Manafort, Pardons, and a Working Labor Day for Many

WASHINGTON — Paul Manafort’s notes from a controversial Trump Tower meeting with Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign included the word “donations,” near a reference to the Republican National Committee, two sources briefed on the evidence told NBC News. [NBC News]

THE LATEST big name to be linked with Special Counsel Robert Mueller is New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The men and their legal teams are intensifying the flop sweat on Paul Manafort’s brow.

The article I excerpt below gives an explanation on why pardons aren’t going to be the answer for President Trump. It’s written by Ari Melber, MSNBC’s chief legal correspondent, who took the 6:00 p.m. spot on MSNBC, replacing Ms. Van Susteran. Melber is a first rate mind. I recommend his work highly.

President Donald Trump’s unusual pardon of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, issued before his federal case was even finished, has sparked a debate over whether the president could end Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe with a spate of pre-emptive pardons. But even mass pardons of all suspects in the Russia case would not close the door to potential prosecutions. – Ari Melber [NBC News]

It’s a holiday weekend but every time I turn on cable news it feels like I’m living in an alternate universe. Meditations for all the first responders who rarely get a holiday, the “Cajan navy,” all of the volunteers, and the loved ones of people who perished.

Some day people will get the message, right? Climate change must alter how we build cities, as well as how we plan for our energy needs. The U.S. is far too exposed on the energy front along the entire Gulf Coast. It doesn’t matter what the root cause of these historic weather patterns is at this point. We can’t get people to agree that climate change is real.