The Unfiltered Message, It’s Time Babe

The White House Mess: President Trump tweets while Washington burns. “The FAKE MSM is working so hard trying to get me not to use Social Media. They hate that I can get the honest and unfiltered message out.”

Part of the message he’d like you to ignore is that he’s having a hard time convincing people to work for him, and he’s not getting along with some who already are.

The Washington Post reports that Trump can’t get someone to run the FBI. Several candidates have backed out.

Trump is even having trouble getting lawyers to work for him. Michael Isikoff of Yahoo! News writes that a “consistent theme, the sources said, was the concern about whether the president would accept the advice of his lawyers and refrain from public statements and tweets that have consistently undercut his position.”

One illustration: Trump tweeted that his immigration order was a “travel ban,” contrary to what the Justice Department has argued, and weakening his case before the Supreme Court.

But Trump blames the Justice Department and Attorney General Jeff Sessions for offering up a “politically correct” substitute for the immigration order, even though it came from Trump himself. Several outlets report that Trump is furious with Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia investigation and blames him for the chain of events that led to Trump firing FBI Director James Comey.

The NY Times reports that Sessions in recent weeks offered to resign if he couldn’t do his job independently.

The Post’s Jennifer Rubin muses that Trump is melting down in anticipation of Comey’s testimony tomorrow before the Senate Intelligence Committee. It’s going to be carried live by all the major networks and cable television, promising one of those memorable moments like the Watergate and Anita Hill hearings.

Rubin says, “In the case of Comey, however, the witness is on offense — prepared to tell a damaging story — and not merely fencing with incompetent blowhards on a committee. Moreover, with Comey we don’t know what he is going to say or even what topics he will discuss. Will he stick to the tale of possible obstruction or also delve into evidence of collusion?” Rubin says Comey has the potential to bring down the president.

Hello, Friend: Bill Cosby’s accuser, Andrea Constand, testified yesterday that she was drugged and raped by the comedian when she was an employee of Cosby’s Alma Mater, Temple University.

Constand said Cosby gave her pills and told her, “These will help you relax. He said put them down. They are your friends. They will take the edge off.” She said that after he offered wine, her vision became blurry and she couldn’t walk.

At the trial in Norristown, Pa., Constand said she kept in touch with Cosby after the incident because he was a powerful trustee of the University where she worked in the athletic department.

Cosby has said that any drug taking, and subsequent sex, was consensual.

Do It: A 20-year-old Massachusetts woman is going on trial on charges of involuntary manslaughter for encouraging her high school boyfriend to commit suicide

“It’s time, babe,” Michelle Carter, then 17, texted to her boyfriend, Conrad Roy,

“When you get back from the beach you’ve gotta do it. You’re ready.”

“Okay, I will,” Roy, 18, answered. “No more thinking.”

“Yes, no more thinking,” Carter wrote. “You need to just do it.”

Roy was found dead of carbon monoxide poisoning in his truck. Although suicide is voluntary, the prosecution accuses Carter of causing Roy to do something he might not otherwise have done.

Nation: The Uber ride service has fired 20 employees after an investigation of the workplace atmosphere. The company said the firings, which included some senior executives, were for sexual harassment, discrimination, unprofessional behavior, retaliation, and bullying. Most of those fired worked at Uber’s San Francisco headquarters. — Four people have died and dozens have gone to the hospital in an epidemic of incidents linked to yellow pills illicitly sold as Percocet, but is something else yet to be identified. — Police officers are ruder and less respectful toward black drivers, according to a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study relied on body cameras word by cops in Oakland, Calif.

Going, Going: Scooter Gennett of the Cincinnati Reds hit four home runs last night against St. Louis, matching the Major League record.

Editor’s Note: The Rooney Report is going on medical hiatus for a week or so. We’ll be back around June 16. Watch the Comey hearings tomorrow and let us know if President Trump resigns.

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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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 greatest absurdity of our time is You Know Whom, which goes without saying but I will anyway. What his election showed is that a considerable number of people, in order to demonstrate their frustration with the world as it is, are willing to drive their car, with their children in the back seat, over a cliff, smash the radiator, bust an axle and walk away feeling good about themselves. No other president in modern times has been held in contempt by a preponderance of people from the moment he said, 'So help me, God.'"

-Garrison Keillor on President Trump

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