If you are reading this on its publishing date you are reading it on Pi Day. I found it somewhat ironic and interesting that Felix Sater is scheduled to testify before the House Intelligence Committee today. Pi Day is a very nerdy “holiday” and I’m certain the coincidence will be totally lost on Trump and his White House staff. Now on to clearing a bunch of tidbits out of my notes, please come along and let’s explore together.
For some time now I only rarely watch CNN. Like Fox News I find they sensationalize the news just a bit too much for my tastes, but unlike Fox News they are fact based. They are President Trump’s number one media target. It is true that most of their political coverage portrays Trump in a bad light. CNN appears to be anti-Trump because the truth is anti-Trump.
Timothy Snyder prefaced a chapter in his brilliant book The Road to Unfreedom with a 1999 quote from Vladimir Putin. “History has proven that all dictatorships, all authoritarian forms of government, are transient. Only democratic systems are intransient.” As I read that quote for the first time in recent memory I found myself cheering for Putin to be correct.
In a rare instance of bipartisanship on Capitol Hill, Mitch McConnell and Nancy Pelosi jointly invited the head of NATO to address a joint session of Congress. It doesn’t happen often enough but it is good to see the two most powerful people in Congress unite to put America ahead of politics. I bet that didn’t play particularly well in the Oval Office or the Kremlin.
The Washington Post did a study of recent FBI arrest records and found that there were more people arrested for domestic than foreign or foreign inspired terrorism. That will catch the average American by surprise. In large part the government doesn’t publicize domestic terrorism arrest to the same degree as foreign or foreign inspired terrorism arrests. The most glaring recent example is the arrest of Coast Guard Lt. Christopher Hasson (a 49 year-old white American male). His arrest was never announced and it was only brought to the public’s attention after a college professor noticed a routine and obscure posting. It’s not popular to portray armed white males as terrorists, but if you have been paying attention and have credible news sources you already knew that domestic terrorism is a much bigger threat than anything imported.
Maybe Trump has something with this wall thing to stop undocumented people from entering the United States. His original solution to the problem doesn’t seem to be sufficient even though the Trump family has been giving it a good try for some time now. The other day we learned that sons Donald, Jr. and Eric employed an undocumented worker as caretaker for their private hunting retreat. The Trump family simply can’t employ every undocumented worker in America; although they seem to be giving it a good try.
As of this morning the UK seems to be no closer to extricating itself from the Brexit mess. Remember the vote was extremely close and it looks like there was Russian interference in the referendum. Change a few names and faces and I could be telling an American story.
A while back I told my readers to be on the lookout for the new New York Attorney General, Letitia “Tish” James. Now the news is full of reports of her office investigating wrongdoings by the Trump family and organization. We are far from hearing the last of Tish and her team’s efforts. By the way, presidential pardons do not apply to state crimes and her office is not bound by Justice Department policy. Keep an eye on this situation.
Now go and enjoy Pi Day. How is that for coming full circle? (Bad nerdy pun intended.)
CORRECTION: The New York State agency that indicted Paul Manafort was the New York County District Attorney’s Office led by Cyrus Vance, Jr. I’d still keep an eye peeled for Ms. James’ office. That is another shoe to fall on this “centipede”.
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