That’s all? The New York DA combed through Manafort’s life and could only find 16 felonies? That guy is really just phoning it in.

Oh, wait, maybe that’s 16 per day.

These are not federal charges, and therefore not vulnerable to a Presidential pardon. (The President could choose to pardon Manafort on all the charges he has been already sentenced for.)

Pulled up from inside two other threads, this has now become topical insofar as current events have shone a spotlight on how the rich and powerful get their kids into college.

1. How does somebody like Kushner get into Harvard without good grades or SAT scores?

‘Tis a mystery to his high school teachers, but not to us. Unlike the Lori Loughlin scheme, the Kushner path was perfectly legal.

The New Yorker joshed about Jared’s Harvard Admissions Essay

2. OK, I get how they get in, but how does somebody undeserving manage to survive in such a grueling academic environment?

It’s much easier than it used to be, thanks to grade inflation based on the Oprah theory. “YOU get an A, and YOU get an A. Everybody gets an A.” The most common grade at Harvard is A. The average is A-. Read this next sentence carefully. It is possible to graduate cum laude and be in the 9th percentile of the class. That’s right, today’s cum laude is the equivalent of a 2.1 GPA in my college era. In other words, guys like Kushner can get through Harvard near the very bottom of the class – and still graduate cum laude!

UPDATE:

Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin among 50 charged in college entrance cheating scandal

More details:

Felicity Huffman’s bond set at $250G; Lori Loughlin’s husband’s bond was set at $1 million. As I type this, Loughlin herself has not yet been taken into custody.

It appears that Huffman’s husband, William Macy of Shameless fame, is not accused of any criminal activity.