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

  • The president arrives at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
  • President Trump receives his annual physical exam

Crazy AOC drops her Green New Deal

These progressives are absolutely bonkers. Kim Strassel has a nice breakdown.

This "deal" includes rebuilding every building in America, getting rid of farting cows and airplanes, and will also require government-run healthcare and paid leave.

So who is down with this mishmash? There are 60 co-sponsors!

Declared candidates Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) are all co-sponsoring the resolution, as are likely contenders Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), according to their offices. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is also on board, saying in a tweet that she is "proud to join" the "fight for our planet and our kids’ futures."

What's not to love about this green manifesto?

“[A] new national, social, industrial, and economic mobilization on a scale not seen since World War II and the New Deal era is a historic opportunity ... to create millions of good, high-wage jobs in the United States; to provide unprecedented levels of prosperity and economic security for all people of the United States; and to counteract systemic injustices," the resolution states.

Narrator voice: It's not going to do any of that.

Explains AOC: "I think one way that the right does try to mischaracterize what we're doing as though it's like some kind of massive government takeover," Ocasio-Cortez said on MSNBC's "MTP Daily." "Obviously it's not that because what we're trying to do is release the investments from the federal government to mobilize those resources across the country."

Of course it's a government takeover. If it weren't, why did she run for Congress and introduce her resolution? She could do her green deal as a private citizen. No, the point is precisely that we use the force of government to blow up our economic system and turn it into a crippled eco-fascist regime.

A bit of whiplash from AOC, who doesn't seem clear herself, who earlier had no problem "saying that."

Related:

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Ocasio-Cortez: Green New Deal Not a ‘Massive Government Takeover’

Kamala Harris Signs On as Cosponsor of Radical Green New Deal

Ocasio-Cortez Tells NPR One Thing, Tells Chuck Todd The Opposite — Just Hours Later

'Green New Deal' lands in the Capitol

OH LORDY Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez doc bought by Netflix for $10M

Mr. Amazon WaPo sez the National Enquirer was trying to extort him

Jeff Bezos wrote a little story over on Medium describing the blackmail of the National Enquirer. "Rather than capitulate to extortion and blackmail, I’ve decided to publish exactly what [American Media Inc. (AMI)] sent me, despite the personal cost and embarrassment they threaten," Bezos wrote.

The exchange came not long after the Enquirer had published text messages shared between Bezos and his mistress, which led Bezos to commission an investigation into how the tabloid acquired them.

According to Bezos, news of the investigation infuriated AMI chief David Pecker, whose close ties to President Trump have led to scrutiny over his role in the payments between Trump's team and multiple women who say they had affairs with Trump. Bezos also suggested in his blog post that The Washington Post's coverage of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has upset Pecker.

Bezos said he and his lawyer "were approached, verbally at first, with an offer. They said they had more of my text messages and photos that they would publish if we didn’t stop our investigation."

The Amazon CEO said the company threatened to publish the new photos and text messages if he did not stop his investigation into AMI.

The Amazon CEO included in his Medium post multiple emails allegedly sent by AMI representatives with descriptions of the photos they had obtained, including a "below the belt selfie  —  otherwise colloquially known as a ‘d*ck pick.'"

Ain't nobody want to see your parts. That's just a good rule to follow in life. Don't take pictures or film your junk. Women do not want to see pictures of your package. Remember that.

Related:

Amazon’s Bezos accuses National Enquirer of ‘extortion and blackmail’

Senate Intel: Na bro, no RUSSIA collusion

Well, golly.

Chair of Senate Intel (SSCI, pronounced "sissy") Richard Burr (R-N.C.) sat down for an interview with CBS.

For more than an hour, Burr detailed the committee's work and findings to date, explained why its investigation will stretch beyond its second year, and addressed the potential of a partisan breakdown at its conclusion. He described the committee's coordination with the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, its plans for delivering a final report, and hinted at what kinds of questions it may, at least for now, have to leave unanswered.

"Many of the connections that we've made are the direct result of intelligence products," he said. "I think it's safe to say we've interviewed people that I don't even know if the special counsel knows about them — but you've got to remember that we're on a totally separate path than what they are."

But here's the money shot:

For now, Burr appears to have arrived at his answer. "If we write a report based upon the facts that we have, then we don't have anything that would suggest there was collusion by the Trump campaign and Russia," he said.

The finality of Burr's assertion was jarring — but he had said a version of it before. He told Fox News in September that the committee had found no "hard evidence" of collusion, though new information could still come to light.

He now doubled down, adding it was "accurate with everything we've accumulated since then."

Read or watch the whole thing.

Related:

'Sup wit dis? Adam Schiff, Glenn Simpson and their Forrest Gump-like encounter in Aspen

Your daily WTF:

Clown-masked robbers armed with machete get beaten down by scooter-wielding grandma: cops

Historical picture of the day:

The Beatles are shown on the set of the "Ed Sullivan Show" in New York, Feb. 8, 1964. In back is John Lennon; the others, from left to right, are: George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney. (AP Photo)

Other morsels:

Former Rep. John Dingell, longest-serving member of Congress in US history, has died

UNHINGED Billionaire liberal threatens to unload on Dems if they don't impeach Trump

Strip clubs and Big Tech find common cause in California labor fight

Idiot. Omar: Refugees at U.S. Border Are ‘Detained and Tortured’

Muslim man executed after U.S. Supreme Court denies request for imam's presence

Scalise: House Judiciary Dems preventing testimony helped amplify my gun message

Jerome Corsi Files $25 Million Defamation Lawsuit Against Roger Stone

FDA blocks Walgreens and Circle K tobacco sales

Gotta get some of these! USPS unveils 2019 stamps honoring military dogs

Lorena Bobbitt opens up about the night she cut off John Wayne Bobbitt’s penis

'da hell? Caregiver arrested after disabled woman in his care gave birth

Were U.S. nuns abused by priests? Catholic women respond to Pope Francis' remarks on abuse

Schiff hires ex-National Security Council staff for panel

Nick Sandmann attorney: Media, celebrities who attacked student 'need to be punished and pay a high price'

Random. Man ‘clinically dies,’ resuscitated at Phil Collins’ ‘Not Dead Yet’ tour, report says

Florida high school student has dropped her fight to validate her SAT score

TSA finds 10 loaded guns a day in carry-on bags

Sit down and shut up. James Comey calls for removing Confederate statues in Richmond amid blackface scandals

Border security deal seems near, easing shutdown concerns

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

Well this is not going well for Mr. Fairfax.

Looks like the case against Virginia Lt. Gov. Fairfax just got a little stronger:

While many Virginia Democrats have said that they take Tyson's accusations seriously, few if any have called on Fairfax to step down.

Then there's the rank hypocrisy of the Democratic Party as a whole.

"No major Democratic presidential candidate or other party leader has called for Fairfax's resignation. Instead, they have, almost to a person, called for an investigation into the allegations," CNN's Chris Cillizza couldn't help but notice.

Vice also called out Democrats for their double standard.

Some of the same Democrats who argued that the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford should have disqualified now-Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh from a seat on the Supreme Court during confirmation hearings last fall are now hesitant to apply the same judgement to Fairfax, even though he’s been very credibly accused and the alleged assault happened relatively recently.

“I don’t live there,” Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin told VICE News when asked about Tyson’s allegations. “I’m not getting into that.” Just last fall Durbin said the confirmation of Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court would “shake the confidence of millions of Americans in the Supreme Court.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi echoed Durbin’s non-response response at her Thursday press conference at the Capitol. When asked about the scandals plaguing Virginia’s top three elected Democratic officials, Pelosi responded: “I'll leave that up to them."

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s office has yet to respond to multiple requests for comment.

Here's what San Fran Nan had to say about Christine Blasey Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last fall:

Yesterday, the American people were heartbroken and deeply moved by the courageous testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Dr. Ford told her story with extraordinary dignity, bravery and unimpeachable credibility. I applaud her courage for coming forward to share her story, and I believe her.

Durbin also said he believed Blasey Ford and would oppose Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court.

Schumer said: "Dr. Ford came forward and won America's hearts. And our Republican colleagues were upset 'cause that might derail their headlong rush to put Judge Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court."

Keep in mind, both parties were under oath during those politically charged hearings and the matter was basically a "he said/she said" story that was over 30 years old with a lot of forgotten details and zero corroboration. And Blasey Ford was found to have been less than forthright on a number of issues, including her extensive air travel and the reason she remodeled her home.

Tyson's story carries more weight because she is a fellow Democrat who seemingly has no agenda other than to blow the whistle on a sexual abuser. And both she and Fairfax agree that a sexual encounter took place. They just disagree on whether she gave her consent.

 

Sooth.

If it takes screwing around with the autobahn to bring the German people to their senses, so be it.  NYT:

It seemed like a no-brainer: Lower Germany’s embarrassingly high carbon emissions at no cost, and save some lives in the process.

But when a government-appointed commission in January dared to float the idea of a speed limit on the autobahn, the country’s storied highway network, it almost caused rioting.

Irate drivers took to the airwaves. Union leaders menacingly put on their yellow vests, hinting at street protests. And the far-right opposition used the opportunity to rage against the “stranglehold” of the state.

A highway speed limit was “contrary to every common sense,” the transport minister, Andreas Scheuer, swiftly declared, contradicting his own experts.

And that was that.

Except you know this won't be the end of it because rest assured, there are plenty of lawmakers in Germany who, like the NYT, think this should be a "no-brainer." The paper goes on to compare Germans' love for the autobahn to America's love for guns and Japan's love for whaling.

Off the autobahn, Germany remains rife with rules. Some local authorities even dictate the color of sun umbrellas.

“Germany is terribly regulated, for reasons which have to do with the past, with a fear of uncertainty, a fear of being overwhelmed,” Mr. Kornblum [John C. Kornblum, a former United States ambassador to Germany] said. “But then people look for their little spaces of freedom and the autobahn is one of them.”

Maybe they're beginning to understand that statism ain't all it's cracked up to be.

And don't miss this little gem buried at the end:

And speeding isn’t the only freedom the autobahn offers.

Driving naked in Germany is legal, too. But if you get out of the car nude, you face a $45 fine.

You've been warned.