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Good Monday morning.

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

  • The president participates in a photo opportunity with the 2018 Division I FCS National Champions: The North Dakota State Bison
  • President Trump has lunch with the vice president
  • The president receives his intelligence briefing
  • President Trump signs an executive order on “Supporting the Transition of Active Duty Service Members and Military Veterans into the Merchant Marine”
  • The president delivers remarks at the National Association of Attorneys General

TRAGEDY: Tornadoes in Alabama kill at least 23, a figure officials expect to rise

I laughed so hard I cried

Since it's Monday and we have a whole week of work (for those of us who are willing to work) ahead of us, here's something to put a smile on your face. Make sure you have the audio turned on so you can hear Tater melting down:

Investigation-palooza

The House Democrats are rested and ready to go! Not to work on the people's business, mind you, but to commence more investigations into the president, his family members, and subordinates.

The House Judiciary Committee will seek documents from more than 60 people and organizations as it begins investigations into possible obstruction of justice and abuse of power by President Donald Trump, the panel’s chairman said on Sunday.

“We are going to initiate investigations into abuses of power, into corruption ... and into obstruction of justice,” Nadler said. “It’s our job to protect the rule of law.”

“It’s very clear that the president obstructed justice,” Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) said. He said it was too soon to consider whether impeachment should be pursued, however.

It's just a harassment campaign. If there are enough investigations and the investigations go on for long enough, they will eventually find a crime.

"We don’t have the facts yet, but we’re going to initiate proper investigations," he said. "Before you impeach somebody, you have to persuade the American public that it ought to happen."

And no investigation threat is complete without Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), chair of the House Intelligence Committee (HPSCI) meowing for the media on the Sunday spin shows. This idiot has been spitting about crimes and all the evidence of Trump crimes for more than two years and has produced not one scintilla of evidence. And yet the media continues to give him a platform to make his baseless accusations.

“I think there is direct evidence in the e-mails from the Russians through their intermediary offering dirt on Hillary Clinton as part of what is described in writing as the Russian government effort to help elect Donald Trump,” Schiff told CBS’s “Face the Nation."

“They offer that dirt. There is an acceptance of that offer in writing from the president’s son, Don Jr., and there is overt acts in furtherance of that.”

Nevertheless, he persists.

Schiff confirmed his committee is “looking at persistent allegations that the Russians have been laundering money through the Trump Organization” – though he admitted he didn’t know whether those claims were true.

That probe will include talking to banks that have done business with Trump as well as “accountants, the chief financial officers for the Trump Organization and others who would have information about the Moscow Trump Tower deal,” Schiff said.

Terrific.

Related:

Andrew McCabe Defends FBI’s Use Of Steele Dossier, Confidential Informant In Trump-Russia Probe

Rand will not support the president's emergency declaration

Senator Rand Paul will not support President Trump's emergency declaration to get the funds necessary to build the wall on the southern border.

I would literally lose my political soul if I decided to treat President Trump different than President Obama. (Although, I’ll note, not one Democrat criticized Obama for his executive orders.)

I support President Trump. I supported his fight to get funding for the wall from Republicans and Democrats alike, and I share his view that we need more and better border security.

However, I cannot support the use of emergency powers to get more funding, so I will be voting to disapprove of his declaration when it comes before the Senate.

Paul also thinks the SCOTUS will strike down his declaration. "Without question, the president’s order for more wall money contradicts the will of Congress and will, in all likelihood, be struck down by the Supreme Court." Eh, we will see. I don't know, I'm not a lawyer.

The Senate probably has enough votes to go the way of the House, which passed a resolution opposing Trump's declaration. Trump has said he will veto the resolution and the Democrats do not have the votes needed to override that veto.

Other morsels:

The gift that keeps on giving. Ilhan Omar blasted over latest ‘anti-Semitic’ tweet about Israel

Car rams into Israeli troops; 2 Palestinians shot and killed

Former Obama Admin. Advisor Compares Trump’s CPAC Speech to Hitler

Trump complains ‘my generals don’t understand business’: report

Dangerous. Blue states band together looking to bypass Electoral College

Lawsuit could put climate change on trial

Working for the people that put them into office, I guess. Trump accuses Dems of 'presidential harassment' as investigations ramp up

This makes no sense. States Push For Laxer Vaccine Regulations Amid Worst Measles Outbreak In Years

George Soros-Linked Money Used To Promote BDS Movement Against Israel

NBC/WSJ poll: 4 out of 10 would reelect Trump

Trump tweets Cohen grilling may have led to failure with N. Korea

Trump Says Conservative Activist Should Sue Berkeley over Assault

Taco Bell for the win! Man survives for 5 days on taco sauce packets while car trapped in snow

Dem candidate Klobuchar attempts to ease staff controversy, promises to 'do better'

AOC’s socialist anti-Amazon vendetta takes aim at Virginia

Roger Stone may have violated gag order after ‘framed’ Instagram post

Egypt releases prominent photojournalist after 5-year term

Jeremy Corbyn egged outside North London Mosque

Tensions mount in Venezuela as Guaidó seeks return to country

Heartbreaking. 'Leaving Neverland' sparks a re-examination of Michael's Jackson's legacy

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

Steve: I don't think giving Jared Kushner a security clearance is worse than Hillary putting the national security of the United States at risk for her "convenience," but neither do I think giving the son-in-law a high security clearance is a particularly good idea. Kushner has no known skills to speak of, plus a jailbird father whom Chris Christie put in the federal can. People with dubious family backgrounds -- it's instructive to see exactly what Charles Kushner did -- usually don't fare well in security clearances:

"I mean it's one of the most loathsome, disgusting crimes that I prosecuted when I was US attorney. And I was a US attorney in New Jersey, Margaret, so we had some loathsome and disgusting crime going on there." Christie was referring to an elaborate revenge plot that the older Kushner hatched in 2003 in order to target his his brother-in-law, William Schulder, a former employee turned witness for federal prosecutors in their case against Kushner, who was under investigation at the time for making illegal campaign contributions.

As a part of the plot, Kushner hired a prostitute to lure Schulder into having sex in a Bridgewater, New Jersey, motel room as a hidden camera rolled. A tape of the encounter was then sent to Kushner's sister and Schulder's wife, Esther. Ultimately, the intimidation stunt failed. The Schulders brought the video to prosecutors, who tracked down the call girl and threatened her with arrest. She promptly turned on Kushner. In a plea deal negotiated by Christie, Kushner pleaded guilty to 16 counts of tax evasion, one count of retaliating against a federal witness -- his brother-in-law -- and another count of lying to the Federal Election Commission.

I wouldn't give Jared a security clearance at all.

If you were looking for the precise moment Bill Kristol jumped the shark... well, that was a good two-three years ago. Now he's rocketing over the shark with some surplus ACME gear he plundered from an old Looney Tunes show.

Former MLB slugger Jose Conseco wants to help Tim Tebow with his swing.

Tebow has been playing in the minors for the past couple of years, but was invited to attend big league spring training with the New York Mets.

Tebow, now 31, is entering this third full minor league season. He hit a very respectable .273/.336/.399 with six home runs in 84 Double-A games last season before suffering a season-ending broken hand in July. Tebow is a career .244/.319/.367 hitter in 210 minor league games, which isn't bad for someone who spent more than a decade away from the game.

Nevertheless, .244 in the minors is pretty mediocre.. Tebow still needs to prove he's ready for the majors before he's added to the roster.

It's too early to know whether the Mets will commit a 40-man roster spot to Tebow -- there is an entire season that has to be played out first -- but it sounds like Van Wagenen and the Mets won't hesitate to bring him to the big leagues if he's their best option. Folks, we are closer to Tebow playing in MLB than ever before.

 

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I'm speechless.

When unhinged liberals are stuck on stupid.

From the Washington Post, December 2016: Donald Trump was right. He got incredibly negative press coverage.

 

As a somewhat embittered GenXer, I sized up the political situation back in high school, and planned accordingly to get little out of Social Security.

The kids following behind me seem likely to pay even more and get even less.

In case you haven't heard.

Darn, this would have been a lot of fun:

Former Attorney General Eric Holder has announced he will not run for president in 2020.

Holder, who was President Barack Obama's first attorney general, said he will instead continue his work to end gerrymandering, the practice of redrawing legislative districts for a political advantage.

"Though I will not run for president in 2020, I will continue to fight for the future of our country through the National Democratic Redistricting Committee and its affiliates," Holder said in an op-ed published Monday in The Washington Post.

"Our fight to end gerrymandering is about electing leaders who actually work for the interests of the people they are supposed to represent. I will do everything I can to ensure that the next Democratic president is not hobbled by a House of Representatives pulled to the extremes by members from gerrymandered districts," Holder said.

Eric Holder was basically Barack Obama's Michael Cohen for six years. It would have been fun to rehash all that in 2020.