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Good Tuesday morning.

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

  • The president receives his intelligence briefing
  • President Trump has lunch with members of Congress
  • The president participates in a briefing call on the border crisis with state, local, and community leaders

Trump AG nominee confirmation hearing today

President Trump's nominee for attorney general, William Barr, will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee today. Barr was also the attorney general under George H.W. Bush, so he's experienced. The Democrats are very excited about Barr because it's critical they be able to continue the assault on Trump with sketchy innuendo of RUSSIAN collusion. They will need the right guy or gal to do that. The #resistance doesn't want someone who would shut that two-year-long crapfest right down because there is no evidence of TREASONOUS RUSSIAN COLLUSION. And they certainly can't have someone go into that position who wants to clean up the dreadfully corrupt DOJ. You can read Barr's testimony for the hearing today here.

Democrats are very upset that Barr wrote a memo disparaging the Mueller investigation. Expect to hear about that this morning and remember that at least three Democrats on Senate Judiciary are running for president in 2020. They need campaign footage, so there will be peacocking!

Those who thought Barr seemed too good to be true were proved right when it was revealed that on June 8, 2018, while a private citizen, Barr had delivered a 19-page memo to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that was highly critical of the Mueller probe. (As an aside, it is extremely unusual for a private citizen to draft a legal memo and send it, unsolicited, to the Department of Justice.)

It's actually not unusual. The man was a former attorney general, not some rando living in a van down by the river. Tune in today on CSPAN at 9:30 a.m. ET for the hearing. Should be excellent theater.

Mueller, Mueller, Mueller

So who leaked that garbage the FBI was investigating if Trump was a RUSSIAN asset? Former special prosecutor Ken Starr wants to know. Some deep state trash bag leaked to the NYT that the FBI opened a formal investigation into Trump after he fired Comey. Because the only reason Trump would fire Comey would be if he were controlled by RUSSIANS. Remember when ALL the Democrats wanted Comey fired after he gave that press conference about Hillary Clinton in July 2016? I guess the FBI doesn't remember. Lordy!

Isn't it crazy how we haven't caught any of these swamp leakers yet, two years into the admin? Isn't it crazy that Trump would want to hide sensitive information and discussions from all the deep state, swampy saboteurs burrowed into this administration? But for real, even James Wolfe, who worked for the Senate Intelligence Committee and leaked classified information to his much younger paramour "journalist" side-piece, was not charged with leaking classified information. He was charged with lying to investigators. The classified info Wolfe was suspected of leaking was the FISA warrant with Carter Page's name. VERY SERIOUS STUFF and yet, no charges.

Related:

Good. Don't talk. Trump team recently turned down in-person interview with Mueller: report

Mueller scrutinizing breakfast event held with Nunes, Flynn: report

Trump’s inaugural committee spent $1.5M at his own hotel

Is that so? ABC News Chief WH Correspondent: Mueller Report Unexpected to Include Evidence of Collusion

Historical picture of the day:

U.S. President Bill Clinton salutes towards the crowd at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport as his wife Hillary looks on Saturday, Jan. 15, 1994. The first family departed after a successful three-day summit with Russian President Boris Yeltsin. They are now headed for Minsk and Geneva before returning to the United States. (AP Photo/Greg Gibson)

Other morsels:

Kidnapper Chose 13-Year-Old Victim After Watching Her At The Bus Stop

Pennsylvania Judge Ruling Restores Obamacare Mandate That Employers Must Provide Free Birth Control

Anonymous Twitter Guy Turns Out To Be Better Reporter Than Jim Acosta

Eyeing 2020, Priorities USA blows up ‘television-first strategy’

This Guy. Romney calls on Steve King to resign after white supremacy remarks

McConnell tightens grip with Senate GOP amid shutdown fallout

Far-right activist sets up ‘caravan sanctuary’ on Nancy Pelosi’s lawn

Thousands of Los Angeles teachers go on strike

Justice Department opinion could threaten online gambling

Leaker: White House spokesman Raj Shah leaves White House

Confederate "Silent Sam" statue's pedestal removed from UNC-Chapel Hill campus

RETRO! Toyota Supra returns for 2020 with help from BMW

Pentagon extends troops' southern border mission by 8 months as shutdown over border wall continues

IMPORTANT: Authorities can't force people to unlock technology with biometric features, US judge rules

Trump choice to replace Kavanaugh's old seat wrote articles pointing blame at women for date rape

Rome mayor agrees to keep Trevi Fountain coins going to charity

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

Kirsten Gillibrand is in.

From bitter personal experience, I can tell you this is true:

Six hours: That's the minimum amount of sleep per night you need to help your heart stay healthy, new research suggests. The study found that chronic lack of sleep and poor sleep quality raise the odds of fatty plaque accumulation in arteries -- a condition known as atherosclerosis, which increases the odds of heart attack and stroke.

There are many ways to fight heart disease, including "pharmaceuticals, physical activity and diet," said lead researcher Jose Ordovas. "But this study emphasizes we have to include sleep as one of the weapons we use to fight heart disease -- a factor we are compromising every day."

The study couldn't prove cause and effect, but people who slept less than six hours a night were 27 percent more likely to have body-wide atherosclerosis than those who slept seven to eight hours a night, Ordovas and his colleagues reported.

Eight hours a day is what you need. Don't settle for anything less (it doesn't have to be uninterrupted).

 

It's all over for the Charlady:

THERESA May could be gone as Prime Minister within 24 hours after Labour tabled a vote of no confidence over her mammoth Brexit defeat. The PM attempted to outflank Jeremy Corbyn by effectively calling a vote of no confidence in the Government in the wake of her defeat by 432 to 202.

After the Labour leader formally tabled the motion, it was confirmed MPs will vote on whether or not to kick the Government out of power at 7pm tomorrow - which would trigger a General Election likely to take place just weeks before Brexit.

Mrs May is likely to win tomorrow's confidence vote after the DUP confirmed they will continue to back her as PM despite opposing her Brexit strategy.If two t hirds of MPs vote in favour of a motion which reads "This House has no confidence in Her Majesty's Government" then there's 14 days for the Government to pass one in favour. If that doesn't happen, a general election could be sparked.

Doesn't really matter at this point whether she survives the no-confidence motion; she's toast. And now the real fun begins: who will replace her as head of the Conservative Party? And will, in the chaotic aftermath of her Brexit-plan defeat, Labour and the Tory Remainers connive to force another Brexit vote? Stay tuned....

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