Things I’m Thinking About This Morning: the House Intelligence Committee, Tillerson and Muhammed bin Salman

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Hose Intelligence Committee

The Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have announced that they are shutting down the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. While this is not surprising, the timing is interesting.  There are already reports in the press that Trump orchestrated the sudden announcement and virtually dictated the “no collusion” statement.

Everybody in punditdom is saying that the Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee will be embarrassed in the future for their actions. They are incapable of being embarrassed.  The real question is why they are beholden and I’m still holding out for the explanation that they have taken tons of Russian money.

Tillerson

Trump has fired Rex Tillerson just hours after Tillerson made an unequivocal statement about Russian involvement in the poisoning in Britain.  Reports are that Tillerson was not even informed he was being fired.

Pennsylvania

The polls are predicting a win for the Democrats in Pennslyvania’s 18th district. The Republicans sunk an estimated $10 million to save this seat even though the district will most probably disappear when redistricting rules are implemented.

The Democratic candidate in Pennlyvania has run to the right of most Democrats.  He made a campaign ad with himself shooting a semiautomatic rifle and he’s personally opposed to abortion.  He supports Trump’s proposed steel tariffs.  If he wins, this will embolden the DNC in their attempt to continue to run non-progressive candidates arguing that they are the only ones that can win.

Trump couldn’t help gloating that he won the Pennsylvania district by 22 points, paving the way for excusing himself if Rick Saccone loses.

Kasich

John Kasich’s critique of Donald Trump in the face of all this news: Trump just “thinks differently.”  What a weasel.

Saudi Arabia

Muhammed bin Salman is supposed to visit the United States this week.  His rise to power and his moves since coming to power are fascinating.

Little Neal

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