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Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  How's your week going?  No real complaints on this end.  We were supposed to be getting some rain this afternoon, but now it looks like the forecast just calls for some clouds.  Hmm.  The garden could always use another good soaking, but I'll do it myself in a few days if the rain holds off.  Anyway, let's check out today's headlines.  The guys made some coffee, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Wednesday Clutter.

As far as we can tell, Donald Trump got nothing out of the meeting with Kim Jong Un, while the North Korean leader won a promise that the United States would end war games with South Korea as well as discuss ending sanctions.  Now the war games may have been a provocative waste of money, so it's not that we're defending them, but what else did the United States get from this conversation besides a promise that's been made many times before about denuclearization?  Or, did the Great Pumpkin get approval to build a hotel in North Korea?

Trump supporters knocked out Rep. Mark Sanford (R) in the South Carolina primary, and they voted for a Confederate flag supporter in the Virginia Senate primary, so here's another reminder:  As much as we enjoy talking about current events here, the most important thing to do is vote this fall.  This country is flying in the wrong direction, and Trump's cronies won't stop until voters take them out of the equation.

A federal judge approved the AT&T-Time Warner merger and blasted the Trump administration for challenging it in the first place.

Mick Mulvaney's time as interim director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau  (CFPB) appears to be almost over, as the Trump administration faces a June 22 deadline to nominate a permanent head of the agency.  It would be hard to imagine how anyone could be worse than Mulvaney, who has gutted the CFPB at every opportunity, but it's equally difficult to see who would be better, as the notion of protective consumers drives Trump minions into hysterical laughter.

Cheers to Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey for suing Purdue Pharma for a variety of misdeeds relating to the dangers of OxyContin.  Opioid makers need to be held accountable for their part in creating the crisis that impacts so many in Massachusetts, as well as the rest of  this country, all in the name of profit.

Maura Healey June 13 2018Attorney General Maura Healy takes on Purdue Pharma.  (pic via wbur.org)

Guess co-founder Paul Marciano has been forced out as executive chairman following an internal investigation of claims of inappropriate behavior made against him by five women.  The company also reached settlements with those five women, and while they weren't named, model Kate Upton had made public accusations against Marciano.

A new study shows that many Americans are taking medications which can include depression as a side effect, so they and their doctors should be discussing that.

Some of Africa's oldest trees are suddenly dying, and the evidence points to climate change as the likely cause.  These trees can survive a variety of challenges for thousands of years, but they're not match for human foolishness.

The Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-4 last night.  Eduardo Rodriguez got the win, giving up two runs and eight hits over 5 2/3 innings.  It's great that Rodriguez is now 8-1, but he's got to get through at least six innings much more often.  It's too much to ask of a bullpen to make them finish the last 33%+ of the game every five days.  Anyway, the Sox offense was led by home runs from Andrew Benintendi and Rafael Devers.  Boston goes for the sweep tonight, with Chris Sale taking the mound against the Orioles.

We're sorry to hear that Miguel Cabrera will miss the rest of the season after rupturing his left biceps tendon yesterday.   The Detroit Tigers first baseman has been one of the great hitters of this generation, but at age 35, and now with a growing list of injuries, one has to wonder if this is the beginning of the end for the slugger.  Hopefully not, although it has to make Tigers fans a little queasy that the team still owes him $165 million after this year.

Congratulations to Bartolo Colon for recording his 2500th career strikeout last night.  We thought the 45-year-old pitcher was finished about a decade ago, but he keeps plugging away.

We mentioned it earlier this week, but Kyrie Irving made it clear he has no intention of re-signing with the Boston Celtics before his contract expires next year, so welcome to a year of discussing his future in Boston.  Unless of course the Celtics sign LeBron James and send Irving packing before then.  It will give Boston sports radio show hosts something to debate when they want to take a break from the New England Patriots drama.

Anthony Bourdain's show Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, is getting an extended run on Netflix, following the chef/author/TV personality's recent death.  The show was originally scheduled to be removed this week, but will now run for a few more months.

Speaking of Netflix, let's take a look at the new trailer for Season 2 of Marvel's Luke Cage:

As pretty much expected, Avengers: Infinity War has crossed the $2 billion line at the box office.  It's an epic number for an epic movie.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  We close things out with a tune that U2 recently dedicated to Anthony Bourdain.  Here's Bono and company with, "Stuck in a Moment," for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great to see you, as always.  BDH and Little Buddha want you to know that you're welcome to come back later to watch the Red Sox game with us tonight.  Otherwise, enjoy the rest of your day, be good, and we'll see you back here again for more shenanigans soon.  Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.

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