Russian Collusion

russian collusion

The Russian Nuclear firm Rosatom bought Canadian mining company Uranium One in 2010. The deal gave Putin control over 20% of the U.S. Uranium supply.

The Hill reported last week that the FBI knew that Russian nuclear officials were involved in racketeering schemes in the U.S. prior to the purchase. The Russians had also directed millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation and paid Bill Clinton hundreds of thousands in speaking fees.

Robert Mueller was FBI Director when the probe of possible Russian collusion on nukes began in 2009 and James Comey was director when it ended in 2015.

Meanwhile, Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of State Clinton both sat on a committee that approved the Uranium One deal in 2010.

Russian Collusion

Mark Steyn’s reaction: “Fancy that! A racketeering scheme centered on the Clintons! Who’da thunk it?”

Unlike the current “Russia investigation”, where details of dawn raids on Paul Manafort are gaily leaked hither and yon, Mueller and Comey managed to keep the lid on this one for the six-plus years it was active. And happily it doesn’t seem to have obstructed either the Clintons’ or the Russians’ mutually beneficial relationship.

Reasons For Kneeling

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a press conference on Tuesday that he didn’t order players to stand for the national anthem.

Colin Kaepernick got the ball rolling by sitting for the anthem. He was protesting police brutality. Here’s what he had to say last year:

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

Reasons for Kneeling

He was angered by the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile among others. Research by Heather MacDonald shows that twice as many whites as blacks are killed by cops. But whites make up 62% of the population and blacks 13%. And then it gets complicated.

Now players give all kinds of reasons for kneeling.  Protesting Trump being high on the list along with expressions of unity, solidarity and equality.

Insurance Companies’ Very Bad Week

insurance companiesLast week President Trump issued an executive order rolling back President Obama’s executive order to subsidize insurance companies.  The subsidies reimburse the companies for reducing certain out-of-pocket expenses to policy holders.

The only problem is Congress refused to appropriate money for the subsidies. So Obama whipped out his pen and phone and and started spending the money anyway.  And Trump continued that practice. But  a federal district court judge says that’s illegal.

Insurance Companies’ Very Bad Week

This week two Republican senators, Tom Cotton and Pat Toomey, introduced a bill to to partially end the individual mandate, no longer requiring some people to buy health insurance.

Yesterday two more Senators, Republican Lamar Alexander and Democrat Patty Murray, made a deal to keep the subsidies alive. Trump said nice things about it last night but withdrew support today.

Time.com tries to explain what’s going here.

Jimmy’s Late Night Opinions

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Harvey Weinstein probably won’t have much to say about current events for a while, but Jimmy Kimmel will. The comedian turned policy wonk has had a lot to say about health care and gun control lately thanks to the failed Graham-Cassidy bill and the Las Vegas massacre.

As for Harvey Weinstein’s escapades? Well, Jimmy had a lot to say about Donald Trump.

Jimmy’s Late Night Opinions

What if you don’t like Jimmy’s late night opinions? On CBS Sunday Morning he said, “I mean, you don’t have to watch the show. You don’t have to listen to what I say.”

“Yeah, I mean, I saw, I don’t know if it was a study or a poll, some combination of those two things, that, like, three years ago I was equally liked by Republicans and Democrats. And then Republican numbers went way down, like 30% or whatever. And, you know, as a talk show host, that’s not ideal. But I would do it again in a heartbeat.”

Despite the Deplorable decline his ratings are up 11% from a year ago..

Boy Scouts Want Cookies

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The Boy Scouts are now open to girls. And the Girl Scouts aren’t happy. They want to know what’s wrong with a girl being a Girl Scout.  Besides, what would you call a girl in the Boy Scouts?

Some people think this will lead to sex abuse in the woods. But I think it’s all about the cookies.

The Boy Scouts are beginning a hostile takeover of the Girl Scouts. James Hamblin in The Atlantic gets to the heart of the matter: “Girl Scouts sell cookies that are vastly superior to Boy Scout popcorn.”