News Roundup & Open Thread for Friday, Jan. 5, 2018

BRENDAN BYRNE 1924-2018

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Cory Booker, who called the White House voter fraud panel a sham and introduced legislation to abolish it, welcomed the news that President Donald Trump was disbanding the commission.

“Fire and Fury”: Paterson-born writer Michael Wolff got access to the West Wing, because people there are so green, or dumb, they didn’t know who he was, and got close to Trump because all he had to do was flatter him. Now he’s written a book with an inside look at a White House spiraling down. And the White House is freaked out, in damage control mode, and trying to pretend Wolff wasn’t where he’d have to be to report what he did. And in Washington, the lines are out the door at bookstores.

How will Donald Trump screw this up?: North Korea accepts offer from South Korea to meet for peace talks

“Where’s my Roy Cohn?” New York Times on Donald Trump just losing it when he finds out his efforts get get Jeff Sessions to recuse himself in the Justice Dept’s Russia investigation are going nowhere. “Where’s my Roy Cohn?”  He expected his AG to protect him. Actually, these two despicable human beings deserved each other. Roy Cohn was Donald Trump’s mentor and lawyer, and probably rescued him from a lot of consequences when Trump was a dirty businessman and Cohn a dirty lawyer. Trump had his Roy Cohn but he abandoned him when the closeted Cohn was dying of AIDS because he was afraid he’d catch it.

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