Rumors and uncertainties continue to swirl around the two FBI raids on Mayor Bill Courtright’s city hall office and home. City officials are as in the dark regarding details as anyone, it seems.
The uncertainty swirling around last week’s FBI raids at Scranton City Hall and at Mayor Bill Courtright’s home has resulted in a tsunami of speculation and rumors.
Trump’s televised Oval Office address Tuesday night amounted to little more than a recitation of now-familiar stump-speech half-truths and misstatements. It marked the first time that a president had used the occasion solely to push a political pet project rather than an actual national emergency (and, no, the situation at the Mexican border does not constitute such, despite the administration’s xenophobic fear-mongering).
Overall, Trump’s performance was notably low-energy. Maybe he just can’t muster the bluster without an auditorium filled with his chanting supporters. The address itself was filled with graphic descriptions of gruesome crimes committed by illegal immigrants, and with odd rhetorical twists. To my ear, the weirdest was the Orwellian bit equating wall-building to an act of love. It’s fairly clear at this point that Trump knows no love greater than that for himself.
Trump’s shutdown (and, yes, it is his) of the federal government has resulted in some nasty conditions at national parks and other federal properties. Given the accumulating collection of scandal, indictments, guilty pleas and ethical outrages, it’s all a reflection of his own administration.
The year in news was dominated by the Scranton School District’s ongoing financial and legal problems, and by a bombshell state grand jury report that detailed the degree to which Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses went to conceal priests accused of sexually assaulting children. Also in the mix: The GOP’s efforts to preserve its congressional and legislative gerrymanders, prosecutions began of Lackawanna County Prison guards accused of sexually assaulting female inmates, a Wall Street banker from New Jersey tried to unseat an incumbent congressman, and county commissioner Laureen Cummings remained quotable on everything from bike baths to medical marijuana.
Hoping all who celebrated had a great Christmas!