1. Marc Caputo is saying that its Judge Ariana Fajardo's job to lose for U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Florida:
A Miami family-law judge has taken a major step closer to being the next U.S. Attorney in South Florida now that her leading rival for the post has taken a job with a top Florida lobbying firm with close ties to President Donald Trump.
The behind-the-scenes contest for the job as top prosecutor in the district that encompasses Trump’s so-called “Winter White House” of Mar-a-Lago has raged for about a year and appeared to come down to Miami-Dade Judge Ariana Fajardo Orshan and former state Rep. José Félix Díaz, a former contestant on Trump’s show, “The Apprentice.”
Fajardo, backed by both Sen. Marco Rubio and Gov. Rick Scott, was considered for the post after the Trump administration, Rubio and the Justice Department deadlocked on other choices for the post. Soon after her name surfaced, insiders considered her the front-runner for the job.
“With Díaz out, it unclogs the drain,” said one source familiar with the White House’s decision-making over the U.S. attorney post.
Said another: “As long as Judge Fajardo passes her background checks, she should be the next U.S. attorney in South Florida.”
2. Mickey Munday was convicted today. And immediately remanded. No more Cocaine Cowboy interviews... (prior coverage here).