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THE NOONER for February 4, 2017



Yup. We are late. I slept in, but it was still time to read out POTUS's vacation. I don't even know who is playing tomorrow, but I have been told to bet on a team that doesen't have a country





  • It's only 6am, and we already have this: "The opinion of this so-called judge, which essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!"
  • Uh, the "so-called judge" was appointed by George W. Bush and approved 99-0 in the Senate. I'm not creating alternative facts. I'm guessing the Ninth Circuit won't be all that friendly to the promise of an immediate request for a stay. Further, like with Senate Democrats, these daily events can't be taken in isolation. These first three weeks are compromising the effectiveness of this Administration. Regardless of politics, we want success and strong leadership. Instead, we have protests in London and Paris today, and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May may be brought down by her perceived coziness with POTUS.





After a few tense days, the ownership group for the Sac Republic FC soccer team has consolidated for an application to MLS. When I was at the Cordial Caucus on Wednesday night, this was the main topic in informal conversations.

On that note, the Sac Republic moniker could be used for other reasons soon. The bear is getting excited.



#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Joe Krovoza, and a belated #CAKEDAY to Nicole Quinonez (yesterday)!




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