Nightly Steve Open Thread

Steve is very impressed with the new website and clearly very excited for you all to see it as readers:

I love this cat.

Front-Pager Testing of the New Site Has Begun!

Calling All Front-Pagers!  As of a few minutes ago, you have access for testing the new site.

I can’t say when the wider testing will start, but if you are one of the testing volunteers, that means you might want to start checking your email daily.

Front-Pagers, if you see this:  Please uncheck auto posting of your test posts to John’s twitter and Facebook accounts!

Emoluments (Open Thread)

U.S. Constitution Emoluments Clause:

No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.

Breaking news from The Post:

President Trump has awarded the G-7 Summit of world leaders to his own private company, scheduling the massive gathering for next year at his Trump Doral resort outside Miami, the White House said Thursday.

That decision will bring hundreds of diplomats, media and security personnel to Trump’s financially struggling resort — where profits fell 70 percent after Trump entered politics. These events typically fill the host resort, bringing large payments for rooms and meals, and providing global publicity.

This appears to be the first time in American history that a president has given such a massive contract to himself. Trump still owns the Doral resort, and can draw profits from it, though his company has said they will not over-charge the government.

Can this be another article of impeachment? Trump on the site selection:

“They [Trump aides] went to places all over the country, and they came back and they said, ‘This is where we’d like to be.’ It’s not about me. It’s about getting the right location.”

Uh-huh. Everyone knows how pleasant inland Miami is during the summer, which is also hurricane season.

Open thread.

Thursday Morning Open Thread: Pivotal Image

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Cold Grey Pre-Dawn Open Thread: Norman Desmond in the WH

I am big. It’s the pictures that got small.”