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Good Friday morning.

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

  • The president delivers remarks on the national security and the humanitarian crisis on our southern border
  • The president receives his intelligence briefing
  • President Trump and the first lady depart Washington, D.C., en route to Mar-a-Lago

HOT DAMN: McCabe admits DERP STATERS tried to jettison Trump

Just wow, right? I mean some of us have suspected this all along. Yesterday we finally learned what sorts of insurance policies were cooked up by FBI agent "Andy's Office" McCabe. Andy has a book coming out and it's important to remember that he was fired for lying to the FBI and is currently under criminal investigation. I hope this monster rots in jail.

So "Andy's office" told Scott Pelley of "60 Minutes" that he and some of his derp staters wanted to nullify the duly elected President Trump via the 25th amendment and claim Trump was unable to fulfill his duties as president because RUSSIA. Of course, this amendment is for a president who is IN A COMA or literally incapacitated, but this is the logic coming from the agenda-driven dummies now populating the FBI and DOJ. Their big concern is the fake Trump-RUSSIA story, and McCabe was worried that Trump had RUSSIAN help to win the election. Firing self-righteous yak James Comey was just evidence Trump had been co-opted by the RUSKIES. Sane people recognize that Trump can fire anyone he wants in the Executive Branch and that this move is in no way evidence of something illicit. But again, we have a bunch of sore loser, leftist dummies who are desperate to get rid of a president who has policy differences with the embedded political industry. EEEK! Trump knows RUSSIANS! Yeah, Trump did business is RUSSIA, he knows RUSSIANS. Sheesh.

As of today, the number of people indicted or pleading to treasonous collusion with RUSSIA is ZERO. After two years, not a single person has been busted for anything related to RUSSIA or working with RUSSIA to steal the election for Trump.

Related:

Fmr U.S. Attorney: McCabe Revelations ‘Worse’ Than Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre

McCabe, Rosenstein must testify to explain claim that DOJ discussed removing Trump, GOP leaders say

Andrew McCabe, former acting FBI director, recounts DOJ discussions about President Trump’s possible removal

Race hoax?

This is not looking good. I am skeptical of any and all racial incidents these days. So many groups have an interest in creating racial strife that the likelihood these incidents turn out to be a hoax is pretty high — like with those poor Covington boys. So this Jussie Smollet story did not sit right with me out of the gate. I used to live in Chicago. The city is not what I would call a MAGA-friendly city. The idea that some MAGA people were openly displaying their MAGA-ness while wandering around in subzero temperatures at 2 a.m. when they recognized an actor from the show "Empire" (is that a MAGA show?) and happened to have bleach and a noose...yeah...I don't believe this. So it appears this story is falling apart and it looks like it may have been a publicity stunt for Smollet as his character was scheduled to be written off the show.

Related:

Report: Jussie Smollett Case Takes Major Turn As Sources Claim It Was Staged

If Jussie Smollett’s Attack was a Hoax, He Could Be In Some Serious Legal Trouble

Chicago police dispute reports 'Empire' actor investigated for staging attack

State of Emergency

It looks like Trump will have to call a state emergency to get some more funding for a wall on the southern border and the Dems will sue. Experts are still combing through the bill to find all the poison pills.

Legal scholars say it is unclear how such a step would play out, but they agree a court test would likely focus on whether an emergency actually exists on the southern border and on the limits of presidential power over taxpayer funds.

Trump is unhappy with a bipartisan border security bill that is going through Congress to avert another government shutdown, because it contains only a fraction of the funds he demanded for his promised border wall. The White House said Trump would sign the bill but declare a national emergency to try to obtain funds for the wall.

That will likely trigger a long legal fight possibly stretching into Trump’s 2020 re-election bid, and embolden critics who already accuse him of authoritarian tendencies and unpredictable swerves in policy-making.

The establishment is pretending that the president has never used his emergency powers. We will see how this plays out today and in the future.

Related:

Republicans pay the price for Trump's wall crusade

National emergency will be blocked by courts temporarily, DOJ warns White House

Legal war looms over Trump move to declare border emergency

Trump shocks GOP with emergency declaration

ACLU says planned national emergency declaration is 'clear abuse of presidential power'

Bill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake'

Your daily WTF:

A nursing home patient 'rotted to death' under nurses' care, Ohio attorney general says

Historical picture of the day:

Jeremy Levin speaks to reporters on Friday, Feb. 15, 1985, in Damascus, Syria before leaving for Frankfurt to meet his wife. Levin escaped from kidnappers who abducted him nearly a year ago on his way to work as Beirut bureau chief for Cable News Network. (AP Photo)

Other morsels:

YES. Let's do that! Beto O’Rourke: I’d ‘absolutely’ tear down border wall in El Paso

Dems introduce bill to take gender-specific terms out of tax code to make it LGBT-inclusive

‘Hillbilly Elegy’ Author J.D. Vance: ‘The Republican Party Doesn’t Actually Represent Its Own Voters Very Well’

Senate confirms William Barr as attorney general

Woman throws frozen porkchop at boyfriend’s face: cops

80 percent of priests in the Vatican are gay: new book

Gunman who hijacked UPS truck shot, killed in police standoff

AMAZING Amazon pulls out of New York HQ2

Suspect charged for setting fire to "Pizzagate" restaurant

Fox News Poll: Majority thinks Democrats have a chance to unseat Trump in 2020

WAT is this about? In Florida, another doorbell licker's spotted on camera

A Border Patrol agent heard them speaking Spanish at a mini-mart and asked them for ID. Now they're suing

FCC: Nearly half the calls you receive this year will be spam

No one cares The Academy responds to backlash over category controversy, open letter from De Niro, Emma Stone

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

True indeed!

Five dead in the Aurora shooting, according to police. The shooter has been identified as Gary Martin.

Five police officers were shot, but they are not among the dead. They are recovering in the hospital, according to Fox News.

How ignorant are Americans of their own country's history? This ignorant:

A majority in every state except Vermont has failed the U.S. Citizenship test, the latest sign that Americans aren’t very good history students. In the multiple choice version of the test given to immigrants seeking citizenship, 53 percent of Vermonters passed.

More than half of those in every other state failed, and in Washington, D.C., 58 percent failed, said the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, which does the survey. Only one-in-four nationally passed the 20-questions. In its latest test, the Foundation said that 15 percent of adults knew the year the Constitution was written and only 25 percent knew how many amendments there are.

Also, of 41,000 quizzed, 25 percent did not know that freedom of speech was guaranteed under the First Amendment, and 57 percent did not know that Woodrow Wilson was the commander in chief during World War I. The top states were Vermont are Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana, and Virginia. At the bottom were Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Louisiana.

No surprise here. For decades, history of all kinds has been de-emphasized (unless it's taught as a litany of race, sex, and class transgressions), the better to sever the connection between Americans and their own country.

“Unfortunately, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation has validated what studies have shown for a century: Americans don’t possess the history knowledge they need to be informed and engaged citizens,” said Foundation President Arthur Levine.

How about that!

Kamala Harris is still the odds-on favorite to win the Democrat nomination next year: she checks all the boxes of race, sex, class, etc. She's the female Barack Obama, and the Democrats think they can whip Trump with her via their coalition of the disaffected. But her fundraising might be falling a little short:

Some 17 days after announcing her 2020 Democratic presidential bid before a sizable crowd of 20,000, California Sen. Kamala Harris has issued an urgent email headlined “Falling Short.” In it, her campaign pleads for donations in time for the next Federal Election Commission reporting period, which campaigns use to show if they have the needed financial support to push through the Iowa caucuses.

“I need to be direct: right now, we are at a real risk of falling short of our February fundraising goals,” said the email signed “Kamala.”

Maybe, maybe not. Politicians are always broke, even when they're rolling in chips. And, in a potentially crowded field, Harris wants to get off to a fast start (especially in California) and clear the field as quickly as possible.

Democratic campaign experts said that it will cost candidates $50 million to $100 million just to get to the early 2020 Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary. Several campaigns are competing with each other for donations and staff. Often as FEC deadlines near, campaigns issue dire warnings not because they are falling short but because they want to pump up their final number.

Whatever. Harris -- whom I've called the Most Dangerous Democrat in America -- is both photogenic and mean as a snake, and you can bet she'll go after Trump in a campaign that will make '16 look like a kindergarten class.

 

Cue the world's tiniest violin:

Couldn't happen to a better dirtbag.

 

 

The latest on the Aurora shooting:

According to reports, multiple people have been shot. Thankfully, according to Fox News, none of the injuries are life-threatening.

The suspect has been apprehended. He reportedly worked at the Henry Pratt Company, the manufacturing facility where the shooting occurred.

Police will be holding a news conference shortly.

The latest on the shooting in Aurora:

Live feeds of the active shooting situation in Aurora, Ill., where several people, including four police officers have reportedly been shot:

Via Fox News, live helicopter footage of an active shooting situation at the warehouse in Aurora.