Kamala Harris is off and running

Sen. Harris picks MLK day to announce her candidacy. Of the declared candidates so far, she is the most formidable. Perhaps Biden and Beto get in, but she has to be considered an early front runner. NY Times mentions that this is the first time there are multiple plausible female nominees running.

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Trump foundation shut down

My heart breaks for all the underprivileged children who have been helped by Donald Trump and will now longer benefit from this Foundation. According to the NY Times: Alan Futerfas, a lawyer for the charity, said the foundation had been seeking to dissolve and distribute its remaining assets since the 2016 election. “Unfortunately, the NYAG sought to prevent dissolution for almost two years, thereby depriving those most in need of nearly $1.7 million,” he said, citing the amount of remaining assets.

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Jared or Jose?

Kushner being considered for Chief of Staff, since pretty much everyone else doesn’t want the job.

Two questions-

1. Can he do that from prison?

2. Is Canseco still available?

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Bigotry and intolerance are alive and well in the Texas GOP

From the WSJ: Shahid Shafi was drawn to the Republican tenets of small government and secure borders after growing up under a military dictatorship in Pakistan. Now he is under fire from conservative activists who say he isn’t fit for a leadership position in the party because he is Muslim.

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Winston Churchill meet Emma Gonzalez

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Emma Gonzalez:

If our politicians can’t move beyond half-measures and well meaning prayers, they will need to get out of the way for the Emmas of the world.

It may be that the American public doesn’t care about the sex lives of public officials, but it does seem that the financial payoffs of alleged mistresses has some relevance. If you read Ronan Farrow’s account of Trump’s dalliance with a Playboy model, it sure seems plausible. And then there is this part: On November 4, 2016, four days before the election, the Wall Street Journalreported that American Media, Inc., the publisher of the National Enquirer, had paid a hundred and fifty thousand dollars for exclusive rights to McDougal’s story, which it never ran. Purchasing a story in order to bury it is a practice that many in the tabloid industry call “catch and kill.

The female Mayor of Nashville admitted she had an affair with a policeman assigned to her detail- are Megan Barry’s transgressions worse than Trump’s? Is there a different standard for female politicians? Will she stay in office? Interesting NY Times article about these questions.

Between the National Enquirer and the Russians, it is a fascinating cast of characters that were working to get Trump elected. Apparently another Trump aide will plead guilty and tell what he knows about former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. LA Times reports: The Oct. 27 indictment showed that prosecutors had amassed substantial documentation to buttress their charges that Manafort and Gates — who were colleagues in political consulting for about a decade — had engaged in a complex series of allegedly illegal transactions rooted in Ukraine. The indictment alleged that both men, who for years were unregistered agents of the Ukrainian government, hid millions of dollars of Ukraine-based payments from U.S. authorities. Trump sure knows how to pick a campaign team.

Is Anthony Kennedy thinking about retiring from the Supreme Court? NY Times article discusses some of the calculations involved.  Whenever there is a vacancy, you can can expect it to be a bruising battle. Merrick Garland will have his revenge?

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Mental Health counseling

Must have missed it when the GOP proposed that what Mohamed Atta and the other 18 9/11 hijackers needed was access to mental health counseling. Apparently that was the solution.

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Oprah, Oprah, Oprah

I’m not saying Oprah will run for President in 2020 but…..

Let’s just say that after Trump winning, the idea of Oprah doesn’t seem so outlandish. According to CNN, she’s at least thinking about it. She crushed it with her speech at the Golden Globes last night:

And it is also a testament to the lack of excitement around the potential Democratic field. Old, white people just don’t generate a whole of excitement- sorry Bernie, Uncle Joe, Jerry Brown and Elizabeth Warren.

Do I think Oprah will run? Not really, but  in 2014 I didn’t think Trump would win and no sane person thought he’d actually become President.

 

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