The New York Times published an op-ed that it claims was written by a senior Trump official. He or she says there is a quiet resistance inside the administration at the highest level to thwart some of the president's policies. Howard Dicus pondered the possibility of it being true. Suppose Trump staffers work daily to block impulsive Trump orders. It wouldn't be the first time. In Ronald Reagan's second term, when aides thought he was less sharp than before, senior staffers acted on their own, each one convinced they were doing what Reagan wanted. We now know they pursued foreign adventures Reagan had vowed never to do.
In Richard Nixon's final days, Defense Secretary James Schlesinger ordered that any military order from Nixon be cleared with him first. But the mother of all precedents came from a Democratic administration. Woodrow Wilson had a stroke years before leaving office. His doctor and his wife Edith kept it secret, and they ran the country. It's not clear to Howard whether we KNOW Wilson or Nixon or Reagan had become unfit for office, only that aides and relatives thought so. Bloomberg said Trump aides think they're dealing with a crisis but in a sense they ARE the crisis. One key difference this time is that we're hearing about it WHILE it's going on. In the other cases we mostly didn't.
On a much lighter note, Steve Uyehara has chosen an NFL player to root for and it's Shaquem Griffin. He said that we've talked about him before on this show. He's the one-handed linebacker who stunned everyone at the NFL combine by running a 4.38 forty and bench pressing 225 pounds 20 times. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks and yesterday he was named a starter. Shaquem led the team with 24 tackles in the preseason. Defensive coordinator Ken Norton Junior said - quote - "watching him grow and develop and run and hit and do the things that we expected him to do when we drafted him, it's really good to see."
Grace Lee shared video of the Air Guitar champion of the world. Nanami Nagura was crowned recently in Finland. Judges say they chose her because of her sheer energy and her back bending abilities. She actually won the global competition in 2014, so this is her second win. Her nickname is "Seven Seas' which comes from the kanji of her name.