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Thursday Clutter: Biden - Trump Debates, Michael Cohen, Mitt Romney, Ron DeSantis, Berkshire Hathaway, Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, Young Sheldon, Chicago Fire, the Psychedelic Furs, and more

Hi everyone,

Welcome back.  How are you?  It's pretty dreary outside at the moment, and BDH and Little Buddha say it's supposed to rain all day.  That doesn't sound like fun.  We might have to hold a staff meeting to discuss making some changes to today's to-do list. 

First, 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.

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President Biden goaded Donald Trump into accepting an invitation for two early debates, and Trump took the bait, so now the two men will face off on June 27 and September 10.  The first debate will be hosted by CNN and will reportedly have no audience, while the second one will be hosted by ABC News, with the details still to be announced.  This was an aggressive move by President Biden, who surely loves the chance to talk about Donald Trump's legal problems some more while everyone is still paying attention to the hush money case.  It will also be interesting to see if Trump struggles without an audience to feed off of at the June event.

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Former fixer Michael Cohen is expected to take the stand again today in Donald Trump's hush money trial, as Trump's lawyers continue to try to attack his credibility.  As we discussed here yesterday, Cohen is no angel, but his testimony puts Trump right in the center of the prosecution's case.  He spoke with Trump about how to deal with adult film star Stormy Daniels during the 2016 presidential election, he kept Trump updated about progress on that front, and then Cohen and Trump met with former-Trump World CFO Allen Weisselberg about how to hide the payments to Daniels.  Michael Cohen is showing the jury exactly where the bodies are buried in this case.

Senator Mitt Romney said he would have "immediately" pardoned Donald Trump if he was in President Biden's shoes.  In a town filled with frauds, Romney is in a class by himself.  He lives for any opportunity to present himself as a moderate and tsk-tsk someone for acting "uncouth," but he's just like the rest of the GOP:  No respect for the law when the criminal is a Republican. 

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law yesterday that makes it easier for the state government to ignore the reality of climate change.  After all, why would people in Florida be concerned about extreme heat, rising sea levels, and more intense storms?  The new law is a giveaway to the natural gas and oil industries, and the residents of the state will pay the price for DeSantis' corruption.

Investors cheered yesterday after the latest Consumer Price Index data showed inflation cooling in April.  The S&P 500 jumped 1.2% to close at a new record high at the end of Wednesday, as a new wave of optimism flares up for interest rate cuts later this year.  The Clutter investment team remains wary as usual about people once again getting too far ahead of themselves on this front.  Regardless, our staff remains focused on a long-term perspective.

Berkshire Hathaway finally revealed it has purchased $6.7 billion worth of shares in the Chubb insurance company.  Berkshire Hathaway had asked for permission since last year to keep this deal secret until now.  Warren Buffett sure does love insurance companies.  After all, that's the foundation for his entire investing empire:  People give him money, and he invests it until he has to pay anything back to settle insurance claims.  We just wish he hadn't gotten involved with the company that put up Donald Trump's bond in his defamation case involving E. Jean Carroll.

It's great to hear that drug overdose deaths dropped 3% in 2023, compared to the previous year, according to the CDC.  That's the first annual decrease this country's seen in five years.  According to the linked article, at least some of the progress is thought to be attributed to the FDA making Narcan available over-the-counter in 2023.  The more we treat substance abuse as a medical problem, and not a crime, the better.

The Boston Red Sox lost 4-3 to the Tampa Bay Rays last night.  Nothing really worked well for the Sox on Wednesday.  Starter Tanner Houck struggled with his control, the defense made two errors, and the offense continues to struggle with runners in scoring position, going 0-5 this time.  This team may not be World Series worthy yet, but they're too talented to be 10-11 at home.  Next up:  The Red Sox will try to split the series with Tampa, with the surprising Cooper Criswell taking the mound for Boston (weather permitting.)

The new NFL schedules came out yesterday, and we have a couple of thoughts about what lies ahead for the New England Patriots: 

1) While it reflects the league having no confidence in the team, we're fine with New England only having one prime time game this year (Week 3 against the New York Jets.)  Nighttime football games are brutal on our sleep schedule, so give us all the afternoon games we can get.  2) The other non-afternoon game is October 20 against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London, with a kick-off at 9:30 in the morning.  That will also mess up the day, but we'll adjust.  3) Finally, the Patriots don't get their bye until Week 14, which seems brutal.  It also makes Week 15 feel like the latest that rookie quarterback Drake Maye will finally take the field.

It was also announced that Netflix will stream the Kansas City Chiefs - Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens - Houston Texans games on Christmas, as the platform continues to enter the world of live events.  This also demonstrates the NFL's goal to own every day of the week, with Christmas coming on a Wednesday this year.

The Boston Celtics took care of business and beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-98 last night to win their NBA Eastern Conference Semifinal series.  The Celtics were led by 38-year-old Al Horford, who had 22 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocks for the game.  It's great that the C's didn't give Cleveland a chance to drag this out.  Boston was the better team, and they didn't waste time showing it.  Now they have to wait for the winner of the New York Knicks - Indiana Pacers series. does not care for John Krasinski's new movie, If at all.  That's too bad.  We like the idea of imaginary friends catching up with grown-up kids, but this sounds like a disaster.  We might still give it a peek if it comes to one of our streaming services, but it appears we shouldn't be too upset if that doesn't happen.

Natasha Lyonne will be joining the MCU as part of the Fantastic Four movie.  No word yet about what role she'll be playing.

The Young Sheldon series finale is tonight, as the Cooper family deals with George's fatal heart attack last week.  We're still struck by the fact that George's death at this point in Sheldon's life was established 18 years ago on The Big Bang Theory, so Young Sheldon fans have known from the beginning of the show to expect it at some point.  However, the YS team still made the moment a shock.  Now the last challenge is for the sitcom to find a way to give the audience enough time to grieve, but not have the series end on a depressing note.  We're looking forward to seeing how they do it.

Continuing with the theme of departures, we are so not looking forward to saying goodbye to Chief Boden in next week's Chicago Fire season finale.  First, Boden has been the backbone of Firehouse 51 since the beginning, so that large void will need to be filled.  Second, we don't love how abrupt his departure seems.  It's not as bad as Gallow at the start of this season, but it still feels rushed.  Actor Eamonn Walker may still make occasional appearances in the future, but he deserved more of a ramp-up for this exit. highlighted 27 former lead singers that fans don't remember.  We're pleased to say that we recalled five of them.  We also may have to revisit one or two of these pairings at a later date.  How many of them do you recognize?

Okay kids, that's going to do it for now.  Here are the Psychedelic Furs to close things out with, "Heartbreak Beat" 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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