New York Charges Paul Manafort With 16 Crimes. If He’s Convicted, Trump Can’t Pardon Him.

A bit busy so just catching up with Manafort’s 2nd sentencing. And now there’s this:

Paul J. Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, has been charged in New York with mortgage fraud and more than a dozen other state felonies, the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., said Wednesday, an effort to ensure he will still face prison time if Mr. Trump pardons him for his federal crimes.

News of the indictment came shortly after Mr. Manafort was sentenced to his second federal prison term in two weeks; he now faces a combined sentence of more than seven years for tax and bank fraud and conspiracy in two related cases brought by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III.

The president has broad power to issue pardons for federal crimes, but has no such authority in state cases.

While Mr. Trump has not said he intends to pardon his former campaign chairman, he has often spoken of his power to pardon and has defended Mr. Manafort on a number of occasions, calling him a “brave man.”

People Are Pulling Their Pineapple Now (Not a Euphemism!

I guess this is a thing now. Everyone with access to a pineapple and a Twitter account are getting into it with mixed results.

From Eater.com:

Lifehacker’s Claire Lower attempted the pineapple pull last week, and did not have much luck at first. But the intrepid food-hacker writes: “I decided to try my pineapple again, and managed — after gently prodding with my thumb in several spots before really digging in —to get a small chunk.” Lower also notes that it’s “a messy way to eat this juicy fruit” that’s also “not great for sharing.” Some other food hackers suggest that the pineapple needs to be super ripe for the trick to work and it helps to bang it on a hard surface before slicing. According to the pineapple-pulling experts out there, a small Japanese “snack pine” is also apparently the best fruit for this maneuver, since its flesh is super soft.

Like many viral food tricks that are shared on social media — cheese stretching, piñata cake slicing, etc. — pineapple pulling is performative, a little silly, and a lot harder than it looks.

A Florida Massage Parlor Owner Has Been Selling Chinese Execs Access to Trump at Mar-a-Lago

The amount of grifting that goes on in and around Trump World is amazing in scope:

The latest Trump political donor to draw controversy is Li Yang, a 45-year-old Florida entrepreneur from China who founded a chain of spas and massage parlors that included the one where New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft was recently busted for soliciting prostitution. She made the news this week when the Miami Herald reported that last month she had attended a Super Bowl viewing party at Donald Trump’s West Palm Beach golf club and had snapped a selfie with the president during the event. Though Yang no longer owns the spa Kraft allegedly visited, the newspaper noted that other massage parlors her family runs have “gained a reputation for offering sexual services.” (She told the newspaper she has never violated the law.) Beyond this sordid tale, there is another angle to the strange story of Yang: She runs an investment business that has offered to sell Chinese clients access to Trump and his family. And a website for the business—which includes numerous photos of Yang and her purported clients hobnobbing at Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s private club in Palm Beach—suggests she had some success in doing so.