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◆ Massive Wildfires across Northern California. Blazes in Sonoma’s wine country have not been contained. (New York Times)
At least 10 dead so far, 1500 buildings destroyed.
Comment: There are other fires in Southern California. Together, they challenge the state’s ability to respond.
◆ Tennessee’s centrist Republican Senator, Bob Corker, doubles down on his accusations against Trump
The New York Times broke the news and did an in-depth interview with Corker, whose attacks on Trump are as personal as DJT’s angry tweets at Corker. The Times’ latest article is here.
Comment: Corker’s attacks are important for three reasons
- First, according to NYT reporters, Corker’s criticisms are merely the public voice of what most Senate Republicans say. Steve Bannon has said the same thing: establishment Republicans hate Trump and want to sink his agenda.
- Second, since the Democrats oppose every Trump legislative initiative, he only chance to pass legislation is to hold together a narrow Republican majority. Now, Corker and McCain seem determined to oppose Trump. Add Rand Paul, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski to that grouping and you fall well short of 50 votes. (And most legislation will require 60.)
- Third, Corker, as chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is privy to the highest-levels of US intel and diplomacy. He has recently said that Trump could be leading the US into World War III.
◆ The husband-and-wife team indicted in the Democratic Congressional IT scandal have now turned on each other (Daily Caller)
The indicted husband-and-wife team of former IT aides to Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz sat directly across from each other at the defendants’ table in federal court Friday in Washington, D.C., but refused to look at each other.
Even as they are co-defendants in a U.S. case, Imran Awan’s own wife, Hina Alvi, has become the latest person to accuse him of fraud, filing papers against him in Pakistani court, according to Pakistani news channel ARY.
Awan, his wife and two brothers — all previously on the payroll of House Democrats — became subjects of a Capitol Police investigation last year after investigators concluded they were submitting falsified invoices for equipment and had transferred “massive” data off a House server. After he was banned from the House network, Awan left a laptop with the username RepDWS in a Capitol Hill phone booth.
Although The Washington Post has reported that investigators found that Awan and his relatives made unauthorized access to a congressional server 5,400 times, Wasserman Schultz has said concern about the matter was the stuff of the “right-wing media circus fringe.” –Daily Caller
Comment: Whenever the defendants turn on each other, the prosecution benefits.
What do we need to know?
- Were the Democrats’ confidential information shared with outsiders, including foreign actors?
- Why did Debbie Wasserman Schultz stick by her accused aide for so long? Did he have anything on her?
- How deep and wide does this scandal go?
Comment #2: Mainstream media has shown zero interest in this massive scandal.
◆ Today’s “WTF” story:
Comment: No matter how fearsome your school’s mascot, I’m betting that “Radioactive Wild Boars” is scarier.
The University of Arkansas should really consider upgrading their Razorback symbol.