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Today, Darius Dixon and Eric Wolff wrote “Trump coal backer wins big under Perry’s power plan: The secretary’s proposal for reshaping the electricity markets will throw a lifeline to a coal-mining company owned by Trump supporter Bob Murray” (https://www.politico.com/story/2017/11/06/trumps-coal-backers-energy-power-rick-perry-244535).
And that was just when you thought that former Texas State Representative Rick Perry, who, in the good old days, was a Sam Rayburn Democrat, had disappeared.
Meanwhile, as capably explained by CNN’s Nicole Gaouette in both French and English (http://www.cnn.com/2017/11/06/politics/saudi-us-trump-policy/index.html), in Riyadh, 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, First Deputy Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, who is the youngest defense minister in the world, is, so far, being spectacularly successful in purging corrupt family members, as he attempts to show the younger generation of Saudis that he is just as effective in consolidating power in himself as Chinese President Xi Jin-ping.
Associate solitary reporter Johanna Jones was with Xi when he spoke, yesterday, with the Crown Prince.
“Sal, my friend,” Xi began, "round 'em up with your top-flight Wahhabi Special Forces and throw 'em straight into your Al-Ha’ir Prison, which is only 25 miles south of Riyadh, which means it’ll be so easy for you to cut off their hands whenever you want. It’s your largest prison, and all your relatives will have a great time chatting with the large number of al-Qaeda prisoners whom you are holding there.”
“Thank you so much, Mr. President, for your very valuable advice. To show my appreciation,” the Crown Prince said, “as soon as Donald Trump lands in Beijing, I’m going to ship to you as much oil from our sands as you want."