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Tell us again how there’s no bias at the ABC

This bloke was billed as a “GOP strategist”.

He might be a ‘Republican’ (RINO)but he’s no fan of Trump, which is why the ABC put him on the air. Check out his last book:

In Everything Trump Touches Dies, political campaign strategist and commentator Rick Wilson brings his darkly funny humor and biting analysis to the absurdity of American politics in the age of Trump. Wilson mercilessly exposes the damage Trump has done to the country, to the Republican Party he served for decades, and to the conservative movement that has abandoned its principles for the worst President in American history.

No left-winger, Wilson is a lifelong conservative who delivers his withering critique of Trump from the right. A leader of the Never Trump movement, he warns his own party of the political catastrophe that leaves everyone involved with Trump with reputations destroyed and lives in tatters.

Yep. He’ll be on speed dial at Ultimo.

But the ABC might want to check his facts next time they get him on. Mueller’s press conference yesterday wasn’t as bad as Wilson wishes it was.

In fact, it wasn’t bad for Trump when you look further into what Mueller actually said:

In Robert Mueller’s first and only public remarks regarding the special counsel investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 election, Mueller reiterated that the office declined to come to a conclusion about whether President Trump committed any obstruction of justice offenses.

“If we had had the confidence that the president had not clearly committed a crime, we would have said so,” Mueller announced. He once again pointed both to inconclusive evidence as well as his assertion that charging a sitting president with a crime was “prohibited” and “unconstitutional.”

None of this is explicitly new information, but that Mueller found it necessary to use his lone eight minutes of public speaking time out of the past three years is telling. It also further counters the charge that Attorney General William Barr misrepresented the outcome of the special counsel investigation.

The US doesn’t export LNG … it sells Freedom Gas

According to the Department of Energy, the next critical export from the United States is made from “molecules of U.S. Freedom.”

You may wonder, what are these molecules?

The technical answer is liquefied natural gas. Or, if you are in charge of energy policy for the Trump administration, “freedom gas.”

Let that seep in.

Some people are having a hard time coming to terms with it … they’re been gas lit by freedom gas.

Bill Shorten still at the first stage of grief

There are five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.

Bill is still at stage one.

And no wonder. He hasn’t left the Labor Party in a good place:

Of the 25 seats now on margins of less than 4 per cent, Labor has 16. Viewed another way — as the Australian Electoral Commission count stands today — of the top 10 new marginal seats in the country, Labor has seven, and one belongs to an independent. Going further out to 6 per cent, which the AEC regards as marginal, Labor has 24 of the 45 marginal seats.

A third way of looking at it is thus: in the government’s 10 most marginal seats going into the election, the Coalition achieved an average swing of 5 per cent — much bigger than the current national swing of 1.4 per cent.

Billy Strayhorn (d 1967)

When Duke Ellington invited Billy Strayhorn to his apartment, Strayhorn asked for directions. Ellington said, “first, you take the A train … ”

Thank God he did.