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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Lock him up! Lock him up! Donald Jr. loved the idea of getting dirt on Clinton

"Dirty Donny Jr" is the title of this cartoon from Steve Sack of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.


Editor's note: This post has been updated with the events of June 7, 2016. Were they a coincidence or a conspiracy?


"Donald Trump Jr. Makes the Russia Connection" is the headline on an editorial in today's New York Times.

"It's all there in the emails," the paper's Editorial Board says.

That's a reference to messages that set up a Trump Tower meeting between the younger Trump and a Russian-government attorney during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The Times broke the story on Tuesday, when an online report carried this headline:

"Russian dirt on Clinton? 'I love it,' Donald Trump Jr. said."

And instead of the "transparency" President Trump has attributed to his oldest son, The Times said Mini-Donald only released the incriminating emails after the paper's Washington Bureau gave him a deadline for comment.

Father and son

The president has denied knowledge of his son's meeting with the Russian lawyer.

But on June 7, 2016, the New York businessman promised a "major speech" attacking campaign rival Hillary Clinton -- just hours after son Donald set up the meeting to learn the compromising information on the Democratic candidate, according to several news media reports.

Was that a coincidence or a conspiracy?

Russian support

On Page 1 of The Record of Woodland Park, USA Today reports:

The emails "appear to back up the most damning revelation" by The Times "that Trump's closest associates and family members actively sought out information they knew was part of a high-level Russian government effort to support Trump's campaign."

In other words, when it comes to the Trump family, the fish stinks from the head down.

Lock Don Jr. up! Lock Don Jr. up! 

Isn't that what the Republican National Convention delegates thundered last July about Clinton, even without evidence she had committed a crime?

Local news?

The Record leads the local-news section today with a rare story on Englewood's struggling downtown (1L).

But we've yet to see any stories from Staff Writer Michael W. Curley Jr. on why the small city is one of the most mismanaged in Bergen County.

The only local news about River Edge is a story on the construction of a more modern McDonald's restaurant that will have touch-screen ordering.

Staff Writer Melanie Anzidei doesn't say whether owner Brian Hairston plans to improve the quality of the crappy food.

The big news in Bergenfield and Rutherford? New artificial turf fields (2L and 3L).

Stories on affordable housing in Cresskill and Montvale appear on the Local front and 3L.