News Roundup & Open Thread for Thursday Jan. 4, 2018

Rest in Peace – Sgt. First Class Mihail Golin, who lived in Fort Lee, was killed Monday in Afghanistan in a firefight. Our sympathy to the family. He was a Green Beret who joined the military just a year after coming to the U.S. from Latvia. His father can’t understand why our military is still at risk there after two decades of fighting:  “I don’t understand. This Afghanistan, some small country, what are they doing over there?” he asked. “Why are we losing our kids over there? … What for? That’s the main question.” 

Be safe, Blue Jersey: Blizzard warnings in parts of NJ today, 50 mph wind gusts possible. Christie declares state of emergency in 4 counties

Death Be Not Proud, and all other titles: Readers are mourning the death of Fred Bass, owner of the (glorious) Strand Book Store, NYC


From Sue Altman and Susan Druckenbrod, organizers from South Jersey Women for Progressive Change: That photo of George Norcross striding into Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago New Year’s Eve party. That’s about a lot more than how some rich Jersey guy spends his leisure time. Why do Democrats allow this to continue? Plus – backup material from Medium: The Democrat SuperDelegate Behind Trump and Christie

Some laws were broken when Hillary Clinton and her aides transmitted classified information through her insecure private email server, Republican lawmakers told The Hill as several congressional committees study the FBI’s handling of the Clinton email scandal. Evidence includes passages in FBI documents stating the “sheer volume” of classified information that flowed through Clinton’s insecure emails was proof of criminality as well as an admission of false statements by one key witness in the case. That witness? An employee of a computer firm that helped maintain her personal server after she left the State Dept., and who belatedly admitted he had permanently erased an archive of her messages in 2015 after they had been subpoenaed by Congress.



Votes planned for today are postponed for weather: Schedule included: Tax credits for Amazon worth minimum $3 Billion, subsidies for NJ’s nuclear power industry, more residential development in the protected Highlands region. All state offices are closed. Senate will meet tomorrow, see the committee schedule as a scroll at the top of this page, Assembly has not yet published their schedule.



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A lot going on in my household this morning. Sorry for the late Roundup. Did I miss something? Let us know in the Comments. This is also an Open Thread. What’s on your mind today?

Featured photo: Todd Maisel/NY Daily News

Comments (2)

  1. Bill Orr

    When living in NYC I often used to go to the Strand bookstore. It was always dirty, dark, messy, over-crowded, but a glorious place with hidden treasures.

  2. Bill Orr

    Apparently for David Wildstein there is life after ignominy. His new blog has some good articles and I suspect he will come up with even juicier ones in the future.


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