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Hi everyone,

Welcome back, and a happy Friday to you all!  My ongoing sinus issues woke me up at 3:00 this morning, and I've been up ever since.  I let BDH and Little Buddha sleep in until the alarm went off, so it's just been the Clutter Tree and me hanging out for a few hours.  That was actually nice, but it would be even better if I could fully breathe while we were passing the time.  Anyway, the guys are awake now, and they've got plenty of coffee, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Clutter.

The new era has begun, as the most diverse Congress in history was sworn into office yesterday (including our own new representative, the fantastic Ayanna Pressley.)   Nancy Pelosi regained the speaker's gavel, which she last held in 2011, and laid out a new direction for the House.  It's hard to overstate what a relief it is to so many Americans to hear Pelosi talk about this adjustment in priorities.  Suddenly, it feels like the country most of us support is back on the radar:

"And she promised action on gun control regulation, protections for immigrants, DREAMers and LGBTQ Americans, and a push to lower drug prices and defend Obamacare, including its protections for pre-existing conditions."

Democrats wasted no time in approving bills to reopen the government, but they didn't include any funding for Donald Trump's wall, an idea which Pelosi called "immoral."  We're pretty sure that will come up when Pelosi meets with Donald Trump later today. Trump tried to undercut Pelosi the last time they met, but is he stupid enough to do it again, now that she officially holds the authority over the House investigations of, and potential impeachment hearings for, the Great Pumpkin?

Nancy Pelosi January 4 2019It's time to get back on track.  (pic via cbsnews.com)

Cracks are starting to appear in the Republican push for the wall, with Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) saying the government should be reopened, even without wall funding. Who will be the first of his GOP colleagues to join Gardner?

Folks, we had such high hopes for the new year, but then we found out that Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez knows how to dance, and now we just don't see how 2019 can recover.  The horror!  Seriously, it's only January 4, but this has to be the leading contender for the title of, "Dumbest Political Attack of the Year," and one of the dumbest of all-time.  Representative Ocasio-Cortez is an assertive and outspoken progressive woman, which makes her every conservative's nightmare, and this is the best they could come up with.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez January 4 2019A woman who can dance?  Will this nightmare never end?  (pic via youtube.com)

The Wall Street blues continue, as the S&P 500 fell 2.5% yesterday, largely driven by the news that Apple will miss its first quarter revenue target.  Fears about a global economic slowdown continue to build, so the Clutter investment team expects to at least do a little bargain-hunting this year.

We admit to being a bit surprised that there's been little to no market for free agent Craig Kimbrel.  You'd think someone might have made a stupid offer by now.  We'd be fine seeing Kimbrel return to the Boston Red Sox, as long as it's a reasonable deal, i.e. no more than three years for the soon-to-be 31-year old closer.

Rumors are circulating that New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is interested in the Cleveland Browns job. We assumed that McDaniels bailed on the Indianapolis Colts at the last minute last year because Patriots owner Robert Kraft promised he'd replace Bill Belichick in the next few years.  If that isn't the case, or something changed, then the Browns job would make sense.  They've got a great young quarterback in Baker Mayfield, and the team is moving in the right direction.  At this point, a winning record would seem like a playoff win in Cleveland, so it would be a good opportunity for McDaniels to make his mark.

The NFL playoffs are about to begin, and Nick Foles is once again the quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles in place of the injured Carson Wentz. Suddenly, we're having a feeling of deja vu.  Could the New England Patriots get a chance for revenge at this year's Super Bowl, or do we dare ask, might Foles turn into New England's next Eli Manning?  Stay tuned...

We don't see how the Pittsburgh Steelers avoid trading Antonio Brown in the off-season, but they're not likely to get anything resembling fair value in return since everyone knows the team needs to move the disgruntled wide receiver.  However, whether Brown remains next season or not, the wheels are still coming off the Steelers, and they've got larger cultural issues to address.

Of course, we have to ask:  Could the Patriots work out a deal for Brown, and even if they could, should they?

Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said LeBron James calling himself the greatest basketball player of all time was a "Trump-like" move. We love Ainge, but he's wrong on this one.  People can debate who is the GOAT, but James certainly has a place in the conversation, as opposed to Donald Trump lying about every single aspect of his professional life.

Bill Walton has an interesting suggestion for who should be UCLA's next basketball coach. All we'll say we would start watching college basketball regularly if his idea ever actually happened.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan says he had a great time reprising his role as John Winchester for Supernatural's 300th episode, and we're looking forward to seeing Papa Winchester return when the episode airs on February 7.  It's amazing that this show has lasted so long, but they continually find new ways to tell their stories, and as long as stars Jansen Ackles and Jared Padelecki want to continue doing it, we see no reason why they couldn't make it to episode #400.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Given the grossly early start, we're going to need some help powering through the rest of the day, so here's Metallica to close things out with, "Spit Out The Bone," for today's, "Song of the Day."

Yeah, that should help us at least make it until mid-afternoon.

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  It was great to see you, as always.  Enjoy the rest of your day, be good, and we'll do this again soon.  Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.

 

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