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(AP) Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will invoke his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination on Monday as he notifies the Senate Intelligence committee that he will not comply with a subpoena seeking documents.

That’s according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private interactions between Flynn and the committee.

I honestly did not see this coming. Not someone using the 5th. Commence the renewed chattering across the internet and Legacy Media.

Of course, as the last sentence of the quote indicates, this is yet to be verified, so it could be a whole lot of empty air. None-the-less, there will still be chatter.

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Transcripts Already Exist!

As noted by Rick Perlstein:

(New York Daily News) As the Chicago Tribune recently pointed out, since 2011, the White House, like any state-of-the-art office, uses a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone system, “an Internet technology that sends voice messages as packets of digitized data. The technology allows for retrieval of a text record of presidential conversations.”

Trump may or may not have “taped” the Comey dinner or other non-telephonic conversations relevant to the inquiry. And yet, imagine how many telephone conversations there must have been — whether with Comey or with White House aides or outside advisers — relevant not just to the Comey firing, but to Mueller’s broader brief to investigate connections between the White House and Russia.

Muller also enjoys another advantage in getting to the bottom of presidential malfeasance that Watergate-era investigators did not. After Nixon resigned the White House in disgrace in August of 1974, fears that he would destroy incriminating records in advance of his and his advisers’ criminal trials led to the passage in 1978 of the Presidential Records Act.

It requires Presidents, vice presidents and their staffs to “take all such steps as may be necessary to assure that the activities, deliberations, decisions, and policies that reflect the performance of the President’s constitutional, statutory, or other official or ceremonial duties are adequately documented…and maintained as Presidential records.” They are then sealed for a specified interval of years — unless they are subpoenaed.

I don’t think there’ enough popcorn in the world for the political show that’s just starting.

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The Rain Has Quieted

Just might make that run after all.

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To Run Or Not

It’s raining outside. A moment ago it was torrential. Now it seems to have slacked off a bit. I have a rain jacket I bought a few years ago that is perfect for this type of weather. It’s just a matter of my getting motivated. I’m busy with breakfast at the moment, but after about a half hour I will start really working on that motivation.

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Out In The Living Room

Tina: “It’s time to get dressed Tina.”

Tina: “But I don’t want to go to work!”

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I’m off for some First Aid training at the local chapter of the Red Cross. I did almost 3 hours of online training last night. It was redundant and pedantic. However, it means less time in actual training this morning.

Oh, this is so I can get back up to standards for CPR/First Aid with my new job. I won’t tell you who I work for on here, because I really don’t need the hassle of pissing them off about social media. But then, I’ve rarely, if ever, written about my job directly. Not online anyway.

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Ain’t Breaking MyHeart

(Salon) According to Reuters, iHeartMedia is trying to kick the debt can further down the road by trying to pay off its maturing bonds by purchasing other ones while undergoing yet another corporate overhaul.

But this time, the company’s bondholders aren’t playing along. Per Reuters, a group that claims to represent more than half of the company’s lenders are refusing to cooperate with the restructuring plan, meaning that there is a very real possibility that iHeartMedia may have to declare Chapter 11 bankruptcy in order to evade its creditors.

Should such a restructuring happen, there’s a very real chance that it could allow iHeartMedia to force Limbaugh, Hannity and its other top talents to renegotiate their contracts for a lower payment amount. Of course, that’s assuming that there would be any takers on what are likely to be bonds that would be sold at fire-sale prices.

I’m trying to find some tears of sympathy, but to no avail. Ain’t no empathy being evoked either.

The era of conservative radio dominance is slowly coming to a close. With Fox News and its continued sexual harassment problems, iHeartMedia’s financial woes, and their audience dying off, I don’t see them being players in the 2020 election. I don’t think they will even have that much of an influence in the 2018 election.

Your mileage may vary, of course.

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