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Safety/Irony Alert. CNBC (December 25): Your new home security system may be an open invitation to hackers to make you, and perhaps many others, unsafe.” -- CW

Washington Post: "Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus took a final, bittersweet bow Sunday, staging its last three shows [in Uniondale, N.Y.,] after 146 years of entertaining American audiences with gravity-defying trapeze stunts, comically clumsy clowns and trained tigers." -- CW 

Guardian: "Pippa Middleton [sister of Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge --] has married James Matthews in what has been called the society wedding of the year, in front of royalty, family and friends." -- CW

Politico's Late Nite Jokes:

CW: No idea why the picture is teeny-tiny.

Washington Post: "Two months before Monday’s [May 8] announcement that Sinclair Broadcast Group would pay $3.9 billion for Tribune Media and add to its dominance as the nation’s largest owner of local TV stations, a top executive at Sinclair beamed a short commentary piece to many of the company’s 173 stations.In the segment, which looks like it belongs in a newscast, Sinclair vice president for news Scott Livingston stands before a wall of video monitors and warns that 'some members of the national media are using their platforms to push their own personal bias and agenda to control exactly what people think.' He accuses the national media of publishing 'fake news stories' — a direct echo of President Trump’s frequent complaint — and then asks viewers to visit the station’s website to share 'content concerns.' The piece was a 'must-run,' meaning news directors and station managers from Baltimore to Seattle had to find room for it.... While partisan coverage is a familiar staple of cable networks — Fox News on the right, MSNBC on the left — it remains mostly unheard of in broadcast TV, where it has generally been accepted that public airwaves should be used in the difficult-to-define public interest.” -- CW 

CNN: "21st Century Fox and the private equity firm Blackstone are in talks to launch a bid for Tribune Media, one of the nation's largest television broadcasting companies, a source with knowledge of the matter said Sunday. The deal currently under discussion would see Blackstone and Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox forming a joint venture. Blackstone would provide the cash for the acquisition while Fox would add all its owned-and-operated television stations to the joint venture." -- CW 

New York Times: "Prehistoric humans — perhaps Neanderthals or another lost species — occupied what is now California some 130,000 years ago, a team of scientists reported on Wednesday. The bold and fiercely disputed claim, published in the journal Nature, is based on a study of mastodon bones discovered near San Diego. If the scientists are right, they would significantly alter our understanding of how humans spread around the planet." -- CW 

If you're curious as to how realistic the New York City apartments of TV sitcom characters are -- in terms of what the characters could reasonably afford -- the Washington Post checks out several of the hovels & dream rentals of a number of shows. Kinda fun. CW: My husband & I (he paid the rent) had a fairly spacious two-bedroom with a galley kitchen (dishwasher included!) & dining room plus teensy closets on Washington Square in the 1980s & '90s. NYU owned the building & helped considerably with the rent.

Politico: "Comedian Hasan Minhaj will be this year's entertainer for the White House Correspondents' Dinner later this month, the association's president announced on Tuesday. Minhaj is a stand up comedian and senior correspondent on 'The Daily Show,' where he has performed caustic bits on ... Donald Trump, liberals and others in between. Minhaj has Washington experience already, having performed as host of last year's Radio and Television Correspondents' Association Dinner." -- CW 

AFP: "After months of uncertainty and controversy, Bob Dylan finally accepted the 2016 Nobel Prize in literature at a jovial, champagne-laced ceremony on Saturday, [April 1,] the Swedish Academy announced. The academy, which awards the coveted prize, ended prolonged speculation as to whether the 75-year-old troubadour would use a concert stopover in Stockholm to accept the gold medal and diploma awarded to him back in October." -- CW 

 


The Hill: "Arnold Schwarzeneggar says his first season as host of NBC's 'Celebrity Apprentice' is also his last. In remarks Friday, the former California governor cited President Trump, who has repeatedly mocked the ratings of his reality TV replacement, as his reason. 'Even if asked [to do it again] I would decline,' Schwarzenegger told Empire magazine.... 'With Trump being involved in the show people have a bad taste and don’t want to participate as a spectator or sponsor or in any other way support the show. It’s a very divisive period right now and I think the show got caught up in all that division.'" -- CW 

New York Times: "Penguin Random House will publish coming books by former President Barack Obama and the former first lady Michelle Obama, the publishing company announced Tuesday night, concluding a heated auction among multiple publishers. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but publishing industry executives with knowledge of the bidding process said it probably stretched well into eight figures." -- CW ...

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The Commentariat -- May 20, 2017

Laugh of the Day: Before her first presidential debate, Hillary Clinton practiced avoiding a hug from Donald Trump. ("Trump" is of course a stand-in):

... As Peter Stevenson of the Washington Post points out, "a Comey associate, Benjamin Wittes, describe[d] Comey's first interaction with Trump, and his desire to maintain distance between the FBI and the White House:

Comey said that as he was walking across the room he was determined that there wasn't going to be a hug.It was bad enough there was going to be a handshake. And Comey has long arms so Comey said he pre-emptively reached out for a handshake and grabbed the president's hand. But Trump pulled him into an embrace and Comey didn't reciprocate. If you look at the video, it's one person shaking hands and another hugging.

Matt Apuzzo, et al., of the New York Times: "President Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office this month that firing the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, had relieved 'great pressure' on him, according to a document summarizing the meeting. 'I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,' Mr. Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by an American official. 'I faced great pressure because of Russia. That's taken off.' Mr. Trump added, 'I'm not under investigation.' The conversation, during a May 10 meeting -- the day after he fired Mr. Comey -- reinforces the notion that Mr. Trump dismissed him primarily because of the bureau's investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and Russian operatives.... Sean Spicer ... did not dispute the account." -- CW ...

The President of the United States disclosed more to Russian officials than the American public. This isn't normal. -- [Sen.] Kamala Harris [D-Calif.] May 19, 2017 ...

... digby: "He said that directly to the Russian ambassador and the foreign minister. He was basically telling them that he'd taken care of their little problem." -- CW ...

... Burgess Everett of Politico: "Former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify in a public session at the Senate Intelligence Committee. The hearing will occur after Memorial Day, the committee leaders said on Friday evening." ...

... CW: Looks as if Trumpelteen has a serious boy-crush on Mike Flynn, according to reporting by Josh Dawsey of Politico. ...

... Devlin Barrett & Matt Zapotosky of the Washington Post: "The law enforcement investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign has identified a current White House official as a significant person of interest, showing that the probe is reaching into the highest levels of government, according to people familiar with the matter. The senior White House adviser under scrutiny by investigators is someone close to the president, according to these people, who would not further identify the official." -- CW

Julie Bykowicz of the AP: "President Donald Trump's attorneys initially wanted him to submit an updated financial disclosure without certifying the information as true, according to correspondence with the Office of Government Ethics. Attorney Sheri Dillon said she saw no need for Trump to sign his 2016 personal financial disclosure because he is filing voluntarily this year. But OGE director Walter Shaub said his office would only work with Dillon if she agreed to follow the typical process of having Trump make the certification.... Each year, the OGE processes thousands of those forms, all of which are certified." CW: IOW, his attorney doesn't think Trump should have to be truthful to the public about his finances. No doubt Dillon realizes that to Trump, a "financial disclosure" is more like a bragging paper.

** Cruelest President in History Wants to Threaten Your Health as Negotiating Tool. Josh Dawsey, et al., of Politico: "... Donald Trump has told advisers he wants to end payments of key Obamacare subsidies, a move that could send the health law's insurance markets into a tailspin, according to several sources familiar with the conversations.... Trump has said that the bold move could force Congressional Democrats to the table to negotiate an Obamacare replacement.... Several polls show that the public would blame the administration and the Republican-controlled Congress if the markets collapsed. The issue is coming to a head: On Monday, the Trump administration has to inform the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia how it wants to resolve a lawsuit the House Republicans brought against the Obama administration saying the White House was making the payments without congressional approval." CW: Even Tom Price, who is meaner than dirt, is against the move.

Michael Shear & Peter Baker of the New York Times: "President Trump touched down in this Middle Eastern kingdom on Saturday morning as he sought to escape, if just briefly, the scandals and the chaos that have engulfed his administration back home. Against a stark desert backdrop, Mr. Trump and his wife, Melania, emerged from Air Force One just before 10 Saturday morning. He was greeted on a long red carpet by King Salman ... and other members of the Saudi monarchy. Mrs. Trump stood near her husband with her hair uncovered, in the tradition of previous American first ladies." -- CW ...

... Susan Glasser of Politico: In Europe, senior officials call Trump a laughingstock & a clown. "'The dominant reaction to Trump right now is mockery,' Jacob Heilbrunn, the editor of the conservative journal the National Interest, told the meeting at the German Foreign Office here while moderating a panel on Trump's foreign policy that dealt heavily on the difficulty of divining an actual policy amid the spectacle.... NATO has downgraded the May 25 session to a meeting from a summit and will hold only a dinner to minimize the chances of a Trump eruption." -- CW ...

... Peter Baker: "After four months of interactions between Mr. Trump and his counterparts, foreign officials and their Washington consultants say certain rules have emerged: Keep it short -- no 30-minute monologue for a 30-second attention span. Do not assume he knows the history of the country or its major points of contention. Compliment him on his Electoral College victory. Contrast him favorably with President Barack Obama. Do not get hung up on whatever was said during the campaign. Stay in regular touch. Do not go in with a shopping list but bring some sort of deal he can call a victory." CW: Reminds me a lot of Dr. Spock's tips for dealing with toddlers. (Also linked yesterday afternoon.) ...

... Gail Collins: "Trump has spent his entire political career warning Americans that 'the world is laughing at us.' But now it really, really is." -- CW

The Most Unethical Administration Ever, Ctd. Javier Hernandez & Jesse Drucker of the New York Times: "For Chinese citizens, American green cards can be notoriously difficult to obtain. But a Beijing immigration company called Qiaowai tells visa applicants of a secret weapon: It is working on behalf of a real estate firm owned by the family of President Trump's son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner. 'They said the president would make sure it came through,' said Lu Ling, a technology executive in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou. 'They said there was no chance it could fail.'... On the Kushner project, Qiaowai promised safe investments and 'guaranteed' green cards, according to emails and text messages sent to clients and reviewed by The New York Times. American regulators warn against such promises, though foreign firms like Qiaowai are outside the control of the immigration authorities in the United States.... Although he stepped down as chief executive in January, [Jared] Kushner still stands to profit from the company's business, since he is the primary beneficiary of trusts invested in most of its projects." -- CW

Cummings Has a Way with Words. Louis Nelson of Politico: "Assertions from Vice President Mike Pence that he did not know of ... Michael Flynn's work on behalf of foreign governments until he learned of them in media reports have just two explanations, Rep. Elijah Cummings said Friday. 'Either he's not telling the truth, or he was running a sloppy shop.'" -- CW (Also linked yesterday afternoon.)

Cristiano Lima of Politico: "President Donald Trump will nominate Callista Gingrich, the wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, for the role of ambassador to the Vatican, the White House announced in a release Friday." CW: So will Pope Francis say, "Let she who has not sinned cast the first stone"? or will he tell his secretary to lose Callista's paperwork?

Mike Lillis & Katie Williams of the Hill: "House Democrats are increasingly frustrated with Rod Rosenstein after the deputy attorney general briefed lawmakers Friday on the investigation into Russia's actions in the presidential election and possible ties to the Trump administration. The Democrats left the classified, closed-door meeting in the Capitol basement saying Rosenstein refused to answer 'simple yes-and-no questions,' in the words of Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.), fueling concerns that the Trump appointee overseeing the Justice Department probes may be influenced by the White House.... 'We got a lot of, "Trust us, we've got integrity, we're straight shooters, we don't have ulterior motives...,"' she said. 'And I'm operating under [the approach of], "OK, trust but verify. We need the ... factual information.'" (Also linked yesterday afternoon.) ...

... CW: Really? I think this is pretty good stuff:

In one of my first meetings with then-Senator Jeff Sessions last winter, we discussed the need for new leadership at the FBI. Among the concerns that I recall were to restore the credibility of the FBI, respect the established authority of the Department of Justice, limit public statements and eliminate leaks. -- Rod Rosenstein, in prepared opening remarks for his meeting with House members, Friday ...

... Austin Wright of Politico: "Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and then-Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) first discussed removing James Comey as FBI director last winter, even before Sessions was confirmed as attorney general, Rosenstein told lawmakers Friday. Rosenstein made his comments while briefing all House members on his role in last week's firing of Comey, a day after meeting with senators on the same topic.... The discussion raises questions not just about ... Donald Trump's decision to oust Comey, but Sessions' public statements about Comey's performance. During the presidential campaign..., Sessions said Comey was going too easy on Hillary Clinton, whereas Rosenstein wrote last week that Comey had treated her unfairly in his handling of the FBI's investigation into her emails.... Rosenstein told House members he learned on May 8 that Trump planned to fire Comey and 'sought my advice and input.' He then wrote his memo, dated May 9, which he said was reviewed by several career attorneys at the Justice Department." -- CW ...

... Matthew Schofield & Lesley Clark of McClatchy: "Investigators into Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential elections are now authorized to probe whether White House officials have engaged in a cover-up, according to members of Congress who were briefed Friday by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. A Justice Department official, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the topic, confirmed that Rosenstein told members of the House of Representatives that the special counsel in charge of the probe, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, 'has been given the authority to investigate the possibility of a cover-up.' But he denied that Rosenstein said such a probe was underway, adding that Rosenstein had declined to provide details of what is being explored." -- CW

Jonathan Chait: "Donald Trump wants his next FBI director to be a figure who will pass the test of loyalty and malleability that James Comey failed, which rules out most competent and professional law-enforcement veterans. But Trump (and his Senate GOP allies) also needs that figure to have at least the veneer of independence, which rules out a Rudy Giuliani or an Eric Trump. The two demands are in tension, and the narrow field of candidates who can pass both tests has rocketed Joe Lieberman to the top of the list of reported contenders.... The Comey episode provides a guide to the qualities Trump is looking for in Comey's successor. In Lieberman he has found his patsy." -- CW (Also linked yesterday.)

Lindsey Bever of the Washington Post: "A week after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions told federal prosecutors to 'charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense' and follow mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines, a bipartisan group of prosecutors at the state and local level..., 30 current and former state and local prosecutors have signed an open letter.... The prosecutors say that even though they do not have to answer Sessions's call, the U.S. Attorney General's directive 'marks an unnecessary and unfortunate return to past "tough on crime" practices' that will do more harm than good in their communities.... Signers ... include Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr., and Karl Racine, attorney general of the District of Columbia. The prosecutors say that there are no real benefits to Sessions's May 10 directive, but they noted 'significant costs.'" -- CW

Jessie Hellmann of the Hill: "The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) will release its analysis of the House-passed GOP healthcare bill Wednesday afternoon. The long-awaited analysis of the bill will give an idea of how the legislation will impact the deficit and how many people could lose coverage.... The House, despite passing the bill two weeks ago, is waiting to send the legislation to the Senate until the CBO score comes in. There is at least some possibility that the new score would find that the measure no longer reduces the deficit, meaning that it does not meet Senate rules governing the reconciliation process, which Republicans are using to avoid a Democratic filibuster. The House would then have to change its bill and vote again." -- CW (Also linked yesterday.)

Get Out! Rachel Bade of Politico: "A handful of top Republicans have a message for outgoing Rep. Jason Chaffetz: It's time to relinquish the House Oversight Committee gavel. Several senior GOP lawmakers are quietly encouraging Chaffetz to step down from his chairmanship soon, even though the Utah Republican doesn't plan to resign from Congress until June 30. While his retirement announcement Thursday said nothing about his future work, Chaffetz has told lawmakers he'll be heading to Fox News. But GOP insiders say Chaffetz has been reluctant to let go of his panel's leadership before he leaves Congress -- and now he's thrown himself into the thick of the Russia scandal that's consuming Washington. It's made for an uncertain transition at the committee and a sore subject for House Republicans." CW: It's the Party of Me. What do its leaders expect? (Also linked yesterday afternoon.)

Benjamin Weiser & William Rashbaum of the New York Times: "Anthony D. Weiner, the former Democratic congressman whose sexting scandals ended his political career and embroiled him in a tumultuous F.B.I. investigation of Hillary Clinton before the election, pleaded guilty to a felony on Friday, crying openly as he admitted to conduct that he knew was 'as morally wrong as it was unlawful.'" This is an update of a story linked late yesterday morning. -- CW ...

... Julia Marsh of the New York Post: "Huma Abedin filed for divorce Friday from disgraced perv hubby Anthony Weiner -- the same day he pleaded guilty to sexting with a minor. Abedin brought an 'Anonymous vs. Anonymous' action in Manhattan Supreme Court, asking for the court to seal the case." CW: Okay, it's the Post, but it could be true.

Michael Grynbaum & Emily Steel of the New York Times: "... on Friday..., Bob Beckel, a co-host of [Fox "News"'s] prime-time talk show 'The Five,' was fired after an African-American employee accused him of making a racially insensitive remark.... Mr. Beckel was accused of walking out of his office this week after an African-American network employee arrived to service his computer. Mr. Beckel said that he was leaving because the employee was black, according to the employee's lawyer, Douglas H. Wigdor." -- CW: I don't find the complaint credible. It seems impossible that anyone who wasn't wearing a white hood would object to the color of the skin of a service person.

Beyond the Beltway

They may have been warriors, but in this cause they were not patriots. -- New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, on the removal of the statues of Confederate "heroes" ...

Janell Ross of the Washington Post: "On Friday, the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee became the last of New Orleans's four contested monuments to go, an end to more than 130 years of publicly honoring a man who embodied Southern pride and racial oppression.... Mayor Mitch Landrieu marked the historic moment with a rousing speech that sought to end nearly two years of heated debate in the city over what the monuments said about its past. 'They are not just innocent remembrances of a benign history. These monuments celebrate a fictional, sanitized Confederacy ignoring the death, ignoring the enslavement, ignoring the terror that it actually stood for,' Landrieu said, adding that Lee and the Confederate army fought against the United States." ...

... Richard Rainey of the New Orleans Times-Picayune: "As a crane ascended to pull Robert E. Lee's statue off its 60-foot perch in downtown New Orleans Friday (May 18), Mayor Mitch Landrieu saw his own profile rise in the afternoon light. He had outmaneuvered well-heeled opponents among the city's gentry, Confederate sympathizers from around the country and veiled, threat-tossing antagonists from across the internet to pull off a rare stunt: the removal of four longstanding statues dedicated to what he has described as 'the cult of the Lost Cause' that pines for an alternate ending to the Civil War." -- CW

Way Beyond

Thomas Erdbrink of the New York Times: "Riding a large turnout from Iran's urban middle classes, President Hassan Rouhani won re-election in a landslide on Saturday, giving him a mandate to continue his quest to expand personal freedoms and open Iran's ailing economy to global investors. Perhaps as important, analysts say, the resounding victory should enable him to strengthen the position of the moderate and reformist faction as the country prepares for the end of the rule of the 78-year-old supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei." -- CW

Reader Comments (11)

In the NYT story linked above, about Fox firing Beckel from "The Five," the writer mentions that Roger Ailes died "from a fall."

That's the first ref I've seen to cause of death. I had just assumed COD was "old fat sedentary bilious" disease.

Why did an image of a giggling Richard Widmark pop into my head?

May 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

Per Wickipedia, Ailes died of a subdural hematoma after falling
and hitting his head. He suffered from hemophilia (bleeding
due to lack of blood clotting).

May 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterForrest Morris

Watch this video of Elizabeth Warren attacking Steven Mnuchin re: the Glass-Steagall act. She is fabulously feisty, she won't give him an inch, she won't even let him finish his B.S.

http://www.truthdig.com/avbooth/item/elizabeth_warren_steven_mnuchin_glass-steagall_20170519

Ze Plot it iz thick-en-ning: Who is this "person of interest" that the FBI has under their large magnifying glass? Could it be Jared? the designated prince? Someone high up on that ladder close to the president* and working in the W.H. Hmmmmm––we wait with baited and by this time sour breath.

May 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPD Pepe

Patrick,

Richard Widmark as Roger Ailes?

You were maybe thinking of this scene?

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3oesSyvh76g

May 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAkhilleus

From yesterday the reference to Joe Liberman by Akhilleus and the exchange with Unwashed, which, by the way, is the way we here on R.C. deal with each other––and aren't we lucky.

This is a Jan.19, 2011 piece from Slate: "Why I loathe my senator, Joe Liberman: by Emily Brazlon:
href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2011/01/good_riddance_joe_lieberman.html">http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2011/01/good_riddance_joe_lieberman.html

And may I add that I, and many of my democratic state representatives, were not fans of Joe. We all thought Joe was primarily for Joe. But he had a long run here in Ct., seems a lot of Republicans and Democrats kept voting for him. I recall a political pool side party that I attended where Joe showed up for about ten minutes. He gave a little speech and after he left the woman next to me said, "What a schmuck! He fills you with brotherly love only to have it wear off about noon."

May 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPD Pepe

Trumpty Dumbty has been out of the country for almost 24 hrs. Are we at war yet?

May 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAkhilleus

I feel much safer knowing el presidente* is away for 7 days. Only
concern is which of the 5 countries will be given the nuclear
(nucular) codes, or are those kept in a safe place while he's out of
the country? Inquiring minds want to know.

May 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterForrest Morris

I am so confused: when the phrase "Hillary was treated unfairly..." is used in various documents and stories involving Comey's history, what does that even mean? Unfair to whom? Surely no one, including us deluded libruls, thinks that RWNJs suffer guilt over the way she was treated poorly, as we think she was... Or do they think she was "treated unfairly" from their standpoints in that she wasn't thrown in the clink immediately? This is never clarified when that phrase appears.

My second bone of contention is that, if Rosenstein met with (gag) Sen. Confederatepants before he was AG, and they chatted about firing Comey, why isn't that being seen as an uprising by Rosenstein, followed by his stupid letter agreeing that his superior had to go? Isn't that a mutiny?? Doesn't that paint Rosenstein as the moral reprobate he apparently is when conspiring with Trump? Why are people not talking about this? It's not that I love Comey, because of what he did in the fall, but the Politico story about him and Mueller seems to give them both high marks for ethics/morals-- was Rosenstein panting for Comey's job too? This is all so weird...

May 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJeanne

The world is pointing and laughing at the moron who is easily played by flattery and fake deference. I'd like to laugh and point also, but this is a very dangerous position for the US. The Saudi Arabia trip is disgusting, give the moron a big gold pendant ala the 1980's and he's your best friend.

"Today Ibn Abd Al-Wahhab's teachings are the official, state-sponsored form of Sunni Islam[3][21] in Saudi Arabia...... The US State Department has estimated that over the past four decades Riyadh has invested more than $10bn (£6bn) into charitable foundations in an attempt to replace mainstream Sunni Islam with the harsh intolerance of its Wahhabism."

Wahhabism or Salafi ( used interchangeably) are the underpinnings of ISIS ideology. Only 20% of Muslims adhere to Wahhabism (Salafi). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wahhabism

Trump policy at home is disdain, fear mongering and ostracizing American Muslims. For those abroad, who adhere to Wahhabism, he has only love and kisses. His 1st trip abroad and his 1st stop in Saudi Arabia have nothing to do with America First. Its Trump and his money first. As Foreign Policy Magazine states it's "farcical."

http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/05/18/trumps-farcical-new-beginning-with-muslims-saudi-arabia-trip/

The country music guy, giving a male only concert in Riyadh is so wrong for so many reasons. I can't even boycott him as I don't listen to dimwits like him anyway. I imagine that was an enormous payday from the Saudis who will probably wear earplugs.

May 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDiane

Looks like the rest of the world gets it. Saudi Arabia one of the worst places on earth for women and anyone not Sunni is now our best ally. All it took was a gold medal for the SCROTUS. Maybe Italy or Belgium will come up with a diamond. All the Vatican has to do is declare sainthood. To sum it up, policy counts for absolutely nothing. Turkey is allowed to beat up Americans. They have the advantage called Trump Towers.

May 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMarvin Schwalb

I try to look on the bright side (no, not really, but it sounds good), so here's my joy at grampy's trip.

You just know he has all kinds of gastrointestinal problems given his diet, his obesity, numerous medications and sedentary lifestyle, so being in a foreign country is bound to upset and/or exacerbate those problems. I'll sleep better tonight knowing he's cramping and bloated (more than normal) and miserable.

There. Isn't that a nice thought?

You're welcome.

p.s. I bet Melania comes home with all kinds of super-duper-delicious decorating ideas after her trip to the palaces in SA. Let the gilding begin!

May 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
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