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Good Thursday morning.

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

  • The president participates in a signing ceremony for H.R. 2, the “Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018”

Freedom Caucus will support a Trump veto

President Trump campaigned on building a big, beautiful wall and it sure looks like he has abandoned that plan. The president is going to have a real problem getting re-elected if he gives up on immigration reform and border safety. Late last night, the Freedom Caucus told the president they would have his back should he veto the border wall-less continuing resolution offer approved by the Democrats.

“Mr. President, we're going to back you up if you veto this — back you up,” Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said. “If you veto this bill, we'll be there. More importantly, the American people will be there. They'll be there to support you. Let's build the wall and make sure we do our job in Congress."

“The president, many, many months ago said he would not sign another funding bill unless we gave him wall funding. What did this House do?” Meadows said. “It passed the bill to fund the Department of Defense and passed a short-term CR. And said we are going to have that fight after the mid-terms."

Trump is getting bad advice, as he has gotten consistently throughout his presidency. Do you think he will veto the CR or do you think he will go along with the Democrats? Tell me in the comments.

Related:

Senate approves stopgap spending measure to avoid shutdown, sends to House

GoFundMe for border wall raises more than $2M in just 3 days

Jeff Flake, GTFO, please

Senator Jeff Flake ("R"-Ariz.), who has been auditioning for a position on MSNBC ever since he decided not to run for re-election, will introduce a carbon tax on the American people as a farewell present to America.

Like the House bill, Flake’s carbon tax bill would tax emissions at $15 per ton — a rate that would rise $10 per year until greenhouse gas emissions, hitting $100 per ton in 2030. All of the revenues raised through the tax will get rebated to households to compensate for higher energy costs.

Flake did not run for re-election because he knew he could not get re-elected by his constituents. Nevertheless, despite this rejection, he is treated as a political influencer by the media. He's a clown. Go away, Jeff Flake, and take your carbon tax with you.

Person of the year:

Gun buyback participant turns in firearm to get cash for 'better weapon'

Historical picture of the day:

Mrs. Paul Titus (above), a 77-year-old air raid spotter of Bucks County, Pa., carries a gun as she patrols her beat, Dec. 20, 1941. Mrs. Titus signed-up the day after the Pearl Harbor attack. “I can carry a gun any time they want me to,” she declared. (AP Photo)

Other morsels:

#fakenews WELL LOOKEE HERE CNN’s 2014 Journalist Of The Year Resigns After Admitting To Falsifying Stories

D.C. Attorney General Sued for Documents Related to Bloomberg Scheme

North Carolina political consultant cited in probe of 2016 election: documents

Of course. Brady Center sues Trump administration over 3D gun blueprints

NBC reporter defends Sarah Sanders from followers 'calling her foul names or commenting on her appearance'

Afghan And Iraqi Interpreters Risk Death, Wait Years For Legal US Visas While Migrant Caravan Demands Immediate Entrance

WTF? Mike Pence Invited By Creator Of Gay Broadway Musical

Libel suit against BuzzFeed thrown out

Someone managed to hack NASA

Former Prosecutor: Investigation into Trump Foundation ‘Going to Become a Criminal Matter’

BYE FELICIA House Speaker Paul Ryan's farewell speech

The Oprah network! OWN cancels 'Love Is' amid domestic violence allegations against producer Salim Akil

If you think Americans are getting fatter, the feds say: 'You're right, all of us are'

Why is this even an issue? Trump's pick for attorney general warns Mueller's obstruction inquiry 'fatally misconceived' in memo to DOJ

Facebook gave Netflix, Spotify, Amazon access to user messages, friends' data: Report

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

Wow.

So, here's our president. In signing the farm bill, he posts a throwback video of himself singing about farms.

And he needs to take criticism better when it comes to Syria.

Twelve debates.

There will be 12 Democratic debates. Grab your popcorn now.

If it's true that Trump unfollowed Ann Coulter over her snark about the wall, he has some serious work to do on taking criticism from friends. Ann was his first and biggest supporter. She has been trying to get his attention for two years now about the importance of building the wall and keeping his promise. If her barbs have really gotten to him to the point where he has had to unfollow her, perhaps we've found the way forward. If saying mean things about Donald Trump is what gets him to act like the president we voted for, I'm in.

If he thinks reading Ann's tweets are bad, wait till the rest of us (who have been nothing but complimentary) get going. It's going to get ugly if he doesn't man up and get us our wall.

After meeting with the president at the White House, Speaker Ryan and Co are heading back to Capitol Hill to tweak the spending bill.

Via AP:

President Donald Trump has told congressional Republicans he “will not sign” a spending bill passed by the Senate to avoid a partial government shutdown Friday, and he’s citing an impasse over money for a border wall with Mexico.

House Speaker Paul Ryan says after leaving a meeting with Trump at the White House that he and other leaders are going to go back to Capitol Hill to “work on adding border security” to the legislation.

Trump is facing a backlash from conservative supporters who’ve urging to him to stick with an earlier pledge to force a shutdown in hopes of securing money for his long-promised border wall.

The wall was the top promise of his presidential campaign.