What on earth was Nunberg doing? A few theories

first_imgBy the end, he had suggested that President Donald Trump may have worked with the Russians, dared Mueller to throw him in jail, repeatedly inquired as to what journalists thought his fate might be, and said he thoughtTrump knew about that Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer.Nunberg did no fewer than three separate interviews with CNN, two with MSNBC and several others.So what on earth was all that about?Below are some ideas. (And it bears noting that not all of these are mutually exclusive.)It was an elaborate, Roger Stone-ian showIf there’s one key piece of the puzzle when it comes to explaining the mess that was Monday, it might well have been this: Sam Nunberg is not just some random political operative; he’s a close ally of Roger Stone.Stone is known for bizarre antics that are just as often self-serving as self-destructive. We all react to stress differently.Perhaps Nunberg, who was known for being very freewheeling and open with the media, simply started talking and couldn’t stop himself.Maybe he found himself in a tough spot and his first reaction was to try to talk his way out of it.His comments were targeted at TrumpNunberg’s relationship with Trump is nothing if not complicated.As CNN recaps, Trump has fired him, rehired him, fired him again and sued him for $10 million before the two of them settled a lawsuit over Nunberg’s alleged breach of their nondisclosure agreement. The White House has also been dismissive of Nunberg whenever he has occasionally offered comments it didn’t like.During Monday’s interviews, Nunberg oscillated between saying Trump hadn’t colluded and suggesting he might have had some arrangement with Russia.He at one point said Trump was too smart to fall victim to Russian blackmail, only to later say that Trump “caused this, because he’s an idiot.”He also said that “there is nobody who hates [Trump] more than me.”“I’m not a Donald Trump fan, as I told you before, okay?” Nunberg told CNN. “He treated me like crap.”If Nunberg really does harbor such resentment toward Trump, maybe publicly speculating about Trump having had an arrangement with Russia and having known about the Trump Tower meeting is one final piece of revenge. Coming from someone who has been interviewed by Mueller’s team, that certainly carries some weight.Maybe he wanted to suggest Trump had done something wrong while sounding like he was defending him. Indeed, Nunberg did little to suggest Monday that this wasn’t some Stone-orchestrated scene.He repeatedly talked about how he felt Mueller was targeting Stone for alleged collusion with WikiLeaks, and he repeatedly argued that Stone was innocent.Despite plenty of inconsistencies in his appearances, this was one point he kept coming back to.“I’m not going to cooperate when they want me to come into a grand jury for them to insinuate that Roger Stone was colluding with Julian Assange,” Nunberg told MSNBC. “Roger is my mentor. Roger is like family.” (If you are unfamiliar, I highly recommend Netflix’s “Get Me Roger Stone.”)“Politics with me isn’t theater,” Stone once told the Weekly Standard. “It’s performance art — sometimes, for its own sake.”Rick Wilson tweeted: Or maybe, like former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon, Nunberg is truly frustrated by what Trump has done — including to him — and couldn’t help himself.And maybe he even felt that Trump needed some kind of bat-signal delivered through cable news about how much trouble he’s in.He was trying to impeach himself as a witnessThis one comes via Post columnist Ruth Marcus, who says Nunberg has now “successfully destroyed his credibility and therefore his utility as a trial witness for Mueller. Mission accomplished?”Indeed, if Nunberg was trying to look erratic and unreliable on Monday, mission accomplished.But would Mueller suddenly lose interest just because of this performance?Aaron Blake is senior political reporter for The Washington Post political blog, The Fix.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? When New York magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi reached Nunberg’s mother by accident, she said his mother told her Nunberg was unavailable because “he’s not doing well.”Olivia Nuzzi tweeted:  Categories: Editorial, OpinionFormer Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg had a surreal day Monday.After deciding he wouldn’t cooperate with a grand jury subpoena from special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation, he went on a media blitz to, well, air some things.Each interview seemed intent upon out-shocking the last. He added in another interview with MSNBC: “I’m not going to go in there for them to set up a case against Roger. Roger did not do anything. Roger and I were treated like crap by Donald Trump, okay?”But even if you grant that this was all some contrived spectacle to assist Stone in some way, that still doesn’t answer how.Refusing to assist Mueller would seem to be help enough; why go on a media blitz saying all kinds of bizarre things? Perhaps this was just performance art for performance art’s sake.He broke under pressureIn one of Nunberg’s later interviews, with CNN’s Erin Burnett, Burnett asked him a question that might have otherwise seemed off-base: Are you drunk? In fact, Burnett didn’t just ask; she said she smelled alcohol on his breath.Nunberg denied he had been drinking and said he wasn’t on anything “besides my meds — antidepressants.”Even separate from that question, though, it was clear Nunberg was under plenty of pressure.That tends to be the case when you’ve got jail time hanging over your head for ignoring a subpoena.last_img read more

Jokowi inaugurates new antiterror agency chief despite criticism

first_imgWhile the antiterror agency had previously been led by police generals, Neta said the police chief only had the authority to recommend a name to the President to fill the position.Boy defended his appointment, saying that some people might have misunderstood the process. He said the National Police chief’s telegram had merely appointed him as a senior officer to the National Police’s Densus 88 counterterrorism squad, who would then be assigned to the BNPT.“So, in the telegram, I was not [directly] named as the head [of the BNPT],” Boy said, adding that the appointment and inauguration of the BNPT head was the President’s domain.Boy, who graduated from the National Police Academy in Semarang, Central Java, in 1988, served as the Papua Police chief from April 2017 to August 2018, when he was assigned to the Lemdiklat. Prior to his assignment in Papua, he had served both as a National Police and Jakarta Police spokesperson as well as the Banten Police chief. (asp)Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Monday inaugurated police Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar as the new head of the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) despite criticism from police watchdogs over the manner of the appointment.Boy – a veteran police officer who has held various high positions in his 32-year career, including Papua Police chief – was chosen to replace fellow police officer Comr. Gen. Suhardi Alius, who had helmed the BNPT since 2016. Prior to the promotion, Boy served as the deputy chief of the police’s education and training institute (Lemdiklat).Around 20 people, including some high-ranking officials, attended the inauguration ceremony, maintaining a distance between one another in the line the health protocol amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “I would like to convey my gratitude to Pak Jokowi for giving me this opportunity. In facing the challenges ahead, the BNPT should be an institution that can incorporate strengths from all elements in the government and society in the fight against terrorism,” Boy said after the ceremony.He added that the focus of the BNPT would be to intensify cooperation with stakeholders from home and abroad. “We know that terrorism is a transnational organized crime. We have to work together; we have to collaborate and incorporate resources from the government and from the people.”The mechanism of Boy’s appointment has been under scrutiny, with Indonesia Police Watch (IPW) chairman Neta S. Pane criticizing the fact that Boy was appointed through a National Police chief telegram.Neta argued it was the President’s prerogative to appoint and inaugurate the BNPT chairman, not the National Police chief’s, as stipulated in a 2010 presidential regulation on the BNPT.last_img read more

Mikel Arteta responds to Arsenal’s link with Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey

first_imgMikel Arteta responds to Arsenal’s link with Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey Thomas Partey has a €50 million release clause in his deal with Atletico Madrid (Getty Images)‘Whether we’re able to do it the way we want, that will be a different story.‘But my focus right now is just to improve the team, get the results that we need to give us the best chance possible to get into Europe, convince the players that this is the right place for them and the right environment, and then work from there.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMeanwhile, Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone admitted that Partey has attracted interest from several clubs in Europe due to his excellent performances.‘Thomas is the one who best understands this position and the transition from defence to attack, shooting, scoring, providing assists and playing passes between the lines,’ Simeone said.‘When he’s at his best level consistently, he’s so good that all the best teams in Europe are looking at him.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 17 Jun 2020 2:48 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.2kShares Comment Mikel Arteta admits Arsenal’s transfer plans may change after being linked with Thomas Partey (Getty Images/Arsenal)Mikel Arteta has suggested Arsenal’s transfer plans may need to be adapted this summer after the club were linked with a move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey.The coronavirus pandemic has already hit the finances of clubs across Europe, while Arsenal’s transfer budget could be restricted even further if they fail to make next season’s Champions League.However, reports have claimed that Arteta has made Partey one of his priority signings for the summer, while the Gunners are reportedly ready to trigger the midfielder’s €50 million (£42m) release clause and offer him a significant raise on his current salary.AdvertisementAdvertisementPartey’s father has also claimed that Arsenal have made an approach ahead of the summer window.ADVERTISEMENTBut when asked if spending €50m on a midfielder is realistic for Arsenal in the current climate, Arteta replied: ‘Well the plans I had were not obviously considering the coronavirus and all the side effects that it has had.‘We know what we have to do to improve the team, that’s for sure.last_img read more

Church leaders quit over sexual misconduct scandal

first_img Sharing is caring! (BBC) The leaders at one of the biggest megachurches in the US have quit over a sexual misconduct scandal that has already claimed its founder.A statement from elders at the Willow Creek church said a “new start” was needed, and that they should have handled the allegations better.Bill Hybels stepped down earlier this year after accusations of inappropriate conduct emerged.He has denied the allegations but said he had become a distraction.With more than 25,000 members and locations in Chicago, Willow Creek is thought to be the fifth largest megachurch in the US. Megachurches are defined as congregations with regular weekly attendance of at least 2,000 persons.Several women have come forward with accusations against Mr Hybels dating back to the 1990s.Earlier this year, the Chicago Tribune and Christianity Today both detailed allegations that he had made unwanted advances and suggestive comments to church members.Church leaders were reportedly told four years ago that Mr Hybels was having an affair with one woman and was accused of harassment by others.An internal investigation cleared him of wrongdoing.What has #MeToo actually changed?But in April, after the allegations went public, Mr Hybels said he would step down, months ahead of his planned retirement date in October this year. His announcement brought gasps from his congregation.New allegations emerged over the weekend, with a former assistant alleging he groped her repeatedly.The latest claims prompted the resignation of one of Mr Hybels’ successors Steve Carter, who quit over the church’s handling of the misconduct allegations. It appears the rest of the church leaders also felt compelled to act.In their statement, church elders said investigations had been “flawed” and that their trust in Willow Creek’s founder had “clouded our judgement”.“We, as a board, know Willow needs and deserves a fresh start, and the entire board will step down to create room for a new board,” it said.The church’s lead pastor, Heather Larson. who also stepped down, said trust had been broken and there was an urgency to “move in a better direction”.The announcement comes as it is due to host a summit of hundreds of churches, but scores have dropped out.Willow Creek has appointed Steve Gillen as a new lead pastor and has promised an independent review of its governance.Leaving the church after learning the news, churchgoer Lisa Dudley told the New York Times: “I never had a personal relationship with any of those pastors, but I have a personal relationship with God.” Share 194 Views   no discussions FaithInternationalLifestylePrint Church leaders quit over sexual misconduct scandal by: – August 10, 2018center_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

LaLiga named Honorary Ambassador of the Spain Brand in International Relations

first_imgAdvertisement i9zNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2mWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Egppu( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) elkWould you ever consider trying this?😱c0wt5Can your students do this? 🌚6i2k9Roller skating! Powered by Firework  LaLiga, Ana Botin, Isabel Coixet, Carolina Marin, ONCE, Paradores, Francisco Mojica and Jose Luis Bonet comprise the eighth group of Honorary Ambassadors of the Spain Brand chosen by the Leading Brands of Spain Forum as part of an initiative to publicly recognise the people, companies and institutions that have made the largest and best contributions, with their exemplary professional backgrounds, to reinforcing a positive image of Spain abroad.Advertisement LaLiga, chosen in the International Relations category, was represented by its president, Javier Tebas, who, along with the rest of the honorary ambassadors, held a meeting with the royal couple before the ceremony to share the ambassadors’ vision of Spain’s international image in various spheres.Advertisement The other ambassadors were recognised in the following biennial categories: Ana Botin (Corporate Management), ONCE (Social Action), Isabel Coixet (Art and Culture), Red de Paradores (Tourism and Gastronomy), Carolina Marin (Sports), Francisco Mojica (Science and Innovation), and Jose Luis Bonet (Extraordinary Credentials).Advertisement In his speech, His Majesty King Felipe VI underscored the work of the ambassadors: “Today I would like to reiterate the fact that our collective present and future are also moulded by the people, by Spaniards: the biography of Spain is the biography of all of its men and women, and we must continue to build it with the participation and efforts of all. And in this endeavour, we can feel proud of these role models of Spanish society who are the Honorary Ambassadors of the Spain Brand, truly an example for everyone.”“Thanks to LaLiga and the agreements with the various broadcasters, hundreds of millions of people around the world can enjoy Spanish football. LaLiga contributes to showing the world our undeniable strength as a country, given that the teams we have here are among the best on the planet. However, that reinforcement of Spain’s image also takes place through the power of football as a spectacle across the globe and through its inherent values as a sporting discipline, such as hard work, personal betterment, teamwork and collaboration,” His Majesty King Felipe VI went on to say with regard to the work of LaLiga as International Relations Ambassador. Advertisementlast_img read more

RBC Bats Silent In 7-0 MCT Loss To Manalapan

first_imgBy Ryan FennellRed Bank Catholic was eliminated in the first round of the Monmouth County Tournament in a 7-0 loss to Manalapan.Red Bank – It seemed one big inning would be all the Caseys needed to steal the lead, and the game, away from Manalapan last Friday in the first round of the Monmouth County softball tournament.The Caseys are still waiting for that inning.Manalapan, and starting pitcher Caitlin Gee, shut down the Caseys for seven innings to take a 7-0 victory into the next round against top-seeded Saint John Vianney.Gee pitched a complete game shutout allowing only two hits while striking out seven.  Gee did walk five batters, but no Caseys’ runner reached third base in the game.“In key situations we didn’t make good decisions,” said Red Bank Catholic head coach Tony Flego.  “We prepared ourselves properly to play, we just didn’t execute.  We did not execute our game plan at the plate.  We didn’t do what we had to do.”The Caseys’ best opportunities to score came in the second and fourth innings.Brynne Bauman led off the bottom of the second with a walk and quickly stole second.  After Morgan Chayes struck out looking on three pitches, Sarah Dnistrian worked a walk to put two on with one out, and the Caseys only down 1-0 at this point.However, Gee struck out Dakota Chayes and Colleen Signorelli to retire the side and end the Caseys threat.With one out in the fourth, Bauman again got RBC started by singling to left.  After Morgan Chayes flew out to center, Dnistrian worked another walk to move Bauman into scoring position, but Dakota Chayes grounded out to the pitcher to end the inning and Gee once again escaped, this time leading 4-0.Errors in the field led to three more runs for Manalapan with two in the sixth and one in the seventh.Five of Manalapan’s seven runs in the game came with two outs.“I thought we were in it the whole game,” Flego said.  “Even when we were down 4-0, I thought we could come back.  We just couldn’t get anything going.“We have to play error free, and we have to hit the ball,” he added.Manalapan took an early 1-0 lead in the first when Jackie Tsang smoked a two-out triple to left and scored on an infield single by Cassie Hrevnak.  Hrevnak lined a 1-1 pitch back to the mound but the ball glanced off Caseys’ pitcher Emily Simon’s glove and trickled toward short as Tsang scampered home.Tsang was 3-for-4 on the day adding a single in the third and a two-run double to right with the bases loaded in the sixth.Manalapan went up 2-0 in the third when Amanda Dipietrantonio smashed a two-out solo homerun to deep left-center.The Braves went ahead 4-0 in the fourth when, again with two outs, Amy Lagomarsino singled to left and Chandler Matcovich drew a walk and both advanced on a wild pitch.  Francesca Marchese followed with another base-on-balls to load the bases for Lauren Schwartz who walked on four pitches.  Dipietrantonio knocked in the second run of the inning with an infield single before Tsang grounded into a fielder’s choice at second to end the inning.Tsang drove in two more in the sixth with her bases loaded double to right, which would have cleared the bases had the ball not rolled under a fence in right resulting in a grounds-rule double.  Schwartz knocked in the seventh and final run for the Braves with two outs in the seventh with a single to left.“It was a good bounce-back win for us after losing in the bottom of the seventh to Middletown North [3-2 on April 25],” said Manalapan head coach Chris Hoffman. “Caitlin Gee carries us for the most part.  She’s kept us in every game since I’ve been here [two years].  We’ve been in every game because of her and it’s nice to see the infield and outfield back her up.”Manalapan did not commit an error in the game and struck out only twice in seven innings.The ninth-seeded Braves take on Saint John Vianney in the second round of the MCT.  Manalapan lost 1-0 to the Lancers in last year’s Monmouth County Tournament.“We’re excited to face them again,” Hoffman said.last_img read more

Respect Is The Driving Force Behind Painted Blue Lines On the…

first_imgBy Joseph SapiaBlue center lines on roads have become somewhat of a trend in recent weeks to show support for the women and men in blue, the law enforcement community.“I think the purpose is to give people a reminder we’re supportive of the police, we appreciate all they do for us,” said Middletown Mayor Gerard P. Scharfenberger.Township workers in Middletown painted a blue line in late October on Kings Highway. It goes from the area at the police station at Route 35 for about 2 miles to Red Hill Road.Around Nov. 1, Holmdel workers painted a blue line on Crawfords Corner Road at the Town Hall-Police headquarters. It runs down Crawfords Corner Road for about a quarter-mile toward Holmdel High School, said Mayor Eric Hinds.“Some other towns are doing it,” Hinds said. “We jumped on it. Show a little appreciation. I don’t know a worse year to be a police officer. We just wanted to show our support.”The year has been marked by the shooting deaths of police officers in Dallas, Iowa, California, Alaska, Arizona, Louisiana, Michigan and Puerto Rico. More than 50 officers have been shot and killed this year around the country, according to the CNN television network.“It’s a very difficult time to do this job,” said Middletown Police Detective Lt. Paul J. Bailey.Middletown and Holmdel painted the blue line between the existing double-yellow lines.At its Oct. 13 meeting, the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders passed a resolution, saying the board “strongly supports the symbolic painting of a Thin Blue Line in support of the law enforcement community” in the county.“The Thin Blue Line is a universal symbol to law enforcement, used not only to commemorate fallen law enforcement but also to represent the shared commitment to all of those who choose to protect their communities every day,” according to the freeholders resolution.The “Thin Blue Line” expression has been used to describe the police presence separating good from bad.“We have to show the public and our youth how much we support law enforcement and what they do for us,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “It’s the only way you’re going to see the respect to our law enforcement agencies they deserve.“Here in Monmouth County, we totally, 100 percent, support our law enforcement agencies,” Arnone said.“The police really appreciate it,” Scharfenberger said.“I think it speaks very highly of the town we work for and the community we serve and protect that they would choose to do it,” Bailey said. “It’s a very nice gesture.”“I think it shows support for law enforcement, which is a good thing,” said Holmdel Police Lt. Robert Philhower.The line work was done as part of routine maintenance, Scharfenberger said. He said it should last awhile.“I guess we’ll have to make a decision if we want to make it a permanent thing,” Scharfenbergers said.Painting lines of different colors – green for St. Patrick’s Day and pink for breast cancer advocacy – seems to be a trend, Scharfenberger said.last_img read more

Bantam Reps sweep rivals from Sunflower City

first_imgBy The  Nelson Daily SportsSecond period goals by Sawyer Hunt, Nolan Percival and Brandon Sookro sparked the Nelson Bantams Reps to a 6-3 victory over rival Castlegar Rebels in West Kootenay Minor Hockey League action Friday at the NDCC Arena.Sunday, Sam Woodward potted the winner with six minutes remaining in the game to give Nelson a 6-5 win over the Rebels.The win was the fourth straight for Nelson over Castlegar.In game one of the series the three-headed monster of Hunt, Percival and Sookro broke open what had started as a close game between the two rivals.Sookro, with his third of the game, and Percival scored in the third to give Nelson some insurance.Chase Butula scored twice and Edward Lindsay added a single for Castlegar.Saturday, Nelson appeared to be in control, building a 5-2 lead after two periods. But the Rebels struck back for three third-period goals, two by Craig Pilla and a single from Gerodan Broeckx, to make the game close.Michael Viala, with a pair, Dylan Whiffen, Sookro and Sam Weber scored for Nelson. Kane Roberts and Broeckx also scored for Castlegar.Brayden Pompu was solid between the pipes for Nelson during both games.Sickness continues to hamper the playing roster of the Reps. However, the Nelson coaching staff had more regulars to choose from than the previous week.The West Kootenay Minor Hockey playoffs begin Friday, Feb. 11 in Nelson as the Leafs play host to Castlegar.The winner of the first-team-to-four-points series represents the zone at the B.C. Minor Hockey Bantam Rep Tier III Championships in Smithers.OVERTIME: Friday’s game featured two referees instead of one for minor hockey games as Erik Laughton and Shawn Peel officiated the game between the two West Kootenay rivals.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Castlegar’s Courson edges Kokanee Springs Petersen for Balfour Senior Men’s Open title

first_imgDon Courson of Castlegar outlasted Crawford Bay’s Leif Petersen by two strokes to capture the 2011 Senior Men’s Open last month at the Balfour Golf and Country Club.  Courson finished the 18-hole tournament with a 3-over-par 75 to nip Petersen of Kokanee Springs.   Marc Cross of Birchbank won Low Net honours, edging Ken England and Bob Hale  by a pair of shots. Cross finished with a net 66.   Flight winners included Petersen taking first flight. England and Bob Hale were tied for Low Net.   Bob Matthew won second flight with a score of 81. Barry Bernard and Dwayne Grieve finished one-two in Low Net with 67 and 69, respectively.   Don Howie won third flight with an 86 with Albert Volpatti topping Low Net with 69. He was one shot better than Hugh Blackstock.   Norm Cassels took fourth flight honours with an 88 while Ron Pederson and Merv Schmidt tied for Low Net at 67.last_img read more