“Weapon of Mass Distraction” – Ambassador Gordon Sondland, POTUS Trump Impeachment Probe, plus Manufactured Home Investing, Stock Updates

It was The Hill’s investigative reporter John Solomon who said today that characterized hearings on Capitol Hill as a “Weapon of Mass Distraction.” It was former CBS News award-winning reporter Sharyl Attkisson who wrote a book entitled “The Smear.” It was the Rev. Donald Tye, Jr. who told MHProNews that people don’t get assassinated as much today as they get their character assassinated by a cloud of inuendo. On a day when the headlines on some news sources are about a purported smoking gun ‘quid pro quo’ and that ‘everyone was in the loop,’ we’ll look at what PBS NewsHour’s video of that same witness reveals. On a down day on the markets, that will be our focus for tonight.It was The Hill’s investigative reporter John Solomon who said today that characterized hearings on Capitol Hill as a “Weapon of Mass Distraction.” It was former CBS News award-winning reporter Sharyl Attkisson who wrote a book entitled “The Smear.” It was the Rev. Donald Tye, Jr. who told MHProNews that people don’t get assassinated as much today as they get their character assassinated by a cloud of innuendo. On a day when the headlines on some news sources are about a purported smoking gun ‘quid pro quo’ and that ‘everyone was in the loop,’ we’ll look at what PBS NewsHour’s video of that same witness reveals. On a down day on the markets, that will be our focus for tonight.


Regular readers please note there are a few tweaks to some of the standard portions of our evening market/investing report. Read carefully as some changes of the ‘standard text’ that follows before our left-right headlines and also in other features near the end of tonight’s reports.

Every evening our headlines that follow provide snapshots from two major media outlets on each side of the left-right news spectrum that reflect topics that influence or move investor sentiment. In moments on this business evening report, you can get ‘insights-at-a-glance.’

This report also sets the broader context for manufactured housing markets, in keeping with our mantra, “News through the lens of manufactured homes and factory-built housing” ©.

We begin with headlines left-of-center CNN followed by right-of-center Fox Business. We share closing tickers and other related data courtesy of Yahoo Finance, and more. 5 to 10 minutes reading this MHProNews market report every business night could save you 30 minutes to an hour of similar reading or fact-gathering elsewhere.

Perhaps more important, you will get insights about the industry from experts that care, but also dare to challenge the routine narrative that arguably keeps manufactured housing underperforming during an affordable housing crisis.


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Headlines from left-of-center CNN Business.

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  • Amazon wants to ship you anything in 30 minutes. To do that, it’s going to need more robots
  • GM sues Fiat Chrysler, charging it was hurt by corrupt bargaining with United Auto Workers
  • LIVE UPDATES Dow slides on report of trade deal delay
  • Aston Martin reveals its first SUV
  • Uber’s latest attempt to address safety concerns: letting riders and drivers record rides
  • Regulators approve biggest bank marriage since the 2008 financial crisis
  • Apple breaks ground on new Austin campus
  • Lawyer for impeachment witness Lt. Col Vindman demands Fox News retract ‘false and defamatory’ segment
  • Burger King is running out of zesty sauce because of the global horseradish shortage
  • White Claw projects $1.5 billion in sales this year
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  • Startup raises $51 million to take on retirement industry
  • This will be the fastest Mini Cooper on the road
  • Hackers could be using your Android camera to spy on you
  • Why Millennials and GenZers love going to the bank
  • Allbirds isn’t thrilled with Amazon’s lookalike shoe
  • Target is one of the hottest stocks of 2019
  • Kohl’s makeover isn’t working
  • Old Navy’s future is in doubt
  • It’s only $4.99. But Costco’s rotisserie chicken comes at a huge price
  • Secretive energy startup backed by Bill Gates achieves solar breakthrough
  • This kite could harness more of the world’s wind energy
  • Solar powered kiosks are charging phones in Rwanda
  • Offshore wind could power the world
  • How Amsterdam plans to power a city of electric cars


Headlines from right-of-center Fox Business.

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  • Wexner’s leadership at L Brands has drawn scrutiny in recent months amid a sales slump at Victoria’s Secret, as well as his personal ties to the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
  • Embattled United Auto Workers president resigns
  • GM sues Fiat Chrysler alleging its rival bribed auto workers union
  • Federal marijuana legalization advances in Congress, states would regulate
  • China vows retaliation after US Senate backs Hong Kong protesters
  • How to squeeze in last-minute tax deductions for 2019
  • Biden team sends email about debate performance — hours before debate
  • China may be forced to accept Trump ultimatum on trade deal
  • WATCH LIVE: Trump impeachment inquiry hearings continueVideo
  • Most Americans aren’t saving enough, study finds
  • Coupon circulating on social media is too good to be true, fact-checkers warn
  • SEE PICS: Futuristic $7.5 billion project will bring ‘exotic beach’ to Vegas
  • Payne: Science fiction is becoming reality – and we shouldn’t fear that
  • Why this major US city is key to Apple’s future success
  • Here’s how much Bernie Sanders is worth
  • Retail giant gears up for a very different Black Friday
  • Want $10,000? Guess how much Trump’s childhood home will sell for
  • Stocks sink on report US-China trade deal may be delayed
  • Clinton Foundation hemorrhages money for third straight year
  • Lo will kick off new year as global face of luxe fashion brand
  • Stormy Daniels wins $450,000 after Ohio strip club arrest
  • PG&E kills power to thousands of residents
  • Ocean Spray plunges into health food to satiate new appetites
  • Fed meeting notes preview possibility of future rate cuts
  • SEE INSIDE: Aston Martin unveils first SUV
  • County rejects New York Times subscription, calls it ‘fake news’
  • ROYAL DISASTER: Epstein scandal scarred-Prince Andrew to ‘step back’ from duties
  • Oprah to join star-studded ensemble on Weight Watchers tour
  • Disney’s ‘Frozen 2’ to heat up retail sales this holiday season
  • CONFEDERATES LOSE AGAIN: County removes statue despite law protecting them
  • Pittsburgh’s jock tax triggers lawsuit from pro athletes, players’ associations
  • New England fishermen hurt by warm waters, prices could spike
  • Saudi king talks Aramco IPO, selling parts of the world’s biggest company
  • Varney: Tim Cook the Apple of Trump’s eye
  • Warren picks up the pieces after Medicare-for-all falls on its face
  • Password data for 2.2M users of currency and gaming sites dumped online
  • Ex-British Airways exec indicted in massive bribery case
  • Ex-Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh faces fraud, tax charges
  • Conor McGregor hits first responders with $1M in whiskey money
  • Apple flexes muscles as Trump, Cook tour facilities
  • Mattel throws a wild card into UNO deck: politics
  • Hundreds of thousands of CA homes lose power as PG&E cuts losses
  • New ‘Cats’ trailer shows big star power

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Featured Focus – Where Business, Politics, and Investing Meet

Still from second video below.

What do you want from Ukraine? “I want nothing. I want no quid pro quo,” said Amb. Gordon Sondland about President Donald J. Trump’s statement in his presence, adding that the president wanted the Ukraine to ‘do the right thing.’

Is supposed guilt or innocence of the president on the Ukrainian probe solely in the eyes of the beholder?

As a segue, to establish a relevant parallel, manufactured housing professionals ought to know better than many about how a given news source or journalist can do a fine job, or not, reporting on our industry. That accurate or not reporting can occur inside MHVille by trade media, as some are arguably little more than paid surrogates for the powers that be. Spin or mistaken impressions can occur when a reporter is rushed and doesn’t have a reliable source to get accurate information from.

But there are plenty of mainstream reports that accurate reflect a story too. So hyper-generalizations that amount to exaggerations ought to be avoided.

Those with years of experience have seen fair reports on our industry and unfair ones too. If the public understood the truth about manufactured housing, sales would arguably top 1 million new homes a year but stand at less than a tenth of that total instead. It isn’t the mainstream media’s job to promote our industry. That’s our industry’s individual company and collective representation’s job. But journalists are supposed to fearlessly report the truth as accurately as possible while holding the powerful to account.

Rooms filled with industry pros when asked if media reporting on manufactured homes, and for example, tornadoes is fair and balanced, the entire room will routinely say that mainstream reports are flawed on that topic. The facts, properly understood, reflect differently too, as Realtor University researcher Scholastica ‘Gay’ Cororaton’s 2018 research reported.


That’s a useful parallel to the headline topic.

In an era of partisan news sources which periodically – absolutely not always – exhibits tainted or biased reporting, Representative Michael Turner’s (OH-R) full questioning of EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland during Chairman Adam Schiff’s (CA-D) is a useful tonic.

Per left-of-center PBS, here is Congressman Turner’s full questioning of Gordon Sondland during today’s POTUS Trump impeachment probe.



According to left-of-center PBS NewsHour’s YouTube page:

QuoteMarkManufacturedHomeLivingNewsRep. Michael Turner, R-Ohio, questioned Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, on Nov. 20, in a public hearing as part of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Turner, who called Sondland’s testimony “somewhat circular,” questioned the ambassador’s assertion that “everyone was in the loop.” “If Giuliani didn’t give you any expressed statement, then it can’t be that you believed this [about the connection between investigations and aid] from Giuliani,” Turner said. “Is that your testimony today, Amb. Sondland? That you have evidence that Donald Trump tied the investigations to aid because I don’t think you’re saying that.” Sondland said he was “presuming” that is what Trump meant. Sondland testified that there was a “quid pro quo” in which U.S. aid and a White House meeting were contingent on Ukraine agreeing to investigate the 2016 elections and the Ukrainian energy company Burisma, where the son of 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden, Hunter, sat on the board. Sondland also said he understood the “prerequisites” to be a reflection of “Trump’s desires and requirements.

Tonight will be the Democratic debate, that start at 9 PM ET on MSNBC. We’ll plan to watch, as before. Do we expect that video clip or quote to be used in that debate? Tune in and see for yourself.

Here is a CBS News video of the exchange today between Congressman Sean Maloney (NY-D) questioning Ambassador Gordon Sondland today about the same issue of Ukraine and a claimed ‘quid pro quo.’



It bears mentioning that the Ukrainians say they felt no pressure. Inconvenient facts omitted from a narrative are the very definition of spin or paltering.

Impeachment hearings are all about 2020. Chairman Schiff said as much to supporters of the ‘resistance’ this past weekend. Why not take the president on head-on over performance or policy issues, instead of over smoke and mirrors?

Based upon the law and agreements between the U.S. and Ukraine, even if the president had tied aid to investigating the 2016 related matters, it would have been within his rights and duty as the chief executive. That’s why this hearing is a ‘weapon of mass distraction.’

Meanwhile, there is real work waiting to be done for the citizens of our nation.

There was another compelling 2020 related topic that we will plan to cover soon. Because whatever your politics, there is going to be a full court press by some Democrats to win 2020, and one of those campaign tools that has gone under-reported will be explored in a planned upcoming report.

See the related reports for more.

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          • NOTE: The chart below includes the Canadian stock, ECN, which purchased Triad Financial Services, a manufactured home industry lender
          • NOTE: Drew changed its name and trading symbol at the end of 2016 to Lippert (LCII).


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