President Trump just can’t help himself. In 2016 the Trump campaign welcomed foreign interference in the presidential election and tried to hide it, in 2019 Trump himself sought out foreign interference in the presidential election and tried to hide it.
Here in the United States, it took a major attack on Saudi Arabia oil facilities to bring much attention to Yemen. Houthi rebels in Yemen took credit for the attack that took millions of barrels of Saudi crude oil out of the picture and rocked oil markets. Houthis are backed by Iran and there’s a pretty good chance this may have been a direct attack by the Saudis’ sworn enemy across the Persian Gulf.
With a series of mass shootings in Dayton, El Paso and Midland and Odessa, Texas, calls for “sensible” gun legislation are making the rounds again. The familiar pattern of “thoughts and prayers,” followed by calls for stricter gun laws, followed by calls blaming mental health instead of guns, followed by no action in Congress is repeating as usual.
The opioid-pushing pharmaceutical companies may finally be forced to pay some of their billions to help remediate the crisis they helped manufacture. The state of Oklahoma won a big court victory against Johnson & Johnson, the huge corporation that downplayed the risks of opioids while keeping the country awash in their deadly product.
President Trump has a lot on his plate, from a continuing impeachment investigation (don’t call it impeachment just yet) to bad campaign poll numbers. Investigators are closing in around members of his family and Roger Stone is about to go on trial. (And, yes, prosecutors are trying to show “The Godfather Part II” during the trial.)
Now that an extremely cautious Robert Mueller didn’t scream for impeachment at the House intelligence and judiciary hearings, President Trump and Republicans are shouting about their victory from the rooftops. Never mind that Mueller said, “the President was not exonerated” in those same hearings.