There were so many breaking stories recently with which the media is obsessed, I was having trouble zeroing in on just one for this column. So, I have decided to simply give my version of "CliffsNotes."

Let’s talk "nukes"

Judge Gorsuch was sworn in as our next Supreme Court Justice because Mitch McConnell enforced the nuclear option, which requires only a senate majority vote for confirmation. The nuclear option? Nuclear, really? The name alone should be telling us something. While I’m not as skeptical as some, after all this will apply to future votes when the Democrats are in control; I do think it puts another nail in the coffin of bipartisanship.

Kim Jung Un tested

Another nuclear missile. Our president publicly called on China to “do something” right before he met with the Chinese president. Ah, to have been a fly on the wall at that meeting. Regime change is being bantered about, as if that has worked out so well in the past. And, we increased our naval presence in the area, prompting Un to threaten the use of nukes.

On to Syria

Assad gassed a populated area, giving us all a horrific view of just how deadly its use can be. President Trump then implemented a strike on the airbase from which the attack was orchestrated, stating that if then-President Obama had responded thusly, there would have been no need for this action. Many in Congress are up in arms that they were not asked for approval before the go ahead was given for the strike. Ironically, the reason that Obama didn’t strike back then was that he went to Congress and they wouldn’t approve it. Not to make light of a horrific situation, I personally like the idea of socking a bully in the eye when their actions are so egregious. It might not do much, but it sure feels good.

Press Secretary Sean Spicer once again put his foot in his mouth when stating that Assad was worse than Hitler who never used gas. Ooops. Personally, I am Jewish and I think that this is a non-story. The man was flustered and misspoke. He has apologized. Let it go. But, it is only the latest in a string of problems that Spicer has had in his role as Press Secretary. It might be time for him to step down.

The O’Reilly Factor

Bill, Bill, Bill; after what happened to your boss, are you really going to take the “I’m a target and the accusations are not true” defensive? With his sponsors fleeing, he is off “on vacation.” Hey, maybe he could be Spicer’s replacement!

The Unfriendly Skies

A picture is worth a thousand words and the video speaks volumes. A paid, seated customer being dragged off the plane so United personnel could be accommodated is outrageous as were the ensuing comments by the United CEO, who had to take several stabs at the appropriate apologetic statement.

Wendy J. Levenfeld is a published novelist, playwright and columnist. Send comments to Visit wendy’s website at

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