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Tuesday Clutter: President Biden, Trump, Robert Hur, Princess of Wales, The Body Shop, Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, NCIS, Sheryl Crow, and more

Hi everyone,

How are you?  Our crew went to bed early last night, woke up early this morning, and we're ready to tackle the day.  (Someone please check in on us around 6:00 tonight.)  BDH and Little Buddha just said there's no way to avoid this flipping wind during today's errands.  This ongoing howling is so annoying.  However, things should calm down for at least the rest of this week, starting tomorrow, so there's that.

It's still a little loud outside at the moment, so let's check out the headlines first.  The guys made coffee, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Tuesday Clutter.

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President Biden wasted no time attacking Donald Trump yesterday for saying that Trump would look at cutting entitlements like Social Security and Medicare to reduce the national debt.  Biden tweeted in response, "Not on my watch."  Republicans loathe these programs, because they want people to be as economically vulnerable as possible.  It's harder to fight back against the unfair and greedy actions of the wealthy when you're desperately just trying to survive.  Trump later tried to walk back his comments, but he knew what he was saying, and he meant it. 

Americans can't afford to fall for the myth that Republicans are "fiscal conservatives" any longer.  Trump's tax cuts alone increased our national debt by $1.9 trillion according to a study.  The answer isn't to cut these programs, it's to make the wealthy pay their fair share to properly fund them.

President Biden March 12 2024President Biden is taking the fight to Donald Trump.  (pic via www.apnews.com)

Donald Trump promised to release the imprisoned January 6 rioters quickly if he returns to the White House.  We can't let him carry out this public safety threat.  Send him packing once and for all in November.

Special counsel Robert Hur will testify before the House Judiciary Committee today about his investigation into President Biden's mishandling of classified documents.  Hur said in his report that he would not recommend criminal charges against Biden, even if DOJ policy allowed that to happen to sitting presidents, due to the president's allegedly bad memory.  Look for Republicans to spend all day today highlighting that accusation and trying to make it sound like Biden is an invalid.  Meanwhile, Democrats on the committee will seek to shred that claim, while they also draw the contrast between Biden and Trump in this situation, spelling out again why Trump is being prosecuted for his actions.

Speaking of which, former Mar-a-Lago employee Brian Butler spoke with CNN yesterday about how he unwittingly helped move boxes of classified documents out of the Florida residence while Donald Trump was meeting with federal investigators.  Once again for those MAGA cult members in the back  - President Biden cooperated with the DOJ during his situation, while Donald Trump went out of his way not to return the papers he improperly took from the White House.  That's why he's being prosecuted. 

Kate, Princess of Wales, apologized yesterday for altering the picture of her with her children that was recently released in an attempt to allay concerns about her health.  Whomever is responsible for the actual distribution of the photo should have known the press would eventually realize it had been edited.  Also, following up on this mess with a picture where you can barely see her is not going to help.  The British monarchy still seems to think it can operate behind the same veil of secrecy it has relied on for centuries.  That's not going to work in today's social media age.  This is a weird story, and we hope the princess is okay.

February's Consumer Price Index report is expected to be released later this morning.  It doesn't sound like there's any reason to believe the Fed will respond to this data by cutting interest rates at their meeting next week.  The Clutter investment team thinks it's unlikely there will be any moves in the first half of this year, and the staff wouldn't be shocked if things stayed the same for all of 2024.  However, that's just a guess, so they will continue on with business as usual, while still appreciating the reasonable yield they're currently earning on their savings account.

The Body Shop is officially out of business in the United States, and the company is also planning to close stores in the U.K. and Canada.  They were a go-to for us for years when it was time for birthday and Christmas presents.  You could fill a stocking in one trip.  Sorry to hear they're dealing with bankruptcy proceedings.

It still won't be here for another six months, but here are the latest rumors about what to expect with Apple's upcoming iPhone 16 Pro series.

New Boston Red Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito will have elbow surgery today after feeling pain during a start on March 1.  The full extent of the injury isn't known yet, but it seems unlikely that we'll see Giolito in action this season.  In the meantime, Red Sox ownership's response remains along the lines of, "That's a shame.  Oh well, it's not like we care about 2024 anyway."

The New England Patriots made several deals on the first day of NFL free agency.  The two biggest ones were signing quarterback Jacoby Brissett and offensive lineman Michael Onwenu.  Brissett reportedly agreed to a 1-year/$8 million deal (with another $4 million in incentives.)  The move gives New England a respected veteran presence in the QB room to help whomever the team (hopefully) selects with the #3 pick.  We'll be curious to see if the Patriots go with three quarterbacks, because our sense is that Bailey Zappe won't do well returning to being the team's back-up option.  He seems to really believe he's a starter, and we don't see him jelling with a rookie. 

Michael Onwenu reportedly agreed to a three-year/$57 million contract, with $38 million guaranteed.  Onwenu has been huge for the Patriots, given his ability to play both tackle and guard.  Keeping him in Foxboro is a big win for New England.  Now let's see if they draft a left tackle.

The Atlanta Falcons reportedly agreed to a four-year/$180 million contract with quarterback Kirk Cousins yesterday.  According to the linked article, $100 million of the deal is guaranteed.  That's wild.  We have nothing against Cousins, who has been solid throughout his career. However, that's a lot to spend on a 35-year-old who tore his right Achilles last season.  Hey, more power to him.  NFL players should grab every last dollar they can get someone to pay them, because everything can change in a flash.

We finished watching Ricky Stanicky yesterday, and our review remains the same:  The jokes are flat, and the ending is predictable.  Unless you're a John Cena or Zac Efron fan (and even Efron fans could miss this), there's really no reason to see this movie.  Final grade?  Let's go with C+/C.

A familiar face is returning to NCIS, but it's not Mark Harmon.  We were actually just wondering about this character recently, so it will be fun to see them back again.

10-year-old North West has apparently recorded a rap album.  Can't see how this could go wrong.  The older we get, the sadder child performers make us, because it's clear the odds of them surviving the industry to become well-adjusted adults are daunting at best.

We're sorry to hear Eric Carmen died over the weekend.  The singer had a long career, but we best knew him for his 1987 tune, "Hungry Eyes" from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack.  It seemed like you couldn't go more than 10 minutes without hearing that playing somewhere that year.  Carmen was 74 years old.  Our condolences go out to his family and friends.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Here's Sheryl Crow, with an assist from Peter Gabriel, to close things out with her cover of Gabriel's classic, "Digging in the Dirt" for today's, "Song of the Day."

Thanks for stopping by, folks.  It was great to see you, as always.  Enjoy the rest of your day, 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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