LISTS I NEVER GOT AROUND TO FINISHING

Rather than keep moving these scraps of paper around my desk, I’ll just share them. Can you tell we’ve been bored lately?

MY IDEAL DINNER PARTY

John Bolton. Stacy Abrams, Mayor Pete, AOC, José Garces, Mary Trump, Yo Yo Ma, Stevie NIcks. Okay, your turn.

THE TEN BEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME

Some Like It Hot, From Here to Eternity, The Wrong Box, High Noon, Bridge on the River Kwai, My Left Foot, Finding Nemo, Best in Show, Finding Private Ryan, Wizard of Oz.

Have any to add? Let’s hear them! And have a nice relaxing day.,

HOW TRUMP REWARDS LOYALTY- WITH THE BACK OF HIS HAND

So the most selfish, most ignorant President in history has just scuttled the bailout and condemned the whole country to disaster. Believe it or not, I still have idiots writing in to me that Trump really WON the election. Will they EVER wake up? Read about it HERE.

This is the only time you will ever hear me expressing sympathy for Steve “Mr Foreclosure” Mnuchin.

IS IT CHRISTMAS YET??!

Tony Schwartz’s analysis of Trump: “What he’s feeling right now is rage. White hot rage because he feels obliterated by this… he’s furious to the point of madness…” (“AC360”)

WITH 27 DAYS LEFT IN HIS PRESIDENCY, and the nation on the doorstep of Christmas, DONALD JOHN TRUMP has sucked Americans into a violent cyclone of uncertainty and chaos. HE IS PARDONING CRIMINALS at a breakneck clip. Last night it was PAUL MANAFORT, who was in prison on tax charges, ROGER STONE and CHARLES KUSHNER, IVANKA TRUMP’S father in law. Earlier this week crooked politicians and other unseemly actors. Josh Gerstein and Kyle Cheney on the latest pardons … SEN. BEN SASSE (R-Neb.) called the pardons “rotten to the core.”

The WAPO ‘s take is HERE.

Merry Christmas and to all a good night!

THE NIGHT(S) BEFORE CHRISTMAS

From “Meet The Press’: SEN. MITT ROMNEY (R-Utah) to CHUCK TODD on NBC’S “MEET THE PRESS”: “I’m not going to psychoanalyze the president. But I think he feels that anything that suggests that Russia is being malevolent or not treating him with the respect he deserves, why, he obviously backs away from that. He doesn’t want to recognize Russia as the problem they are and the extraordinarily bad actor they are on the world stage. Because it reflects poorly on him, at least perhaps in his own mind.

QUOTE OF THE DAY … Ukrainian President VOLODYMYR ZELENSKY to the NYT’S ANDREW KRAMER: “‘Joe Biden, it seems to me, knows Ukraine better than the previous president,’ Mr. Zelensky said in his first interview with an American news organization since the election. ‘Before his presidency, he had close ties to Ukraine, and he understands the Russians well, he understands the difference between Ukraine and Russia, and, it seems to me, he understands the Ukrainian mentality,’ Mr. Zelensky said. ‘It will really help strengthen relations, help settle the war in Donbas and end the occupation of our territory. The United States can help.’”

THE INSIDE STORy of how Trump’s denial, mismanagement and magical thinking led to the pandemic’s dark winter…” (WaPo)

BIRTHDAYS: Emanuel Macron is 43; Jane Fonda is 83.

FROM THE WAPO: Trump leaves behind a mess. Read about it HERE.

From the Daily Beast: Trump wants an airport named after him!! How about Crescent City? Read about it HERE.

After again pouring cold water on the notion of widespread voter fraud at a Monday press conference and saying that he didn’t believe a Hunter Biden special counsel will be necessary, Bill Barr stands to depart the office of attorney general with far less fanfare than he once enjoyed in right-wing media. Throughout Trump’s presidency, Barr has largely been celebrated for siding with Trump on various issues. But his refusal to back the claims being pushed in pro-Trump media about the election and Hunter Biden have turned a swath of the industry against him. Once a hero of the right-wing media universe, Barr will depart on Wednesday as a villain to many — a common theme among many who have served in the Trump WH…

SEN. JOHN THUNE, the No. 2 Senate Republican, told CNN’s MANU RAJU the effort by the House conservatives ( to overturn the election) is “going down like a shot dog.” “I just don’t think it makes a lot of sense to put everybody through this when you know what the ultimate outcome is going to be.” Of course, logic may not sit well with this crew.

Merry Christmas, Everyone !