Trump to Announce Paris Decision

Political Climate: President Trump is set to announce at 3:00 today whether he will pull the US out of the Paris Climate Accord. Trump himself tweeted yesterday, “I will be announcing my decision on the Paris Accord over the next few days. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”

Indications are that he’s getting out. Trump appears to have decided that staying in the agreement will hurt the US economy and hamper employment in Appalachia and the West, two bases of his support. If Trump pulls the trigger, he puts the US in the company of Syria and Nicaragua.

Some major corporations are leaning on Trump not to dump the Paris Accord. Twenty-five companies including Microsoft and Intel placed a full-page ad in today’s NY Times saying, “the agreement generates jobs and economic growth.”

The US is the second largest emitter of greenhouse gases so pulling out puts the whole agreement by 195 counties in jeopardy. If nothing is done to limit worldwide emissions, C02 emissions could reach 69 gigatons by 2030. If the agreement succeeds, it could limit that to 56 gigatons.

China, which is the world’s largest polluter, says it remains committed to the agreement.

It’s Political: Former Vice President Joe Biden has formed a political action committee, signaling that he’s thinking about running for president in 2020. Biden is 74.

In an internet post, Biden wrote, “We’re the people who built the Hoover Dam and the Transcontinental Railroad, landed a man on the moon, cured polio, built the Internet and sequenced the human genome. And yes — soon we will be the people who will find a cure for cancer. Thinking big is stamped into the DNA of the American soul. That’s why the negativity, the pettiness, the small-mindedness of our politics today drives me crazy.”

Black Lives: A noose was found at the National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, DC on Wednesday. It’s the second incident in the last week of a noose being found on Smithsonian properties. “Today’s incident is a painful reminder of the challenges that African-Americans continue to face,” museum Founding Director Lonnie Bunch said.

The Los Angeles home of Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James was found to have racist graffiti on the front gate. James said in a press conference, “No matter how much money you have, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is, it’s tough.”

OK Corral: Two bounty hunters entered a Greeneville, Texas car dealership looking for a fugitive from Minnesota and ended up in a gunfight that loosed at least 20 shots. The fugitive was killed and so were both of the bounty hunters.

Dying is Hard, But Comedy is Harder: CNN has fired comedian Kathy Griffin from their New Year’s Eve show after she posted an online picture of herself holding what looked like the severed head of President Trump. The image drew outrage and Griffin took it down and apologized. The mystery in this is who ever thought Kathy Griffin is funny.

Anchor Away: CBS News confirmed that Scott Pelley is leaving the CBS Evening News after six years and that he will be replaced in the short term by Correspondent Anthony Mason.

CBS issued a statement praising Pelley and quoting Pelley praising CBS blah blah blah, but face it, he was fired. Lloyd Grove reports for The Daily Beast that Pelley regrets having hired hardball agent Ari Emmanuel to negotiate his contract three years ago, souring his relationship with CBS News President David Rhodes. Grove wrote, “Pelley—who is sometimes accused of having a tin ear for corporate politics, a limited degree of self-awareness, and an anchorman’s outsize ego—eventually realized he had overplayed his hand, sources said.”

The Fame Game: Portuguese soccer player Cristiano Ronoldo tops the ESPN list of the 100 most famous athletes in the world.

The list was calculated with a formula of salary, social media following, and endorsement money. There are 38 soccer players on the list and no hockey or baseball players. Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? Basketball player LeBron James is number two and soccer player Lionel Messi, number three. There are eight football players on the list. That’s American football.

Friday, February 23, 2018

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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 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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