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Live Blog

Here is your live blog for the day.

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.

Obamacare unconstitutional

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.

Terrific.

Related:

Obama defends Affordable Care Act

Schumer vows to put a vote on the floor urging intervention in ObamaCare case ‘first thing’

Historical picture of the day

Pres. George H. W. Bush, center, signs the North American Free Trade Agreement during a ceremony at the Organization of American States headquarters, Thursday, Dec. 17, 1992, Washington, D.C. Canadian Amb. Derek Burney and U.S. Trade Representative Carla Hills applaud during the signing. The president predicted an explosion of growth throughout North America as he signed the agreement. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)

Other morsels:

It's not a big deal, really. Government shutdown? You'll still get mail and packages, be able to travel

Adam Schiff threatens to probe Donald Trump’s personal finances

Schiff: U.S. Response to Russian Hacking of Our Election Has Been ‘Influenced By Something’

Adam Schiff Suggests Trump Might Be Compromised For Ties To Deutsche Bank

Somebody is spending a lot of money to trash vaping. Vaping booming in U.S. high schools, survey finds

US Coast Guard reports Caribbean cocaine bust

‘Justice’ is Merriam-Webster’s word of the year for 2018

Catriona Gray, from the Philippines, claims crown as first transgender contestant fails to make top 20

Actor Geoffrey Rush denies new sexual harassment allegations from former protege, Yael Stone

Trump: Sessions 'should be ashamed of himself' for allowing Russia probe to proceed

Cory Booker addresses speculation about his sexuality: 'I'm heterosexual'

WAIT, WHAT? Pittsburgh Mayor Declares Intent To Ban Guns In Violation Of State Law

Trump adviser: We will ‘do whatever is necessary to build the border wall’

White House closer to partial shutdown with wall demand

Not this crap again. Ruth Bader Ginsburg worked out the day after she broke three ribs

Fifth victim of French Christmas market attack dies

Good. Top Republican predicts Flynn guilty plea will be thrown out, citing FBI 'misconduct'

Circus! Elijah Cummings calls for Cohen testimony in January

Colin Kroll, co-founder of HQ Trivia and Vine, found dead

Trump tweeted that he'll 'review' the case of Matthew Golsteyn, a Special Forces officer charged with murder

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.