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Good Tuesday morning.

Here is President Trump's agenda for the day:

  • The president is traveling to Vietnam.
  • President Trump arrives at Noi Bai International Airport at 9 a.m. ET

Important: Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis' top financial adviser, convicted of child sex abuse

Trump's Vietnam summit

The president will arrive today in Vietnam for a meeting with the NorK dictator Kim Jong Un. A Kim Jong Un impersonator has been booted from the country. It seems like a dangerous gig, impersonating a hated figure like the North Korean tyrant.

Kim is already in Hanoi, arriving by a 60-hour train ride. "It may be difficult for the outside world to comprehend why he would take a train for days instead of a couple hour plane ride," Yuhwan Koh, professor of North Korean Studies at Dongguk University in Seoul, told ABC News. "It's for domestic propaganda."

What can we expect from the summit? Not much, I would say, but whatever happens it won't be good enough for the president's detractors. If it was so easy to collar and control the NorKs, why didn't genius Obama handle it? Exactly.

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Trump Is Misleading the American People About North Korea

House to vote on Trump's border emergency today

Today the Democrat-led House will vote to terminate President Trump's declaration of a national emergency.

House Democrats introduced the resolution last week, challenging Trump’s assertion that he could take money Congress had appropriated for other activities and use it to build the wall.

The resolution is expected to sail easily through the Democratic-controlled House. Action then moves to the Republican-majority Senate, where the measure’s future is uncertain even though it only requires a simple majority to pass.

Today, Veep Pence and someone from the DOJ will meet with Senate Republicans, a mostly useless group of spineless trash, to whip support for Trump's declaration. Do you ever see the Dems break ranks? Almost never, but the Republicans are always weak and scared.

A list of wobbly sad sacks in the Senate: Murkowski, Collins, Alexander, and Tillis.

Even if the House and the Senate pass their resolution, Trump can veto it and the Dems do not have the votes to override his veto. This is all a show exercise so that the Democrats and the sleazy Republicans can show their appropriate constituents the requisite #resistance.

House committee claims evidence Trump tried to get "ally" in control of Cohen probe

The WSJ is reporting that President Trump asked interim AG Matthew Whitaker if Manhattan U.S. attorney Geoffrey Berman could get control of the office's investigation into former presidential lawyer Michael Cohen.

Mr. Berman, a former law partner of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani who in 2016 donated to the Trump campaign and whom the president personally interviewed for the U.S. attorney job, last year had recused himself from involvement in the matter. He didn’t give a reason, but legal experts said his interim status at the time the probe began would have made his involvement appear improper. The investigation began as a probe of the business dealings of Michael Cohen, Mr. Trump’s former lawyer, and has broadened to examine the Trump Organization.

Mr. Cohen on Wednesday is set to deliver public testimony for the first time before the House Oversight Committee, in which he is expected to talk about his decade of working for Mr. Trump and about the hush-money payments he arranged during the 2016 campaign to women who alleged sexual encounters with Mr. Trump. Mr. Cohen has pleaded guilty to charges including campaign-finance violations and lying to Congress, and last year he was sentenced to three years in prison.

There is no evidence that Whitaker acted on Trump's request, however the Dem-controlled House is concerned Mr. Whitaker, who is out of the AG spot and only held it for a brief time,  may have lied. Can you believe that crap!?! They think Whitaker may have lied but did not care when the legit deep state idiot brain trust lied while they testified. Comey? Brennan? Clapper? Holder? Remember those lying clowns?

Mr. Whitaker told the panel: “At no time has the White House asked for nor have I provided any promises or commitments concerning the special counsel’s investigation or any other investigation.” So that's the lie, I guess, because they have evidence Trump wanted "ally" Berman in charge of the Cohen probe. What that evidence is has not been revealed yet, so this could be another "Adam Schiff special" with no evidence.

Developing: Cohen testifies tomorrow, so get ready.

Venezuela roundup:

Pence announces new sanctions on Maduro regime in Venezuela

Maduro walked out of interview when showed video of people eating trash

Univision crew, including Jorge Ramos, detained in Venezuela

US flying more reconnaissance flights off Venezuela, military sources say

Your daily WTFs:

Gay rights activist set fire to his own home in fake hate crime, Michigan police say

Oakland news crew robbed, security guard shot while covering teachers' strike

Historical picture of the day:

A Marine holds the door at the White House as workmen deliver cartons containing copies of the Tower Commission report, Feb. 26, 1987. The commission presented its report on the Iran-Contra affair to President Reagan Thursday morning. (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty)

Other morsels:

Manafort's lawyers taunt Mueller for not tying him to Russian interference in 2016 election

Congress to square off against pharmaceutical CEOs in showdown over drug prices

Wisconsin governor pulls troops from U.S.-Mexico border

EXCLUSIVE: Angel Families Discuss Their Struggle With Mainstream Media

Nearly 40 percent of Sanders 2020 donors so far appear to be new supporters: report

White House threatens to veto background check bills

Former Sanders Spox On Hillary Clinton: ‘Some Of The Biggest Assh*les In American Politics’

Michael Bloomberg Patiently Waits As Biden Considers A Potential WH Bid

The Reality Of Sex Trafficking At The Southern Border

WOMP WOMP GOP maneuver will block Yemen bill from getting Senate vote

FBI: All Violent Crimes Other Than Rape Trended Down in 2018

Man buys $540 worth of Girl Scout cookies so girls don't have to stay out in cold

Washington state to sue over new abortion policy

Boring Oscars proves Hollywood 'in some ways is over,' Tucker Carlson says

WE HAVE COPIES OF THE TWEETS, LADY. Rep. Omar deletes tweets that sparked political firestorm

US airstrike kills dozens of al-Shabaab extremists in Somalia

Vandals decapitate 800-year-old ‘crusader’ in crypt at Dublin church

A mom found videos on YouTube Kids that gave children instructions for suicide

Facebook to get tougher on anti-vaxers

Over 8,000 marijuana convictions in San Francisco dismissed with help from a computer algorithm

New report from environmental group details reduced enforcement at EPA

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif offers resignation via Instagram

Young climate change activists swarm Mitch McConnell's office

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

Move over Virginia Democrats, Maryland Democrats are looking to take some heat off you.

A Maryland lawmaker who witnesses say used a racial slur to describe a legislative district in Prince George’s County has been stripped of her leadership position and will undergo sensitivity training, the House Speaker’s office announced on Tuesday.

Del. Mary Ann Lisanti (D-Harford) issued a public apology Tuesday afternoon, after apologizing to the executive committee of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland on Monday night and to the House Democratic Caucus on Tuesday morning.

“I deeply apologize . . . for my word choice several weeks ago,” Lisanti, 51, said in a statement. “I am sickened that a word that is not in my vocabulary came out of my mouth. It does not represent my belief system, my life’s work or what is my heart.”

While speaking to black caucus leaders, Lisanti said she did not recall using the racial slur in an after-hours conversation with other lawmakers, according to Del. Darryl Barnes (D-Prince George’s), who chairs the caucus.

It's a fair question.

Oye, the brave new world of posthumous reproduction...

Over the past two decades, posthumous reproduction has occurred throughout the world in modest but growing numbers. In this version of assisted reproduction, men donate their genetic material in life, or have it extracted after death, so that they may continue their genetic lineage. Experts predict that the number of these procedures is likely to increase as reproductive technology gains prevalence and as “alternative families,” composed of combinations beyond the traditional heterosexual, two-parent setup gradually gain acceptance. Israel, an exceptionally pro-natalist country with the highest usage of IVF per capita, is a thriving laboratory for this novel way of family-making.

This story goes on to tell the story of a woman's journey to use a deceased man's sperm to impregnate herself. I have to say, I'm not sure what I think about this yet.

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How full of herself is "boss-woman" Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? She's now trolling senior members of the U.S. Senate, and making a complete ass of herself in the process.

ICYMI, Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) quoted Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini in a tweet Sunday, as an admonition to Democrats. The senator's tweet was instantly set upon by a disturbingly large number of dim bulb Democrats who thought the moderate Republican was actually quoting the fascist dictator approvingly. 

Then AOC chimed in with an idiotic tweet of her own.

Cornyn responded to her tweet this morning:

"Maybe one of the most uninformed opinions I have seen in ... hours," he quipped:

With virtually every tweet and every media appearance she makes, AOC keeps demonstrating that she is way out of her depth.

 

Maybe this is an attempt to make over-hopped IPAs seem less unattractive.

Another Facebook purge appears to be underway:

Kassam is a British political activist and former chief adviser to former UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage.

After Trump Jr's tweet, Kassam's Facebook page was restored.

Meh. This is all for Russian domestic consumption. Putin needs a big bad to oppose, and of course it's the U.S.

This is a problem:

Via The Hill:

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) will sign a measure to award his state’s electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote, moving a countrywide coalition one step closer to circumventing the Electoral College.

In an interview Sunday, Polis called the Electoral College an “undemocratic relic” of the nation’s past, one he wants to see relegated to the dustbin of history.

“I’ve long supported electing the president by who gets the most votes,” Polis told The Hill. “It’s a way to move towards direct election of the president.”

At their protests lefties love to chant, "This is what democracy looks like!"

But this is not what democracy looks like. Democracy does not negate its citizens' votes. This is what tyranny looks like. Great job, Colorado.