“Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, confirmed on Thursday that he paid a small tech firm to rig online polls,”… “at the direction of and for the sole benefit of” Trump.

This sounds worse than it is. It’s SOP. ALL online polls are invalid, and since the sample is self-selecting, they are all rigged in a sense. Every one I’ve ever seen is “stuffed.”

But you have to love the details of the payoff. The Journal reported: “Cohen gave Gauger a blue Walmart bag containing about $13,000 in cash. Gauger also said that Cohen randomly included a boxing glove Cohen claimed at the time had been worn by a Brazilian mixed-martial arts fighter.”

(Cohen denies those details, thereby refuting the one and only cool thing anyone has ever said about him.)

The other great detail: Trump/Cohen were supposed to pay the guy $50,000 in total. According to the story, Trump did give Cohen the fifty grand, but Cohen only turned over $13K and pocketed the rest.

In a related detail: Cohen also hired that same firm to promote a “Cohen is sexy” campaign on Twitter. Wall Street Journal reports Cohen paid John Gauger to set up WomenForCohen account to promote him as a ‘pit bull’ and ‘sex symbol’

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Boy, if ever a client and a lawyer were meant for each other!

You go, Rudy. Soon you’ll actually fall back on the spurious Onion quote of you saying “Crime is not illegal.”

Perhaps Giuliani is right. It’s hard to keep track of his positions. He has argued that collusion is not a crime, so he obviously thought there might be some. Well, I was assuming he thinks rationally. I figured, “If he thought there was no collusion, he would not bring up the subject of whether it was criminal.” That might be logical on my part if we were talking about a sensible person, but this is Rudy.

The President, however has said many times that the campaign did not collude with Russia, the most recent being his infamous “smocking gun” tweet in December.

The also allowed 38 in that quarter!

NBA scoring has gone crazy. The scores are starting to look like the 1960s again. Look at those scores in yesterdays’s recap. There are a bunch of teams in the 130s and 140s, topping out at 149 for the Sixers.

Pro basketball teams averaged more than 118 points per game in the early run-and-gun 60s, but the game had completely changed by the 1998-1999 season, when the average dropped below 92, and very little had changed by 2011-2012, when the average was a mere 96.

But change was in the air. Ever since that year the average has been rising, and it is now above 110 for the first time since the mid 80s. The change has been driven by 3-point sharpshooting. In just the past seven seasons, the number of successful three-pointers per team per game has risen from 6 to 11, while the number of successful two-pointers has stayed steady at 30. (The number of two-point ATTEMPTS has dropped, but COMPLETIONS have not. The reason? The newly accelerated three-point game spreads out the defense, thus making it easier for the two-point shooters to find an opening. Over the same period described, the two-point shooting percentage has increased from 48% to 52%.)

It’s good to know the facts:

“Photographer John Moore has driven every inch of the border while covering the immigration issue for over a decade. He’s spent time on both sides, tagging along with Border Patrol agents and migrants.

Through his photos, you can see how the fencing varies greatly on different parts of the border.”

In some remote parts of the Sonoran Desert, there essentially is no barrier at all. (See below)