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Trump Tweets: I will release ‘classified’ JFK files

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President Donald J. Trump Tweeted Saturday morning that he will approve the release of sensitive files and documents relating to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

The congressionally set deadline for a president to release the documents is Oct. 26, one day before Trump is slated to visit the city for a fundraiser.

The president’s Tweet leaves some room to maneuver.

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It is hard to overestimate the anticipation of this release, as Kennedy’s short administration has been frozen in the American mindset as a golden age, or Camelot, cut short by a mysterious sniper’s bullet, while the young president and his glamorous first lady, Jacqueline B. Kennedy transversed by motorcade through Dallas’s Dealey Plaza on his way to another speech on his tour of Texas.

The Dallas Morning News wrote upon getting the news of the pending release:

Those who are sure that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone are eager for vindication and new jigsaw pieces to fill the void spots in the puzzle. So are those who blame the mob, Fidel Castro, the Soviets or the military-industrial complex.

Lost on neither camp is the fact that the authority to decide which secrets to keep sealed for another decade or more rests with a president known for indulging conspiracy theories.

The release by Oct. 26, 2017 was established in the President John F. Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992, written and sponsored by Kennedy’s friend Sen. John H. Glenn Jr. (D.-Ohio).

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Mitch McConnell Preparing Exit Strategies, Potential Successors in Advance of Possible Retirement

Will Mitch retire?

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has reportedly created a shortlist of potential successors, with the establishment Republican considering a possible retirement before his term ends. McConnell was reelected to another Senate term in 2020, and the Intercept broke the news of his retirement considerations on Thursday.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is reportedly McConnell’s first pick for his successor. Former UN Ambassador Kelly Craft and Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams are also possible replacements. McConnell, 79, has served as a Kentucky Senator since 1985.

Kentucky law currently would allow Governor Andy Beshear- a Democrat- to appoint McConnell’s successor if he retired. However, McConnell is pushing for the Republican state legislature to pass reforms allowing them to select replacements for Senators who have resigned. McConnell’s quiet boosting of legislative reforms to appoint interim Senators led to the reports of his potential retirement, although it’s unclear when he plans to leave the picture.

McConnell largely alienated the Republican Party with a forceful denunciation of former President Donald Trump during the second sham impeachment trial targeting the President, although he declined to vote to convict the President on the basis of legality. A Republican candidate in the mold of McConnell’s 20th century style would have a difficult time winning a Kentucky GOP primary, and McConnell’s appointed pick may start off in such an election with a considerable handicap. In addition, the legacy Senator remains popular in Kentucky, although at least one county party censured him for his betrayal of Trump in January.


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