Like every other aspect of his presidency, Trump’s hype-drenched, maybe-it-might-still-occur summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un has been an exercise in chaos, uncertainty, authoritarian bluster and incompetence. Hailed as a diplomatic breakthrough by the White House, the meeting’s parameters, agenda and details were never defined. Indeed, all Trump seemed interested in were the optics and pageantry of being The Guy In Charge on a worldwide stage (how else to explain the preposterous challenge coin created to commemorate a yet-to-happen event).
Trump’s 2016 campaign capitalized on Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State, leading his throng of supporters through the now-familiar chant of “LOCK HER UP.” True to form, though, Trump is too lazy to bother with security concerns himself.
The recent Supreme Court decision legalizing sports betting has many states’ officials rubbing their hand in glee, anticipating new sources of tax and licensing revenue. Pennsylvania is second to none, but the windfall probably won’t be quite what the budget writers are hoping.
The Lackawanna County Commissioners, once again apparently having nothing better to do, have decided that including a time capsule in the Globe Store renovation would be a swell idea. Past being prologue, it’s a safe guess that little will have changed by 2118.
Now that he’s managed to land the GOP nod for the 8th District congressional seat currently held by Democrat Matt Cartwright, former Wall Street banker (and current carpetbagger) John Chrin needs to find new digs actually located within said district.
Trump’s conspiracy-minded supporters like to think that their guy has been targeted by the “Deep State,” when in fact his troubles are of his own making.
One interesting take on the success of populist, progressive Democratic candidates like Pennsylvania’s John Fetterman in Tuesday’s primary: establishment party operatives are shaking in their boots. The political logic holds that a rise in the far-left wing of the party won’t play well with independents and moderate (if there are any left) Republicans this November.
Pennsylvania opens its election season having yet to replace outdated voting machines that are especially vulnerable to hacking.
Polls are open until 8 pm. Get out and vote.
Given Jean Gatto’s publicly documented history of drug abuse and mental illness — indeed, she’d been declared legally incompetent to care for herself — its worth asking how she came to be chosen to participate as a confidential informant in a drug bust, a decision that ultimately led to her alleged murder.
Given Trump’s trashy treatment of the folks working under him, one has to wonder why Gina Haspel would want the CIA Director’s gig.