The Indictments

Nobody should underestimate how much Paul Manafort did to get this campaign to where it is right now.Newt Gingrich (Last August)

CNN reported on Friday a federal grand jury in Washington on Friday approved the first charges in the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, according to sources briefed on the matter.

So we eagerly waited for Monday. The New York Times reported early Monday that Paul Manafort, who once ran the Trump campaign, was told to surrender.

Several news outlets, including Fox News, reported that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Richard Gates were indicted on 12 counts, including conspiracy against the US and money laundering.

In addition, Fox News reported that a guilty plea by former Trump campaign policy adviser George Papadopolous was announced by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. He admitted to making false statements to FBI agents as part of the investigation.

It was reported that Manafort and Gates surrendered to authorities Monday morning.

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Monday’s Quick Hits

However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. – Stephen Hawking

Today’s quick hits include:

  • Get Lost Wisconsin
  • What’s Cooking at Our Place
  • Gianforte Miscues
  • Trump & Immigration
  • All of Them…

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Caught My Eye…

In honor of 9-11:

Remember the hours after September 11th when we came together as one to answer the attack against our homeland. We drew strength when our firefighters ran upstairs and risked their lives so that others might live; when rescuers rushed into smoke and fire at the Pentagon; when the men and women of Flight 93 sacrificed themselves to save our nation’s Capitol; when flags were hanging from front porches all across America, and strangers became friends. It was the worst day we have ever seen, but it brought out the best in all of us.  –U.S. Senator John Kerry (2004)

Welcome to Friday – and this is not just any Friday – this is the Friday before the first Sunday of NFL football!

If you are a first-time visitor, the highly popular “Caught My Eye” has been posted here every Friday morning since October 2010! This column is where I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. Sometimes I throw in a touch of snarkiness to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Today I write about Corey Stapleton and the Montana GOP, the Montana High Tech Jobs Summit, fundraisers, Iran nuclear deal, government shutdown, the eleven, suicide awareness, and much more so buckle up!

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Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by The Western Word – are you ready for your free dose of knowledge?

“Thursday Numbers” is the weekly column where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with sarcasm) just to make you smile, shake your head, or make you send me nasty e-mails or Tweets.

This week I write about Fox News & Bin Laden, Taylor Swift, CNN, Keystone XL pipeline, unemployment, Democratic Party, sinkholes, statements from Montana politicians, GOP 2015 Calendar, U.S. Senate, YouTube, President Barack Obama, earthquake, first female president of the Montana Senate, the circus is coming, and a whole lot more!

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Trust in Mass Media: Not So Much

Happy Constitution Day! We are so lucky to live in the United States of America!

You can learn more about Constitution Day HERE.

Most folks learned about the constitution in school and know at least a couple amendments. Many people know about the freedom of speech and freedom of the press and the right to keep and bear arms.

Today Gallup released a new poll about the media.  It should cause those in that arena some concerns.

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Brian’s Plan

Every few weeks, former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer pops up, grabs some attention, and then he disappears. I think he craves the attention and misses the spotlight of being Governor.

More and more Schweitzer reminds me of Cousin Eddie from the National Lampoon Vacation movies, and it’s fun to watch him manipulate the press.

Recently Schweitzer made the rounds again doing interviews, and Lee Newspapers did a story about him from the angle that he might run for President in 2016. They even asked a science professor (a political science professor) about him for their story.  Continue reading

“We are ready to go.”

It looks as though we’re going to attack Syria, probably with air strikes, and probably sooner rather than later. I’m thinking it will happen later this week. After the air strikes, nobody knows what we will do and that is what bothers me.

If we use our military to attack Syria, then we have inserted ourselves into their civil war.

Some reports say the Obama Administration is giving some of the leaders in Congress a heads-up (not asking, but telling) that the attack is coming. Some members don’t like that.

Hopefully nothing will interfere with congressional vacations.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has told people, “We are ready to go.” In other words, we are ready to go kick some ass. The Administration’s wartime cheerleaders (Hagel, Kerry, Biden) seem to be out in force. People may start thinking that “W” is in charge again.

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