A Few Short Takes…

In The News

It was the one thing that Vladimir Putin did not want.
In fact, it likely was the major reason that triggered his decision to invade Ukraine.  What was it?
The expansion of NATO. He knew Ukraine wanted in and he didn’t want NATO on his border.
Well, today Finland’s leaders announced they support an immediate application for NATO membership. Finland borders Russia and they saw what happened in Ukraine and now want to be part of NATO.
This is an historic decision that will transform the landscape of European security forever
Add this:
Sweden intends to make the same announcement in the days ahead. That means NATO’s borders with Russia will be doubled. Exactly the opposite of what Putin desired. Talk about miscalculation.
Here’s an interesting quote:
When asked if Putin would view the announcement as provocative, Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö said: “My response would be that you caused this. Look at the mirror.”

I don’t understand Chuck Schumer’s strategy with that abortion up or down vote yesterday.
I guess he plans to use it as a rallying cry with supporters. But, is nine months of choice the right hill to fight on?
The fact he lost the vote 49-51 in a spilt senate makes it worse to me.
The question is how effective Republicans can set a timetable that most Americans are comfortable with and can use the full term vote against their opponents in some states.
The court’s decision on whether to turn laws governing pregnancy terminations over to the states is expected this summer, well ahead of the fall elections.  

Remember when we told you the New York redrawn congressional map has been rejected because it was designed to eliminate Republican seats? Well, yesterday the Florida redesign was rejected by the courts because it favored Republicans. The mid terms are only six months away.

Donald Trump and team are out of D.C.
The sale of the Trump hotel to a group of investors who will turn it into a Waldorf Astoria wrapped up yesterday.

When I heard the President say he was with Zelensky all the way, what does this quote keep coming to mind?
“The fight is here. I need ammunition, not a ride.” 

Yesterday we mentioned how the fact checkers had gone away with Biden as President. I saw this today:
For years “fact checking” outlets like PolitiFactSnopes, and the Washington Post have leaned to the left when it comes to ruling on how “accurate” a statement is. PolitiFact has checked Trump almost SIX times as often as they scrutinize Biden.
One recent example of the bias: 
Politifact awarded Biden a “Mostly True” stamp for claiming “the current spike in gas prices is largely the fault of Vladimir Putin.” Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler called the claim “defensible,” so it didn’t warrant any “Pinnochios” from him.
Wait, 80% of the spike in inflation happened BEFORE the Ukraine invasion.

Some Things You Can’t Make Up.

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