The Federalist Pages Week in Review, September 15, 2018.
This was another tumultuous week for the nation as it grappled with hurricanes present and past and wrestled with continued attacks on President Trump.
The political news week began in the most unforeseeable of places, the tennis courts of the U.S. Open with Serena Williams engaging in a series of unprofessional behaviors when umpire, Carlos Ramos, cited her for a coaching violation. Never mind that Serena's coach admitted he had broken the United States Tennis Association rules, Serena, later in the match, went on to throw her racquet and verbally abuse the umpire for what she called an unfounded accusation of her cheating. Ramos had no choice but to dock her a point, eventually leading to Serena's loss against the young, Japanese player, Naomi Osaka. Amazingly, the sporting event aroused a firestorm of baseless accusations regarding sexism within the USTA and Ramos himself.
Thankfully, Tuesday was a relatively quiet day with countless, somber observances of the seventeenth anniversary of the tragic and cowardly, September 11, terrorist attacks.
But the news cycle was only to intensify amidst the news of political and climatologic cyclones. The news cycle came alive when one-time Trump Presidential Campaign Chairman and all- around-shady-guy, Paul Manafort, agreed to a plea deal regarding his dealings as a lobbyist for certain pro-Russian, Ukrainian, government officials. Although the activities for which Manafort pled guilty dealt with events preceding his involvement with the Trump Campaign by nearly a decade, the plea arrangement with the Bob Mueller investigation team led many to wonder what Manafort knew that was so attractive to Mueller; a question that attracted a great deal of attention during Thefederalistpages.com's Dr. Gonzalez's appearance on ABC7 Friday. By Friday, the nation's eyes had turned back to the climatological cyclone, as Florence, a category 5 hurricane, crawled its way towards the Carolina coast. The slowdown was enough to weaken the hurricane prior to landfall on Friday, but nevertheless, its slow pace and high rain production guaranteed that the nation would have another major disaster with which to deal in the coming week. Our thoughts and prayers here at the Thefederalistpages.com are with our breathren in the Carolinas as they deal with the tempest that is befalling them.
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