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Good Monday morning.

Here's what's on the president's agenda today:

  • The president receives his daily intelligence briefing.

BREAKING: Indonesian Airliner Crashes With Nearly 190 Aboard

Merkel to Give Up CDU Party Leadership in Dramatic Move

Maniac shoots up synagogue

If there is one thing to know about the horrible tragedy in Pittsburgh this weekend, it's that Trump is responsible for it. The media is having a field day: Trump is a hater! He created a climate where it's OK to kill Jews! Attacks against Jews are on the rise!

It's the same kind of story we are hearing about the "bomber" who was revealed to be a lunatic who lived in a right-wing propaganda-covered van. The "bomber" is actually the exact image of every Trump supporter the left/legacy media has in their mind. We are all just like that nutter who lives in a van, making "bombs." Don't you forget it.

Back to the Pittsburgh shooting. The sad reality is that a Jew-hating maniac shot up a synagogue, killing 11 congregants. And despite all the lip service about the victims and the tragedy, this mass murder was promptly co-opted by political interests and the blame placed on President Trump and Republicans. It's disgusting. There are so many ways the left has normalized antisemitism: the BDS movement on campuses by folks who "just hate Israel" but not the Jews. And, of course, Obama and his flying monkey assistants helped "sell" a deal that would give (and did give) $2B to Iranian terrorists and Jew-hating Hezbollah. The Women's March has a leader who was formerly an anti-Israel activist. Maybe she just hated Israel but not the Jews?

I can't say it any better than David Harsanyi at the Federalist in his piece: The Left’s Response To The Mass Shooting Of Jews Is An Act Of Bad Faith

But if you’re not upset about the vile accusations that are incessantly thrown at someone like Benjamin Netanyahu, while you think calling out Soros is de facto anti-Semitism, your main concern is liberalism, not the Jewish people.

If you think Trump should bring down the temperature, you have a point. If you think Trump should turn down the temperature but you fail to mention that a progressive yelling about “health care” tried to assassinate the entire GOP leadership on a baseball field, you don’t really care about the temperature.

If you fail to mention that Democrats have been accusing Republicans of wanting to the kill the poor and young, of trying to destroy the planet, of being “terrorists” after every school shooting, you don’t care about the temperature. If you rationalize mob behavior every time you don’t get your way in the electoral process, you don’t care about the temperature. And if your first instinct is to play politics with tragedy for partisan gain, you are part of the problem.

Check out the whole piece.

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Caravan on the move

O HAI U.S.-bound migrants enter Guatemala, others clash at border

Caravan Migrants Headed To US Refuse Mexico’s Offer For Schooling, Jobs And Much More

DHS secretary: 'This caravan is not getting in'

The Trump-friendly "bomber"

I put bomb in "quotes" because I am not sure that these devices were ever capable of exploding. I can't seem to find a straight answer as to whether these devices could actually detonate.

Accused pipe-bomber Cesar Sayoc's family saw early signs of mental problems

MAGA bomber suspect Cesar Sayoc was banned from mother's home over his support of Trump

Officials Find Bomb-Making Supplies Inside Suspect’s Van

Historical picture of the day:

J. Russell McGuire (left), President of the Auto Ordnance Co., at Bridgeport, Conn., and Maj. Gen. C.T. Harris, Jr., assistant to the chief of army ordnance, drew bead in Washington on Oct. 29, 1941 with the first of the new 9mm Thompson sub-machine guns to roll off the company?s production line and the 250,000th 45 Cal. Gun produced the new lighter gun which can fire 650-700 shots a minute, is fired by McGuire. (AP Photo)

Other morsels:

Lefty mobs continue: Blackburn says 'angry mob' interrupted rally in Tennessee with Lindsey Graham

Controversial far-right politician Jair Bolsonaro wins Brazil’s presidential election

Five energy and environment ballot questions to watch

Dad eating with kids at McDonald’s fatally shoots gunman inside Alabama McDonald’s

This is certainly true. Matt Damon, Jimmy Kimmel sport 'I'm with stupid' t-shirts at World Series

Go Red Sox! Red Sox Beat Dodgers to Win 9th World Series Title Behind Dominant David Price

Oldest intact shipwreck discovered at bottom of Black Sea

Pence says Mueller has not interviewed him

School board bans official participation in Chick-fil-A kids’ run. Race officials are dumbfounded

NBC Reporter Addresses Avenatti Controversy, But Questions Remain

Michael Bloomberg’s PAC Cash Gives Democrats Big Spending Advantage Ahead Of Midterms

China’s first private rocket fails after launch

Avenatti Responds After Grassley Refers SECOND Criminal Probe to DOJ: He’s ‘Full of Crap’

Scores detained in Russian protests against extremist case

And that's all I've got, now go beat back the angry mob!

Leftist narrative.

Trump "not welcome."

Reality:

Trump IS welcome.

Flags are flown at half-staff.

Trump cherishes the Jewish community.

In the running for the Most Cleveland Thing ever.

ICYMI, two Cleveland coaches have been fired in the last 24 hours — Cavaliers coach Ty Lue and Browns coach Hue Jackson. It's been a rough year for Cleveland sports fans. (So what else is new?)

Most ridiculous "news analysis" of the week:

President Donald Trump had about three times as much free time planned for last Tuesday as work time, according to his private schedule. The president was slated for more than nine hours of “Executive Time,” a euphemism for the unstructured time Trump spends tweeting, phoning friends and watching television. Official meetings, policy briefings and public appearances — typically the daily work of being president — consumed barely more than three hours of his day.

The president was slated to spend 30 minutes on the phone with CEOs and make brief remarks at a state leadership conference. He was briefed by senior military leaders in the evening and joined them for dinner. Aside from an 11:30 a.m. meeting with White House chief of staff John Kelly — his first commitment of the day — the rest of his day was unstructured, some in blocks as long as 2 hours and 45 minutes.

As a freewheeling president in one of the world’s most regimented jobs, Trump appears to be redefining the nature of the role. Past presidents were disciplined in their scheduled time, squired from meeting to meeting, event to event, from the moment they arrived in the Oval Office until they headed up to the residence at night.

Trump, by contrast, enjoys huge blocks of unscheduled time in which he can do as he pleases. He is hardly the first president to have an erratic schedule. Clinton and Jimmy Carter were known to make middle-of-the-night phone calls, and every president has kept different hours: George W. Bush was an early bird, Barack Obama a night owl. But even Trump allies who say the president is always working concede that the Trump presidency is uniquely defined by his down time, when his short-term bugaboos become the drivers of his agenda, rather than any long-term vision.

“He might read something in the paper and immediately you’d get an impromptu meeting on trade,” said a person familiar with the president’s scheduling. “It’s just more impromptu than like a month in advance you have a policy time set that you’re going to work up to.”

Typical Leftist approach to the news: use the Democrat definition of what being "presidential" is all about, and precisely how the chief executive should apportion his time. They seem to think of the presidency as a kind of glorified staff job, scheduled down to the minute, rather than (as, for example, Reagan saw it) a conceptual position, charting broad policy goals -- e.g., defeating the Soviet Union, restoring the economy -- and leaving it to others to make it happen. What never seems to occur to them is that flashes of insight promptly acted upon might often be much more useful than month-long planning sessions involving white papers.

 

Why people increasingly do not trust the MSM:

"Jewish leaders" in Pittsburgh have sent a letter to President Trump telling him he's not welcome in their city, the NYT's Maggie Haberman shared on Twitter.

What Haberman forgot to mention is that "Bend the Arc" is a progressive political action committee founded by Alex Soros, the son of left-wing billionaire George Soros.

Bend the Arc is a movement of tens of thousands of progressive Jews all across the country. For years, we’ve worked to build a more just society. Now we’re rising up in solidarity with everyone threatened by the Trump agenda to fight for the soul of our nation. Together we:

Characterizing a far-left group that calls itself "the Jewish Resistance" as merely "Jewish leaders" is a tad disingenuous.