This could be the busiest week of the year for Anne Anderson. As Ireland’s ambassador to the United States, Anderson met with President Trump at the White House just yesterday. Then it was off to Capitol Hill where she met with her fellow Irishman, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, followed by the Friends of Ireland luncheon, followed by a St. Patrick’s Day reception back at the White House. And all this while the taoiseach (Ireland’s prime minister) Enda Kenny is in town.
Next week the Federal Reserve convenes its Federal Open Market Committee meeting where financial analysts are anticipating hikes in the interest rate. The sense is that the rate hikes indicate a booming economy. Not so fast: It is now less certain the economy is getting back on track. Indeed, it may be headed for trouble. And the reason for concern? Fed chair Janet Yellin was just seen eating at a Subway.
According to Variety, ABC is planning to revive Battle of the Network Stars. The original program, which ran from 1976 to 1985, showcased the talent of three networks in an amateur Olympic competition. So now imagine an actor from Chicago Med swimming against an actor from Quantico. Or an actress from Conviction running against an actress from NCIS: New Orleans.
Not enough. What Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch said was apparently insufficient. The appellate court judge used the terms “disheartening” and “demoralizing” to express his views on criticisms of the judiciary. According to Sen. Richard Blumenthal, “I think that telling me that he finds these attacks to be demoralizing or disheartening behind closed doors is not enough.” The Connecticut Democrat insisted Judge Gorsuch “needs to make that statement publicly and condemn this attack on the independence of the judiciary and show the American people that he will be independent.”
Tommy Jacomo opens with a joke:
Trump’s got the pope on his yacht. The pope’s hat flies off. It’s in the water. The Secret Service is trying to get it. All the pope’s people are trying to get it. Trump goes, “Hang on, hang on.” He walks across the water, bends over, picks up the hat, walks back across the water, puts in on the pope’s head—the pope’s baffled. Next day’s newspaper headline reads, “TRUMP CAN’T SWIM.”
The first thing to remember is the name of the restaurant. It’s called BLT Prime by David Burke and not BLT Prime by Donald Trump. At the restaurant’s homepage, the address is listed simply as 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, with no mention that this is the location of the Trump International Hotel—formerly the Old Post Office Pavilion. I imagine this is all intentional.
Toms River, N.J.—Suppose I were to tell you a story about a simple burrito, the kind that contains ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and pickles, dressed in a light queso sauce and wrapped snugly in a warm flour tortilla. You’d be the first in line, wouldn’t you? Why take a chance on a Chipotle burrito when you can have something so light and fresh at the low, low price of $3.99?