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Good Thursday morning!

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

  • The president and first lady depart Washington, D.C., en route to Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • The president and first lady arrive at Ministro Pistarini International Airport

This Stone/Corsi/Mueller soap opera

Roger Stone and Jerry Corsi, two fringey political celebrities, have been called to Mueller's witch hunters to give some answers about RUSSIA or whatever it is the witch hunters are investigating. The two men are contradicting one another about when and how they knew/didn't know/pretended to know about WikiLeaks dumping Podesta's emails out to the public. Are you confused? Good thing Chuck Ross at the Daily Caller lays out the story for you.

No Khashoggi smoking gun

Secretary of Defense James Mattis told the public yesterday that there is no "smoking gun" evidence that MBS ordered the murder of political-operative-masquerading-as-a-journalist Khashoggi.

"We have no smoking gun that the crown prince was involved, not the intelligence community or anyone else," Mattis told reporters. "There is no smoking gun."

The media and the left are looking to blow up the U.S.'s relationship with KSA over Khashoggi's murder, which was conveniently leaked to the world by Turkey, which is aligned against KSA/Israel/U,S, and aligned with Iran. Wild, right?

On Tuesday, National Security Adviser John Bolton said he saw no point in listening to the tape of Khashoggi's murder because he does not understand Arabic. "I'm very satisfied that we know what the tape picked up, and it was factored into the president's decision, and he's announced his position very clearly," Bolton said.

CIA Director Gina Haspel, reportedly the highest ranking official in the Trump administration who has listened to the tape, did not join Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a Capitol Hill meeting on military assistance to the Saudi kingdom on Wednesday.

Conspiracy theorists floated the idea the Haspel was prevented from speaking about the tape but a CIA spooksman said the "notion that anyone told Director Haspel not to attend today's briefing is false."

Historical picture of the day:

Supporters of Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy (R-Wisconsin), some 12,000 strong, fill lower sections of Madison Square Garden in New York for a rally marking the end of a nationwide drive aimed at blocking any Senate censure of the senator, Nov. 29, 1954. The huge Garden seats 18,000 and can hold 22,000 including standees. Sponsoring the rally is an organization calling itself Ten Million Americans Mobilizing for Justice. The senator did not attend but his wife was scheduled to appear. (AP Photo)

Other morsels:

White Liberals Present Themselves as Less Competent in Interactions with African-Americans

SCOTUS Weighs Limits on Police Seizure of Property

CNN Commentator Endorses Palestinians Using Violence to Resist Israel

U.S. rights groups seek secret documents in Facebook encryption case

WHAT? Veterans Affairs Dept says it won't reimburse vets who were underpaid GI Bill benefit payments: report

Senate defies White House on Saudi support in Yemen

Trump threatens to declassify ‘devastating’ docs about Democrats

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries becomes next chair of Democratic Caucus

Google Suggests ‘Top Racist Republicans’ Instead of GOP Races

Electric scooters are landing a lot of Americans in emergency rooms LULZ "This is disruptive technology," said Dr. Christopher Ziebell, emergency room medical director at Austin's Dell Seton Medical Center. "But this time the disruption is disrupting forearms, elbows and heads."

OH MY Stormy Daniels says lawyer Avenatti sued Trump for defamation without her OK

A year after Matt Lauer was fired, NBC News’ culture has barely changed, Linda Vester alleges

Columbia University Holocaust scholar's office vandalized with swastikas

Former Alaska Airlines pilot says he lost his job over false #MeToo claims

16 USPS workers sentenced for taking bribes to deliver cocaine on their routes

Trump, Putin meeting during G20 summit will go ahead, Russian official says

Suicide, at 50-year peak, pushes down US life expectancy

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

Of course this had to break immediately after I wrote a scathing post about CNN's lack of a response:

“Marc Lamont Hill is no longer under contract with CNN,” a CNN spokesperson told the Washington Examiner.

CNN had nothing to say about Hill's vile comments calling for violent resistance and the elimination of the Jewish state.

 

Mollie Hemingway points out the gross hypocrisy of CNN:

There are now multiple calls from Jewish groups and others for CNN to fire Marc Lamont Hill for using a Hamas rallying cry in a speech at the UN, but as of this writing, the network hasn't even addressed his controversial comments.

Hill, meanwhile, is arguing on Twitter that it is "ABSURD and illogical" to suggest that there is anything untoward about his use of the terrorist phrase “from the river to the sea.”

David Harsanyi at the Federalist pushed back on Hill's lame explanation.

No one uses this phrase accidentally — certainly not in this context. Certainly not someone smart enough to be considered one of the nation’s leading intellectuals.

It has nothing to do, as Hill laughably contends, with the emergence of a multi-ethnic liberal democratic state. Rather, it is about pushing Jews into the sea.

You’d think this kind of bigoted rhetoric would be highly upsetting to CNN’s sensitive journalists, who are able to ferret out anti-Semitic dog whistles, sometimes real and often imagined, all over the place.

Indeed they do. Read the whole piece for examples.

We're not allowed to criticize left-wing sugar-daddy George Soros without being called anti-Semitic white supremacists, but one of their own can belch out a terrorist war cry calling for the destruction of the Jewish state -- and it's crickets.

National Security Advisor John Bolton was in Brazil today meeting with President-elect Jair Bolsonaro.

The one-hour meeting was held at Bolsonaro's home behind closed doors, and "there will be no room for journalists," the U.S. embassy in Brazil reportedly stated.

The main issue on the table according to Brazilian news outlets was Venezuela and strategies to "combat human rights violations committed by the socialist regime of Maduro." Also thought to be on the agenda was the terrorist drug trafficking and money laundering activities plaguing "the triple border" region of Brazil, located along the junction of Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil.

As I noted in my post yesterday about Bolsonaro's son's visit to Washington, D.C., this week, thanks to a Politico investigation last year, we now know that the Obama administration allowed Hezbollah to build a criminal empire in South America in exchange for the Iran nuclear deal:

The campaign, dubbed Project Cassandra, was launched in 2008 after the Drug Enforcement Administration amassed evidence that Hezbollah had transformed itself from a Middle East-focused military and political organization into an international crime syndicate that some investigators believed was collecting $1 billion a year from drug and weapons trafficking, money laundering and other criminal activities. ... But as Project Cassandra reached higher into the hierarchy of the conspiracy, Obama administration officials threw an increasingly insurmountable series of roadblocks in its way ...

One Obama-era Treasury official, Katherine Bauer, in little-noticed written testimony presented last February to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, acknowledged that “under the Obama administration … these [Hezbollah-related] investigations were tamped down for fear of rocking the boat with Iran and jeopardizing the nuclear deal.”

This was another huge Obama scandal that the MSM neglected to cover adequately. If a Project Cassandra 2.0 is in the works, I suspect that sometime down the road we'll start hearing heart-wrenching tales of woe detailing anti-Muslim oppression in the triple-border area coming from the pro-Iran [Ben Rhodes] echo-chamber. And the media will be all over it.

It's official: We're all racists!