Headlines from NPR News for Monday, May 15, 2017
Trump’s Lawyers Deny He Has Russian Income Or Debt, ‘With A Few Exceptions’ – In a letter released Friday, President Trump’s lawyers said a decade’s worth of his tax returns show that he doesn’t owe money to Russian lenders and that he has received no income from Russian sources, “with a few exceptions.”
The exceptions include this: “In 2008, Trump Properties LLC sold an estate in Florida, that it had acquired in 2005 for approximately $41 million, to a Russian billionaire for $95 million.”
That buyer was Dmitry Rybolovlev, who never moved into the 62,000-square-foot mansion before tearing it down.
Another exception was the $12.2 million made from holding the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow in 2013, according to the letter signed by attorneys Sheri A. Dillon and William F. Nelson.
The lawyers also noted that Trump very likely has received undisclosed payments from Russians for hotel rooms, rounds of golf and Trump-licensed products, such as wine, ties and mattresses.
The March 8 letter was addressed to Trump, who passed it along to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. Trump mentioned it during his Thursday NBC News interview with Lester Holt, saying he had “nothing to do with Russia. I have no investments in Russia. None whatsoever.”
Readings from Isaiah 55.1-3 for Monday, May 15, 2017
God’s word through Isaiah in these verses is both a tremendous offer and a tragic indictment. God issues an invitation to us. He invites us to freely come to him for everything that makes for a quality life. The indictment is that all too often we choose substitutes for God at a great cost.
Isaiah 55.1-3 – Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live.
Prayers for Monday, May 15, 2017
Dear God, today we accept your invitation. We regret that we have invested heavily in substitutes for you and the abundant life you provide.