Morning Briefing September 18: Congress says wear what you want; Armed man at RFK Jr event; Missing F-35; Trump’s warring words with Pelosi

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Today is September 18. Below are some of the stories grabbing headlines this morning. I hope you share this briefing as doing so will make you the smartest person in the room. And don’t forget to download the free DML App from the Google Play or Apple App Store to remain connected to me throughout the day.

1. Armed Man Arrested At RFK Jr Event:

OANN – Authorities have arrested an armed man who was impersonating a law enforcement officer at a Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Hispanic Heritage event in Los Angeles, California.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), an armed man accused of impersonating a United States Marshal was taken into custody at a Kennedy Jr. campaign event in Los Angeles, California, Friday afternoon.

A statement from an LAPD spokesman reported that a radio call was generated at around 4:30 p.m. local time about a man with  “a loaded gun in a shoulder holster and a badge stating he was a U.S. Marshal.”

After the radio call LAPD officers arrived at the scene followed by the FBI and the man was immediately arrested.

Denny’s Insight: If I had the last name Kennedy, I would be looking over my shoulder my entire life. Glad nothing violent unfolded.


2. US and Iran to swap detainees after $6 billion unfrozen:

Reuters – A Qatari plane waited in Iran on Monday to fly out five U.S. detainees in a swap for five Iranians held in the United States, thanks to a Doha-mediated deal that has also unfrozen $6 billion of Iranian funds.

Iran and the United States were told the funds had been transferred to accounts in Qatar, a source briefed on the matter told Reuters. That triggered an exchange sequence agreed after months of talks between the arch foes, who are at odds over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions and a host of other issues.

“A Qatari aircraft is on standby in Iran waiting to fly five soon-to-be released U.S. citizens and two relatives to Doha on Monday morning,” the source said.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani said the funds, blocked in South Korea after U.S. sanctions on Iran were hardened in 2018, would be available to Tehran on Monday. Under the deal, Qatar will ensure it is spent on humanitarian goods.

Denny’s Insight: We weaken our reputation and our power position when we fork over billions of dollars to Iran. And really, we’re going to expect Qatar to manage how the funds are spent? What’s their definition of humanitarian?


3. A pilot training in one of America’s most expensive weapons systems ejected over South Carolina. Officials can’t find the F-35 he was flying.

Yahoo – An expensive F-35 jet has been lost somewhere in South Carolina following a training mishap.

A Marine Corps pilot was flying one of the country’s most expensive fighters near Joint Base Charleston on Sunday afternoon when an unknown problem occurred, forcing the pilot to abandon the aircraft and eject.

“We can confirm a mishap involving an F-35B Lightning II jet from Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron (VMFAT) 501 with the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing,” a United States Marine Corps spokesperson told Insider. “The pilot safely ejected from the aircraft. We are currently still gathering more information and assessing the situation. The mishap will be under investigation.”

The F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program is the Department of Defense’s most expensive weapon-system program, according to the US Government Accountability Office. Officials estimated it would cost American taxpayers about $1.7 trillion to “buy, operate, and sustain the aircraft and systems over its lifetime,” the GAO reported. A 2020 report from the Project On Government Oversight found a single Marine Corps F-35B cost $135.8 million.

The pilot, after ejecting, was found in a residential neighborhood near South Kenwood Drive in North Charleston and transported to a local medical center in stable condition, the local news outlet WCBD reported. His wingman safely landed in a separate aircraft, the outlet reported.

Denny’s Insight: Our military can’t find its own jet in their own country. The jokes write themselves!


4. Chuck Schumer axes Senate dress code following criticism of Fetterman’s hoodies:

NY Post – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has axed the dress code that requires legislators to wear professional attire on the Senate floor months after Sen. John Fetterman was slammed for wearing a hoodie.

Schumer (D-NY) quietly directed the Senate’s Sergeant at Arms to stop enforcing the dress code that mandates male senators wear a jacket and tie and female senators a dress or other businesswear on the floor, Axios reported Sunday.

The change in policy comes after Fetterman (D-PA) was bashed by conservatives for donning a hoodie, gym shorts and sneakers to the chamber. Many called his casual fashion choices disrespectful.

“John Fetterman’s attire in the Senate perfectly summarizes Democrats lack of respect for Americans and our institutions,” tweeted conservative comedian Tim Young.

Denny’s Insight: Fully representative of our lack of respect for decorum and decency in our institutions. No shock that Schumer the snake is leading this to protect Fetterman. Is anyone else suspicious about Fetterman’s beard constantly changing too? What’s going on over there?


5. Trump alleges Pelosi turned down 10,000 soldiers ahead of Capitol riot: ‘She’s responsible for Jan 6’:

Fox News – Former President Donald Trump argued in his first network interview since leaving office that former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi “is responsible for Jan. 6.”

“Nancy Pelosi was in charge of security. She turned down 10,000 soldiers. If she didn’t turn down the soldiers, you wouldn’t have had Jan. 6,” Trump told NBC’s “Meet the Press” host Kristen Welker during a recent sit-down interview at Trump’s golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Trump declined to answer if he called military or law enforcement that day, saying, “I behaved so well, I did such a good job, Nancy Pelosi turned down 10,000 soldiers … if she didn’t do that …” Welker challenged Trump that Pelosi did not have the authority he had as commander in chief.

“I understand that the police testified against her, the chief very strongly against her, the Capitol police, great people,” Trump said in the interview aired Sunday. “They testified against her, and they burned all the evidence. OK? They burned all the evidence. They destroyed all the evidence about Nancy Pelosi.”

“She has authority over the Capitol,” Trump added. “National Guard not coming? I asked her [for them] to be there three days in advance, and she turned it down.”

Denny’s Insight: Do you blame Nancy Pelosi for the events of January 6? If not, then who?

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