Luis Saez rides Maximum safety as first over the finish line, followed by Flavien Prat at the country house during the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, may 4. May 2019, in Louisville, Ky. Country House was declared the winner, after the Maximum security has been disqualified, according to a review by the race stewards. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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YOU’RE A DERBY PERSON OR A BELMONT PERSON?
Something like 16 million people and the Kentucky Derby saw this year. Ladies put on hats, and the people were in the tents, in their neighbors back yards, and also drank sweet mint juleps and $5 bets based on favorite colors, names, and numbers.
It was a scream.
But a month later, less than 5 million people watched television coverage of the Belmont Stakes, the last Triple Crown race of the year. Unless you’re a horse person, or happen to live in the vicinity of Elmont on New York’s Long Island, you do not know, probably, that it had happened.
We mention this only because now it might be helpful for the political junkies on the search for some perspective on the impact of the first two Democratic presidential debates, which were held this week in Miami.
To subscribe if you are interested in deep enough for a policy, you this note, are you aware of the fact that the debates took place. You probably have some thoughts about who won and who lost. Maybe you have observed even with the phone or iPad in hand, to the social media storms blow about on Twitter or Facebook.
They, like we, are Belmont, a Kentucky Derby-world.
Now your opinion doesn’t matter a good bit more than the average voter, simply because they are probably also the opinion makers. You’re like the guy at the Derby party, to treat their neighbors, like a horse tout. You know poll standings and Fund-raising numbers, as you know, the better, in mud-and who won at Remington.
We think to mention this because, understandably, the hype has gotten in front of the horses.
There is no question that Sen. Kamala Harris had the best overall performance in the debates. After a strong start, they underwhelmed in interviews and town halls for several months had. But you did great with your piece against the frontrunner Joe Biden for his 1970 resistance against a mandatory busing – when black students were sent, via their neighborhoods white school districts, in an attempt to diversity to promote and reduce inequality.
It was a great moment, but after the debate, an interviewer will Harris asked, in fact, if Biden presidential ambition had, and ended the exchange. The Democratic candidate might say, ay caramba.
There are at least nine other debates and 31 weeks until the Iowa Caucuses. While it is true that Harris solidified its status as a contender and not Biden reinforced doubts about its suitability, these debates were the end of anything. We are not even at the end of the beginning.
The most significant results of the discussion will be for those that hang on the bottom rungs, and the poor old Beto O’rourke.
The former Texas Congressman was largely a creation of the Belmont people and his power – like a college kid who smoked too much pot before you go to the supermarket and found himself in a quarrel with the butcher over the meaning of “Bio” – will hurt him badly.
For other life in the political plankton – Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand , and Amy Klobuchar, Reps. Tim Ryan , and Eric Swalwell , and a few others – it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep up the pretense of a full campaign. The “anyone can win” the reef will always sell more difficult, to donors and employees, according to their ideas.
Other in the teeming ocean of third-tier candidates, such as former HUD Secretary Julian Castro, Sen. Cory Booker and Andrew Yang, has probably an extension of their good services. And Marianne Williamson, which, like Pat Benatar, white, love is a battle field, can get to the mystical mascot for the field.
To change for the candidate other than Biden, and Harris, of the done no one something, probably a lot of their tracks. Both Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren inconspicuous goods, and Pete Buttigieg could not meet the sky-high expectations he faced.
But it is observations that really just doesn’t matter to us, are people of Belmont. While you are looking ahead, they are not of interest for the Derby-the people, the just for the juleps.
THE RULES: SET BOUNDARIES
“If a Federal Constitution could chain the ambition or set limits to the efforts of all other Nations, then it might be wise to chain the choice of their own government, and set limits to the exertions for its own safety.” – James Madison, Federalist No. 41
TIME-OUT: TWINKLE, TWINKLE, LITTLE ASTEROID
The sun: “NASA is eyeing up a nearby asteroid containing enough gold to everyone on earth a billionaire. Psyche 16 is located between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter and is made of solid metal. As well as gold, the mysterious object loaded with any amount of platinum, iron and nickel. Overall, it is estimated that the Psyche are of different metals, it is worth a huge US $10,000 trillion. That is, if we go back to earth, they would destroy wearing, the prices of raw materials and the cause of the world economy – in value of $75.5 trillion collapse. We are familiar with the Psyche of 16 for a while, but to cause potential Chaos on the earth was last touched by a veteran miner. Scott Moore, head of EuroSun Mining, said that the sheer amount of gold in the asteroid threatens to throw the gold industry into chaos. … NASA is launching a mission to probe the asteroid in the summer of 2022. The Discovery Mission, synchronizes, it will arrive, Psyche 16 about 2026.”
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Trump job performance
Average Approval: 44.5 Percent
The average of the rejection: 52 percent
Net Score: -7.4 Points
Change from a week ago: no change
[Average, includes: Monmouth University: 42% approve, reject – 51%; USA Today/Suffolk: 49% approve, reject – 48%; Fox News: 45% approve, reject – 53%; NBC/WSJ: 44% approve – 53% reject; Gallup: approve 43% – 55% oppose it.]
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BORDER AID BILL HEADS TO THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT
Reuters: “the Democratic leader in the US house of representatives backed down to President Donald Trump , and a $4.6 billion aid package to address the migrant surge at the U.S.-Mexico border without the need for additional protective measures for migrant children, which had the liberals wanted. Trump, the Republican-controlled Senate and moderate Democrats insisted on the termination of the emergency bill as soon as possible, without further haggling, the demand for more migrants secures and reduces immigration to spend on enforcement. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the top Democrat in Congress, said shortly before the vote that their colleagues gave up their fight for the well over changes to the measure, which already passed the Senate. “At the end of the day, we need to ensure that the necessary resources for the protection of the children,” she said in a statement. … The vote was 305 102, with 71 of 235 house Democrats voted against the Senate bill.”
The liberal Smoking – Politico: “Democrats broke into open warfare Thursday on speaker Nancy Pelosi is handed over to the Senate emergency border aid package, with the caucus” long-simmering divide between progressives and moderates play in dramatic fashion on the House floor. Some lawmakers even resorted to public insults, progressive leader Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) accuse moderate Democrats favoring of child abuse — an exchange on Twitter that two freshmen will be asked to the centrists confront him directly on the floor, with other legislators look to the shock. … The battle illustrates the hurdles Pelosi faces in the fall, as she tries to avoid her caucus united during the negotiations with the Republicans, fiscal cliff and debt default”).
SupCo to hear DACA termination arguments – Politico: “The Supreme court hears arguments on the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the court on Friday. The announcement provides legal a legal showdown later this year, President Donald Trump, the decision to remove the protection mechanisms, which make it possible 669,000 dreamers — who were brought illegally to the US and expired, a visa as children — live and work in the United States. The high court, the case could have been assigned for the argument, as soon as October. The news comes as Trump and Democrats in Congress continue the feud to proceed through its aggressive immigration and a growing influx of migrants-families and children at the Southwest border.”
TRUMP’S POSITION IN THE IMPORTANT MEETING WITH THE CHINESE RULERS
NYT: “President Trump expressed optimism on Friday afternoon about the upcoming trade talks with China, said that his planned meeting on Saturday morning, with China’s top leader, Xi Jinping, productive would. Sub-questions during a joint press conference with President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil, Mr Trump repeatedly spoke of the Xi session, while avoiding specific predictions. ‘At a minimum, it will be productive — we’ll see what happens and what comes out of it,’ Mr. Trump said. He denied reports the last news that he had promised not to impose any new tariffs on China, in order to get his meeting with Mr Xi on Saturday. “No, I didn’t promise,” he said. Mr Trump senior aides have gone simply to impose the necessary legal steps for him to customs duties of up to 25 percent to $300 billion a year, the value of American imports from China. But you have not given a timetable for when he might actually do so.”
Trump yuks it up Putin – USA Today: “Three years after the Russian efforts to influence the election in 2016, triggered Federal investigations, President Donald Trump asked Vladimir Putin on Friday not to do it again in the year 2020 – but he did it so quickly and in a playful way. “Don’t meddle in the election, the President,’ Trump said in a joking manner to Putin as the cameras clicked and reporters shouted questions. Wagging the finger at the Russian President, Trump repeats, ” do not meddle in the choice.’ If an interpreter translated Trump’s ‘request’ Putin laughed. Later, a White house readout of the meeting, said Trump and Putin discussed arms control, Iran, Syria, Venezuela and Ukraine, but said nothing about the election interference. Trump’s not go light-hearted way, even with the critics, the accused, with a laugh, to be a legitimate threat by a sole ruler who has a grudge against the United States.”
Pelosi says that the Congress does not have a role in the latest Trumpf sexual assault allegations – WaPo
Senate to vote on bill limiting the trump card of the Iran-options – Bloomberg
AUDIBLE: FRIENDS HELP FRIENDS?
“Capitol metro is stuck. Who included I just came inside to look. @Brian treasure if you don’t in 30 minutes text me and I will try to find help.” Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., tweeted on Friday with a picture of Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, is captured in the Capitol subway car.
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JIM GAFFIGAN, CALL YOUR OFFICE
Kansas City star: “A tractor-trailer overturned Thursday morning on Interstate 70 in Missouri, dumping a truckload of Hot Pockets, along the side of the road, according to police. Missouri State Highway Trooper tweeted a picture of the overturned semi-trailer and a bunch of boxes filled with the pepperoni pizza, Hot Pockets seemed. The semi-trailer was driving in the direction of the West, in Saline County, Missouri, when it overturned, police said.No injuries were reported. But a West go, said the track of the busy interstate was closed while the crews cleaned up, the soldiers. And no one was allowed to a box. “Even if you have the munchies, you can’t the hot pockets!!! #SlowYourRoll #drive safe #kctraffic,’ the tweeted soldiers.”
AND NOW, A WORD FROM CHARLES…
“The most difficult thing about the space is the first 150 miles of gravity and the Navigation in the atmosphere to escape. In addition, space travel is relatively easy. And it is also, moreover, that the space is gorgeous and interesting.” – Charles Krauthammer (1950-2018), writing in the Weekly Standard on Feb. 17, 2003.
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