Hurricane Dorian stalled and devastated the Bahamas yesterday, sitting right on top of Freeport for almost a day and a half with category 5 winds and a massive storm surge. Dorian has now been downgraded to a category 3, so it will at least hopefully not bring too much damage to the Florida and South Carolina coasts as it turns slowly north.
As we start the week, be aware that the stock markets are still quite shaky. Trump’s China tariffs continue to crush our farming community, with no end in sight. US market futures were sharply down over the weekend, and the Swiss forecast that their economy grew by a measly 0.2% in the second quarter, we are likely to see more market volatility for the foreseeable future.
Also be aware that the Democrats in the House are coming back from summer recess and will be ramping up several investigations. One is particularly notable. The House Judiciary Committee will be holding hearings on the Trump hush-money payments made to Stormy Daniels that earned Trump lawyer Michael Cohen a prison sentence. Trump has been described as an unindicted co-conspirator in this crime, so the House will be calling witnesses and endeavoring to expose to the public the details of who did what, and whether Trump had a direct hand in the campaign finance fraud. Here’s coverage in the Washington Post by Rachael Bade and Tom Hamburger:
Trump’s poll numbers continue to sag so it will interesting to see if renewed focus on his potential crimes will knock his numbers down any further.
Meanwhile, keep resisting and keep working to “vote his ass out of office.”