MoJo Blogs and Articles | Mother Jones Mother Jones logo en The New York Times Names All the People and Things Trump Has Insulted on Twitter During His Campaign <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><body><p>Throughout the 2016 election, Donald Trump has weaponized his Twitter account to malign his opponents and give oxygen to conspiracy theories and hate groups around the country. The Republican nominee has done so with such frequency, that on many occasions&nbsp;his social media bursts went well beyond its 5.9 million followers to dominate entire news cycles for days on end.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><em>The New York Times</em> has cataloged every insult</a> to appear on Trump's Twitter account since he launched his campaign in June, 2015. On Monday, the paper devoted two full pages of its print edition to showcasing its impressive work:</p> <center> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">.<a href="">@nytimes</a> in print: All the People, Places and Things<br> Donald Trump Has Insulted<br> On Twitter Since Declaring<br> His Candidacy for President <a href=""></a></p> &mdash; Clifford Levy (@cliffordlevy) <a href="">October 24, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script></center> <p>According to <em>The</em> <em>Times</em>' official count, over the last 16 months and nearly 4,000 tweets, Trump has aimed his social media ire at 281 different targets, with Hillary Clinton unsurprisingly taking most of the hits. President Barack Obama, John Oliver, Neil Young, NBC News, the state of New Jersey, the public at large are just some of the others to appear on the list. While it's exhausting enough to witness Trump's barrage of insults in real time, seeing them neatly collected is downright chilling.</p></body></html> Media 2016 Elections Donald Trump Media Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:16:16 +0000 Inae Oh 317311 at Is Donald Trump a Fake Republican? Or the Ultimate Republican? <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><body><p>With 15 days left until a possible nationwide rout of the Republican Party, <em>National Review</em> editor Rich Lowry <a href="" target="_blank">complains about Democratic hypocrisy:</a></p> <blockquote> <p>As Jonah pointed out in a G-File a week or two ago, the Democrats started out by arguing that Donald Trump was such an outlandish figure that he couldn&rsquo;t even truly be considered a Republican; now, with Election Day just two weeks away and Trump performing badly, <img align="right" alt="" class="image image-_original" src="/files/blog_15_days.jpg" style="margin: 20px 0px 15px 30px;">they are seeking to use him to sink as many Republicans up and down the ballot as possible.</p> </blockquote> <p>Maybe we tune into different liberals, but that's sure not how <em>I</em> remember it. My recollection is that it was <em>conservatives</em> who argued that Trump wasn't a real conservative. Lowry, for example, <a href="" target="_blank">called Trump</a> a "philosophically unmoored political opportunist" and a "menace to American conservatism." Liberals, conversely, spent a vast amount of ink arguing that Trump was, in fact, the apotheosis of everything conservatives had been doing for the past 30 or 40 years. They had supported extremist talk show hosts. They had tolerated endless appeals to racist sentiment. They had impeached a Democratic president. They had adopted a strategy of pure obstruction after losing in a landslide to Barack Obama. They had promoted a bubble of cocky ignorance by convincing their followers that the mainstream media was entirely untrustworthy. They had indulged an endless series of bizarre conspiracy theories and pseudo-scandals for purely political benefits.</p> <p>After all that, liberals argued, conservatives could hardly act shocked when Republican primary voters were attracted to a guy like Donald Trump. They had been poking this particular tiger for years, and now that it was biting back they had no idea how to stop it. That's how I remember things, anyway.</p> <p>And as long as we're on political topics, I noticed this morning that Sam Wang's Senate forecast, which has been sneaking upward for the past week, has finally reached the point where he's now predicting <a href="" target="_blank">Democrats will likely win control of the Senate 51-49.</a> The overall Democratic probability of Democratic control is 83 percent. As near as anyone can tell, Donald Trump is now actively working toward this end, hoping that an epic Republican loss across the board will make his personal loss less of an insult. Or something. Nice work, conservatives!</p></body></html> Kevin Drum Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:10:29 +0000 Kevin Drum 317321 at Maybe We Can Turn Trump Lemons Into Twitter Lemonade <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><body><p>A couple of days ago Ariana Lenarsky was on a flight from Austin to Los Angeles. As she was walking down the aisle of the airplane, a guy reached out and stroked her calf. She reported this to the flight attendants, who nodded knowingly because other women had already complained about the guy. <a href="" target="_blank">After a bit of back and forth</a>, the captain radioed ahead and police met the plane when it landed. No one wanted to press charges because it would have been more trouble than it was worth, which led to this:</p> <blockquote> <blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Police said they would "give him a talking to"&amp; "it's not the crime of the century." True! I'm going to tweet his picture now since it's nbd</p> &mdash; Ariana Lenarsky (@aardvarsk) <a href="">October 23, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">You can't grab women on a plane, guy. You can't do it. Hope you get the help you need. <a href=""></a></p> &mdash; Ariana Lenarsky (@aardvarsk) <a href="">October 23, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script></blockquote> </blockquote> <p>Generally speaking, I'm not a fan of calling out ordinary schmoes on big media platforms, but wouldn't it be nice if there was a silver lining to the odious and repugnant Trump campaign? Maybe this could be it: If someone gropes you, haul out your phone, take his picture, and post it on your social media platform of choice. We'd need a hashtag for this. Maybe if it catches on, men will finally start paying a big enough social penalty for this crap that they'll stop doing it.</p> <p>OK, OK, that won't happen. But maybe they'll do less of it. Baby steps.</p></body></html> Kevin Drum Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:37:28 +0000 Kevin Drum 317316 at Oversampling Is the Latest Hotness in Trumpland <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><body><p>Last night I went out to dinner and briefly checked in on things when I got back. While I was busy with some other stuff, I had this idle Twitter conversation:</p> <blockquote> <blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">I thought we fully litigated oversampling in the 90s</p> &mdash; Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) <a href="">October 24, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en"><a href="">@ClaraJeffery</a> Nothing is ever fully litigated. It's always fucking groundhog day.</p> &mdash; digby (@digby56) <a href="">October 24, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en"><a href="">@digby56</a> <a href="">@ClaraJeffery</a> They all know perfectly well what oversampling is. They're just trolling.</p> &mdash; Kevin Drum (@kdrum) <a href="">October 24, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script></blockquote> </blockquote> <p>I had been out of touch with the news for maybe <em>six or seven hours</em>, nothing more. And yet I was completely out of the loop on the latest campaign idiocy. I had no idea what this was about, which explains my foolishly casual tweet. <a href="" target="_blank">This morning I found out:</a></p> <p><img align="middle" alt="" class="image image-_original" src="/files/blog_zero_hedge_oversample.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 15px 0px 15px 20px;"></p> <p>This post has currently been read by 1.3 million people, and is ricocheting through the Trumposphere at light speed. Apparently oversampling is this year's deskewing.</p> <p>In case you care, oversampling is a normal and longtime practice for folks who are running presidential campaigns&mdash;which is what John Podesta was doing. If you survey, say, a thousand people, you're likely to get a sample of only 130 African-Americans. This means that if you happen to be particularly interested in African-American voters, you need to deliberately oversample them in order to get a statistically reliable pool of respondents. The same is true for any smallish group of people. If, for some reason, you want to target Hispanic environmentalists or white women under age 30, you have to oversample them too.</p> <p>Ordinary polls don't normally do this, though they do sometimes. For example, suppose everyone is obsessed with blue-collar white men and their alleged anger at the political system. A polling firm might want to oversample them in order to report how they really feel. That wouldn't affect the overall poll, though. It would be released as a separate survey on a matter of current interest.</p> <p>Anyway, this is all obvious and simple, which explains my tweet above. But hell, what do I know? Do the yahoos peddling this stuff know it's nonsense but only care about ginning up an army of easily-duped malcontents on November 9? Or are they genuinely ignorant? Who knows? But naturally Donald Trump is all over it:</p> <blockquote> <blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Major story that the Dems are making up phony polls in order to suppress the the Trump . We are going to WIN!</p> &mdash; Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) <a href="">October 24, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script></blockquote> </blockquote> <p>Jesus, this election is dispiriting. I'm beginning to think the whole thing is a spectacularly successful plot by the pharma industry to boost sales of anti-anxiety drugs and prescription blood pressure meds.</p></body></html> Kevin Drum Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:58:48 +0000 Kevin Drum 317301 at Customers Abandoned Amazon in Droves When They Had to Pay Sales Tax <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><body><p>Adam Ozimek posted an item yesterday making the case that Donald Trump is wrong about something. Shocking, I know. But in the process he points to an interesting paper from a couple of years ago about the effect of sales taxes on Amazon purchases. A trio of researchers compared purchases from Amazon in five states both before and after Amazon started <a href="" target="_blank">collecting sales taxes there:</a></p> <blockquote> <p>They found that brick and mortar retailers saw a 2% increase in sales, and a decline of 9.5% for Amazon. This is hardly enough to save brick and mortar stores or stop Amazon.</p> </blockquote> <p>True enough. The move to online retail is bigger than Amazon, and it's unlikely that anything would have stopped it or even slowed it down substantially. Still, <a href="" target="_blank">here's the data from the paper:</a></p> <p><img align="middle" alt="" class="image image-_original" src="/files/blog_amazon_sales_tax_effect.jpg" style="margin: 15px 0px 15px 45px;"></p> <p>These are...big effects. For costly items, the paper concluded that Californians reduced their Amazon purchases by a third. Even in low-tax Virginia, households reduced their Amazon habit by 11 percent. For all items, households reduced their Amazon purchases by 9.5 percent overall, but by 15 percent in California and 11 percent in Texas.</p> <p>This coincided with an increase of "only" 2 percent at brick-and-mortar stores, but that's to be expected. As big as Amazon is, it's still a small fraction of the size of the entire retail market. A decline of 9.5 percent in Amazon sales spread among all brick-and-mortar retailers adds up to a small number.</p> <p>Obviously this hasn't put Amazon out of business. But I think that misses the point. I wonder what effect it would have had on Amazon's growth ten or fifteen years ago? If sales tax has this much effect even now, when Amazon is practically a habit for millions of consumers, what effect would it have had back when Amazon was still relatively new in the non-book space? Bigger, I assume. And what effect would that have had on Amazon's growth? Substantial, I think.</p> <p>One study doesn't prove anything, but this one sure suggests that an awful lot of Amazon's initial stratrospheric growth was due to <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Quill v. North Dakota</em>.</a> Maybe Jeff Bezos should send a thank you note to the Supreme Court.</p></body></html> Kevin Drum Mon, 24 Oct 2016 15:49:47 +0000 Kevin Drum 317291 at Holiday Hiring Is Early and Strong This Year <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><body><p><img align="right" alt="" class="image image-_original" src="/files/blog_holiday_hiring.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #000000; margin: 8px 0px 15px 30px;">Here's some good news on the <a href="" target="_blank">employment front:</a></p> <blockquote> <p>Retailers geared up to hire holiday-season workers in August this year, an unusually early start showing how competition has intensified for temporary help in a tight labor market....Companies and analysts say a number of trends are converging. The holiday-shopping season is starting before Halloween for many consumers, rather than the traditional day after Thanksgiving. There are fewer workers available, due to unemployment holding around 5% for the past year. And retailers are competing for the same employees as logistics firms, distribution centers and restaurants during the final months of the year.</p> </blockquote> <p>This story is accompanied by a chart that inexplicably shows that seasonal hiring was strong in 2014, weaker in 2015, and then stronger still in 2016. Really? I don't recall 2015 being weaker than both 2014 and 2016. So take this all with a grain of salt.</p> <p>Still, it's yet another data point that the labor market is truly starting to tighten up this year. It still has a ways to go, but we're making progress.</p></body></html> Kevin Drum Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:56:31 +0000 Kevin Drum 317281 at John Oliver Mocks Donald Trump's Plan to Contest the Election With Special Offer <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><body><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>As Donald Trump continues to lay the groundwork for a massive loss against Hillary Clinton, the GOP candidate has made it increasingly clear that he does not intend to accept the results in a peaceful manner. While the scenario of a contested election is shocking, Trump's refusal to accept that he is a loser is not. After all, as Clinton pointed out at the final presidential debate last week, Trump once even complained that the Emmy Awards were rigged after his show the <em>The Celebrity Apprentice </em>lost three years in a row.</p> <p>"Of course he wants an Emmy," John Oliver explained on Sunday. "It's a woman, it's gold, and it's proportionate to his tiny hands. It's basically Trump's ideal mate."</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Last Week Tonight</em> host</a> then presented Trump with a proposition&mdash;one that would help the real estate magnate avoid admitting that he is in fact a loser&mdash;in exchange for him to accept the outcome of the results. After all, Oliver has something the world knows Trump desperately wants. Watch above.</p></body></html> Media 2016 Elections Donald Trump Mon, 24 Oct 2016 14:40:21 +0000 Inae Oh 317276 at Gary Johnson, Bolstered by Young Voters, Opposes a Policy They've Vocally Supported <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><body><p>Democrats have won the majority of young voters in all recent presidential elections, and this one is shaping up to be no exception. But although Hillary Clinton leads among millennials, Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson has proven surprisingly popular among young voters this year, with polls show him winning as much as <a href="" target="_blank">29 percent</a> of millennial support. Some of those voters&mdash;it's unclear how many&mdash;are disaffected Bernie Sanders fans who are still wary of Clinton. Johnson and Sanders have a similar surface-level appeal: They both play the authentic outsider trying to reform politics. But there's a host of policy differences between the two, and their views couldn't be more divergent on one policy popular among millennials: net neutrality.</p> <p>The Federal Communications Commission has set net neutrality rules to prevent the companies that deliver broadband internet access to homes and offices from restricting or enhancing access to certain websites. Under these rules, companies like Comcast and Verizon can't for example tell <em>Mother Jones</em> that they will slow down page load times for users trying to access the site or even block it altogether unless <em>Mother Jones </em>pays special fees to them. The FCC <a href="">adopted</a> net neutrality rules in 2015, and earlier this year a court <a href="">upheld</a> the regulations. But the next president will be able to appoint new FCC commissioners who might seek to overturn these rules, under pressure from internet service providers.</p> <p>Reliable polling on net neutrality is hard to come by. Take competing headlines from the <em>Hill</em> last year. In <a href="">January</a>: "Poll: Voters Support Broad Concept of Net Neutrality." A <a href="">month later</a>: "Poll Finds Skepticism on Net Neutrality." But when the FCC opened its rule to public comment in 2014, the agency's <a href="">website crashed</a> as it received a flood of millions of public feedback submissions, overwhelmingly tilting in <a href="">favor of net neutrality.</a> (A segment on John Oliver's HBO show <a href="" target="_blank">helped speed along</a> the rush of favorable comments.) Students and other millennials have been <a href="" target="_blank">particularly active</a> in advocating net neutrality.</p> <p>Befitting his broadly anti-government attitude, Johnson has been critical of efforts by the federal government to regulate the internet, including net neutrality. "Net neutrality sounds great on paper, but the reality is that it is the start of government control of the internet," Johnson <a href="">said</a> in an interview in 2011. "And, of course, as with every act of intervention by the government, this specific example would have unintended consequences. It will end up with the restriction of the Internet. I'm not the guy who wants to regulate [the internet] or pass legislation that might do that."</p> <p>The "internet freedom and security" <a href="" target="_blank">section</a> of Johnson's campaign website hints at opposition to net neutrality, stating, "It is no coincidence that the unprecedented innovation and entrepreneurship the Internet has allowed and the resulting improvements to our daily lives have happened largely without interference from the government."</p> <p>His campaign's communications director, Joe Hunter, said in an email that Johnson "rejects the assumption that without government regulation the Internet would devolve into fast lanes and paid prioritization of data, as is assumed in the FCC's 2015 Open Internet Order. He has more faith in the marketplace than that." More faith, it seems, than many people in his strongest demographic do.</p></body></html> Politics 2016 Elections Gary Johnson Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:00:13 +0000 Patrick Caldwell 317116 at The Trump Files: How Donald Screwed Over New York City on His Tax Bill <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><body><p><em>Until the election, we're bringing you "The Trump Files," a daily dose of telling episodes, strange but true stories, or curious scenes from the life of GOP nominee Donald Trump.</em></p> <p>When Donald made his first huge splash by building the Grand Hyatt hotel in Midtown Manhattan in the late 1970s, he did so on the back of an enormous, <a href="" target="_blank">unprecedented tax break</a> from the city. Trump, through his big-donor father, had close ties to then-Mayor Abe Beame (D). "Whatever my friends Fred and Donald want in this town, they get," Beame <a href="" target="_blank">once told</a> the man who sold the hotel site to Trump. What Trump wanted, and got, was a deal in which a tax-exempt city agency bought the site of the hotel, leased it back to Trump for $1 a year, and spared him from paying property taxes for 40 years<em>.</em></p> <p>The massive tax abatement angered other developers, so the city made Trump agree to give back some of his profits each year as a rent payment. But when the Grand Hyatt became a success, the hotel cooked the books so it could pay the city less.</p> <p>In 1986, <a href="" target="_blank">according to CBS News</a>, the Grand Hyatt had its best year ever. After getting $3.7 million from the hotel in 1985, city officials expected an even larger payment the next year. Instead, Trump ordered the Grant Hyatt to <a href="" target="_blank">change its accounting methods</a> to lower its reported profits. Despite its banner year, the hotel paid the city <a href="" target="_blank">just $667,000</a>.</p> <p>Karen Burstein, the city's auditor general, investigated the hotel's accounting practices and called them "<a href="" target="_blank">aberrant and distortive</a>" in a 1989 report. Experts who <a href="" target="_blank">reviewed the report</a> for CBS News said it "detailed failures in basic bookkeeping, the seemingly sudden adoption of irregular accounting methods, and efforts to stymie officials." That included being unable to find many of the hotel's ledgers and other financial paperwork, which Burstein called "just inexcusable." She concluded that Trump owed the city $2.9 million as a result of his maneuvers, but it doesn't appear to have gotten the money back. The <em>New York Times</em> reported last month that the city may have <a href="" target="_blank">recovered only $850,000</a> from Trump in a 2004 settlement.</p> <p>"Trump leveraged tax forgiveness and clout into a deal where he had essentially no risk at all; there was no downside," Burste<a href="" target="_blank">in</a><a href="" target="_blank"> told the <em>Los Angeles Times</em></a> in 2011. "Then, having triumphed, he repaid his benefactors by excoriating them as inept, venal and useless."</p> <p data-tracked="true">Trump sold his stake in the hotel in 1996, but the tax abatement is <em>still</em> in effect. While the city initially said it would cost it about $4 million a year, or about $160 million in lost revenue over its lifetime, it's ended up being even costlier. According to the <em>New York Times</em>, the tax break has cost the city almost $360 million so far&mdash;and there are still four years left on the deal.</p> <p data-tracked="true"><em style="line-height: 2em; font-weight: bold;">Read the rest of <a href="" target="_blank">"The Trump Files"</a>:</em></p> <ul><li>Trump Files #1:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">The Time Andrew Dice Clay Thanked Donald for the Hookers</a></li> <li>Trump Files #2:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">When Donald Tried to Stop Charlie Sheen's Marriage to Brooke Mueller</a></li> <li>Trump Files #3:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">The Brief Life of the "Trump Chateau for the Indigent"</a></li> <li>Trump Files #4:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald Thinks Asbestos Fears Are a Mob Conspiracy</a></li> <li>Trump Files #5:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald's Nuclear Negotiating Fantasy</a></li> <li>Trump Files #6:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald Wants a Powerball for Spies</a></li> <li>Trump Files #7:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald Gets An Allowance</a></li> <li>Trump Files #8:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">The Time He Went Bananas on a Water Cooler</a></li> <li>Trump Files #9:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">The Great&nbsp;Geico&nbsp;Boycott</a></li> <li>Trump Files #10:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald Trump, Tax-Hike Crusader</a></li> <li>Trump Files #11:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Watch Donald Trump Say He Would Have Done Better as a Black Man</a></li> <li>Trump Files #12:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald Can't Multiply 17 and 6</a></li> <li>Trump Files #13:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Watch Donald Sing the "Green Acres" Theme Song in Overalls</a></li> <li>Trump Files #14:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">The Time Donald Trump Pulled Over His Limo to Stop a Beating</a></li> <li>Trump Files #15:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">When Donald Wanted to Help the&nbsp;Clintons&nbsp;Buy Their House</a></li> <li>Trump Files #16:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">He Once Forced a Small Business to Pay Him Royalties for Using the Word "Trump"</a></li> <li>Trump Files #17:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">He Dumped Wine on an "Unattractive Reporter"</a></li> <li>Trump Files #18:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Behold the Hideous Statue He Wanted to Erect In Manhattan</a></li> <li>Trump Files #19:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">When Donald Was "Principal for a Day" and Confronted by a Fifth-Grader</a></li> <li>Trump Files #20:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">In 2012, Trump Begged GOP Presidential Candidates to Be Civil</a></li> <li>Trump Files #21:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">When Donald Couldn't Tell the Difference Between Gorbachev and an Impersonator</a></li> <li>Trump Files #22:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">His Football Team Treated Its Cheerleaders "Like Hookers"</a></li> <li>Trump Files #23: <a href="" target="_blank">Donald Tried to Shut Down a Bike Race Named "Rump"</a></li> <li>Trump Files #24:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">When Donald Called Out Pat Buchanan for Bigotry</a></li> <li>Trump Files #25:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald's Most Ridiculous Appearance on Howard Stern's Show</a></li> <li>Trump Files #26:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">How Donald Tricked New York Into Giving Him His First Huge Deal</a></li> <li>Trump Files #27:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald Told Congress the Reagan Tax Cuts Were Terrible</a></li> <li>Trump Files #28:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">When Donald Destroyed Historic Art to Build Trump Tower</a></li> <li>Trump Files #29:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald Wanted to Build an Insane Castle on Madison Avenue</a></li> <li>Trump Files #30:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald's Near-Death Experience (That He Invented)</a></li> <li>Trump Files #31:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">When Donald Struck Oil on the Upper West Side</a></li> <li>Trump Files #32:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">When Donald Massacred Trees in the Trump Tower Lobby</a></li> <li>Trump Files #33:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">When Donald Demanded Other People Pay for His Overpriced Quarterback</a></li> <li>Trump Files #34:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">The Time Donald Sued Someone Who Made Fun of Him for $500 Million</a></li> <li>Trump Files #35:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald Tried to Make His Ghostwriter Pay for His Book Party</a></li> <li>Trump Files #36:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Watch Donald Shave a Man's Head on Television</a></li> <li>Trump Files #37:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">How Donald Helped Make It Harder to Get Football Tickets</a></li> <li>Trump Files #38:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald Was Curious About His Baby Daughter's Breasts</a></li> <li>Trump Files #39:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">When Democrats Courted Donald</a></li> <li>Trump Files #40:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Watch the Trump Vodka Ad Designed for a Russian Audience</a></li> <li>Trump Files #41:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald's Cologne Smelled of&nbsp;Jamba&nbsp;Juice and Strip Clubs</a></li> <li>Trump Files #42:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald Sued Other People Named Trump for Using Their Own Name</a></li> <li>Trump Files #43:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald Thinks Asbestos Would Have Saved the Twin Towers</a></li> <li>Trump Files #44:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Why Donald Threw a Fit Over His "Trump Tree" in Central Park</a></li> <li>Trump Files #45:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Watch Trump Endorse Slim Shady for President</a></li> <li>Trump Files #46:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">The Easiest 13 Cents He Ever Made</a></li> <li>Trump Files #47:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">The Time Donald Burned a Widow's Mortgage</a></li> <li>Trump Files #48:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald's Recurring Sex Dreams</a></li> <li>Trump Files #49:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Trump's Epic Insult Fight With Ed Koch</a></li> <li>Trump Files #50:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald Has Some Advice for Citizen Kane</a></li> <li>Trump Files #51:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald Once Turned Down a Million-Dollar Bet on "Trump: The Game"</a></li> <li>Trump Files #52:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">When Donald Tried to Shake Down Mike Tyson for $2 Million</a></li> <li>Trump Files #53:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald and Melania's Creepy, Sex-Filled Interview With Howard Stern</a></li> <li>Trump Files #54:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald's Mega-Yacht Wasn't Big Enough For Him</a></li> <li>Trump Files #55:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">When Donald Got in a Fight With Martha Stewart</a></li> <li>Trump Files #56:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald Reenacts an Iconic Scene From&nbsp;<em>Top Gun</em></a></li> <li>Trump Files #57:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">How Donald Tried to Hide His Legal Troubles to Get His Casino Approved</a></li> <li>Trump Files #58:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Donald's Wall Street Tower Is 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Rosenthal 316776 at After Prison, the Exonerated Face a Different Kind of Hell <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><body><p>It was an unseasonably warm November morning, just a few days before Thanksgiving in 2010, when a warden's assistant at a small prison in Ohio broke the news to inmate Virginia "Ginny" LeFever: A judge had ordered her immediate release. Other inmates crowded around to say goodbye, clapping and crying and hugging her as she prepared to leave. "It was like going through a gauntlet to get from my door to the front of the prison," she says.</p> <p>Twenty-two years earlier, LeFever had been living east of Columbus and working as a nurse when she was arrested for allegedly murdering her estranged husband&mdash;a crime she says she did not commit. A judge found her guilty two years later and <a href="" target="_blank">sentenced her to life in prison.</a> But recently, her lawyers had proved that the prosecutor's key witness had <a href="" target="_blank">lied about his credentials during her trial</a>. Now, her conviction was overturned and she could walk free. "It was one of the most surreal moments of my life," she says. "I didn't sleep for three days because the bed was too soft&mdash;everything was too comfortable."</p> <p>Then reality hit. The 59-year-old didn't have a job, and everything she owned&mdash;legal documents, a few books, and her cross-stitching projects&mdash;could fit into the trunk of a car. Her parents had died while she was in prison, and some of her kids wouldn't talk to her. (One of her daughters <a href="" target="_blank">told reporters</a> she was guilty). LeFever had post-traumatic stress disorder, a condition that can develop after experiencing trauma, with symptoms ranging from flashbacks and bad dreams to mood swings and trouble sleeping. She also needed medicine for hypertension, but she didn't have health insurance, and the doctor's offices in her area were booked for another three months. "For a while I was drinking more than I had any business doing," she says. Everything was "too big, too fast, too loud, too bright, too overwhelming."</p> <p>A national registry tracks the number of exonerees in America&mdash;1,900 since 1989&mdash;but nobody knows how many of them struggle with chronic health issues like PTSD. And that's a problem, according to experts on wrongful conviction, because the United States currently has few safeguards in place to help them get back on their feet after prison, leaving many struggling to adjust. After his exoneration,&nbsp;Gary Gauger, who was sentenced to death in 1994 for the murder of his parents,&nbsp;<a href="">said</a>&nbsp;he didn't leave his home unless forced to do so.&nbsp;In March this year,&nbsp;<a href="">Darryl Hunt</a>, who spent 19 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit, killed himself in a parking lot.&nbsp;"People work really, really hard to get us out, and then we're out and nobody knows what the heck to do with us," LeFever says. "Because we're not the same people who went in."&nbsp;</p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" height="287" src="/files/Ginny.jpg" width="215"><div class="caption"><strong>Ginny LeFever </strong>Courtesy Ginny LeFever</div> </div> <p>For inmates on parole, reentry programs can help with the challenge of accessing mental health care. But most exonerees lack a similar support network. Innocence organizations are often so buried in efforts to free the wrongfully convicted that they don't have the resources to also assist them after they're released. The government doesn't<strong> </strong>always help out, either: <a href="" target="_blank">Twenty states</a> don't offer any financial compensation to exonerees, and only two states have laws guaranteeing them access to medical care, according to the Innocence Project. "We open the door and let them out and mostly turn our backs on them," says <a href="" target="_blank">Jon Eldan</a>, a California-based lawyer who works with exonerees. If policymakers knew how many exonerees struggled with chronic health problems, he says, they might push for better compensation, reentry programs, and other safety nets.</p> <p>That's where LeFever comes in. Back at school to get a master's degree in nursing from <a href=",%20GA" target="_blank">South University</a>, she's embarking on an <a href="Nick%20Lurie-Moroni">ambitious research project</a> to figure out the incidence of PTSD among exonerees across the country, and to see what other health problems they face. With approval from her school's institutional review board, she's calling up people on the <a href="">National Registry of Exonerations</a> and asking if they have symptoms of PTSD or other conditions that arise along with it, like cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disorders, or substance abuse. The goal is to "quantify some of the difficulties and maybe put a dollar amount on things," she says. "Nobody knows what the true cost is."</p> <p>LeFever suspects that exonerees have the highest incidence of PTSD of any other subgroup in the United States, exceeding even the rates among combat veterans and other prison inmates. "We all experience the same hardships, the same losses, the same lack of medical care, lack of proper clothing, horrible diet, all those things," she says of prison. "But on some level, at least the people who committed the crimes somehow knew they belonged there. The rest of us know there's something fundamentally just wrong." (Though it's worth noting that people can be exonerated for <a href="" target="_blank">reasons other than their innocence</a>.)</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Zieva Konvisser</a>, a Michigan-based researcher who has studied trauma among combat veterans, terrorism survivors, Holocaust survivors, and the wrongfully convicted, says she's not sure whether exonerees have higher rates of PTSD than other types of trauma victims. But compared with other inmates, wrongfully convicted people may have a harder time making sense of their experience in prison, <a href="" target="_blank">she says</a>, and many end up suffering from PTSD, nightmares, hypervigilance, and anxiety disorders.</p> <p>Other researchers have drawn similar conclusions; some have observed PTSD rates of about 25 percent among exonerees. But their studies&mdash;examining between 18 and 55 exonerees each, almost exclusively male&mdash;have been too small to tell us anything conclusive about the situation nationally. LeFever aims to examine a bigger, statistically significant group. She isn't the only one who wants to dig into more data: Eldan, the California-based lawyer, plans to send a survey about health care to hundreds of exonerees he's met through a <a href="" target="_blank">nonprofit</a> he formed to help them access insurance and public benefits. He says it will be the largest post-release survey of exonerees ever conducted.</p> <div class="inline inline-right" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" height="148" src="/files/EXONERATIONS_A-630_1_0.jpg" width="191"><div class="caption"><strong>Related: <a href="" target="_blank">Why Is It So Hard for Wrongfully Convicted Women to Get Justice? </a></strong></div> </div> <p>LeFever started seeing a counselor for her PTSD in October. It's been six years since her exoneration, but she says she hasn't received any compensation from the state of Ohio, whose law allows residents who were wrongfully incarcerated to receive about $52,000 for every year they spent in prison; LeFever isn't eligible, she explains, because the prosecutor says her case is an open investigation. Though he dropped the charges against her, he left open the option to later take her to trial her again, in the event that new evidence emerges. "I personally believe in Ms. LeFever's guilt," he said in a <a href="" target="_blank">statement</a> several months after her release. Some of her children agreed. "I don't believe for a minute she was ever innocent," her daughter Sarah <a href="" target="_blank">said</a>.</p> <p>As she finishes her master's program, LeFever is also working nights now in occupational health at a food manufacturing plant, taking care of about 500 employees. When she gets home, she usually plays on the computer to unwind. Her PTSD waxes and wanes, though it never goes away. "On a good day I can sleep," she says. "On a not so good day, I'm awake until&mdash;well, it was 6:30 this morning when I went to sleep."</p> <p>Earlier this month, she drove about 175 miles through rural Ohio to visit a friend for Lifers Family Day at the prison where she spent the first half of her incarceration. "It was like returning to the bowels of hell," she says. The women in the prison, including many she knew, had "aged dreadfully," she says, and the room felt like it was closing in around her. She couldn't get enough air, and she had flashbacks of "people hurting each other," she says. "Dry mouth, sweaty palms, heart racing, all those things."</p> <p>At the end of the visit, she hesitated for a minute. "It's always hard to leave them," she adds. If it weren't for her exoneration, "I'd probably still be there with them, and that haunts me."</p></body></html> Politics Crime and Justice Health Health Care Mon, 24 Oct 2016 10:00:11 +0000 Samantha Michaels 315996 at