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As Donald Trump openly floats a possible pardon for his former campaign manager Paul Manafort, a convicted crook heading toward life in prison, the dimensions of their plot to obstruct justice are emerging. Of course, blabbermouth lawyer Rudy Giuliani spilled the story, describing how Manafort and his lawyers, pretending to cooperate with the special counsel, were actually playing a double game. Why would they torpedo their own plea deal, unless they expect presidential clemency?

For Colbert, the latest news regarding Manafort’s treachery, Wikileaks, and Roger Stone only intensifies the intrigue. And the jokes! The Late Show host describes the eccentric Tump confidant and dandy, with a suitable still, as “open-casket American Roger Stone.”

Merrily he sings: “Mueller Claus is coming to town!”

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On July 21, Verizon followed in DirecTV’s footsteps and announced it would not be renewing its contract with the far-right conspiracy theory network One America News. Having learned nothing from its catastrophic response to DirecTV, OAN denounced Verizon and encouraged viewers to harass and boycott the “radical Marxist corporation.” And since then, OAN has only further proved its worthlessness.

Without a major carrier, OAN remains focused on national issues like a fear of roving transgender gangs harassing conservatives, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s support for gay men who flash “their genitals to little boys and girls” (she appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race -- a show with no children -- two years ago), and Verizon’s “censorship” of OAN.

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Postcards from the great American labor shortage: A couple arrives at the Seattle airport after a five-hour flight and stands in line at the car rental desk. People are angry. At the desk sits a harassed employee explaining that he simply has no cars of any kind to rent. Nothing. Why? There aren't enough employees on hand to vacuum, wash, fuel and process the cars.

Another snapshot. A couple has been driving for several hours and requires a bathroom stop. They pull into a Burger King. The doors are locked. The only service is at the drive-thru. Why? Lack of employees.

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