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ABUSE OF POWER: Barack Obama wasn’t just wiretapping and listening in on all of the Trump campaign and transition team calls. He also appears to have had a spy inside the Trump campaign!
ABUSE OF POWER: Obama’s victories relied heavily on executive abuses rather than legislation. This is why so much of his “legacy” deserves the rapid destruction Trump is inflicting on it.
STILL THINK IT’S ABOUT COLLUSION? According to a new report, special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating foreign donations to President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee. Funny how he hasn’t had the slightest interest in all those foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation.
WHITHER THE REPUBLICANS GO, THERE GOETH THE PAID RIOTERS: Several cities that had expressed interest in hosting the 2020 Republican National Convention have pulled out, citing the high security costs and disruptions in the normal flow of business and traffic caused by protesters. Charlotte, NC, says it is still interested.
WORD SMARTS: The Latin prefix com-, meaning “with, together, or jointly,” is a bit of a chameleon—it has a tricky habit of changing its appearance depending on what it’s next to. If the word it precedes begins with “l,” com- becomes col-. In the case of collaborate, com- teamed up with laborare (“to labor”) to form Late Latin collaborare (“to labor together”). Colleague, collect, and collide are a few more examples of the com- to col- transformation. Other descendants of laborare in English include elaborate, laboratory, and labor itself.
NOTE: This has gotten long enough, but I’m not done reading my news feeds. If I find anything else that’s worth a short mention, but not a whole blog post, I’ll put it into the comments below.