In today’s Morning Buzz Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescues himself from the Russian Inquiry, more chilling news on the number of deaths in Mosul, and details emerge on another public servant using their private e-mail while in office.

All of this USA & Russia talk has me reminiscing on Hollywood’s love affair with the USA vs Soviet Union theme in the 1980’s.  Today’s Buzz features a few classic 80’s films where we went toe to toe with the Soviet Union and we end with an inspirational speech from the great boxing legend Rocky Balboa.


Right Now w/ Brian Southey (LinkedIn / Twitter)

What I’m Listening toRyan Adams: Prisoner

What I’m Reading – I need something new to read (preferably not a parenting/baby book).

What I’m Watching – Mike Birbigilia: Thank God for Jokes

What I Want to Know from You – Can you name all of the 80’s films featured in today’s Buzz?


Jeff Sessions Recuses Himself From Russia Inquiry  Attorney General Jeff Sessions, facing a storm of criticism over newly disclosed contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States, recused himself on Thursday from any investigation into charges that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

ISIS dumped bodies in a desert sinkhole. It may be years before we know the full scale of the killings.  The horror stories about the Islamic State’s mass killings at a cavernous hole in the desert near Mosul became legendary over the years. Soon after the group took control of the Iraqi city more than 2½ years ago, the 100-foot-wide sinkhole five miles southwest of the airport became a site for summary executions. Some victims were made to line up at the edge of the hole and were shot before being kicked inside, while others were tossed in alive, residents said. Sometimes bodies were just trucked in for dumping.

Hackers accessed a private email account Pence used for official business as Indiana governor  Vice President Pence used a private email account that was later compromised while he served as governor of Indiana, his office confirmed Thursday. The existence of the account was first reported by the Indy Star, which obtained copies of Pence’s emails through a Freedom of Information request.




Mayor Ted Wheeler will consider dropping Wells Fargo as city’s bank  Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler says the city will seek alternatives to depositing city money at Wells Fargo in an effort to stop providing financial support to a bank that is financing the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.

Is Yucca Mountain once again to be America’s nuclear waste dump?  Thirty years after Nevada’s Yucca Mountain was designated as America’s only dumping ground for nuclear waste, not a single isotope has been sent there.

“Land Grab” documentary follows story of controversial blight removal in Detroit  “Land Grab” is the story of John Hantz’s plan to purchase and renovate 10,000 acres in Detroit.

Detroit’s riverfront plan includes a beach, more parks, fewer condos  This new vision boldly accepts that public access to the riverfront outweighs the value of a few more condos and shops.

America’s Two-Front War of Ideas  America is currently engaged in an epic war of ideas in which the country’s very way of life is at stake.

When Factory Jobs Vanish, Men Become Less Desirable Partners  In many small towns across the country, there aren’t very many good jobs these days. Once there were factories that employed millions and paid decent wages.

Nation’s First Transit Funding Income Tax Approved in Indianapolis  It took awhile, but the city of Indianapolis has finally approved the nation’s first income tax to raise revenue for the IndyGo public transit system.

When St. Patrick’s Day Revelry Overwhelms a Neighborhood  Around St. Patrick’s Day three years ago, the Clarendon neighborhood in Arlington County, Virginia—a 40-block swath of bars and apartments across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.—realized it had become a victim of its own success.

What Cities Looked Like Before the EPA The Environmental Protection Agency has a murky future in the Trump administration. Hours before the President promised in his address to Congress “to promote clean air and clear water,” he signed an executive order to roll back an Obama-era EPA clean water rule.

Dishwasher becomes a partner in one of the world’s greatest restaurants  Ali Sonko will be set for life with a stake in the Copenhagen restaurant Noma.

Doctors No Longer Rush to Cut the Umbilical Cord The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is the newest group to recommend that doctors wait to clamp and cut the cord of newborns.

As State Budget Revenues Fall Short, Higher Education Faces A Squeeze At least 24 states have reported that revenues this year have come in weaker than expected, leading to cuts to higher education spending across the country.

Keating Report: 2017 forecast on government budgets and spending—Part 1 Pittsburgh’s mayor finds ways to pay for capital projects, bridge replacement and operating costs.

Local Government Confidential

Wheeler ‘rewriting’ City Council code of conduct  Mayor Ted Wheeler will introduce new rules of conduct for everyone attending City Council meetings and will ask for the power to be able to eject people when they break those rules.

Lawmakers unveil bill to help state, local governments with cybersecurity  A bipartisan pair of senators has introduced a bill that would require the federal government to do more to help state and local officials combat cyber threats.

FL Gov.: Trump Understands ‘Local Government Works Better’  Governor Rick Scott (R-Fla.) said Monday on “The First 100 Days” that he had a fruitful meeting with President Trump and some of his cabinet members regarding the effects that the president’s health care plans will have on Florida.