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Good Wednesday morning.

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

  • The president receives his intelligence briefing
  • President Trump receives a briefing on drug trafficking on the Southern Border
  • The president meets with Republican members of the Senate on Trade
  • President Trump participates in a photo opportunity with the 2019 spring White House internship class

Rich elitists cheat to get their brats into college

I didn't know this kind of thing was an FBI matter, but I guess we should all be thankful the FBI isn't busy trying to overthrow an election. At a press conference yesterday, the FBI revealed a scandal involving massive (millions!) amounts of money paid to college advisor Tony Singer. Singer would accept donations to his non-profit organization and then use part of it to pay off various people to "help" his clients with college admissions. (It sounds like the Clinton Foundation paradigm.) And of course these parents are all the rich, elitists who berate you for your moral and political dispositions.

The range of activity is pretty bizarre — everything from SAT cheating to paying off coaches to claim their kid was an athletic recruit. This I don't understand. Why pretend to be an athlete? In the olden days, parents would just buy a library or science lab.

Related:

These Are the Craziest Allegations Against Parents Implicated in Historic College Cheating Scam

Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are not alone. See the list of who has been charged.

A winemaker, a test proctor and a CEO -- These are the people involved in the alleged scam

Arizona State University gets dissed in college bribery scandal court documents

Obama family’s tennis coach among dozens charged in college admissions scheme

Lisa Page: Obama DOJ said not to charge Hillary in email scandal

My, my, my.

Yesterday Rep. Doug Collins released the testimony lovebird, prolific texter, and DOJ lawyer Lisa Page made to the House Judiciary Committee.

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page admitted under questioning from Texas Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe last summer that "the FBI was ordered by the Obama DOJ not to consider charging Hillary Clinton for gross negligence in the handling of classified information," the congressman alleged in a social media post late Tuesday, citing a newly unearthed transcript of Page's closed-door testimony.

Well hot damn.

"So let me if I can, I know I’m testing your memory," Ratcliffe began as he questioned Page under oath, according to a transcript excerpt he posted on Twitter. "But when you say advice you got from the Department, you’re making it sound like it was the Department that told you: You’re not going to charge gross negligence because we’re the prosecutors and we’re telling you we’re not going to —"

Page interrupted: "That is correct," as Ratcliffe finished his sentence, " -- bring a case based on that."

This is a real problem for former AG Loretta "tarmac meeting" Lynch. Remember, Lynch would not recuse herself after it was discovered she had a clandestine meeting with the husband of suspect Hillary Clinton while she was under investigation on the tarmac in Arizona. Instead, Lynch promised she would simply adhere to the recommendations of the others at the FBI. I guess not, eh?

Kudos to Rep. Collins for releasing this testimony. Collins also released the testimony of Bruce Ohr last week.

Your daily WTF:

Slovenian woman accused of insurance fraud after sawing off her hand

Historical picture of the day:

A line of 411th Infantrymen of the U.S. Seventh Army take positions along a hedgerow by a railroad embankment in Alsace, France on March 13, 1945, as geese wander about unconcerned by imminent hostilities. (AP Photo)

Other morsels:

MPs ignore May’s pleas and defeat her Brexit deal by 149 votes

Mark Kelly to Attend Fundraiser Hosted by Corporate Lobbying Firm, Despite His ‘No Corporate PAC Money’ Pledge

Political incivility, racial hostility roil U.S. high schools, study finds

The polling on this must be awful. Dems flock to Pelosi on Trump impeachment

Pence, GOP senators discuss offer to kill Trump emergency disapproval resolution

DeVos moves to allow religious groups to provide federally-funded services to private schools

Obviously. Sarah Lawrence Students Demand Free Fabric Softener To Combat Racism

She's a gift. Ocasio-Cortez Blames Pipeline That Hasn’t Been Built Yet For An Oil Spill

Shame on Dick's. Dick’s Sporting Goods Going After Guns Again

Schiff to withhold Cohen transcripts while House Intel continues probe

Judges make rules changes to address #MeToo complaints

Mueller says Flynn’s cooperation ‘complete’

Woman charged with murder says she shot boyfriend in movie re-enactment

Scary. Some Boeing 737 Max 8 pilots voiced safety concerns before deadly crash, report shows

Yowza. Elaine Chao travels to DC aboard 737 MAX days after Boeing model crashed in Ethiopia: report

California Gov. Newsom to sign executive order to halt death penalty executions

If we ignore costs of climate regulation on average Americans, we risk a catastrophe

High school plastered with swastikas after Holocaust survivor visit

Ohio can block Planned Parenthood funding, appeals court rules

Pentagon issues new transgender policy limiting service members to birth gender

Looking at 47 months in jail, Paul Manafort faces 2nd sentencing in DC case

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

A Tale of Two Biden 2020 Predictions...

Joseph Curl:

Me:

If this is true it is the dumbest idea Twitter has had during an ignominious two year run of dumb ideas:

Boeing is going to need all of its considerable resources to battle what is now a global PR crisis:

According to NBC News, there are "thousands" of these planes on order, so Boeing really needs to get on top of this. This current PR nightmare also delayed the introduction of its newest long-haul jet

President Trump announced this afternoon that his administration is grounding Boeing 737 Max planes in the wake of the crash of an Ethiopian Air Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.

Trump said from the White House on Wednesday that planes currently in the air would be ordered to land at their destination and remain grounded, and that airlines and pilots had been notified of the decision.

 

SHOT:

CHASER:

 

Suspicions confirmed:

 

5 hysterical environmentalist claims.

Jarrett Stepman over at the Daily Signal has tracked down five chicken-little predictions from the 1950s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s that failed to come to pass.

As usual, the Al Gore prediction is my favorite.

Predictions about the polar ice caps melting have been common. Dramatic pictures of polar bears floating on tiny icebergs have been some of the iconic images of the climate change movement.

Former Vice President Al Gore said at a conference in 2009 that a scientist predicted a “75 percent chance that the entire polar ice cap during some of the summer months could be completely ice free within five to seven years.”

In 2014, the ice caps were still there. In fact, it’s 2019 and the ice caps are still there.

Pants on fire...

Top Ten Signs Your Parents Secretly Hate You

10. Never installed the safety rail on your crib.

9. Taught you to play catch with ash-hot charcoal briquettes.

8. Favorite family movie night feature? Mommie Dearest.

7. "I was so happy the day you were born, I punched your mother right in the uterus."

6. So-called career guidance councilor was some guy from Hamas.

5. For 16th birthday you got the keys to Mom’s car and a gallon jug of Mad Dog 20/20.

4. "You can go anywhere you like for Spring Break, so long as it’s in Helmand province."

3. "Looking both ways is for sissies, son."

2. Your first bike came without a seat.

1. Honestly meant to post that thing about regretting your very existence on a much smaller social media platform

A federal judge in Washington, D.C. has sentenced Paul Manafort to 73 months in prison today in addition to the 47-month sentence he recently received in a separate case in Virginia.