Pete's Prep: Monday, Jan. 22, 2018

"Wiped? Like, with a cloth?"

Huh. More "missing" messages among federal officials. This time it's text messages between investigators on the Trump-Russia collusion special counsel team. Link

The Justice Department admitted that it had lost more than five months of text messages between an FBI counterintelligence agent dismissed from Robert Mueller’s team for his anti-Trump stance in prior messages and an FBI colleague, per the AP. That news came as DOJ turned over another batch of messages between the agent, Peter Strzok, and Lisa Page — who departed Mueller’s team before the messages came to light — to a Senate committee.


Is a deal coming to re-open the government? Really? Already? No rush, here, folks!


A crack in the Democrats' unified front on an immigration deal?


CNN: "The rich get richer!" No mention of the poor.

More than $8 of every $10 of wealth created last year went to the richest 1%.

That's according to a new report from Oxfam International, which estimates that the bottom 50% of the world's population saw no increase in wealth.


Not mentioned in this CNN piece - how are the poor faring under the current system? Trade lawyer, @CatoInstitute & @DukeLaw adjunct Scott Lincicome notes:

Over 1 billion people have escaped extreme poverty since 1990, a trend that accelerated dramatically with modern globalization

Megyn Kelly shreds Jane Fonda


Will Democrats roll with Blunt?

Former WLOS news anchor Larry Blunt announced he is running for Buncombe County Commission District 3. He is running as an independent, and will be collecting signatures to get on the ballot. It's a heavily Republican district, but Blunt has very high name recognition and will likely have no problem getting the roughly 2,400 signatures to get on the ballot.

But... do Democrats throw their support to Blunt rather than their own party's candidate - Catori Swann? Given Blunt's voting history (below), he'd likely be a pretty reliable Democrat vote on the Commission. And if Robert Pressley doesn't run for re-election, Blunt might have the best shot at taking the seat out of the Republican column. Link

Here is Blunt's voting history, per the Board of Elections: 

Larry Blunt voting history

A Taco Bell burns down. So, a vigil is held. Link

No more checkout lines at the grocery? Amazon is trying it. Link

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