“According to incendiary documents seen by the Observer, investigators contracted by the private intelligence agency were told to dig into the personal lives and political careers of Rhodes, a former deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, and Kahl, a national security adviser to the former vice-president Joe Biden.” Revealed: Trump team hired spy firm for ‘dirty ops’ on Iran arms deal.

+ As Ronan Farrow reports, the organization that was allegedly hired to get dirt for the Trump administration was previously hired by Harvey Weinstein to get dirt on his accusers. (As bad as you think all this stuff is, it’s worse.)

+ “In the nine years before he ran for president, Donald Trump’s company spent more than $400 million in cash on new properties — including 14 transactions paid for in full, without borrowing from banks — during a buying binge that defied real estate industry practices.” WaPo: As the ‘King of Debt,’ Trump borrowed to build his empire. Then he began spending hundreds of millions in cash. (In other words, just around the time every American bank shut him out, Trump mysteriously became loaded with cash. Fill in the blank.)