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Hi everyone,

Did you enjoy the eclipse yesterday?  Dad Clutter and I finished his errand in time to watch it, and I have to say, it was a pretty cool experience.  It was one of those times where you're reminded (in a good way) that you're a tiny speck in this universe.  Moments like that help keep things in perspective (at least for a few minutes.)

Moving on -  BDH and Little Buddha gave me a lengthy to-do list for today, but as they pointed out, at least the weather should be great.  However, let's check out the headlines first.  There's a fresh pot of coffee on the counter, so grab yourself a nice medium DD, because it's time to clear out some Tuesday Clutter.

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Special counsel Jack Smith urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reject Donald Trump's absurd claim of absolute immunity yesterday.  Smith's filing came in advance of the court hearing oral arguments on April 25.  As Smith pointed out, there's nothing in our country's history to support this fantasy notion.  Every president has known they could be subject to prosecution after leaving office.  That's why Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon after Watergate. 

This is a blatant ploy to run out the clock on Trump's January 6 case.  His argument has been soundly rejected by the courts at every turn so far, and the Supreme Court should do the same in an expedited fashion.  Chief Justice John Roberts already put his thumb on the scale for Trump by placing this case on a slow track.  A court which would uphold the notion that a president is above the law is a body which would surrender the last of its disintegrating credibility. 

The American people have the right to know the verdict in this case before they vote in November.  This nonsense should be shut down, and Trump should face trial like any other criminal defendant.

Donald Trump April 9 2024Lock him up.  (pic via

A NY appeals court judge rejected another last-minute desperate attempt by Donald Trump to have his hush money case delayed and moved out of Manhattan yesterday.  Thus, this criminal trial is still scheduled to start on April 15.  The walls are closing in on Trump, and he's lashing out even more because of it by trying to de-legitimize our courts and fire up his violent supporters to keep him out of jail.  This man is a danger to the United States.

Look at that - Senator Lindsey Graham found his backbone for a minute to criticize Donald Trump for saying abortion should be decided at the state level.  Who knew he had it in him?  Senator Graham has introduced two bills for national bans.  Here's hoping he really decides to get into it with Trump, just to make sure everyone understands what the GOP is trying to do here.  Tax cuts for the wealthy are the only thing that excites conservatives more than their never-ending war on women.

The value of Trump Media shares has dropped 20% in the last two days.  Sounds like the buzz is already wearing off, as investors realize this is just another one of Trump's scams.  Donald Trump isn't allowed to sell his entire stake in the company for six months.  However, the linked article says he can seek permission from the board to cash out a little bit before that deadline.  Look for him to do so at the first opportunity, because at this rate, his expected cash grab could evaporate well before he can completely bail.

Investors are waiting for the consumer price index data for March to be released tomorrow, as there seems to be a growing realization that this year probably won't see as many interest rate cuts as some had predicted.  If Wednesday's data forces a pull-back, so be it.  The S&P 500 is already up 9.53% for the year, and the market feels at least "fully valued" to the Clutter investment team.  Our crew would rather see the crowd take a step back and keep stock prices at more realistic levels, than get too far ahead of themselves once again, only to set up the market for a correction. 

Former supermodel Cindy Crawford is the latest celebrity to come out with a tequila line.  That's not our cup of tea, but feel free to email a review of the new Casamigas to [email protected], and let us know your thoughts.

The Boston Red Sox are apparently on a drive to lock up their young players for the foreseeable future.   That's new.  First they sign young pitcher Brayan Bello to a new deal, and now they've reportedly come to terms with outfielder Ceddanne Rafaela on a $50 million contract extension that will last through 2031.  These guys both have great potential, but is ownership making this push now to secure a sustainable winning future, or do they just want to keep payroll down?  In any case, if this trend is going to continue, first baseman Triston Casas should be next on the list.

The Boston Red Sox sent infielder/outfielder Bobby Dalbec back to Worcester after an 0-for-9 start (with six strikeouts) to the season.  The Sox are reportedly calling up Romy Gonzalez to take his place.  Dalbec provided the team with some versatility in the field, but that number of non-productive plate appearances will kill a guy.  According to the linked article, this is Dalbec's last minor league option.  He could desperately use a change of scenery.  It's just too bad his trade value is so low. 

Pro wrestling legend/best-selling author Mick Foley has apparently dropped his plan to have one final match.  Foley had been talking about coming out of retirement for one night to celebrate his upcoming 60th birthday.  However, he said it sounds like he may have sustained a concussion during his training, and that forced him to reconsider his plans.  We're sorry to hear that he's hurt but relieved that he's not going through with this match.  Mick Foley made incredible physical sacrifices to entertain fans for years.  It's clear that he's paid a price for his work, and there's no need to subject his body to more punishment. 

We've got a trailer for the upcoming movie, Fly Me to the Moon, starring Scarlett Johansson and Channing Tatum.  It's apparently a comedy about NASA faking the moon landing.  How long before some tinfoil hat fool claims this is a documentary?  In any case, Johansson and Tatum look like a fun pairing, and there's a great supporting cast, so maybe we'll give this one a look in the theaters in July:

Robert Downey Jr. said he's up for a return as Tony Stark/Iron Man.  What do you think, MCU fans?  Would that be a good idea, or would it feel like Marvel was just recycling the greatest hits?  You don't want to undo the power of Stark's death in Endgame, so the most likely choice would be something involving the multiverse, right? 

Actor Jonathan Majors was sentenced to a year of domestic violence counseling yesterday after being convicted of harassing and assaulting his ex-girlfriend last year.  He had been looking at a maximum sentence of a year in jail.  Grace Jabbari has also filed a civil suit against Majors, so maybe she'll get more accountability that way.

The upcoming Bruce Springsteen movie, Deliver Me From Nowhere, reportedly now has a home at 20th Century Studios.  The Bear star Jeremy Allen White is said to still be in negotiations to play "The Boss."  That sounds like perfect casting to us, so hopefully that deal will close soon.

Just like that, it's time to start talking about TV season finales, with NCIS wrapping up for the year on May 6.  Here's to the return of a full run of episodes next fall.

Beyoncé's new country album, Cowboy Carter, is at the top of the latest Billboard 200 chart, making it her eighth record to reach the #1 spot.

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  We're going to take another trip in the Wayback Machine and close things out with a tune that was near the top of the charts in April of 1984.  Here's Phil Collins with a live version of, "Against All Odds" 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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