Required Reading – August 28

Required reading from around the web of the best, most interesting, or most though provoking things we’ve read:

Madison: Obama accused of ‘smash and grab’ stock scheme to benefit him and pals financially

“Peter Schweizer: This one was really surprising because, I have to say, I did not think of Barack Obama as somebody who was necessarily involved in financial corruption. I mean, there are all these controversies or certain issues about his policies, but Barack Obama has this best friend that few people have ever heard of, a guy named Marty Nesbitt. When Barack Obama is reelected in 2012, his best friend in the world, Marty Nesbitt, sets up this private equity fund called Vistria, and Vistria says in its corporate documents, explicitly, that it is designed to invest in highly regulated industries, and when your best friend is the regulator-in-chief, I guess that makes sense, and what happens is, they make a series of investments or deals based on companies or industries that are being smashed by the Obama administration’s regulations. As one example of Obama’s “smash and grab” scheme, Schweizer described how Nesbitt’s private equity firm, Vistria Group, acquired the University of Phoenix: . . .”

Read More at Liberty Unyielding.

Strassel: When Justice Is Partial

“The country has watched the FBI treat one presidential campaign with kid gloves, the other with informants, warrants and eavesdropping. They’ve seen the Justice Department resist all efforts at accountability, even as it fails to hold its own accountable. And don’t get them started on the one-sided media. And they are now witnessing unequal treatment in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.”

Read more at Outline.

Superville: Federal judge rules Trump ‘exceeded his authority’ with executive orders

“A federal judge dealt a blow Saturday to President Donald Trump’s efforts to ‘promote more efficient’ government, ruling that key provisions of three recent executive orders ‘undermine federal employees’ right to bargain collectively’ under federal law. The White House had no comment and referred questions to the Justice Department, which said it was reviewing the judge’s ruling and considering options. Federal worker unions that had sued to block Trump’s use of his executive authority in this area applauded the outcome.”

Read more at the Washington Times.

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