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Good Friday morning.

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

  • The president meets with congressional leadership
  • The president receives his intelligence briefing
  • The president meets with the secretary of State

Nancy sworn in, clown car of new Dems arrive on the Hill

But the media was the real freak show yesterday, as they gushed and fawned over the new "diverse-est evah" Congress. I don't see diversity as a virtue, I just want my elected officials to competently represent my interests, I don't care about their gender or their skin color. But the media really, really, really cares about diversity, maybe more than anything else in the world. So when they have an opportunity to showcase it, they are going to sing from the roof!

Here's one of the products of our most diverse Congress ever: Rashida Tlaib, who told a crowd of supporters after being sworn in, "People love you and you win. And when your son looks at you and says, 'Momma, look you won. Bullies don't win.' And I said, 'Baby, they don't, because we’re gonna go in there and we’re gonna impeach the mother***er.'"

A real class act. How old is her son, I wonder? The language is a bit harsh for a tot, yes?

The Dems kicked off with some legislation, a bill described by the media fan bois as one that will end the shutdown. ABC News has a headline: "House votes to end shutdown despite White House veto threat." Isn't that curious how the blame is placed on the "White House veto threat" and the hero of the headline is the House, which voted to end the shutdown? (The House alone can't end the shutdown -- what a garbage ABC News headline.)

But that's false. If the House wants to end the shutdown, vote out a bill with wall funding. It's simple. Trump has said what it will take to get his signature. In reality the House voted out a bill that will not even get considered in the Senate and the president won't sign.

Imagine what kind of deal you could get if you were a Democrat as long as you were willing to give Trump his funding. Maybe protection for the DACA kids, maybe funding for some lame Democrat agenda item. Trump wants to deal! But the Democrats would rather screw Trump more than they want to do something in the service of their constituents.

Even more bills introduced

The new Democrat Congress has more legislation in the queue than just opening the government.

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tn.), a vocal critic of President Trump, on Thursday introduced two bills to eliminate the electoral college and prevent presidents from pardoning themselves or their family members.

“Presidents should not pardon themselves, their families, their administration or campaign staff," Cohen said in a statement. "This constitutional amendment would expressly prohibit this and any future president, from abusing the pardon power.”

Obviously this isn't going to go anywhere but how is this working in the interest of the people who put him into office? Do the American people want to see their elected officials draft nasty anti-Trump legislation for two years or do they expect them to work on their behalf? I guess we will find out the answer since it's obvious that is what the Democrats are going to do with their power.

Related:

Elle Woods goes to Congress. Sen. Sinema takes oath of office on a law book instead of a bible

This would be a scandal if she were a Republican. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez danced on a rooftop in college. Oh, the scandal

AMEN. Liz Cheney Urges Democrats to ‘Keep Talking’ so Americans Know How ‘Radical’ They Are

GOP Sens. Cruz, Rooney introduce Constitutional amendment to impose term limits on Congress

She's already caving! Ocasio-Cortez after being booed voting for Pelosi: 'Don’t hate me cause you ain’t me'

Your daily WTF:

Teacher arrested for trying to sell underage girl for sex

Other morsels:

Trump tweets ‘Build the Wall’ video as shutdown continues

‘Those People Got Very Angry’ — Tucker Rips ‘The View,’ Other Critics Of His Marriage Segment

This was just sad. Kennedy, Watters Take Aim At Marie Harf For Equating A Rep. Comparing Trump To Hitler To Birtherism

Grijalva calls for Zinke testimony amid allegations of lying to investigators

Jim Webb emerges as candidate for Defense secretary

Beto O’Rourke gets an Iowa boost

Conservative radio host in hiding after receiving threat of mass shooting

Herb Kelleher, Southwest Airlines' co-founder, dead at 87

Sinking US aircraft carriers will resolve tension in South China Sea, says Chinese admiral

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

Fascinating read in Foreign Policy about President Trump's decision to pull out of Syria:

The American people continue to be horribly disserved with dishonest reporting about the president.

Oh thank God:

When I saw headlines about this yesterday I was praying, "please God let this be fake news." And it was.

That's why the 24 to 48 hour rule on all MSM stories about Trump is so essential.

And because we should all be in a better mood, here's a little #TGIF from the Babylon Bee:

Whatever you need to tell yourselves...

This is just silly. The very idea that Team Trump is worried because the MSM has duped Willard into being their latest Republican useful idiot is laughable. Pure wishful speculation is now all that the Trump-hating media can cough up during this fever-dream of theirs. It's embarrassing, dishonest, and undermines the few people out there who are still trying to be real journalists.