It’s all well and good that Attorney General Bill Barr assures us that his boss — a guy for whom “loyalty” is the only thing that matters in employment — neither colluded with the Russians nor obstructed any effort to investigate that question. Until we see substantive accounts of what Robert Mueller’s team of investigators found and the rationale for their conclusions, however, the nation will remain in the dark. We learned only yesterday, for instance, that the report runs longer than 300 pages. I’m not math whiz, but that’s a much bigger number than the four pages of Barr’s summary.
Attorney General Bill Barr’s summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report is exactly that: a summary. While Mueller reportedly found no evidence of Russian collusion on the part of the Trump campaign, he declined to exonerate Trump on the matter of obstruction of justice (Trump falsely claims otherwise, of course). The bottom line: unless we see the bulk of Mueller’s findings, we’re forced to trust the word of a president notable for serial mendacity.
The ongoing war of tweets between George Conway and his wife Kellyanne’s boss is arguably Washington’s funniest sideshow. George (a traditional conservative), maintains that Trump is nuts, while Kellyanne is always ready to hop in front of the cameras and say preposterous things in the president’s defense. Someone somewhere has to be pitching sitcom based on these two.
Many Lackawanna Countians have expressed dismay at the details of former Scranton School District Business Director Gregg Sunday’s plea deal. Ordered to repay the district the roughly $8,100 for automotive repairs he improperly billed to taxpayers and placed on three years probation, Sunday’s guilty plea allows him to keep his approximately $76,000-a-year pension thanks to a loophole in Pennsylvania’s pension-forfeiture laws (a loophole that erstwhile state senator and convicted federal felon Bob Mellow recently jumped though).
The state legislature is currently crafting a bill to at least partially correct the situation.
Believe it or not, there just might be a school board in Lackawanna County as hapless as Scranton’s
California Congressman and Trump lapdog Devin Nunes’ lawsuits against Twitter and two parody accounts on that site is perhaps the greatest self-own in the history of social media. @DevinsCow, for example, had 1,200 followers the morning before the lawsuit was announced. That total now tops 615,000.
The financially beleaguered Scranton School District will finally be forced to fish or cut bait with regard to its busing contract (assuming such a document in fact exists) with DeNaples Transportation.
Donald Trump is, “like, really smart.” Just ask him! It therefore follows that he is an expert in many fields, like forestry, for instance. And many other matters. So it stands to reason that we should heed his advice about the complexity of modern aircraft, even though he’s demonstrated little facility with umbrella operation.
Presidential budget proposals typically are nothing more than political statements. They stand no chance of being enacted; rather, they lay out an administration’s spending and program priorities. That said, Trump’s newly unveiled proposal is little more than a cynical kiss-off to middle- and lower-income Americans, many of whom have supported him.
I’m not completely comfortable with many of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s positions, but have to give her props for her preternatural political and social-media skills and preparedness when it counts. It’s been fun watching the GOP and right-wing pundits frantically grasp at straws to tar her, only to be dispatched by a quick tweet or fact-check. None of this is to say that she’s squeaky-clean in all matters; she is, after all, a political fish who has to swim in some seriously money-polluted waters. But it’s abundantly clear that “AOC” (as she’s frequently referred) has burrowed deep inside the right’s collective head — she represents the country’s demographic future, and that has them scared silly.