A lot of disjointed and seemingly unrelated things happened in the world of politics this past week. It’s a hodgepodge I call “political potluck.” Let's “brunch” on that this week. “Fake News Facilitator” – President Trump went on Twitter to announce that he’s now officially under investigation. Then one of his lawyers – the well-known Jay Sekulow – went on several network talk shows to deny Mr. Trump was under investigation. Well, which is it? It can’t be both.
(Charleston, West Virginia) – There was another flurry of news coverage this week over the Russian-U.S. election connection (Hey! That’s not a bad turn of phrase!) This time it was Attorney General Jeff Sessions before Congress. It got me thinking about news coverage of various political scandals and investigations over the years and how it has changed. Let’s “brunch” on that this week:“Watergate Waterloo” – Watergate marked a new era in American journalism.
(Charleston, West Virginia) – Like many people, I was fascinated this week with the testimony from former FBI Director James Comey. It gave some clarity about Russian meddling in our election, yet it needs to provide more clarity about Comey’s interactions with President Trump. I had a chance to interview one of the Senators from the Intelligence Committee after the fact, and found his perspective interesting.
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Selecting a term
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