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Rep. Chris Collins pleads not guilty to insider-trading
Prosecutors claim that the Republican Congressman, along with his son, and the father of his son’s fiancee, avoided over $768,000 in losses through the sale of shares in a biotechnology company, where Collins served on the Board prior to the public announcement of the failed drug trials.
Shakespeare warned “Beware the ides of March” in “Julius Caesar”. March 15th, to be exact.
But if the bard were writing about the news business, he can write, “Beware of August.”
August is four weeks. But most of the the news cover know that August is often the most volatile month on the calendar.
I mean, you know a month-on-month, where a herd of goats escaped and marauded a great American city?
The case is closed.
The political news is often the craziest in August. That’s funny, because the house and the Senate are usually out of the session, at least for a good chunk of the month. This is the case again this August. But nothing exists in a vacuum. Therefore, where the strange political news unfolds.
Consider this month. The American political world is focused on Central Ohio. Republican Troy Balderson faced Democrat Danny O’connor in a special election to succeed former Rep. Pat Tiberi nniger, R-Ohio, who resigned. The results remain to call to close. Observers view this competition as an interesting barometer by which to judge the American electorate just before the elections this fall.
Then the arrest of Rep. Chris Collins, R-NY, on securities fraud.
You look at the other great political land marks in August.
President Warren G. Harding died unexpectedly in San Francisco in August, 1923.
President Truman ordered nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945, effectively the end of the second world war.
The East German government divided Berlin in August 1961, with 12-foot wall.
The Congress approved the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution in August 1964, after the attack on two American destroyers by North Vietnam. The vote solidified the country’s entry into the Vietnam conflict.
Martin Luther King, he delivered his “I have a Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington in August 1963.
President Nixon resigned in August 1974, facing likely removal from office by the Senate in the midst of Watergate.
The calendar read August 31, when the Soviets, South Korea, shot down by a niche commercial jetliner in August 1983. The incident killed 269 people aboard, including Rep. Larry McDonald, R-Ga. Some historians wonder how the incident would not spark world war would have.
Iraq’s Invasion of Kuwait in August 1990. This led to the 1991 Gulf war. The United States has been involved, in Iraq, since.
Soviet hard-liners staged a brief coup in August 1991, the removal of Mikhail Gorbachev from power. The Soviet Union disintegrated by the end of the year.
Hurricane Katrina whipped the Gulf coast in August 2005. The storm forever changed the trajectory of President George W. Bush.
Harsh congressional town hall meetings on health care interrupted in August 2009, the rise to the tea party. The tea party movement helped Republicans power in the house of representatives in the 2010 midterms, and serves as a check on President Obama.
Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., died in August 2009.
Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, died in a tragic plane crash in Alaska, a year later, in August 2010.
In August 2011, Congress struggled to approve a debt ceiling increase to sidestep a potential economic disaster. But the bigger news is actually the vote to raise the debt abducted border this month: The triumphant return to Congress by then-rep Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., shot in the head, in the years before.
Standard and Poor’s downgraded the credit rating of the United States a few weeks later – the first such movement in history.
Not a lot of August were as crazy as August 2011. A magnitude 5.8 earthquake rocked even Washington this year. The temblor has minor damage to the Congress building.
The Senate was forced to meet, the day in a Federal building just a few blocks from the Capitol. The architect of the Capitol and the fire Marshal conducted an audit of the security of the building. It was one of the few times that either the house or the Senate met outside the U.S. Capitol in more than 200 years. The Congress met in Federal Hall in New York in the year 2002 on the occasion of the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks a year earlier. Congress met in Philadelphia in 1987 to observe the bicentennial of the Constitution. Congress regularly before the 19th century, convened in New York and Philadelphia.
And last August, because of the big brand about race in Charlottesville, VA. Critics of President Trump’s remarks decried the melee on August 15 – the “ides of August.”
Both parties often hold their quadrennial nominating conventions in August. That alone provides a treasure trove of political news.
And there is also the “not” political stories, the requisition of the August news cycle: The Beatles played their legendary concert at Shea stadium in August 1965. Hippies and rock-music-lovers gathered on Max Yasgur’s farm in Upstate New York in August 1969 at Woodstock. Elvis Presley died in August 1977. Major League Baseball Commissioner Bart Giammati banned Pete Rose from the game in August 1989. Princess Diana died in August 1997. A large commuter bridge in Minneapolis collapsed in August 2007.
So, what is this is hidden behind the calendar in this month? A judgment in Paul Manafort, the Federal court? More charges of Special Counsel to Robert Mueller? Maneuver through the house freedom Caucus in relation to the efforts to accuse or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in contempt of Congress hold over the Russia probe? Drama about the next speaker of the house or the Congressional leadership races on both sides of the aisle? There are more questions, what is the Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, knew about alleged sexual abuse when he was an assistant wrestling coach, 30 years ago at Ohio State University? The development of trade on the war-tariffs? A further threat by the Federal President, the trigger for the government on its border wall? Topics related to immigration and family separations? A fight with North Korea?
And don’t forget: the Senate takes a shorter break this month. Senators will return on August 15, to a defense spending bill and other nominations. It is a big battle over documents relating to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme court.
Most of August is just a month on the calendar. But the Reporter know, otherwise.
Just look at what happened with the goats.
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