The missing Russian and the POTUS check

spicerI found a missing Russian in Washington D.C. yesterday.
He’s a funny guy and an easy guy to get along with overall. Boris Epshteyn, an assistant to the president, a friend of President Trump’s son and a well-known surrogate on the television circuit for this administration has gone walk about.
Last week the administration quietly acknowledged Boris has left to “pursue other interests in the administration,” according to Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
“Paulie, you won’t see him around no more,” Clemenza warned us as he made spaghetti sauce and the Corleones went to the mattresses. Sorry. Strong sense of déjà vu.


The politics of a local tragedy

Sanchez mug shot

Somewhere in this county right now a 14-year-old girl is confused, angry and hurting. Dragged into a bathroom at her high school and repeatedly raped, she has been violated and her humanity torn from her in a way no child should ever face.
An 18-year-old illegal immigrant stands accused of the crime along with a 17-year-old juvenile illegal immigrant – one of whom was facing deportation hearings - and because of who they are the story has taken on national significance.


The case of the growling dog

Sean SpicerWhen approaching a growling dog wagging its tail, which end do you believe?
That’s the conundrum facing reporters in the White House press corps as the new administration works its way into a second month in office.
On the one hand we have a president calling the media the enemy while Tuesday press secretary Sean Spicer told assembled reporters the president has a “Deep respect for the First Amendment and the press.”


Spicer's suit isn't the problem


Sean SpicerSo much has gone on in the first three weeks of President Trump’s first term it makes one wonder whether or not he will need to run for a second term.
He apparently intends to implement all of his campaign promises as quickly as possible. He’s told us there’s a new sheriff in town. He’s told us he intends to keep his word. He’s told other members of government to get on his side – because it’s his way or the highway.


Facts and the White House


White House Front Twilight

The Sentinel’s first “get” of the new presidential administration occurred Tuesday night around 7 p.m. outside of the West Wing of the White House.
While the expanded press pool waited inside the press room to be led over to the East Wing where the president and members of the Senate and House were scheduled to announce a Supreme Court nominee, a group of people gathered at the gate near the West Wing.
They looked to be guests. They were very well dressed and festive and they appeared to be friends and family of whoever the nominee was.


Prayer at the Pump urges White House visitors to honor LBJ’s civil rights legacy

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IMG 20160727 1144001South Carolina church parishioners joined Pray at the Pump members to remember former President Lyndon Johnson in front of the White House July 27.  PHOTO BY DEBORAH BAILEY  

A Rockville resident and others urged White House visitors to offer gratitude to the late president who preceded President Barack Obama in America’s fight for civil rights.

Prayer at the Pump founder Rocky Twyman joined Silver Spring residents Tyman and Arnelle Hardy in front of the White House with parishioners from South Carolina’s Kingdom Church Ministry July 27 to sing, pray, and remember President Lyndon Johnson for his role in signing the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965.  

“This is an extension of our Pray at the Pump Movement.  We’re hoping that Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama will find a way to recognize President Johnson.”  Twyman said.


Whitman team visits the White House

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Whitman girls White House visit 2The Whitman girls team also posed w/ the Minnesota Lynx at the White House. COURTESY PHOTO


The Whitman girls basketball team – fresh off a state championship run less than four months ago – had to cancel their summer league matchup in Germantown against Good Counsel on Monday.

Instead of playing against the Falcons at the Discovery Sports Center, the Vikings accepted an invitation to the White House for a ceremony honoring the 2015 WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx.

“It was quite an honor,” said Whitman head coach Peter Kenah, who noted that the trip to the nation’s capital marked his second visit to the White House but was a first for many of his players.


Local activists march

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protest at white houseWASHINGTON,D.C. – In the aftermath of the St. Louis County’s  grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on charges related to the Aug. 9 shooting death of Mike Brown, local community activist Rocky Twyman and several county residents, including Christine Jenkins, Pastor Andy Johnson, and  Hikeen Falden, joined other  protesters in D.C. this week hoping to force a change in the system.

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