Shades of Al Capone?

  As I follow the intricate web of evidence emerging in the Mueller probe, echoes of the case that finally put Al Capone (photo) behind bars reverberate in my mind. No, I don’t really think Trump is a latter-day Scarface. He isn’t that deadly. But I feel in my bones that the president of the […]
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Strange Bedfellows Indeed

  One of the most curious aspects of American society is the relationship between law enforcement and organized crime. From time to time, troubling stories emerge that indicate an undercurrent connecting prosecutors and the criminals they prosecute. I’ve read, for example, that a prosecutor who wrought havoc among mob families was suspected of being a member of […]
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Like a Gangster Movie

  This Trump presidency seems more and more like an old gangster movie. When the president’s personal lawyer invokes the Fifth Amendment  to avoid answering questions in a lawsuit involving a porn star, you have to wonder what’s coming next. You remember that mobsters were always “taking the Fifth” in those old gangster movies, don’t you? The […]
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The Thug Life Culture

If Trump’s underworld connections were not already widely known, his rude, ugly behavior would be a dead giveaway. That’s how “gangstas” behave. The “made men” in the mob swagger, bully and brag, treat women with disrespect and tell fantastic lies. So do the “gangsta” rappers. So does Trump. And so do his minions. Montana Republican congressional candidate […]
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Trump’s Dark and Dank Past

  Finally, mainstream media outlets may be ready to give Donald Trump’s shady past the attention it deserves. Salon.com reproduced a Politico story this morning spotlighting his long and close connection to the Mafia. And I heard the story mentioned on MSNBC last night. This could be just the beginning. Trump’s dirty laundry could be in for a lot of […]
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The French Have a Word (or Two) For it: Organized Crime

I am puzzled by the American media’s reluctance to expose the involvement of organized crime in the global economic crisis. Reporters are too busy trying to link President-elect Obama to the Blagojevich scandal to shed any light on the crimes that may have been committed in the financial sector. It has taken the French to […]
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