Macron takes on Trumpism; Cohen to take the 5th - The Rundown 4/26/18

For some reason, President Trump's best political friends on the international scene are socialists like Xi and Macron. But at least he wants to be friends with dictators like Putin and Kim. Anyway, if Trump took offense to Macron's many Democratic applause lines on Wednesday, he kept quiet about it.

 

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday regarding President Trump's third version of a "travel ban". I continue to believe that 1) it's not a very useful policy and 2) the president has the authority to do it. 

 

He deserves the nickname "King James" today...

 

President Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen is pleading the 5th in a California civil case regarding the $130,000 payment he made to porn star "Stormy Daniels" because of its potential implications for the criminal investigation going on in New York.

Here's the actual document: https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4447050-Clifford-v-Trump-Cohen-Declaration-042518.html

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The news is only getting worse for RADM Ronny Jackson, President Trump's nominee to head up the VA, with new accusations coming out on Wednesday that he handed out large quantities of an opioid to a particular person and that he wrecked a car while driving under the influence. I have not seen anything close to actual proof of any accusation against Jackson. I still believe he will withdraw this week. And I still believe that Trump and Jackson should both have realized that Jackson might rue the day Trump nominated him.

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Locally, yet another court has ruled against yet another city trying to impose its own regulations on oil and gas development. This time, the loser was Thornton. One wonders why these city councils continue to spend their residents' tax dollars on cases they can't win.

https://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2018/04/25/judge-rules-part-of-thornton-s-oil-and-gas-regs.html

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This bears repeating:

What did Cary Kennedy know and when did she know it?

https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/investigations/sources-city-of-denver-was-aware-of-mayor-hancock-allegations-before-2013-settlement-with-victim

She was CFO and Deputy Mayor of Denver at the time...

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