As befits the season, here are some little gifts, selected headlines I’d like to see next year. I have little expectation they will top newspapers or tease newscasts. Still, a gal can dream. Please add your own in the comments section below.
President Trump, recognizing nation’s division, names Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.
President Trump reforms Affordable Care Act, refusing to deprive 20 million newly insured of coverage.
President Trump keeps promise to preserve Medicare; angers Paul Ryan.
President Trump sounds Presidential, stops 3 a.m. tweets.
President Trump releases his tax returns, eliminates conflicts of interest.
Well, you get the idea. This list of Trumpian wishes goes on and on.
Democrats build a bench, start at state level to plan for 2018 and 2020.
Democrats decide what the party stands for.
Bloodshed ends in Syria. U.S. and Russia agree on plan to create lasting peace there.
CBS’ Les Moonves gives ISIS reality TV series, claims revenue potential for shareholders.
Flint, Michigan water pipes finally rebuilt; governor and others sentenced to jail.
Obama ban on Arctic drilling upheld by courts.
Bill Clinton caught in flagrante with Loretta Lynch. No, wait, that was last year.
Hillary Clinton lowers speaking fees to $32,000 per.
Chris Sale leads Red Sox to World Series win, David Price and Rick Porcello excel.
Income cap lifted on Social Security earnings.
Tom Brady leads N.E. Patriots to a Super Bowl win with a 13-yard running play, in his Ugg boots.
Obamas buy retirement property in Tel Aviv.
Viewers locate new NBC Boston channel in time for July 4th celebration.
MBTA gets trains running on time and under budget despite snowfall.
Maura Healey opts for reelection; joins other attorneys general as first line of defense against President Trump.
Tito Jackson ends bid to unseat Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, lays groundwork for 2021 bid.
U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz apologizes for over-reach in political corruption cases.
Labor unions and Probation Department spurn patronage hirings despite Ortiz’ departure.
Last year, I thought I wouldn’t see headlines like “median incomes rise for first time in decades,” “Red Sox go from last to first,” “Boston Globe irons out delivery problems,” “Iran complies with nuclear accord,” (so far, so good, right?). So perhaps some of the least expected story lines may yet emerge, especially given Donald Trump’s unpredictability, inconsistency and irrationality. Fasten your seatbelts: it’s going to be an interesting – and bumpy – ride.
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