Investigation Uncovers More of Clarence Thomas’ Undisclosed Freebies from Wealthy Pals

Clarence Thomas’ connections to wealth and expensive vacations run deeper than billionaire businessman and Nazi-enthusiast Harlan Crow. The New York Times reports that Thomas has thomas-horatio-alger-association.html” data-ylk=”slk:milked relationships with the rich;elm:context_link;itc:0″ class=”link “milked relationships with the rich he made through the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, a scholarship association, to benefit himself and his wife.

Because of their Horatio Alger connections, Thomas and his spouse, Virginia, have been invited to join luxurious vacations and parties in addition being granted V.I.P. access to sports events. Thanks to the association, Thomas also rubbed elbows with the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Ed McMahon during a lavish three-day Montana birthday party for billionaire industrialist Dennis Washington.

But the connections Thomas made through Horatio Alger have benefitted him beyond lavish trips. Thomas’ Horatio Alger contacts — including Washington as well as investor David Sokol, formerly of Berkshire Hathaway — helped fund a documentary that painted him in a heroic light after the premiere of an HBO movie that depicted Anita Hill during his confirmation hearings making sexual harassment allegations against Thomas. The Sokol family also hosted Thomas and his wife at their Montana ranch and their waterfront Florida estate. According to the Times, Thomas has not reported many of the benefits and gifts he has received from his rich and well-connected allies. The justice also declined to answer questions from the paper about the matter.

Early in his SCOTUS tenure, Thomas did report a number of personal gifts he received, including flights on private planes, cigars, and clothing. But after 2004, when The Los Angeles Times reported on his disclosures, Thomas ceased reporting to the court certain gifts and benefits he received. A ProPublica investigation in 2023 uncovered the justice’s close relationship with Crow, a GOP megadonor with

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Call the Midwife’s Lucille faces “sadness” in Christmas special

We may still be quite a way off Christmas but, with filming on this year’s festive special complete, we’re already beginning to get an idea of what’s going to happen in one of our favourite dramas – Call the Midwife.

And while there is of course plenty of festive cheer to be found in the episode, it looks like fans can also expect some heart-breaking moments in the kick-off to season 12.

Speaking in the latest Big RT Interview, Call the Midwife creator Heidi Thomas revealed challenging times ahead for Lucille Anderson (Leonie Elliott), who experienced a miscarriage in a heart-wrenching turn of events in the fifth episode of season 11.

“Looking forward to Christmas and beyond Christmas, something rather wonderful happens to Trixie, Lucille has to contend with a reasonable amount of sadness, and what else can I say? We have a new nun coming to join the line-up, Sister Veronica,” she explained.

Thomas went on to reveal other storylines guaranteed to tug at our heartstrings in this year’s Christmas special.

“We also have a story featuring a young woman who’s recently been discharged from prison as a single mother and how she finds a community at Christmas when she’s completely alone in the world,” she continued.

“And we also have a talent show, which has been enormous fun, honestly, both to write, rehearse and film. So there’s a lot of joy in there at Christmas as well.”

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Nurse Lucille Anderson in Call the Midwife

As for what might happen elsewhere in the upcoming 12th season – production on which is well underway – Thomas also teased the return of Rhoda Mullucks, whose baby was born with birth defects in season 5 after taking Thalidomide prescribed by Dr Turner.

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