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Josh Marshall

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The fact that this taxicab family that is joined at the hip to Michael Cohen and his people is getting into the legal weed business is immaterial to me. But there’s a lot of key new information about the Michael Cohen money web in this new article from the AP. I’ll follow up later with an explainer on what it seems to mean. For now, if you’re following this story, give this a read.

As we continue to try to sleuth out just what Michael Cohen did for Donald Trump and whether he will choose to cooperate with the government, his finances remain key to answering both questions. With that in mind, this new Bloomberg article adds some new details to the picture we’ve painted so far.

The new information confirms the general picture but adds new details. How much is Michael Cohen worth? In the past, we’ve noted that Cohen has extensive real estate holdings. This new article from Bloomberg provides more detail about three key New York City holdings – an apartment building on the Upper East Side purchased in 2015, another Lower East Side building and Cohen’s Park Avenue home. From my own reporting, I’m pretty sure these are not Cohen’s only real estate holdings. But they’re key ones. According to the Bloomberg article, Cohen has at least $20 million in equity in the two major real estate holdings on the East Side. The apartment is likely worth around $8 million.

The taxi business is a very different matter.

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This week on The Josh Marshall Podcast I talk to journalist Ronan Farrow. We talk about his #metoo reporting and his new book War on Peace, about the decline of American diplomacy and global influence not just under Trump but going back decades into the late 20th century. Check it out.

Here I write mainly about politics and only occasionally about digital publishing. If you’re interested in that side of what I do, I went on the Digiday podcast to talk about it. Click here to listen.

There was a lot of crazy stuff this morning when President Trump called into Fox & Friends, the Fox Morning Show. A lot of color. But I want to zero in on several key claims or admissions he made about the Russia, Cohen and Stormy Daniels cases.

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Five frat brothers who were among 18 suspended over a racist frat video are suing Syracuse University for infliction of “ridicule and scorn” over their treatment. According to the lawsuit: “The skits did not constitute actual racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, sexism and disrespect for the disabled. Rather, the entire focus of the skits was to create caricatures and exaggerate to be outrageous.”

It’s basically, ‘no racisms were harmed during the filming of this video.’

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Five students are suing Syracuse University for disciplinary actions related to videos of a private event where fraternity members used racial slurs and simulated a sexual assault of a disabled person.

The federal lawsuit filed anonymously on Tuesday by five Theta Tau members accuses the university of ignoring their rights and proper procedures in suspending them and subjecting them to “ridicule and scorn.” It seeks at least $1 million in damages for each student and restoration of their good academic standing.

After the student newspaper revealed the videos last week, the university expelled the fraternity, and 18 unidentified members face disciplinary charges. Chancellor Kent Syverud on Sunday called the latest video clip of crude behavior at Theta Tau “appalling and disgusting.”

The lawsuit says the videos show a satirical “roast” that wasn’t for public viewing.

“The skits did not constitute actual racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, sexism and disrespect for the disabled,” the lawsuit says. “Rather, the entire focus of the skits was to create caricatures and exaggerate to be outrageous.”

It says anyone watching the performances in context would have seen them as “satirical portrayals of offensive conduct and attitudes offered for entertainment with no intent to harm or harass anyone.”

A spokeswoman said Wednesday the university doesn’t comment on pending litigation.

“The university stands by the actions it took to protect the well-being of the campus community and maintain a respectful and safe learning environment,” spokeswoman Sarah Scalese said.

The university has said arrangements have been made for those going through the student judicial process to continue their academic work off campus, but the lawsuit claims fraternity members have been banned from class and provided no alternative.

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