"people familiar with the matter"

“Bernie Sanders briefed by U.S. officials that Russia is trying to help his presidential campaign

 Shane Harris, Ellen Nakashima, Michael Scherer, Sean Sullivan 16 hrs ago

U.S. officials have told Sen. Bernie Sanders that Russia is attempting to help his presidential campaign as part of an effort to interfere with the Democratic contest, according to people familiar with the matter.

People Familiar with the Matter

“People familiar with the matter” speaking to people who matter say that Russians have been throwing support to Mr. Sanders because they think Mr. Trump who Russians want to be President again can beat Mr. Sanders easier than Mayor Pete or former VP Biden, Warren or anyone else. 

A prophetic prediction – don’t you think?

Yes but if and only if Mr. Sanders is a weaker candidate than Trump, Pete, Warren or Joe, otherwise the Russians might get Sanders himself, Pete, Biden, Warren or anyone else, even minie Mike. then what would they do?

People familiar with the matter have for months known that any prospective Democrat candidate can  beat Mr. Trump.

Yah,  see what yuh mean.

Nice Change

Trump-Barr divide worsens as the president bucks a request to stop tweeting, and the Justice Dept. declines to charge his political foe” 7 hours ago Washington Post: authored by several journalists whose names won’t copy.

Nevertheless it’s nice to see Mr. Barr no Longer metaphorically depicted as Mr. Trump’s “shield

National Security

“Trump finds in Barr the attorney general — and shield — he long sought”

By Matt ZapotoskyJosh DawseyTom Hamburger and Ashley Parker May 2, 2019 at 8:07 p.m. EDT WOW:Look at all those Washington Post journalists!



They say he's a socialist.

Maybe I’m the only one thinking this way, but I can’t stop thinking that the term socialist has taken on a new meaning especially since I heard that former World Bank head Mr. Straus Khan was expected to become socialist leader of France before he got tarred for an escapade with a New York hotel maid. And I gather that he’s not poor  like I used to think socialists were supposed to be. And there’s that last NDP convention that chose a former Quebec Liberal cabinet minister as leader whose great-grandfather had once been  Quebec’s premiere, like an informal inherited right: passing a title down the family line you might say.
And socialist policies don’t seem what I grew up imagining they were meant for, like helping protect the disadvantaged, the way Tommy Douglas boxer and Baptist preacher was supposed to have led the NDP’s precursor, the CCF to help poor widows in Western Canada.
And I can’t stop thinking of the time the now deceased Jack Layton knocked on my door to ask that I vote for the NDP to protect the environment about the same time that people began populating sidewalks not far from my door. And since they started the Democrat party primaries down in the states they keep calling Bernie Sanders a socialist; but it’s difficult to understand how one of his priorities fighting global warming can aid the needy, or how free tuition can solace people sleeping in the street, or his “hanging in” the 2016 Democrat  primaries after he’d been mathematically defeated spending the tax money of the very people I used to believe socialists wanted to help so he could pay for secret service protection long after the viability of his candidacy had ended.

Today, October 5, 2016, I read that Vice President Biden was wondering why his net worth is less than  Mr. Sander’s, a socialist; and now today, Feb. 2,2020, I’m wondering what Sanders–celebrator, movie-maker Mike Moore would have in common with a  socialist, pop political jargon maybe.

Is he real?

The political articles I’ve been reading since the Democrat presidential primaries of 2008 have been online publications sponsored by major media institutions, but with recent reporting of the Trump impeachment fiasco I’ve just realized that major US political figures have been replaced by media’s characterizations of them. Most journalistic reports, especially since Mr. Trump entered the Republican presidential primaries, have characterized him as an unstable lying megalomaniac, an image difficult to deny even with the knowledge that reality is not as one sided as journalists have made readers think it is: in fact Mr. Trump was recently permitted to infect his demonic media image with a bit of reality when he was videoed, just before his helicopter took off, saying that before he got into politics his media persona was very good and that if it hadn’t been so good he might not have got the popularity that led to the presidency.

But I’ve also become aware of a less prominent, smaller group of  personalities, most sponsored by Fox news, who see President Trump as a great president enduring the negative characterizations of the “left” while doing extraordinary work for America in trade, manufacturing, foreign policy, immigration and appointing judges.

Again reality is neither bad nor good though one group of story tellers insist that Mr. Trump represents a manifestation of Mephistophelean evil in every thing he says or does, while his supporters celebrate those same acts as manifestations of his Arthurian greatness.