Photo: Betye Saar at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in LA. (Photo by Gina Pollack)
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Special Counsel Robert Mueller has expanded his Russian meddling inquiry to include years of President Trump’s banking transactions, Bloomberg reports today. Trump’s longtime and most supportive lender -- Deutsche Bank -- is facing new scrutiny over its loans to Trump. The bank may soon be involved in Mueller’s investigation.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of Huntington Beach, who has long held pro-Russian positions, is under scrutiny for his efforts to discredit a leading advocate of U.S. sanctions on Russia. A member of Rohrabacher’s staff has been removed from his role at the Subcommittee on Foreign Affairs Rohrabacher chairs. Some of the people Rohrabacher and his aide were working with are connected to the group that met with Donald Trump Jr. and others at Trump Tower in June 2016.
Jeff Sessions is restarting part of the federal program called civil asset forfeiture. When law enforcement finds reason to believe that some cash, a house, or other valuable asset has been used in illegal activities, they seize it, and it becomes government property. In 2014, the government took more property from American citizens than burglars did. After an outcry from civil rights groups, then-Attorney General Eric Holder stopped part of the program.
Betye Saar creates art out of objects she finds at flea markets and junk stores. In 1972 she made her name with a piece called “The Liberation of Aunt Jemima,” in which she reconfigured a mammy figurine to hold a broom in one hand and a shotgun in the other. Now she has a new exhibition called “Keepin’ It Clean” at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in LA.
Betye Saar at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in LA
(Photo by Gina Pollack)
Saar says this white christening dress symbolizes the loss of innocence.
It has words stitched to the bottom-- racist slurs for black children.
(Credit: Craft and Folk Art Museum)
Saar's "The Liberation of Aunt Jemima," 1972.
(Credit: Collection of the Berkeley Art Museum)
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