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 Odds & Ends

Hello Monday! It’s time for another odds and ends edition from the past weekend! When there are several stories out there that I want to comment about, I combine them into a one column and call it “Potpourri” or “Odds & Ends” or something catchy to get your attention.

Today’s topics include:

  • Montana Fundraising
  • The “liberal” Western Word
  • Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl
  • The Benghazi Staffer
  • Newt Gingrich & Speaker
  • Social Security & Gas
  • Saturday Night Live

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Tick, Tick, Tick…

It’s looking more and more like the Federal government will shutdown tonight at midnight Eastern Time. If the government does shut down, who gets the blame? Take the poll (below) and check back often to see the results.

Since I follow politics and write a lot about it, this is a gold mine. I also love my country, so it is embarrassing that Congress and the President can’t work out their differences to keep the government operating.

Back in 1995-96, I was “furloughed” as a government employee (U.S. Senate staffer) when Democrats, led by President Bill Clinton, and Republicans, led by Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, failed to come to an agreement.
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Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by The Western Word for another edition of “Thursday Numbers!”

If this is your first time checking out “Thursday Numbers,” this column is where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes spiked with a little sarcasm). Be advised –  people have been known to gain a vast amount of knowledge by reading “Thursday Numbers.”

This week I write about the cost of raising a child, unemployment, Duck Dynasty, Great Falls Public Schools, Woodstock, Egypt, Social Security, Jesse Jackson Jr., same-sex marriage and the military, Malmstrom AFB, Dirk Adams for Senate, Newt Gingrich speaks, and much more!

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Politics 2012: “Like”

With campaign season in full swing, it is fun to see how the candidates, their supporters, and their opponents are using social media sites, like Facebook, to get their message out.

We see the normal “Women for XXXX” and “Veterans for XXXX” “Students for XXXX” plus there are Facebook pages for several local and state-wide candidates just waiting for you to “Like” them – so get out there and explore!

Listed below are a few sites that I found interesting:

Dogs Against Romney” states that they are about “Educating the public about Romney’s treatment of his pet.”  This site has 43,486 likes.  They proudly say they are a “Super Pack.”  They provide a link to a website that has the story about Romney’s “dog on the car roof” vacation story.  Continue reading

Caught My Eye…

Congratulations on making it to Friday!  If this is your first time visiting The Western Word and reading “Caught My Eye,” welcome!

Caught My Eye is posted every Friday morning right here!  In this column I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to comment about during the week – often with a touch of sarcasm thrown in.

Be Advised:  Everyone and everything is fair game…

Today I write about health care, the Rocky Mountain Front, drinking buddies, lending a hand, BRAC, bounty hearing, University of Montana, opposition research, Etch A  Sketch, plus I peek inside my political inbox and share some of the best e-mails from the week!

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Presidential Politics

Almost every week someone asks me (or gives me their opinion) about the GOP Presidential race and if they don’t ask about the GOP Presidential race, they will ask my thoughts on the Denny Rehberg and Jon Tester race.

Since I write a lot about Rehberg/Tester, today I will share a few thoughts on the Presidential race and touch a little on Washington politics.

Many folks who lean to the right are not that excited about the candidates left in the GOP Presidential field (Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Ron Paul).  That lack of excitement is great news for Barack Obama and his campaign team.

Although it’s a long way to November 2012, it seems to me that Barack Obama now has a better than average chance of winning a second term.  Those chances looked pretty slim just a few months ago. Continue reading