Live Blog

Here is your live blog for the day.

Good Wednesday morning.

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

  • The president participates in a signing event for an executive order establishing the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council

I have a condensed version of the Briefing for you today.

Hot topics:

Google CEO Splashes Cold Water On A Major Russian Meddling Narrative

5 arrested, suspected extremist still on loose after Strasbourg shooting: report

Pelosi questions Trump's manhood, compares him to a skunk after Oval Office clash

Border Wall More Popular With American People Than Media Think

Historical picture of the day:

Demonstrators fill the Hall of Justice lobby in Los Angeles, Dec. 12, 1969, as they continued what they called harassment of Black Panthers. The demonstration moved to the building, which houses the county jail and various courtrooms after demonstrating on the steps of City Hall nearby. Leaders had called for a one-day strike by blacks from schools and work. Eleven Panthers were arrested in Los Angeles after a four-hour siege by police of the group’s headquarters. (AP Photo/David F. Smith)

Other morsels:

WOMP WOMP Theresa May to face no-confidence vote by lawmakers

OH ABSOLUTELY NOT. Clapper, Feinstein Ask For Leniency For Senate Staffer Implicated In Leaking Probe

Senate approves farm bill compromise that avoids food stamp cuts

Oakland to sue NFL over Raiders move

Over 30 cities oppose Trump proposal on immigration benefits

Trump admin appeals asylum policy ruling to Supreme Court

‘She’s Scared’ — Ted Cruz Criticizes Pelosi For Wanting To Turn Cameras Off During White House Meeting

Trump: ‘People Would Revolt’ If Democrats Impeach

Pelosi on verge of deal with rebels to reclaim speakership

WTF CIA once secretly implanted mind-control devices in dogs’ brains

Joe Arpaio files $300M defamation suit against 3 news organizations

Accused Russian Spy’s NRA-Connected Boyfriend Breaks Silence on Her Cooperation with the Feds

Police end bomb threat investigation near Facebook offices in Calif.

Quadriplegic student walks across stage at college graduation using exoskeleton

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou gets bail

Kevin McCarthy worried about Google’s next steps in China

We aren't going to hear much about this, are we? California Democratic lawmaker arrested on suspicion of child cruelty: report

Sacramento paid $300G to aid illegal immigrants last year, report says

CBS News has settled a lawsuit with 3 women who accuse former host Charlie Rose of sexual harassment

HAHA! Federal judge orders Stormy Daniels to pay Trump nearly $300K in legal fees

Michael Flynn asks federal judge to spare prison sentence after cooperating with Mueller investigation

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

Holy cow, this is huge:

To be honest, I didn't expect the Ohio Senate to do it. They've voted it down before (or failed to vote it out of committee) and I didn't think they'd have the courage to pass the Heartbeat Bill. I could not be happier to have been wrong. Now the bill -- which would protect babies with a detectable heartbeat from death by abortion -- goes to "pro-life" Gov. Kasich, who has vowed to veto it. He has ten days to do so, after which the Senate will need to reconvene (during the holiday break) to override the veto. It's not clear if there are enough votes to do that.

But way to go, Ohio Senate.

Outgoing Rep. Christian Hagan, the mother of newborn twins and the bill's primary sponsor, penned a beautiful Facebook post earlier this week to urge her colleagues in the Senate to pass the Heartbeat Bill. She wrote, "Rocking my boys to sleep and wondering how anyone could work to kill a bill to protect children with beating hearts and sleep at night knowing they had the power to make a difference."

Amen to that.

 

This is sad news:

Rest in peace, Admiral Lyons.

A lot of reporters today are getting this pathetic email from the Women's March PR dept.

If you've not yet read the Tablet expose on the Women's March, you should. Even for those of us who already knew about some of the antisemitism of the founders, it's an eye-opener.

 

Everything in the culture has to be about politics now. And I mean EVERYTHING.

The only way to escape it is to turn off your internet and go to bunker.