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The 13th

This tweet:

Teddy Schleifer ‏@teddyschleifer 1h1 hour ago

@rfelliott A very happy birthday to my very good friend.

Happy Birthday, Rebecca!

Happy Birthday to my longtime good friend Amy in Austin!

35 years ago today, these two greats were elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame – hint, they had a combined 1,341 career dingers and 3,808 career RBIs?

You need to check out the Chron E-Board take today on Pasadena. Here is how it ends:

Texans can’t be so naive as to imagine that bigotry only resides in the history books when we see it alive and well in Pasadena.

Here is the entire take: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Justice-for-Pasadena-10854518.php.

Devastating.

Commentary is glad somebody finally said this. Check the following tweet:

Dan PfeifferVerified account ‏@danpfeiffer 5h5 hours ago

Kellyanne Conway is a dilemma for the media, she is Sr. Advisor to Trump, but is also an unrepentant liar, totally ignorant of his policies

Just like her boss.

Brought to you by Putin. The more he talks, the more he confirms Putin has the goods on him. Here is from a Politico story today:

“It now turns out that the phony allegations against me were put together by my political opponents and a failed spy afraid of being sued. Totally made up facts by sleazebag political operatives, both Democrats and Republicans – FAKE NEWS!” Trump said in a flurry of posts to Twitter Friday morning. “Russia says nothing exists. Probably released by ‘Intelligence’ even knowing there is no proof, and never will be. My people will have a full report on hacking within 90 days!”

Wow! Owned, sealed, and delivered.

Please do this. Commentary is talking about holding congressional hearings where Trump’s ethics or lack of are discussed. Also from Politico:

House Republicans have found a subject for their opening review of conflicts of interest under Donald Trump: the federal official in charge of investigating conflicts of interest.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the head of the House Oversight Committee, criticized the director of the federal Office of Government Ethics on Thursday over his criticism of Donald Trump’s plan to address conflicts of interest. And he threatened to subpoena the official, Walter Shaub, if he refuses to participate in an official interview.

House Republicans have found a subject for their opening review of conflicts of interest under Donald Trump: the federal official in charge of investigating conflicts of interest.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the head of the House Oversight Committee, criticized the director of the federal Office of Government Ethics on Thursday over his criticism of Donald Trump’s plan to address conflicts of interest. And he threatened to subpoena the official, Walter Shaub, if he refuses to participate in an official interview.

Of course, we can always use a good laugh. Check this tweet:

Fox NewsVerified account ‏@FoxNews 13h13 hours ago

Giuliani: “It is refreshing and it is very good for our democracy that we have a president that is trying to get us back to a free press.”

I am sure that is news to the press.

I am kind of wondering what the over/under is on having City of H-Town elections this November. Here is from a Rebecca Elliott story in the Chron today:

A state appeals court on Thursday rejected the city’s procedural challenge to a lawsuit that could force Houston’s mayor and city council members to revert to three two-year terms, from the two four-year terms voters approved in November 2015.

The Texas First Court of Appeals ruling did not address the merits of the underlying case, which centers on whether the city’s ballot language was misleading.

Rather, the court’s decision marks an incremental step in what is likely to be a lengthy appeals process that plaintiffs hope could trigger municipal elections as early as this fall.

Austin election lawyer Buck Wood, however, said he considers November mayoral and city council elections improbable, given the speed with which courts typically move.

Plaintiffs’ attorney Andy Taylor welcomed Thursday’s ruling and criticized the city for challenging the trial court’s jurisdiction over the case, calling the move “frivolous and arrogant.”

“The city should apologize to the voters for trying to avoid a trial on whether their chosen ballot language was deceptive,” he said.

The appellate court’s ruling affirms state District Judge Randy Clapp’s decision last year to reject Houston’s procedural challenge, which sought to get the case thrown out.

Clapp was not considering the substance of the case at the time, though he tipped his hand by calling the city’s ballot language “inartful” but not “invalid.”

Here is the entire story: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/houston/article/City-loses-appeal-on-term-limits-lawsuit-ruling-10853597.php?t=07846e1f79438d9cbb&cmpid=twitter-premium.

35 years ago today, Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson were elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame of course.

I don’t have anything from The Yard today.

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