The Trumps aren’t fooling anybody. ivanka is in the headlines today, because she’s sojourning in Africa, ostensibly for the purpose of a White House project “intended to boost 50 million women in developing countries by 2025.” Washington Post: This is Ivanka Trump’s first visit to Africa since the president launched the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative. It’s a program she hopes will outlast an administration better known for “America First” isolationism. She has drawn praise for taking on this project and for making the trip. But thousands of miles from Washington, she is sure to be shadowed by her father’s efforts to cut international aid, as well as his past disparaging comments about Africa. […] Ethiopian journalist Sisay Woubshet was more skeptical, citing Donald Trump’s past comments. “I don’t think people will have a good feeling about his daughter’s visit this time around to promote her global initiative towards women.” Fairly or unfairly, Ivanka Trump has a reputation for doing the same kind of photo ops that her father does, and making little or no actual difference in jobs, infrastructure, and other areas where she is ludicrously expected to have some expertise. So, Ivanka is getting a bit of flack. Donald Trump is authentically and unapologetically angry, racist and dishonest. Ivanka Trump has not an authentic bone in her body. What they have in common is that they both live in delusional fantasy worlds that they invented to manage their profound inner emptiness. — Tony Schwartz (@tonyschwartz) April 12, 2019 When I said I'd been warning about authoritarianism non-stop on #AMJoy for three years, I was not exaggerating. (See below.) It breaks my heart to see it play out. But do not bow down, do not accept it. You deserve better than this. pic.twitter.com/RvaAVuhkoq — Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) April 13, 2019 Here we go again, the Trump’s are called out for being family first and America last. That is the long and the short of it. Ivanka complains that she’ll be criticized in the press “no matter what I do.” Not necessarily. Instead of touting the big, far reaching policies that are only sound bite material and nothing more, actually put together some concrete victories, why don’t you? People will always look at real facts and figures and concede when someone has achieved something. Democrats are of that mind set. If Ivanka could actually show any policy that she has implemented that is bearing any fruit, other than calling corporate giants IBM and WalMart and getting them to agree to job “re-skilling” programs for the already employed, she would have a leg to stand on as a creator of opportunities. Until then, she’s like the boy who cried wolf. We’re so tired of hearing about the great things that she’s accomplishing, she and her boy-wonder husband both, that if she ever did manage to hit on a winning policy, people might not notice the success, through all the background noise of hyperbole and fantasy solutions to real world problems. But then again, if Ivanka is who she says she is, a dynamic, successful businesswoman with a social conscience and a commitment to women’s rights? She’ll find a way to make it happen. Don’t hold your breath. Like her father before her, she talks a good game and depends upon inherited […]
Foreign Policy journalist David Rothkopf sees the events of the past week with great clarity — and unfortunately, his clarity is alarming. Something broke in America this week. We have been spiraling downward since Trump's election, but this week, we crossed a line. The President and his men began asserting that they were above the law–and effectively no one in our system did anything to stop them. — David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) April 12, 2019 He asserted again that he was the final arbiter of whether obstruction of justice by the president had taken place. He even went so far as to imply that law enforcement authorities carrying out their duty to protect America were somehow "spying", perhaps illicitly… — David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) April 12, 2019 At the same time, the Secretary of the Treasury and the head of the IRS determined to violate a law that required in no uncertain terms for them to provide the president's tax returns to the chairman of the House Ways and Means committee. — David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) April 12, 2019 to those who break the law, encouraging a crime and abetting it. We learned that they considered an egregious abuse of power that would involve releasing illegal immigrants in sanctuary cities controlled by Democrats. — David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) April 12, 2019 The president repeatedly called law enforcement officers who investigated him traitors, guilty of treason–a crime that carries with it the death penalty. We discovered that the president considered appointing his grossly unqualified daughter to be head of the World Bank. — David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) April 12, 2019 In so doing, they sent a message that they would never challenge him much less convict him of the myriad crimes he has committed. The checks and balances our system was built upon are gone. Worse, the courts are being packed with Trump cronies–often unqualified. — David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) April 12, 2019 This is how democracies die. The rule of law is slowly strangled. The unthinkable becomes commonplace. The illegal becomes accepted–from violations of the emoluments clause to self-dealing to Federal election law crimes to serial sexual abuse. — David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) April 12, 2019 I have long thought our system was better than this–more resilient. But candidly, I'm no longer sure. I remain hopeful…hopeful that the next election cycle can redress this manifold wrongs. But it will not be easy. It will be too close. Trump may be with us for six more yrs. — David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) April 12, 2019 They are daring someone to enforce it. But what if…what if the courts rule against them but they ignore it? What if the Treasury Secretary has violated a law and no one arrests him. What if the president steals and canoodles with enemies and he goes unpunished? — David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) April 12, 2019 Our only hope is recognizing the seriousness of our situation. This is not politics as usual. This is not an erosion of what was. This is a full blown crisis, the greatest American politics has faced in half a century…perhaps much longer. — David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) April 12, 2019 It is not a time for equivocation. It is not a time for patience. It is time for those who seek to protect the rule of law to step up to […]
Another day, another rage tweet. April 13th’s was directed at none other than the Grey Lady, paper of record, the New York Times, a publication with which Donald Trump has issues. The New York Times Sanctuary Cities/Immigration story today was knowingly wrong on almost every fact. They never call to check for truth. Their sources often don’t even exist, a fraud. They will lie & cheat anyway possible to make me look bad. In 6 years they will be gone…….. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 13, 2019 ….When I won the Election in 2016, the @nytimes had to beg their fleeing subscribers for forgiveness in that they covered the Election (and me) so badly. They didn’t have a clue, it was pathetic. They even apologized to me. But now they are even worse, really corrupt reporting! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 13, 2019 POTUS really ought to check in with his press team more often, or they with him. NYT emailed three times for comment and press office acknowledged receipt of emails. https://t.co/Jk3XOoOQgJ — Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) April 13, 2019 Your sarcasm isn't reading well. You know that he knows this and is lying. Please say so. — Kelly Oristano (@kellyo101) April 13, 2019 Now, that is an option, certainly. But, it’s a tenet of journalist never to put yourself into the story. However, these are not normal times, and perhaps Haberman should worry less about the protocol she’s properly been taught and just learn to deal with Donald Trump straight on, and call him a liar. Most probably what would happen is Haberman would just end up being fodder at Fox News. They’re always looking to crown a new Trump Enemy over there, especially one who is with the press. Of course, this is nothing new, right? @realDonaldTrump checks with no one, reads nothing, understands very little, and rarely applies the advice he’s given. Sad! — Tom Terrando (@MrTBallyard) April 13, 2019 And that is the other side of the coin, this is the New Normal. Another day, another insane tweet. So, what? That’s not right, either. Clearly, somebody should do something, but who should do what? GOP leadership has no intention of doing anything as long as they can maintain their power base and pursue their agenda, until the Trump train derails, as eventually it must. He needs to check with reality more often. But even if he did respond to you, it'd be framed like this: "Trump, ever stoic. basking in warm shades of setting sunlight, punched back at his enemies tonight" — Danny Boy (@Care2much18) April 13, 2019 Trump is going to escalate his war on the media, and this is just another barrage in their direction. It will get worse, for two reasons. 1) The Mueller report is not going to just fade away and be forgotten, despite William Barr’s best Roy Cohn-ish stonewalling. 2) With Julian Assange back in the picture, look for Trump to cast Assange in the responsible journalist role, so that he can look for a way to erode journalistic freedoms. Assange is in point of fact, far more the spy and vigilante that he’s been characterized as, than any kind of a reputable journalist. The only one who sings that song is Alex Jones and then Trump, because […]
A few days ago Rick Wilson wrote a piece about how William Barr was the most dangerous man in America. Wilson went on to state that Barr’s job is to protect Donald Trump, “no matter the prerogatives of Congress or any consideration of the rule of law. Bill Barr is not the attorney general of the United States. He is the Roy Cohn whom The Donald has craved since become president; an attorney general who sees his duty as serving Trump.” Wilson also went on to riff on Congress for it’s softball questions and nicey-nice treatment of Barr. Charlie Pierce has a similar take about Barr’s misbehavior and notably, Steve Mnuchin’s: The Attorney General of the United States writes a parody of a summary of a special counsel’s report and then slow-walks his explanation in front of a House committee and behaves in all things like a consigliere instead of an attorney general. (The Unitary Executive becomes more badly Unitary when the Executive is both crooked and, arguably, demented.) The Secretary of the Treasury blatantly refuses to observe a statutory requirement that he turn over the president*’s tax returns to the House Ways and Means Committee. This requirement goes back to 1924. Nobody disputes either its plain meaning or its legal bona fides. The only reason that those tax returns have not been delivered yet to the committee is that Steve Mnuchin and his boss don’t want to do it. Pierce goes on to cite the statute that governs Mnuchin, and it’s clear. Mnuchin either has to do his job and provide the tax returns or be subject to five years in prison. In short, if the system were working according to the law, William Barr and Stephen Mnuchin already would have lost their jobs and would be hiring lawyers to plea-bargain them out of five years in federal prison. But the system is not working according to the law. The system is not working at all. The system is not working because the people in it, the people who are elected to make it work, are choosing not to do their jobs and, in failing to do their jobs, they are failing to defend the institutions they represent. The three branches of government are supposed to be equal. They are supposed to be in constant tension because, the theory goes, that tension prevents the accumulation of power and, therefore, protects the liberty of a self-governing people. You’d have to be blind or stupid to believe that’s the way the government is functioning now. Mnuchin is arguably in contempt of congress right now, and possibly Barr as well. This also has occurred to Rep. Bill Pascrell, Democrat of New Jersey, who has been dogging the administration* for the president*’s tax returns for longer than anyone else in the Congress. Pascrell told Politico that he, anyway, believes it’s time to drop 2 U.S. Code § 192 on Barr, Mnuchin, and a whole lot of other folks. “I want to take a look at contempt of Congress here,” Pascrell said, “because the way Mnuchin talked and the way he writes, he’s very dismissive of the legislative branch of government, particularly if that part of the legislative branch of government is controlled by the Democratic Party.” It’s incumbent on Congress to defend its Constitutional prerogatives, Pascrell said. […]
There is always talk about how Trump is going to pardon Manafort, or he’s going to pardon Stone, or who knows who else who’s facing legal problems these days. There’s a group of Trump’s crooked cronies, all hoping for divine dispensation, engineered by Donald Trump. My theory has always been that Trump isn’t going to pardon anybody — not unless the situation is one where Trump will look good, and apparently he’s decided that Roger Stone’s case is not the right situation for that. Meanwhile, Stone is wailing about his woes. Orlando Sentinel: “I’ve lost my home, my insurance, what little savings I had, my ability to make a living because people pay me to write and talk, and of course the things they want me to write and talk about are the very things I’m not allowed to talk and write about. In the blink of an eye you can lose everything. “I have to pay everything I have to lawyers. And I could no longer pay the rent in the property that I was in. I moved from a nine-bedroom house to a one-bedroom apartment. Had to do the move myself with my wife renting a truck. On the last day of the move in kind of a freak accident the truck slips out of gear and rolls over my wife’s ankle, breaking it.” Stone and his wife, Nydia, lived in a $9,500-a-month house in the luxury Coral Isles subdivision, off Las Olas Boulevard between downtown Fort Lauderdale and the beach. It was the site of the dramatic, pre-dawn raid at which Stone was arrested in January. So, while Roger Stone is going through all this, you might wonder where Trump is? — Hasn’t spoken with Trump in nearly two years and “really” misses him. “I’ve known him for 40 years. We’re very good friends. I don’t agree with everything he does, I agree with a lot of what he does,” Stone said. Stone said Trump was at his wedding, and he at two of Trump’s weddings; he was at the funerals for Trump’s parents, and is friendly with his sister. “I do miss him.” They’re “very good friends” but they haven’t spoken in two years. Okey, doke. Guess I have a different definition of very good friend. I don’t think Trump is going to do squat for Stone. Stone recently tried to ingratiate himself to Trump when he dissed the late Barbara Bush, the same week that Trump did. Pundits wondered if siding with Trump publicly about Barbara Bush was a dog whistle from Stone to Trump to rescue him. If so, I don’t think Trump heard it. Time will tell. But with Assange now in the picture, and Stone’s relationship with Assange, my sense of it is that Trump is going to soon find both Assange and Stone too hot to handle. We’ve already seen a sign of that, when Trump said Thursday, that he “didn’t know anything about WikiLeaks” and that WikiLeaks “wasn’t his thing.” It was his thing in 2016. That much we know. Trump denying WikiLeaks does not bode well for Roger Stone. Wait and see.
Trump has a sugar coated vision of his elder daughter, Ivanka. He sees her as a “natural diplomat,” who should be the UN Ambassador, perhaps, and then go on to run for president. And he apparently sees Junior as the doofus that the rest of us do as well. The Atlantic: In our conversation, the president wanted to be clear: He was very proud of all his children. “Barron is young, but he’s got wonderful potential,” he said. “And Tiffany’s doing extremely well. Don is, uh, he’s enjoying politics; actually, it’s very good. And Eric is running the business along with Don, and also very much into politics. I mean, the children—the children have been very, very good.” But Ivanka, whom he sometimes calls “Baby” in official meetings, is “unique.” If Trump sees any of his children as his heir apparent, it’s Ivanka. “If she ever wanted to run for president,” he said, “I think she’d be very, very hard to beat.” At 37, she is old enough. But Ivanka has never talked with her friends about running for office, and the president said she has never expressed any interest about that to him. Still, while Don Jr. might be a hit at political rallies, Ivanka is the only child the president ever considered for an administration post. “She went into the whole helping-people-with-jobs, and I wasn’t sure that was going to be the best use of her time, but I didn’t know how successful she’d be,” the president said. “She’s created millions of jobs, and I had no idea she’d be that successful.” Nobody else has an idea about this particular success, either. There are no millions of jobs. Walmart and IBM have agreed to create programs to employ people, at Ivanka’s behest, but they are reskilling programs, for people who already have jobs. Just another example of how Trump can take a topic and make a self-serving narrative up out of whole cloth. John Kelly, evidently, is not in agreement with Trump about Ivanka being president. That John Kelly despised both Ivanka and Jared is no secret. When the retired Marine general was brought on as chief of staff, in July 2017, he saw a couple “playing government,” a phrase he would utter frequently. “He kind of walked in and looked at Ivanka like, What the fuck is Barbie doing in the West Wing?” the source close to her said. But if Kelly saw Ivanka as a headache, Jared was a consciousness-altering migraine. Kelly had little idea what Jared did all day—he could be text-messaging Van Jones about criminal-justice reform or catching up with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (implicated in the murder last fall of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi). Kelly struggled to hide his contempt. At one senior-staff meeting, when someone raised a question relating to foreign policy, Kelly, according to a person in the room, observed that having a clear read on the answer was hard for him, given that “we have about three secretaries of state now.” Jared, who was present, remained silent. The saga of Javanka is one for the ages. Never in history, has a sitting president hired his daughter and son-in-law as advisers, when they couldn’t even pass a security clearance without intervention from that same president. But Ivanka has been quoted as saying that […]
Before we begin with Barr today, look for the Julian Assange story to take up a lot of media consideration this spring. The Assange case has meaning on a lot of levels. On the one hand, Assange portrays himself as a muck raking journalist, exposing information in the public interest. On the other hand, he’s been characterized as a spy and a vigilante. His eventual prosecution is going to raise enormous first amendment issues, not to mention what information about his Russian activities will bring. Meanwhile, on the other end of the Mueller investigation, William Barr continues to solidify his position of redacting the Mueller report, and forming a team to go after Trump’s political enemies. Rick Wilson weighed in on it, and it’s not his typical farcical jaunt through the chicaneries of the Trump administration. Wilson is appalled. He points out that Barr’s mission is clearly to protect Trump, not to protect the rule of law. Daily Beast William Barr’s tone was calm, but his agenda was clear: His job is to protect Donald Trump, no matter the prerogatives of Congress or any consideration of the rule of law. Bill Barr is not the attorney general of the United States. He is the Roy Cohn whom The Donald has craved since become president; an attorney general who sees his duty as serving Trump. Barr won the job by writing a memo before he knew a single fact contained in the Mueller report. Its tacit and overt promises were irresistible to Trump: As attorney general, Barr would protect this president from charges of obstruction. Barr knew then, and knows now, that he has an audience of one: Donald Trump. Like Barr’s job-application memo, every word of his testimony this week screamed out obedience to the president. Barr has gone in just one week’s time from being compared to John Mitchell, to now being compared to Roy Cohn, Trump’s original “killer.” Trump has been crowing for years, “Where are my killers?” It would appear that he has finally found his killer. Barr not only made his plans on redaction clear, he also proselytized conspiracy theory with his references to “spying” on the Trump campaign. By acceding to Trump’s demands for political revenge and refusing to call out the language of witch hunts, crooked cops, angry Democrats, and treasonous enemies within, Barr sent a message to every member of the DOJ and intelligence community—even before reaching his own investigative conclusion—that they can either follow the Trump line, or potentially face persecution and prosecution. Wilson points out that the mishandling of the Mueller report is the kind of thing that happens when a nation is slipping from democracy to authoritarianism. Here’s his bottom line: They think this is procedural and political, not existential. There are no brakes, no white knight in DOJ to come to the rescue, and unless Democrats get the entire report in court, Barr, Trump, and Fox will write the history of this sorry affair. This is existential. This is as to be or not to be as you can get. Congress needs to use it’s subpoena power now and get an unredacted copy of the Mueller report. Bill Barr is the most dangerous man in America and he can’t be under estimated.
Now admittedly, this is Twitter, but even on Twitter Adam Schiff is known as a man of cool demeanor and precise meanings. Schiff is known as a guy who tells it like it is, and here is an absolutely beautiful example of telling it like it is. Help Wanted: Looking for a thankless job with low morale? Enjoy taking orders and blame at the same time? Want to be cast aside when the going gets tough? You too can join the Cabinet in the Trump Administration. Apply now! *No prior experience required, lobbyists welcome — Adam Schiff (@AdamSchiff) April 10, 2019 This is interesting. I actually like it a lot, because it indicates to me that the Democrats are not going to roll over. We’ve been far too nice to this band of jackals in power so far and that has to stop. The Barr testimony this week was far too softball and serene. Barr doesn’t deserve that level of reserved treatment, not when he’s sitting there proselytizing conspiracy theory. He deserves to be confronted and held accountable. I’m all for our congresspeople fighting back any way that they deem prudent. And, hey, this is amusing as hell. I sure hope Congressman Schiff decides to grace us with more of these ditties. We can form a genre of poetry, “political haiku” or some such, perhaps?
William Barr is a figure of great controversy right now. He’s being hailed as Trump’s version of Roy Cohn, and Roy Cohn compared himself to Machiavelli. Adam Schiff weighed in with the Washington Post: “The big picture is this,” Schiff said. “The post-Watergate reforms are being dismantled, one by one. The Trump precedent after only two years is that you can fire the FBI director who is running an investigation in which you may be implicated as president.” “You can hire an attorney general who has applied for the job by telling you why he thinks the case against you is bogus,” Schiff continued. “That new attorney general can then selectively edit the work of an independent or special prosecutor, and allow the Congress and the public to see only parts of it. And that new attorney general can also initiate inquiries into the president’s political opponents.” Now we get to the big question, how far will Robert Mueller let this go? “It’s very hard to tell what [Mueller’s] role is,” Schiff argued. “If Barr tells him to redact anything vis-a-vis people who have not been indicted, then I’m sure that’s what Bob Mueller will do. If he instructs him to redact anything that was produced to the grand jury, then I’m sure he’ll do that. It really depends on the marching orders that Bob Mueller is given.” I asked Schiff whether one can envision a less alarmist scenario, in which Barr redacts less than we expect (he has vowed not to undertake any redactions to protect Trump) and the Gang of Eight gets the full report. “It’s entirely possible that Barr will surprise us by redacting very little,” Schiff conceded. “It doesn’t seem like he is headed that way.” Schiff has expressed great respect for Robert Mueller in the past. I hope that that respect and trust has not been misplaced. The Mueller Report needs to be handled transparently, and Barr has made every indication that he’s going to muddy the waters, where and whenever possible.
If this is new information to you, Trump used to declaim, “Where are my killers,” i.e., where is Roy Cohn? Trump has long been searching for the Second Coming of Roy Cohn. Adam Schiff says that he’s found it. Today we learned: Barr still won’t commit to giving Congress the full unredacted Mueller report, Barr won’t request court approval to give us grand jury material, and Barr won’t even say if the White House has seen, or been briefed on, the report. Trump got his Roy Cohn. https://t.co/8eljMjgEeN — Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) April 9, 2019 Now the interesting thing about Roy Cohn is that while exuding an aura of invincibility by being acquitted of conspiracy, bribery and fraud, Cohn ultimately was humiliated and run out of Washington. 2/ In 1964, ’69 and ’71, Cohn was tried and acquitted of federal charges of conspiracy, bribery and fraud, giving him a perception of invincibility. “If you can get Machiavelli as a lawyer,” he said in The Autobiography of Roy Cohn, “you’re certainly no fool of a client.” pic.twitter.com/aV8b7IIAKI — ᴛʀᴜᴛʜ ᴡʀɪᴛᴇʀ (@WritesTruths) April 15, 2018 4/ In 1980, Trump said of Cohn: “All I can tell you is he’s been vicious to others in his protection of me … He’s a genius. He’s a lousy lawyer, but he’s a genius.” (https://t.co/cKC9gC4oRM) — ᴛʀᴜᴛʜ ᴡʀɪᴛᴇʀ (@WritesTruths) April 15, 2018 6/ Like Trump, Cohn was garish and resentful of those who spurned his Nuevo Riche trappings. (Cohn with a photo of himself and Trump, 1984). pic.twitter.com/nkURjrlecg — ᴛʀᴜᴛʜ ᴡʀɪᴛᴇʀ (@WritesTruths) April 15, 2018 The idea of Trump and Roy Cohn together screams for brain bleach. 8/ Seated at a McCarthy hearing into communists in the Army, left to right, are Secretary of the Army Robert Stevens, Gen. Robert Young, Roy Cohn, and McCarthy. (Id). pic.twitter.com/uVR0FgW34O — ᴛʀᴜᴛʜ ᴡʀɪᴛᴇʀ (@WritesTruths) April 15, 2018 10/ In a 1971, Cohn claimed his Sept 1963 indictments were a personal vendetta of Robert Kennedy. Cohn was indicted exactly 2 mos prior to JFK’s assassination. Cohn said RFK was in a meeting abt his case at the precise moment JFK was assassinated. 👀 (https://t.co/DRCHEh6x07$) pic.twitter.com/DtfoSTTLpJ — ᴛʀᴜᴛʜ ᴡʀɪᴛᴇʀ (@WritesTruths) April 15, 2018 12/ In his countersuit, Cohn accused the federal government charges as “irresponsible” and “baseless.” The judge dismissed Cohn’s countersuit as “wasting time and paper.” 👍🏼 That case ultimately settled. It is instructive to review today, though. — ᴛʀᴜᴛʜ ᴡʀɪᴛᴇʀ (@WritesTruths) April 15, 2018 14/ Interestingly, the court records of that case show Trump and Cohn most concerned with managing the media. They even argued on the record with the government attorneys over what the government’s press release about the disposition would say. Imagine that? 🧐 — ᴛʀᴜᴛʜ ᴡʀɪᴛᴇʀ (@WritesTruths) April 15, 2018 15/ Wayne Barrett (1992): “Though Cohn was retained … to handle a single piece of litigation, he began … to assume a role … far transcending that of a lawyer. He became Donald’s mentor, his constant adviser on every significant aspect of his business and personal life.” pic.twitter.com/Jk0iTnqXlV — ᴛʀᴜᴛʜ ᴡʀɪᴛᴇʀ (@WritesTruths) April 15, 2018 18/ A nice read about Roy Cohn and Trump’s swampy NYC associates: https://t.co/0AuqA3e0eN — ᴛʀᴜᴛʜ ᴡʀɪᴛᴇʀ (@WritesTruths) April 30, 2018 20/ Stone & Cohn At Koch's Inaugural Party, New York, New York, January 1, 1982. pic.twitter.com/ZbVcE9858B — ᴛʀᴜᴛʜ ᴡʀɪᴛᴇʀ (@WritesTruths) January […]