Kushner being considered for Chief of Staff, since pretty much everyone else doesn’t want the job.
1. Can he do that from prison?
2. Is Canseco still available?
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.
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?
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.
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.
The gay son of newly sworn in Senator Doug Jones was giving the eyeball to Mike Pence during the swearing in ceremony. SFGate reports: Pence, a strict conservative who reportedly will not eat meals in the company of women other than his wife and who once penned a column about the destructive moral influence of Disney’s “Mulan,” has a record of opposing gay rights as a member of Congress and as governor of Indiana.
As a reminder that every vote counts, Republican David Yancey just won a tie breaker for a Virginia Assembly seat. That allows Republicans to maintain control of the Legislature by 51-49. Yancey and Democrat Shelly Simonds each received 11,607 votes. NPR reports that: the state election board shall “determine by lot which of the candidates shall be declared elected.
Interestingly Pence has been raising a ton of money for his PAC- a bit unusual for a VP. WSJ quotes a former spokesman for (soon to be Utah Senator) Mitt Romney: Mr. Pence is a “safe choice, whereas Trump is a total wild card.” Pence is certainly set up to run in 2020 if Trump implodes or quits.
If the Dems take back the House in 2018, they will need to knock off people like Jeff Denham. He won reelection in a District that Hillary carried in 2016. SacBee writes about some of the challengers to Denham.
Trump had his lawyer try and convince Jeff Sessions to not recuse himself from the Russia probe. From Time: The conversation between Don McGahn, the president’s White House counsel, and Sessions took place on the president’s orders and occurred just before the attorney general announced that he would step aside from the ongoing inquiry into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, according to a person with knowledge of the interaction. It is amazing the lengths to which Trump has gone to try and derail the investigation of his ties to Putin and Russia. But hey, nothing to see, nothing to see.
Fortune reports that my good friend Mike Tyson is looking to open a giant weed ranch…err “Cannabis Resort”. Iron Mike is going to join with all the lawmakers who totally bummed about Jeff Sessions’ decision to start enforcing marijuana laws even in states that have legalized it. Time mentions that this could even prompt Congress to legalize marijuana. Hopefully Sessions would then light up a giant blunt to celebrate.
I went ahead and ordered it on Amazon- it is like a new Harry Potter book coming out: