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Bob Mueller Is a Very Smart Man, Part 326: The Pardon Workaround

By Lainey Bobainey | Pajiba Love | August 30, 2017 |

By Lainey Bobainey | Pajiba Love | August 30, 2017 |

DO you have your tissues handy? You might need one. I’M NOT SAYING I CRIED. 15 nice stories from Houston - (Buzzfeed)

Now that Donald Trump has wielded his pardon power with Sheriff Arpaio, some of you may be thinking, ‘Well, now he’s just going to pardon anyone before they can testify against him in the Russian probe.’ Ah, yes: But there’s a twist: Trump can’t pardon state crimes, only federal ones, and guess who Mueller just teamed up with to gain leverage over Paul Manafort?

That’s right: New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. Mueller is going after Manafort for state financial crimes. Suck on that, Donny Trash! (Schneiderman, by the way, is the guy who brought suit against Trump over Trump University) (Politico)

In related news, Rinat Akhmetshin — that former Soviet counterintelligence officer who sat in on the June 9th meeting with Trump Jr., Manafort and Kushner — testified for several hours today in a Mueller grand jury. The noose? It tightens. (Financial Times)

We had America’s Got Talent on in the background last night and when my husband saw Tyra, he gasped! When I saw Mel B., I snortgiggled. This show may have some talented people on there, but it also has some serious what the fuckery going on too! - (GFY)

I don’t really know much about FASHION (except that seriously, Mel B. and Tyra looked reeeeeeeal dumb last night), but I feel like I know this much - why in the actual shit is Kendall Jenner being given an award for “Fashion Icon of the Decade”? She’s, like, 20 or 21, right? Why is she being given ANYTHING of the Decade? - (Celebitchy)

Nic Cage and Crispin Glover hang out. Or at least, they’ve hung out enough to go get sushi together. Ponder that. Ponder what their conversations must be like. Whoa. Ok, now experience the pictures of their dinner out as Nic chats up a woman, only to get cockblocked by her husband. Womp womp. - (Lainey)

How bad are things at the box office right now? This weekend is shaping up to be potentially the worst box-office weekend in 16 years. (Uproxx)

Ivanka - Champion of women! No, wait, what’s the opposite of that? - (Glamour)

When women create a company together, it’s important to have a man as partner in the company too. He doesn’t have to even be real. He can be just as bullshittingly bullshit as this bullshit is. - (The MarySue)

Martha Stewart has turned into a fun person, which is weird. But, like, good weird. Martha and Snoop are perfect togather. - (Dlisted)

It’s like Shazam for plants! - (Eco Snippets)

This made me laugh. I’m pretty sure I used all of these responses throughout every week of my corporate life. - (Bored Panda)

Sistercoyote was intrigued to read Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse’s book Mycroft Holmes. The book finds Mycroft teaming up with Cyrus Douglas, a black man, to solve a mystery in Trinidad. "The writing is strong and the characters solidly characterized. Each adds their own piece to the plot, and the story explores more than just the mystery at its heart." Who is the most unlikely writer you have taken a chance on? (Cannonball Read 9)

Finally, here’s a pretty great hip-hop video from a friend of the site; it’s a bittersweet paean to the old London being destroyed by gentrification and the social cleansing that comes with it. Check it out.

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