Monday Clutter: Trump, Les Moonves, Billion Dollar Property, Boston Red Sox, Sabrina the Witch, Wrestler Deaths, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and more
Wednesday Clutter: Trump, Interest Rates, Boston Red Sox, The Time Traveler's Wife, Alan Alda, Kate Spade, Linkin Park, and more

Tuesday Clutter: Trump, Rudy Giuliani, Ayanna Pressley, CBS, McDonald's Monopoly Game, Boston Red Sox, John Oliver, Childish Gambino, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  How are you?  BDH and Little Buddha were up early this morning because they were so excited to see you today.  They just finished making the coffee, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Tuesday Clutter.

You have to think Donald Trump knows that following through on his latest threat to shutdown the government for his beloved wall would be an incredible gift for Democrats before the midterm elections.  The expectation here is that he'll ramble on about it for a few more days/weeks to make sure his base is fired up/distracted from all of the legal scandals swirling around the White House.  After that, he'll bail on it again, find some reason to blame Democrats, and then move on to the next shiny object.  The part that has to make Republicans anxious is that Trump's immigration policies also fire up his opposition, so even bluffing could come back to bite him in November.

Donald Trump has been arguing since the beginning of time that there was no collusion between his campaign and Russia.  Now, Rudy Giuliani is trying to argue that collusion isn't a crime.  One can only assume that his next arguments will be that obstruction of justice isn't a big deal, and that no one really cares about treason.  There have to be times where Trump knows he could pick one of his Twitter followers at random, and they would still be a better lawyer than this guy.

The Trump administration is looking to give the wealthy a $100 billion tax cut that wouldn't require congressional approval. 

Big news in Massachusetts politics, as Attorney General Maura Healey endorsed Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley's primary challenge to Rep. Mike Capuano yesterday.  That's a major endorsement for Pressley, and we're interested to see what impact it has before the September 4 primary.

Ayanna Pressley July 31 2018Will Ayanna Pressley be the next Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?  (pic via wgbh.org)

If CBS was taking the sexual harassment allegations against Les Moonves seriously, they'd have him step away from the company while the investigation takes place, rather than letting him stay on the job.

This story about the rigging of the McDonald's Monopoly game is insane.

Interesting to hear that a certain blood test may eventually help lead to new treatments for depression.  It sounds like there's still much more work to be done, but any advance in this area would be helpful.

A new study says that being even mildly dehydrated can impact your mental capabilities.  We're talking the level of dehydration that occurs before you even think you're thirsty, so drink up, kids.  We still have at least one more month of warm and possibly humid weather, and we want you all at the top of your game. (BDH and Little Buddha are happy to get you a glass of water if you like.)

The Boston Red Sox beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 in 13 innings last night, thanks to a walk-0ff double by Blake Swihart that drove in Eduardo Nunez for the team's 75th win of the year.  He seemed like the odd man out for most of the first few months of the season, but Swihart is taking advantage of the consistent playing time he's getting these days.  He has raised his batting average up to .234, and it's still climbing.  The Red Sox are now six games in front of the New York Yankees in the AL East, and Drew Pomeranz will try to increase that lead, as well as save his spot in the rotation, when he takes the mound tonight.

The Boston Red Sox acquired second baseman Ian Kinsler from the Los Angeles Angels for two minor league prospects yesterday.  The 36-year-old former Gold Glove winner is batting .239 this year.  The move improves the team's depth at the position for the remainder of the season and also gives the Sox the ability to use Brock Holt and Eduardo Nunez elsewhere on the field.  It also pretty much confirms that Dustin Pedroia will not be back this year as he continues to rehab from knee surgery.  Questions remain about who will be the Red Sox second baseman in 2019, although Pedroia is signed until 2022.

Good for Class of 2018 NFL Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins for talking about his career-long battle with depression.  Others are helped every time a public figure tells their story, and it's particularly good to see a football player open up about his battle, given the sport's macho culture.

Sam Darnold finally ended his holdout, so now the New York Jets can see the rookie quarterback in action at training camp.  Darnold signed a four-year deal for $30.2 million, which includes a $20 million bonus.

John Oliver's version of Facebook's "apology" commercial is spot-on. 

The answer is:  2020.  The question?  When is Alex Trebek rumored to be leaving Jeopardy?

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Let's have Childish Gambino close things out with, "Summertime Magic," for today's, "Song of the Day."

That's a nice way to end the month.

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great to see you, as always.  Enjoy the final day of July, be good, and we'll catch up with you again soon.  Until then, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.

 

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