Good Morning, It’s Friday, 12 May 2017 and this is the Morning Edition of The Nightshift: the world’s overnight news feed.
Well…things in Washington have deteriorated to the point that we’re adding another news/reference link to the site: Lawfareblog.com . A very good and very sharp read on current legal issues, some of them in the headlines now, some in headlines to come. Published in association with the well-respected Brookings Institute. Mandatory reading in these very strange days. Check them out.
The news of this week from Washington has been centered on the firing of James Comey by Donald Trump. The backlash has been bipartisan, the outrage real and deep, and the obfuscation of truth behind the event massive. This is not about being Republican or Democrat or being pro-or-anti Trump; it’s about being pro America (first), and not pro administration (first). The White House cannot get their stories on the dismissal of Comey to publicly align among all of spokespeople, which is an indication of how much misdirection and mistruth is being spread–if truth were being spoken, there would be no need to align stories or “talking points” because there is only one truth.
Trump’s spokespeople now have so little credibility (re-read “The Boy Who Cried Wolfe” for historical background) that certain news organizations refuse to put them on air. The acting director of the FBI, McCabe, totally and publicly refuted the President’s assertion that James Comey was not well respected within the bureau; it was just the opposite, Comey was well respected and the FBI has closed ranks in support of him. Instead of deflecting or reducing the intensity around the Russian meddling investigation, the intensity has only increased. It’s a hot mess, with too many uncomfortable similarities with the Nixon administration–and everyone knows how that ended up.
As a sidebar, here’s an article about the President’s claim that he (the President) invented the term “priming the pump”.
The San Antonio Spurs absolutely wiped out the Houston Rockets, embarrassing the Rockets with a 39 point win. Gregg Popovich, the San Antonio Coach, won the game without two of his top five players (Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard), who were out with injuries. “Pop” is the best coach in pro basketball, period.
The Player’s Championship PGA golf tournament continues: William McGirt and Mackenzie Hughes are the leaders at 5 under. Today is “moving day”…the players with the best scores continue through the weekend and everyone else moves on.
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The Fine Print: The Nightshift is a production of Perception Engineering and The Media Bunker. This post is number 1106 for this site. Thanks for reading. Now–catch up on the world.