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Good Wednesday morning.

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

  • The president has lunch with the vice president
  • President Trump presents the Medal of Honor

WHA' HAPPEN?

Yesterday, prosecutors inexplicably dropped all the charges against suspected hate crime hoaxster Jussie Smollett. Earlier this year, Smollett claimed that as he was walking to get Subway at 2 a.m. on one of the coldest days of the year in one of the coldest cities in the country, he was assaulted by Trumpsters who shouted anti-gay Trumpy things at him, sprayed liquid on him and put some sort of noose around his neck. People went bananas as they do when there might be a Trumpy crime. Everyone knows that racist Trumpers skulk around in sub-zero temperatures with nooses and noxious liquids in case they come face-to-face with a viable hate crime target. Plausible. Two men who worked with Smollett and were his trainers came forward and admitted that Smollett had paid them to beat him up. There is video of these gentlemen buying the material used in the "crime." A grand jury indicted Smollett on numerous felony counts. And then it all went bye-bye, down the memory hole.

Here's what happened:

[Cook County State’s Attorney Kim ]Foxx’s call to [Police Supt. Eddie] Johnson came after an influential supporter of the “Empire” actor reached out to Foxx personally: Tina Tchen, a Chicago attorney and former chief of staff for former First Lady Michelle Obama, according to emails and text messages provided by Foxx to the Chicago Sun-Times in response to a public records request.

Tchen passed Foxx’s number to a relative of the actor, and the ensuing conversations with the family member were cited by Foxx last month as the reason she recused herself from Smollett’s prosecution as the actor faces disorderly conduct charges for allegedly making a false police report.

Recuse, you say? Right on.

“Spoke to the superintendent earlier. He is going to make the ask. Trying to figure out logistics. I’ll keep you posted,” Foxx wrote the relative that evening.

“OMG this would be a huge victory,” the relative texted in reply.

Smollett will have to forfeit his $10K bail money and the records are sealed so we will never know what kind of case the state had against Smollett. Even Chicago's feckless mayor and the police superintendent came out publicly and blasted Foxx's decision. The Fraternal Order of Police want the FBI involved. This is a horrible mess. I predict an uptick in hate crime hoaxes. When you've lost The Axe...

Related:

Jussie Smollett: I've been truthful since day one

Why prosecutors dropped charges against Jussie Smollett in favor of an 'alternative resolution'

Jussie Smollett charges dropped: Anger, sadness, confusion among the gamut of reactions to stunning twist

Smollett Reaps Social Media Whirlwind From Liberals And Conservatives As #LiberalPrivilege Trends On Twitter

Chicago Police Department Repeatedly Refused To Disclose Jussie Smollett Investigation Costs

Joe Biden is sorry

Crazy, handsy Uncle Joe is getting ready to run for president by apologizing for his treatment of Anita Hill and the "white guys."

“She paid a terrible price. She was abused through the hearing,” Biden said of Hill during the Biden Courage Awards ceremony in New York. “To this day, I regret I couldn’t get her the kind of hearing she deserved.”

Biden was the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee during the Clarence Thomas SCOTUS confirmation hearings. Anita Hill alleged that Thomas sexually harassed her. Biden blamed Thomas' confirmation on a "bunch white guys," which is kinda crazy since all I hear about is how "white guys" are racists monsters.

“There were a bunch of white guys…hearing this testimony in the Senate Judiciary Committee. So when Anita Hill came to testify, she faced a committee that didn’t fully understand what the hell it was all about. And to this day I regret I couldn’t come up with a way to get her the kind of hearing she deserved given the courage she showed by reaching out to us,” Biden added, noting that he ultimately opposed Thomas’s confirmation.

Whatever. Has Uncle Joe sufficiently mea culpa-ed his way out this #metoo stain?

Related:

Dem lawmaker calls out 'archaic' sexism in Congress

Rep. Eric Swalwell is a #dossiertruther

I happened to have Martha MacCallum's show on last night and one of her guests was barking moonbat Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.). My jaw dropped when Swalwell asserted that nothing in the salacious and unverified dossier had been proven "not factual." Actually, not much in the dossier has been proven factual. There's a difference, but the left is using a new legal standard. "Can you prove you are not guilty?" Can we prove Trump didn't collude with RUSSIA? I don't know, has it been proven "not factual" that Eric Swalwell isn't buggering little boys?

Our legal system does not work like this. The author of the dossier, ex-foreign spy Christopher Steele, admitted the dossier was raw information and needed verification. Holy James Comey, disgraced, fired FBI director and deep Twitter thinker, stated under oath the dossier was "salacious and unverified." But Swalwell -- he's going to double down on that pile of garbage.

Watch for yourself and check out MacCallum's gobsmacked face. "Are you serious?" Yes, Martha, he is.

Deranged.

Related:

That was the point. Despite report findings, almost half of Americans think Trump colluded with Russia: Reuters/Ipsos poll

Trump fine with releasing Mueller report without White House seeing it: Graham

TONIGHT: Trump appearing on Fox, Comey appearing on NBC

Historical picture of the day:

Shirley Temple, sixteen years old and a junior at Westlake School for Girls in Hollywood, Ca., is photographed in her study on March 27, 1944. While she was working in "Since You Went Away" she did her weekly lessons on the set with a teacher and in her study every evening. (AP Photo)

Other morsels:

Ocasio-Cortez Takes Credit For Not Getting Any Votes In Favor Of Her Green New Deal

White House Obamacare reversal made over Cabinet objections

YouTube mom charged with 30 counts of child abuse

This is shameful. College Campuses Have Become Breeding Grounds for Anti-Semitism

U.S. House fails to override Trump veto, upholding border wall emergency

Poland Bashes Immigrants, but Quietly Takes Christian Ones

Mexican President Demands Spain, Vatican Apologize For Conquering New World

Eating in this time window ‘dramatically’ reduces chance of breast cancer: study

NOT.GOOD.LOOK.HERE. Betsy DeVos defends cutting $18M in Special Olympics funds

Coroner Reveals Cause of Death of Second Man Found Deceased in Democratic Donor’s Home

$125 million lawsuit filed against Weather Channel for 'horrific' crash that killed 3 during a 2017 tornado chase

'The rex of rexes': Paleontologists discover 'Scotty,' the world's largest T. rex fossil

I thought we got rid of these. Southwest Boeing 737 Max 8 plane makes emergency landing due to reported engine problem

Netanyahu, Ilhan Omar spar over role of AIPAC's political money: 'It’s not about the Benjamins'

Robert Kraft pleads not guilty in solicitation of prostitution case in Florida

Trump ordered wall funding despite risks flagged by Pentagon, Shanahan says

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

LOL. Also, true.

Theresa May may go bye-bye.

If her Brexit bill passes, that is...

Sad!

The Robert Mueller fetishization cottage industry is collapsing. Russia conspiracy theorists are frantically tweetstorming as though their lives—or livelihoods—depend on it. And across liberal America, cable-news obsessives and keyboard warriors who have spent years waiting for investigators to produce a presidency-ending bombshell are in a state of open mourning.

Idiots.

Don't f*** with Cocaine Mitch.

Posted here for your schadenfreude pleasure.

Your daily dose of dark humor...

I decided to get a screenshot in case this Chinese state journalist realizes how hilariously wrong the tweet is. This message illustrates the incomprehensibly wide worldview difference between Communist China and the free Western world.

Twitter screenshot.

The answer to Hu Xijin's question is "yes." American professors do advocate communism and attack the U.S.'s electoral system. Many have demanded the abolition of the Electoral College. As for Xu Xijin, this journalist is the Editor in Chief of the Global Times, an official Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece.

While American media outlets like The New York Times often do repeat far-left pablum supporting the Democratic Party, journalists in America are free to criticize the government and even America's political system without censure.

Would that Chinese journalists were also free to do so.

They've got him dead to rights now.

US Embassy pressed Ukraine to drop probe of George Soros group during 2016 election.

BOMBSHELL:

The focus on AntAC — whose youthful street activists famously wore “Ukraine F*&k Corruption” T-shirts — was part of a larger probe by Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office into whether $4.4 million in U.S. funds to fight corruption inside the former Soviet republic had been improperly diverted.

More:

Yuri Lutsenko, widely regarded as a hero in the West for spending two years in prison after fighting Russian aggression in his country, was named prosecutor general and invited to meet new U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.

Lutsenko told me he was stunned when the ambassador “gave me a list of people whom we should not prosecute.” The list included a founder of the AntAC group and two members of Parliament who vocally supported the group’s anti-corruption reform agenda, according to a source directly familiar with the meeting.

It turns out the group that Ukrainian law enforcement was probing was co-funded by the Obama administration and liberal mega-donor George Soros. And it was collaborating with the FBI agents investigating then-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s business activities with pro-Russian figures in Ukraine.

The implied message to Ukraine’s prosecutors was clear: Don’t target AntAC in the middle of an America presidential election in which Soros was backing Hillary Clinton to succeed another Soros favorite, Barack Obama, Ukrainian officials said.

“We ran right into a buzzsaw and we got bloodied,” a senior Ukrainian official told me.

If this is true, then it looks exactly as though the Obama Administration was providing cover to a Soros-backed group that was working to undermine the Ukrainian government. This, in the aftermath of Russia's ongoing war to annex eastern Ukraine, and its illegal occupation and annexation of Ukraine's strategic Crimean Peninsula.

Can you say collusion?

I knew you could.

This thing stinks to high heaven.

The Chicago Tribune weighs in on Jussie Smolett:

Indefensible: With no good explanation, prosecutors give Jussie Smollett a pass

It began as an alleged hate crime committed against TV actor Jussie Smollett on a downtown Chicago street at 2 a.m. It then careened into charges that Smollett staged the attack to benefit his career. And now this:

After State’s Attorney Kim Foxx makes errors of judgment that lead her to recuse herself, after Chicago detectives expend thousands of man hours doing meticulous work, after police Superintendent Eddie Johnson excoriates Smollett publicly for dragging the city’s name through the mud, after Foxx’s prosecutors take the case before a grand jury, after the grand jurors indict Smollett on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct … after all that, Cook County prosecutors shock Chicagoans and the rest of the country on Tuesday with news that they’re dropping all charges against Smollett.

It’s an indefensible decision, a deal hashed out in secret, with — this is outrageous — Smollett not even required to take ownership of his apparent hoax. Not even required to apologize for allegedly exploiting hate crime laws. And not even required to reimburse Chicago taxpayers for the enormous cost of this investigation.

Chicagoans, Americans for that matter, will doubtless feel bamboozled by Foxx’s office, and used by Smollett. “This is a whitewash of justice,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel told reporters, with Johnson at his side.

Foxx has put Chicago in a real fix, and Emanuel knows it. To reopen the case at the federal level would lead to even more racial divide than Chicago, and the country, already have -- a divide that Smollett's hoax has only exacerbated. But to let such a brazen act of grand-jury nullification by Foxx's office simply stand with no pushback sets a horrible example and will only lead to the further politicization of law enforcement, especially where "social justice" is concerned. This is what happens when you start citing a "higher morality" when it comes to the plain meaning of the law: you have no law at all.