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Monday Clutter: Robert Mueller, Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Susan Collins, NFL Playoffs, Axl Rose, Mumford & Sons, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back!  Come on in, have a seat.  What's on your schedule today?  I just saw that the high temperature is supposed to be about 26 degrees, so I'm excited about today's errands.  Wait, "excited" isn't the word I'm looking for.  I asked BDH and Little Buddha if they wanted to come with me, but they looked at the forecast, looked at me, and just smiled, so that seems like a no.  However, they did make some coffee, so help yourself to a nice medium DD, and let's clear out some Monday Clutter.

The partial government shutdown continues, as Donald Trump clings to the fantasy wall that he promised Mexico would pay for and that he's using as a tool to try to keep himself from being impeached.  On a related note, has anyone heard from Robert Mueller recently?

Speaking of Mueller, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-NY) says he'll make the committee's interview transcripts available to the special counsel, in case Mueller is interested in perjury charges against anyone, although Schiff didn't give specific names.

There's also news that Robert Mueller's grand jury was just extended for another six months, so this investigation doesn't seem to be ending any time soon.

Robert Mueller January 7 2019What's the next step for Robert Mueller?  (pic via telegraph.co.uk)

Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) is calling for furloughed federal workers to receive back pay.  850,000 workers shouldn't be punished because the White House occupant has put his personal needs ahead of the country.

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) had no problem calling out Donald Trump as a racist during an interview with 60 Minutes last night:

"When you look at the words that he uses, which are historic dog whistles of white supremacy," Ocasio-Cortez said. "When you look at how he reacted to the Charlottesville incident, where neo-Nazis murdered a woman, versus how he manufactures crises like immigrants seeking legal refuge on our borders, it's night and day."

It appears that Senator Elizabeth Warren's recent trip to Iowa went well.

If Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) really does run for re-election in 2020, expect her general election opponent to be one of the best-funded Democrats in the country.  Collins is no "moderate."  She's a rubber-stamp for Donald Trump, and the time is coming for Maine voters to send her packing.

The city of Los Angeles is suing the Weather Channel mobile app for failing to properly disclose that the app sold user data to third parties.  If you can't trust the weatherman, who can you trust?

A quick note to the Kiyomura Corporation:  If you are willing to spend $3.1 million on one bluefin tuna, we humbly request you consider making a donation to our coffee fund.  Any amount would help, and you seem to have plenty of money to burn.  Thank you for your consideration.

Yesterday was an exciting day for NFL fans.  First, the Los Angeles Chargers beat the Baltimore Ravens 23-17, which means the Chargers face the New England Patriots in Foxborough next weekend.  The Chargers seemed in control defensively for most of the game yesterday, but they let the Ravens hang around. Baltimore scored two touchdowns in the 4th quarter to make it close, before Los Angeles finally shut down rookie Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson for good and sealed the win on Jackson's third fumble of the game.

Meanwhile, quarterback Nick Foles apparently rolled over the deal he made with the devil into 2019.  The Philadelphia Eagles beat the Chicago Bears 16-15 yesterday, thanks to a late 60-yard touchdown drive that gave the Eagles the lead in the final minutes of the game.  Chicago came back and still had a chance to win, but Bears kicker Cody Parkey missed a 43-yard field goal, so the Eagles live another week.  They face the New Orleans Saints on the road next Sunday.  We'll see if that Foles magic can survive a trip to The Big Easy.

How are we feeling about the 2019 Golden Globes winners?  Bohemian Rhapsody beating Black Panther for Best Motion Picture - Drama stands out as a glaring mistake to us, but what do you think?

Jeff Bridges says he'll feel "lucky" if he's associated with the Dude for the rest of his life. If that's the case, we see many years of luck ahead of the actor.

Guns N' Roses fans have waited for years for new music from Axl Rose, and their wish finally came true, although it might not have been what they were expecting.  Rose performed the tune "Rock the Rock" for the New Looney Tunes show.  His first new track in 10 years might not be the strongest song of all time, but just seeing a cartoon Axl hang out with Bugs Bunny and company makes it worthwhile:

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Let's have Mumford & Sons close things out with, "Guiding Light," for today's, "Song of the Day."

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

 

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