The Flynn Theory, I’m President and You’re Not

The Russia House: The internet is rife with stories that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn might be the first to turn state’s evidence against President Trump in the investigation of Russian influence on the election.

Take this with some big grains of kosher salt, but it’s interesting. The buzz stems from what CNN national security analyst Juliette Kayyem said Friday night. “It is starting to look like — from my sources and from open reporting — that Mike Flynn is the one who may have a deal with the FBI and that’s why we have not heard from him for some time,” she said.

Flynn is missing from the lineup of Trump campaign associates who have volunteered to testify before the House and Senate intelligence committees. Flynn resigned after he was caught lying to Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with the Russians.

1600: President Trump took a break from golfing in Florida and spent the weekend in the White House. After Friday’s healthcare bill fiasco, Trump said he would focus next on tax reform. That’s like failing algebra and saying you are looking forward to calculus next semester.

Despite saying he’s done with healthcare, the president tweeted, “ObamaCare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE. Do not worry!”

Enough About You: In all the fuss about healthcare this past week, we skipped over the Time magazine interview with President Trump, released Thursday. Trump portrayed himself as an exceptionally prescient man, who sometimes knows what’s happening before it happens. Some clips:

– “I’m a very instinctual person, but my instinct turns out to be right. When everyone said I wasn’t going to win the election, I said well I think I would.”

– “Brexit, I predicted Brexit, you remember that, the day before the event. I said, no, Brexit is going to happen, and everybody laughed, and Brexit happened.”

– “The country believes me. Hey. I went to Kentucky two nights ago, we had 25,000 people in a massive basketball arena. There wasn’t a seat, they had to send away people.

– “Hey look, in the mean time, I guess, I can’t be doing so badly, because I’m president, and you’re not.”

More About Him: NY Times columnist Maureen Dowd has written an open letter to President Trump saying, “I was born here. The first image in my memory bank is the Capitol, all lit up at night. And my primary observation about Washington is this: Unless you’re careful, you end up turning into what you started out scorning.

And you, Donald, are getting a reputation as a sucker. And worse, a sucker who is a tool of the D.C. establishment.”

She finishes with, “And I can say you’re doing badly, because I’m a columnist, and you’re not.”

Tech Crunch: The Uber ride-sharing service has suspended experiments with its self-driving cars after one of them got into a high impact crash in Tempe, Arizona. The cars have already been banned in San Francisco.

Tempe police said another car failed to properly yield and hit the Uber car, which flipped on its side. There was a human being at the Uber wheel, which makes the whole incident more interesting. How bored were they?

Ocean’s Three: Three well-dressed burglars, at least one of them wearing a pig mask, used a sledgehammer to bust into a jewelry shop at the Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. They grabbed a bunch of goods, but all three suspects were arrested, ruining their chances to have a movie made about their caper.


Thursday, February 22, 2018

Page Two

Jaw Meet Floor

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Small President

Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Cuba Diaries

Sunday, March 13, 2016

An Alphabet of Maladies

Friday, February 26, 2016

The Healthcare Confusion Act

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Freedom from Speech

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Too Big to Fire

Friday, June 19, 2015

More Probable Than Not

Thursday, May 14, 2015

It's Been Said

" 'The enemy of the people,'" was what the president of the United States called the free press in 2017 ... It is a testament to the condition of our democracy that our own president uses words infamously spoken by Josef Stalin to describe his enemies. It bears noting that so fraught with malice was the phrase 'enemy of the people,' that even Nikita Khrushchev forbade its use, telling the Soviet Communist Party that the phrase had been introduced by Stalin for the purpose of 'annihilating such individuals' who disagreed with the supreme leader."
Arizona republican Sen. Jeff Flake speaking on the floor today.

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