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Edith Stokey, 1923-2012

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first_imgThe Harvard Kennedy School community is mourning the loss of Edith Stokey – economist, teacher, administrator, and “founding mother” of Harvard Kennedy School – who died during the evening of Jan. 16. She was 88.Stokey was a true believer in the Kennedy School’s mission. Since being recruited by Richard Zeckhauser in 1971, Stokey served many years as secretary of the school and associate academic dean. She worked with many deans and professors, providing perspective and good counsel to each.“Edith took me under her wing when I started as a struggling, new assistant professor teaching economics,” said Dean David T. Ellwood. “She was a remarkable mentor and friend. I still use her lessons every day.”Stokey taught microeconomics as well as public sector operations research to many generations of Kennedy School students. She helped craft admissions and curriculum policy and in so many ways helped to shape many aspects of today’s curriculum.“We constantly ask ourselves ‘What do we think a student needs in order to certify him for public service?’” she said. “The answer, unfortunately, is more than we can possibly do in one or two years. There is far too much to do.”Though she officially retired in 2000, becoming lecturer in public policy, emerita, she continued to be deeply engaged with the school, retaining her office in the Littauer Building and keeping office hours for many years.Her dry humor and keen intellect were admired and respected by faculty and students alike. Her “A Primer for Policy Analysis,” co-written with Richard Zeckhauser, is still used in schools of public policy throughout the country.last_img read more

Ex-Trump aide Steve Bannon arrested in border wall fraud case

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first_imgShortly after the charges were announced the president aimed to distance himself, saying: “Don’t know anything about the project at all.””I think it’s a very sad thing for Mr. Bannon. I think it’s surprising,” Trump said, adding he felt “very badly” and he hasn’t “been dealing with him for a long period.”Manhattan federal prosecutors said Bannon, the organization’s founder Brian Kolfage, venture capitalist Andrew Badolato and Timothy Shea “received hundreds of thousands of dollars in donor funds from We Build the Wall, which they each used in a manner inconsistent with the organization’s public representations.”The initiative began in 2018 as a GoFundMe campaign to raise money organizers said would go towards the border wall Trump had promised during his 2016 campaign, which Bannon orchestrated. Another Trump aide indictment Prior to leading Trump’s 2016 presidential bid, Bannon — a brash, aggressively conservative proponent of US nationalism — headed the far-right outlet Breitbart News.Once a prominent voice in the president’s ear, Bannon was behind some of Trump’s most controversial moves, including his ban on some travelers from abroad and the decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate change agreement.After frequent clashes with others in the White House including Trump, Bannon was pushed out in August 2017.Half a dozen close Trump associates have been indicted or convicted since he took over the White House, including several key leaders of his 2016 campaign effort.Roger Stone — the president’s longtime ally who was convicted on felony charges including obstructing the congressional Russian collusion probe — was the first person directly involved in Trump’s campaign to receive clemency. Topics : Former top Trump strategist Steve Bannon was arrested and charged Thursday along with three others for defrauding hundreds of thousands of donors in a Mexico border wall fundraising campaign — a blow to the Republican incumbent.The online crowdfunding campaign known as “We Build the Wall” raised more than $25 million, prosecutors said, which the defendants promised would be used on construction but which they instead funneled to their own pockets.The arrest is the latest in a string of high-profile criminal probes into Trump’s inner circle, and comes just months before November’s vote the Republican hopes will win him re-election.center_img One week after launching, the online appeal took in $17 million, which raised suspicions at the crowdfunding  site and prompted it to temporarily shut the campaign down. GoFundMe said organizers would need to identify a legitimate nonprofit where the money was headed or it would be returned.The four men began using both a Bannon-controlled non-profit and a Shea-led shell company, as well as vendor agreements and fake invoices, to conceal their tracks, court documents said.Prosecutors say the men gave repeated false assurances to donors, vowing that all funds raised would go “only directly to wall!!! Not anyone’s pocket.”Kolfage, a 38-year-old based in Florida, at one point even urged donors to purchase coffee from another company he ran, saying it was the only way to keep “his family fed and a roof over their head,” prosecutors said. Hiding their tracks Bannon, 66, publicly called himself a “volunteer” in the operation.Some donors wrote personally to Kolfage saying they were low on funds and skeptical of online fundraising, “but they were giving what they could because they trusted Kolfage would keep his word about how their donations would be spent,” the indictment said.Kolfage — a US Air Force veteran — repeatedly assured them their money was safe, but in fact, prosecutors say he took more than $350,000 for his own use, funding personal expenses including boat payments, a luxury SUV, a golf cart, cosmetic surgery and credit card debt.Badolato, Shea and Bannon each received hundreds of thousands that went to expenses including travel, hotels and consumer goods, according to the documents.Bannon in particular received over $1 million of the donations which he funneled through his non-profit, using some of it to pay Kolfage while a substantial sum lined his own pockets.The men learned their scheme might be under federal criminal investigation in approximately October 2019, when they began crafting additional measures to conceal it, prosecutors said.All four men are charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.last_img read more