Today is August 19, my lovely wife turns 50. So here are the stories I am watching without her knowing it. 🙂
1-Trump: We’re not having a recession
President Trump offered an optimistic outlook of the economy Sunday and dismissed concerns of a looming recession after losses in financial markets last week and amid his ongoing trade war with China that some say could determine his re-election chances in 2020. “I don’t think we’re having a recession,” Trump told reporters as he returned to Washington from his New Jersey golf club. “We’re doing tremendously well.”
DML: If he wants to avoid recession he should end the trade brawl with China at least until AFTER the election.
2-New York labeled Epstein a low-level sex offender almost a decade ago
Manhattan prosecutors labeled Jeffrey Epstein a low-level sex offender in 2010 against the recommendation of a state panel of experts as defense attorneys sought to have the well-connected financier avoid the most burdensome sex offender requirements in New York, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. In the end, Epstein exploited a loophole and was able to live his lavish lifestyle as he claimed primary residence in the Virgin Islands.
DML: Cover up. Cover over. Cover. Cover. Cover.
3-IG report on Russia investigation will be ‘ugly and damning’ for DOJ
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is adamant about revealing what went on behind the scenes of the Russia investigation and is looking forward to the American people learning about what happened. Graham pointed to three investigations of the investigators that are taking place: one by his committee; one by Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham, who was appointed by Attorney General Bill Barr to conduct a probe; and one by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz. “I believe the Horowitz report will be ugly and damning,” Graham told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures.”
DML: But nothing will ever come of it, so who cares.
4-Iranian supertanker heads to unknown destination
Amid a growing confrontation between Iran and the West a year after President Trump pulled Washington out of Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers, an Iranian supertanker the U.S. has suspected to be tied to a sanctioned organization has lifted its anchor and started moving away from Gibraltar, marine traffic monitoring data showed late Sunday. The trail left by GPS data on Marinetraffic.com, a vessel-tracking service, showed the Iran-flagged Adrian Darya 1, previously known as Grace 1, moving shortly before midnight. The vessel hauling $130 million worth of light crude oil had been detained for a month in the British overseas territory for allegedly attempting to breach European Union sanctions on Syria. Its next destination was not immediately known.
DML: Sanctions need to be BIGGER. Lets go Mr President, get off Twitter and get on Iran.
5-Trump addresses Greenland purchase rumors
President Trump also spoke out Sunday on reports his administration has been looking into buying Greenland. He said Denmark has been losing money by keeping Greenland under its control. “Essentially it’s a large real estate deal. A lot of things can be done. It’s hurting Denmark very badly because they’re losing almost $700 million a year carrying it,” he said. “So, they carry it at great loss, and strategically for the United States, it would be nice. And, we’re a big ally of Denmark and we help Denmark, and we protect Denmark.” Greenland’s political leaders have said the country is not for sale.