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Good Thursday morning.

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

  • The president meets with the secretary of the Treasury
  • President Trump receives his intelligence briefing
  • The president has lunch with the secretary of State
  • The president and the first lady participate in the arrival of the prime minister of the Czech Republic and Mrs. Monika Babišová
  • The president and the first lady meet with the prime minister of the Czech Republic and Mrs. Monika Babišová
  • President Trump participates in an expanded bilateral meeting with the prime minister of the Czech Republic
  • The president and the first lady participate in the departure of the prime minister of the Czech Republic and Mrs. Monika Babišová
  • The president meets with the acting secretary of Defense
  • President Trump participates in a photo opportunity with the 2019 Senate Youth Program

How hard is it to condemn anti-Semitism?

Apparently it's very hard if you are a Democrat. The same crowd that shrieked about the neo-Nazi's at Charlottesville and grandstanded about a climate of hate at the Pittsburgh synagogue slaughter are going wobbly on whether they should condemn the compulsive and repeated anti-Semitic smack coming from Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).

House Democratic leaders signaled Wednesday that it is now unclear whether a resolution condemning anti-Semitism will come to a vote on the House floor this week.

The uncertainty comes as Democratic lawmakers are engaged in what multiple Democratic sources described to CNN as a "messy" and "tense" debate behind-the-scenes over the latest controversy surrounding freshman Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar and the resolution.

"It was a huge mess and a lot of tempers are flaring," a Democratic congressional aide said, describing the scene to CNN. For real? All these self-proclaimed civil rights crusaders can't muster support to condemn Jew-hating?

Woke presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif) came to Omar's defense saying that the resolution might put her at risk.

Well this is rich. The Democrats and their media handmaidens have been ginning up hysteria against the president and his supporters for more than two years. My friend John Nolte has been collecting a list of violence committed against Trumpers, all incited by the Democrats and the media, but NOW we have to be worried about the risk to Ilhan Omar? Oh, please.

It's important to remember that Ilhan Omar and her anti-Jewish accomplices like Rashida Tlaib, Bernie Sanders, and Linda Sarsour, always mask their complaints about Israel under the guise of questioning the foreign aid and support the U.S. gives to various nations around the world. But if this were true, why is it they only talk about Israel? Not Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, or Afghanistan, but ISRAEL. This is how we know their "issue" isn't about foreign aid. It's about Israel, plain and simple.

Here's Bernie Sanders on the matter:

What debate is Bernie talking about? There's never been a full and transparent debate on the Israel/Palestine issue because the Democrats do not want to have a discussion. They throw around incendiary labels precisely to shut down conversation and debate. And Sanders certainly isn't a reliable arbiter on this issue because he has his own problems.

Related:

Ya' think? Hate propaganda reaching historic levels, ADL says

Another progressive dummy. Tlaib says she'll introduce articles of impeachment against Trump this month

Tlaib Fundraising Off Plans to Impeach Trump

What a surprise. Pro-BDS Activist Voices Support for Omar While Visiting Tlaib’s Office

Roll Call Smears Jewish Groups That Called for Omar’s Removal From House Committee

Democratic voters: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez 'is the candidate of the future'

CNN makes an important correction... AGAIN

Is that an evergreen title or what? CNN was super duper excited to tell you that former, prison-bound lawyer and felon Michael Cohen turned over documents showing that Trump attorneys edited the false statements Cohen provided to Congress.

Cohen said in a public House Oversight Committee hearing last week that one of Trump’s lawyers, Jay Sekulow, made changes to the testimony.

“There were changes made, additions — Jay Sekulow, for one,” Cohen said. “There were several changes that were made including how we were going to handle that message, which was — the message of course being — the length of time that the Trump Tower Moscow project stayed and remained alive.”

Not so fast:

But CNN ran an update at 7:35 p.m. Eastern time that drastically changed the implications for its story.

Lanny Davis, an attorney for Cohen, told CNN that Cohen himself, and not a Trump lawyer, claimed in a draft of his 2017 testimony that the Trump Tower negotiations ended in January 2016.

Wait, what? It was Cohen's claim all along? That's quite a mistake.

The lawyers involved in editing Cohen’s testimony had no indication the initial draft had inaccurate information, according to the updated report.

We can add this to all the other corrections CNN has had to issue.

McConnell won't hold vote on "election reform" bill

They should rename this legislation the "GOP will be blocked from winning office forever" bill. Also known as HR1, this monstrosity coming from the moonbats in the House is truly horrific.

Republicans ripped into the House Democrats’ electoral reform bill, H.R. 1, at a press conference Wednesday, arguing that the legislation was merely a tactic to tilt elections in favor of Democrats. McConnell, who has dubbed the bill the “Democrat Politician Protection Act,” said that the bill is “offensive to average voters” and will not get any floor time in the Senate.

Here are some features of HR1:

The legislation contains a series of voting reforms Democrats have long pushed for, including automatic voter registration, expansion of early voting, an endorsement of D.C. statehood and a requirement that independent commissions oversee House redistricting. In addition, the bill requires “dark money” groups to disclose donors.

Democrats argue that the bill will make it easier to vote and cracks down on money in politics.

But Republicans said the bill would amount to federal overreach when it comes to elections.

So you can see what's going on here. The Democrats label this as a "voting rights" bill but it's not. Why won't there be a vote in the Senate? "Because I get to decide what we vote on," McConnell quipped. Good for him, but keep an eye on this bill. We haven't seen the last of it. If you want to learn more about HR1, read Heritage's Hans von Spakovsky's testimony about the legislation.

Historical picture of the day:

Tear gas fumes fill the air as state troopers, ordered by Gov. George Wallace, break up a demonstration march in Selma, Ala., on what is known as Bloody Sunday on March 7, 1965. As several hundred marchers crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge to begin their protest march to Montgomery, state troopers violently assaulted the crowd with clubs and whips. A shocked nation watched the police brutality on television and demanded that Washington intervene and protect voter registration rights for blacks. (AP Photo)

Other morsels:

Trump admin identifies 471 parents deported without children during family separations

DOJ to pause hiring of immigration judges due to budget constraints: report

House Oversight Committee Opens Investigation Into Alleged Georgia Voter Suppression

‘If I Have A Kid, I’m Getting Into The US’ — Sexton Reveals Loophole In Current Border Security

Documents related to Democrat donor and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein may be unsealed

Feds drop charges against Aaron Schock for misusing taxpayer, campaign funds

Air Force deploys new handgun as it modernizes weapons

ICE Agents Have Been Tracking Protests Opposed to Trump, Deportation and the NRA

R. Kelly in jail again after child-support hearing, hours after heated CBS interview airs

Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey said the company was 'too aggressive' in banning some accounts

DNC bars Fox News from hosting presidential primary debates; network urges party to reconsider

471 parents were deported from US without their children during family separations

Zuckerberg promises a privacy-friendly Facebook, sort of

Sen. Martha McSally says she was raped by a senior officer while in Air Force

We are pulling for you! 'Jeopardy' host Alex Trebek has stage 4 pancreatic cancer, but vows, 'I’m going to fight this'

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

When he's right, he's right.

This is amazing!

Nancy Pelosi has lost total control over her caucus.

The very definition of a two-tiered justice system:

 

 

 

Glitter Ash Wednesday.

So, yesterday was Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent and a time for Christians to repent, reflect, and fast. The idea is to echo Jesus's fasting in the wilderness and look forward to His Crucifixion on Good Friday and His Resurrection at Easter. To symbolize this, Christians put ashes on their heads, usually in the form of a cross, to symbolize our mortality and penitence.

Some churches have decided to mix glitter with the ashes in order to be more welcoming to LGBT people. I have LGBT friends and family members and I'd love for them to come to church, but this is exactly the wrong way to welcome them.

Ashes symbolize mortality and repentance. Glitter represents colorful displays and celebration. This is one of the problems with Christians embracing LGBT "pride" — there is a degree to which humility (which is the center of Christianity) is incompatible with this movement.

Not only does the Bible clearly designate homosexual activity a sin, but pride is the exact opposite of how Jesus lived His life and how He would have us live ours (Philippians 2).

Lent is about repentance, not celebration. Mixing glitter in with the ashes ruins the meaning of the day.

One final note: These churches have emphasized the importance of Christians repenting for treating LGBT people badly in the past. They are right to mention this, and we should carefully consider how to treat marginalized people. Christians should oppose LGBT pride, but we must treat LGBT people respectfully and with love. Doing so is difficult, and we must constantly repent any feelings of superiority or anger at political opponents.

Here's David Duke's actual tweet.

YES, it's real and it's spectacular.

This could be the end of Trump -- they finally got him:

Clearly, we need another Special Counsel investigation to look into this massive, massive new scandal.

Lesbian feminist slams transgenderism.

Lesbian feminist Julia Beck continues to voice her powerful objections to transgender activism. Today, she testified against gender identity provisions in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). As transgender activism seems to take over so many American institutions, and as Twitter engages in censorship against critics, Julia Beck's testimony is extremely important. It's not just Republicans who oppose transgender activism...

Amazon announces Lord of the Rings prequel timeline.

Amazon announced that its Lord of the Rings spin-off prequel show will take place in the Second Age of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth. Read more about it here.

As a huge Lord of the Rings fan, I'm very excited, but also trepidacious that Amazon might smuggle in some liberal activism in there...

Lent and a Christian on trial.

With Ash Wednesday, the season of Lent began yesterday. Ex-Muslim Christian Pastor Ramin Parsa began his Lent by pleading "not guilty" in court this morning. He was charged with trespassing for sharing his testimony with interested Somali Muslim women. A third woman reported him to mall security, who chained him up in the basement of the Mall of America and held him for hours before calling the police.

I'm waiting to hear back from him after the court appearance. Godspeed, Pastor Parsa!