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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

If Ruskies did help elect Trump, then now is the time to 'Lock him up! Lock him up!'

A cartoon from Jeff Darcy of Cleveland.com portrays the warped mind of President Trump, who is shown equating Nordstrom "killing" daughter Ivanka's fashion line to President Putin killing thousands of civilians in Aleppo during the Syrian civil war and in Ukraine.



The New York Times is reminding readers that President Trump "has still refused to answer questions about contact between his campaign and Russia," and an Op-Ed columnist called that "an unacceptable silence."

Meanwhile, a Times editorial notes:

"President Trump may have thought the departure of his national security adviser, Michael Flynn, would end the controversy over his administration's involvement with Russia, but the damning revelations keep on coming.

"The whole fiasco underscores the dysfunction and dishonesty of his White House and how ill prepared it is to lead the nation."

The New York newspaper has taken the lead in reporting Trump-Russia contacts, as is evident on the front page of The Record, where a USA Today story quotes The Times:

"The New York Times reported that law enforcement and intelligence agencies intercepted calls and phone records showing Donald Trump's presidential campaign aides, as well as other associates, having repeated contact with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the [Nov. 8] election" (1A).

As evidence mounts of Russia's role in electing Trump, many recall how The Record of Woodland Park and news outlets across the country demonized his opponent, Hillary Clinton, without any evidence her private email server endangered national security or broke the law, as Republicans claimed.

They also recall how our very own GOP thug, Governor Christie, whipped the Republican National Convention into a frenzy of calls to "Lock her up! Lock her up!"

So, now may be the time for Trump critics to start chanting, "Lock him up! Lock him up!"

The FBI is calling

Also on Page 1 today, Staff Writer Hannan Adely reports:

"FBI agents have been calling Syrian refugees in New Jersey and asking to meet -- alarming advocates who say they fear the visits could be a first step toward surveillance at a time when refugees have been cast as a suspect group" (1A).

Christie was the first, in November 2015, to advocate barring Syrian refugees, including children, from New Jersey and the rest of the country.

Then Trump incorporated that Syrian refugee phobia into his controversial travel ban, which has been suspended by a federal appeals court.

Local news?

Gannett's editors have put readers of local news on a starvation diet.

That's the only conclusion you can reach after looking at today's Local front and seeing a story on who will pay for replacing "the high school's aging synthetic turf field" in tiny Waldwick, population 9,839 in 2013 (1L).