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Wednesday Clutter: Trump, Mitch McConnell, Gmail Privacy Concerns, Hot Dogs, Boston Red Sox, Julian Edelman, Kevin Spacey, Justin Timberlake, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  On behalf of the Clearing out the Clutter crew, we'd like to wish you all a happy July 4th!  It's probably going to be a low-key affair here, as our main focus will be continuing to hide from the heat.  However, we'll be in the garden as soon as the sun starts setting.  We gave everything a good soaking yesterday, and there are already new colors all over the place!  So, whatever you do today, have fun and be safe, particularly if you're going to play with fireworks.  I asked BDH and Little Buddha if they ever had any interest in using those things.  They just smiled and said, "No thank you," and then they went off to make some coffee.  Speaking of which, the guys are back, so let's check out today's headlines.  Help yourself to a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Wednesday Clutter.

The Trump administration is reversing the Obama era approach to affirmative action in schools (because if it's Obama, it's gotta go, right, Pumpkin?)  Expectations are that this is the beginning of a new legal assault on affirmative action which will make it to the Supreme Court after Justice Anthony Kennedy's successor has been confirmed. 

So, Fox News makes up a story about Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, and Trump blindly repeats the story without any proof.  Sounds like a typical day at the White House.  Fox could say that Obama was a space alien, and it would make Trump's twitter feed faster than you can say, "racist piece of garbage."

Mitch McConnell doesn't think Congress can do anything about school shootings.  Especially not when the NRA owns you, right, Mitch?  Kids getting slaughtered?  That's a shame, but we've got to keep those payoffs campaign contributions coming.

Barnes & Noble fired CEO Demos Parneros for violating company policies, though the company did not specify which policies.

Google allows third-party apps to scan your Gmail account, but don't worry, they make sure only quality companies can violate your privacy.

It's the Fourth of July, which of course means it's time for the annual Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest.  Our money is on Joey Chestnut to win, and for us to have a stomach ache when we hear how many hot dogs he wolfed down.

Joey Chestnut July 4 2018Joey Chestnut is looking for another championship.  (pic via usatoday.com)

The Boston Red Sox crushed the Washington Nationals 11-4 yesterday.  Brian Johnson gave up just two runs over 4 2/3 innings, and he also followed teammate Rick Porcello's lead from the night before and hit a single.  The Sox got home runs from Eduardo Nunez, Xander Bogaerts, and J.D. Martinez.  Eduardo Rodriguez takes the mound for Boston today as the Sox go for the sweep.  A reminder for all of the Red Sox fans out there that today's game starts at 11:05 this morning.

Don't know why Colby Rasmus left the Baltimore Orioles and apparently doesn't want to play baseball anymore, but we wish him the best.

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman's four-game suspension was upheld by an arbitrator yesterday.  We're still trying to understand how players get caught for PED's in a league where it seems clear everyone is on them, but in any case, we're not that worried here.  Things will be fine as long as the Pats go at least 2-2 when Edelman is out, and the suspension gives him even more time to recover from his torn ACL.

To be clear, PED use gets you a four-game suspension, but domestic violence will only cost you two games.

Alan Taylor has been hired as the director of the Sopranos prequel movie.  Our hopes for this film are probably already unreasonable.  James Gandolfini's shadow looms over the project, but hopefully everyone involved can move around that to tell a great story.

The moderators of a popular Thanos-subreddit have a solid reason for banning 100,000 members.

Kevin Spacey's legal problems continue to grow, as the actor has now been accused of sexual assault by three more men in London.  That brings the current total number of U.K.-based claims against the actor to six.  Is he supposedly still in a treatment program?

Very sorry to hear that Tina Turner's son died in an apparent suicide.  Craig Turner was 59 years old.  Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Justin Timberlake just released a new tune, so let's have him close things out with, "SoulMate," for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great to see you, as always.  BDH and Little Buddha say you're welcome to come back to watch the Sox game if you like...oh, hold on...you're also welcome to hang out with us in the garden tonight, and maybe we'll watch some fireworks.  The guys also say that if you feel like bringing some lemonade with you, that would be nice.  Otherwise, enjoy the rest of your day, stay cool, and we'll meet up and chat again soon.  Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.


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