Good Monday morning.
Here is what's on the president's agenda today:
- The president receives his intelligence briefing
- President Trump has lunch with the vice president
- The president meets with the Secretary of the Interior
- The president and first lady participate in a Christmas reception
- The president and first lady participate in another Christmas reception
The bitch is back
Lordy, ex-FBI deep-stater James Comey the Redeemer is back on the Hill today to twerk and freak for the Justice and Oversight committees. He will speak behind closed doors, of course, but the transcript will be released shortly thereafter.
Over the weekend, the totally non-partisan, disinterested bureaucrat tweeted out some opinions on Twitter and responded to President Trump.
This from the punk who boasted that he tricked Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn in a perjury trap and threatened to prosecute him on a Logan Act violation. Sheesh.
On Friday, a judge ruled that Obamacare or the ACA is unconstitutional.
U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor agreed with a group of 20 states with Republican governors or legislatures that argued the constitutionality of the law's individual mandate dissolved when Congress removed the tax penalty for the uninsured.
Of course, this will have to work its way through the court system, so there is no immediate change to your policy if you have purchased one. My premiums went up to $1500 monthly this year. What a great system. Thanks, Obama.
The Trump DOJ (that sounds so funny) will not appeal the decision since the administration is not looking to keep the law intact, but some of the states, led by California, will appeal.
"The ACA has already survived more than 70 unsuccessful repeal attempts and withstood scrutiny in the Supreme Court. Today’s misguided ruling will not deter us: our coalition will continue to fight in court for the health and well-being of all Americans," California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Friday in response to the ruling.
Historical picture of the day
It's not a big deal, really. Government shutdown? You'll still get mail and packages, be able to travel
Somebody is spending a lot of money to trash vaping. Vaping booming in U.S. high schools, survey finds
Not this crap again. Ruth Bader Ginsburg worked out the day after she broke three ribs
And that's all I've got, now go beat back the angry mob!
This might be my favorite photoshop of all time.
What were UPS's social media gurus thinking?
There are plenty of great responses, including these:
If other shipping companies were smart they'd take full advantage of this blunder.
"Anybody can beat him."
When asked why he thinks he can beat President Donald Trump in 2020, former vice president Joe Biden insisted "I think anybody can beat him."
PJ Media's own Nicholas Ballasy caught the comment and reported it on The Intercept.
While speaking at a recent event promoting his new book, “American Promise,” Biden said, “I think I’m the most qualified person in the country to be president.”
After delivering an address at the Lantos Foundation’s 10th anniversary gala, where he was recognized with a legacy award, Biden was asked specifically by The Intercept why he thinks he’s the most qualified person to take on Trump.
“You don’t run for president unless you think you are qualified,” Biden replied.
“Why do you think you could beat President Trump? Why is this your time?” the former Delaware senator was asked.
“I think anybody can beat him,” Biden responded.
Many Democrats may be able to defeat Trump, but it will remain a difficult challenge for whomever the Democrats nominate. Biden is overconfident, in my estimation.
Lamar Alexander will not run for re-election in 2020.
One of Tennessee's Republican senators will step down in 2021, letting someone else run for the seat in 2020.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) won the other Senate seat this year, despite Taylor Swift endorsing her challenger.