7 Things: Hoover Galleria suspect apprehended, Michael Cohen plea revitalizes media’s Mueller fever and more …
7. About that border wall: One-third in migrant caravan being treated for health issues
— FoxNews.com reports one-third of the migrants in the caravan at the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana are being treated for “respiratory infections, tuberculosis, chickenpox and other serious health issues,” per the Tijuana’s Health Department.
— Perhaps the Trump administration should have sought more than $5 billion for border wall funding, given the optics of this potential threat to public health.
6. Democratic Party strategy: Separate Trump from his base
— Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel showed a little of the Democratic Party’s hand in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Thursday. Democrats know to ensure a defeat for Trump in 2020, you’re going to have to take some of the wind out of the sails of his supporters.
— It worked with Richard Nixon. Nixon dominated his 1972 presidential reelection against his Democratic opponent George McGovern. With such a dominating performance, Nixon looked impenetrable. But once Nixon lost GOP support, it was curtains.
5. Auburn Football palace intrigue: What’s next for Gus Malzahn?
— The Trump West Wing has nothing on my alma mater. The circular firing squad within Auburn University is not only trying to take down the head football coach Gus Malzahn after an uninspiring, mediocre 7-5 season record and 3-5 conference record, but insider reports have also it threatening the tenure of University president Steven Leath.
— This is eerily reminiscent of the so-called 2003 Jetgate scandal. The university went courting Bobby Petrino to replace Tommy Tuberville, but it backfired after Auburn pulled out a win in the Iron Bowl and that ended that discussion. The next season the Tigers went undefeated, but the mistrust within Auburn persisted.
4. Trump at G20 Summit in Argentina; Cooling off on heightened tensions on trade?
— As world leaders from the planet’s 20 most industrialized nation gather in Buenos Aires, we are told that trade and climate change are going to be at the forefront.
— I wouldn’t expect to see Trump changing radically on climate change, especially when the world looks to the United States to bear the brunt economically. That’s what sunk the United States’ participation in the Paris Agreement. However, trade could be a different matter. Trump will meet with China’s President Xi Jinping. Perhaps an agreement could be reached on averting the $200 billion in tariffs with which the president has threatened China.
3. FBI bringing over 1,000 jobs to Redstone Arsenal
— On Thursday, the FBI revealed it was bringing at least an additional 1,000 jobs to Redstone Arsenal, up from the current 500. The idea is there will be an opportunity for the FBI to work with the existing defense intelligence on explosive and missile defense for the FBI.
— While this is certainly good news, it adds some pressure to local and state officials to address infrastructure concerns. This means a heavier use of the roads, power grid, etc.
2. Hoover’s Galleria suspect apprehended near Atlanta
— Erron Martez Dequan Brown, 20, of Bessemer, was arrested in Fairburn, Ga. on Thursday. As we know, Hoover police shot and killed Emantic “EJ” Bradford Jr., 21, while responding to the shooting call at Riverchase Galleria on Thanksgiving night. As it turned out, Bradford wasn’t the gunman. It took a day for Hoover Police to come forward with that revelation.
— Since that report, the city of Hoover is at the center of controversy. Protests have erupted, and there’s a general distrust of the local government. There is a lot at stake for Hoover, not just in terms of possible litigation and damages, but for the city’s overall economy and reputation.
1. Michael Cohen sings; Agrees to a plea deal
— Remember back a couple of months ago when the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination confirmation hearing took the Mueller probe off the front page? It’s back again. Thursday, former Trump attorney Michael Cohen pleaded to lying to Congress about Donald Trump’s involvement in a Moscow development project.
— As talk radio shock jock Dale Jackson would say, “Is this what gets Donald Trump?” If everything about this narrative is a bombshell revelation, then nothing is a bombshell revelation. Don’t tell the pseudo-pundit class in the media that. None of this is “good” for Trump, but we’ve long past the point of diminishing returns on 2016 election Russia meddling for the Democrats.