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Happy Wednesday Morning!

So... I'm going to be a father, and today's the day I find out the sex of my unborn child! I might be a bit distracted, but I've still got a great morning briefing for you today.

Covington fallout

To be honest, when I heard about the poor Catholic boys in the MAGA hats preyed upon by the media, I wasn't interested. Hundreds of thousands of people marched for life on Friday, and it's always inspiring to see that so many people care about the unborn. This little dust-up afterward seemed rather inconsequential.

But then the media kept hammering the kid, and then it turned out he was effectively set up. Now he's been doxxed, and on Tuesday the school shut down because it faced threats due to the controversy.

My amazing colleague Deb Heine broke the story about a lawyer threatening lawsuits against the media, and it got a much-deserved link on Drudge yesterday. A journalist got fired, but many media outlets kept up the pressure. When the "Today" show decided to have an interview with the boy, they faced a barrage of liberal attacks. To top it all off, tribal elder Nathan Phillips — the Native American the boy supposedly insulted by smirking after the guy got up in his face with his drum — isn't even a Vietnam veteran as so many media outlets claimed.

Despite the fact that the event that inspired all the outrage was pure #FakeNews, liberals have used this as an excuse to reveal their hatred for "Make America Great Again" hats, as if the 2016 election were not "a thing."

CNN's Angela Rye may have been the worst. She compared MAGA hats to KKK hoods. Yes, really.

To be honest, I'm sick and tired of this story because the original event was such a non-issue. But the horrific media coverage has made MAGA hat-gate big, big news because the entire episode reveals the utter bankruptcy of our outrage culture and the tragedy that so many media outlets have effectively sold their souls to it.

Some Supreme Court news

The Supreme Court made big news yesterday by turning down cases, more than by deciding them.

Former assistant football coach Joe Kennedy — whose school district ordered him to stop praying after football games — appealed his case to the Court and he was denied. Justice Samuel Alito explained that just because the Court won't take up Kennedy's case, that doesn't mean the justices think the 9th Circuit ruling against Kennedy was right. The Supreme Court sent the coach's case back to the district court — so the court could discover more facts in the case and so that lower courts could come up with better reasoning than the ridiculous Establishment Clause explanation in the 9th Circuit ruling. (Read more about it here.)

In other news, the Supreme Court allowed President Donald Trump to carry out the Mattis Plan — reversing Obama's social engineering in the military. This much-maligned "transgender ban" does not actually exile every transgender service member, but it does reverse Obama's policy of endorsing transgender identity in the military. Transgender troops are allowed to join the armed services, so long as they follow the requirements for individuals of their biological sex. This kind of rule only seems oppressive if you believe that gender identity trumps biology.

Trump had every right to return to a policy similar to the pre-Obama one, but judicial activists put a stay on his policy. The Supreme Court ruled against that stay, allowing the policy to come into effect while cases against the "ban" go forward. In other words, the policy may end up being struck down, but at least Trump can act like a commander in chief and institute his own policy for the military.

Naturally, this was met with much weeping and gnashing of teeth.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) called the "ban" "cruel."

2020 Democrats leapt on board.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) tweeted a Human Rights Campaign (HRC) video decrying the "hateful" policy.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) — perhaps the most dangerous Democratic candidate for president in 2020 — also decried the "ban."

Ironically, CNN shared the story of a transgender Army sergeant who said the "ban" won't stop transgender people from serving in the military. This biological man who identifies as a woman is right. Trump's policy allows people who identify with the gender opposite their biological sex to serve in the military, so long as they are stable in their biological sex or were grandfathered in under Obama's policy.

Roe v. Wade turns 46.

Yesterday marked the 46th anniversary of the notorious Roe v. Wade decision striking down state laws on abortion. As I noted previously, hundreds of thousands of protesters marched against this decision this past Friday. Sixty-five percent of Americans want Roe v. Wade effectively overturned.

Many celebrated the decision, however. Here's Gillibrand again.

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), a likely 2020 Democratic candidate, chimed in.

Others lamented the decision.

Tragically, New York passed laws allowing grotesque abortion practices in the name of "access."

Here's what that means.

Also yesterday, I wrote about Planned Parenthood's finances. The abortion giant is increasingly reliant on taxpayers, and the services it provides are down — with the exception of abortion.

Photo of the day.

On January 23, 1950, the Israeli Knesset voted to confirm that Jerusalem is the capital city of Israel. Here is a photo of the Old City from the Mount of Olives.

The Old City of Jerusalem from the Mount of the Olives. Photo credit: Wayne McLean.

Other morsels.

In Calling Pence ‘Worst Christian,’ Lady Gaga Acts Like Intolerant Anti-Feminist

Covington Catholic Is the Terrible Sequel to the Kavanaugh Case

The Covington Fiasco Is a Perfect Example of Why the Founders Distrusted Democracy

College Students Can't Draw The Line Between 'Toxic' and 'Normal' Masculinity

Trump Tells Sarah Sanders 'Not To Bother' With Press Briefings Anymore Because Of Fake News Media

Oscar Nominations Reflect the Academy’s Struggle to Regain Relevance

Why Ginsburg Fought Discrimination ‘On the Basis of Sex,’ Not Gender Identity

Must... be... more... "moderate..." Kamala Harris Stacks Presidential Campaign With Hillary Clinton Alums

Steyer Impeachment Push Takes Aim at Dem Presidential Candidates

Atheism’s Myth of a Christian Dark Ages Is Unbelievable

This is NUTS:

In May of last year, the Catholic diocese ruled just hours before Holy Cross High School's graduation that the openly gay valedictorian and the student council president could not give their planned speeches at the Covington school's official graduation ceremony.

Note, the title of the article suggests he went to Covington Catholic High School. But he went to Holy Cross.

Will gay activists now join the Native American activists protesting the school?

Gee, I can't wait to find out what else Covington is guilty of.

 

ICYMI:

That's right, the real victims in the whole Covington Catholic High School affair are the journalists who misreported the story. The "Trump internet pounced" because we saw innocent kids getting unfairly maligned. I tend to get a little pouncy when I see grown-ups attacking minors like that.

 

The MSM is talking shutdown and Michael Cohen (AGAIN) today. Meanwhile, POTUS is playing the long game and working on the 2020 messaging:

Juan Guaido.

President Donald Trump officially recognized Venezuela's opposition leader, Juan Guaido, as the legitimate president of Venezuela.