Pete's Prep: Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018

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Sessions got interviewed by special counsel

From the New York Times: Link

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was questioned for several hours last week by the special counsel’s office as part of the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the election and whether the president obstructed justice since taking office, according to a Justice Department spokeswoman.

The meeting marked the first time that investigators for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, are known to have interviewed a member of Mr. Trump’s cabinet.



FBI Director resists calls for "housecleaning"

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has reportedly been pressuring the FBI Director to fire Comey-era leaders, but President Trump's appointee has refused to do so. Link



Michigan man threatens mass shooting at CNN

A 19-year old man is in custody after making nearly two dozen calls to CNN's headquarters in Atlanta, threatening to murder employees there.  Link

In response to our story, a number of CNN anchors and reporters responded on social media, expressing concerns that the unfounded accusations of "Fake News" are leading to threats of violence by the unstable.

I see we are now called upon to examine the role that political rhetoric played in encouraging this deranged man to threaten an attack. Unlike the actual mass shooting of Republican lawmakers, where we were told the deranged attacker's politics were not relevant or part of a "both sides do it" argument. Link



Democratic wave limited by radicalism?

Erick Erickson has an interesting piece today:

The problem for Democrats is very simple. They expect to win and so are in the process of moving as far left as possible in order to claim a mandate. They will, should they win in November, really not have any mandate for any agenda other than being "not Trump." But they want to claim it.

If Erickson is correct, we'll be relying on President Trump to block radical leftist proposals. Link



CNN "covers" Brookings report

While the study is worth an examination, this is a pretty clear example of how some think tanks (ie: progressive ones) get regurgitated as journalism in a way conservative think tank studies do not.

This pattern creates what could be called the prosperity paradox. Even as economic growth is concentrating in Democratic-leaning metropolitan areas thriving in the information economy, Republicans rooted in non-urban communities largely excluded from those opportunities now control all the levers of power in Washington and in most states. That disjuncture raises a pointed long-term question: How long can the places that are mostly lagging in the economy dictate the terms of politics and policy to the places that are mostly succeeding?

North Carolina is mentioned in the Brookings report. Link



City of Asheville's development shakedown saga

The city demanded a hotel developer pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to win approval for a project. The developer sued and won. The City is asking the NC Court of Appeals to stop it while the case is appealed. Link



Hawaii Governor couldn't call off fake missile alert due to forgotten password

Well, this is embarrassing. From the local Hawaii media: Link

Gov. David Ige told reporters today that part of the delay in notifying the public that the Jan. 13 ballistic missile alert was a false alarm was that he did not know his Twitter account password.

Maybe just switch it to something easy to remember? Like this:

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