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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Since Attorney General Jeff Sessions was confirmed to head the Department of Justice (DOJ) nearly one year ago, he has been making an impact in which the rule of law has more of a place than it ever did in the Obama DOJ under Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch.


While the White House has confirmed that since the Jerusalem Declaration there has been a complete disconnect between the Palestinian Authority and the Trump administration, it turns out that the previous administration has maintained contact with PA officials. Maariv reported that former US secretary of state John Kerry met in London with a close associate of PA President Mahmoud Abbas, Hussein Agha, for a long and open conversation about a variety of topics. Agha apparently reported details of the conversation to senior PA officials in Ramallah. A senior PA official confirmed to Maariv that the meeting took place. [snip] During the conversation, according to the report, Kerry asked Agha to convey a message to Abbas and ask him to "hold on and be strong." Tell him, he told Agha, "that he should stay strong in his spirit and play for time, that he will not break and will not yield to President [Donald] Trump's demands."


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Too many of our nation's citizens live in the depths of hopelessness and despair. The news came and went so fast that you might have missed it. American life expectancy has declined. Again. In 2015 and 2016, in fact, the average American life span declined for two years in a row for the first time in more than 50 years. The preliminary numbers for 2017 are looking grim as well. Multi-year declines are typically attributable to war or disease outbreaks. In America? Our decline is based largely on our capacity for self-harm...


Thursday, January 04, 2018

A.'s new recycling program has some laudable goals, but the execution doesn't look so hot in the underground parking lot of a condo building on Hazeltine Avenue in Van Nuys. Hovsep Hajibekyan walked me into the trash room there Tuesday morning, and a big blue bin overflowed with a mini-Mt. Everest of boxes, bottles, paper and other recyclables. "The pickup service is on and off," said Hajibekyan, who is president of his homeowner association. "They miss two weeks, then they come, then they miss a week. ... And the price went up. By a lot." Hajibekyan said the pickups used to be twice weekly before the new and improved program. Now they are made once in a while at more than twice the cost. And he's heard every excuse from the haulers, including the standard line about how they're adjusting during this transitional phase.


Fusion GPS and the New York Times want to disassociate the dossier from the collusion narrative they labored to create. The New York Times' Russian Reset continues. My weekend column argued that the Democrats and the media are scrambling to pull together a new origination account of the Trump-Russia collusion narrative. The original origination account has become a political liability because it centered on Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser who featured prominently in the so-called Steele dossier. The dossier, a compilation of Russia-sourced reports authored by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, is now known to have been a Clinton campaign-funded opposition-research project. Though its key allegations seem never to have been verified by the FBI, the dossier was apparently used by the Obama Justice Department in applying to the FISA court for a surveillance warrant targeting Page as a Russian agent enmeshed in a corrupt plot against the 2016 election.


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Kevyn Orr is who Snyder appointed.

Here is his background:

en.wikipedia.org

You are probably not aware that an Emergency Manager doesn't run the city. The EM temporarily takes control of the city's finances.

This appointment resulted in a positive outcome for the city, and like I said, the city has come a long way over the past 10 years.

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