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Friday Clutter: Cory Booker, Roger Stone, Making Public Transporation Free, Oxycontin Lawsuit, Wall Street, KFC, Batman, the Beatles, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back, and a happy Friday to you all!  Happy February 1, as well!  We're pleased to get out of January for a number of reasons, including that sunsets are now close to 5:00, and oh, we have some birthdays coming soon!  That should be fun.  We're so excited to be in a new month, we almost didn't notice that the heat didn't seem to be working when we woke up this morning.  However, it's on now, and BDH and Little Buddha just made coffee, so everything is back on track.  Help yourself to a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Clutter.

The Senate overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan amendment on Thursday opposing Donald Trump's decision to withdraw troops from Syria and Afghanistan. We would argue that Trump actually got that one right, if it ever actually happens, even though he clearly based it on no analysis whatsoever.  Also, Mitch McConnell's amendment is non-binding, but it's still noteworthy that the GOP voted against the Great Pumpkin on anything, given their near-complete kowtowing to him over the past two years.

Former Massachusetts Governor William Weld is rumored to be considering a primary challenge to Donald Trump in 2020.  If it happens, Weld would become Trump's first Republican opponent, but would anyone else follow his lead?

On the Democratic side, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) just announced that he is jumping into the party's 2020 presidential primary. Booker is considered progressive on many issues, including health care and criminal justice reform, although he has been criticized for being too close to Wall Street.

Cory Booker February 1 2019Cory Booker joins an ever-growing field of Democratic presidential hopefuls. (pic via www.wrdw.com)

Conservatives defend law enforcement behavior against minorities without fail, but they've tried to whip themselves into a lather over the straightforward arrest of Roger Stone.

New Massachusetts female legislators say they are often mistaken for aides, more so than their male counterparts.  It shouldn't happen anyway, but we need to specifically call out any lobbyists who make this error.  It is their job to know all of the legislators, and they've had months to to look at pictures of the newcomers to be able to recognize them.  They should give their clients a refund if they can't handle this basic part of the gig.

Rather than debating fare hikes, Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu rights that officials should be looking at making public transportation free. It would be a huge boon to lower-income residents who are dependent on the service, and it would also be a major step forward to improve the environment and fight climate change if more cars were removed from the roads.

Documents from a lawsuit filed by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey reveal that the family that owns the company that produces Oxycontin made over $4 billion over eight years while their product ruined lives across the country.

We're happy February is here, but investors will be sorry January's over, since the S&P 500 was up almost 8% for the month. That erases much of the damage that took place in the stock market in December, so now the question is, where do we go from here this year?  As always, the key thing is to have a diverse portfolio that is focused on the long-term, because as the last two months have demonstrated, the immediate picture can change in either direction on a dime.

KFC is testing out a new sandwich that includes a piece of fried chicken covered in Cheetos sauce and served on top of some more Cheetos. Exactly how much damage do you think you'd inflict on yourself with just the first bite?  By the time you finish the sandwich, you will definitely need to schedule a doctor's appointment.

We've got the first trailer from executive producers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's new Showtime series, City on a Hill.  Set in 1990's Boston, it looks like a combination of The Departed and The Town.  The show will debut on June 16:

Speaking of Ben Affleck, it sounds like he will not be in the next Batman movie which is coming out in 2021.  If that's the case, who would you like to see play the Caped Crusader?

Glad to see that Supernatural has been renewed for a 15th season.  They continue to find new ways to make the show interesting after all these years, they have a devoted fan base, and as long as stars Jansen Ackles and Jared Padalecki are into it, there's no reason the Winchester boys couldn't go at least another five years.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  This past Wednesday marked the 50th anniversary of the famous Beatles concert on the rooftop of Apple Studios, so let's close things out with a clip from that performance.  Here's, "Get Back," for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, everyone.  Hanging out with all of you is always a treat.  Enjoy the rest of your day, stay warm, and we'll meet up again for more fun soon.  Until next time, that's today's Clearing out the Clutter, and we are outta here.

 

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