Listen as you read the Briefing this morning.
Good Friday morning.
Here is what's on the president's agenda today:
- The president and first lady are traveling to France
You can count on the Dems!
Literally, you can count on them or with them. The Democrats in Florida, Georgia, and Arizona are continuing to "count" the "votes" in the 2018 election and, curiously, as they continue to "count," the Democrats either take the lead or close the gap. I wonder how this is going to end? (Not really.) This is ridiculous. Has there ever been an election or a special county where a bunch of Republican votes are always "found" or "discovered" that switch the fate of an election?
"Suddenly" Kyrsten Sinema has taken the lead after more ballots were "counted" in the Arizona Senate race.
Most of the outstanding ballots are coming from Arizona's largest county, Maricopa County, which is home to Phoenix and includes Sinema's congressional district. Sinema held a slight edge of about 1 point over McSally in the county as of Thursday afternoon, but the new votes counted Thursday expanded the Democrat’s Maricopa edge to 2.5 points. That’s the outcome Democrats had hoped for, while Republicans were expecting McSally’s tally there to improve.
Of course. And over in Florida, there's a whole other mess. Governor and current Senate winner Rick Scott has filed lawsuits in two counties.
Accusing Democrats of conducting a coordinated effort to "steal" elections in a campaign of possibly "rampant fraud," Republican Senate candidate Rick Scott filed explosive lawsuits late Thursday against the top election officials in two heavily Democratic counties, as they continue to report new votes and three major races in the state appear headed for recounts.
In their lawsuit against Broward County, Scott and the National Republican Senatorial Committeee (NRSC) allege that officials there are hiding critical information about the number of votes cast and counted. And in a parallel suit against Palm Beach County, Scott and the NRSC charge that the election supervisor there illegally used her own judgment to determine voter intent when reviewing damaged or incorrectly filled-out absentee ballots, while refusing to allow impartial witnesses to monitor the process.
All the people who protested Sessions' nomination to AG are now protesting his firing
Talk about whiplash! The streets were filled with people who were angry the president appointed an inbred, racist Klan member like Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general and now they are mad Trump has fired him!
Thousands of liberal protesters streamed through the streets of New York City into Union Square on Thursday night to protest President Trump's firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions yesterday, in a rapidly organized demonstration that even some participants acknowledged was as high on irony as it was on enthusiasm.
There was a heavy police presence as the protesters demanded that Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker step aside. Whitaker has written critically of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian election meddling probe, which he now oversees.
Of concern, it is the Mueller investigation that is in danger, apparently, because the crippled, impotent AG has been fired and the implicated FISA-signing Rosenstein has been taken off Mueller babysitting duty. The acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is getting all kinds of pressure to resign because he is not parroting the Democrat conspiracy theory about RUSSIA collusion. Stay tight, Mr. Whitaker.
The new Jeff Flake. Mitt Romney: Russia probe should continue despite Sessions firing
The latest on Tucker's antifa visitors
A crowd of antifa well-wishers who visited the home of Tucker Carlson are now the subject of a criminal investigation.
The police report describes the protest as "anti-political" and a "suspected hate crime." Police are investigating an offense of defacing public property, but the department told CBS News no arrests have been made.
A group called Smash Racism D.C. posted messages on social media encouraging the protest and revealing Carlson's address. "Fascists are vulnerable. Confront them at their homes!" the group wrote in a Facebook post. In a tweet, Smash Racism D.C. said Carlson spreads "fear into our homes" every night and would be reminded "that you are not safe either."
Has anyone checked in with a main agitator of this behavior, One Rep. Maxine Waters, soon-to-be chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, and asked her for some clarification? Waters was all about getting all up in the people's faces.
Historical picture of the day:
Some Congressmen live in their office if they can't afford an apartment. Ocasio-Cortez Says She Doesn’t Have Congresswoman’s Salary Yet. She Asks: ‘How Do I Get An Apartment?’
And that's all I've got, now go beat back the angry mob!
Hellacious wildfires in California Thursday and Friday have left at least five people dead and destroyed thousands of buildings, forcing thousands of residents to evacuate.
A blaze in Northern California sent terrified residents running for their lives as it closed in and destroyed parts of the town of Paradise. Five people were found dead there vehicles that were overcome by flames, the Butte County Sheriff's Office said.
And two Southern California fires are just miles from the bar where 12 people were killed in a mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, and evacuations were ordered for Malibu, a seaside city popular with celebrities.
Caitlyn Jenner's Malibu home burned down:
Here's how the the fast-moving wildfires in Southern Cal look from space:
More views of the raging fires from space:
Butte County, California saw this horrifying "firenado":
This is awful:
It looks downright apocalyptic:
Thoughts and prayers for the people in California.
This is horrendous:
The bodies of Helen Hargan, 23, and Pamela Hansen Hargan, 63, were found shot to death inside their McLean house in July 2017. Police had initially said it appeared Helen Hargen shot her mother and then turned the gun on herself.
However, police documents filed last November indicated they believed the crime scene “may have been altered and staged” to look like a murder-suicide. Suspicion fell on Megan Hargan after she attempted to make “fraudulent” wire transfers from her mother’s accounts after her death, according to police search warrants.
Broward County Election Supervisor Brenda Snipes reportedly blocked the protesters from her office this morning with trucks:
From the report:
Congressman Matt Gaetz, who won his reelection bid, is present in front of the office and got into a shouting match with a Democrat over the validity of what the recount.