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It is quite a week already with this from Steve Bannon about how unhinged the Trump Presidency has become–I was working away in support of The Daily Outsider as the team has been assessing the long-term as I saw this–Bill Kristol said Bannon will be fired–BUT then if he is, Briebart will go nuclear.    Axios, the Startup Media outfit, caught this as well available by linking here as I also caught highlights on MSNBC too. 

As I was working away, I also picked up a New York Times article about the President’s Lawyer forwarding an email regarding General Lee and equating it with President Washington.    I found it quite remarkable that the 4 Service Chiefs had to address racism which I retweeted–and although I may have lost a few Tweeter Followers, As a member of @ordinaryfaces, I will do my part.

Quite a week…and can’t help but wonder when this ‘Freak Show” will end–and how as I noted in my Virtual Corner on when will our generation’s Joseph E. Welch will stand up?   This is as Business Abandoned the President as well.    America is being tested right now–and I am with Jonathan Alter that leaders have to make a decision–including Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan and yes, Members of the House Freedom Caucus.

Here is the article from the American Prospect:

Trump’s embattled strategist phones me, unbidden, to opine on China, Korea, and his enemies in the administration.

Source: Steve Bannon, Unrepentant

Between Venezuela, North Korea, what happened in Virginia and the latest profound challenges on the Climate Change Front, we are living in very very scary times.  This insightful analysis brings some perspective to bear that I thought was quite timely for this edition of “Thought 4 the Week”!!

“….Uncertainty is scary. The unknown is scary. Leaders will always face uncertainty and the future will always be unknown. A company team I worked with recently has some pretty big anticipated hurdles coming up in about a year. The height of the hurdles is not clear, nor if there will be ground to land on […]

via 4 Strategies for Leading in Uncertain Times — Leading with Trust

I have been working away as I picked this up courtesy of Professor Turley.   This is as he has been at the forefront of calling for a recussal of the Deputy Attorney General.  It is bound to be ever so interesting–and this is as the latest financial disclosure noted how Mr Mueller’s Time has walked away for multi-million dollar gigs to serve on the team not withstanding the President’s recent onslaught.

Here are the “opening thoughts” 4 reference: “….In a move that should concern the Trump legal team, FBI agents raided the Alexandria home of President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort a couple weeks ago despite Manafort’s reported cooperation with investigators. Given the fact that Manafort was turning over requests documents, it is notable that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators would want […]

via FBI Conducts Pre-Dawn Raid Of Paul Manafort’s Home — JONATHAN TURLEY

As I have been continuing on-going commitments at the Daily Outsider, I also was a bit more “active” than usual in response to President Trump as I asked repeatedly for a condemnation of the attack on a Mosque in Minnesota. The Governor of Minnesota called it terrorism–but the President was silent. It is then interesting how media beyond US shores reflect upon the lives of Muslims in America today:

Onward to the New Week…..

As I have been working away in continued support of the start up I work for, The Daily Outsider, I picked up this courtesy of the team at Blanchard that’s also a must read for me–A lot to think about!!!

In this episode of the Blanchard LeaderChat podcast, we interview Michael Bungay Stanier, author of The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More

via Michael Bungay Stanier on The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More

***As I have been on the “Prowl”, I ran across this which is a great read on Management & leadership which is a pleasure to share for my “”Corner” for this week’s “Thought 4 the week*******

I remember the rude awakening my oldest son received when he moved into a management position with a national pizza chain. He learned what it was like to carry a greater level of responsibility, deal with unreliable employees, and train new team members. One morning he walked into the kitchen, bleary eyed from lack of […]

via These 3 Actions Will Make You Everyone’s Favorite Boss — Leading with Trust

Once again, Corey Robins strikes!!   He lays out a realistic assessment of the realities beyond the “Noise” we’ve all been witness to….quite a Read”….    


John Harwood has a good piece about Trump’s downward spiral of weakness: Increasingly, federal officials are deciding to simply ignore President Donald Trump. As stunning as that sounds, fresh evidence arrives every day of the government treating the man elected to lead it as someone talking mostly to himself. … “What is most remarkable is…

via The very thing that liberals think is imperiled by Trump will be the most potent source of his long-term power and effects — Corey Robin

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Below is my column in USA Today on the profane and shocking statements by the new White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci. The staements were later defended as “an Italian thing.” The suggestion was that this was just a form of Italian venting. It was not. First, as someone raised in a Sicilian family, I […]

via Scaramucci’s Profane Tirade Is No “Italian Thing” — JONATHAN TURLEY

July 2017 is coming to an End.    It was gratifying to see this courtesy of Professor Turley that underscores the profound challenges the Trump Administration  has has to deal with.  The question is whether the New Month will be any different as a new Chief of Staff takes over.    What happens in Washington Matters to us all.


***Professor Turley’s latest is noted in this latest edition of my “View of the Week” For my WordPress Corner****

Below is my column in the Washington Post on the controversy over the possible use of pardon authority by President Donald Trump to protect his family and aides involved in the Russian investigation. Trump’s tweet reference to his “complete power to pardon” fueled rumors that he is considering pardons, including a possible self-pardon.

via Of Pardons and Presidents: Why Trump Can But Shouldn’t Use His Power To Pardon His Family and Aides — JONATHAN TURLEY