Was Donald Trump Jr. a stooge, naieve or dumb? However unlikely, he’s at the center of another previously undeclared meeting between members of the President’s circle and yet another Russian, as disclosed a few days ago. This time it wasn’t the Russian ambassador, a top flight banker or industrialist. It was Natalia Veselnitskaya who, about then, was trying a money laundering case in the Southern District of New York, the President’s home turf. Veselnitskaya, with whom Don Jr. was asked to meet, was represented to be a Russian government lawyer.
On Saturday, July 8, 2017, Donald Trump Jr. told the New York Times that he met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya to discuss adoption of Russian children by Americans. The practice had been frozen due to U.S. sanctions on Russia.
To President Thomas Jefferson, July 4th celebrated more than the signing of the Declaration of Independence. He thought it was a link to the future. The message prominent colonists sent to King George III led to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the initial and most prominent feature of which is the First Amendment that guarantees free speech. It’s part of the country’s fundamental essence that each man and woman can say what they feel about government, or anything else, proving President Donald Trump needs some civics lessons.
On July 4, 1778, George Washington doubled liquor rations for the soldiers quartered in Princeton, NJ, as a way to celebrate Independence Day. It’s fitting, therefore, that the Fourth of July is America's top-selling beer holiday, according to the Beer Institute. It estimated, in 2013, that sales of beer on the 4th could total $1 billion, doubtlessly higher today. “In moderation,” claims a CA brewery investor, Grover McKean, “beer is tasty and healthy.” Who could disagree?
St. Helena, mother of the Emperor Constantine, found Cypress to be a terrible, serpent-infested, place in the 4th century and sent boatloads of cats from Palestine to help defeat the snakes. Donald Trump will sit down with Russian President Vladimir Putin in just a few days at the G20 meeting in Germany. Some of the topics the two are expected to discuss are Syria, North Korea, energy and, maybe, public relations. The two might, also, discuss Cypress which has tactical, intelligence, and financial value to the region and the world, including the U.S. and Russia.
“Fake news” has gone by different names since the Industrial Revolution made it possible to print large numbers of papers using rotary presses. At the turn of the 20th century it was called “Yellow Journalism,” (after a partisan yellow cartoon character), and stemmed from a circulation battle between William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer, both newspaper publishers. The conflict helped, in part, to muster public opinion in favor of the Spanish American War as the two press titans fought for readers with sensationalized coverage.
Truth always outs. It was Obama, not the Russians, who put Donald Trump in the White House. The Washington Post, which detailed the ex-President’s plot to elect Trump, just whipped up a perfectly fake alibi to the persistent, scurrilous, allegations that Trump took unfair advantage to secure the Oval Office: “He didn’t care, why should I?”
Democrats have complained about the speed of the Republican Senate healthcare bill set for a vote before the July 4 recess. Minutes after a 140 page draft appeared House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer were at the microphones condemning. It was a very quick read even for the fastest speed-reader.
Anyone, seemingly, who ever got a Christmas card from Donald Trump is lawyering up. This is good. Everyone needs a lawyer, even when they don’t, and it’s nice to see leadership give good example to the public.
Big surprise! Donald Trump is under investigation, reportedly, for criminal obstruction of justice. The President has fired a bunch of people and is still doing cartwheels to avoid his Russia problem. Trump’s efforts, however dogged, are in vain because Special Counsel Robert Mueller has put the President in a position where Trump just might consider placing an ad in the help wanted pages.