Mike Malak

Mike Malak

sessions trumpAttorney General Jeff Sessions, one of President Donald Trump’s most ardent and earliest supporters, is on the chopping block because he stands in the way of Trump’s desire to end the Russian investigation headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Sessions was well  regarded by colleagues but, unfortunately for him, gave up a senate seat he’d held for 20 years to serve the man who, now, is forcing him out after just six months in office.

 

ojO.J. Simpson won his freedom after convincing a Nevada parole board he was ready for release after nine years inside for robbery. The televised hearing, despite Simpson’s self-proclaimed rehabilitation, showed that he’s the same guy who vowed to spend the rest of his days searching for a killer in between golf games.

bannon“I don’t think we’re under investigation,” he said. “I’m not under investigation. For what? I didn’t do anything wrong,” Donald Trump told the New York Times. He didn’t stop there.

penceWhere does President Donald J. Trump go from here? After repeates re anything to Russia, there it stood in the doorway like an uninvited guest. Trump Sr., presently, is defending a secret meeting Don Jr., arranged with Russian agents and the President’s top election people eager for secrets. Forced by the New York Times, Jr. released an email chain that stretched from Russia’s top prosecutor to Trump Tower.

donald trump jrWas 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.

rabbitOn 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. 

bill rights2To 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.

mass2On 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?

deutschSt. 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.

trump cnn2 5“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.

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