions of his 1995 tax returns obtained anonymously by The New York Times (Trump suggested during the debate that he was smart for avoiding paying federal taxes). "No, we need a president who will choose to do what’s best for the country even when it doesn't personally benefit them."" 

Excerpt 2: 

"Was Bernardine Dohrn the Mentor of Michelle Obama at Sidley Austin?
April 22, 2008 
Bernardine Dohrn was at Sidley Austin a law firm in Chicago from From 1984 to 1988, Dohrn was employed by the law firm Sidley Austin, although her criminal record has prevented her from being admitted to either the New York or Illinois bar.

Obama graduated from Harvard Law School in 1988. But she likely also was a summer associate in 1987 and likely 1986. Barack Obama was assigned to her in 1989 when he was a summer associate from Harvard Law School." 

Excerpt 3: 

"Bernardine Rae Dohrn (née Ohrnstein; born January 12, 1942) was a leader of the Weather Underground, a group that was responsible for the bombing of the United States Capitol, the Pentagon, and several police stations in New York, as well as the Greenwich Village townhouse explosion that killed three members of the Underground.[1] As a member of the Weather Underground, Dohrn helped to create a "Declaration of a State of War" against the United States government, and was placed on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted list, where she remained for three years. From 1991 to 2013 she was a Clinical Associate Professor of Law at the Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University School of Law. She is married to Bill Ayers, a co-founder of the Weather Underground, who was formerly a tenured professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago."

Excerpt 4:

 "In Re 9/11: Law Firm Moves On, Still Recovering
JULY 5, 2002 From a studio in Los Angeles, one of those artists, Christian Vincent, is copying a 1991 painting that had hung in a Sidley reception area. ''I'm going to do my best to recreate it,'' he said. He said he did not know much about the firm, but felt a bond. He was visiting lower Manhattan on Sept. 11 and fled the clouds of dust. Two friends, David L. Angell, a television writer and producer, and his wife, Lynn, were passengers on American Flight 11. The new painting won't be exactly the same, and that is as it should be, he said. ''I think it's going to be a much better painting.''

Members of the firm, which dates back to 1866, are already thinking about how to commemorate the attack in their new home, including a tribute to Rosemary Smith, a switchboard operator who was the sole employee lost. It might be as understated as the artifact on display at the firm's Chicago offices: the ledger book from its earliest days. An entry for Oct. 9, 1871, stated that ''due to a conflagration in the City of Chicago, the practice of law has been suspended in this office.''

History echoes. The ledger book showed that legal business went on the next day, from tents. ''From our perspective,'' Mr. Cole said, ''having had a major office destroyed every 135 years is a little too frequent.''" 

Excerpt 5:

"U.S. Government Sues Sidley Austin On Tax Shelters
Staff Reporters of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL Updated Oct. 16, 2003 12:01 a.m. ET 
The government sued another U.S. law firm in its crackdown on tax shelters, saying lawyers with Chicago-based Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP issued 600 legal opinions supporting sophisticated schemes that the Internal Revenue Service determined were improper.

The lawsuit in federal district court in Chicago demands the names of clients who used the shelters, as well as other information. So far, the law firm has refused to comply with previous IRS requests for the names, according to the lawsuit."

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