What do Punjab and Italy's Po Valley have in common? More than you might imagine, which explains why immigrant Sikhs from the Indian state became the backbone of Italy's most famous cheese-making industry. On the flat plains of the Po Valley is the small town of Novellara, in the province of Reggio Emilia.
It's not far from the city of Parma - and from Parma and Reggio Emilia comes the name of one of the world's most famous cheeses, Parmigiano Reggiano... in English, Parmesan. Under EU rules, it has to be made exclusively from milk produced and transformed into cheese in this area of northern Italy.
The heat is on. Besides the obstruction investigation and the money laundering investigation, there's talk of something else--something really bad--coming down the pike from a foreign intelligence service.
Some people think it's from Russian intelligence--the infamous pee tape. I doubt that tape exists, and what I heard from my connected friend was something else, something worse than the pee tape. And I heard it's coming from an ally that fears Trump is seriously endangering the West, and that he must be stopped. If what I heard turns out to be true (I'm skeptical because it's so bad), it would be the end for Trump.
Yesterday's press release from Deputy AG Rosenstein looks like a "brace yourselves" statement that sounds about right given the rumor that's circulating. Why else issue this weird, enigmatic warning unless something very bad were about to drop?
The idea being that the FBI director and AG work for the president, so he can order the end of any investigation. What Gingrich doesn't mention is that he played a leading role in the impeachment of Bill Clinton, and obstruction of justice was one of the two grounds for impeachment.
Speaking of gaslighting, here's Newt Gingrich complaining on Fox News today:
"You've had a series of things which send signals that tell people that it's okay to hate the president."
This is rich, given that Gingrich was the principal driver of a more focused demonization strategy in GOP politics. In his infamous 1996 GOPAC Memo, he advised fellow Republicans to overcome their hesitation to use harsh words to describe their opponents. He went as far as creating a list of words they should use. A sample follows: