Bharara indicts D’Souza for illegal campaign donations. Dinesh D’Souza, the conservative writer and filmmaker whose 2016: Obama’s America criticized President Obama, was indicted Thursday for allegedly violating campaign finance laws, and is expected to be presented and arraigned today in federal court in Manhattan. A press release issued yesterday from the office of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announced the indictment charging D’Souza with “violating the federal campaign finance laws by making illegal contributions to a United States Senate campaign in the names of others and causing false statements to be made to the Federal Election Commission in connection with those contributions.” The Senate candidate who received the donations is not identified but Reuters reports that D’Souza campaigned for Wendy Long, a Republican and fellow Dartmouth alum who ran for office in the U.S. Senate in 2012. [Reuters, DOJ]
Stringer author on The Daily Show. Journalist Anjan Sundaram appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night to talk about his new book Stringer: A Reporter’s Journey in the Congo. Watch him explain to Jon why as a Yale math grad he gave up a job at Goldman Sachs to report on life in the Congo. Intrigued? Read an excerpt from his book. [The Daily Show, NPR]
Mindy Kaling reads for Office co-star’s new book. B.J. Novak’s quirky new collection of stories called One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories comes out on February 4. NPR’s First Reads offers a first listen, with readings done by Novak, Kaling and Emma Thompson. [NPR]
See Sid Sriram perform live. Singer-songwriter Sid Sriram is set to perform at Rockwood Music Hall in New York on Saturday, and the show is free. He’s revealed one of the songs in the show, so if you’ve been hoping to hear his rendition of Frank Ocean’s “We All Try” live this might be your chance. [Twitter]
Lunchbox at the Sundance. This week The Lunchbox starring Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi) played at the Sundance Film Festival as part of the festival’s Spotlight program. The film has a new trailer out for the US.