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Good Tuesday morning.

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

  • The president meets with the secretary of State
  • President Trump meets with the secretary of Homeland Security
  • President Trump has lunch with the vice president
  • The president participates in a signing ceremony for Space Policy Directive 4

Derp stater Rosenstein to bounce from DOJ in March

Why is Mr. 25th amendment Rosenstein still hanging around the DOJ? The good news is he is supposed to be out by mid-March.

An official announcement of who has been selected to replace Rosenstein could come as early as this week. A Trump administration official added that Attorney General William Barr has picked Jeffrey Rosen, who currently serves as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, to take over for Rosenstein.

Rosenstein recently popped back on the news radar after his fellow derp stater, "Andy's Office" McCabe, told the world that Rosenstein wanted to pull a 25th Amendment on Trump. Yet another derper, former FBI general counsel James Baker testified that Rosenstein told him two cabinet members would support a 25 amendment action. I totally believe Rosenstein was part of this coup. If Rosenstein was so worried about Trump, why didn't he resign and leave when Trump won? Why did he write a memo for Trump about why Comey should be fired? Because all these people are self-serving egomaniacs with no principles, that's why.

Senator Lindsey Graham, chair of the Senate Judiciary, has vowed to investigate this lawless coup against Trump.

"I'm going to tell the country about McCabe and the people at the Department of Justice and how they behaved," Graham said. "Did they take the law in their own hands? Did they abuse the FISA warrant process because they had a political agenda? Did their hatred of Trump go so far that they abandoned their role of being law enforcement agents and become advocates for a political cause? We're going to get to the bottom of that."

We'll see.

16 states sue over emergency declaration

This is not a surprise. All the states are Democrat-controlled. Maryland has a Republican governor but he is not really a Republican.

Sixteen states, including California, New York and Michigan, sued President Donald Trump on Monday to halt his controversial emergency declaration to open up funding for a border wall.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California late Monday, named the states of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon and Virginia as plaintiffs.

The suit is blocking the Trump admin's "unauthorized construction of the border wall, and any illegal diversion of Congressionally appropriated funds."

"Today, on Presidents Day, we take President Trump to court to block his misuse of presidential power. We're suing President Trump to stop him from unilaterally robbing taxpayer funds lawfully set aside by Congress for the people of our states," California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement. "For most of us, the Office of the Presidency is not a place for theatre."

There are other lawsuits over the declaration.

House Democratic leaders are weighing a suit of their own, arguing Congress alone has the power to appropriate funds.

Public Citizen, an advocacy group representing Texas landowners whose property is threatened by the wall’s construction, sued Mr. Trump on Friday, and groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union have also said they plan to do the same.

What do you think? Do you think these legal obstacles will hurt Trump in 2020?

How many of those hate crimes we constantly hear about are hoaxes?

The media likes to tell us how hate crimes have skyrocketed after Trump and the MAGA racists won the election. Peter Hasson over at the Daily Caller sets that straight with a list of some of the most outrageous hate crime hoaxes. We never hear about the hoax part, just the initial, sensational claim. Don't you ever wonder "Hey, did they catch the hateful MAGA racist who did that?"

Last night on Tucker's show, Robby Soave was the guest. Soave is an editor at Reason who chronicles the hoax madness, especially the hoaxes that take place on campuses. You'll want to watch this segment.

Related:

Tucker Dedicates Segment To The Phrase ‘Republicans Pounce’

CBS News’ Lara Logan Hits Media For Becoming ‘Propagandists’

Historical picture of the day:

On these so-called "pistol Ranges" prisoners were shot en masse at the former concentration camp at Dachau, Germany, Feb. 19, 1949. Prisoners went in one end of this building alive and never made it out alive. The poison gas and cremating ovens were nearby. (AP Photo)

Other morsels:

Heartwarming. Farrakhan Praises Omar for Anti-Semitic Language: ‘You Have Nothing to Apologize For’

Leader of U.S. anti-harassment group Time's Up resigns

Barack, Michelle Obama expected to refrain from endorsing in 2020 Dem primary: report

Super glad YouTube is getting rid of the REAL THREATS on their platform like Trump supporters and conservatives. YouTuber Claims Online Pedophile Ring Operates Freely On YouTube

Hungary launches campaign targeting Jean-Claude Juncker

Trump: 'All options are on the table' for Venezuela

Why cops are warning parents about the ‘48-hour challenge’

Former NFL player gunned down over parking dispute

More than a dozen people rescued from SeaWorld ride: police

Roger Stone’s Lawyers Formally Apologize for Instagram Photo of Federal Judge Next to Crosshairs

Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she's 'just fine' after health scares

Southern Baptist president says database of abusers possible

Maduro regime rejects aid, claims it's sending food to Colombia

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

Gee, that's too damn bad:

From the story:

The UK on Tuesday revoked the citizenship of the British teenager who ran off to join ISIS in 2015 and begged to be allowed home last week for the sake of her baby, according to a report. The British Home Office broke the news in a letter sent to the family of 19-year-old Shamima Begum and obtained by ITV News.

“Please find enclosed papers that relate to a decision taken by the Home Secretary, to deprive your daughter, Shamima Begum, of her British citizenship,” the letter reads. “In light of the circumstances of your daughter, the notice of the Home Secretary’s decision has been served of file today (19th February), and the order removing her British citizenship has subsequently been made.”

The letter goes on to say that Begum has the right to appeal the decision. Her family’s lawyer, Tasnime Akunjee, said his clients were “disappointed” by the government’s decision and were “considering all legal avenues to challenge the decision.”

Let's hope the Brits stand fast. And that so do we on our "Alabama" ISIS bride:

An Alabama woman who reportedly posted a tweet encouraging Americans to kill themselves -- after being “brainwashed” into joining ISIS years ago -- is now begging for officials to let her back into the U.S.

The plea from Hoda Muthana, 24, comes following her recent escape from ISIS and capture by Kurdish forces. She is being held in a refugee camp in northeast Syria and told The Guardian in an interview that her last four years with the terrorist group have been a traumatizing experience where “we starved and we literally ate grass."

“I would tell them please forgive me for being so ignorant, and I was really young and ignorant and I was 19 when I decided to leave,” she told the newspaper when asked if she had a message for American officials.

Good luck with that.

 

Reminder:

In case you haven't yet discovered The MAGA Hat Chronicles, it's a fun blog about a New Yorker's daily experiences as he traverses the city in his red or blue MAGA hats. Some of the reactions of people in the city may surprise you. He's been doing it for weeks, and overall, it seems to have been a mostly positive experience for him. But he's a big guy apparently, as well as extroverted, gregarious and talkative.

Also, Trump supporters are promoting a "MAGA HAT DAY" for tomorrow. I don't think this has been promoted enough to have any impact, but people are being encouraged to wear their MAGA hats in public and to post selfies of themselves wearing it on social media.

We'll see how it goes.

So Bernie's off to a fast start, having raised a million bucks or so for his 2020 presidential campaign.

Sen. Bernie Sanders has raised more than $1 million for his 2020 presidential campaign in less than four hours, his team confirms, putting him well ahead of other contenders who launched their bids with strong financial support. Sanders, I-Vermont, formally joined the presidential race Tuesday morning, telling "CBS This Morning" he intends to win the Democratic nomination and the White House next year.

"We're gonna win," he told "CBS This Morning" co-host John Dickerson. In his second run, Sanders is vowing to launch a grassroots movement that will "lay the groundwork for transforming the economic and political life of this country."

An aide confirmed Tuesday morning that Sanders had easily raised more than $1 million in the first three and a half hours since the senator launched his campaign at 7 a.m. ET. One senior aide who confirmed the sum added at around 7 a.m. PT, "And California is just getting up."

Maybe, but the fix is still in for Hot Tamale Harris as far as a sizable wing of the party establishment is concerned (which is why you haven't heard any #MeToo noises out of the Dowager Empress of Chappaqua lately). Harris checks all the usual party-line boxes, but she does have one significant drawback that the Democrats will have to obscure if she is to win: she's mean as a snake (probably even worse than Amy Klobuchar) and, except to Willie Brown, absolutely unlovable. She can be defeated head-to-head by any Democrat who can get her to lose her temper in public.

On with the show!

Fake hate crimes are awful not only because they increase division, hatred, and distrust between the left and right -- but because they also incite violence.

Breitbart's John Nolte keeps a running list of what he calls "media-approved" acts of violence and harassment against Trump supporters. He has cataloged 639 threats, harassment incidents, and beat-downs since Sept. of 2015. I've reported on lots of these violent crimes here at PJ Media.

Many of the incidents have landed people in the hospital. Some have been life-altering.

I'm with John Hayward (Doc. Zero), who argued on Twitter that it's time to criminalize these attempts to stir up violence against Republicans.

It's also time to formally acknowledge that left-wing hate hoaxes are one of the most prevalent and dangerous hate crimes in America right now. They're exceptionally dangerous because they instantly benefit from the combined power of credulous news media and celebrities.

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I had a discussion tangentially related to this last week on Right Angle with Bill Whittle and Scott Ott. Scott said that what newspapers need is the same thing you’ll find on any map: A legend. On a map, the legend gives you the inch-to-mile scale, brief explanations of the symbols used, and that kind of thing. Newspapers should tell you, right on the front page, what their standards of reporting are. And then, story by story, you the reader could judge whether the paper lived up to its own standards.

It isn’t a bad idea, which is why the press would never go for it.

And if you’re interested, it was the report that the Washington Post’s senior editors spiked a Justin Fairfax story early on that prompted all this on my R/A segment.

This is ridiculous.

“We are deeply sorry for the distress caused by one of the products that featured in our A/W 2019 runway collection Tempest,” the statement said. “It was insensitive and we made a mistake.”

Burberry is just one of many companies in need of a PC tuneup:

Burberry is the latest high fashion house to apologize for insensitivity in its designs. Earlier this month, Gucci apologized and pulled a sweater resembling blackface from its collection. And Prada vowed to form a “diversity council” after accusations of racism in its products.

The correct response to her request to leave Syria and return to Great (?) Britain is not No but Hell, No.

#JusticeForJussie!