The Monday Morning Teaser

What to cover: sex or war?

This week I went with war, or at least the increased prospects for it now that John Bolton is replacing H.R. McMaster as National Security Advisor. The featured post “Return of the Chicken Hawks” discusses the dangers of war-promoting officials who don’t really know what war is. Those are the kinds of people who got us into Iraq. Like Bolton. He apparently has learned nothing from that disaster, is back in power, and seems hot to strike Iran, or maybe North Korea if it steps out of line. That post should come out around 9 EDT or so.

But there’s still the sex to talk about. I’m burying it as deeply as I can in the weekly summary, but if you missed the Stormy Daniels or Karen McDougal interviews, I’ve got links.

Ranking above them in the summary are: yesterday’s March for Our Lives, Cambridge Analytica, more White House reshuffling, the $1.3 trillion spending bill that passed, and Trump’s continued submissiveness towards Putin. Oh, and the prospect of new tariffs drove the stock market down by 1100 points in two days. (That seems sort of important too.) If you make it through all that, you deserve the opportunity to think about sex for a while.

You’d think I’d get tired of pointing out how unusual this all is, but here I go again: Can you imagine a week in the Obama administration when Congress would spend $1.3 trillion and trade-war talk would take a thousand points off the Dow, and we’d all be like “Oh yeah, that happened too.”?

The weekly summary should be out noonish.

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  • ccyager  On March 26, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    After Anderson Cooper’s interview with Stormy Daniels on “60 Minutes,” Cooper explored the implications of the hush money payoff in terms of campaign contributions. It seems Michael Cohen is in deep doo-doo for paying that $130K and doing that deal only 11 days before the election. Apparently the FEC regards that money as a campaign contribution because it was used to affect, in some way, the election results. And of course, it’s way, way over the limit for an individual contribution which makes it illegal. And the skeletons just keep dancing out of the closet!

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