Good Tuesday morning.
Here is what's on the president's agenda today:
- The president receives his intelligence briefing
- President Trump participates in the Diwali ceremonial lighting of the Diya
Kyrsten Sinema wins Arizona senate
Yes, Democrat Sinema has won the election after "all the ballots were counted" or whatever the Democrats say when magical boxes of votes materialize. For Democracy!
The reality is about three-fourths of Arizona's ballots are cast by mail. Because of a state law requiring ballots to be sealed and signed, and signatures to match those on voter registration forms, it routinely takes the state longer than most to tally its results.
Arizona is turning blue, CNN wants you to know. "Sinema's victory showed that Democrats are continuing to gain momentum in the rapidly diversifying Sun Belt and firmly places Arizona among the most important presidential and Senate battlegrounds."
No piece of trash from CNN is complete without a nasty hiss at President Trump:
The win comes despite President Donald Trump and Republicans pushing false conspiracy theories about why ballots in Arizona were taking so long to count.
Trump tweeted Friday that "electoral corruption" was taking place and suggested Arizona should have a new election. The National Republican Senatorial Committee, in an email to reporters, accused the Maricopa County recorder of trying to "cook the books" for Sinema.
Meanwhile, something fishy in Maricopa:
The chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors emailed County Recorder Adrian Fontes on the Monday before Election Day, expressing concern over the emergency voting centers Fontes established, according to the document that was obtained exclusively by the Washington Free Beacon.
"Due to recent inquiries, I am formally asking you to place aside all ballots cast at emergency voting sites after early voting ended on Friday, November 2, 2018, until your legal authority to open emergency sites has been clarified," Chucri wrote in the email.
"By legal authority, I am looking to the Arizona Revised Statutes or the Secretary of State's election procedure manual. To be clear, this is about the integrity of the election; it is not the fault of the voters who may have utilized this option."
Read the whole story.
California fire round-up
Historical picture of the day:
And that's all I've got, now go beat back the angry mob!
Now this is interesting:
Tapping Homan to run the Department of Homeland Security would almost certainly energize Trump’s base. The tough-talking lawman once recommended charging so-called sanctuary city politicians “with crimes” and has pugnaciously defended even Trump’s most controversial immigration moves, including separating children from their parents at the border.
“Trump wants John Wayne on the border and Tom Homan is John Wayne,” said a former Homeland Security official, who cited Homan’s frequent, and often fiery appearances on cable news as a part of his résumé that Trump would especially like.
Homan joins a list of possible new DHS chiefs that has been growing in recent days as rumors swirled that Nielsen is on her way out. According to a senior White House official, the president has been itching to fire Nielsen for months over what he views as weak leadership on border security, along with other enforcement policies that he has sought to implement. Going forward, Trump has told aides he wants an agency chief who will fervently defend his hard-line approach to illegal immigration, particularly with an incoming House Democratic majority that has promised to thwart his agenda at every turn.
Homan would certainly be a lightning-rod upgrade from current secretary Nielsen. The former acting director of ICE is blunt and outspoken in his criticism of illegal immigration.
The issue is whether President Trump wants to cashier Nielsen's chief supporter, John Kelly -- who may also be on his way out. But it might be a trade worth making. The national-security implications of unfettered illegal immigration was one of the things that got Trump elected -- and it's something he can directly address without much bothering about Congress.
"If you didn't get enough of Hillary blaming her 2016 failure on everyone except herself in the first book, you'll love What Happened 2," said a press release from the book's publisher, Simon & Schuster. "The chapter in which Hillary will blame the electoral college will be particularly interesting, as will the lengthy appendix listing over 4,500 scapegoats for her upcoming loss."
I wonder if she visits Wisconsin in part two.
In honor of World Kindness Day, First Lady Melania Trump surprised and delighted visitors to the White House today:
Not-so much in honor of World Kindness Day: The first lady is reportedly behind the possible ousters of WH Chief of Staff John Kelly and Deputy NSA Mira Ricardel after they clashed with her.
That's okay, Melania, we still love you.
You may have heard that Creepy Porn Lawyer Michael Avenatti's latest client, "gay Latino immigrant" Juan Manuel Granados, was involved in an altercation with Tucker Carlson's family at a country club in Charlottesville, Virginia, last month.
“My son, who is also a student, went to the bar to confront the man,” Carlson wrote in a statement. “My son asked the man if he had called his sister a ‘whore’ and a ‘c–.’ The man admitted he had, and again became profane. My son threw a glass of red wine in the man’s face and told him to leave the bar, which he soon did.”
After a three-week investigation, the Farmington Country Club revoked Granados' membership.
The club told the Washington Post that it disputes “inaccurate allegations being spread by individuals [*cough* Creepy Porn Lawyer *cough*] who were not present during the incident, and whose interpretation of events are refuted by the accounts of multiple eyewitnesses.”
Are you ready for the latest?
Drumroll please ...
Granados, who brought Tucker Carlson's 19-year-old daughter to tears after he allegedly called her a "c*nt" and a "whore," sits on the Board of The Women’s Initiative, a group that seeks to “provide women with effective counseling, social support and education so they can transform life challenges into positive change and growth,” according to its website.
We laugh only so we don't cry.