Future President of the United States Donald Trump is bad at a lot of things, but credit where credit is due: he is good as suing people. At least, he sues people a lot, and practice makes perfect. And when we say “a lot,” we mean a lot. According to USA Today, Trump has been involved in a jaw-crashing 3,500 lawsuits and counting over the course of his mysterious existence.
That’s an unprecedented number for a presidential nominee, to put it mildly. And if you think that, given his busy schedule, Trump would be curtailing his habit of getting involved in legal dust-ups, you have not been paying attention to Trump’s style. From USA Today:
Just since he announced his candidacy a year ago, at least 70 new cases have been filed, about evenly divided between lawsuits filed by him and his companies and those filed against them. And the records review found at least 50 civil lawsuits remain open even as he moves toward claiming the nomination at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in seven weeks. On Tuesday, court documents were released in one of the most dramatic current cases, filed in California by former students accusing Trump University of fraudulent and misleading behavior.
General Counsel for the Trump Organization Alan Garten said the lawsuits are nothing out of the ordinary for any company the size of Trump’s, saying “I think we have far less litigation of companies of our size.”
But USA Today’s investigation blew that line of reasoning to pieces. They studied the litigation habits of five other top real estate moguls (Edward DeBartolo, a shopping-center developer; Donald Bren, chairman of the Irvine Company; Stephen Ross, Time Warner Center developer; Sam Zell, Chicago real-estate bigwig; and Larry Silverstein, a New York developer specializing in WTC properties) and found that Trump has more lawsuits than all of them combined.
One of Trump’s chief boasts is that he’s a negotiator and a businessman, and USA Today’s investigation reveals that’s true insofar as dragging people to court can be considered “negotiation.” He’s clearly had some measure of success with these tactics (although just how much success is a matter of some dispute) but, it bears mentioning here, Presidents don’t just get to sue anyone who disagrees with them.
Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.
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Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.
If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.
To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.
Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.
Special Election Edition, President Trump to legalized weed and everything in between.
This week we reflect on the election and discuss our strategies for staying sane.
Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy. During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.
This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.
We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.