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

  • The president receives his intelligence briefing
  • President Trump meets with the secretary of Housing and Urban Development

LORDY: Comey will testify

After filing a suit to quash a congressional subpoena, his holiness James Comey will indeed testify at a closed-door hearing this week.

“Grateful for a fair hearing from judge. Hard to protect my rights without being in contempt, which I don’t believe in. So will sit in the dark, but Republicans agree I’m free to talk when done and transcript released in 24 hours,” Comey tweeted from his account. “This is the closest I can get to public testimony.”

Former President GHW Bush dies

The former president (41) passed away peacefully at home on Friday at a respectable 94-years-old. The media is gushing over GHWB, just gushing over him, because, you know, he was a good one. A good Republican, not like the one we have now, who is a barbarian and a pig. But back in the day, the media hated Bush 1 too, just like they hated W. and Romney and McCain when they threatened Democrat power. FUN FLASHBACK: New York Times Revives Debunked Bush Scanner Piece For H.W.’s Obit

In case you don't remember the story, the media ran a false story about GHWB, claiming he was AMAZED at the crazy, wild new supermarket technology when he walked into a mock grocery store at a trade show. He was so surprised at the magical machines because he's out of touch with the normal Americans, you see, and doesn't do things like grocery shop as the poors do. "This is a story that is totally media-manufactured and maintained," said Bush 41 press sec Marlin Fitzwater. The media has always been a bunch of ankle-biting guttersnipes, don't you forget it.

So, as you read all these glowing media stories, remember that the media treated Bush 41 like sh!t just like all the other GOPers, who are only praised when they are bashing other Republicans. It drove me nuts this weekend to follow the media vanguard talking about what a great, honorable man GHWB was when the media spent years trashing him. Piss off, media. You are using GHWB to bash Trump now. We know you had no respect or affection for him.

Wait a moment, I must have missed this from Politico: Is History Being Too Kind to George H.W. Bush? The 41st president put self-interest over principle time and time again. Now that's more like it.

Oh, what's that in my eye...

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James Baker: Bush’s last words were ‘I love you’

Political world honors George H.W. Bush

Schwarzenegger recalls George H.W. Bush calling him ‘Conan the Republican’

U.S. markets to close on Wednesday in honor of George H.W. Bush

Riots in France

Seems important, no?

So there's been some rioting in France — the worst rioting in more than a decade.

Paris police said 133 people were injured, including 23 police officers, as crowds trashed the streets of the capital Saturday. Officers fired tear gas and used water cannon to tamp down the violence as protesters torched cars, smashed windows, looted stores and tagged the Arc de Triomphe with spray paint.

Paris police Prefect Michel Delpuech said some officers described encountering "unprecedented" violence, including protesters using hammers, gardening tools, bolts, aerosol cans as well as rocks in physical confrontations.

Some radical far-right and far-left activists were involved in the riot, as well as a "great number" of protesters wearing yellow jackets, Delpuech said. The fluorescent jackets, which French motorists are required to have in their cars for emergencies, are an emblem of a grassroots citizens' movement protesting fuel taxes.

Fires were started at six buildings and more than 130 makeshift barricades and 112 vehicles were torched, Delpuech said. Paris prosecutor Remy Heitz said 378 people remained in police custody as of Sunday evening, 33 of them minors.

The rioters are unhappy with their president, who is much, much loved by the media elite because he's sort of good looking in a Eurotrash way, but also married to an older woman. That the people he governs are unhappy with his performance doesn't matter so much to the global elitists.

"It's difficult to reach the end of the month. People work and pay a lot of taxes and we are fed up," said Rabah Mendez, a protester who marched peacefully Saturday in Paris.

I think we can all agree with that, my French brother.

Other morsels:

‘Bad news for creeps:’ Starbucks to roll out porn blocker on its free WiFi starting in January

Top admiral of US Naval forces in Middle East found dead in his Bahrain residence Saturday

Watch the video here. What Is ‘Ballot Harvesting,’ And How Did California Dems Use It To Nuke The GOP?

WOMP WOMP Ticket Prices To See Bill And Hillary Clinton Speak Tank

FACT CHECK: Do Millions Of Americans Not Have Government Photo ID?

New legal challenge to Trump’s pick at Justice Department

Will the media tone down its anti-Trump rhetoric now?!?!? North Dakota man reportedly admits stealing forklift, planning to flip Trump’s limousine to 'kill' president

Is a Do-Over Election Coming? North Carolina Republicans Alleged to Have Committed Major Election Fraud

Substitute teacher tells first-grade students Santa isn't real

Senior ISIS leader involved in killing of former US Army Ranger in drone strike, coalition says

3 charged-- including exec with past ties to Clintons-- in alleged scheme to defraud Pentagon billions, DOJ says

'Crazy Rich Asians' had a crazy bad opening weekend in China

Trump overheard saying 'get me out of here' as he walked offstage during G-20 Summit photo-op

Trump says China will 'reduce and remove tariffs' on car imports from the US

Qatar will pull out of OPEC amid tension with Saudi Arabia

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

How awful is Angela Merkel? This awful:

The founding director of the European Coalition for Israel in Brussels,Thomas Sandell, announced in a shocking video message on Thursday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel waged a campaign to prevent Central and Eastern European countries from moving their capitals to Jerusalem to preserve the Iran nuclear deal. Sandell said The Jerusalem Post exclusive report in November stating that Merkel called Romanian president, Klaus Iohannis, an ethnic German, to convince him to not relocate his country’s embassy to Jerusalem prompted him to go public.

Speaking from the European parliament, Sandell said “what we have found out, something I heard for quite some time already, from Central and Eastern European countries, that would have an have inclination to move their embassy to Jerusalem, this is the natural thing for them to do, is that they have received phone calls from Berlin, from Angela Merkel, the chancellor, basically, this cannot happen under any circumstances.”

He said, "I have spoken to many Germans these last few days in Brussels. They are not aware of this. And all of them would be shocked that all of the countries in the European Union today that would want to block an embassy move to Jerusalem, not only for your own country, but for other countries that have the conviction this is the right thing to do, the only country to do would be Germany--this is a big shock."

Then again, maybe not.

I got to see communism/socialism up close and personal between the years 1985 and 1991, during my long sojourn in East Berlin, Moscow, Leningrad, Warsaw and other garden spots. Among the things I best remember -- in addition to the unmistakable olfactory stench of all communist countries -- were the dilapidated buildings and the shoddy construction standards, especially in the Soviet Union.

So this story hardly comes as a surprise:

Rafael Álvarez was up at 6:30 a.m. to warm milk for his baby daughter when he heard the sound of pebbles falling. “That’s when the floor below us came loose. We were left hanging in the air, then fell into the abyss.” Álvarez, 41, a baker, was buried in rubble to his waist. His mother, daughter and two others were killed when the 101-year-old building collapsed. “Save the babies!” were his mother’s last words, he said.

In Havana, some of the same architectural gems that draw tens of thousands of American tourists crash to the ground every year. Causes range from weather and neglect to faulty renovations and theft of structural beams... Some 3,856 partial or total building collapses were reported in Havana from 2000 to 2013, not including 2010 and 2011 when no records were kept. The collapses worsened an already severe housing shortage. Havana alone had a deficit of 206,000 homes in 2016, official figures show.

Officials estimate 28,000 people live in buildings that could collapse at any moment. Some residents refuse to leave structures that authorities have declared unsafe. “Of course we’re scared but what are we going to do?” said Yanelis Flores, 42, who rejected a government offer to move into a shelter. “I will wait for a house,” said Flores from the eighth floor of the former Hotel Astor, which had American management and 200 rooms in the 1930s.

Today, daylight shines through terrifying cracks in the walls. “This is worse than a pig pen,” Flores said. “It’s rotting.”

Really, it's impossible to have any sympathy for the Cubans. Anybody with an IQ above 85 got out years ago, when the getting was good, and what's left are the descamisados, who will never rise up against their communist dictatorship -- until it, too, finally collapses.

Pig pens are what you get when you make the Faustian bargain with the socialist devil: pig pens and then forcible relocation to a "government shelter," aka prison. But nobody tell Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez!

Bernie Sanders is a 2020 "front-runner," campaign manager says.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) hasn't yet decided if he's going to run for president in 2020, but if he does, he'll be off to a strong start. The Associated Press' Steve Peoples reports:

“This time, he starts off as a front-runner, or one of the front-runners,” Sanders’ 2016 campaign manager Jeff Weaver told The Associated Press, highlighting the senator’s proven ability to generate massive fundraising through small-dollar donations and his ready-made network of staff and volunteers.

Weaver added: “It’ll be a much bigger campaign if he runs again, in terms of the size of the operation.”

Some liberals have insisted it's not "Bernie or bust," and it doesn't have to be.

Instead, a new generation of outspoken Democrats such as Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and California Sen. Kamala Harris are expected to seek the Democratic nomination. All three have embraced Sanders’ call for “Medicare for All” and a $15 minimum wage, among other policy priorities he helped bring into the Democratic mainstream in the Trump era.

The further Left candidates get, the more likely they are to win the Democratic primary, and the less likely to defeat Donald Trump.

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