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Jeff Sessions vs. The Windy City; North Korea Ups the Ante

Check out Bill’s Daily Briefing for Tuesday, August 8, where we round up the day’s biggest headlines for your perusal. Take a look.

Dem Senator on Re-election: “I Don’t Give A S***”

Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a Democrat in a deeply Republican state, may not be helping his chances to win reelection next year.  Asked about disagreements with his party bosses, Manchin bluntly declared, “I just don’t give a s***, don’t care if I get elected.”  President Trump garnered nearly 70% of the vote in West Virginia and just last week Governor Jim Justice switched from Democrat to Republican.  Senator Manchin is being challenged by Republican Patrick Morrisey, the state’s attorney general.

Dem Senator Responds to Trump’s Attacks

President Trump has taken to Twitter to absolutely savage Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, who repeatedly lied about his military service.  Blumenthal, who falsely claimed to have served in Vietnam, has been harshly critical of the president and possible Trump campaign ties to Russia.  Asked about Trump’s attacks on CNN, Blumenthal said, “It’s not about me.”

Jeff Sessions vs. The Windy City

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is firing back against Chicago, which has filed a lawsuit against the federal government and is determined to remain a “sanctuary city.”  Sessions warned Mayor Rahm Emanuel that certain funds will be cut off as long as the city retains its “culture of lawlessness.”  Chicago, of course, is notorious for its out-of-control violence.

Miami, Sanctuary No More!

In contrast to Chicago, Miami-Dade County has rescinded its “sanctuary” status and is receiving about half-a-million dollars in federal grant money earmarked for law enforcement.  Miami-Dade announced its new policy almost immediately after President Trump took office and is now cooperating fully with federal immigration authorities.  Cuban-born Mayor Carlos Gimenez expected backlash from self-proclaimed “immigration advocates,” and that backlash has been unrelenting.

Worrisome Poll for President Trump?

The president has retained solid support among most Republicans.  But a new poll indicates that while Republican support for President Trump remains solid at 83%, enthusiasm may be waning.  That is especially notable among Trump’s base of non-college educated white voters.  One cautionary note:  The poll, while conducted by an “independent research company,” was commissioned by CNN, which does not disguise its loathing of President Trump and his administration.

North Korea Ups the Ante

The government of Kim Jong Un now threatens to take “physical action” in response to new United Nations sanctions.  Analysts interpret the message as meaning that North Korea will conduct more missile or nuclear tests.  Using typically colorful language, the official statement out of Pyongyang said this:  “Packs of wolves are coming in attack to strangle a nation … physical action will be taken mercilessly.”

Report Claims Climate Change is Harming USA

The draft copy of a report, leaked to the New York Times, concludes that temperatures in the USA have been rising rapidly and that Americans are already being affected by “climate change.”  The report predicts that the average temperature in the USA will continue to rise and calls for significant reductions in worldwide levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.  The scientists who leaked the report say they leaked it because they’re worried that the Trump administration would bury it in the bureaucracy.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Deals the Race Card

You just knew it was coming.  Asked why she didn’t fire her shady IT guy Imran Awan, even after he was accused of stealing from the House of Representatives, Debbie Wasserman Schultz says she was concerned about “racial and ethnic profiling.”  Awan was nabbed last week just as he was about to board a plane bound for Pakistan.

Loretta Lynch, alias Elizabeth Carlisle

While conducting some government business via email, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch identified herself as “Elizabeth Carlisle.”  The alias was discovered when a new batch of emails was released to conservative groups under the Freedom of Information Act.  Loretta Lynch is certainly not the first government official to use a fake name; it was relatively commonplace in the Obama administration.

Rising Star, Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Since taking over the unenviable task of representing the White House at press briefings, Sarah Huckabee Sanders has generally received positive reviews.  The daughter of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, she is the third woman press secretary and the first mother.  Huckabee Sanders, like her predecessor Sean Spicer, is not averse to slapping down reporters’ questions.  But she tends to do it while wearing a velvet glove.

Google Fires “Manifesto” Author

Google has found and fired the employee who wrote and circulated a highly controversial memo dealing with diversity in the workplace and innate male-female differences.  Senior software engineer James Damore has been canned for “perpetuating gender stereotypes,” and Google CEO Sundar Pichai has described the memo as “offensive.”  A few far-right Internet groups are now calling for a boycott of Google and are raising money for the fired engineer.

Alan Dershowitz Hammers Maxine Waters

Lifelong liberal law professor Alan Dershowitz was actually labeled a “racist” by Maxine Waters after he correctly pointed out that Robert Mueller’s grand jury will draw from a pool of largely anti-Trump voters.  Appearing on Fox News Monday night, Dershowitz calmly and methodically destroyed the ultra-far-left Congresswoman from California.

Trump Hatred: Is There Nothing It Can’t Do?

The venerable band Journey, formed more than 40 years ago in San Francisco, may be breaking up … all because of President Trump.  After some band members went to the White House and met with the president, guitarist Neal Schon denounced the visit.  Schon is the only remaining original member of the band, perhaps best known for its mega-hit “Don’t Stop Believin.”  Apparently Neal Schon has stopped believin’ in his mates and their political leanings.

 

Check back Wednesday for the day’s biggest headlines. 

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