Editor’s Note: The Nightshift will be published in abbreviated form for the next couple of weeks due to outside scheduling commitments. Weekend editions will be full-pack, but weekday commentary will be very streamlined.
Good Morning, It’s Friday, 7 April 2017, and this is the Morning Edition of The Nightshift, the world’s overnight news feed.
Never a dull moment. Overnight: the US dropped a flurry of cruise missiles on the airfield in Syria that was believed to be launching point for Syria’s horrific chemical attack on its own population. This was President Trump’s first military action and it was specifically designed to be limited in scope and very focused. Putin is not pleased. Russia is a backer of Syria; it will be interesting to see how all this plays out.
The CIA has said that it had evidence of Russian efforts to help Trump earlier than believed. Despite all that’s going on in other parts of the world, the Russia hacking investigation grinds on.
In Congress, the Republicans used the “nuclear option” to set the stage for putting Judge Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court. Nice to know that Congress is not being partisan and is only doing what is right for America, not just pandering to narrow political interests…..
Congressman Devin Nunes, tossed under the bus by the White House after he rode to their defense in the still-unproven Trump wiretapping allegations, finally showed a sign of intelligence by recusing himself from House Intelligence Committee investigation into Russian hacking. Too little, too late? Or did he accomplish just enough damage to totally discredit the committee he chaired? Sad.
The Chinese President is meeting with President Trump at Mar-a-Lago. On the agenda–presumably–is how to handle the hothead running North Korea.
Bill O’Reilly and Fox News are losing advertisers due to fallout from various sexual harassment allegations. Did they not think there would be consequences?
At The Masters, Charley Hoffman has a four stroke lead after a terrific first round played in very windy conditions. World Number 1 Dustin Johnson withdrew before hitting a shot in competition, due to a back injury suffered in a fall at the home he was renting in Augusta–a huge disappointment to Johnson and golf fans. Masters favorite Jordan Spieth had a difficult 3- over day; his situation was not helped by a 9 (that’s correct, a 9) on 15, giving him a quadruple bogey. As the old saying goes, “you don’t win The Masters on the first day, but you can lose it”.
Don Rickles, the king of insult comedy, has died from kidney failure at the age of 90. Known as the “equal opportunity offender” he was one of a kind and he will be missed–especially with all the new material possible from Washington these days.
Lots of stuff going on in the world today. Definitely a time to stay in touch with events.
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The Fine Print: The Nightshift is a production of Perception Engineering and The Media Bunker. This post is number 1057 for this site. Thanks for reading. Now–catch up on the world.