Wednesday Reads: In the dark…Posted: April 18, 2018
It is always in the dark lately, whether it is dealing with Russia or North Korea…or Puerto Rico..
Puerto Rico’s power grid collapsed again on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.
The grid has been unstable since Hurricane Maria devastated the island in September. In the town where the storm made landfall, just 35 percent of residents had power when Mother Jones reporter AJ Vicens visited last month.
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz tweeted about the collapse on Wednesday morning, calling it a return to the day Maria first struck Puerto Rico.
Officials say it could take 24 to 36 hours to restore power to the island, home to more than three million American citizens.
And then there is this shit:
The defenestration of Ambassador Haley continues…
MOSCOW, April 18. /TASS/. The United States has notified Russia through its Embassy in Washington that it will not impose fresh sanctions against Russia for the time being, a source in the Russian Foreign Ministry informed TASS on Wednesday.
“I can confirm that the US has notified the Russian embassy that there will be no new sanctions for some time,” he said.
The Washington Post’s Carole Leonnig confirmed this last night:
But it leaves an important question: who was informed first the Russian ambassador in DC or Ambassador Haley?
The US’s position on Russian sanctions has now been officially announced and confirmed by Russia through a Russian state news media outlet.
So once again we are in the dark…until Russia media, “sets us straight.”
As that interview with Carole Leonnig from Maddow stated, more information was coming forward. Here is Leonnig’s article:
All this going on meanwhile:
Donald Trump’s nomination of Mike Pompeo for secretary of state encountered significant headwinds on Wednesday, as the Senate foreign relations committee looked short of the votes to deliver him a positive recommendation.
A majority of Democrats on the Senate panel announced their opposition to Pompeo, who has served as Trump’s CIA director and was chosen by the president last month to replace Rex Tillerson at the helm of the state department. Concerns over Pompeo’s nomination were amplified among some Democrats after it was revealed late Tuesday that he secretly met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang earlier this month.
Senator Bob Menendez, the ranking Democrat on the committee, criticized the CIA director for failing to disclose the North Korea meeting even as they discussed the topic privately.
“I don’t expect diplomacy to be negotiated out in the open, but I do expect for someone who is the nominee to be secretary of state, when he speaks with committee leadership and is asked specific questions about North Korea, to share some insights about such a visit,” Menendez said on Wednesday.
The uncertainty over Pompeo’s fate with the committee could force Republicans to take the unusual step of sending his nomination to the Senate floor without a favorable recommendation.
Last night the White House issued a statement about Barbara Bush, of course they fucked it up.
You can go to the link to read the funny tweets.
One last link before the funnies, I have just a couple of weeks until my daughter gets married…so here is some new wedding dresses for 2019 from…hope you enjoy them: Spring 2019 Bridal Collections Archives | Tom + Lorenzo
So far that is the only Barbara Bush cartoon I could find…except one that I really didn’t like.
Not that that one is spectacular.
Anyway, would you believe I started to write this post at 12:30?
This is an open thread. A distracted open thread.