7 Things: Comey’s media circus begins, Trump and Syria, Roy Moore still looms over GOP politics in Alabama, and more …
1. Former FBI Director James Comey’s ABC interview doesn’t disappoint, everyone agrees they win
— One of Comey’s most quotable lines was about whether the president of the United States is unfit to hold the job, saying “I don’t think he’s medically unfit to be president. I think he’s morally unfit to be president.”
— In speaking about Clinton, but it could have been Trump talking about Mueller, Comey says “if you’ve been investigating something for almost a year and you don’t have a general sense of where it’s likely to end up, you should be fired because you’re incompetent.”
2. President Trump’s attack on Syria, for using chemical weapons, angers everyone
— The left is not happy because they believe the president is trying to distract from the Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling.
3. The Ten Commandments are back as an issue in the Republican primary for governor, for no reason
— Candidate for Governor Bill Hightower was asked how he feels about a Constitutional amendment that would allow public buildings to post the Ten Commandments. He stated the legislation has “no teeth” because the state can’t defend the statue with public funds.
— Former strategist for Roy Moore, Dean Young, who led Moore to his loss to Democrat Doug Jones in 2017, slammed Hightower for not being “enthusiastic” enough about the amendment. Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and Evangelist Scott Dawson support the amendment.
4. Starbucks arrest causes another racial outrage; police chief defends officers
— Philadelphia police officers arrested two men after receiving a trespassing call from Starbucks where the men were asked to leave and refused.
— Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said his officers “did absolutely nothing wrong” and pointed out that the men were asked by officers to leave, but refused and ended up being detained.
5. Women’s March endorses Backpage.com 5 days before they plead guilty to human trafficking charges
— The CEO of Backpage pled guilty to human trafficking and money laundering charges related to his operation of a website that was known to be used by prostitutes.
— The Women’s March Twitter account showed their support for Backpage earlier in the week by tweeting, “The shutting down of #Backpage is an absolute crisis for sex workers who rely on the site to safely get in touch with clients. Sex workers rights are women’s rights.”
6. Alabama’s ban on local minimum wage hikes will be challenged in court
— Attorneys have alleged a 2016 law banning cities from raising their minimum wage is racially discriminatory.
— The lawsuit claims that it takes “power” from majority-black Birmingham voters and gives it to the majority-white state electorate, a claim already knocked down by one court.
7. 92-year-old former First Lady Barbara Bush is near death
— The Bush family announced that the former First Lady will not be accepting any additional medical treatment and will now focus on comfort.
— Barbara Bush and former President Bush recently celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary.