There’s certainly plenty going on today, not the least of which is how Trump is recklessly threatening Syria and Russia (via Twitter!) over an unsubstantiated gas attack in Syria.
Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2018
Trump’s making more than just financial markets jittery with his tweets! But rattling the financial markets seems to be his new hobby.
US stocks tumbled Wednesday as President Donald Trump escalated tensions with Russia through a series of tweets, rattling investor nerves at a time when fears of a global trade war were starting to ebb.
And, of course, the big U.S. political news of the day is that Paul Ryan has announced his retirement. He said that he would like to spend more time with his children.
But his retirement, at the age of 48, is sure to kick off a succession battle for the leadership of the House Republican Conference, likely between the House majority leader, Kevin McCarthy of California, and the House majority whip, Steve Scalise of Louisiana. And it could also trigger another wave of retirements among Republicans not eager to face angry voters in the fall and taking their cue from Mr. Ryan.
As if on cue, Representative Dennis Ross, Republican of Florida, announced his retirement an hour after Mr. Ryan.
And what will be the impact of Ryan’s retirement on the Wisconsin Democratic primary?
Will this development give some room for Cathy Myers to emerge? To date, Cathy’s efforts have been somewhat muted by those pushing for Randy Bryce to be the Democratic candidate for Ryan’s seat. Democratic party insiders may use Ryan’s retirement to squeeze Myers out even more. Hopefully not. Cathy is an excellent candidate. She’s won elections in the past, something that Bryce has NOT done, she’s a real fighter, and she’s laser-focused on the needs of the people of Wisconsin.
Paul Ryan is running away from his responsibility for the harm his policies have caused to the lives of our neighbors in #WI01 & working families nationwide.
I've never run away from a fight & I'm prepared to beat any Republican on the ballot in November. https://t.co/hEZMMg37UI
— Cathy Myers (@CathyMyersWI) April 11, 2018
Looks like Shaun King agrees with Cathy Myers about Paul Ryan’s backbone, and lack thereof:
Paul Ryan is a coward.
Once hailed for having a big heart, he's shown no sign of it when this country needed it. His district has suffered. He enabled & partnered with Trump every chance he got.
He has been a corporate lackey & lap dog for billionaires his entire time in office
— Shaun King (@shaunking) April 11, 2018
And, speaking of House Speakers, John Boehner is back in the news. Boehner has signed on to help…a cannabis company?! Yes, the man who used to be completely opposed to cannabis is now going to be on the payroll of a cannabis company!
The pot industry panicked when U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions ended the government’s hands-off policy on weed. Today, it can breathe a bit easier as former Republican House Speaker John Boehner joins the advisory board of U.S. cannabis producer Acreage Holdings.
“It is difficult to overstate the impact of this monumental event for the U.S. cannabis sector,” Vahan Ajamian, analyst at Beacon Securities Ltd., wrote in a note Wednesday.
The announcement that Boehner and former Massachusetts Governor William Weld will advise Acreage, a private company, “should send shockwaves throughout the industry and act as a positive catalyst for the sector as a whole,” Ajamian said.
Apparently Boehner’s stance on pot has evolved..
“Over the last 10 or 15 years, the American people’s attitudes have changed dramatically,” Boehner said in an interview. “I find myself in that same position.”
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I hope you all have a wonderful day fellow birdies! 🙂