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Good Friday morning.

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

  • The WH press office is still not sending out the president's public schedule.

Media hysterical because Trump signed military MAGA hats during Christmas visit

It's not hard to understand why the media is hated and viewed as untrustworthy. There is an unprecedented amount of media labor directed at assaulting the president regarding any trivial issue. President Trump's recent trip to visit Iraq really triggered the crazy to come out. Maybe it was because the media enjoyed wagging their finger at the president because he hadn't visited the troops? Whoops.

In particular, there was concern that Trump signing MAGA hats for the troops during his visit was some kind of Hatch Act violation or he was tricking the dummies in the military into being part of his political campaign? This is really, really reaching, don't you think?

CNN's Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr suggested Wednesday that Trump's signing of the hats may have violated Defense Department policy that prevents active duty members from participating in partisan political activities.

"Active duty personnel may not engage in partisan political activities and all military personnel should avoid the inference that their political activities imply or appear to imply DoD sponsorship, approval, or endorsement of a political candidate, campaign, or cause," the policy reads.

"Make America Great Again" was Trump's campaign slogan when he ran for president in 2016.

Just bonkers. Obama signed memorabilia for the military when he went to visit them. Why now is this suddenly a concern? That's a rhetorical question.

"CNN is willing to attack anyone who supports President Trump, including the brave men and women of our military who fight every day to protect our freedom," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a tweet.

Related:

Trump Calls Out CNN For Accusing US Troops Of Misconduct

Trump uses illegal immigrant accused of killing cop to argue for border wall

Historical picture of the day:

Fires raging in the middle of the road in downtown Tehran on Dec. 28, 1978, as rioters continue to disrupt the city in their bid to oust the Shah. Many cars drive with their headlights on to display sympathy with the militants, and streets filled with bonfires or burning cars have become part of daily life in the center of the capital. (AP Photo)

Other morsels:

Report Details Nature Of Facebook’s Secret Rulebook Governing Global Speech

Michael Cohen denies report alleging his cellphone was traced near Prague in 2016

Police release officers' accounts of Las Vegas shooting

Boston Marathon bomber appeals conviction, death sentence

Of course. Jemele Hill says calling Trump a white supremacist is like 'saying water is wet’

Tijuana Mayor Reveals How Much The Caravan Costs The City Every Day

Bloomberg says he'll insist presidential candidates have climate change plans

John Wayne Bobbitt swears his penis is ‘normal now’

Trump will have to nominate 9th Circuit judges all over again in 2019

Florida woman held up postal truck with a plastic gun and fled on a tricycle, police say

El Paso shelter director: 1,300 migrants released

Nation’s oldest military veteran dead at 112

Shooting suspect surrenders after SWAT negotiator sings 'White Christmas,' authorities say

A transformer explosion turned the New York City skyline blue

Seems important: Seoul says personal info of 1,000 N. Korean defectors stolen

And that's all I've got. The Morning Briefing and Live Blog will be back next year!

Devastating update on Bre Payton, the 26-year-old Federalist writer who was discovered yesterday morning unconscious and unresponsive in her room.  Doctors determined she was suffering from the H1N1 virus (aka swine flu) and possibly meningitis.

It was reported early this afternoon that Bre has succumbed to the illness.

Titania, of course, is being facetious, here. This unladylike beast's behavior was appalling.

Normal people are increasingly being forced to play bit parts in other people's deranged psychodramas.

At this rate, I wonder how long Nancy will last. From a press release by a group calling itself Justice Democrats:

Following Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s announcement on the appointment of Representative Kathy Castor to chair a “Select Committee on the Climate Crisis,” Justice Democrats spokesperson Waleed Shahid released the following statement:

“Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Party leadership seem to be pushing forward a weak Select Committee that has no subpoena power, that allows participation from members of Congress who take donations from the fossil fuel industry, and that has no explicit goals regarding the mass economic mobilization needed to match the UN’s recommendations on scale and timeline.”

“It’s extremely disappointing that the current proposal may be even weaker than Pelosi’s previous Select Committee on climate in 2007. Democratic leadership still has time to create a Select Committee on a Green New Deal and support a serious proposal that holds fossil fuel billionaires accountable and is based on what science demands.”

“The party of the resistance can't take the path of least resistance on climate and inequality."

Background:

The Sunrise Movement, Justice Democrats, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez launched their call for a Green New Deal at a sit-in at Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office in Washington on November 13, 2018. The Sunrise Movement led another round of sit-ins on December 10th where 143 young leaders were arrested for a moral act of civil disobedience at Pelosi and Hoyer’s offices in Washington.

A total of 45 Democrats in the House of Representatives now back Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal for a Select Committee on the Green New Deal.

Justice Democrats and Sunrise Movement have also demanded that no member of Congress receiving donations from the fossil fuel industry be appointed to the Select Committee.

Castor's suggestion that she might want to abide by the First Amendment when it comes to campaign contributions got her into hot water with this radical climate change group and they're demanding her head. You can never be woke enough for the lunatic left.

I predict San Fran Nan won't last a year before she's run out by the children in the Dem caucus.

Oh, by the way, the group was founded by former Bernie staffers. Delicious, isn't it?

Now go pop some popcorn and enjoy this Dem food knife fight.

Another strange twist in the left's false flag campaign to influence the Alabama special election:

“It was basically a bunch of people getting together to talk about disinformation,” he said. “Part of the reason I agreed to speak, and somewhat reluctantly sign the NDA, is I was told by the organizer that I could follow up with any of the people on any of the projects after the meeting.”

Shane said it wasn’t necessary to disclose to readers that he previously spoke at a meeting organized by people behind Project Birmingham.

“I don’t think there’s any kind of disclosure that’s relevant, though I’m happy to be corrected,” he said. “If you’ve been to meet with intelligence or defense officials at an off-the-record meeting … it’s always a trade-off as to what the ground rules are versus whether you get something useful for your readers. And in this case I did get something useful.”

Shane said he followed up with people after the meeting to obtain information about Project Birmingham on the record so he could write a story.