Washington D.C. is going crazy if they’re not already there! How can we pick the most important stories of the last few days? There are dozens out there we think you’d like to dig into. We’ll give you the headline bullet points of our top picks. If you want to get the entire story of all or any, there’s a hyperlink at the end of each bullet point on which you can click to go to the full story.
Have a great weekend!
- A Federal Appeals Court determined on Friday President Trump must turn over his tax returns to Congress. The Washington D.C. court upheld a subpoena for President Donald Trump’s financial records from the Democrat-controlled House Committee on Oversight and Reform. The split ruling rejected Trump’s bid to block the committee from getting eight years’ worth of his records from the accounting firm Mazars USA. For complete details, click on this link: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/11/appeals-court-rejects-trump-appeal-of-subpoena-for-tax-returns.html
- Whistleblowers galore in Washington! Wow, whistleblowers are coming out of the woodwork to give evidence in private with demands for their identites to be withheld for fear of reprisals. For complete details, click on this link: https://www.thedailybeast.com/more-potential-whistleblowers-are-contacting-congress
- One of the President’s attorneys and outspoken former presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani is being investigated for his involvement with two of his associates arrested for campaign violations. Apparently, the claims are that campaign funds were being paid to a Superpac with contributions from Ukrainian sources. For complete details, click on this link: https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/rudy-giulianis-relationship-arrested-men-subject-criminal-investigation/story?id=66212654
- This impeachment stuff is continually blowing up. Now the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union in spite of instructions given by the State Department that he not testify before Congress had agreed to appear and testify anyway. For complete details, click on this link: https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/rudy-giulianis-relationship-arrested-men-subject-criminal-investigation/story?id=66212654
- Here’s a name that’s been in the news a lot, but not in its current context: Chelsea Clinton is being touted as a New York Congressional candidate in 2020. Rep. Nita Lowey has announced her retirement and Westchester Democrats are “nudging” Chelsea to make a run for that seat. For complete details, click on this link: https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-nita-lowey-reelection-2020-20191010-cpu4x77l2vbgdb2oxpihxrpd3i-story.html
- Do you remember the prank call by two Russian radio announcers made to Rep.Adam Schiff about having and being willing to turn over proof of President Trump’s “nasty” actions while in Russia? That “nastiness” included nude pictures allegedly of the President. Schiff’s not alone! It has been reported that Senator Lindsey Graham was targeted with a call from the pair posing as the Turkish Ambassador. Graham talked to the “Ambassador” about several important items including the recent Turkish mini-invasion into Syria to go head-on with the Kurds. Graham has been something of a watch-dog keeping the President informed about issues with the Turkish government. For complete details, click on this link: https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/10/lindsey-graham-trump-hoax-call-043991
- Most of the nation is seeing right now amazing temperature drops in places that are odd to see such drops so early in the season. In some places temperatures overnight have dropped from as high as 83 degrees to 13 degrees. Global warming? For complete details, click on this link: https://denver.cbslocal.com/2019/10/11/denver-weather-largest-day-change-on-record/
- Thursday night President Trump held a raucous rally in Minneapolis — probably the most electric of such rallies so far. Protestors outside the arena did not actually commit assaults, but there were many incidents close to assault. Inside, to many, it was much like a rock concert. There were teenagers weeping during the rally. It reminded many of Justin Bieber concerts. For complete details click on this link: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10112113/donald-trump-rally-minneapolis-minnesota-us-president/
- Friday during the day, more details trickled in about the protests that were in some instances borderline riots in Minnesota. Those now-too-familiar masked protestors took the demonstrations a bit too far in some instances. For complete details, click on this link: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/10/10/donald-trump-rally-sparks-tension-supporters-protesters/3940441002/
- The primary concern about Turkey invading northern Syria is its impact on the prisons holding as many as 10,000 militant fighters, many of who are ISIS fighters. The Kurds who have been operating the prison on behalf of the U.S. have been forced to release fighters to defend against the Turkish invaders. For complete details click on this link: https://www.apnews.com/f366e0aeaa1349769cbc0a73bbe02c26
After you complete your morning’s read of the stories you deem most important to you, it is suggested you find a way to relax the next couple of days. Things are heating up in Washington and heating up quickly. Impeachment is now about a 50/50 chance. But that probability is rising every day. We’ll keep you posted daily on the status of impeachment.
Have a great weekend!