Tuesday Clutter: Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Trump, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Warren Buffett, Boston Red Sox, Wimbledon, Sandman, Jumanji, Sheryl Crow and Joe Walsh, and more
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It makes sense that a new poll shows Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris on the rise after last week's debates. The two women were the clear winners of the events, so now let's see how they build on their victories. It's also equally unsurprising that former Vice President Joe Biden's numbers have fallen, because no major candidate had a worse night than he did last Thursday. Biden may still hold a 5% lead at the moment, but he's lost any air of inevitability.
Former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is having staffing issues, as his finance director left for Beto O'Rourke's campaign, he changed campaign managers, and his spokeswoman is also leaving. Hickenlooper's pro-business campaign message isn't resonating with voters, as he remains under 1% in the polls. The 2020 Democratic consolidation process should begin soon so the next debate can be held on one night.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and several of her colleagues blasted the Trump administration's migrant detention camps after touring one of the facilities in Texas yesterday. Ocasio-Cortez said she felt "unsafe" in the building and that there was no accountability for the rampant mistreatment of the immigrants who are being held captive. This is a human rights crisis entirely of our own illegitimate government's making.
Representative Ocasio-Cortez in Texas yesterday. (pic via reuters.com)
Donald Trump continues to throw out conspiracy theories about every topic at every opportunity. Trump is back to claiming that Google, Twitter, and Facebook "are fighting" him, because he needs his base to only focus on whatever lies his boss Vladimir Putin and friends push this time around. If those voters decide to pay attention to reality, the Great Pumpkin is finished, and we can move on to talking about indictments.
After he finished babbling about the media, Donald Trump took "credit" for homelessness, which he seems to think started two years ago. When the time comes for medical professionals to pinpoint when the senility took hold during Trump's administration, many of them are likely to highlight this interview with Tucker Carlson.
Warren Buffett is giving away $3.6 billion to five charities. That will leave the "Oracle of Omaha" with only somewhere around $82 - $86 billion. Looks like someone may have to do some belt-tightening soon.
The S&P 500 set a new closing record yesterday. We asked the Clutter investment team whether that meant we should be taking some kind of action. They responded that some investors will cash out a bit at landmarks like this, but that's never been our style. Market timing isn't our thing, and we are still working with a long-term perspective that can handle any downturn, so the staff recommends staying the course and going back to the garden. Sounds good.
The Boston Red Sox are reportedly planning on making Nathan Eovaldi their closer when he finally returns from the injured list. Eovaldi has often expressed a desire to be a starter and not a reliever, so not sure how well this will go down with the righty. It also still leaves a question about who will be the 5th man in the starting rotation. Steven Wright's surgically-repaired knee can't be expected to go that long night after night, Brian Johnson is out with an undisclosed injury, and Hector Velazquez doesn't feel like a long-term solution.
Congratulations to Cori Gauff, a 15-year-old tennis player who upset Venus Williams in the opening round of Wimbledon yesterday! We don't know anything about Grauff, but best of luck to her for the rest of the tournament, and we hope to be talking about her again in the future. For now, check out this video of her clinching the win. Did someone cut some onions in here?
We're so sorry to hear that Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died yesterday. The 27-year-old lefty was found unresponsive in his hotel room on Monday. No cause of death has been announced yet. This is the second time in 10 years that the Angels have lost a pitcher under tragic circumstances. Nick Adenhart died in 2009 after being hit by a drunk driver. Yesterday's Angels - Texas Rangers game was postponed, and our thoughts go out to the pitcher's family, friends, teammates, and fans.
The Boston Celtics signed center Enes Kanter to a two-year deal for $10 million. The C's needed a big man to replace Al Horford, so we can check that off the to-do list. What do you think about the signing, Celtics fans?
So excited to hear that Neil Gaiman's Sandman will be a Netflix series. We fell in love with the comics a few years ago and can't wait to see how Gaiman and company bring them to life on television.
We weren't all that interested in seeing Jumanji: The Next Level when it comes out in December, but we might have to reconsider after watching the first 30 seconds of The Rock, Karen Gillan, and Jack Black riffing in this trailer. (Kevin Hart is still not a draw.)
Mindy Kaling's adaptation of Four Weddings and a Funeral for Hulu also looks like it could be fun. Check this out:
We're on-board with this piece calling for NCIS: New Orleans to get back to the more local stories next season.
Okay kids, that's going to do it for now. Here's Sheryl Crow and Joe Walsh to close things out with, "Still the Good Old Days," 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, be good, and we'll catch up with you 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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