Monday, August 19, 2019

NEW YORK POLICE OFFICER ACCUSED OF CHOKING ERIC GARNER HAS BEEN FIRED 

Forensic Investigator DANIEL STORM, M.S., attended the University of Wisconsin and ultimately studied law and criminal justice. He holds undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Criminal Justice, with a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice as well. After college, he participated in defending some of America’s most notable crime figures, while associated with prestigious law firms. Daniel Storm is an author of numerous crime/fiction novels, including his Mantis Signature Series of books. As a Vietnam veteran, he works within the Wisconsin community to assist soldiers and military families, both of those in active service, and veterans and their families. 

GET YOUR DUCKS IN A ROW: THE BABY BOOMERS GUIDE TO ESTATE PLANNING, by Harry S. Margolis (Author)

Publisher: Ducks in a Row Publishing (June 3, 2019)

If you’re over 55, you probably know you need an estate plan. What you might not know is how to create one. Questions about cost, confusion about options, and difficulty talking about subjects like disability and death can make the process of preparing for the future seem overwhelming. That’s probably why most people put it off—even though the results of doing nothing can sometimes be devastating. What you need is a guide that explains the process clearly and comprehensively, in terms you can understand and actually use. Get Your Ducks in a Row: The Baby Boomers Guide to Estate Planning tells you everything you ever wanted (or perhaps never wanted) about estate planning. Written by elder law and estate planning expert Attorney Harry S. Margolis, Get Your Ducks in a Row: The Baby Boomers Guide to Estate Planning takes you through the estate planning process step by step. Whether you’re currently creating a plan, getting ready to start, or looking for an explanation of documents you’ve already signed, this book will provide the information you need, including:

Answers to the most common estate planning questions

Common estate planning terms, demystified

The Five (or Six or Seven) Essential Documents everyone over 55 needs (and how to fill them out)

An overview of more complex estate planning scenarios

Help deciding when it’s time to consult an attorney

And more…

Featuring practical advice and easy-to-follow examples gleaned from the author’s 30-plus years of experience in elder law and estate planning, Get Your Ducks in a Row: The Baby Boomers Guide to Estate Planning will help you take control, make a plan, and ensure your family—and yourself—a secure and comfortable future.

HARRY S. MARGOLIS has been representing seniors, individuals with special needs and their families since he started ElderLawServices, the predecessor of Margolis & Bloom, in June 1987. Since then, he and the firm as a whole have helped thousands of clients pay for long-term care, grapple with the incapacity of a family member, and plan for safe and productive futures for their children and grandchildren. Harry served as editor of The ElderLaw Report, a monthly newsletter for attorneys for three decades. His leadership in the field has been recognized by his peers in his selection as a Fellow of both the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel. He has been named a “Super Lawyer” since 2005 and in different years recognized as one of the top 100 attorneys in New England.  In 2015, Best Lawyers named him Best Lawyer in America in the practice of Elder Law and Trust and Estates., and he is the only elder law attorney to receive these honors. 

TALK RADIO’S AMERICA: HOW AN INDUSTRY TOOK OVER A POLITICAL PARTY THAT TOOK OVER THE UNITED STATES,  by Brian Rosenwald  (Author)

Publisher: Harvard University Press (August 13, 2019) 

The cocreator of the Washington Post’s “Made by History” blog reveals how the rise of conservative talk radio gave us a Republican Party incapable of governing and paved the way for Donald Trump.

America’s long road to the Trump presidency began on August 1, 1988, when, desperate for content to save AM radio, top media executives stumbled on a new format that would turn the political world upside down. They little imagined that in the coming years their brainchild would polarize the country and make it nearly impossible to govern. Rush Limbaugh, an enormously talented former disc jockey―opinionated, brash, and unapologetically conservative―pioneered a pathbreaking infotainment program that captured the hearts of an audience no media executive knew existed. Limbaugh’s listeners yearned for a champion to punch back against those maligning their values. Within a decade, this format would grow from fifty-nine stations to over one thousand, keeping millions of Americans company as they commuted, worked, and shouted back at their radios. The concept pioneered by Limbaugh was quickly copied by cable news and digital media. Radio hosts form a deep bond with their audience, which gives them enormous political power. Unlike elected representatives, however, they must entertain their audience or watch their ratings fall. Talk radio boosted the Republican agenda in the 1990s, but two decades later, escalation in the battle for the airwaves pushed hosts toward ever more conservative, outrageous, and hyperbolic content. Donald Trump borrowed conservative radio hosts’ playbook and gave Republican base voters the kind of pugnacious candidate they had been demanding for decades. By 2016, a political force no one intended to create had completely transformed American politics. 

BRIAN ROSENWALD is Coeditor-in-Chief of “Made by History,” a daily Washington Post history section, and a historical consultant for the Slate podcast Whistlestop. He has written for the Washington Post, CNN.com, Politico, and The Week, among others, and has discussed contemporary politics on CNN, NPR, and the Sirius XM Radio channel POTUS: Politics of the United States. Rosenwald is Scholar in Residence at the Partnership for Effective Public Administration and Leadership (PEPAL) program at the University of Pennsylvania.