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Morning Joe: the music video.

Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski show up in a "TrumpWorld Culture" music video and it's ... colorful. And more than a bit creepy. Not to mention trippy. Watching it is an experience.

Michael, President Trump and a host of other Republicans promised a lot of things they can't possibly deliver on simultaneously. Trump promised (via Twitter, of course) to "lower premiums & deductibles while at the same time taking care of pre-existing conditions!" He also tweeted that there would be "no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid." If you accept the premise that ObamaCare must be replaced (which I don't, but Trump vowed to do just that), and that we're to be forced to accept some kind of government-run health insurance program, then any attempt to fix the systemic problems with ObamaCare must of necessity raise deductibles and premiums on some individuals and, unless you want to continue spiraling toward insolvency, must also rein in Medicaid spending.

What I'd like to see from the Trump administration is a bullet-pointed list — a business plan, if you will — of his major goals for health care reform. Something manageable that the American people can easily digest, a few pages at most. Then I'd like to see the same from Ryan and perhaps from the Liberty Coalition and the Tuesday RINO Group. Once everyone has their wish lists together, they can hash it all out in the board room — maybe even publicly — and may the best ideas win. (A girl can dream, can't she?)

Next group to aim at the president?

CNN sketch artists.

I'm really, really, really starting to hate the GOPe. Even more than I already really, really, really did.

How can we keep president Trump and crash the establishment GOP? That's the real task for 2018, so that by 2020 Trump has a full head of steam going into the election and a unified party behind him.

Over on Twitter, I've got a poll going: which is Connecticut's worse senator, Dick Blumenthal or Chris Murphy. Please vote!

Elections have consequences:

The Department of Justice on Friday sided with Texas in the lawsuit against its recently passed sanctuary cities ban, lending significant if unsurprising support to boosters of the law.

The department's decision to back a state in a high-profile case on a hawkish immigration issue is a reversal from its operation under President Barack Obama's administration, which often sided with civil rights groups that opposed such state laws.

"The Department of Justice fully supports Texas's effort and is participating in this lawsuit because of the strong federal interest in facilitating the state and local cooperation that is critical in enforcing our nation's immigration laws," U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a prepared statement. "President Trump has made a commitment to keep America safe and to ensure cooperation with federal immigration laws," he said. "Texas has admirably followed his lead by mandating state-wide cooperation with federal immigration laws that require the removal of illegal aliens who have committed crimes."

The department filed a statement of interest on Friday with the federal district court in San Antonio that is handling the suit, indicating that it will be involved in the lawsuit going forward. The first hearing in the case, in which the court will consider whether to temporarily block the law, is Monday.

It's about time. A country unwilling to enforce its own laws and defend its own borders isn't a country, it's a sitting duck, ripe for takeover by others following a path of no resistance. The Obama administration effectively abdicated its constitutional obligation to preserve, protect and defend the United States of America, which is one of the many reasons the Left got Trump.

I'm spending a lot of time in the nation's capital since the Trump administration took office. My observation today:

Viewed in this light, what's going on in Europe -- with massive influxes of "migrants" from North Africa, the Levant, and sub-Saharan Africa -- is part of the overall globalist objective to destabilize western constitutional societies in pursuit of their "no borders" push for domination. America needs to be part of that fight as well.

Someone please explain to me what was "wrongful" about the death of Michael Brown:

The insurance company for the city of Ferguson, Missouri, paid $1.5 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Michael Brown's parents, the city attorney said Friday. Attorney Apollo Carey disclosed the amount in an email in response to an open records request. The settlement of the federal lawsuit was announced Tuesday, but financial details were not initially released.

Carey declined further comment on the settlement. A phone message seeking comment from the attorney for the family, Anthony Gray, was not immediately returned. Brown, 18, was black and unarmed when he was fatally shot by white officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2014. Wilson was cleared of wrongdoing, but the shooting led to months of protests in the St. Louis suburb.

The six-four-four-inch, 300-pound Brown was shot after struggling with Officer Wilson for control of the cop's gun, and then charging the police vehicle. Brown was killed.  Wilson was not indicted and left the force. Riots ensued, with personal injuries and tremendous property loss.

U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber approved the settlement but disclosed nothing about the amount, saying only that it was "fair and reasonable compensation for this wrongful death claim and is in the best interests of each Plaintiff," with the money to be split between the parents.

Webber also wrote that the agreement "shall remain sealed by this Court and shall be considered a closed record" because disclosure of the information "could jeopardize the safety of individuals involved in this matter, whether as witnesses, parties, or investigators."


Several sources are now reporting that Rep Steve Scalise is out of intensive care.

Several Democrats hardest hit.