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Thursday Clutter: Trump, VP Harris, Aaron Rodgers, TikTok Ban, Elon Musk, NFL Notes, Mercedes Moné, David Tennant, Olivia Munn, Ryan Gosling, Jennifer Lopez, Olivia Rodrigo, Bon Jovi, and more

Hi everyone,

How are you?   Our neighborhood was determined not to let us sleep last night.  No sooner had we gone to bed, when a road crew started using a jackhammer for reasons that were unclear.  Not sure how long that lasted, but then a car alarm went off twice, a few hours apart.  I thought it was our car the first time, so I ran to get the keys before looking out the window again and realizing it wasn't us.  (Not really sure what I would have done if it had been our car.  Yell at the vandal to go away?)

BDH and Little Buddha decided after the second incident that nothing on today's to-do list is time-sensitive, so it was decided we could all sleep in for a bit.  Those two are wise.  Now that we're finally up and moving, let's check out the headlines.  The guys made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Thursday Clutter.

(Programming note:  It looks like we will have to be out of the office tomorrow, but we'll post any updates on our Facebook page.)

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Donald Trump's lawyers will argue today for the dismissal of the case against him for mishandling classified documents after he left the White House.  Trump's argument can be summed up as, "The law said he could do it, if that's wrong, then the law in question is too vague, and besides, he has absolute immunity for everything he dd as president."  Special counsel Jack Smith's team argues that the law doesn't cover presidential records, nor does it apply to classified and top-secret files, like the ones Trump was hiding.  Plus, we all know that the "absolute immunity" claim is nonsense and simply a stalling tactic from Trump. 

While U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon (who was appointed to the bench by Trump) has repeatedly bent over backwards to help him in this case, she should reject all of Trump's arguments and allow the case to move forward, despite her obvious desire to throw it in Trump's favor.

Donald Trump March 14 2024Lock him up.  (pic via cnn.com)

Good for Vice President Kamala Harris for visiting a Planned Parenthood clinic in Minnesota today.  This is believed to be the first time a sitting president or vice president has made such a trip.  The event will highlight the Biden administration's support for reproductive health, while contrasting it against the GOP's extremist anti-women stance.  This administration could have fought much harder on this issue before now, particularly by taking the corruption at the U.S. Supreme Court seriously.  However, even so, the positions of the two political parties couldn't be more clear, and that will help Democrats in November.

Not only is Aaron Rodgers an anti-vaxxer, he's reportedly spread conspiracy theories about the Sandy Hook tragedy that took place in 2012.  We're talking Alex Jones-type claims about the whole thing being staged as part of a government operation.  As someone mentioned on Twitter yesterday, at this point, you have to start asking if the quarterback is dealing with CTE or a similar issue.  Of course, there's always the possibility that he's just a terrible human being.  If Rodgers somehow actually becomes Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s running mate, there's no chance that ticket hurts President Biden.

The House passed a bill yesterday that would ban TikTok in the United States if the China-based app maker doesn't sell itself in the next six months.  Honestly, we don't pay a lot of attention to TikTok. However, at first glance, this proposal feels like a bad idea, particularly on free speech grounds.  Members of both political parties can score easy points here by coming out against something connected to China, but the idea of our government banning a social media platform should concern everyone.  This is an attack on our collective ability to communicate with each other, and that's a problem.  It's unclear how this bill will do in the Senate.

Supposed free speech champion Elon Musk cancelled Don Lemon's new Twitter show before the first episode even aired on the social media platform.  The exact reasons for the move haven't been specified, but it looks like Musk is mad Lemon asked him legitimate questions during an interview, instead of kissing his feat for allowing him to have the show in the first place.  If that's the case, the move is marshmallow soft.

Russia's presidential elections begin tomorrow.  As far as we can tell, Vladimir Putin is expected to squeak by with just 130% of the vote.

Colorectal cancer can be discovered through a simple blood test, according to a new study.  Now, it doesn't replace a colonoscopy, which would be the next step after the blood test.  However, this is great news on the early detection front, which is so important to preventing these kinds of cases from getting worse.  Don't ignore your screenings, folks.  We want you to stay here with us for as long as possible.

Seeing as how today is 3/14, happy Pi Day, gang!  Our crew isn't huge on pie, but we might use this as an excuse to stop by the local pizza shop for a slice or two.  Hey, we're always happy to celebrate math.

The Tennessee Titans are reportedly bringing in wide receiver Calvin Ridley on a four-year/$92 million contract.  There was some hope that the New England Patriots would be able to sign the 29-year-old Ridley, but apparently their offer came up short.  That's a touch disappointing, but we've liked the moves the new administration has made so far, so we're looking forward to seeing what their Plan B is for that position.

It's no surprise that the Las Vegas Raiders released quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (along with several other players) yesterday.  The writing was on the wall after Jimmy G. was benched last season.  Between his poor play, injury history, and the fact that he has to serve a two-game suspension for violating the NFL's drug policy, we're curious to see if anyone is interested in giving him another chance, or if this is the end of the road.

The Indianapolis Colts and quarterback Joe Flacco have reportedly agreed to a 1-year/$8.7 million deal.  Flacco will serve as the veteran backup for Anthony Richardson, who missed most of his rookie season because of a shoulder injury.  This will be Flacco's 17th season, and his performance with the Cleveland Browns last year showed he's still got just enough left in the tank for a mentorship position like this one with Indianapolis.

It was fun to watch Mercedes Moné make her AEW debut in her hometown of Boston last night.  It's been two years since the former Sasha Banks walked out of the WWE to protest how she and her tag team partner at the time were being used.  There was a point where standing up for yourself like that could be the professional kiss of death, due to the WWE's stranglehold on the industry.  This is why it's important that pro wrestlers have different workplace options.

David Tennant will be the host of a new game show called, Genius Game, which will air on ITV and call for contestants to use their "high intellectual prowess" and "social IQ" to solve various challenges for cash prizes.  Not sure what that means, don't know when the show begins, and we don't get ITV.  However, since Genius Game has the Clutter favorite guiding the challengers and audience along the way, we have to assume this will be one of the greatest TV shows of all time.  That seems reasonable.

Actress Olivia Munn revealed that she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy.  Munn credits her doctor for going an extra step when the initial test results seemed to indicate that she was fine.  We wish Munn the best with her recovery.  Here's hoping her announcement will help other women.

SNL will feel the Kenergy when Ryan Gosling hosts on April 13.  Former cast member Kristen Wiig returns on April 6, so that's a fun way to kick off next month.

Speaking of Ryan Gosling, his new movie The Fall Guy is getting good reviews ahead of its May 3 release date.  If you didn't know before, Barbie confirmed that Gosling's got great comedic chops, so we have high hopes for both this film and his upcoming SNL appearance.

We're sorry to hear that 1980's General Hospital star Robyn Benard died on Tuesday.  The circumstances of her passing are unclear at the moment.  We remember the actress well as Terry Brock.  Benard was 64 years old.  Our condolences go out to her family and friends.

Bill Maher's Real Time just signed a new two-year extension through 2026.  Who still watches this show?

We've got the teaser trailer for Jennifer Lopez's upcoming Sci-Fi movie, Atlas, which arrives on Netflix on May 24.  What do you think?   Should we give this one a chance?

Cheers to singer Olivia Rodrigo for distributing free emergency contraception and condoms at her concert in Missouri this past Tuesday.  Missouri has a near-complete abortion ban, and this was a great way to push back against the never-ending war on women.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Here's Bon Jovi to close things out with their brand new single, "Legendary" for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, folks.  It was great to see you, as always.  Like we said at the top, we're pretty sure we'll be out of the office tomorrow, so enjoy your weekend, be good, 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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