Stephen Paddock, What We Know
While medical professionals try to perform miracles on the hundreds of wounded in Las Vegas, investigators are sifting through evidence and searching for clues. A picture of mass killer Stephen Paddock is emerging, but it remains extremely blurry. New York magazine has put together a comprehensive account of what is known about the madman, and what is still unclear. Also, it is now being reported that Paddock was taking the anti-anxiety drug diazepam, which can occasionally exacerbate pre-existing violent tendencies, and Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo is raising the possibility that Paddock had been “radicalized.”
Paddock’s Girlfriend Back in the USA
Marilou Danley, Stephen Paddock’s live-in girlfriend, has returned from Asia and was met by FBI agents in Los Angeles last night. She is officially a “person of interest” and may be able to provide valuable information about Paddock, his state of mind, and his ability to stockpile so many weapons without arousing suspicion. The Washington Post reports that Paddock and Danley met a few years ago when she was a casino hostess, and that witnesses at a Starbucks frequently saw Paddock verbally abuse the tiny woman in public.
The Girlfriend’s Sisters Speak Out
Marilou Danley’s two sisters have spoken to a TV station in Australia. They insist that their sister had absolutely no prior knowledge of the attack and that Stephen Paddock sent her away so that she would not “interfere with what he’s planning.” Danley was in the Philippines when Paddock pulled the trigger and started mowing people down last weekend.
Trump to Las Vegas Today
One day after visiting hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, President Trump heads today to Las Vegas, a city still in shock after the mass murder. The president will likely meet with families of victims, emergency teams, and local officials, but is expected to eschew any talk about new gun laws.
Rex Tillerson Seeks to Salvage Iran Nuke Deal
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is said to be working with Congress to maintain the nuclear agreement with Iran, which was brokered during the Obama administration and has been mocked by President Trump as the worst deal in history. Tillerson and others are searching for a way to avoid totally walking away from the agreement. Meanwhile, NBC News reports that Tillerson very nearly resigned last summer before Vice President Mike Pence dove in to calm the waters.
House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban
The House of Representatives has passed a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, which is already law in more than a dozen states. The vote was almost purely along party lines, with just two Republicans voting “nay” and three Democrats voting “yea.” The bill faces a very tough road in the Senate, where 60 votes will be required for passage.
Hypocrisy of a Pro-Life Congressman
Republican Congressman Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania is a reliable vote against abortion rights, and was among those who endorsed the aforementioned 20-week ban. But his former lover is denouncing Murphy for asking her to undergo an abortion. It turns out that the woman, Shannon Edwards, was not in fact pregnant at the time, but that does little to ease the congressman’s embarrassment. One pro-choice group mocked him for displaying “the height of hypocrisy.”
Trump Accentuates the Positive in Puerto Rico
During his visit to Puerto Rico yesterday, President Trump heaped praise on aid workers, local officials, and his own administration. The president pointed out that the island avoided Katrina-like mass casualties, but also took heat for joking that the disaster threw the U.S. budget “a little out of whack.” Most observers realized he was kidding, but the media never misses an opportunity to hammer the president. Perhaps as a result of the unending criticism, about half of Americans say they do not approve of the way President Trump is handling the post-Maria crisis in Puerto Rico.
Prez to Request $29-Billion for Disaster Relief
The administration is about to ask Congress to authorize $29-billion to help recovery in Puerto Rico, Texas, Florida, and other areas ravaged by recent hurricanes and floods. The White House may start negotiating with Congress as early as today.
Far Left Demands Dems Act on Gun Control
As both parties look ahead nervously to next year’s mid-term elections, Democrats are under withering pressure from their party’s left wing. Progressives want Dems to push for extremely tough new gun laws, while party leaders contend that gradual change is their best bet. Most gun control advocates are fully aware that no law will prevent gun violence, but insist that a ban on some powerful weapons and enhanced background checks will save lives.
Steve Scalise More Pro-Gun Than Ever!
Republican Congressman Steve Scalise, who was shot and nearly killed by a Republican-hating fanatic last summer, has emerged from the hospital with his pro-gun views unchanged. The House Majority Whip, who has always been given the highest marks by the NRA, is pushing for laws that would make it far easier to carry a concealed handgun.
NFL Drives Away Another Sponsor
A large car dealership in New Jersey has decided to pull its ads from NFL games for the remainder of the season. Steve Kalafer, owner of Flemington Car and Truck Country, is staging his own protest in response to players kneeling and sitting during the National Anthem.
Here Come the Robots!
The fast-food chain Shake Shack was effusively praised by President Obama for paying its new workers a higher-than-minimum wage. But Shake Shack’s newest outlet in New York City will replace some of those employees with robots. Those workers lucky enough to remain will earn a lofty $15 an hour, but there will be fewer of them, which is the inevitable tradeoff when the minimum wage is increased.
Another Day, Another Mad Professor
George Ciccariello-Maher, who teaches at Drexel University in Philadelphia, has previously demonstrated his deep need for attention. Now he’s at it again, blaming “Trumpism” and “white victimization” for Stephen Paddock’s murderous rampage. The esteemed professor gained some measure of infamy last year when he tweeted, “All I Want for Christmas is White Genocide.” Parents have the privilege of paying about $68,000 a year to send their little one off to Drexel.
Billionaire for President? What a Thought!
Mark Cuban, brash billionaire and TV host, may be following the lead of another brash billionaire and TV host. During an interview yesterday, Cuban would not rule out the possibility that he might someday run for president. He has described himself as a libertarian-leaning problem-solver and has described President Trump as “bats*** crazy.” In turn, Trump says Cuban is simply not smart enough to run for the presidency.
Only Bad Parents Have Guns, Declares Pundit
David Frum, who describes himself as a “conservative intellectual,” is evidently also an expert on parenting and firearms. During one of his frequent appearances on MSNBC yesterday, Frum bizarrely claimed that no good parent would ever keep a gun in the house. He may want to tell that to the millions of dads who like to go hunting with their children.
National Taco Day!
While we don’t wish to be accused of “cultural appropriation,” please don’t forget that this is National Taco Day. The day’s genesis is a mystery, but it apparently began in 2009. And which fast food restaurant chain is taking full advantage of this unofficial holiday? Take a wild guess.
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Original article at Bill O’Reilly